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text 2018-10-23 15:18
The Clockmaker's Daughter - progress 27/482pg
The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Kate Morton

Again, this might be a little Bingo hangover, but this is the first time I've abandoned the audio version of a Kate Morton book and switched to the hardcover version. It's also the first book of hers that wasn't narrated by Caroline Lee, whose voice I love. But this one is read by Joanne Froggatt (of Downton Abbey fame), and while she's doing a fine job, she's just not Caroline Lee. Anyway, the audio version was just skipping past my ears without sinking in. I had to keep rewinding and re-listening. So I picked up the hardcover and have fallen right in - I'm just about to where I dropped off the audio. 

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text 2018-10-23 15:10
Fragile Things - progress 85/360pg
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders - Neil Gaiman

I think I might have a little bit of a bookish hangover after binge-reading my way through my entire Halloween Bingo card. I'm having trouble settling in to my first non-bingo books. But it might be this book. I normally am enchanted by Neil Gaiman, but I've been picking this book up and putting it down again since August. I'm starting to think that short stories are just not one of his many talents. 

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text 2018-10-22 02:04
The Return of the King - 70%
The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien,Rob Inglis

     But as they came to the east end of the village, they met a barrier with a large board saying, NO ROAD; and behind it stood a large band of Shirriffs with staves in their hands and feathers in their caps, looking both important and rather scared.

 

     "What's all this?" said Frodo, feeling inclined to laugh. 

 

     "This is what it is, Mr. Baggins," said the leader of the Shirriffs, a two-feather hobbit. "You're arrested for Gate-breaking, and Tearing Up of Rules, and Assaulting Gate-keepers, and Tresspassing, and Sleeping in Shire-buildings Without Leave, and Bribing Guards with Food."

 

     "And what else?" said Frodo. 

 

     "That'll do to go on with," said the Shirriff leader. 

 

     "I can add some more if you like it," said Sam. "Calling Your Chief Names, Wishing to Punch His Pimply Face, and Thinking you Shirriffs look a lot of Tom-fools." 

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review 2018-10-21 15:43
Kill Creek ★★★★☆
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark

How many ghost stories have I read where a group of people are invited to spend the night in a supposedly haunted house? Well, I don’t know, but it seems like about a gazillion. This one, though, was just different enough to thoroughly enjoy the modern twist where the guests are all horror authors – although each of very different and distinct styles – and the host is a celebrity producer of viral internet marketing schemes. While each character is a Type, they are not caricatures, and even the most dislikeable ones are still sympathetic in some way. The story is a bit of a slow burn, where there are merely hints of the unexplainable through the first half, but there will be plenty of graphic blood and gore by the end, with a final twist that took me by surprise.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000. Kill Creek was published in 2017.

Audiobook, via Audible. I really enjoyed the narration by  Bernard Setaro Clark.

 

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text 2018-10-16 18:02
Kill Creek - 19%
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark

Well, this is interesting so far. It's a new take on the old "manipulative weirdo invites 5 random people to spend the night in a haunted house" story. Except it's 4 people who are all writers of horror fiction and the manipulative weirdo's assistant. The characters are interesting, too. They seem like caricatures - they are each a Type, but somehow the author has written them so they are a little more than that. 

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