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text 2017-01-30 19:37
Romance Bingo Update


I've filled another 3 spots!


1. Gothic: Secrets in the Mist by Anna Lee Huber

2. Love is Murder: Death in Kenya by M.M. Kaye

3. Man in a Kilt: Highlander Untamed by Monica McCarty

4. Free space: Death in Zanzibar by M.M. Kaye

5. Young Adult: Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

6. Blown Away: Trade Wind by M.M. Kaye

7. Guy/Girl Next Door: Emma by Jane Austen




I had a hard time deciding between Rogue and Blown Away for Trade Wind. I ultimately decided on Blown Away because there is actually a part of the book where the heroine, Hero, is actually blown off her ship in a storm and is hauled onto Rory Frost's ship, the Virago. Also, I was totally blown away by the book..


With respect to Emma, again, there were a few squares where I could put that one! I went for Guy/Girl Next Door because the fact that Mr. Knightley is Emma's neighbor was integral to the story. If there'd been a friends to lovers spot, I might have put it there. I also considered Wedding Bells for Emma, but ultimately decided on the other square.


Finally, with respect to Young Adult, I filled that square with Gray Wolf Throne, the third book in a YA fantasy series that strongly focuses on the romantic travails of Raisa and Han Alister. It's a fun series that I've read before & have been listening to in audio format.


So, Rogue and Historical Romance are my next two targets. I just started another M.M. Kaye epic, The Shadow of the Moon, which will certainly fit in Historical Romance, if no other squares that fit better crop up.

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text 2016-10-31 04:25
B-I-N-G-O card












  1. Vampires vs. Werewolves: Mayhem by Sara Pinborough (9/2/16)
  2. Reads with Booklikes Friends: Ammie Come Home by Barbara Michaels (9/2/16)
  3. Genre: Mystery: Death In The Tunnel by Miles Burton (9/3/16)
  4. Free Square: The Redbreast by Joe Nesbo (9/3/16)
  5. Creepy Crawlies: Libriomancer by Jim Hines (9/4/16)
  6. Grave or Graveyard: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (9/8/16)
  7. Gothic: Snowfire by Phyllis Whitney (9/8/16)
  8. YA Horror: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (9/8/16)
  9. Scary Women (Authors): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  10. Set in New England: Maplecroft by Cheri Priest
  11. Fall Into A Good Book: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  12. Supernatural: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  13. Locked Room Mystery: Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
  14. Read by Flashlight or Candlelight: The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  15. Black Cat: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  16. It Was A Dark and Stormy Night: Falconridge by Jennifer Wilde
  17. Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses: The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
  18. Full Moon: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  19. Witches: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  20. Pumpkin: Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
  21. Diverse Authors are Spooky Fun: Sorceror to the Crown by Zen Cho
  22. Magical Realism: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  23. Classic Horror: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  24. Horror: We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
  25. Set on Halloween: A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
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text 2016-10-08 22:16
The second half (or slightly less) of Bingo!


My plan for the remaining squares:


Classic horror: Dracula by Bram Stoker (started)

Pumpkin: Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie (started)

Set on Halloween: One Night in the Lonesome October 

Diverse Authors: Sorceror to the Crown

Witches: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (started in audiobook)

Horror: A Taste For Monsters

Magical realism: something by Alice Hoffman or Sarah Addison Allen

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text 2016-09-21 21:35
JOINT POST: OBD & MR talk Bingo Favorites
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines

Obsidian Black Death and I are both past the mid-point of our bingo cards, so we thought it would be fun to do a bit of a retrospective about the books we've read so far. We're starting with our favorite reads of the game!





I think my favorite book so far is hands down “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. He hit it out of the park with that one. Maybe because my book came with illustrations that added to the overall story, and the writing at times transported me along with Nobody (Bod) Owens as he explored the graveyard with his parents, guardian, and friends.

This book has an awesome hero (Bod) with flaws and some many interesting secondary characters, I think Gaiman could have spun this book off if he really wanted to in order to follow the adventures of the Graveyard, Bod, or Silas. Heck, I am still hoping for a sequel one day. Or at least for someone from those books to pop into Gaiman’s other works.

Besides Bod, my next favorite characters were Miss Lupescu and Silas. It took me a little longer than I like, but I finally clued into what exactly Silas was and why he was watching over the graveyard as well.

“You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

I read this for the Grave or Graveyard square, but it would also fit the Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Full Moon, and Young Adult Horror squares as well.




Truth be told, The Graveyard Book was one of my favorites, as well. In addition to that one, though - since I can't pick the same one as OBD, I really, really loved Libriomancer by Jim Hines.


I thought the magical system in this book was terrific, and Hines really used it to its full potential. His references to books, and the way that they created magic and altered the mythology in a way that actually affected manifestations was elegant and fascinating. His wry humor, especially about vampires and the Twilight phenomenon made me laugh.


Plus, I can't forget Smudge. I am no spider fan, but he was an awesome contribution to the story. That's the other great thing about this book - without it, I would've struggled with finding a book to fill the creepy-crawlie square!


Which one is your favorite so far?


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review 2016-09-18 16:47
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

This is the kind of book that I should use quotes to make my point, but I read a print edition, and I am just far too lazy to go back and get my copy and find the quotes that I've marked.


I really don't know what I was expecting when I picked up this novel. I chose it because of the stunning cover and a recommendation from a friend (Obsidian Blue). I love bookish books, and this one filled that niche quite well, with Margaret's bookshop job and her obsession with English lit, most especially Jane Eyre. There is a rich vein of Jane Eyre mined throughout this book. Fortuitously, I had just reread Jane Eyre, so my appreciation for the way in which the author used Bronte's classic was at a peak.


Having said that, this is no light tale for a summers eve. The Thirteenth Tale is made for a fall or winter night, wrapped in a blanket, preferably in front of a roaring fire. I read it on a grey early autumn day, which was an acceptable choice, if not quite perfect. This is a dark story, with weird and gothic elements, centered around an otherworldly home and one of the most troubling and troubled families dreamed up in an author's imagination, peopled by characters whose behavior frankly ignores important social mores and verges deep into taboo. It is not explicit by any stretch of the imagination, but this is not a book for the faint of heart.



But, then again, neither were Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or The Woman in White if it comes to that. If you are a fan of Victorian gothic, classic literature and richly dark writing, I think you'll like this book. If you like your stories sunny and sweet, you'll probably want to run away from this book.


There are a few squares where I could've fit this book, including ghost stories and haunted houses. But, there is also a black cat with emerald green eyes - Shadow - who makes several crucial appearances throughout the book. So, I'm claiming it for "black cat"!


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