It’s Monday, and perhaps a rough one for me after 5 days off work. We’ll see what the day has in store for me. Since I’m coming off a 5 day break from work, I’ll throw in a few more cute animal photos than usual.
Is this the only video of Mark Twain?
Astronomy Picture of the Week: Zodiacal Light
If I still had a bike, I would TOTALLY want a pair of these gloves!
Finally, your review of the week. This week, I didn’t see any movies, so it’s a book review.
If you’ve look at my list of favorites, you’ll see that Emilie Autumn is tied with Dream Theater for my favorite band. They’re so different there’s no way to compare them. Dream Theater appeals to the rock and metal side of me. EA appeals to my darker side, my inner Goth. The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls is part autobiography, part fictional horror. It tells of EA’s time spent in a psychiatric ward after she tried to commit suicide. Alternately, it tells the tale of the fictional (or is she?) Emily, a girl locked in an insane asylum in Victorian London.
Emily’s tale was artfully written and painted a vivid, page-turning picture of the horrors of the Asylum. Miss Autumn has done much research on mental institutions of Victorian times, and the blood-chilling events that were the norm are described in blunt, hide-nothing horrific detail. If you like thrillers you will love the Victorian Emily’s story and the shocking ending that leads to Emily’s happily ever after.
The real life Emilie’s tale is equally chilling. I admit I was disappointed it didn’t go into more detail into her early years, but I should have known better than to expect a typical autobiography from EA. Instead of a year by year account of her life, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls shows her time in a modern mental institution – which was almost as shocking as the Victorian institution. Diary entries in EA’s own handwriting describe the medications she took, thoughts of suicide, and cutting. If you want to learn more about these topics, and bipolar, you will be pleased with Emilie’s story.
I give the book 4 out of 5 stars, simply because I want to know more about Emilie’s past and what made her who she is today, not just her time in a mental hospital. If not for that, I would have given it 5 out of 5. The book itself is gorgeous, a large, beautifully illustrated edition perfect for display. Stunning photographs and drawings by EA herself fill the pages. There is something for everyone in this volume. Well, anyone who is slightly mad, that is.