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review 2018-09-19 07:11
Review: Slade House
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell

Wow!  This was a pretty creepy and twisted tale.  This book was beautifully written and very interesting.  The whole time I read it, Hotel California was playing on a loop inside my head.

 

But what to say about it?  It's kinda of the age-old tale of a man being too stupid or stubborn--or both-- to listen to the woman in his life.  If Jonah had just listened to his sister Nora, things could have turned out so, so differently for both of them.

 

This is basically a Hotel California type situation.  A person with the right type of...psychic energy I guess, is lured into Slade House by the Grayer siblings, where they are treated to all sorts of fantasies--or hallucinations--and once they succumb, they are never seen again.  But each victim is warned by the previous victim until finally one of them is strong enough to fight back, which is the beginning of the end for the Slade House.

 

It was pretty spooky and kind of sad.  Enough of he victims' backgrounds were revealed that you felt real sympathy for most of them.  Anger, even, at siblings for what they were doing to innocent people.  It was a very good series of interconnected vignettes and while it wasn't completely an 'open ending', I feel like there is a door left open for a sequel.  I'd be very interested in reading.

 

 

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text 2018-09-19 02:49
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 256 pages.
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell

 

This is a big bag of bizarre.  Can't wait to see where it's going.

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text 2018-07-31 14:50
July 2018 Reading Wrap Up
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis - Joe Nocera,Bethany McLean
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner
Mystic Park (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart

The heatwave/drought is taking it's toll on me and my reading. It is really hard to concentrate on less than totally engrossing reads. I was also much more busy IRL than I thought I was going to be at the start of summer vacation and August looks more like the same. 

 

My participation in this summer's 24 in 48 was lacking, but I got a bunch of smaller stuff read and off/archived on my NOOK, so I am okay with participating very low-key. The trial run of a reverse Dewey was better. I finished off two books for July and started August reading, all in eight hours.

 

For COYER, I participated in the Christmas in July read-a-thon - I got 3 books done.

  

Read:

1. No One Would Listen: A Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolos - 2 stars

 

2. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell - 3.5 stars

 

3. Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home/Uncovering the Tragic Reality of PTSD by David Philipps - 3 stars

 

4. All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera - 5 stars

 

5. All She Wants for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Novella by Amy Rose Bennett - 3 stars

 

6. Twelfth Knight: A Christmastide Tale by Marisa Dillon - 2.5 stars

 

7. Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives #1) by Amanda Dykes - 2 stars

 

8. At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano - 4 stars

 

9. One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis - 3 stars

 

10. Mystic Park (Finding Home #4) by Regina Hart - 4 stars

 

11. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Browne - 3 stars

 

12. Gaijian: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner - 4 stars

 

13. The Hens: The Third Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #3) by Merry Farmer - 2.5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-07-29 20:27
Reverse Read-a-thon: Wrap-up

The reverse read-a-thon is complete and I've gotten a good night's sleep.  How did everyone do?  I didn't read as many books as I would have liked, but I had a good time.  I have to say that starting on Friday evening and going into Saturday evening was great.  Starting a day earlier gave me all day Sunday to recover, which means I am totally refreshed for Monday.  Also going night into day helps during that last quarter or so of the read-a-thon.  Having the daylight hours during the second half makes a huge difference because the brightness helps with staying away, plus having coffee during the day keeps me on a normal routine.  And, if needed, taking a nap during the first half of the read-a-thon makes it easier to stay up for the second half.  Napping is always better during the quiet hours.  It was also a nice change for people in other time-zones.  I wouldn't be opposed to seeing more reverse read-a-thons.  Perhaps the admins could trade off every other read-a-thon.

 

Read-a-thon Stats

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Books Read: 2
     The Raven Boys
     The Dream Thieves
Formats:
     paperback
     audiobook
Pages Read: 845
Time Listened: 23:53

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text 2018-07-29 01:24
Reverse Read-a-thon: Closing Survey

Closing Survey!

 

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? It was somewhere in the first 6-8 hours because I hadn’t gotten an afternoon nap
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! I only got through The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? All the books everyone has to figure out what type of books work best for them in this type of scenario
4. How did you feel about this first-ever Reverse Readathon? I loved it! I enjoyed going from evening into morning. Should we do it again? Absolutely
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? As always, the answer is whenever a read-a-thon is hosted, I will be there Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep in October? As much as I would love to, I know I can be unreliable in these types of situations.  Perhaps I can donate or something.

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