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text 2017-05-26 19:40
Updated BL-opoly: Rolls 18.1, 18.2 & 18.3 + extra rolls!
Faithful Place - Tana French
A Great Reckoning - Louise Penny
Pocket Apocalypse - Seanan McGuire
Wildfire at Midnight - Mary Stewart
By Gaslight: A Novel - Steven D. Price

Just in time for the long holiday weekend, I finished Partner in Crime for Roll 17, and then rolled doubles twice!

 

Roll 18.1: I rolled a doubles 3, which sent me to the Start square, which is a free square! I will be reading The Faithful Place by Tana French for this task!

 

Roll 18.2: I rolled a doubles 4, which sent me to square 8: read a book tagged mystery, or that begins with one of the letters in CLUE! I will be reading A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny for this square. It's tagged mystery on GR by 668 users!

 

Roll 18.3: I rolled a 5 for this one, which puts me on the BL square. I rolled a 1, which tells me to let my BL friends choose a book for me! My list of four books is:

 

1.  The Love Interest - Cale Dietrich

 

Plot summary: There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

 

2. The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas:

 

Plot summary:

 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

 

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

 

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

3. Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four - Seanan McGuire:

 

Plot Summary:

 

Endangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm.
Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered.

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much.

Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex.

Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

 

4. Field of Blood - Denise Mina:

 

Plot Summary:

 

A sensational murder provides the young journalist Paddy Meehan with her big professional break when she realizes that she has a personal connection to one of the suspects.Launching her own investigation, Paddy uncovers lines of deception that go deep into the past - and that could spell even more horrible crimes in the future if she doesn't get the story right.

 

What say you? Which one should I read? First to comment chooses!

 

I will be reading Pocket Apocalypse!

 

I decided to go ahead & add my extra Memorial Day rolls to this post as well:

 

 

This one puts me on Haunted Mansion #19: Read a book tagged gothic or horror, or that is a ghost story. For this one, I will be reading Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart.

 

And, the next roll is: 

 

 

Which sends me back to Paradise Pier, where I started today, on space #28: reach a book set during the Victorian era, or that is tagged steampunk. For this one, I've decided to read By Gaslight by Steven Price, which is set in 1885.

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review 2017-05-20 20:25
A Fatal Grace (orig. Dead Cold) by Louise Penny
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny

Series: Armand Gamache #2

 

I am done with this series. Maybe it gets better, but I just don’t think I have the patience to put up with it. That’s not to say that other people wouldn’t love this book; it’s just that it does a lot of little things that add up to a lot of annoyance for me.

 

Penny did a lot of work to show that CC was a detestable human being, to the point where I was desperate for her to die, finally. I had to wait till about the 20% mark. Initially I was more interested in the death of the bag lady, however. Regardless, Penny spends a lot of time setting the scene and trying to build up her characters in a way that just annoyed me. It seemed so tangential to the story that it didn’t seem real. The banter (like the bitch/slut thing with Ruth and whatever the guy’s name was) seemed forced and none of the character details felt like they were an integral part of the story. I’m not sure whether I’m explaining myself very well, but I just didn’t like the whole style of showing character traits and silly lovey-dovey sequences between older couples musing on their changed attributes. They were dwelled on rather than just being character beats.

 

Someone else complained about the misspelling of Canadiens (the hockey team) in their copy; originally I thought it was only one instance but the mistake was repeated everywhere throughout the book. There were other French mistakes and a weird use of French just for effect even when the characters were speaking French. Honestly, I could never keep straight when they were supposed to be speaking French and when they were supposed to be speaking English.

 

The mystery itself was predictable. I called it on pretty much every point and that almost never happens. I didn’t know that I was right, but my theory (that I came up with pretty early on) was right. Regarding both murders.

Also, regarding the dog, Henri:

It seems like Gamache let Émilie die just so that he could take possession of her dog. I think he planned it. Otherwise it’s just a pointless death.

(spoiler show)

 

I was going to read this to break myself out of jail in booklikes-opoly, but I used the prison jail library to buy my way out so I’m donating my pages read back to the library. We’ll see how far I get with my next read, but if I’m allowed I’ll donate the pages I read before tomorrow (when I can roll again). I’m using the hardcover page count for A Fatal Grace, so that’s 311 pages added back to the prison library. My bank balance is still at $87 because I don’t earn any money from this turn.

 

My updates:

4%

12%

29%

64%

87%

 

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text 2017-05-20 14:30
Reading progress update: I've read 87%.
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny

"She claimed to be so balanced, so grounded. Well, she was so grounded it killed her."

Oh, electricity jokes: she was so grounded it killed her.

(The she in question was electrocuted.)

 

Don't mind me.

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text 2017-05-20 02:44
Reading progress update: I've read 64%.
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny

How do you confuse bath additives with vegetable soup mix?? I mean, how does that even happen? It should say "vegetable" and "soup" right on the package! Plus something like "Liptons".

 

Who gives someone vegetable soup packets for Christmas, anyway?

 

Oh, and Gamache is being dense. And Yvette is some weird psychopath.

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text 2017-05-19 22:05
Reading progress update: I've read 29%.
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny

At least now CC's been killed. Honestly, that whole introduction sequence took way too long. And there's no way one person could perform CPR for 20 minutes and there's no mention of them switching.

 

I was just thinking though, after noticing that Penny is randomly injecting phrases like "C'est vrai" in a dialogue she's transcribing in English but has described as taking place in French, wouldn't it be cooler if the dialogue were just written as it was said? I mean, what's the point of putting that "C'est vrai" there? It would make sense if they had been speaking English and one of them had thrown in the French phrase, but when they're already supposed to be speaking French, I don't really see the point.

 

I know, I know, putting random dialogue in French would be a hindrance to all the non-bilingual people, but there's got to be a better way than this half-baked attempt at Frenchifying an English novel.

 

Maybe I'll pick up a French roman policier at the library tomorrow. Chrytine Brouillet's been recommended to me. Has anyone read her Maud Graham series?

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