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text 2018-11-09 18:04
Door 4 - Diwali; Task 4
Washington Square - Henry James,Lorna Raver
A Little Princess - Tasha Tudor,Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mostly Monsterly - Tammi Sauer
The Dark Tower - Stephen King
A Knight in Shining Armor (Montgomery Saga, #10) - Jude Deveraux

Task 4: Find 5 books on your shelves (either physical or virtual) whose covers show a young woman holding a flower and share their cover images.


I squinted at over 1700 thumbnails on my shelves, and this was the best I could do. If I stretched the definition until it squeaks, I could say these five  are "persons" holding or wearing flowers. 


I could have gone a step farther and gone with young women with flowers in near proximity, and I'd have had plenty of covers to show for it, but I decided to stick with this. And yes, I realize that the last one is technically a knight's gauntlet holding a flower, and doesn't actually have the knight's hand *inside* it. 

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review 2018-10-04 14:43
Review: Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

It has been way to long since I read a Stephen King book, so I was way overdue.  I loved the Shining and figured I dive back into the world of King with this sequel to The Shining. To read this book, you don’t need to read The shining but some basic knowledge doesn’t hurt of the previous book.

In this book we meet Danny again but he now is grown –up and of course goes by Dan.

Early on it is clear that the Overlook Hotel left some scars with him and he still has the shining as well. But he has not dealt with it very well and fallen down the path of an alcoholic.  He arrives in a small town (King and small towns…..lol ) and life is starting to look better once he meets people and he gets a job and makes friends.  He also is been told that life will come to a full circle and so it really all begins………

We meet Abra as soon as she is born and it is very clear that she is a very special little girl, but in the beginning we have no clue how truly special she is and how it will all tie together.  

It took me a couple chapters to get into it but once there and was  a nice flow and the writing was great. It was very fast paced but and followed multiple characters but yet was easy to follow.

It was not really as scary as The Shining, it was more creepy and gave me goosebumps more than once but not really scary. The main bad guy or guys in this case was also a bit of a letdown I thought. Not scary and overall I was kind of bored with The True Knot thing after a while. In the beginning I was confused over them, then we knew more and it was sort of interesting but after a while it just got too long for me with the True Knot group.

I really enjoyed Dan and Abra, both were great , even funny at times. I loved the bond they shared. Abra had spunk and I wouldn’t have minded fast forward to when she is an adult but I have a feeling that in one way or another it just comes back to a full circle.

The end was pretty good and almost peaceful, which I enjoyed.

Overall I thought it was a great book and I'm glad that I read it, while not as scary as some of his books, this is still an awesome book and I recommend it to any Stephen King fan.


I rate it 4 ★








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review 2018-09-26 08:59
The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes

While reading this book, I began to imagine a conversation that goes something like this:


A whole bunch of authors: “We like to try to confuse readers by making our stories bounce back and forth between three or four different time periods.”


Lauren Beukes: *indelicate snort* “Bitches, that’s nothing. Hold my beer.”


Which isn’t to say that I think Beukes drinks beer and calls other authors bitches, but you never know. I hear some of these literary conventions are pretty wild.


I don’t really know how to feel about this one. I enjoyed it, but like Moxyland, it feels like an amalgam of other books. It’s sort of like Slade House meets Dark Places and Sharp Objects. A supernatural catalyst in the form of a house. Lots of gruesome murders and a sole survivor hunting for the killer. Broken people and awkward, awkward romance. It all works together surprisingly well, but the shifts through time are quite disorienting at first, and the little vignettes of the victims’ life stories almost make the book feel like a short story collection.


Also, third person present tense. I don’t like it, but in my past experience with Beukes’s books I thought she wrote it so well I hardly noticed it was my least favorite narrative style. I noticed this time, and boy was it annoying. Overall, the book was just okay.


I think after three of her books, I can safely conclude that I love Beukes’s story concepts more than I love her actual stories, and I need to either manage my expectations or stop reading her stuff.


I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Modern Masters of Horror square.


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review 2018-09-10 23:27
My Memories Built a Mega Monster
The Shining - Stephen King

Well that was not as scary as I imagined it was when I read it way back in the 70's. This book was my #1 nightmare I never dared re-read it till now. Sure I was a pre-teen and hadn't been jaded by life and media, but it seemed so scary in my twisted memory. It was different from the movie. The first half of the book was slow, filled with family drama. The second half was much better, bad things were happening and I cold feel some fear. So first half 2 stars, second half 4.

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text 2018-09-04 01:10
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
The Shining - Stephen King

Wasps !!! I just got stung on my face I did not need this visual. I am still swollen. LOL 


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