Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving + Halloween Book Giveaway!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
by Washington Irving
Release Date: September 30th, 2014

SUMMARY:

Perhaps the marker of a true mythos is when the stories themselves overshadow their creator. Originally published under a pseudonym as The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER STORIES (A Penguin Classics Original) gave America its own haunted mythology. This new collection of larger-than-life tales contains Washington Irving’s best-known literary inventions—Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle—that continue to capture our imaginations today, and features an introduction and notes by Elizabeth L. Bradley, author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York and literary consultant to Historic Hudson Valley, the caretakers of Irving’s Tarrytown, New York home.

The setting of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is renowned for the supernaturalism that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants and visitors. The most infamous specter in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during the American Revolutionary War, and who “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head.” The “Legend” relates the tale of Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with townsman Abraham Van Brunt for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. Crane sees marriage to Katrina as a means of procuring Van Tassel’s extravagant wealth. Bones, the local hero, vies with Ichabod for Katrina's hand, playing a series of pranks on the jittery schoolmaster, and the fate of Sleepy Hollow's fortune weighs in the balance for some time. The tension among the three is soon brought to a head.

 

REVIEW:

Recently, I was sent a copy of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories to review. This book is a compilation of several incredible short stories by Washington Irving. I must say, I found The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to be extremely intriguing and right up my alley as to what I am always looking for in a good read. I felt really drawn to the stories in this book and found it difficult to put down. Irving's writing style is very interesting and I can honestly say I have never read anything quite like his work. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers and especially those who would love to read the whole original story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. If you are expecting the story to be like the show, then think again because I can assure you, it is quite different. The the original story I enjoy on its own and that is the way I enjoy the show. I will definitely read this entire book of Irving's work again in the near future.

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About the Authors:

WASHINGTON IRVING
(1783–1859) is generally credited with being the father of the American short story and was the first American writer to achieve international renown. He debuted in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, and is best known for his short stories Rip Van Winkle (1819) and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  He has written several historical works covering figures such as George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

ELIZABETH L. BRADLEY, the author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York, serves as literary consultant to Historic Hudson Valley, the caretakers of Sunnyside—Irving’s Tarrytown, New York, home. She also wrote the introduction and notes for the Penguin Classics edition of Irving’s A History of New York.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Book of Life Movie Review Vlog!


Check out my latest vlog where I talk about the new animated movie The Book of Life and what I thought about it. For those of you that have already seen the film, please comment on this video with what you all liked about it the most.

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Top 5 Favorite Vampire Films Vlog!

  

With it being my favorite month of year and with my favorite holiday, Halloween, coming up...I decided I would do a vlog listing my top five favorite Vampire films of all time. I have been obsessed with all things Vampire for as long as I can remember, so picking a top five out of all the Vampire films I love was very hard.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Dracula Untold Movie Review Vlog!

  

Check out my latest vlog where I talk about the new movie Dracula Untold and what I thought about it. For those of you that have already seen the film, please comment on this video with what you all thought of it.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

VIDEO: 'Supernatural' Season 10 - Deanmon Rises Trailer


We are quickly approaching the much anticipated Season 10 Premiere of Supernatural! With that fact in mind, promo trailers are starting to pop up online. Season 9 ended with Dean dying and turning into a Demon. Counting the end of Season 9 and the sneak peek clip shown at SDCC, this trailer shows us our third look at Demon Dean. This season is sure to be quite a treat and I am really looking forward to it. Check out the trailer below!           

   

Supernatural Season 10 premieres Tuesday night on October 7th at 9/8c on The CW!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Teen Wolf Season 4 Episode 12 - Smoke and Mirrors Recap & Review Vlog!

Hey everyone!
Check out my latest vlog where I discuss the Season Finale of Teen Wolf Season 4. This episode was very enlightening and I am anxious for the next season. Make sure to stay tuned when I start back up doing these recap & review vlogs every week for each episode of Teen Wolf when Season 5 premieres next year.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

VIDEO: 'The Flash' Season 1 - Guardian Angel Trailer


In a blink the Season 1 Premiere of The Flash will be here. Bearing that that fact in mind, several promo trailers are going to start popping up all over the place. This new trailer is surely one among a lot that will show up soon. We were first introduced to Barry Allen played by Grant Gustin, in Season 2 of Arrow. Grant's portrayal of Barry was so promising, that The CW decided to create a show just for his character. I am very excited to see what Grant Gustin (Barry Allen) brings to the table as the lead in The Flash. Check out the trailer below!        

      

The Flash Season 1 premieres Tuesday night on October 7th at 8/7c on The CW!