Houses of Stone

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  • Title: Houses of Stone
  • Author: Barbara Michaels
  • ISBN: 9780671689490
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. This is your typical Barbara Michaels the heroine goes somewhere away from home, tries to solve a historical mystery of some sort, is affected by possibly supernatural phenomena, and meets men who are into her I really enjoyed the mystery in this one, which consisted of trying to identify the pseudonymous female author of a possibly partially autobiographical Gothic romance written in 18th century Virginia and discovered 200 years later in a box from an estate sale The present day story plays ou [...]


  2. edited 12 04 13Houses of Stone manages don t ask me how to simultaneously be a critique, homage, and spoof of the gothic novel.Karen is a professor of English literature specializing in romantic feminist literature of the 19th century who stumbles upon an incredible manuscript the first draft of a gothic novel by an unknown female author Karen follows the trail of the mysterious author to a plantation home in Virginia, where as she investigates the sinister atmosphere and gloomy house, she begin [...]


  3. This was a 1993 publication Barbara was on her soapbox a little bit in this one But, I did like most of what she had to say here Each chapter began with a quote, most having to do with attitudes toward female authors back in the 17 1800 s The quotes by Nathaniel Hawthorne were particularly snarky So, the premise here is that a manuscript has been unearthed that could be worth a fortune Karen is summoned by her old friend Simon to look at the manuscript Karen was responsible in part for the manus [...]


  4. Barbara Michaels is my favorite lazy day author I love the subtle mysteries and the occasional paranormal elements and the inevitable autobiographical spunky old side kick, but most of all, the ridiculous romantic elements.There are painfully slow and small developments throughout all the stories two men, and you aren t sure which one is the hero or which one is the devious ne er do well until the last few pages of the book Then the heroine and the hero, after only a few sprinkled paragraphs thr [...]


  5. 4 stars for the exploration of women and literature content, but the modern part of the story was average.


  6. It was a veritable treat to read this book I just devoured all the tidbits about the early female authors who had to suffer a lot at the hands of their male chauvinistic counterparts I positively hate Nathaniel Hawthorne for his viewpoint and would NEVER EVER read a book by him again The crux of the story is the race to own an 18th century hitherto unpublished manuscript written about a mysterious lady called Esmene The main protagonist, Karen Holloway is literally chased by her counterparts in [...]


  7. This is one of Michaels later efforts and unfortunately in many ways not one of her better ones The plot always hooks me quickly, because it has to do with the discovery by an English professor of a long lost Gothic novel by a 19th century woman, which is an intrinsically interesting subject for me However, the plot Michaels constructs around the discovery of the novel simply doesn t live up to her usual standards of suspense, nor does the romantic intrigue Still, the characters are engaging, an [...]


  8. It is not often that I come to a book with absolutely no prior knowledge of its content or have never heard of the author I even had trouble getting hold of it, there being no copies in any Swansea library so I had to buy it from AbeBooks So it was with some trepidation that I embarked on Houses of Stone I did so because it was a friend s choice for February s book group.I suppose you could call it an adventure story, though a rather tame one Think Indiana Jones but with less peril and with slig [...]


  9. I m a sucker for stories within stories, and for mysteries with their origins far enough back in the dusty past that you need a genealogical chart to help keep things straight I think part of my fascination is with how the past affects informs the now but maybe it doesn t The answer to that depends on who the author is, of course, but I like looking over the shoulder of someone working through that philosophical conundrum.This book is also fun because it serves as a mini history of the Gothic no [...]


  10. I m afraid it took me longer than I thought it would to get through this book I love Barbara Michaels but this one just didn t grab me like most her books do I wasn t overly crazy about Karen and found the fight between the sexes a bit overdone Karen s character didn t seem all that deep to me I don t know I just couldn t relate to her at all The gothic horror and mystery surrounding the manuscript was what kept me reading till the end This isn t one of Michaels best but it isn t horrible either [...]


  11. Houses of Stone was my first book by Barbara Michels, though I am familiar with the Amelia Peabody and Vicky Bliss mysteries by Elizabeth Peters, which I like a lot at least the first few novels in each series.Sadly, his one was a disappointment The heroine is bland as are the other characters and the mystery isn t that exciting I think I have read too much romantic suspense with car chases and bolting horses to be able to appreciate a mellow mystery However, in my opinion Michaels s strong sui [...]


  12. For entertaining, enjoyable reads, there are MANY published gothics that are better than Houses of Stone At times, I thought of the book as a documentary analysis of early gothics Once during the book, Peggy told Karen okay, I ve had enough of that spiel I was thinking like Peggy One of the points Barbara Michaels made in the book was that early female writers were not respected for their talents, and I didn t know that Hawthorne was so vicious with his pen in that area I saw several parallels i [...]


  13. I finally finished Not being a sexist but women, with or without any given chances, speak a lot.In case of this book, the author wrote a lot, and the women characters in it talked a lot I mean A LOT Dialogues are important, I agree but they just keep on talking non stop And most of them are just nonsensical chatter Anyways, plot was okay, I liked Simon, and even Bill Meyer, they played their parts quite well Karen, Peggy and Cameron were okay Peggy a bit overdone, but the rest two were just ther [...]


  14. I liked this book Probably not so much to consider it one of the best ever, but it entertained me and appealed to me in many ways There were all kinds of early American literature references and comparisons, lots of intelligent dialogue and an interesting plot the finding of an unidentified manuscript from the early 1800 s and the search to find the author The main character was quite unlikeable She wasn t nice to anyone and was feminist than I can appreciate I m alright with feminism, but I m [...]


  15. Michaels delivers a poor man s Posession with Houses of Stone, and I mean that in the best possible way This has everything I like in a light read crumbling mansions, literary references, buried documents, near murders and very old bones If you like This Kind of Thing and I do this is Very Good at This Kind of Thing If you don t like This Kind of Thing, that is I suggest reading a different book.


  16. What I really love about the later Barbara Michaels books is that you learn something while you read a great story In this book I learned about early women writers my mother in law reccomended this and I read it in only a few days I could NOT put this book down Already she is up on my list of favorite authors.


  17. This is a bit corny, but I thought this was a fun read A bit spooky with fun characters The main character is a literature professor who specializes in gothic novels This story is a bit of a gothic novel itself, but the characters acknowledge it and kind of make fun their situation.


  18. Take an English Lit Professor, a new author, and a new undiscovered manuscript, and the fun begins It is a Gothic mystery within a mystery I greatley enjoyed the book Barbara Michaels has been one of my favorite authors through the last 20 years.


  19. This book certainly isn t the best in its genre, but it does offer a very exciting and suspenseful story with loveable characters and a creative plot.



  20. This book was like a poor man s version of Possession A real page turner, well researched, but it s never going to be studied in a literature class.


  21. Three and a half stars A good fun mystery and a lot of Gothic novel references How can you not love a book that keeps talking about Jane Eyre


  22. 3.5 As a fan of modern gothic fiction and Jane Eyre I was intrigued by this novel s premise, however the reading experience was not one of unalloyed pleasure.My patience was tested by the protagonist s unhealthy obsession with feminism, and I could ve done with a little interaction between the annoying heroine and the two potential suitors If there s a romantic element in a book, the author should really take the time to include some romance Seriously So tired of books that skimp on the romance [...]


  23. Houses of Stone by Barbara Michaels is an adult fiction suspense novel published in 1994 Karen, an English professor, is the main character It s told in first person, and the story began when Karen s friend, Simon, found a valuable manuscript by an author that Karen had previously published Karen wanted to uncover who the author behind the pseudonym was However, she had competition with several coworkers and always seemed to be in unlikely, yet very real danger Of course, she met a few men along [...]


  24. Houses of Stoneby Barbara MichaelsThis was a modern gothic, set in the Bill Clinton administration how do I know on page 141, the main character wears a sweatshirt that featured the President of the United States, in glowing blue neon, playing a blue saxophone All the really gothic elements relate to a Victorian age author and the events of the time, although the spooky old estate house, the cold spots in attic and hallway, and the eerie voices screams from the nearby clearing take place in the [...]


  25. Professor Karen Halloway has been given the rare opportunity to own an obscure literary work of significant value to the literary community With the help of a few of her closest colleagues she struggles to discover all she can before her competition does Two fellow literature experts, are equally convinced of the work s value and attempt desperate measures to gain access to the manuscript This novel is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat Subtle romance is [...]



  26. I already love the bookish nerds in this novel Peggy is great I picture frau on Austin PowersI rarely give any book 5 stars but I had to this time Even though the main character Karen was not likeable the book itself was fabulous Mysteryostly incidentsllains experience


  27. A mysterious manuscript surfaces It appears to be an early American Gothic novel by a previously unknown female writer Young Professor of English Karen Holloway is tremendously excited by the discovery Finding a new female American author of the late 1700s early 1800s could be just what she needs to advance her career in academia Karen s not the only scholar who s interested When she goes to the small town and big old abandoned house way out of that town where she suspects the author of the manu [...]


  28. This was my first Barbara Michaels book and I m so mad at myself for not reading her earlier This book hit all the right notes as far as atmosphere and character development While I was reading the book I found myself getting lost in the serach for Ismene s real identity I found myself jumping at the wailing heard in the woods, my heart started to beat a little faster when Karen s aparment caught fire and she had to jump for it I anticipated every clue that Karen dug up about Ismene and her life [...]