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text 2019-08-14 00:30
Halloween Bingo: Book Selections
The Confessions of Frannie Langton - Sara Collins
Pyramids - Nigel Planer,Terry Pratchett
Where the Crawdads Sing - Cassandra Campbell,Delia Owens
The Guilty Ones: A Jackman and Evans Thriller - Richard Armitage,Joy Ellis
Siebengeschichten - Peter Kaempfe,Nina Blazon,Svenja Pages
Evil Has a Name - Audible Studios
Beloved - Toni Morrison
Gods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia,Yetta Gottesman
Sorcerer to the Crown - Jenny Sterlin,Zen Cho
The Dead Ringer: The Ambrose and Ed Hunter, Book 2 - Stefan Rudnicki,Fredric Brown

Like virtually all of my book consumption this year, my Halloween Bingo books are more or less necessarily going to have to be primarily audiobooks.  So I had a look at my Audible and CD collections what might fit the bill for my card, and here's what I've come up with (mostly new-to-me books but also a few rereads); currently most likely choices first, then the alternative choices in alphabetical order, and listing all books for every square where they match:

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF MYSTERY

Plenty of choices from the writings of white American and British women, so here I'm just going to list the non-U.S. and UK authors as well as the books by WoC.

 

Most likely:

* Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton

* Margaret Atwood: The Testaments

 

Alternatives:

* Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments
* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten
* Trudi Canavan: The Magicians' Guild
* Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
* Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow
* Toni Morrison: Beloved
* Sofi Oksanen: The Purge

 

 

LOCKED ROOM MYSTERY

Most likely:

* Nicholas Blake: Minute for Murder

* Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat

 

Alternatives:

* John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man
* Arthur Conan Doyle: The Golden Pince Nez, The Second Stain, The Bruce-Partington Plans, The Crooked Man, the Naval Treaty
* P.D. James: Unnatural Causes

 

 

DEADLANDS

Most likely:

* Terry Pratchett: Pyramids

 

Alternatives:

* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten

* John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man
* Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
* Elizabeth Kostova: The Historian
* Terry Pratchett: Eric
* Diane Setterfield: Once Upon a River
* Bram Stoker: Dracula

 

 

FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP

Most likely:

* Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing

 

Alternatives:

* Margery Allingham: Blackkerchief Dick
* Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales
* J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan

* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten
* Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass
* Agatha Christie: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, Halloween Party
* Freeman Wills Crofts: The Cask
* Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
* Joy Ellis: The Guilty Ones
* Stephen Fry: Heroes
* Elizabeth George: Careless in Red
* P.D. James: Unnatural Causes, Devices and Desires
* Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island
* Anne McCaffrey: Dragonflight
* Michael McDowell: Blackwater
* Herman Melville: The Confidence-Men
* Diane Setterfield: Once Upon a River
* Mary Stewart: This Rough Magic
* Jay Stringer: Ways to Die in Glasgow

 

 

RELICS AND CURIOSITIES

Most likely:

* Patricia Wentworth: Eternity Ring

 

Alternatives:

* Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor
* Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales
* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten
* Trudi Canavan: The Magicians' Guild
* Agatha Christie: The Pale Horse, Halloween Party
* Freeman Wills Crofts: The Cask
* Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
* Jeffery Deaver: The Cold Moon
* Alexandre Dumas: The Three Musketeers
* Michael Ende: Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)
* Ken Follett: Eye of the Needle
* Stephen Fry: Heroes
* Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
* Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased
* Jason Goodwin: The Janissary Tree
* Donna Leon: The Jewels of Paradise, The Golden Egg
* Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora
* Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow
* Ellis Peters: A Morbid Taste for Bones, The Devil's Novice
* Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids
* Christopher Priest: The Prestige
* Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials
* Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat
* Mary Stewart: The Last Enchantment
* Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time
* Barbara Vine: Asta's Book, A Dark-Adapted Eye
* Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

 

DARK ACADEMIA

Most likely:

* James Hilton: Murder at School

* Donna Tartt: The Secret History

 

Alternatives:

* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten
* Joanne Harris: Gentlemen and Players
* Michael Innes: Death at the President's Lodging
* Robert B. Parker: School Days
* Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials

 

 

MODERN NOIR

Most likely:

* Joy Ellis: The Guilty Ones

 

Alternatives:

* Jay Bonansinga: The Sleep Police
* Ann Cleeves: The Crow Trap, Raven Black
* Jeffery Deaver: The Bone Collector, The Cold Moon
* Hugh Fraser: Harm
* Joanne Harris: Gentlemen and Players
* Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder
* Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings
* Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island
* Jo Nesbø: Macbeth
* Robert B. Parker: School Days
* Ian Rankin: Rebus series
* Ruth Rendell: Some Lie and Some Die
* Peter Robinson: Gallows View, Wednesday's Child
* Jay Stringer: Ways to Die in Glasgow
* Donna Tartt: The Secret History
* C.J. Tudor: The Taking of Annie Thorne
* Minette Walters: Disordered Minds
* R.D. Wingfield: A Killing Frost
* Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance
* Various Authors: MachUp

 

 

GHOST STORIES

Most likely:

* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten

 

Alternatives:

* Georgette Heyer: Footsteps in the Dark
* Michael McDowell: Blackwater

* Barbara Michaels: Witch

* Toni Morrison: Beloved
* Ellis Peters: A Morbid Taste for Bones
* Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids

 

 

GOTHIC

Most likely:

* Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor

 

Alternatives:

* Marie Belloc Lowndes: The Lodger
* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten
* Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights
* John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man
* Agatha Christie: The Pale Horse
* Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White
* Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
* Thomas Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
* Victor Hugo: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
* Elizabeth Kostova: The Historian
* Michael McDowell: Blackwater
* Barbara Michaels: Witch

* Toni Morrison: Beloved
* Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing
* Christopher Priest: The Prestige
* Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho
* Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
* Diane Setterfield: Once Upon a River
* Mary Stewart: This Rough Magic
* Bram Stoker: Dracula
* Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor, A Dark-Adapted Eye
* Patricia Wentworth: Pilgrim's Rest
* Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

 

TRULY TERRIFYING

Most likely:

* Audible Original: Evil Has a Name

* Susan Orlean: The Library Book

 

Alternatives:

* Agatha Christie: Autobiography
* Neil Gaiman: The View from the Cheap Seats
* Christopher Hibbert: The Borgias and Their Enemies
* Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm
* Hesketh Pearson: Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life
* Patrick Radden Keefe: Say Nothing
* Bob Woodward: The Last of the President's Men, The Secret Man

 

 

CRYPTOZOOLOGIST

Most likely:

* Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things

* Terry Pratchett: Guards! Guards!

 

Alternatives:

* Arthur Conan Doyle: The Lost World
* Michael Ende: Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)
* Stephen Fry: Heroes
* Anne McCaffrey: Dragonflight
* Victor Hugo: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
* Terry Pratchett: Pyramids, Guards! Guards!
* Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials
* Bram Stoker: Dracula
* J.R.R. Tolkien: The Children of Húrin, Tales from the Perilous Realm

 

 

DIVERSE VOICES

Most likely:

* Toni Morrison: Beloved

 

Alternatives:

* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten
* Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown
* Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
* Edwidge Danticat: Krik? Krak!
* Alexandre Dumas: The Three Musketeers
* Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings
* Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow

 

 

BLACK CAT

Most likely:

* Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass
* Barbara Michaels: Witch

 

Alternatives:

* Sofie Ryan: The Whole Cat and Caboodle
* Various Authors: Magicats
* Various Authors: Feline Felonies

 

 

CREEPY CRAWLIES

Most likely:

* Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow

 

Alternatives:

* Arthur Conan Doyle: The Lion's Mane
* Stephen Fry: Heroes
* Victor Hugo: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
* Rudyard Kipling: The Jungle Book
* Alexander McCall Smith: The Girl Who Married a Lion
* Terry Pratchett: Pyramids
* Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials
* Bram Stoker: Dracula

 

 

COUNTRY HOUSE MYSTERY

Most likely:

* Anna Katherine Green: The Leavenworth Case

* Anthony Rolls: Scarweather

 

Alternatives:

* Margery Allingham: The White Cottage Mystery
* Agatha Christie: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, The Pale Horse, Curtain, Halloween Party
* Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White
* Matthew Costello, Neil Richards: Cherringham
* Arthur Conan Doyle: The Naval Treaty, The Return of Sherlock Holmes (several stories), His Last Bow (several stories)
* Elizabeth George: Careless in Red, This Body of Death, Believing the Lie
* Georgette Heyer: The Unfinished Clue, Footsteps in the Dark
* P.D. James: Unnatural Causes
* Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
* Diane Setterfield: Once Upon a River
* Patricia Wentworth: Pilgrim's Rest

 

 

SPELLBOUND

Most likely:

* Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown

 

Alternatives:

* Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales
* J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan
* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten
* Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass
* Trudi Canavan: The Magicians' Guild
* Agatha Christie: The Pale Horse
* Michael Ende: Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)
* Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen
* Stephen Fry: Heroes
* Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
* Lois McMaster Bujold: The Curse of Chalion
* Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow
* Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters, Maskerade, Pyramids
* Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials
* Diane Setterfield: Once Upon a River
* Mary Stewart: The Last Enchantment
* J.R.R. Tolkien: The Children of Húrin, Tales from the Perilous Realm
* Various Authors: Magicats

 

 

A GRIMM TALE

Most likely:

* Stephen Fry: Heroes

 

Alternatives:

* Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales
* Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten
* Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
* Alexander McCall Smith: The Girl Who Married a Lion
* Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow

* Mary Stewart: The Last Enchantment

 

 

CREEPY CARNIVALS

Most likely:

* Fredric Brown: The Dead Ringer

 

Alternatives:
* John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man
* Arthur Conan Doyle: The Veiled Lodger
* Christopher Priest: The Prestige
* Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat

 

 

PAINT IT BLACK

Most likely:

* Trudi Canavan: The Magicians' Guild

 

Alternatives:

* Margery Allingham: The White Cottage Mystery, Blackkerchief Dick
* Nicholas Blake: Minute for Murder, Thou Shell of Death, The Beast Must Die
* Agatha Christie: The Pale Horse
* Ann Cleeves: Raven Black
* Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
* Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White
* Michael Crichton: The Great Train Robbery
* Thomas Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge
* Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder
* Marlon James: A Brief History of Seven Killings
* Elizabeth Kostova: The Historian
* Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora
* Lois McMaster Bujold: The Curse of Chalion
* Toni Morrison: Beloved
* Mario Puzo: The Godfather
* Ruth Rendell: Some Lie and Some Die, Simisola
* Peter Robinson: Wednesday's Child
* Donna Tartt: The Secret History
* C.J. Tudor: The Taking of Annie Thorne
* Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor, Asta's Book, A Dark-Adapted Eye
* Various Authors: Classic Crime Short Stories

 

 

Squares for which I've already got too many options to list them all here:

 

Finally, since I've found books for all of my card's squares, I don't currently expect to be using my transformation spells.  If during the game I decide I'm not in the mood for any of the book choices listed here, though, these are the squares (currently without associated books) from which, as of right now, I'd most likely make my replacement / transformation selection:

 

 

 

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text 2019-08-13 13:29
Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/13 (Day 13): New Releases?
The Raven Tower - Ann Leckie
The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
Gods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Night Fire - Michael Connelly

One recommendation and three expectations:

 

Ann Leckie - The Raven Tower: That rare beast of a newly-released book that worked for me on every level despite all the hype attached to it.  Fantasy / supernatural, but without the usual menagerie of magical beasts: instead, an alternative early medieval society and its (very much alive) gods, with a truly awesome narrator. My review is HERE.

 

Margaret Atwood - The Testaments: The new release I'm looking at with the greatest amount of trepidation, because come on, how do you match something as iconic and monumental as The Handmaid's Tale ... even as that book's own author?

 

Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Gods of Jade and Shadow: The book that, thanks to Chris's review, instantly made it onto a good number of Halloween Bingo reading lists; including mine.  A modernized (well, sort of) retelling of the Popol Vuh rendered in a storyteller's voice, what's not to like?

 

And, finally:

 

Michael Connelly - The Night Fire: Connelly never lets up and his writing is still as crisp as on day one.  Bosch and Ballard return as a team (I'm very much hoping as a team only), moonlighting in the investigation of a cold case Bosch has "inherited" from his recently-deceased mentor. -- Side note: I've been bingeing on the Bosch TV series while compiling my "Halloween Bingo pre-party" posts up to now, which of course has only served to increase my anticipation of this particular book.

 

 

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review 2019-08-10 00:42
Perfect for Bingo
Gods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Disclaimer: I won a signed copy of this book on a Twitter giveaway.

I recently read a collection of essays by author’s where they highlighted their favorite independent bookstore in North America; however, with the exception of two books, all the books where from the US. There was no mention of a bookstore in Mexico. To be honest, Mexico seems to get left out of North America quite a bit. Unless certain people are taking about immigration – though technically, the Americans were the illegal immigrants to the Texas area during Colonial times. Therefore, it is nice to read something that has to do with North American myth that is not based in Canada or the US.

Set in the 1920s, God of Jade and Shadow is a retelling/version of the Popol Vuh – the Mayan Creation story. Casiopea, a young girl, wishes for freedom from her life of drudgery that is comparable to Cinderella and Jane Eyre. That changes when she fines herself caught up in a power struggle between two gods for control of the underworld or the fate of the known world. From there the novel is part quest, part coming of age/self, and part romance. It is also a mediation on duality (China is not the only country who has the idea of yin/yang) and the nature of death to a degree.

And is damn good.

The success of the book rests largely on the prose style of Silvia Moreno-Garcia who tells the story with a storyteller’s voice – it is almost an oral story. There are wonderful passages. There are the bits about the owl bringing a character thing in a shell that, each time, is so beautiful you want to weep. Moreno-Garcia is able to present a country that looks down, in some respects, on its original stories, as well as the amalgamation that occurs, or sometimes occurs, when colonials and aboriginals fall in love. Casiopea is who she is because of her father (who is aboriginal) and her mother (who is not and who is Catholic).

The idea of duality runs throughout the novel. Many of the characters are twins or if not, biological twins are linked or mirrored by another character. This is in part because of Popol Vuh (pairs of brothers) It is interesting that one of those that mirrors Casiopea is male. But this ties into one of the 1920s and the role of women. The duality them is also tied to death – is death the sweet release or something we should rage against? It all depends, maybe. This is something else that runs throughout the novel.

I love how the duality or doubling includes the stories of the god’s vs the humans with a slight reversal of roles. Bloody brilliant.

The only false note is chapter three. Now, I understand why chapter three is there, and the action of it does need to be in the story. But it disrupts the flow- this isn’t because of the switch in character focus, but the step back in time that occurs. It felt like it physically ejected me from the novel, a novel that had drawn me totally into its world so quickly.

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text 2019-08-01 14:24
July Reading Wrap Up
After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England - Leanda de Lisle
The Gods of Gotham - Lyndsay Faye
Bethlehem Road - Anne Perry
Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls - Anissa Gray
A Trail of Ink - Mel Starr
Oksana, Behave! - Maria Kuznetsova
The Pericles Commission - Gary Corby
King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War - Catrine Clay

July was a good reading month. I can't remember the last time I finished this many books. I was helped by the vacations and swimming lessons my children participated in. My girls are still on vacation with my in-laws for another week. Hopefully I can get some more reading done before the back to school craziness hurts.

 

King, Kaiser, Tsar was the most fascinating book I have read in a while. I don't know about everyone else but my public school education only glosses over WWI. Archduke Ferdinand was shot. War started. Nobody listened to Wilson when he said splitting Prussia up was a bad idea. That's about the extent of our education. This book didn't spend a ton of time dealing with WWI specifically but it did give the reader a great deal of insight to the men who helped get us to that point. I highly recommend it even if you don't have an interest in that time period. 

 

Her Royal Spyness and The Pericles Commission were my fiction favorites. The problem with both of them is the number of books that exist in each series. Of course I needed more books on my TBR. 

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review 2019-08-01 11:00
New Release Review! A Spark of Light (Chronicles of Light #5) Chris Stoneheart!

 

 

 

Hello Readers! Today, I am joining Kaitlin as she heads to China with her daughter and ends up meeting the Monkey King and then returns home to deal with having to send her daughter off to college while keeping the supernatural world from harming her daughter. Enjoy and don't forget to add A Spark of Light by Chris Stoneheart to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

 

Book five of The Chronicles of the Light...

 

Kaitlin will get her chance to seek revenge on Gavin, and she desperately hopes to make an example of him so the other power players in the supernatural community will think twice before they come after Kaitlin or her family again. The Master Vampire gives her from sundown to sunup to torture his second in command, and maybe it isn't in her nature, but she'll have to figure something out.

 

Lauren is heading to New England for college, and Kaitlin needs to be sure she's done all she can to prepare her daughter. She wants her old teacher to train Lauren, but things aren't as they should be when mother and daughter arrive.

 

In China, the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance are ubiquitous, and the Monkey King frequently plays a part in both. Kaitlin is friends with the Lion King and Dragon King, and despite the fact this has nothing to do with the legendary Chinese lion or dragon, the implications are far-reaching once she's back in China. 

 

 

 

After getting her revenge on Gavin, Kaitlin steps away from the Chattanooga supernaturals and heads to China with her daughter, Lauren. While Lauren is studying with her old teacher, Kaitlin takes on a quest to right something that is wrong and ends up on a journey of knowledge with a little help but the Monkey King. Once Kaitlin and Lauren return home, it is time to see Lauren off to college and Kaitlin must ensure that Lauren is safe from Kaitlin’s enemies.

 

This ‘Chronicles of the Light’ story is a wonderfully fascinating & varied traveling experience as well as providing readers with some powerful knowledge that could be extremely helpful in Kaitlin’s future, of course there is the chance that this could bring her under further scrutiny as well. The plot is more steady paced that the others but very enlightening, intriguing and even provides quite a few chuckles alongside all the excitement of the Monkey King joining Kaitlin on her quest. 

 

Once the overseas part comes to end, there is no question that Kaitlin will see more action as the supernaturals in her life set out to see that Lauren will be safe while she is away at college. Some twists, turns and betrayals make the trip a bit more dangerous that Kaitlin was expecting and more of her abilities are revealed than she is comfortable with and readers can’t help but join right in with the heart pounding steps that Kaitlin must take to ensure that her daughter stays safe and out of enemies hands.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Spark of Light is the 5th book in the Chronicles of Light series

 

Series Links - 

 

Author   *   Goodreads   *  Amazon

 

 

1 Unhuman Light

2 Shadow and Light

3 Chasing the Light

4 Dark Light

5 A Spark of Light

 

 

 

#6 Light Warrior August 29, 2019

 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook

 

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Chris Stoneheart lives in a fifty-year-old house smack dab in the middle of The South, with what promises to soon be a full-fledged herd of retired racing greyhounds. Chris read The Hobbit in elementary school, and The Lord of the Rings in middle school, and has been addicted to fantasy ever since. (It’s probably best we don’t talk about what Chris read in high school.)

 

Chronicles of the Light gives us a world where weredragons, werewolves, werelions, three different species of vampires, and a variety of other mythological beings exist.

 

Stay up to date on releases by joining Chris’s mailing list at http://eepurl.com/gcNe7v

 

 

 

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