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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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text 2017-10-29 16:26
Another Double Bingo!
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Symphony of Ruin: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel - Christina Lay
One Blood - Qwantu Amaru
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
A Latent Dark - Martin Kee
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane) (Volume 2) - Richard Gleaves

OK so that's no surprise this late in the game. I've already commented on these books in previous Bingo posts so will just say the ones to read are A Spark of Justice, Mary Reilly and Bridge of Bones (2nd in a series)

 

One square left waiting for a call. But I thought there was one I dn't have still not called, so I'm confused.

 

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review 2017-10-16 02:32
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ★★★☆☆
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition - Ken Kesey,John C. O'Reilly

I can see why some people praise this book so highly, and I can see how it was such a hit at the time it was published, even without the iconic movie starring the always-crazy Jack Nicholson. The imagery is compelling, as is the unreliable voice of the (?) paranoid schizophrenic narrator through which we experience the events. It works well as a rather heavy-handed political/social allegory, but I found myself unable to get past the unapologetic racism and misogyny presented as a fun way to break from societal norms and expectations.

 

I was much more interested in the audio “extra” at the end of the story: an NPR interview by Terry Gross of the author, who explains the origins of the story, his first-hand experiences as a subject of the CIA’s LSD experiments conducted on students in the 1960’s and as an aide in a psychiatric hospital.

 

Audiobook via Audible. The author’s unpolished reading of his own work really fits the story.

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text 2017-10-03 18:08
Bingo! Yay!
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell
The Werewolf Whisperer: ¡Feliz Navidad! (A Werewolf Whisperer Novella Book 1) - Bonita Gutierrez,Camilla Ochlan
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin
Tales of Men and Ghosts - Edith Wharton
In The Woods - Jessica Mallory,Thomas Washburn Jr

Finally got my first Bingo, second row across. :D

 

Could be another one soon if the right square gets called.

 

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review 2017-10-03 18:03
Mary Reilly
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin

by Valerie Martin


This is one of the modern day companion books to Classics that have become a genre of their own in recent years. The main character is Mary Reilly, house maid to Dr. Jekyll from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

 

The start of it is fairly shocking. A little girl, Mary, is treated abusively by her father, setting the tone for what she will expect from people with authority later. She is born into servitude, destined to be a house maid with little chance of any other prospect in a Victorian society.

 

Mary is an intelligent young lady and not unhappy with her station in life. She sees through the shallow lives of the ladies and gentlemen she serves and is happier doing honest work. Her employer, Doctor Jekyll, is a scientist and does research in a private lab where the house staff is not allowed.

 

The book has no chapters, but is divided into three parts and an afterword, but there are separations within these that made for convenient stopping places.

 

I liked Mary, though she exhausted me with her willingness to devote herself to manual work. She's an honest and respectable girl and I like the way the author gave her a story of her own rather than relying just on how she interacted with Dr. Jekyll and of course, Mr. Hyde.

 

The dramatic conclusion was everything you would expect of a Gothic novel and really fleshes out the events of the original, which I read last year. I wasn't that enamoured of the Afterword, which was written as if by a separate chronicler who had published Mary's private journals. The device itself might have worked okay, but I felt there was too much speculation on the part of the unknown chronicler and assumptions that took away from the effect of the story itself.

 

A good read overall and something I'm glad to have enjoyed.

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