Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.
Now that October has arrived, I want cooler days and falling leaves. It’s been hot and humid here, especially this past weekend. I’m beginning this week with another novel with a Gothic edge in hopes of coaxing fall weather from Mother Nature by reminding her that Halloween is just around the corner. A novel about Edgar Allan Poe and the Great Dismal Swamp should do the trick.
I wasn’t sure what to expect about this audiobook. It dangled on the edge of my review policy, but there was something about it that intrigued me. Although I’ve enjoyed many of Poe’s short stories, I don’t know that much about his personal life. It had also been 25 years or so since I read The Raven. While this may have prevented me from recognizing the full impact of Edgar and Lenore’s relationship in Wilson’s novel, it did not stop me from enjoying the audiobook. Gigi Shane’s voice is full of smoke and it added greatly to the audiobook’s atmosphere. That Lenore could capture the image of trapped souls within trees and was then compelled to alter her work in such a way as to set them fee captured my imagination. Poe and his relationship with companion crow Grimm was also interesting. Given the way in which both Lenore and Poe saw the world in which they lived, I could see why Poe was drawn to her and she to him. I’m glad that I accepted the author’s offer of a review copy. My risk paid off. I enjoyed this audiobook and am glad to have added Gigi Shane to my “listened to” list. I would pick up another of her audiobooks, especially if she happens to be performing a darker type of story.