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review 2019-09-19 17:15
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic: A Novel - Alice Hoffman

This prequel to Practical Magic was released two Halloween Bingos ago, and I had planned to read it then, but didn't want to spend the $12.99 to buy it for my kindle, and the library list was dozens of holds long so I back-burnered it.

 

While I was casting about for something to read for the Spellbound square, I remembered that I had wanted to read this, so I looked on library2go and lo and behold, it was available without a wait. Downloaded at 5:00, finished at 8:30.

 

I really enjoyed it, and returning to the world of the Owens clan was delightful. It's been years since I read Practical Magic, or anything by Alice Hoffman, and I was reminded by The Rules for Magic how much I enjoy her story-telling and her use of magical elements.

 

This book will fill many squares as well, and I decided to use it for Relics and Curiosities instead of Spellbound, since it is generally easier to fill broader squares versus narrower ones. There is a grimoire that plays a prominent part of the book, which fits with the category. In addition, there is a Black Cat named Wren, for anyone looking to fill that square. There are also some events that occur on Halloween, so it would satisfy that one, and, off the top of my head, it would also fit Full Moon, Sleepy Hollow, Fear the Drowning Deep, and Magical Realism.

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text 2019-09-19 17:00
Moonlight Murder's 2019 Bingo Tracking Post

Update: 9/18/19

 

I am back from vacation and updating my card! This was a highly active vacation, so I didn't get a ton of reading done and I am far away from a bingo! This is probably the slowest start I've ever had for Halloween Bingo, & I definitely have some catching up to do!

 

 

  

 BOOKS:

 

Category name in bold: called

Book title in bold: read

Book title in italics: currently reading

Planned books in parentheses

 

 

Film at 11: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Magical Realism: All The Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle.

Modern NoirFallen by Karin Slaughter

Dark Academia: Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

International Woman of Mystery: Shadow on the Fens by Joy Ellis

 

 

Creepy Crawlies: Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon

Spellbound: 

Darkest London: 

In the Dark, Dark Woods: (Odd and True by Cat Winters)

Paint it Black:

 

 

Gothic: The Singing Stones by Phyllis Whitney

Classic Horror:

Free square: Hunted on the Fens by Joy Ellis

A Grimm Tale: (The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden)

13:

 

 

Country House Mystery:

Fear Street:

Locked Room Mystery:

Relics and Curiosities: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Psych: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

 

 

Cryptozoologist:

Black Cat: Black Cat Crossing by 

Sleepy Hollow: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

New Release: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Baker Street Irregulars:

 

My markers:

 

 

Read but not called: uncarved pumpkin

Called but not read: orange frame

Read & called: carved pumpkin

 

 

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review 2019-09-05 15:45
Legend of Sleepy Hollow (audible edition)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving,Tom Mison

2019: I skipped listening to this one the last couple of years, so it's with great delight that I've returned to it for the "Sleepy Hollow" square on my bingo card. My 2016 and 2013 updates are below.

 

As an aside, the new boy that I mention in the 2014 updates is now my daughter's fiancee and will become my son-in-law in just over a month!

 

 

 

2016

 

I'm doing my yearly listen to this wonderful narration of Irving's classic tale of humor and horror.

 

“He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that it looked like a weather-cock perched upon his spindle neck to tell which way the wind blew. To see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.”

 

This is my third time through, and it is just as wonderful as the first time I listened. Actually, it might even be more wonderful, because it has taken on that patina that only the best and most comforting of reads ever acquires!

 

2014

 

 

Yes, that is Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow - one of my absolute favorite television shows.

 

Several weeks ago, someone pointed me in the direction of a free audible version of Washington Irving's classic short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (title links to audible page), brilliantly read by Tom Mison.

 

I had a chance to actually listen to the story on Friday, when I had a several hour drive to pick up my daughter at college and bring her home for the weekend. I am not sure that I had ever actually read this classic story, although I do remember seeing a play that had been adapted from the story. 

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a fantastic listen, with its arcane and beautiful language, read in Mison's buttery British voice. If you are a fan of the show, there is an enhancement in hearing him, with his agile and gorgeous voice, doing the reading (it always amazing to me how much a good narrator adds to the experience of listening to a story).

 

This isn't horror, though. It is gently comedic slice of American life stuff - the narrator tells the story of Ichabod Crane, gangling school-master and social climber, humorously, making a bit of fun of him. There are meditations on geography, local ghost stories, farming, teaching, women, and, most of all, food. Ichabod is more than a little obsessed with filling his belly, so the discussions of pie and cake are seemingly endless. The end is amusing, and just vague enough to make one wonder.

 

I loved it. My daughter - who was riding with me - was less amused, taking the position that out of the one hour and fifteen minute story, the last five minutes was the only part that really mattered. Of course, she spent most of the ride texting a new boy with whom she is smitten, and she doesn't really like pie, so who asked her anyway?

 

It is only an hour and fifteen minutes long, and is totally free on audible. I found it completely delightful.

 

In 2019, I will be using this one for:

 

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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

 

Update:

 

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

 

 

Update!

 

 

BLACK-OUT!

 

 

 

BOOKS

 

  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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