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text 2018-10-17 06:04
Replacement "Creepy Carnivals" read?
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

I did a quick check for audiobooks with carnivals/parties/festivals in them and came across this. The main character is an illusionist working in a giant carnival. Her illusions are incredibly realistic, but not actually real, or so she thinks. Then one of them is somehow murdered. This is YA, so of course the illusionist heroine is the first illusionist to be born in a hundred years.

 

I have to admit, I probably would have passed this by if it weren't for Halloween Bingo. But I'm still slogging my way through my paper and e-books, so if I want that Creepy Carnivals square an audiobook seems like the best way to go. Between work-time listening and the trip back to the car dealership that I'll be making on Friday (a couple minor issues with my new car that I want them to look at), I should hopefully be able to finish it before the end of Halloween Bingo.

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text 2018-10-17 05:40
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The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

Page 123:

 

The heroine is dumb as a box of hammers, and all of these characters are vile.

 

Page 48:

 

I agree with Linda about the dog - it's a St. Bernard and better not get harmed or killed. I am thinking that this is the book I was thinking of - the reference to quicksand is very familiar. It scared the crap out of me when I saw about 12!

 

Page 1

 

This is the cover on my copy of The Waiting Sands - totally lame. Also, it doesn't look anything like Scotland to me. What do you all think?

 

I'm getting ready to start this one, although I also need to buckle down on The Career of Evil and get it finished as it is due back to the library quite soon! I'm going to work on both of them tonight.

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text 2018-10-17 05:16
Halloween Bingo, Darkest London square
The Garden Plot - Marty Wingate

I forgot to mention that I'd be using this for the Darkest London square. It takes place in London, and using it for that square means I just have Creepy Carnivals to finish and then I have another Bingo.

 

I'll do a proper Halloween Bingo update later. And hopefully write some reviews.

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text 2018-10-17 04:57
Reading progress update: I've read 97 out of 224 pages.
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

I like these people even less on page 97 than I did on page 68.

 

This is less a gothic/gothic romance than it is a psychological thriller.  All the characters are slightly nuts, some more so than others.  I can't imagine any of them falling in love with, let alone actually loving, any of the others.

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review 2018-10-17 00:54
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster - Scott Wilbanks

This was a bit unexpected. Based on the title and the author’s definition of the word “lemoncholy” I thought this was YA. It is not. See? Unexpected! Having shifted gears to adult novel mode and noting that the book isn’t listed as romance, I thought myself safe from insta-love. I was not. Unexpected! I enjoyed the little bit of romance anyway, though I confess my eyes did roll a little. Unexpected! (The enjoyment, not the eye-rolling.)

 

Seriously now, I did enjoy this for the most part. Some of the “coincidences” were hard to swallow (but you get that with time travel) and were visible from miles and decades away. The ending was saccharine-sweet with nearly every sub-plot happily resolved and tied up with neat little bows, and yet at least two things that I can think of never got explained, one of which is really bothering me. So it was a mostly satisfying read that tried too hard at the end but still left me with a pleasant buzz.

 

I do wonder, though, with all that vintage Victorian clothing piled around Annie’s house, wouldn’t the whole place smell like great-grandma’s closet? And who stores vintage clothing in piles in the first place?! Take care of that stuff! Sheesh!

 

I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Supernatural square.

 

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