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text 2017-10-22 01:07
Halloween Bingo - Monsters
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin was my pick for the Monsters square. It's got a cast full of fae with a couple other creatures thrown in there.

 

 

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text 2017-10-22 01:00
Halloween Bingo Progress

A bat means I've read a book for the square. A pumpkin means the square has been called.

 

 

 

Books Read:

4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie - Cozy Mystery (9/1/17)

Little Monsters - Kara Thomas - Amateur Sleuth (9/2/17)

Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick (Young Animal) - Gerard Way,Nick Derington - Aliens (9/2/17)

Long May She Reign - Rhiannon Thomas - Murder Most Foul (9/4/17)

Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood - Joshua Williamson  - Serial/Spree Killer (9/4/17)

The Archived - Victoria Schwab - Chilling Children (9/4/17)

If We Were Villains: A Novel - M. L. Rio - Country House Mystery (9/7/17)

Three Truths and a Lie - Brent Hartinger - In the Dark, Dark Woods (9/8/17)

Lover Revealed - J.R. Ward - Vampires (9/10/17)

White Night - Jim Butcher - Supernatural (9/12/17)

Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris - Gothic (9/14/17)

Bleeding Earth - Kaitlin Ward - Genre: Horror (9/17/17)

The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter - Terrifying Women (9/2/17)

The Adventure of the ‘Western Star': A Short Story - Agatha Christie - Darkest London (9/27/17)

The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie - Free Space (9/28/17)

 A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Siobhan Dowd  - Magical Realism (9/28/17)

Razorhurst - Justine Larbalestier - Ghost (10/8/17)

Dark Star - Bethany Frenette - Demons (10/9/17)

The Demon Trappers: Forsaken - Jana Oliver - Witches (10/10/17)

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners) - Libba Bray - Haunted Houses (10/17/17)

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas - Monsters (10/21/17)

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review 2017-10-22 00:17
Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman
Weaver's Lament: Industrial Magic Book 2 (Kindle Single) - Emma Newman

Series: Industrial Magic #2

 

Charlotte's brother, Ben, is now working for the Royal Society in a mill (driven magically, naturally) and asks her to come visit him in Manchester to help him investigate the cause of some mysterious accidents at the mill. Apparently Socialists are suspected. Charlotte finds out that this is dead wrong, of course, and learns more about the Royal Society and Latents (latent magical users).

 

I still don't like Ben. He's very comfortable with using Charlotte, let's just say, and he always seems to get more out of her successes than she does (which she realizes as well). And even after seeing what working in those conditions does to her, he writes it off as she's just not used to hard work, not that there's something inherently unfair in the conditions at the mill. Poor Charlie.

 

I enjoyed this novella even more than the last, so I look forward to the next installment!

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text 2017-10-21 23:58
#Dewey Readathon, Fall 2017: Updates
Sleight of Paw - Sofie Kelly

Update #1:

Mid-way through hour 11 and I have about 4 hours of reading done today. Sleight of Paw is done and now I just earned my second bingo! Now to focus on some graphic novels. I need to go to bed too, so I will probably take a break at the hour 13 mark.

 

As for participation in the social aspects of the read-a-thon, I posted twice in the GR group for the hour 11 thread because I knew JL would be co-hosting.

 

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Happy 10th Anniversary to the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon and its creators!

 

First book up to bat: Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly (starting at 50% mark)

 

Hour Zero: Introduction Q&A

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Brandon, Suffolk (East Anglia) England


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

DC Bombshells Volumes 1 and 2


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Whatever is going in my crock pot for dinner


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Going to spend one hour of the read-a-thon reading to my kids. Currently they have fallen into a Mo Willems binge and my son has memorized We Are In A Book. Maybe a few Halloween books.


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Nap if needed rather than reaching for another caffeine drink.

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review 2017-10-21 23:29
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer: Mini Review
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

This was pretty much a meh for me. I don't really feel like the author got the tone right, but am also on a lot of cold medication right now, and it is entirely possible that I missed something. I want to give the author the benefit of the doubt because he clearly knows how to write, but the dry narration in counterpoint to the fantastical environment wasn't really working for me. I think that's more a disconnect between my expectations and the author's intent...I was just expecting the book to be something it never really advertised itself as, and so, couldn't deliver. I'm still looking forward to the movie. I think Alex Garland can make something pretty great out of it. If nothing else it will be visually stunning. I still like the concept, very much, I guess I'm just not crazy about the execution. 

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