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text 2018-10-15 18:35
The Shadow of Polperro - 20/235pg
The Shadow of Polperro - Frances Cowan

I've never encountered a book so badly written and edited. The grammar and punctuation are insane. I keep having to re-read paragraphs to make sense of them.

 

     "Why not? But I'd be careful if I were you."

     "Careful?"

     Her monosyllabic question was answered by another. "Do you believe in psychic phenomena?"

 

* * * * * * * *

 

     "Yes, though I'm the world's worst driver."

     He cleared his throat again, realising that her present financial situation did not run to cars. 

     He held out his hand: "Now remember, come to me for any advice you need. You have enough money for the present?"

     Again the glimmer of wry mischief: "For the present. Thank you, Mr. Deoring"

 

* * * * * * * * * 

 

     Not immediately though; she decided to spend the rest of the week looking for a job. 

     Her lack of experience gave her little choice. Could she type? No. Shorthand? No. Was she good at figures? Most certainly no. She was offered , somewhat doubtfully, the post of matron at a boys' prep school, a job in an office dark and dingy, where she would have been little more than a tea-girl. She refused both and studied the "Wanted ads" in the papers. There were a great many, so many that she found herself in a kind of mental vortex, for none were suitable. Work in London, life in London, in a small bed-sitting room? The thought gave her claustrophobia. 

 

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text 2018-10-14 14:27
The Shadow of Polperro - Gothic
The Shadow of Polperro - Frances Cowan

I was debating using the audio of Dracula for gothic, but in the spirit of cheesy vintage gothic paperbacks, I decided to use this one instead. I got this as one of a mystery bundle at Half Price Books, where they tie up 4 paperbacks in a ribbon for $3 and you get whatever is in there. 

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review 2018-10-07 13:33
A Night in the Lonesome October ★★★☆☆
A Night in the Lonesome October - Gahan Wilson,James Warhola,Roger Zelazny

I got exactly what I expected from this book: A quick, easy read with plenty of humor and an inventive story. It’s full of famous fictional mystery and horror characters, from “the Great Detective” to “the Count”, with Jack the Ripper as the main protagonist. But the fun comes from the book's POV, which is not of the famous characters themselves, but of their animal familiars. Jack’s companion Snuff makes his daily guard dog rounds, ensuring that the Things (in the mirror, in the attic, in the Circle, etc) don’t escape, spying on the other players, and developing cooperative relationships with their animal familiars. The chapters are short, the battles are fun to read, and the ending was satisfying.

 

Paperback, found in a secondhand bookstore. This was my first Zelazny, but probably won’t be my last.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Supernatural: mystery, suspense or horror books which include elements that defy current understanding of the natural world, including magic, witchcraft and/or crypto-zoological aspects.

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text 2018-10-05 12:25
A Night in the Lonesome October - 107/280pg
A Night in the Lonesome October - Gahan Wilson,James Warhola,Roger Zelazny

     The vicar stood before the altar - which I noted to be draped in black - and was reading to his congregation. He squinted through his square spectacles, as the flickering light was not very good, all of it coming from a few black candles. Larry pointed out that the cross was upside down, which I'd already noticed myself. 

     "Do you know what that means?" he asked softly.

     "Religious distress signal?"

 

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text 2018-10-03 23:21
A Night in the Lonesome October - 25/280pg
A Night in the Lonesome October - Gahan Wilson,James Warhola,Roger Zelazny

I'm really just getting started with this one, but I already love how this story is told from the watchdog's POV. 

 

     Made the circuits. The Thing in the Circle changed shapes, finally making itself look like a lady dog of attractive person and very friendly disposition. But I was not fooled into breaking the Circle. It didn't have the smell part down yet. 

     "Nice try," I told it. 

     "You'll get yours, mutt," it said.

 

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