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text 2017-10-22 18:23
It's heeeeeeerrrrre! But how do I...
The Science Of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

It came to my door today, so I'm all ready for the Flat Book Society December lite read. But my cover, for this same ISBN, is different. I'm not sure how to fix that, since I don't think I'm supposed to create a new edition for the same ISBN. I generally don't bother with library edits on BL, because it's not the primary place where I catalog my books, but this is bugging me.

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review 2017-10-17 04:47
I Know It's a "Classic", But...
The legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

I found this very disappointing and really struggled to keep going for all 47 pages.  For a short story, it was long-winded and overstuffed with huge descriptiveness but very little actual action.  And not in the least bit scary.  I'm probably the only person in the whole wide world who didn't like this one.  I appreciate that it's a classic, I respect the vocabulary and writing style of Washington Irving...  but I give this one a thumb's down.  Blah. 

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review 2017-10-16 06:59
The Ballad of Black Tom; Or, Red Hook Reimagined
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle

LaValle's re-imagining of Lovecraft brings race to the forefront, and the results are disturbing and sadly quite timely. The world Tom Tester walks through, and the trials he faces, were painful to behold. Ultimately I was far more invested in Tester's story than any of the Lovecraftian horror elements of the story, though those were well written. I cared about this man and what happened to him. My biggest hurdle came when the POV shifted halfway through - I had a hard time investing in Malone and just wanted to return to Tester's story. Bottom line: If you like Lovecraftian horror, but find the treatment of race in his works unacceptable, you should absolutely pick this novella up. It's a great update to an old and problematic story, and a solid addition to the genre.

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text 2017-10-10 15:39
Personal Reading Challenge Update

Mid-October seems a good time to do a status check on my two personal reading challenges, and I'm doing pretty damn good on both!

 

This is the first year that I've tried to be deliberate in my reading, both in terms of what and how much I'm reading, and to actually track and measure success. 

 

How Much: The 2017 Reading Challenge

I really wasn't sure I could read 90 books in one year, but I've actually hit my goal already with 2 1/2 months to go!

 

What: The HA 2017 Mount TBR Challenge

In my ongoing battle to whittle down the number of books on my physical TBR shelves, I joined this challenge and have been forcing myself to stay out of the bookstores all year long. So the goal was to read at least 40 books that I already owned prior to January 2017 during this calendar year, and I've done pretty well, although I started ramping up my efforts this month. I have been using the various book bingos and other games to try to choose only from my physical TBR, and that has helped. I think I'm going to do this again in 2018, but it's killing me to stay out of the bookstores. Still, my bookshelves are getting more manageable. I'll post a shelfie later!

 

Disclaimer: Although I have marked the books "read" for the purposes of these challenges, I am including books that I DNF'd. And I am not shy about abandoning books if they aren't working for me. Still, as far as I'm concerned, just getting to them and having a final disposition counts!

 

 

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review 2017-10-09 20:32
Wow! What an Ending!
Asylum - Madeleine Roux

The kids in the Teen Book Club asked for a scary book that wouldn't scare them. No dolls, no clowns, etc. This fit the request. It was creepy and had a mystery to it. 

 

A group of teens has come to the college in NH for college prep. They are to live in the dorms (what used to by the asylum) for the 5 weeks while attending different classes every day. On the first day, Dan Crawford, meets his roommate, Felix, and Abby and Jordan. Abby, Jordan, and Dan become friends, to the point of being called the Hydra by a professor, but at the end of a week, their friendship has hit some bumps. They separate the next week and rarely come together. They are dealing with their own issues (Jordan is gay and has to stay in the closet, Abby's parents are going through problems and she just wants to find her aunt and Dan has moments where he doesn't remember things, blanks in his memory). They all explore the rooms that are supposed to be off-limits. After their first trip into those rooms, they start to have dreams and the dreams cause them to change. They explore the basement areas a few times, together and alone. Things start to happen and they are all beginning to have issues. 

 

Really good suspenseful book and I do recommend it. It was a very fast read, for my youngest and I. The older girls are dragging on it as the suspense builds and creeps them a little more. 

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