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Rec: The Night In Dublin [28 Dec 2008|12:10am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

I participated in the yuletide fic exchange this year and received as my gift fic a wonderful piece of Alienist slash. Marcus Issacson and the Doctor go to Dublin to pursue a lead on a case the team is working on, and both find the distance from their lives and daily rituals to be liberating. It's a very sweet, quiet first time fic told from Kreizler's POV that has a spot-on voice and characterization. The doctor's uncertainty and insecurity about interpersonal issues rings very true to me, and Marcus handles these issues with a surprising gentleness.

So despite being a little biased, I highly recommend reading this one. The authors for Yuletide are anonymous until January 1st, but reading and commenting is open now.

The Night In Dublin
Author: Anonymous
Summary: Laszlo Kreizler and Marcus Isaacson grow closer.
Pairing: Kreizler/M. Issacson
Rating: NC-17
Excerpt: His anger towards his father fueled unpredictable bonds with the men in his life, but his mistrust and naivete towards women affected his life even more, and Laszlo was now self-aware enough to know it. The only women who interested him he imagined it within his power to fix. He would forever attempt to save his mother from his father by saving the women in his life, but it kept them from ever being his equals, no matter how enlightened he was as a male. That he felt closer to his male friends, however, was immaterial in any practical sense.

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New Alienist Books Message Board Open! [30 Apr 2008|12:11pm]

I have recently opened a new message board dedicated to the Alienist books and Caleb Carr's other works. As you are all fans of his Alienist books (I would assume!) I thought that this might be of interest to some of you. :)

The board be accessed at http://board.17thstreet.net.

If you would like to discuss the books, please consider joining. After you've joined, make sure you read the welcome message and the board guidelines. I will be posting up some new topics for discussion soon but in the meantime, I would encourage you to start your own discussion topics.

I hope to see some of you at the board!

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[27 Jul 2007|01:58pm]
HELP. I've tried and tried, but I can't find ANY books that compare to The Alienist or Angel of Darkness. Everything seems like such a huge letdown. :[ Does anyone have any suggestions in the same vein that I might try?

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Hi. [27 Mar 2007|08:43pm]

Well hello.  I realize it's rather quiet around here, but I figured I'd drop an intro anyway.  I read The Alienist last year for a school book club and fell absolutely in love with it, and I just recently discovered the sequel, which I finished earlier this afternoon.  Two magnificent novels, I must say.  Anyone know if Mr. Carr will pen a third?  That would just about make my life. :)  Either way, I look forward to reading more of his work.  Glad to find a group for these wonderful pieces of lit!

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New here [26 Dec 2006|12:46am]

[ mood | artistic ]

My name is Anne and I'm a French girl of 29. I'm a fan of these books since the first time I've read them in French (almost 10 years now). I think that "The Alienist" is the book I've read the most until now (can't remember how many times...).
I'm happy to find a community like this one.

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17th Street Updates [02 Jul 2006|03:36pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I hope nobody minds me posting this here. I just wanted to let anybody interested know that I am in the process of making some fairly large updates at 17th Street, my Alienist and Angel of Darkness fansite. I have almost completed the full character list (a couple of minor characters are still missing but I'm working on that) and I have also installed an email notification component to the updates page. Shortly, I am also going to start working on a timeline of events for The Angel of Darkness, similar to what I've done for the Alienist timeline; that might take a couple of weeks to finish though.

Anyway, I just thought some of you might be interested in this. I should add that if you have any suggestions on what else I should add to the site, please feel free to let me know. Thanks! :)

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[23 Jun 2006|11:27pm]

Hi. I'm a sixteen-year-old Jew from the depths of the Appalachian Mountains, and the story of how I got into the Alienist is something like this:

Because I am long winded...Collapse )

I'm a bit excitable, also.

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Fanfiction [15 Jan 2006|08:06pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Under the cut is a piece of Alienist fanfiction. Any feedback would be most appreciated. Thanks!

Obligatory Disclaimer: The characters of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness were created by and copyrighted to Caleb Carr. I am merely a fan who wanted to explore an idea I had regarding one such character, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler.

The FuneralCollapse )

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[11 Jan 2006|12:36am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

I've heard rumors of another book to follow The Angel of Darkness. Is there any truth to this or is someone just tugging on my heart strings?

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17thstreet.net Open! [31 Dec 2005|10:22pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Well, I've been talking about it for a while but with the coming of the new year, I am happy to announce that 17thstreet.net and it's forums are now open! :) I'm hoping that 17thstreet.net will become a major internet source for information on the Alienist books. It will probably take a while for people to find out about 17thstreet.net but we (Cait and I) hope that once the site has had some advertising, discussion at the forums will start to occur. If you enjoy the books and/or studying the era that the books were set in, please feel free to join up and get posting. Don't forget to have a look around the rest of the site as well though; there's lots of interesting information available at the moment on the characters and the era. Anyway, enjoy and have a very happy new year! :)

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New Alienist book in the making! [11 Nov 2005|08:42am]

[ mood | excited ]

wherenothingis has just sent me a recent article about Caleb Carr which is interesting in itself about the connections between his own life and the character Laszlo Kreizler. But, more exciting than any of that, we at least now have confirmation that Carr is definitely working on another Alienist tale. You can read the article here and on the last page, it states that he is "currently working on third Alienist novel". Yay! :)

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Ohh, Caleb, just give in... [09 Sep 2005|11:09pm]


So, I'm starting to get quite antsy; I really want a third book in The Alienist series. I've been thinking about it a lot lately, especially since this little quote from the NY Post a couple months ago: "Carr is "hard at work" on a new novel for Random House, with which he has a contract for two books." What could this new novel be? Is he really going to make another awful attempt at a non-Alienist-series fiction book? I realise the reason he's branching out is because he doesn't want to become completely associated with those novels, but I think he's doomed; it doesn't matter what he does, even 11 years after the original and 8 years after the sequel, all anyone wants from him is another novel starring Laszlo Kreizler. It's apparent in every article I read on any thing he ever publishes; he's always referred to as Caleb Carr, author of "The Alienist," and many critics come right out and ask the question we're all dying to have answered: when the hell will he just give in and he give us what we want? I'm not saying that everything he's done since The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness has been a complete waste of time. He's a good writer, so anything he does is going to be at least mediocre. But that's what it's all been to me: mediocre. The Alienist series, on the other hand, is excellent. It's what Carr is best at.

Has anyone here heard any news besides said quote concerning Carr's future endeavours? Does he plan to ever fulfill his original plan to have each of the seven main characters narrate a novel? Because if he does, he really ought to get a move on it.   

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There's Action To Get! [14 Aug 2005|01:23am]

Howdy folks. I'm still in the middle of the Alienist and woah...yeah, its that good. I'm an instant fan of this particular book and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. You see, I'm a history student about to embark upon a master's thesis, and my thesis is sort along the lines of this book, as well as others like it. I'm interested in the era's development of criminological theory, particularly where it intersects with victorian anthropology.
So, I'm gonna hang out for a while, soak up a little atmosphere, and listen to the discussions. Already, I dig this particular community and I hope can participate and contribute a little. And don't worry about giving anything away, or slipping out with a spoiler. I know what happens.
Maybe later on, sometime in the near future, I would love to bounce some ideas off you guys. But, let me get this book read before the semester comes around...

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My pick for Laszlo..... [12 Aug 2005|09:26am]
Sergio Rubini. Do a google image search. He IS Laszlo. I first saw him in the french miniseries Count of Monte Cristo. He has a restrained passion that can be expressed in violent bursts of emotion. He also has the ability to be father like and also have a sense of humor. All the things that someone portraying Laszlo needs to have. :^} Love him.

Don't laugh...I think Josh Duhmal (sp) could be a good John. He can be immature but yet when called upon convey strength and loyalty. I can picture him being sarcastic with Sarah, playing/gambling with Stevie, getting caught with that actress in his apartment by Sarah, Steve and Cyrus....I can really see him as John.

Sara....I could picture that girl from Firefly as Sarah. The one that fixes the ship. I forget her name.... she is the only one I can think of to play her. She can be fiesty and I think she has the right look for the time.

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My first post here [11 Aug 2005|02:42pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I am from New Hamphire USA. I am 26 (Aug.18) and work in the dental field. I came across Caleb Carr's book The Alienist completely by chance. I hardly ever peruse the book aisles at the local store. I was approaching the fiction section, right on the corner of the first row of books I saw the binding. Something drew me to it. I read the synopsis and looked at the cover art and the rest is history. :^}

I have read the books so many times. I find something comforting in these books. Maybe because the people are all so different yet are all (in my eyes)worthy. I think the characters are so complete. I like them all equally. Usually there is a particular one I would identify with, but all of them I identify with. They are all very human, even the killers have something I can relate too.

I don't have a favorite among his first three fiction novels (still haven't read italian secretary) Even though Killing Time is totally different. I like it just the same. Again, very human characters. I have blabbed on long enough.

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Hullo [13 Jun 2005|06:12pm]

[ mood | creative ]

Just joined this comm the other day--I'm a big fan of both The Alienist and Angel of Darkness, and decided to find some fan communities. I was struck by the marked lack of fan art, and decided to remedy the situation, but I've struck a slight snag--I can find almost no online resources concerning late Victorian fashion, particularly for men and children. If anybody knows where I can research this, please let me know, and then maybe I can bully myself into drawing something worth linking up here. ^_^



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Review: The Italian Secretary [10 Apr 2005|02:56pm]

Hi all,

Caleb Carr's latest novel just came out, and I read it this weekend. I've posted a review to my journal: I think I've managed to avoid plot spoilers, so it should be safe.

Review behind the fake cut.

Cross-posted to my journal and to 221b_bakerst

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[15 Mar 2005|10:02pm]


I finally read Killing Time. I was not impressed. It was okay, but not great.

I was upset by how the one character I really liked was killed off very early in the book; but that's okay, I could've lived with it. But the ending--frankly, it seemed like a resolution thought up last minute. Not that I could've thought of anything better, but really, I think the story deserved something more.

Anyway, I think we've already talked about it, but what does anyone else think about the book? Did it meet your expectations? If you haven't read it yet, are you going to?

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Italian Secretary: further details [02 Feb 2005|04:18pm]

[ mood | excited ]

For those of you interested, amazon.com has posted product details for The Italian Secretary.

The publication date is now listed as April 10, 2005.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland by a telegram from Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, a royal advisor. Rushed northward on a royal train—and nearly murdered themselves en route—the pair are soon joined by Mycroft, and learn of the brutal killings of two of the Queen’s servants, a renowned architect and his foreman, both of whom had been working on the renovation of the famous and forbidding Royal Palace of Holyrood, in Edinburgh.

Mycroft has enlisted his brother to help solve the murders that may be key elements of a much more elaborate and pernicious plot on the Queen’s life. But the circumstances of the two victims’ deaths also call to Holmes’ mind the terrible murder—in Holyrood—of "The Italian Secretary," David Rizzio. Only Rizzio, a music teacher and confidante of Mary, Queen of Scots, was murdered three centuries ago. Holmes proceeds to alarm Watson with the announcement that the Italian Secretary’s vengeful spirit may have taken the lives of the two men as punishment for disturbing the scene of his assassination.

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Caleb Carr’s brilliant new offering takes the Conan Doyle tradition to remarkable new heights with this spellbinding tale.

I for one am very much looking forward to this!

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Laszlo Kreizler Fansite [02 Feb 2005|06:40pm]

[ mood | creative ]

I'm just posting here as I've recently re-designed "Enigmatic", my Laszlo Kreizler fanlisting and fansite. The site has a new layout and new codes using artwork of Laszlo commissioned from Marta (artdungeon.net).


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