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text 2017-09-18 18:04
Reading progress update: I've read 303 out of 566 pages.
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher

Though I walk through the valley of trauma, I will fear no concussion.

 

Poor old Harry gets beaten on a lot.  I guess its all part of being the noir detective version of a magician.

 

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review 2017-09-18 17:28
Halloween Bingo Update 4: Marked in Flesh
Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop

Marked in Flesh, like the rest of the books in this series, has plentiful supernatural characters, but several of the most important are werewolves.

 

 

And that's the square I'm using it for.  (Would also qualify for Supernatural, Vampires, or Monsters.)

 

 

 

Called and Read:

 

Werewolves: Marked in Flesh, by Anne Bishop

Locked Room Mystery: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie

Ghost: The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde

 

Read, but Uncalled:

 

Supernatural: Murder of Crows, by Anne Bishop

 

Called, but Unread:

 

Genre: Horror

Murder Most Foul

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Witches

Cozy Mystery

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text 2017-09-17 13:14
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs

Going to read this for the werewolves square instead of the demons square just to complete that square. Now I'm going to need a book for the demons square. 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-15 23:43
Halloween Bingo Update 3: Murder of Crows
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

I really wanted to read this series, and unfortunately it seems my library has roughly every other book in a format I can use.  So I started with the second book, Murder of Crows, but I don't think I had too much trouble figuring out what was going on.

 

Back in the winter, in Written in Red, Meg Corbyn (alias cs759) fled the compound where she, along with many other girls, was held captive, and the man known as the Controller, who ran it.  Meg fled on a wild course evading her pursuers, and ended up in the city of Lakehaven, and took the only job she could find - Human Liaison at the city's diplomatic Courtyard.  (Humans are not the dominant predators of this universe's Earth; the terra indigenes are.  Our folklore refers to some of them as vampires and werewolves.  Some of them are much scarier.)

 

As it turned out, this was the best thing she could have done.  For Meg was no normal human - she was a cassandra sangue - a blood prophet.  And the terra indigenes were the only ones who might be able to keep her safe.

 

 

I read this for Supernatural, but it would also qualify for Monsters, Vampires, or Werewolves.

 

Called and Read:

 

Locked Room Mystery: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie

Ghost: The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde

 

Read, but Uncalled:

 

Supernatural: Murder of Crows, by Anne Bishop

 

Called, but Unread:

 

Werewolves

Genre: Horror

Murder Most Foul

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Witches

Cozy Mystery

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review 2017-09-15 14:57
Classic Tale of the Vampire
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

So I purchased the illustrated version of this book which didn't pop up on BL so I just chose a version. 

 

So the only reason why I didn't give this book five stars is that there are some threads that never got tied up to satisfy me towards the end of the book. One of those threads was who was Carmilla's mother?

 

"Carmilla" was the first book to be published about the mythical vampires. And not only that, it was I believe the first book of it's time to showcase a lesbian relationship. I can't help comparing it not only to Dracula, but also Salem's Lot. Since it was written in 1872, I am not going to knock the writer for not showcasing more gore. I think my main issue is that I didn't get a sense of menace from the character of Carmilla. If anything, I felt sorry for her. In Dracula and Salem's Lot you 100 percent had no qualms (or at least I didn't) about the bad guy's meeting their end. 

 

I would equate this book with most Gothic writing of it's time. We have mysterious strangers, darkened rooms, falling apart castles (or schloss) and a young woman who is being taken in by a new friend who only it seems wants to be as close to her as she can be. 

 

What I did like though is that you can see all of the parts that would later on be taken up by writers like Bram Stoker and Stephen King. I don't know why the vampire has been taken up again and again by modern horror writers. Maybe it's because it's scary to think of something that looks human but most decidedly is not. Or maybe it's because most vampires seem to do their destroying when we are at our most vulnerable when we are sleeping. 

 

 

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