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url 2018-09-21 08:52
The Man Booker Prize announces 2018 shortlist
The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner
The Overstory - Richard Powers
Milkman - Anna Burns
Washington Black: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 - Esi Edugyan
Everything Under - Daisy Johnson
The Long Take - Robin Robertson

The List is out. Booked added. 

Author (country/territory)    Title (imprint)

Anna Burns (UK)                Milkman (Faber & Faber)

Esi Edugyan (Canada)       Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)

Daisy Johnson (UK)           Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)

Rachel Kushner (USA)      The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)

Richard Powers (USA)      The Overstory (William Heinemann)

Robin Robertson (UK)       The Long Take (Picador)

 

 

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review 2018-09-20 00:34
Alternate Side
Alternate Side: A Novel - Anna Quindlen

Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen tells the story of marriage and life through Charlie and Nora Nolan, who live ensconced in a clannish, small street of stately homes in New York cities. The book is a slow burn. It takes a while to realize that this book is more about the city and the characters than a plot. I go from not being sure I am enjoying the book to crying by the end because the emotion creeps up on me.

 

Reviewed for NetGalley

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/09/alternate-side.html
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review 2018-09-19 22:52
Picking the right narrator makes all the difference...
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

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~BOOK BLURB~

Anna Dressed in Blood

Kendare Blake

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Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

 

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

 

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

 

Yet she spares Cas's life.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Plot-wise this has all the right elements, Anna is a fairly kick-ass ghost and despite how terrifying she is, you still end up liking her.  Especially after you hear the story of how she died.  Nevertheless, I still felt that it was missing something…maybe it's just me…or maybe it was due to the narrator.  When he did other peoples voices he was not so bad, but when he did the voice of Cas the MC, (which was his normal voice) he delivered his lines with very little emotion and it left me feeling disconnected from the story most of the time.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Characters~ 3.8/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's quite striking…

Narration~ 2 for August Ross

Series~ Anna #1

Setting~ Thunder Bay, Ontario

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Ghost Stories Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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text 2018-09-18 13:47
Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 316 pages.
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

I would like nothing more than to take the day off and spend it finishing this book. Unfortunately, I have a lot of work to do, so that isn't happening. Also, I have an appointment right after work. Ugh. I want to know how the spell goes, and why Anna isn't a normal ghost.

 

I have to chuckle a bit at some of the Anna/Cas stuff though. Anna has violet eyes (the mark of specialness!), Cas is the only living person she doesn't instantly get the urge to kill, and the way Cas has acted around her so far probably would have gotten him killed several times over with any other ghost but turns out just fine with Anna.

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review 2018-09-17 17:26
Used to be a Fav, But Re-Read Showed Glaring Problems
Getting Over It - Anna Maxted

I read this in between Halloween reads last week and just forgot to update and publish a review. " I used to really love Anna Maxted. She was one of my go to chick lit authors. Then she disappeared and I fell into like/love with other authors. I think that "Running in Heels" was interesting though on a re-read I realized how problematic it was. The same thing happened with "Getting Over It." It used to be a favorite, but I realized that the main character (Helen) is a jerk to her friends and to people she dates. Without realizing it, she's the female version of her jerk of a father. There is no scales falling from her eyes side of the road moment though. Instead there are just a bunch of things that happen and then the book limps off to a happish ending. 

 

Helen Bradshaw is in a dead endish kind of job (she's an assistant to a tyrant) and has two really good friends (Lizzy and Tina) and an okayish relationship with her parents. When her mother calls and tells her that her father is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack, both women are left stunned when he passes away. For Helen, her father was always there. She tries her best to be there for her mother, grandmother, all while dating and dealing with her cat Fatboy. She makes a connection with a vet named Tom the day of her father's funeral, and then due to circumstances keeps coming back to him while she tries to grow up. 

 

Helen is in her late twenties and self absorbed. I realized on re-read she's also selfish as hell too. She breaks up with a boyfriend who is a prat (Jasper) and then admits she still wants him hanging around cause of her not being able to stand on her own two feet. And then she gets involved with her roommate Marcus and blows off Tom cause Marcus commands her to. When that blows up she drifts back over to Tom and honestly I was sick of reading her bouncing from guy to guy since she wanted them to fix everything wrong in her life. I just realized she's no better than her mother who needed her father to tell her what to do as well. 

When Helen finds out something about her close friend, she gets mad when another friend doesn't believe it (Helen tells it to her in a gossipy I head way) and then she doesn't do much but call that friend and try to force her to break up with him. It just felt like a weird side plot to put in this book. It didn't help that then the friend seemed to maybe getting pushed into another relationship after the disastrous one and I really didn't understand what the heck was going on.


Helen's friends have some backstory to them, but we don't get to spend much time with them. Unless Helen is mocking them to the readers or to their face, she doesn't seem to give a good crap about them. Same issue with the men in her life. I just realize that I started to find her unpleasant and I was only halfway through the book.


The writing is okay, there is a lot of banter, but none of it really made me think much besides the fact most of the people except for Tom, Izzie, and Tina sucked. 


The flow was awful though. I am still confused about the timeline, but it appears to be a year in Helen's life showing the effects of her father's death on her and their family. 

 

The ending eh. It was a happy ending, just not much of one I thought. 

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