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text 2017-09-21 12:39
Reading progress update: I've read 89%.
Feed (The Newsflesh Trilogy) - Mira Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who'd have thought these characters would have me bawling my eyes out.

 

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text 2017-09-10 14:19
Halloween Bingo Update #2
Feed - Mira Grant
Mr Mercedes - Stephen King
It - Stephen King

 

Hooray, I've finished 1 book for HB!!!

 

 

Halloween Bingo Card

 

Bingo Calls

 

Ghost

Cozy Mystery

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Horror

Locked Room Mystery

 

Reading List

 

The Dead Will Walk - Feed 20%

Aliens -

Supernatural -

Werewolves -

Chilling Children -

Haunted Houses -

Vampires -

Magical Realism -

Monsters -

Diverse Voices -

Witches -

Ghost - First Grave on the Right 10/9

Free Square Mr Mercedes 5%

80's Horror - It 2%

Terrifying Women -

American Horror Story -

Genre: Horror -

Country House Mystery -

Darkest London -

Modern Masters of Horror -

Classic Noir -

Demons -

Romantic Suspense -

In the Dark, Dark Woods -

Serial/Spree Killer -

 

A slight change of plan as I decided to re-read It by Stephen King, this will be for the 80's horror square.I've just seen the movie which was great fun, I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

 

Pic Monkey is still playing up on Firefox, so I had to switch to IE where it is behaving as it should.

 

I leave you with lovely Pennywise the Clown.

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-05 13:10
Halloween Bingo Update #1
Feed - Mira Grant
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones
Mr Mercedes - Stephen King

 

It's a slow start for me and I haven't finished one book yet.

 

 

I'm very jealous of all those that have already posted finishing several, I need to kick my reading up a gear.

 

Halloween Bingo Card

 

 

 

 

Bingo Calls

 

Ghost

Cosy Mystery

In the Dark, Dark Woods

 

Reading List

 

The Dead Will Walk - Feed 20%

Aliens -

Supernatural -

Werewolves -

Chilling Children -

Haunted Houses -

Vampires -

Magical Realism -

Monsters -

Diverse Voices -

Witches -

Ghost - First Grave on the Right 48%

Free Square Mr Mercedes 5%

80's Horror -

Terrifying Women -

American Horror Story -

Genre: Horror -

Country House Mystery -

Darkest London -

Modern Masters of Horror -

Classic Noir -

Demons -

Romantic Suspense -

In the Dark, Dark Woods -

Serial/Spree Killer -

 

 

 

 

 I'm not sure why but I'm having huge problems with Pic Monkey, it won't let me edit and keeps freezing. I've had to download the IOS app, use the stickers from there, save to my photos, add it to BL, save the draft and then open it up again on my PC. Aaarrrgghhh. Anyone else having any issues?

 

 

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review 2017-06-04 17:14
Clock Zero: I'm not my social feed
Clock Zero: I'm not my social feed - Nawar Alsaadi

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

Quite an interesting story, with likeable characters—possibly a like goofy, too, but I was in the mood for that, and also, taking jabs at helpdesks/customer service? Count me in, I’ve been in that kind of jobs that for some time now, and we all need to find our fun somewhere, otherwise we’d just get bonkers.

Anyway. That was for the fun parts, enhanced with the way the narrator swipes at social media, the amount of time we spend checking Facebook and Twitter, and how it’s so easy to get lost in it. Not that I don’t like my little FB time, but I know what it feels like to turn your computer on at the end of the day and realise you’ve spent the past two hours going through clickbait crap when you could’ve been doing something else. (Like reading, and reviewing, and therefore catching up on your backlog of NetGalley books, so that you can then post your reviews on your blog and FB page and... Wait a second.)

There are less fun parts, too, closer to actual terrorism, with a plot meant to destroy cell towers, satellites, etc., through a virus uploaded on everybody’s smartphones. A revolution of sorts, to force people to look up from their phones and enjoy life again. Kind of extreme (I’m trying not to spend too much time on social media, but let’s be honest, if internet and networks in general are gone, I’m out of a job). One will like this idea or not. It’s probably a case of ‘doing the wrong things for the right reasons’. In the light of recent years and the growing amount of terrorist attacks, this commentary is not, well, enjoyable, yet one can also (unfortunately) relate to it while reading about it (my main Tube hub is closed today because of that, now let me tell you that’s one instance I was glad to hang on FB instead of being out socialising!).

Style: the writing is OK, some typos now and then (it was an ARC so hopefullyl those were corrected in the final version), and at first the narrator alluding to hashtags and emojis was a little confusing. Nothing too bad, though.

I’m torn about the twist in the end—can’t decide whether I like it, or would have preferred the story to end one chapter earlier. Still unsure as well if the book was meant to be totally satirical, and if I should get angry at it (I preferred to treat is as satire and fun, because I’m too lazy and it’s too hot outside to waste energy into such feelings).

Conclusion: Maybe not the best read you can find when it comes to taking jabs at social, yet enjoyable nonetheless.

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review 2017-06-04 08:30
#40 - Feed by Mira Grant
Feed - Mira Grant

Feed is the story of Georgia and Shaun Mason, two bloggers living in a post apocalyptic world full of zombies. They are working on the biggest story of their lives; that could also end it.

 

Feed is not your typical zombie story. It is actually really different from the post apocalyptic stories I’ve read. The people on earth managed to rebuild a society, really different from the one we live in, but it still is a functioning one. Gatherings of many people are not common and for young people, born after The Rising, this is something they are not familiar with. They live in fear, but still, they live.

 

Shaun and Georgia are great characters. They are both funny and sassy and they will do anything for the truth. I did not really connect with any of them, but I still like them. I also really enjoyed Rick and Steve, even if they are not that present in the book, they were great side characters.

 

I sometimes struggled with reading; some parts were a bit too long where nothing was really happening and I found myself not wanting to read. Nonetheless, it was a great story and the ending was fabulous. I could not believe what was happening.

 

Some events were actually really tragic and sad, but it never made me cry. Reading a book set in a post apocalyptic world where zombies are part of the scenery; you know it will not end well for everybody. You expect it. So, not really cry worthy, but still really tragic.

 

I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy post apocalyptic stories but are not there for the survival aspect of it. If you like scandals, politics and geeky stuff, with a lot of humor, this is for you.

 

I read this book for New Orleans Square 19 and I earned 5$ for it (571 pages).

Bank: 64$

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