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text 2018-09-25 16:19
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Feed - Mira Grant

Honestly, not feeling this one. I don't have a lot of energy to look for a new book though for the square, so I may just suck it up and continue.

 

I think what is taking me out of the story is we have zombies, it's the year 2030 something, and apparently bloggers are still a thing. The MC, Georgia also known as George, runs a blog alongside her brother Shaun, and their friend Buffy. Apparently the world as we know it is still about the news and ratings. George, Shaun, and Buffy get a chance to cover a Presidential race and this means huge ratings and a win for the three of them. 

 

There's also some shadiness with George and Shaun's adopted parents. They care only about ratings it seems and they adopted these two to look more wholesome or something. 


I don't know what to say about this book besides I feel mostly confused. There are also way too many info dumps about the science behind the zombies/virus and how ratings/bumps work and what bloggers are called. 

 

 

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review 2018-09-25 15:20
John Peters in the Land of Demons
John Peters in the land of Demons - A.H. Matai

by A.H. Matai

 

This one confused me in that the writing was stilted, much of it in short sentences like you might see in a children's book, but the characters were university age. There was some off sentence structure and weird word choices and eventually I decided that it must have been written by someone whose grasp of English is being seen through a foreign grammar structure. I tried to look up information on the author to see if they came from a non-English speaking country, but couldn't find anything.

 

There were some interesting ideas but the story just didn't flow. I do generally find stories involving demons very interesting. There was a lot of 'telling' as far as the character's feelings were concerned, mostly when they got angry. The premise of the story really attracted me but I just couldn't get into it.

 

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review 2018-09-25 13:45
Don't Know What I Was Supposed to Take Away From This One...
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson

I tried to get into it, but Robert Neville in "I Am Legend" kind of sucks. You feel sorry for him for losing his wife and daughter, but then Matheson will have him talk about how the vampires that are women are trying to seduce him and a few times he has to talk himself out of going outside to them. I am guessing rape? Cause they seem to fall down as if they are dead during the daylight hours. Eh. I don't know. Spoilers: There's also a dog and it dies and I was mad so there was that.

 

"I am Legend" has Robert Neville as it seems the sole survivor of a vampire virus. Neville spends his days hunting vampires and also trying to find out a cure. You (and me I guess) start to feel sorry for Robert as you realize he has nothing to break up his days and his nights are spent drinking himself to oblivion to block out the noises and yelling the vampires do. 

 

The vampires in this book curiously enough are not like vampires in Salem's Lot. They seem similar to Count Dracula that they have some control over their bodies and reasoning. They don't like garlic though or religious symbols depending on the vampires background before they were turned (which made zero sense). 

 

Things change for Robert though when he sees an actual live dog and then comes across a woman named Ruth. Robert is desperate to just make a connection with someone or anything in order to hold onto what is left of his humanity. 

 

This book takes place during the late 1970s in the U.S. so there is no discussion of cell phones, blogs, the internet, etc. so you definitely can see how in that time and place things and people could be cut off from each other.

 

The world building works for me since you hear how the virus spread through misquotes (which makes sense when you think about the Zika virus) and how slowly everyone was taking over.


The ending didn't make a lot of sense to me. I don't want to discuss cause of spoilers, but my brain/logic thinks that the whole ending just ruined what came before it. 

 

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review 2018-09-25 07:38
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales - Roger Luckhurst,Robert Louis Stevenson

TITLE:  Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales 

 

AUTHOR:  Robert Louis Stevenson

  

DATE PUBLISHED:  2008 (reissue)

 

PUBLICATION:  Oxford World's Classics

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9780199536221

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DESCRIPTION: 

"Stevenson's short novel, published in 1886, became an instant classic.  It was a Gothic horror that originated in a feverish nightmare, whose hallucinatory setting in the murky back streets of London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence.  The respectable doctor's mysterious relationship with his disreputable associate is finally revealed in one of the most original and thrilling endings in English literature.  

 

In addition to Jekyll and Hyde, this edition also includes a number of short stories and essays written by Stevenson in the 1880s, minor masterpieces of fiction and comment:  'The Body Snatcher', 'Markheim',  and 'Olalla' featuring grave-robbing, a sinister double, and degeneracy, while ' A Chapter on Dreams' and 'A Gossip on Romance' discuss artistic creation and the 'romance' form.  Appendices provide extract from contemporary -writings on personality disorder, which set Stevenson's tale in its full historic context."

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It's a bit hard to comment on a classic that has resulted in numerous adaptations.  I found the stories in this book to be creepy and the essays interesting.

 

 

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text 2018-09-25 05:39
Reading progress update: I've read 186 out of 384 pages.
HEX - Nancy Forest-Flier,Thomas Olde Heuvelt

At the low point of his stupor after [...]´s death - at half past one on Monday night - Tyler lay in bed, naked but for his underpants, his body covered with goose bumps and his nipples dark, hard nodules.

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It was as if Laurie was in another dimension, where the images that kept flashing through his mind in a sickening repitition - Katherine´s nipple, [...], the horses - didn´t exist

 

The author likes to mention and descripe the occational nipple. Maybe he wants to emphasise the mental state of the character by doing this. Or maybe he is just weirdly obsessed by nipples.

 

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