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text 2017-09-19 14:32
Bingo Update! I have a row!
Children of Chaos - Greg F. Gifune
Cabal - Clive Barker
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
Helltown - Jeremy Bates
Stalking Jack - Madison Kent

It doesn't count as Bingo because the squares haven't all been called, but I have a row completed. :D

 

 

Now the question is, which to target next? The diagonal row or the second across row? Both have three called squares. So I'm doing one from each that are fairly short and we'll see what happens next. I really want to start Dead Sea by Tim Curran for Monsters square, but it's nearly 600 pages!

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review 2017-09-10 10:45
Mirror, Mirror
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong

by Anthony M. Strong

 

A student goes scrounging college trash jeeps at the end of term to find treasures the rich kids have thrown away and among them finds an interesting mirror with a carved face and gold leaf. He takes it home and shows it to his nymphomaniac girlfriend when she comes over, who is rather unimpressed.

 

Some stories you don't have to see the author's name to recognise that it is written by a man. But ignoring that, I like the way the Horror aspect of this started out subtle. Mirror stories are often predictably the same in general and this was no different in that it was found in the way it was and the first inkling that something's going on comes in the form of a sound and a quick glimpse.

 

However, it did have some original twists and for a short story, it was reasonably good. The end was predictable, but done in a way that showed some skill. Not a bad effort.

 

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text 2017-09-08 11:07
A reshuffle, Ghosts and Center square
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane Book 2) - Richard Gleaves

It came to my attention that after already shuffling a few books around, the one I eventually started reading for center square is over 500 pages. It's a key position and a book I've been wanting to read, plus I've read too far to stop now!

 

So, after looking at my options, I've decided the one I had lined up for Ghosts isn't that important to me and I've moved Bridge of Bones to the Ghosts square and looked through my Horror folder specifically looking for something short for Center square.

 

Mirror, Mirror will do nicely. 53 pages. Phew!

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review 2017-08-30 18:01
Driving lessons.
Mirror Shoulder Signal - Dorthe Nors


Mirror, Shoulder, Signal was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017, and like it's colleague, the Man Booker Prize, this seems to imply a somewhat off-the-wall read. I haven't followed the International version of the prize in the past, but it probably represents my taste more than the English version.

 

This is a Danish author, in translation, and if I'm honest, not a lot happens. It's a short book at under 200 pages, and centres around Sonja, a middle-aged woman, who is trying prove something to herself by learning to drive. Her driving instructor won't let her touch the gear lever and changes gear for her, which is understandably frustrating.
She holds down a job translating a crime writer's novels from Swedish to Danish, and as he seems to be quite a well known author, this job gives Sonja some degree of respect. Meanwhile she goes for regular massage with Ellen, a somewhat forward masseuse who reads all sorts if importance into every ache and pain that Sonja confesses to.

 

Living in Copenhagen, Sonja frequently thinks with nostalgia of her childhood in the wilds of Denmark, where her sister, Kate, still lives. Kate avoids answering the phone and Sonja is progressively more frustrated by her inability to contact her sister.

 

"Sonja knows this much about love: there's not much of it in practice, but it's always thrived on people's tongues." (loc 777).

 

The translation was good and I guess I learned a little about life in Denmark, a place I've never been, but this is not a book I'll be encouraging everyone to buy.

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text 2017-07-05 23:51
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 217 pages.
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror - G.M. Berrow

I am having a super crappy day. So I've decided to read something light and fun.

 

 

Husband is gone. I may not have even warranted an interview for the job I wanted at the local library. And the neurosurgeon may require me to go back to my primary doctor and get another referral for another MRI since mine is older than 8 months. I'm not in a good mood today. I really need a bottle of wine and a week on the beach. 

 

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