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text 2017-09-20 10:37
Changed selection for Terrifying Women square: I've read 6%.
Tales of Men and Ghosts - Edith Wharton

I had another book picked out for this square about a scary circus, but it reached DNF by page 2. Not only was the story promising to be crap, but the author called circus people carnies, which is a cardinal sin with me. Do some research! Don't write in a setting if you can't be bothered to learn something about it. Circuses are not carnivals and carnivals don't have big tops. What's so hard?

 

 

Anyway, I decided to select another book for the square. At first I thought I might peruse through my folder of Horror stories looking for women authors, but there were rather a lot of male authors so I took another tack. I Googled women Horror authors.

 

This of course took me to Classic authors like Mary Shelly, but it also revealed that some Classic women authors known for other genres have also written Horror stories! This includes Louisa May Alcott and Edith Wharton.

 

So, I now have The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice

Treherne's Temptation: A Christmas Story by Alcott on my computer, ready to transfer to Kindle.

 

However, I wasn't on computer at the time and could get Edith Wharton's ghost stories for free from Amazon, so that's the one I'm reading for the square. I do love a Victorian ghost story.

 

 

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text 2017-09-20 10:15
Witches square: I've read 25%.
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) (Volume 1) - Mona Hanna

I'm not a big fan of YA Romance, but this is shaping up to be pretty good!

 

There's a bit of world building involved with rules for magic and prejudices that make witches keep quiet about their abilities, plus it's written from the boy's point of view which is less common.

 

In a lot of ways it is just another sweet Romance directed at a young audience, but it's enjoyable enough to continue reading. I might even read the sequels, though I might save them for future Bingo reads.

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review 2017-09-20 09:47
A Cast of Vultures (Samantha Clair, #3)
A Cast of Vultures - Judith Flanders

Flanders delivers again - with the exception of one scene that asked too much suspension of disbelief, I had a great time with this book.

 

Helping a neighbour check on her missing friend, Sam is sucked into a well-intentioned case of B&E, but when that friend turns up dead in an arson-related house fire down the street, Sam can't resist wondering: how does a man who worked with at risk boys, dined with elderly neighbours, and helped squatters negotiate the law end up setting fires and selling drugs?

 

The mystery surrounding all of this is deliciously complex, and even though I correctly picked out the guilty party early, I had no earthly idea why that person was guilty (sometimes it's obvious by the story's construction - the dog that doesn't bark, so to speak), and finding out was fun and a little bit... if not surprising, interesting.  And a little bit sad.  

 

Most of all, I love the scenes that are played out in the publishing house Sam works for - the politics of the job, the editing process (the part that isn't all about the grammar), and the office interactions are all some of my favourite bits.  (Miranda is awesome.)

 

This is one of those cozy mysteries I can recommend without reservation; it's not the fluffy stuff being pumped out in droves; it's smart, funny, real, and highly relatable in just about all aspects (save that scene I mentioned at the beginning).  These are the ones I buy in hardcover - bring on #4!

 

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text 2017-09-20 07:01
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 340 pages.
Patriot's Dream - Barbara Michaels

Starting this for the Gothic square.

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text 2017-09-20 04:34
Halloween Bingo update #6

 

The Ghost square has now been marked with a cute little dog whose breed I don't know.

 

Finished But Not Yet Marked:

 

 

 

Finished and Marked:

 

 

The Drops of God 2 - Shu Okimoto,Tadashi Agi - Free Square

 

Parasite Eve - Hideaki Sena - Genre: Horror, Chilling Children, Monsters, and Diverse Voices

 

Unseemly Pursuits: A Concordia Wells Mystery - K.B. Owen - Cozy Mystery, Murder Most Foul, Amateur Sleuth, and Terrifying Women

 

Lure of the Mummy - Janis Susan May  - Supernatural, Monsters, Terrifying Women

 

The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One - Elizabeth Watasin - Ghost, Darkest London, Supernatural, The Dead Will Walk, and Terrifying Women

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