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text 2017-11-15 18:45
I met Grim & Libromancer's Apprentice!


Last night I got to meet both Grim and Libromancer's Apprentice at an author event held at a local library. What fun!


This means I also got to meet Scott Lynch, (author of The Lies of Locke Lamora, Gentlemen Bastard Series #1), and Elizabeth Bear, (author of a whole bunch of stuff!). They're a married couple and just so cute together. They were both also very generous with their time and answered all of our questions. I'm so glad that I went!


I have to admit to being slightly nervous as I've not met anyone from Booklikes before, but it all went swimmingly. Grim and Libromancer's Apprentice were both as nice in person as they are on line and Grim even brought me books and made cookies! I let her know beforehand that my kitties might not warm up to her, so she brought them a kitty wind-up toy filled with catnip. She was able to pet them both before the night was out, which is unheard of! (They were both adopted and even though we've had them since January, they are still jumpy around strangers.)


As I said, I was very nervous about the whole night but everything turned out great! Grim and LA-it was a pleasure meeting you both and I hope we can get together again sometime in the future. :)





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text 2017-11-15 01:11
Reading progress update: I've read 236 out of 377 pages.
The White People and Other Weird Stories - Arthur Machen

this collection is running at about 3.5 stars, in the ratings game, with me--but to be fair, I've got two long stories left to get done, and my overall view could change...a little.

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text 2017-11-14 23:00
16 Festive Tasks Update!

In the cases where a book task has been completed, the cover of the book is posted in the square. If another task has been completed there's a little Christmas ornament. 

4 tasks completed so far + 1 bonus point from the horserace = 5 points total!

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text 2017-11-14 19:15
Square 6: Saint Nicholas Day & Square 2: Bon Om Touk

Square 6:


Book themes for Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht: A story involving children or a young adult book, or a book with oranges on the cover, or whose cover is primarily orange (for the Dutch House of Orange) –OR– with tangerines, walnuts, chocolates, or cookies on the cover.


I read: Childgrave


Childgrave - Ken Greenhall 



Square 2:


Tasks for Bon Om Touk: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you're living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.



I don't have any recent vacation pictures as we've recently bought a house and adopted two kitties! (Our vacations have been in the back yard ever since, and that's just fine with us.) For the purposes of the 16 Festive Tasks, I've posted pics below of one of our favorite places in the world: Martha's Vineyard. For those who don't know, it's an island off the shores of Massachusetts. It features some quaint towns, a cool little village and some of the most beautiful views anywhere, in my admittedly humble, (and not well traveled!) opinion. 


We are lucky to have a friend that owns a home in MV, who welcomes us to stay and who knows all the places with the best food. Let's start with breakfast. We ALWAYS went to Biscuits which is in Oak Bluffs and has the most fantastic food EVER. Yes, you can get chicken and waffles, you can get a bacon-cake, or you can get my favorite: eggs with homemade Linguica hash. Look at those big hunks of potato-YUM!





Usually after breakfast we would take a walk. Not far away from Biscuits is the old Methodist Campground. Founded in the early 1800's, originally in tents, this area was set up for worship. There is a big tabernacle there and its reputation grew. Eventually they began to build these gingerbread houses, in place of the tents, and now it's a gorgeous little village of these homes. None of them have cellars and the land itself is owned by the Campground. Most of the homes are so close, they even touch. From what I understand the homes are often passed down through generations and since the land is not owned, banks won't give mortgages for them. Here's my husband in front of one of the super cute homes, (sorry it's crooked!). I loved the little birdhouse on the front, (top balcony) which looks just like the house itself. Some of the homes are themed-there's one Wizard of Oz house that is super cool.





Here's a straighter picture for you:



At the western end of the island is a beautiful place which used to be called Gay Head, but is now called Aquinnah, for the native American tribe that lived here, (and still does). There's a beautiful lighthouse, which they've had to move due to erosion. Back in the day, there used to be a fort here, to protect the shore-the remains of which you can barely see in the water below, at the foot of the cliffs. 




South Beach is one of my favorite places on MV. You can drive right onto the beach and it's not crazy crowded like so many of the beaches on the mainland. Of course, it's private, so you can only go if you're with a resident. (You may be able to buy a day pass even if you're not a resident.) There are no snack bars, no bars whatsoever, just the beauty of the ocean. That land you see in the background on the left is Chappaquiddick. We were told by our friend that sometimes the channel across is connected by the sand that often builds up there and then you can drive right across. I guess that has happened on and off over the last 40 years. 




Lastly, the saddest part of any vacation-going home. This picture was taken from the ferry.



I hope we can make it back there sometime soon! 

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review 2017-11-14 19:06
Halloween Carnival Vol. 1
Halloween Carnival Volume 1 - Lisa Morton,Kevin Lucia,John Little,Brian James Freeman,Robert R. McCammon

Halloween Carnival is a collection of 3 short stories and two novellas. It would’ve been perfect reading on Halloween night but I’m a slacker and watched movies instead.


Strange Candy by Robert McCammon


A man thoughtlessly and rather stupidity (if you ask me) eats a strange looking piece of unwrapped candy out of his child's Halloween bag. Seriously, who does that?! After ingesting the gross thing, he finds himself no longer in his living room and begins to meet strangers who give him final messages to pass along to their loved ones. He writes nothing down but manages to remember it all. Ah, to have such a brain, what must that be like? Anyway, it has a twisty-twist at the end. It’s sad and I really enjoyed it all. 4 Stars


The Rage of Achilles or When Mockingbirds Sing by Kevin Lucia


Father Ward wasn't expecting a visitor on Halloween but he got one anyway. A grief stricken father begs for absolution. This is another sad story about love, grief and regret and a dedicated priest who witnesses the supernatural. It’ll haunt you with its beautiful sorrow. 4.5 Stars


Demon Air by John R. little


This story? I don’t know what it was besides a great disappointment to me. A woman is on a flight to find herself and she does a lot of navel gazing for most of the story until things finally go strangely awry. When the pilot thanks everyone for flying “Demon Air” I was entranced. Gross things begin to happen, passengers are tormented and then it abruptly ends and the fun is over nearly before it’s begun. Such a tease! This story had quite a bit of promise but in the end was a total let down. It felt rushed and unfocused and as if two stories were smashed together and neither ended up satisfying in the end. 2 Stars


La Hacienda de los Muertos Lisa Morton


Trick is a washed up actor ready to film a horror flick in the most haunted town in Mexico. Before the film can get going, Trick must deal with the supernatural. I thought this was interesting but pretty standard stuff. It wasn’t sad, or horrible or particularly scary either. I’d give it a 3.


#MakeHalloweenScaryAgain Mark Allan Gunnells


A horror writer posts a hashtag on his Facebook page hoping to drum up a little interest in his novels but he attracts a weirdo who takes it way too seriously instead. Now he’s involved in a murder investigation and spends the days leading up to Halloween hunting down the madman terrorizing his town. This was a decent, if slightly predictable, tale of mystery, murder, and Halloween that kept me turning the pages to discover if I was right about the killer and I was! I feel so smart :) 3 Stars


I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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