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review 2018-10-14 00:07
Melancholy by Bella Jewel
Melancholy - Bella Jewel

Couldn't sleep at night. Wanted to read something with a big font (The Princess Bride has such a tiny font). Started this book. What can I say. Another wonderful example of tstl heroine. 
I was yelling in my head, "Don't, you moron! Don't go out alone at night!" And of course Santana went out and got hurt. No brain activity at all. And did she learn? No. She did it again and again. It was painful to read. After all that I started to question Maddox's sanity. How could he love a woman so dumb?

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review 2018-10-13 13:14
October: A Novel ★★★★☆
October - Michael Rowe

This novella was a quick wild ride, once it got going. I think it could have benefitted from a longer and more thorough treatment, to give us a more nuanced view of our main characters, but as I understand this was originally a short story, perhaps this is really all the author had to say about his characters. But I felt for Mikey and Wroxy. I had a small, very small, taste of being bullied as a child, and I remember other children who were the constant targets of harassment, likely much worse than was done publicly. The ending… is the logical conclusion of Mikey’s choices, but not the one I hoped for. Sometimes, though, the ending that we, as readers want, is not the ending that is right. It was still satisfying.

 

Audiobook, via Audible. Joel Froomkin was the perfect voice for Mikey, although he reminded me irresistibly of George McFly.

 

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square New release: mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural that was published after 10/31/17. Although it was based on a short story written in the late 1980’s, this novella was just published in February 2018.

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text 2018-10-12 14:17
October - 88%
October - Michael Rowe

Well, this was not unexpected, but curious as to what Mikey is going to do here. Too bad I have to go to work now. :(

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review 2018-10-11 20:36
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay

I don’t have anything to add about this book – the story, the characters, the complex world that JK Rowling created – that I didn’t say on my last re-read. I love it as much now as I did when I first picked up the audiocassettes from a bargain bin, skeptical but figuring that I ought to see what the fuss was about.

 

Instead, I’m going to review this specific edition, an oversized “deluxe format” hardcover illustrated by Jim Kay. It added another dimension of pleasure to my eleventy-billionth re-read, for the heavy weight of it, the tactile sense of turning the thick, almost card stock quality pages, and the visual texture on every page. Even those pages with no illustrations have a sort of inkspotted parchment look.

 

But the illustrations! I love Jim Kay’s interpretation of the scenes and characters. Some pages are just decorated with little elements from the stories.

 

Every chapter has an illustrated header.

 

Some pages are text superimposed over an illustration.

 

But there are also several full page, standalone illustrations.

 

This edition was horrifically expensive. But so very worth it. I’ll be buying all seven books for my collection.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Baker Street Irregulars: mystery that involves children/teens in crime solving. In this book, 11 year old Harry and friends try to solve the mystery of what Fluffy is guarding and to prevent the theft of the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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review 2018-10-11 00:24
20th Century Ghosts ★★★☆☆
20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill,Christopher Golden

This was, for me, a wildly uneven collection of short stories. I truly enjoyed a little over half of the 15 stories, with several 5 stars among them. The remaining ones didn’t connect for me at all. Pop Art was probably the best, one of those stories that will stick with you long after finishing it. My other favorites: 20th Century Ghost; You Will Hear the Locust Sing; Better Than Home; Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead; and Voluntary Committal.

 

Hardcover version that has been sitting on my shelf for four years, waiting to be read.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Ghost Stories: any story involving ghosts or hauntings, including haunted houses, buildings, graveyards, etc

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