The Merciful Women - Federico Andahazi, Alberto Manguel I finished "The Merciful Women" by Federico Andahazi. It was a very quick, easy read. It's a semi-erotic, gothic mash-up of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Gold Bug, and the story of the summer when both Shelley's Frankenstein & Polidori's The Vampyre were written. If you're familiar w/ most or all of those stories/events, you'd probably get a kick out of this book. The tone veers between creepy/gothic, semi-erotic, and campy send-up of the various books & events. It's also a bit of a statement on literature & authorial inspiration/creativity. I'd rate it a relatively fun (early) entry for my October 'spooky' reading....