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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 2018-07-28 21:39
#Readathon. Just getting back to it.

Okay, this readathon is an epic fail for me.  Still going -- but last night I was exhausted so mostly slept.  And then got up to go to a breakfast meeting scheduled before they announced readathon.

 

Still halfheartedly resting for it (well, reading anyway so may as well count it).

 

I hope if they do another reverse (meaning start 8pm instead of 8am) readathon they give us more notice.  And consider starting 8pm Saturday instead of 8pm Firday.

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text 2018-07-28 21:19
Dewey's Mid-event Survey
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee

Well it's actually hour 20 of the Readathon, but I'm finally out from my life interruptions to be able to participate for a while.

 

Mid-Event Survey

 

What are you reading right now? 

 

Currently trying to decide on my next book – Jump into Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward  in print, or start something else right now and wait to “read” this as an audiobook mid-week.


How many books have you read so far?

 

I’ve read in 3.

 

Finished the last section of Deliverer - C.J. Cherryh 

Listened to about 90 minutes of All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel - Anthony Doerr, Zach Appelman  while driving to the Farmer’s Market and then to and from work

Read several chapters in The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee  

 

All of these were the books I already happened to have in progress when the Readathon Hit.


What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

 

Not sure – I hope to actually get some reading time in the last 4 hours of Readathon around putting up the veggies from my CSA share


Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

 

My whole day has been an interruption, but I knew that going in


What surprises you most about the Reverse Readathon so far?

 

I love how much more active the Facebook Group has been than in previous Readathons. 

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review 2018-07-28 04:26
Dewey's Deliverer
Deliverer - C.J. Cherryh

If you stick with the Foreigner series by CJ Cherryh for more than a few pages, you know that numbers are very, very important to the Atevi.  And they have a strong preference for odd numbers, so tonight I can declare that I have finished the fortunate 9th book, the end of the 3rd trilogy in the saga of Bren Cameron.   

 

Finishing my current book seemed like fortunate way to celebrate Dewey's Readathon! 

 

I've also finished another chapter in The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee  (the one about the feral cats of Rome).

 

In addition to mine - I've seen Readathon Posts by:

 

Book Stripping Blog

Debbie's Spurts

Bookish Blerd

 

Booklikes addresses are also listed in the participant database 

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Tea, Rain, Book

Kat's Books

 

Though they are so far either hiding in their books, or participating via another social media outlet.

 

Well it's been a long, long week and tomorrow is a dizzy bay, so after cheering on the other Readathon participants, I'm heading off to bed.  

 

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