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review 2019-09-15 21:41
DNF
The Haunting Season - Michelle Muto


That's it!  Can't take anymore.  

 

The premise is interesting, but the whole execution is just too juvenile.

 

I hope the house eats them all.

 

 

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text 2019-09-15 16:12
Reading progress update: I've read 37%.
The Haunting Season - Michelle Muto

Way too much teenage angst for a 'investigating the haunted house' story considering at least 2 of them are college age.

 

No one takes Allison seriously, the guys are trying decide who gets to chase Jesse, a weird housekeeper, and a ouija board. And a doctor of parapsychology or something to oversee it all.


Everytime it seems like the story might be going somewhere, it awkwardly dumps us out.

I swear this is written by two people who didn't read what the other wrote.

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text 2019-08-13 09:37
Pre-party Part 1
Everlost - Neal Shusterman
The Graveyard Book - Dave Mckean (Illustrator),Neil Gaiman
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
The Crucible - Arthur Miller,Christopher Bigsby
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
Joyland - Stephen King

Joining the Halloween Bing pre-party a bit on the late side, but having a blast with all the traffic on my feed. Now, let's see:

 

Mystery or Horror?: Horror all the way

Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies or Other?: I'm partial to Witches, though the hodgepodges where everything simmers on the same pot are mighty fun.

Favourite Ghostly Tales:

The Everlost Series by Neal Shusterman and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. They are all written for that nebulous gap between children books and adult, and they are the that perfect balance of cruel and kind that often becomes emotional.

 

Favourites from Halloween Bingos Past:

 

Lol! This might get long.

 

It took me 1 page to realize I had a new favourite author with Nights at the Circus, by Angela Carter. Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1) amply jumped my expectation's bar. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt surprised me by how engrossed I got into a book where there is not exactly something like a plot.

 

The year before last, I was happy to find that Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie are as good as promised. And horrified by how excellent and still current The Crucible by Arthur Miller is. I was also surprised by The Haunting of Hill House, after what I felt was a lackluster experience with Shirley Jackson's We've Always Lived in the Castle, and so very glad that I took the game's reviews to heart. Joyland by Stephen King ended up being a campy and perfectly nostalgic read. I also read The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, that while polarizing, is still my favourite of hers (well, maybe fighting for top with Four Ways to Forgiveness)

 

Favourite Series with Supernatural Elements:

 

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. Takes a couple of books to find some polish, but they are immensely entertaining. On a darker bent, I quite liked the Darkfever Series by Karen Marie Moning, but they are more of a problematic-elements guilty pleasure.

 

Favourite Seasonal Covers:

 

Favourite Halloween Bingo Authors:

 

Since I always end up picking at least one more book, Stephen King. If I search for number of entries during the game, John Wyndham and Agatha Christie too. And Illona Andrews, because I'm always up for a re-read.

 

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review 2019-08-13 01:02
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting Of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more.

- opening lines

 

This was an excellent performance by Bernadette Dunne. I enjoyed listening to her read the story and she made me feel like I was right there with the characters staying in Hill House. The book itself is well-written and had me up late wanting to see what would happen next. I felt for Eleanor, cheered for her when she stood up for herself and worried for her as she became more affected by Hill House.

 

I recently watched the Netflix series and loved it, but it seemed like it was more inspired by the book than following the plot at all.

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text 2019-08-12 00:54
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Bring on the Horror - Tell Us Your Favorite Horror Reads, and How Scary Are They?
Revival - Stephen King
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Bag of Bones - Stephen King
It - Stephen King
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill,John Lawrence
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz,Stephen Gammell
The Girl Next Door - Jack Ketchum
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

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