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review 2018-09-19 07:11
Review: Slade House
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell

Wow!  This was a pretty creepy and twisted tale.  This book was beautifully written and very interesting.  The whole time I read it, Hotel California was playing on a loop inside my head.

 

But what to say about it?  It's kinda of the age-old tale of a man being too stupid or stubborn--or both-- to listen to the woman in his life.  If Jonah had just listened to his sister Nora, things could have turned out so, so differently for both of them.

 

This is basically a Hotel California type situation.  A person with the right type of...psychic energy I guess, is lured into Slade House by the Grayer siblings, where they are treated to all sorts of fantasies--or hallucinations--and once they succumb, they are never seen again.  But each victim is warned by the previous victim until finally one of them is strong enough to fight back, which is the beginning of the end for the Slade House.

 

It was pretty spooky and kind of sad.  Enough of he victims' backgrounds were revealed that you felt real sympathy for most of them.  Anger, even, at siblings for what they were doing to innocent people.  It was a very good series of interconnected vignettes and while it wasn't completely an 'open ending', I feel like there is a door left open for a sequel.  I'd be very interested in reading.

 

 

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text 2018-09-19 02:49
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 256 pages.
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell

 

This is a big bag of bizarre.  Can't wait to see where it's going.

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text 2018-07-29 20:27
Reverse Read-a-thon: Wrap-up

The reverse read-a-thon is complete and I've gotten a good night's sleep.  How did everyone do?  I didn't read as many books as I would have liked, but I had a good time.  I have to say that starting on Friday evening and going into Saturday evening was great.  Starting a day earlier gave me all day Sunday to recover, which means I am totally refreshed for Monday.  Also going night into day helps during that last quarter or so of the read-a-thon.  Having the daylight hours during the second half makes a huge difference because the brightness helps with staying away, plus having coffee during the day keeps me on a normal routine.  And, if needed, taking a nap during the first half of the read-a-thon makes it easier to stay up for the second half.  Napping is always better during the quiet hours.  It was also a nice change for people in other time-zones.  I wouldn't be opposed to seeing more reverse read-a-thons.  Perhaps the admins could trade off every other read-a-thon.

 

Read-a-thon Stats

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Books Read: 2
     The Raven Boys
     The Dream Thieves
Formats:
     paperback
     audiobook
Pages Read: 845
Time Listened: 23:53

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text 2018-07-29 01:16
Dewey's 24h Readathon Finished

-- 24 HOURS -- 6 BOOKS -- 1084 PAGES --

 

I'm wiped out, finally time to hit the bed :)

 

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review 2018-07-29 01:05
Review: The Dream Thieves
The The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

Blue and her Raven Boys, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah are all dealing with the consequences of the ley line ritual, particularly Adam.  The ley lines have been awakened, but they seem to be out of control, and no one knows exactly why.

 

Noah keeps disappearing, Adam is off-kilter, Ronan confesses a huge secret, and Gansey is still trying to track down Glendower, all while trying to hold everyone together.  All of our characters have family issues going on.  Also, there's a hit-man in town looking for the Greywaren. 

 

The group is now charged with fixing the ley lines, finding out what the Greywaren is and keeping it out of the hands of very bad people, and continue searching for The Raven King.

 

We learn a lot more about our characters' background in this story, and there is definitely some character development--not all of it good.  New characters are introduced and I cannot wait to see what role they will all play in the next book.

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