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text 2018-10-20 15:30
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 244 pages.
My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel - Tsugiko Kubo,Hayao Miyazaki

The translation is blessedly smooth. So far it's following the movie pretty faithfully, but a few details here and there have been fleshed out. The house the family moved into has more history to it than was covered in the movie, and Mrs. Kusakabe's illness is explicitly referred to as tuberculosis, whereas I don't recall that being mentioned in the movie (in the English dub at least, so leaving out that detail could have been a translator decision).


This should be a quick read.

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text 2018-10-20 03:49
Reading progress update: I've read 271 out of 271 pages.
On Borrowed Time - Jenn McKinlay

McKinlay's foray into James Bond-ish levels of action. This was the most frustrating entry in this series yet. Lindsey repeatedly withheld evidence from Emma, even though Emma has more than demonstrated (just one book ago!) that she has an excellent poker face and can keep big secrets. Also, the love triangle was unnecessary. I think even McKinlay knew that, on some level, because Lindsey and Sully had better and more frequent scenes together than Lindsey and Robbie. Robbie's appearances tended to feel like an afterthought.


Halloween Bingo: I'm using this for Murder Most Foul. There was one murdered guy, who was almost forgotten in the face of Lindsey's worries about her brother.

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text 2018-10-19 22:48
Moonlight Madness 2018 Bingo Tracking Post

Woohoo! Fear the Drowning Deep gets me bingo in two directions!


Classic Horror; Cryptozoologist; Cozy Mystery; New Release; Southern Gothic, Terrifying Women, A Grimm Tale, Modern Masters of Horror, Creepy Carnivals, Relics and Curiosities; Murder Most Foul; Genre: Suspense; Supernatural; Ghost Stories; Shifters; 13; Terror in a Small Town; Darkest London, Gothic, Genre Horror, Fear the Drowning Deep; Spellbound





Called + read (white cat)


Classic Horror: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

New Release: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Cryptozoologist: Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire

Southern Gothic: The Ballad of Frankie Silver by Sharyn McCrumb

Terrifying Women: The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Free Square: Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz

A Grimm Tale: Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier

Relics and Curiosities: The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett

Creepy Carnivals: Madball by Frederic Brown

Diverse Voices: Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

Shifters: Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz (wild card)

Supernatural: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

Ghost Stories: The Walker in the Shadows by Barbara Michaels

13: The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

Terror in a Small Town: The Lost Island by Phyllis Whitney

Genre: Suspense: Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz

Doomsday: Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz (wild card)

Gothic: Houses of Stone by Barbara Michaels

Fear the Drowning Deep: The Sea King's Daughter by Barbara Michaels.

Spellbound: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling





Read + waiting for a call (yellow moon)


Deadlands: Midnight Crossroads by Charlaine Harris

Slasher Stories: I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

Baker Street Irregulars: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Country House Mystery: Penhallow by Georgette Heyer

Modern Noir: Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith




Since we listened to four Alex Rider books on my vacation, I am using Anthony Horowitz as my wild card author!


I've added my second, black out only, bingo card to the game:





I haven't made any decisions beyond blacking out the first card. I usually lose steam part way through October, so it's unlikely I'll actually manage to black out the entire second card, but it's always fun to try!


Currently Reading:


 New Release: The Clockmaker's Daughter






Terror in a Small Town: The Saltmarsh Mystery by Gladys Mitchell

Darkest London: The Silkworm by Robert Galbrait (JK Rowling)

Spellbound: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Murder Most Foul: The Eternity Ring by Patricia Wentworth

Amateur Sleuth: The Devil at Saxon Wall by Gladys Mitchell

Terrifying Women: Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie

Gothic: The Brooding Lake by Dorothy Eden

Genre: Suspense: The Waiting Sands by Susan Howatch

Country House Mystery: The Clock Strikes Twelve by Patricia Wentworth

Modern Noir: Career of Evil by J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith)

Free Space: Fire in the Thatch by E.C.R. Lorac

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text 2018-10-19 17:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 347 out of 761 minutes.
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

I'm back from the car dealership and will have to go back again next week. The part should arrive in a couple days, and I happen to have next Friday off as well (their service center is only open on weekdays), so hopefully everything will be taken care of before I go on vacation at the beginning of next month. On the plus side, it's lots of audiobook listening time, although I would have preferred to spend my days off at home, reading a book, struggling to write reviews, or watching TV.


Would you believe that the investigation aspect of this book has only just begun? Luca (Mr. Love Interest) and Sorina have questioned a grand total of one person. I think Luca decided the man was a possible suspect because he associates with shady people and happens to have a special ability, but those reasons are ridiculous because that would mean most of the residents of Gomorrah are suspects. I either missed a detail, or the author just threw a possible suspect out there and hoped no one would notice that Luca essentially picked someone at random.



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text 2018-10-19 11:30
My last two books for Halloween Bingo
Z For Zachariah - Robert C. O'Brien
Speaking from Among the Bones - Alan Bradley

I have to more books left to complete my Halloween Bingo card and, in my usual undisciplined way, I've changed both of them.


I've abandoned "The Last Children Of Tokyo" for my Doomsday square as it had become a chore rather than a pleasure and gone back to my original choice of "Z For Zachariah". I've listened to less than an hour and I'm already hooked by the story of the competent, cautious and deeply isolated girl.


I never got to start "Smart" for my Baker Street Irregulars square. My eyes aren't working so well just now and a printed text is harder work than I want. So I've started m fifth visit with young Flavia De Luce and I'm already 20% in and smiling.

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