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text 2018-10-20 09:55
Darth Pony's Halloween Bingo 2018 Tracking Post

Update 20/10: Bingo #4! Four books to read for reading blackout! I found some shorter books to read for two of the squares to keep myself from unnecessarily panicking! Woooo! XD

 

 

Update 18/10: I've already far surpassed my own expectations, so I'm going to keep pushing myself until Halloween Bingo is over or it stops being fun. I think if I continue neglecting all other hobbies and non-essential adulting, I might be able to read books for the rest of my squares. I'm probably headed for a book coma like no other come November, but that's two whole weeks away. I'll worry about it then. :P

 

Update 15/10: I'm sick again. Some sort of stomach bug. Symptoms include suddenly getting tired of light sabers and changing them all to porgs.

 

Update 14/10: BINGO #3! WOOOO!!!

 

Update 08/10: BINGO #2!!! :O

 

Update 06/10: BINGO!!!! WOOOOOOOO!!!! :D :D :D

 

Update 30/9: Four possible near-bingos brewing. Wooo! TEN BOOKS READ THIS MONTH! WOOOOO! (I swear I don't say "wooo" this much in my everyday life. I don't think so, anyway...)

 

Update 28/9: I now have three rows that just need one square called to be bingo eligible. Wooo! Also, I've read NINE books this month?!? That's twice my average! Woooo!

 

Update 24/9: Hey, if Shifters gets called I'll actually have a bingo! Anticipation! Wooo!

 

Update 18/9: Thus far illness and insomnia have worked in my favor, but I'm pretty sure I can't keep this up indefinitely. Sooner or later I'm going to hit a wall and start wishing I wasn't quite so fond of longer novels. Oh well. In the meantime, four squares! Woo! Six books read! Wooo! Almost one whole row called! Woooo!

 

Update 11/9: Three squares! Wooo! I have no strategy! Woooo! XD

 

Update 09/9: I marked off my first square! Wooo!

 

Dead Lands – Grave Peril by Jim Butcher, read 14/9

Genre Horror – called 16/10

Genre Suspense – Revenge of the Mantis by Vered Ehsani (Wild Card), called 28/9 - read 10/10

13 – The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, called 08/10 - read 03/10

Darkest London – Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, called 12/10 - read 20/10

 

Southern Gothic – Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon, called 10/9 - read 30/8

Cryptozoologist – Uprooted by Naomi Novik, called 04/9 - read 08/9

Shifters – Beastly Bones by William Ritter, called 06/10 - read 24/9

A Grimm Tale – The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, called 14/9 - read 22/9

Terrifying Women – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, called 12/9 - read 18/9

 

Creepy Carnivals – The Automaton's Wife by Vered Ehsani (Wild Card), called 18/9 - read 09/10

Fear the Drowning Deep – called 18/10

Free Space – Melmoth by Sarah Perry, read 18/10

Diverse Voices – A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney, called 22/9 - read 06/10

Modern Masters of Horror – The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, called 16/9 - read 26/9

 

Relics and Curiosities – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, called 20/9 - read 12/10

Doomsday – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, called 04/10 - read 03/9

Ghost Stories – Ghosts of Tsavo by Vered Ehsani, called 02/10 - read 07/10

Amateur Sleuth – Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger, called 26/9 - read 28/9

Terror in a Small Town – The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie, called 10/10 - read 14/10

 

Supernatural – The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Willbanks, called 30/9 - read 17/10

New Release – Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, called 08/9 - read 11/9

Spellbound – called 20/10

Murder Most Foul – First Hit of the Season by Jane Dentinger, called 24/9 - read 30/9

Country House Mystery – 

 

Wild Card Author – Vered Ehsani

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review 2018-10-20 09:45
Rivers of London
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

What happens when a former Doctor Who writer decides to try his hand at a Dresden-Files-esque urban fantasy series? I DON’T EVEN KNOW BUT IT’S AMAZING. AMAZING STUFF HAPPENS, OKAY? OKAY.

 

Basically, it’s a sort of ghost hunter/police procedural/buddy comedy with magic and a wicked sense of very British humor and, in my opinion, it blows the Dresden Files out of the water.* I was hoping I’d be able to write a more coherent review, but apparently I’m stuck in the unhelpful squeeing phase and I’m also busy mentally rejigging my fun budget so I can get the rest of the series. Sorry.

 

Only one thing really ticked me off. It’s spoilery, so under a spoiler tag it goes:

 

Speaking of Dresden Files, Rivers of London falls in the same trap as Grave Peril and damsels a perfectly good strong female character and REALLY screws her over and I’ll be angry about this for a while, amazingness notwithstanding.

(spoiler show)

 

*Opinion formed after reading three Dresden Files books and one Rivers of London book.

 

I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Darkest London square.

 

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text 2018-10-20 03:57
Halloween Bingo 2018: Update 15

 

I'm now one square away from two bingos at once. Yay! I just have to keep plugging away at Daughter of the Burning City. Or make myself get back to Mongrel. They're both bad, but I think I can tolerate Daughter of the Burning City's brand of badness more than Mongrel's.

 

I think I'll be starting My Neighbor Totoro next, in an effort to finish it and turn it in before I go on vacation. I'll be using it for Terror in a Small Town, which is hilarious when you consider how not terrorizing Totoro is. But Totoro is definitely a supernatural creature. According to Goodreads, In the Miso Soup, if I manage to finish that before the end of the month as well, counts as Horror, so I could get another bingo that way. It'd be faster to just work on the Gothic square, except I can't think of a book off the top of my head that I have on hand that would work, and my two ILL books do need to be read.

 

Marked:

 

Killing Mr. Griffin - Lois Duncan Terrifying Women

 

Sunstruck - Polenth Blake Cryptozoologist

 

Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix Modern Masters of Horror

 

The Atrocities - Jeremy Shipp New Release

 

 

Spiral - Glynne Walley,Koji Suzuki Relics and Curiosities

 

The Wild Robot - Peter Brown Free

 

The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind - Fuyumi Ono,小野 不由美,Akihiro Yamada,山田 章博,Alexander O. Smith,Elye J. Alexander Diverse Voices

 

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,David Warner Ghost Stories

 

Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them - Jennifer Wright Doomsday

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: Acting Edition - Shirley Jackson 13

 

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake Supernatural

 

Missing Abby - L.A. Weatherly Spellbound

 

The Garden Plot - Marty Wingate Darkest London

 

On Borrowed Time - Jenn McKinlay  Murder Most Foul

 

Read but not yet marked:

 

The Lemonade Crime: Lemonade Series, Book 2 (MP3 Book) - Jacqueline Davies,Suzy Jackson Baker Street Irregulars

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review 2018-10-20 03:50
DNF at 35 pages. Not even for Halloween Bingo will I read this racist shit
Isle of the Undead - Virginia Coffman

By page 35, I had too many reasons not to read further.

 

I disliked the main character, Leslie, with a passion, and not just because she was a wealthy blonde American.  I'm not sure why she put up with her husband's numerous infidelities, but she did.  Now he thinks he's dying, and even if he's not actually dying he's certainly very ill, but she goes blithely off to some kind of reception for which she has not only had a new dress made, but new underwear, too. 

 

The evil people are all people of color, including the half-Japanese doctor. 

 

Leslie flirts, or maybe does more than flirt, without qualms.

 

Leslie seems to be unable to persuade her husband to leave the island or even follow traditional medical advice, but in fact she controls the purse-strings.  All she'd have to do is say, "Hey, Sir Tony, I'm not going to continue to pay for this nonsense.  We're leaving."

 

The book was first published in 1969. 

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text 2018-10-20 01:26
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 336 pages.
Blood Magick - Nora Roberts

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