Wishlist Wednesday: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

2897Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Details: Hardcover, 255 pages
Published: September 12th 1986 by Knopf
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion — his sense of smell — leads to murder.

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift — an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume” — the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

Wishlist Wednesday: The Countess

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

7799308The Countess by Rebecca Johns

Details: Hardcover, 284 pages
Published: October 12th 2010 by Crown
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: Was the “Blood Countess” history’s first and perhaps worst female serial killer? Or did her accusers create a violent fiction in order to remove this beautiful, intelligent, ambitious foe from the male-dominated world of Hungarian politics?

In 1611, Countess Erzsébet Báthory, a powerful Hungarian noblewoman, stood helpless as masons walled her inside her castle tower, dooming her to spend her final years in solitary confinement. Her crime—the gruesome murders of dozens of female servants, mostly young girls tortured to death for displeasing their ruthless mistress. Her opponents painted her as a bloodthirsty škrata—a witch—a portrayal that would expand to grotesque proportions through the centuries.

In this riveting dramatization of Erzsébet Báthory’s life, the countess tells her story in her own words, writing to her only son—a final reckoning from his mother in an attempt to reveal the truth behind her downfall. Countess Báthory describes her upbringing in one of the most powerful noble houses in Hungary, recounting in loving detail her devotion to her parents and siblings as well as the heartbreak of losing her father at a young age. She soon discovers the price of being a woman in sixteenth-century Hungary as her mother arranges her marriage to Ferenc Nádasdy, a union made with the cold calculation of a financial transaction. Young Erzsébet knows she has no choice but to accept this marriage even as she laments its loveless nature and ultimately turns to the illicit affections of another man.

Seemingly resigned to a marriage of convenience and a life of surreptitious pleasure, the countess surprises even herself as she ignites a marital spark with Ferenc through the most unromantic of acts: the violent punishment of an insolent female servant. The event shows Ferenc that his wife is no trophy but a strong, determined woman more than capable of managing their vast estates during Ferenc’s extensive military campaigns against the Turks. Her naked assertion of power accomplishes what her famed beauty could not: capturing the love of her husband.

The countess embraces this new role of loving wife and mother, doing everything she can to expand her husband’s power and secure her family’s future. But a darker side surfaces as Countess Báthory’s demand for virtue, obedience, and, above all, respect from her servants takes a sinister turn. What emerges is not only a disturbing, unflinching portrait of the deeds that gave Báthory the moniker “Blood Countess,” but an intimate look at the woman who became a monster.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I have been in the biggest reading slump lately. I think I might have finished two books since the beginning of August. Maybe it was only one. I’m not exactly sure when I finished them. I have no idea what is going on. I am hoping that signing up for a reading challenge and a read-a-thon will get out of this slump. The book I’m reading is great, I just can’t seem to sit down and read it. Maybe the challenge and/or the read-a-thon will make me do that.  Anyways, since I didn’t read anything last week, I will just update you on what I’ve read since my last It’s Monday! post.

Read Since Last Update: 

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Currently Reading:

4712458Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys

Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality. Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man… and a contradiction.

His tale is told by those who knew him best. The only woman he ever loved…and whom he had to sacrifice. His closest comrade…and traitor. And his priest, betraying the secrets of the confessional to reveal the mind of the man history would forever remember as The Impaler. This is the story of the man behind the legend…as it has never been told before.

R.eaders I.mbibing in P.eril X

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I know I’m a little late on this but I’ve been in a reading slump. If you want to know more about R.eaders I.mbibing in P.eril or you would like to sign up, just go here.

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Peril the First: Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) ofR.I.P. literature.

  1. The Troop by Nick Cutter – 4 Stars
  2. Carrie by Stephen King – 3 Stars
  3. Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys – 4 Stars
  4. Christopher Pike’s Tales of Terror – 4 Stars
  5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ghost Stories and Plays – 2 Stars

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Peril On the Screen: This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year.

  1. Hocus Pocus – 5 Stars
  2. Halloweentown – 5 Stars
  3. Halloweentown II – 5 Stars
  4. Halloweentown High – 5 Stars
  5. Return to Halloweentown – 3 Stars
  6. Twitches – 4 Stars
  7. Twitches Too – 4 Stars
  8. My Babysitter’s a Vampire (The Movie) – 4 Stars
  9. My Babysitter’s a Vampire (The Show) – 4 Stars
  10. Halloween (Rob Zombies) – 4 Stars
  11. Night of the Creeps – 4 Stars
  12. Night of the Living Dead 3D – 2 Stars
  13. Urban Legends – 3 Stars
  14. Hatchet II – 3 Stars
  15. Texas Chainsaw – 2Stars
  16. A lot of Ghost Adventures – 4 Stars
  17. A lot of Ghost Hunters – 3 Stars
  18. Mask Maker – 2 Stars
  19. The Pit – 3 Stars
  20. Reaper (Season One) – 4 Stars
  21. Casper Meets Wendy – 3 Stars
  22. Into the Grizzly Maze – 3 Stars
  23. Poltergeist (2015) – 2 Stars
  24. Curse of Chucky – 4 Stars
  25. The Howling – 4 Stars
  26. Howling II: … Your Sister Is a Werewolf – 3 Stars
  27. From Dusk Till Dawn – 5 Stars

TBR Thursday: The Witches of Eastwick

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TBR Thursday is hosted by She is too fond of books.

930056The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick #1) by John Updike

Synopsis: Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick—and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyche.