Who are you?
I am a woman who has always loved books. When I was a little girl (and, later, when I was a not-so-little girl), my parents used to scold me for reading while I walked. At the time I thought this was quite unreasonable, although in retrospect it was probably sensible advice.
This blog is about the books I read — the ones I like, the ones I don’t, and the ones I’m ambivalent about.
What kinds of books will you write about?
All kinds. And I really do mean that. I like nineteenth-century classics, science fiction, fantasy, fluffy “chick lit,” biographies, memoirs, essays, short stories, and mysteries. You’ll see all of those represented on this blog.
Is Marian Halcombe your real name?
No. Marian is the awesome heroine of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, one of my all-time favorite novels. I am borrowing her name for my online pseudonym.
Why is this blog called “Shut Up, Heathcliff”?
Heathcliff is the main character in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. I find Heathcliff and his tendency to wander around moors screaming “CATHERINE!” very tedious. I also resent Wuthering Heights for stealing much-deserved attention from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which was written by Emily’s frequently-overlooked sister Anne.
Why did you delete my comment?
One of three reasons. First possible reason: it was Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Second possible reason: it was spam. Third possible reason: you were being obnoxious to other commenters. Disagreeing is fine, name-calling is not.