Talking Between Reads (TBR): Penny Dreadful

Posted 30 March, 2015 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads / 9 Comments



Talking Between Reads (TBR) is a weekly discussion post where we talk about different topics from books to blogging and anything else we think you guys might enjoy. Stop by on Mondays for new topics.


Penny Dreadful

A penny dreadful (also called penny horrible, penny awful, penny number, and penny blood was a type of British publication in the 19th century that usually featured lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks, each part costing one (old) penny. The term, however, soon came to encompass a variety of publications that featured cheap sensational fiction, such as story papers and booklet “libraries”. The penny dreadfuls were printed on cheap pulp paper and were aimed at young working class males. – Wikipedia


That explains what the term Penny Dreadful means but I’m here to talk about Showtime’s TV show by the same name.


Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. – From Showtime 


Dorian Gray, Van Helsing, Victor Frankenstein and many more historical characters walk the streets of London. This show is dark and gritty and horrifically wonderful. It has taken Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker’s worlds and blow them apart.

Penny Dreadful has romance, mystery, murder and twists the stories of classics in a wonderful way. You have vampires (not the romantic and cuddly kind) Frankenstein’s monster that reminded me of Phantom of the Opera, a werewolf that had me making, American Werewolf in London, jokes and other characters like Jack the Ripper that I believe is a supernatural creature that we may have already met but it still hasn’t been explained.

My husband watched Penny Dreadful with me and he said “cool it’s like a supernatural Dr. Who.”

It reminded me of such book series as Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series and Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series but bloodier.

If you like historical paranormal books but wish they were a little darker and graphic (sex and blood) you should check out Showtimes’ Penny Dreadful. There are only 8 episodes in season 1 and they are 60 minutes long. We easily watched the whole season in one weekend.  I don’t know if I can wait for season 2 to be released on DVD so I can check it out from the library like I did season 1. I might have to return to cable just to watch season 2 of Penny Dreadful in May.


Check out the trailer for season 1



The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

Posted 30 March, 2015 by Jonetta (Ejaygirl) in Book Review / 7 Comments
The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

Quick summary The story centers around the tenants at 34 Beulah Road outside of London. One of them is a serial killer, referred to as “The Lover.” What’s bizarre is that no one even knows the women he’s abducted and killed are missing, let alone there being a murderer in their midst.   What I “enjoyed” Each tenant has their own circumstances that make this an interesting book. Their backstories are told from each person’s perspective, some heartbreaking and others chilling. It’s easy to eliminate many of them early on […]

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia..

Posted 29 March, 2015 by Amanda in Book Review / 0 Comments
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn is a staple on my historical, regency era shelf. Her books tend to be lighthearted, whimsical, and solidly written. When I came across The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy I was intrigued. Honestly, I have read much of Ms. Quinn’s recent works – sadly, my “fun” reading time has been cut back even more than before. (Tear & Sniffle) The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy started off strong. Sir Richard is in desperate need of a wife. Knowing he will find plenty of eligible ladies in London, he […]

Fall for Me by Sydney Landon

Posted 28 March, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review / 0 Comments
Fall for Me by Sydney Landon

Fall for Me is a story about Beth and Nick growing closer after being pushed together by their siblings dating (couple from the previous book, Not Planning On You). They’re relationship is built on hot sex and Beth not wanting to leave Nick into her heart because she just knows he’s going to leave her. She spends most of the book feeling she’s not good enough for Nick because he is so hot and she’s a former “fatty”. Because of Beth’s weight issues growing up and her cold-hearted parents she […]

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Mo..

Posted 27 March, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review / 7 Comments
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire is the follow-up to the short I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas. First Thought: Seriously any author that can work in references to Daryl Dixon, Soft Kitty, My Little Pony (especially Rainbow Dash) and Dr Who into a paranormal romance it they not sounded forced is an author you should be reading! Gigi aka the human, computer geek: Gigi is the younger sister of Iris from The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. Gigi was raised in part by Iris after their parents’ death. […]

1st Quarter Update + Giveaway | 2015 Audioboo..

Posted 27 March, 2015 by Jennifer in Giveaway, Misc / 72 Comments
1st Quarter Update + Giveaway | 2015 Audiobook Challenge

Sign up for the challenge HERE Audiobooks Listened to for challenge:   Giveaway Sorry this time the giveaway is open to US participants only due to shipping cost. Next time I host (3rd Quarter) it will be open to everyone. a Rafflecopter giveaway Winner will get to pick 4 audio books from my pile. These are audio CDs I’ve received for review and have been opened but they are all like new. Titles to choose from: The Expert’s Guide to Driving a Man Wild (Bluebonnet #3) by Jessica Clare The […]

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

Posted 26 March, 2015 by Anne in Book Review / 4 Comments
The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

The Original Heartbreakers is a brand new contemporary romance series by Gena Showalter.  I have always wanted to read her books and in fact, have several of them.  But The Closer You Come was the first time I actually read one. There is a prequel novella,  The One You Want (The Original Heartbreaks #0.5) which was free on March 1 if you preordered it. So I did.  I gave it 3 stars. It sets up the story but it pressed too many of my billionaire man-whore meets poor, hardworking girl buttons. As […]

Grrr, Cliffhanger! Pierced by Sydney Landon

Posted 25 March, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review / 4 Comments
Grrr, Cliffhanger! Pierced by Sydney Landon

      The Kindle & Nook editions are free at the time of this review. First Thought Another series about a couple with f’up pasts. BUT Lucian’s is not the kind of past I’ve seen before! The story Rich business man hires escort. Young naive college girl is said escort. I know, I know. Not this troupe again. But really it worked once you got past that and the fact that the rich, god-like guy bosses and stalks gal you end up with a twisted and touching story of […]

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