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review 2017-11-15 22:11
If you've read his first book then it's not a surprise.
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man'... Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism - Ka Yoshida,Naoki Higashida,David Mitchell

My review somehow got eaten and replaced with another review. Sigh.

 

If you've read the author's first book then you're not going to be too shocked. There's value if you're curious about the author now as a young man vs. when he wrote his first book as a tween/young teenager. But I wasn't particularly intrigued and didn't find the blog-like posts all that interesting. 

 

I'm glad I could find it at the library though, and it might be be for someone else.

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review 2017-11-07 10:07
Uwięzieni w raju
Uwięzieni w raju - Mitchell Zuckoff

Książka oparta na faktach. Prawdziwe wspomnienia, prawdziwe zdjęcia i prawdziwe emocje. Mnie zaciekawiła okładka oraz opis na okładce. 

W maju 1945 roku nad Nową Gwineą rozbija się samolot amerykańskich sił zbrojnych stacjonujących na wyspie. To był w zasadzie lot wycieczkowy nad Szangri-La, a na pokładzie były 24 osoby. Gremlin spadł w dżungli w kompletnej głuszy, gdzie jego wrak stapia się otoczeniem i jest w ogóle nie widoczny z góry. Prawdopodobnie w okolicznych lasach żyją tubylcy, być może kanibale lub łowcy głów oraz Japończycy. Przy życiu zostają tylko kapral Margaret Hastings, porucznik John McCollom i sierżant Kenneth Decker. Są w fatalnym stanie, odwodnieni i ranni, ale decydują się opuścić miejsce spoczynku wraku i ruszyć w drogę. Trafiają na nieodkryte jeszcze rejony, między tubylców, o których tylko słyszeli.

Historia przypadła mi do gustu. Byłam pełna podziwu dla całej trójki jak próbują sobie radzić w nowej sytuacji i nie sprzyjających warunkach. Autor zadał sobie wiele trudu, by lektura była jak najbardziej autentyczna. Warto przeczytać

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text 2017-11-01 00:40
October 2017 Wrap-Up
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell
First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe's First Nation-state - Freddy Silva
Lava Storm In the Neighborhood (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories) (Volume 1) - Paul D. Scavitto,Sharon Willett,Stephanie Baskerville,Robert Tozer,Shae Hamrick,Christian W. Freed,Rebecca Lacy,Douglas G. Clarke,Mike Boggia,Sylvia Stein,Gail Harkins,Glenda Reynolds,Lynette White,Randy Dutton,Joyce Shaughnessy,Amos Andrew Parker,Laura S
One Blood - Qwantu Amaru
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane) (Volume 2) - Richard Gleaves
Vampire - In the Beginning - Charmain Marie Mitchell
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

12 books for me this month! More than double my average. Add The thin Man and Turn of the Screw to the above pictured books.

 

Thanks to Bingo. Now time to get back to other things I do besides reading every spare minute, though it's been fun.

 

No samples again, but clearing that folder again will resume soon. I have 5 Netgalley books to clear and then I'll settle into keeping at least 1 A-list book going while working through the Bingo folder where I have a load of back-ups for some of the squares. I might even read something besides Horror soon.

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review 2017-10-30 17:21
At the Mountains of Madness / H.P. Lovecraft
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Works of Weird Fiction - H.P. Lovecraft,D.M. Mitchell

I read this book to fill the ‘Monsters’ square of my 2017 Halloween Book Bingo card.

I’ve read a few accounts of Antarctic exploration and At the Mountains of Madness starts out in exactly the same style, but then it veers dramatically off course--the tale becomes an H. Rider Haggard adventure novel crossed with a cheesy horror movie! Lovecraft is very skillful at making the readers use their imaginations—he doesn’t describe the horrors experienced by the men of the expedition. Instead, he shows us a destroyed campsite and lets the expedition leader tippy-toe around the ancient ruins, jumping at every sound. There is a lot of hinting and alluding to mysterious writings, rather than descriptions of actual creatures, which would have become silly quite quickly. Much better to let each reader’s mind fill in the details that they would find the most horrifying.

It has taken me a long time to get around to reading Lovecraft, probably because I’m not much of a horror reader. If you are going to read any significant amount in this genre, a basic knowledge of Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos will stand you in good stead. I now realize that I have been missing allusions to his work in a number of short story collections that I’ve read in the past.

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review 2017-10-26 17:36
“The Longer Bodies - Mrs Bradley #3” by Gladys Mitchell
The Longer Bodies - Gladys Mitchell

As far as I can see, the only good reason for reading "The Longer Bodies", other than forgivable ignorance of what you're letting yourself in for, is the kind of curiosity that leads you to read "The Life & Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman".  Just as Tristam Shandy shows you what a novel looked like before people really figured out how to write one, "The Longer Bodies" shows you how early crime fiction flopped about like a recently landed fish on a dock before the modern genre emerged.

 

The first half of the book, a long, long, oh-God-am-I-not-yet-through-this, 150 pages or so is a complete mess: scrappy exposition, cardboard characterisation more suited to a farce, an investigative method that was explained at length and yet was both ineffective and implausible. 

 

When Mrs Bradley finally flies in on her broomstick, the novel flares brightly for a while, like a cheap candle with a bad wick and then starts, all too slowly, to gutter and die. The denouement is protracted, clumsy, implausible and would, in any book less dull than this one, have been anticlimactic but here simply sustained a level of when-will-this-end tedium.

 

There were some stray shafts of sunlight in this cloudy waste of a day novel. Mrs Bradley weaponises eccentricity by bringing to bear high levels of insight with very low levels of empathy and absolutely no need or desire to be liked by anyone. The improbably named Great Aunt Puddequet turns tyranny into an amusement in the way only a very old person, who has been wicked by the standards of her day but now wishes she'd been a great deal more so, can. The "children" in their late teens and twenties are a curious mix privileged prig and abuse survivor.

 

The depictions of the German trainer and the Scottish cook are so patronising and xenophobic that they could be the stuff of a Brexit campaigners' fantasy except for the hint of self-mockery.

 

This is a book that I endured rather than enjoyed. I assume that some of the sixty-six Mrs Bradley books must be worth a read.  I went to this tribute site for guidance and was disappointed to see that "The Longer Bodies" is consistently listed in the top third. I think I'll restrict myself to trying one of the top three before I decide that Gladys Mitchell just isn't my thing

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