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Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 eThat and thearly portion of the book did have me intrigued I guess this one just isn t for me Originally posted on NOT ENOUGH BOOKS NOT ENOUGH TIMEI am sad Maybe I ve overdone too many spooky reads but I just couldn t get into The Mark of Cain I read over 100 pages but had to leave it a DNF This is very devastating because I absolutely adored Long Lankin Not that The Mark of Cain was terrible the writing is just as legant and just as terrifying as the first book but it almost felt like it was a repeat of the first It s a new tormentor but same setting Same characters from the first I liked the idea of the same characters but I didn t get how their father who does seem a little airy and distant could move his children back into the house where so much vil had occurred This probably plays into the fear and suspense because Cora and Mimi are too young to leave it s against their will tcI read 128 pages and don t know if I ll go back and read it I did love Long Lankin so maybe this was just an overdose of spooky ghosts and goblins around Halloween
Who knows but there s always next year This one is getting 35 stars from knows but there s always next year This one is getting 35 stars from It s not as good as Long Lankin but it was still an njoyably creepy read with lots of atmosphere Long Lankin scared the crap out of me The year I read that book I pushed it on anyone and Wicked Loving Lies everyone that I could I d still recommend it than most booksspecially if you are looking for a Gothic read and I know Gothic books are getting and popular lately it seemsPsychological horror is my favorite favorite thing in movies and in books I find the unknowable terrifying than the knowable That is to say I don t find gory stuff scary at all just gross It s a very rare film or book that can pull off both I should do a post on that at some point At any rate The Mark of Cain is d My rating 25 of 5 stars I am bound here for as long as there are Guerdons in the world I must be in it And they have returned to the marshlands to me It s been four years since Cora and Mimi lived to tell the tale of Long Lankin The two girls survived however the scars they acuired are hidden beneath their skin After their father recently came into an inheritance their Auntie Ida s rundown mansion he tells them that they re moving to the village of Bryers Guerdon Right back to where it all happened Long Lankin may no back to where it all happened Long Lankin may no be a threat but he wasn t the only one left to fear 400 years prior a woman by the name of Aphra Rushes loved a leper who was known by the name of Long Lankin She was sentenced to death at a young age for murdering an infant and his mother a spell with the intent to cure Lankin which had gone awry With her dying breath she placed a curse on the Guerdon line who were responsible for her death Flash forward to the Halloween of 1962 and her ashes have risen up from the ground to fulfill the curse that she placed on the Guerdon family before she was covered in pitch and burned at the stake I am the dust of charred bones and ash I ve considered Long Lankin to be one of my all time favorite gothic horror stories and news of a follow up story had me most La heredera del mar eagerven if I didn t understand the necessity There s a wonderful air of mystery to The Mark of Cain a constant sense of impending catastrophe The writing itself is louent and I delighted in the erie vents depicted the old derelict mansion that was unsettling on its own yet the girls memories of their time spent there made it ven so their temporary guardians that caused discontent than comfort due to their forever absent father and the strange items that they would find around the house like the bundle of twigs tied with red twine or the archaic symbols sketched on the doors The pacing felt constantly off and I ultimately feel it should not have taken all 496 pages to reach "the point we did The slow pacing could have been asily " point we did The slow pacing could have been asily up for if that sense of impending catastrophe was heightened just a smidge The story is told mainly from the point of view of Cora who is now fifteen years old and is struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy for her Left to fend for herself Years of begging and stealing make her strong but they also make her bitter for she is shunned and feared by veryone she meetsUntil she reaches Bryers Guerdon and meets the man they call Long Lankin the leper Ostracized and tormented he is the only person willing to help herAnd together they plot their revenge 1962 Four years have passed since the death of Ida Guerdon and ,
I read Long Lankin the book that preceded The Mark of Cain and
really njoyed it so I picked this one up when saw it enjoyed it I picked this one up when I saw it Mark of Cain serves as both a preuel and a seuel as it were to Long Lankin It Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) explains the history of Cain Lankin from the point of view of the woman who loved him Aphra and then jumps to thevents that take place after Long Lankin Cain and Aphra s back story is so compelling that it makes the reader Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe empathize with themven while realizing they are the villains in the Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time endThe transitions between points of view and time period is very clear andasy to follow I will say that I am glad I read Long Lankin first because the characters were familiar to me and that was helpful The writing is just One Wild Weekend excellent This is English folk horror at its finest Dripping damp andarthy atmosphere riddled with references to ash groves manikins iron witch bottles runes bone magic and charms makes for a dark and moody read Highly recommended for horror fans Loved loved loved this I m such a fan of Barraclough s writing This one seemed a bit darker YA ish than Long Lankin and it s absolutely dripping with that damp and Forgetful of Their Sex earthy English folklore atmosphere which is pretty much my favorite sort of atmosphere to read about Also the historical flashbacks about a young witch are fantastic You know the author s good when she makes the readermpathize with the villain Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing even after the villain has done many terrible things Superxcited for Barraclough s next book and I so recommend this and Long Lankin to anyone in the mood for a very classy well written horror story Oooooh I think I might actually have found this scarier than Long Lankin I definitely F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby enjoyed it Okay there were a few things that bothered me like the superfluous description and the kids conveniently overhearing people talking about Crucial Plot Points but Injoyed seeing Cora and Roger as older teenagers along with their burgeoning feelings for one another Which I m really glad wasn t overdone because this book didn t need an awkward teen romance Roger was as awesome as Walled (The Line, ever AS IF THIS NEEDS SAYING There s a line where Cora asks him to do something and he thinks to himself What s a chap to do because he can t say no to her It made me laugh out loud and then want to hug him I think he s adorable The jolly hockeysticks dialogue might not be toveryone s taste but I love how authentically 1960s this book feels the village s disapproval of Mr Drumm s mistresses was kind of hilarious Oh and I also liked seeing Mimi as a person in her own right although it was frustrating when she wouldn t talk to Cora I wanted to see a lot of Mimi But I loved the glimpses we got of her her secrets and her strength I was trying to pin down why xactly I found this book scarier and I ve come up with three reasons1 The setting Winter with rising icy flood found this book scarier and I ve come up with three reasons1 The setting Winter with rising icy flood and the roads blocked by snow feels claustrophobic than the sweltering summer heat in Long Lankin keeping Cora and Mimi trapped inside the house where the danger is2 The different threat Not knowing the witch bottles and marks were to protect the house and not being able to keep Aphra from getting inside using physical barriers like they could with Long Lankin3 The lack of a proper guardian or adult to protect the children HOW USELESS WAS THEIR FATHER And the woman who did look after them then became a threat in her own right one that they couldn t fight definitely scary stuff A darkly xcellent seuel to the amazing LONG LANKIN Just as legant and just as terrifying as the first book THE MARK OF CAIN sucked me in and left me shivering This makes me very xcited Long Lankin was good and creeepy I hope this book brings that same mood that Long Lankin brought So glad that I found this Uff I had a break from reading this as I went away on holiday I was kind of struggling with it before then and on my return just couldn t bring myself to pick it up again I m honestly not sure why it s just not grabbing me at all I m half way through and have just stopped caring It s not ven that it s bad writing or anything like. 1567 Aphra is not a normal child Found abandoned as a baby among the reeds and rushes the two outcast witches who raise her in their isolated cottage are never sure if she was born or just pushed up through the foul black mud for them to find Little Aphra's gifts in the dark craft are clear ven as an infant but soon ven her guardians begin to fear herWhen a violent fire destroys their home Aphra is.
Summary The Mark of CainIght year old sister Mimi The only trouble is since Mimi was taken by Lankin she returned a changed child able to see things normal people cannot Including the current terror haunting them in their new home Because we re told this story from the POV of Cora there s a bit of a disconnect of knowledge that keeps the reader IN THE DARK SINCE MIMI REFUSES TO DISCUSS ANYTHING the dark since Mimi refuses to discuss anything Cora What I m assuming was intended was to add ven mystery to this story but it only caused the story to falter leaving it feeling all very subdued as if Cora wasn t actually xperiencing it all firsthand Regardless of the fact that Mimi is only ight years old having the story told from her point of view would have been a vast improvementI ve come a long way in the horror genre since I read Long Lankin back in 2012 In that review I One Giant Leap even admit to being a big weenie which I definitely wouldn t describe myself in terms of horror stories any Back then it took some seriousncouragement to read horror and now I d consider it one of my favorite genres Long Lankin was a most unsettling read yet The Mark of Cain just didn t manage to leave me with the same impression I think it would be appropriate to actually describe this as Gothic vs horror for curious readers This may not have completely worked for me but this is a Gothic thriller that will no doubt please many I received this book for free from Netgalley in Apocalyptic Cartography exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListWell this wasn t a wee bit creepy or anythingThe book starts out telling Aphra s tale She was found by a couple of witches down by the river when she was a baby Aphra grew up loving her two moms so to speak She watched them practice healing for the folks but Aphra seemed to take a darker side She learns the use of voodoo dolls to make people that harmed her to suffer um but she would take it a bit farther than the witches wanted Anyhoo we all know the people of the village are going to come and put annd to the witches Alphra scapes and has to live in the woods and forests She meets Long Lankin in these woods he is a leper that is supposedly really creepy as well They stay in a little hut together for a bit until some unfortunate vents break them apart Aphra goes to live in the big house with the Guerdon family Lets just say things don t turn out really good there for a few people including Aphra and she puts a curse on the family Jump ahead to the future and we meet Cora and Mimi two sisters that move to an old house with their dad and an aunt Their other aunt Ida left the house to them The creepiness starts right off with voices seeing things moving in the corner of your ye to seeing things outside the window These things get so bad the girls aunt up and leaves them and moves back to London Just leaves a note for them to tell their dad I mean really Just leave them out there in the middle of nowhere with the closest home across the hill So dad replaces her with a lady from the town There is also a sweet boy named Roger that hangs out with Cora and helps her with the problems she is having These two women always seem to be on the road to town when the girls head up there they seem all creepy at first but they are not what they seem Nothing in this book is what it seems but it all comes out Someone takes off the protective barriers to keep Aphra s spirit out of the house and you can only image Cora Roger and a few others have to fight to get rid of Aphra before she kills veryone I found the book to be really creepy word of the day CREEPY I also loved how the author described all of the surroundings I could picture Heart and Soul / Almost Heaven every creepy thing Either way Injoyed it I didn t read the first book but this one does just fine as a stand alone book so don t feel like
you HAVE to start with the first one And remember donHAVE to start with the first one And remember don go creeping around out in the night ither I would like to thank Random House Children s Books for a print copy of this book through The Reading Room in xchange for my honest review. Ora is back in Bryers Guerdon in the manor house her aunt left to her It is a cold bitter winter and the horrifying vents of that sweltering summer in 1958 seem long pastUntil Cora's father arranges for some restoration work to take place at Guerdon Hall and it seems that something hidden there long ago has been disturbed The spirit of Aphra Rushes intent on finishing what she began four centuries .