Diagonal, top left corner to bottom right corner.
Plus a bingo-"ready" completed column (second from right) ... and two more bingos in the making once I've read my books for "Diverse Voices" (=> all 4 corners plus center square) and "Werewolves" (=> center row) -- and once the "Classic Noir" and "Classic Horror" squares are called.
Considering that I've approached this bingo chiefly in "mood reader" mode, the calls have been extraordinarily lucky for me so far! That being said, guess what my next two reads are likely going to be ...
"Virgin" card posted for ease of tracking and comparison.
Read but not called
Called but not read
Black Kitty in Black Vignette:
Read and Called
Black Kitty Center Square:
Read = Called
(Note: Physical print editions unless stated otherwise)
Reviews for the books I've read most recently to follow separately!
Finished; full review to come as part of my next bingo update. Right now, my head is still too much in a whirl, brimming with the names and information that Edwards has crammed into it.
The book's final chapters explore specific topics and methods of narration pioneered by some of the classic crime writers: psychology -- the forerunner of thrillers and suspense novels such as by Minette Walters, and Ruth Rendell in her Barbara Vine identity --, serial killer stories, inverted mysteries (think "Columbo": you know whodunit; rather, the thrill lies in the cat-and-mouse game between the killer and the detective), and irony as a narrative method; as well as taking a look at some writers that, despite having published one successful crime novel, never wrote another (nicknamed "singletons"), as well as at the major early to mid-20th century represetatives of crime fiction in the U.S., on the European continent, and in South America (well, really just Argentina) and Japan; and finally, the books that stylistically built a bridge towards the crime writing of the second half of the 20th century, as well as today.
My reading lists culled from the book, for those who are interested, are up to chapter 15 at present:
Other books mentioned:
... with the lists covering the final chapters due to follow once I've caught up on my bingo reviews -- and some real life stuff that is interfering with my reading pleasure at the moment.
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Have a look what Midu Reads on BookLikes: http://miduhadi.booklikes.com/
On your About me page you write that it was Lorna Doone that made you passionate about books. Tell us more.
There was this book fair at my school and I wanted to buy all the flashy books at exorbitant costs. Back then, my mom used to teach there as well. We have never been rich but our financial situation was even tougher then. I asked my mom if I could buy some books and she said, she would pick out a few for me. The next day, she returned with this boring book with the least glamorous subject matter and the most unattractive cover. Lets just say, I didn't receive the gift with much grace. She sat me down and told me to give the book a try anyway. I did and as I read, I fell in love with the story. I have never stopped reading after that.
What made you start book blogging?
I wanted to be able to say more than "I've read this book", "This book is world-rocking/meh", or "Read this one or I'm writing you out of my will".
Does blogging have an impact on your reading life?
I would say, it has. My reviews have gotten more reader-centric. They used to be about me, now I try to write reviews that will also help others decide if a book is right for them. Consequently while reading, I also focus on things that would clinch (or be a deal breaker) to others.
What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?
I think I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Epic Fantasy. Yet now I find myself gravitating towards Sci-Fi. What makes it special is that I am able to relate with what I have read. It has given me a way to include science in my writing!
You’re an editor and a copywriter. You’re co-working with authors and other personalities from the publishing branch. How did that influence your reading life?
I think it has affected my writing life more. Before I ghost-wrote whole books, I didn't believe I would ever be able to write one for myself. Now, I have started thinking that might be...probably...is mostly possible lol
What are your three favorite book covers?
You’ve published over 300 reviews here on BookLikes. How does you review process look like?
I have? Wow! I keep two things in mind while writing a review: a) the characters or their actions do not make the author b) I should be able to justify any claims that I make in it. I hope I have done well in those regards :-)
Any tips for the beginner reviewers and bloggers?
You’re an author! Tell us more!
Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall?
I don't know how to do the seasonal thing or read the latest books. I read what I know I'd like reading at a particular time. The best I can do is name some good books that I have read recently include Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, and Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson. I am also loving my current read, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)
I usually read when I am in the van and on my way to work. So, no photos!
A paper book or an e-book?
Both. It just needs to be legible lol
Three titles for a dessert island?
They keep changing. I think this would be a good one to mention here:
That's the funny thing about old hurts- they just wait for new heartache to come along and then show up, just as sharp and horrible as the first day you woke up with the world changed all around you.
If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?
I would be most interested in meeting Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights. She is all kinds of evil!
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From the chapters covering some of the key locations of classic British mysteries (the countryside, including and especially country manors, as well as London -- of course -- and domestic and international vacation resorts), we've now moved to an exploration of how the various writers used their "original" professional experience in their writing, and how classic mysteries worked when set in the worlds of science, engineering, politics, teaching -- and of course, the world if the professional investigator, the policeman.
I find I am particularly enjoying these chapters; while those dealing with the various geographical settings were a huge enterprise of cramming as many titles into the introductory chapters as possible (with considerable "name recognition" value -- this is, after all, the Golden Age mystery world 101, and you can't possibly read classic British crime fiction without coming across at least a fair share of the novels mentioned in those chapters somewhere or orther eventually) -- now we're back to an analysis as to what exactly made the novels, and their writers and protagonists, tick ... and how it impacted the various storylines. That, in addition to being introduced to a plethora of new authors to read, was a major draw for me in the initial 5 chapters, too, where the focus was on how the "conventions" and hallmarks of classic British crime fiction were shaped.
Now off to working on another "books mentioned" reading list ...