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review 2019-11-11 12:47
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch ★★★★☆
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch - Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean

Graphic novels are really not my thing. But this is the first one I've read that *felt* more like an illustrated novel than a comic book. Or at least, illustrated short story. It might be because this one has as much narrative structure as dialogue and very little action, so the artwork seemed more for building atmosphere and mimicking a sort of stop-motion movie drama, like extreme closeups, rather than depicting characters in action with voice bubbles over their heads. 


The artwork is strange but compelling. The story is strange but compelling. And the ending is... unsatisfactorily unresolved. 


Paperback, picked up on a whim at a Friends of the Library sale, because the author is Neil Gaiman. 


I read this for the 24 Festive Tasks 2019 for Door 2 Japanese Culture Day (Nov. 3): Read a graphic novel or a book set in a school or academic setting.

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review 2019-11-02 17:51
Pyramids ★★★☆☆
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett

This is the first book in Discworld’s “ancient civilizations” subseries, and I already miss Granny Weatherwax and Greebo and the Luggage. Like nearly all the DW books so far, it is endlessly quotable, pokes fun at both dearly held beliefs and silly tropes, and frequently provoked a giggle from me when I least expected it. But the pacing was off – it really dragged in places – and the characters were not nearly as engaging as in the other subseries. Overall, it’s a worthwhile read, but not one of Pratchett’s best.



I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Poe/Raven: Free Space.


Prior Updates:

Oct07 8/352pg

Oct12 60/352pg

Oct12 79/352pg

Oct12 189/352pg

Oct14 250/352pg


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review 2019-10-30 15:50
Review ~ Entertaining!
Popped Off (Stay at Home Dad Mysteries) - Jeffrey Allen

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


Deuce Winters is a stay-at-home dad who inadvertently solved a mystery with the help of a private investigator (see book 1 Stay At Home Dead). Now, it seems he needs the annoying PI again for a case of the missing King of Soccer and $73K of youth soccer association fees. The more Deuce digs the more complicated things get, but he feels he needs to find Moises Huber and the money for the kids’ sakes.


Humorous and twisty this mystery kept me guessing until the end. Lots of colorful characters and amusing situations, but Deuce’s daughter, Carly, takes the spotlight. Adorable! If you like small town stories with humor and a decent mystery then don’t pass up this book or book 1. You won't be sorry!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/popped-off.html
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review 2019-10-21 19:17
The Hellbound Heart ★★★★☆

The Hellbound Heart - Clive Barker 

This has to be among the most bizarre books I’ve read in a while. I’ve never seen the Hellraiser movies, so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, either. I have to give it credit for being inventive, at least. And entertaining, even if only in a wtf kind of way. And the ending had a satisfying roundness, where

Kirsty is entrusted with the puzzle box by the Cenobites, so that she gets to hand it over with vague promises of unearthly sexual experiences to the next “deserving” soul who comes looking for it.

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I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Read by Candlelight or Flashlight: Any mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror book - the trick here is to spend an hour or so reading by flashlight or candlelight. We finally got a “cold” front, where the temps dropped enough for me to light a fire without roasting myself, and Annabelle and I cuddled up under my Nancy Drew quilt by the fire and a Halloween candle and a nice glass of merlot for a good scary read. Sorry she's a little blurry, she doesn't like sitting still. 

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text 2019-10-14 20:32
Pyramid - 250/352 pg
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett

Dios sat on the steps of the throne and stared gloomily at the floor. The gods didn't listen. He knew that. He knew that, of all people. But it had never mattered before. You just went through the motions and came up with an answer. It was the ritual that was important, not the gods. The gods were there to do the duties of the megaphone, because who else would people listen to? 


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