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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-14 10:15
October 2017 — A Belated Wrap-Up!

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on November 14, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things are starting to get just a bit darker and the stakes higher when it comes to Ms. Marvel’s life! She has to think whether she should be blindly following orders, even if they do come from someone she has looked up to all her life:

 

She has to concede that she can’t go fight crime somewhere she hasn’t lived long enough to understand what is happening:

 

 

She realizes that others can be surprisingly kind even when they don’t have to be:

 

 

We are also shown a glimpse of her ancestors migrating during the Partition of the Subcontinent in 1947:

 

 

 

As hauntingly beautiful as ever! A good installment where we finally discover that people who loved Maika do exist! She remains her courageous self throughout the story.

 

 

 

Review to come later.

 

 

Read my review and the status of Project Frankenstein.

 

 

As long as you expect the MC not to talk to each other and resolve the major conflict in two pages or one of them just picking up and leaving the other to”protect them” or the big baddie being dealt with in the last two pages, you will enjoy this series. I do, so I did! The humor shines through in the books and I love reading them when I need something funny and light. My favorite quote from the book:

 

 

 

 

Simply beautiful and so on point with the current events that it is scary! These four issues are just the beginning though. I hope it continues to be this awesome. Here are some scenes for you to feast your eyes on:

 

 

 

 

Take a cute cozy mystery and add some seriously messed up and furious ghosts to it and you will have created Southern Spirits. I liked the upping of the violence level, which kept this book from becoming just another cozy mystery. I also liked that the MC didn’t wait around and got down to work even when she was quaking in her boots. My favorite quote from the book:

 

 

 

 

Read my review here.

 

 

So, this is one of those instances where not reading the book blurb or any reader reviews came back to bite me in the ass! The story is the original Mary Shelley story; this book has simply some steampunkish art strewn about. Visually appealing? Hell yeah! Original? Not so much! Even so, I can now cross off this book from my list.

 

 

Review to come later.

 

 

 

While playing Work Book Bingo, I got: A Book Purchased for its Cover. That was when the misery began! I looked around in all my bookshelves trying to spot a book that I had purchased just for that reason. There weren’t any.So, I searched my Kobo library and this was the best that I could come up with.

 

I had so many issues with this book that began with the inclusion of overused tropes and ended at a TSTL protag. Yeah, I didn’t like it and these quotes can easily show why:

Ciardis gave her a look like a deer facing the glow of a bright lantern in the dark forest.

(after talking about candidates dying of asphyxiation)…I hope I never hear of such a thing happening with you, Ciardis.”

“No, of course not!”

Prince Heir or not, Sebastian’s hand-kissing technique, with a bit too much saliva involved, left a lot to be desired.

There was a scene from the book where a prophecy is made about one of the characters coming into enough power to “rend the Empire asunder”. On hearing it, the characters remained unaffected and the prophecy wasn’t even mentioned again!

There was a sprinkling of terms like the Madrassa and Hammam that have an Arabic origin. Yet the worldbuilding included none of the other elements common to Middle Eastern culture.

 

The protag gets whole dossiers full of information about her patrons-to-be. They mention everything about the persons in question. Yet they fail to mention that one of them, a General, has a bastard son who is also a mage. How do you leave out that important a bit of information? If the information gatherers didn’t know, then what good were they?

 

The protag had to undergo a 3-day long contest that would decide if she is worthy of a patron or not. One of the rules for the contest was that the activities of the first day must be hidden from her yet she could be told what would happen in the next two days. I mean, why? Was the author simply making it up as they went?

 

Another major character, the Prince Heir (who gives hand-kisses with too much saliva) went on a quest. This quest was supposed to unite him with the land he is to rule. Yet…yet…he forgot to take matches with him to light a lantern as part of the ceremony in that quest. WHY?! Oh wait, he also forgot to pack a knife that he would need for the bloodletting part of the same ritual.

 

 

A fun if a bit slow paced cozy mystery.

 

 

 

A short, classic horror read. It wasn’t even marginally close to the world-changing Frankenstein, which was also written during the same horror story writing “contest”. Yet I liked it! Like the vampires of old, this one also exuded an aura of evil that affected its victims immensely more than the actual drinking of blood did.

 

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text 2017-11-03 15:12
Books I Read This Month (October 2017)

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Couple days behind my monthly books read post. I read 25 books this month. Two of the books were DNFs. I have read 324 books out of my goal of 337 books and I am at 96 percent completion. 


5 stars

 

Between Sisters by Cathy KellyAlpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5)Iron Kissed by Patricia BriggsFuriously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Miss Marple 3-Book Collection 1 by Agatha ChristieTales of the Peculiar by Ransom RiggsA Murder Is Announced by Agatha ChristieA Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

 

 

4 stars

 

 

Hangsaman by Shirley JacksonThe Cruelest Month by Louise PennyWhispers Under Ground by Ben AaronovitchA Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

The Little Stranger by Sarah WatersBetter Off Wed by Laura Durham

 

 

3 stars

 

It Started with Paris by Cathy KellyBury Your Dead by Louise Penny

 

2 stars

 

Wild Seed by Octavia E. ButlerWith Malice by Eileen CookThe Secret Woman by Victoria Holt

 

1 star

 

Stinger77 Shadow Street by Dean KoontzInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

 

DNF

 

Interior Darkness by Peter StraubWoman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

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text 2017-11-03 00:30
October into November

After not reading anything in July and August, then a small amount of books in September, October was definitely my friend. Between working on a children's reading list and the Dewey Readathon I was able get 10 books read! 

 

 

7 kids books, a short story collection, and two adult books! October also saw me meeting my Goodreads yearly challenge of 25 books. 

 

I've got a full month of reads for November and what doesn't get finished will get pushed to December as I've just got light Christmas reads scheduled. The last four books on the graphic is things coming out in November and/or things I'm waiting on the library to physically attain. 

 

I should be done with "Footprints in the Dew" in the next couple of days. Then I'm delving into "The Black Hand" and my next batch of kids books. Here's my list for November TBR: 

 

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text 2017-11-02 22:45
October 2017 Round Up!
Cthulhu Blues (Spectra Files) - Douglas Wynne
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
Halloween Carnival Volume 4 - Kealan Patrick Burke,C.A. Suleiman,Ray Garton,Brian James Freeman,Bev Vincent
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean
The Trials of Solomon Parker - Eric Scott Fischl
Lightning Men: A Novel - Thomas Mullen
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels - Joe Hill
Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt Godfrey
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever - Tom Neely
Halloween Carnival Volume 5 - Lisa Tuttle,Kevin Quigley,Norman Prentiss,Richard Chizmar,Brian James Freeman

 

October was a crazy month here at the Horror Corner! 

 

The most important, (and beautiful thing), was that my lovely niece married her best friend of 20+ years. The ceremony was wonderful and the reception a lot of fun!

 

 

 

Then, two weeks after that was the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival!

You can find my post about that HERE.

 

Here's a photo of myself with Rio Youers. Isn't he the cutest? He's also extremely gracious and very funny. 

 

All of this is why I only read 10 books this month! 

 

Graphic Novels: Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever by Tom Neely and friends.

 

Total: 1

 

Audio Books:

 

Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell, narrated by Matt Godfrey

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 

Coraline written and narrated by Neil Gaiman

 

Total: 3

 

ARCS:

 

Cthulhu Blues by Douglas Wynne

Halloween Carnival: Volume 4

Halloween Carnival: Volume 5

The Trials of Solomon Parker by Eric Scott Fischl

Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

 

Total: 6

 

 

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

September: 1  Carter & Lovecraft

October 0 (But had LOTS of fun with Halloween Bingo!)

Running Count: 7

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

September: 1

October: 1

 

Running Count: 35! Challenge Met!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-11-02 03:30
October Books

 I read 31 books for October. 13 were audio books and 7 were graphic novels. More than half of my books were for Halloween Bingo, so I had quite a few mysteries this month. It was a pretty great reading month with no books that I disliked and quite a few that I loved. I'm hoping that continues.

 

 

5 Stars

Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis - Paula Lavigne,Mark Schlabach  Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town - Jon Krakauer  A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas  And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  

 

4.5 Stars

Dear Martin - Nic Stone The Names They Gave Us - Emery Lord  Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris  

 

4 Stars

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband: A Bridgertons Prequel - Julia Quinn  The Lovely Reckless - Kami Garcia  The Shadow Land - Elizabeth Kostova  Nailbiter Volume 4: Blood Lust - Joshua Williamson  A Silent Voice, Vol. 1 - Yoshitoki Oima,Steven LeCroy  The Demon Trappers: Forsaken - Jana Oliver  The Way I Used to Be - Amber Smith  You Will Know Me - Megan Abbott  Nailbiter Volume 5: Bound by Blood - Joshua Williamson  Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners) - Libba Bray  Archie, Vol. 4 - Mark Waid,Pete Woods  Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris  When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon  A Line in the Dark - Malinda Lo  

 

3.5 Stars

Genuine Fraud - E. Lockhart  Razorhurst - Justine Larbalestier  Sif: Journey Into Mystery - The Complete Collection - Kelly Sue Deconnick,Kathryn Immonen,Ryan Stegman,Valerio Schiti,Pepe Larraz  Dark Star - Bethany Frenette  The Girl I Used to Be - April Henry  The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett - Chelsea Sedoti  Daughters unto Devils - Amy Lukavics  

 

3 Stars

A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray She and Her Cat - Tsubasa Yamaguchi,Makoto Shinkai Nailbiter Volume 6: The Bloody Truth - Joshua Williamson  

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