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review 2017-10-06 12:19
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ★★★☆☆
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

The storytelling style, where everything is revealed through one character telling another about past events or explaining after the fact in a letter, turns an interesting concept into a tedious story to read. I suppose the meaning of what happened with the creation of Mr. Hyde and his subsequent acts could be read a lot of different ways, but I was mostly struck by how

Jekyll originally created him in order to rid himself of the last vestiges of (evil? decadence? personal indulgence? uncontrolled emotional expression?) that he was unable to suppress through sheer willpower, but found so much pleasure in the unrestrained expression of those very things in the person of Mr. Hyde that he eventually ceded control of both personalities.

(spoiler show)

 

I started this on audio, via Audible freebie with a very good performance by Scott Brick, but finished on ebook via public library on Libby, because the verbose writing style and retrospective storytelling style just didn’t work well on audio. My attention kept wandering to the baseball game, and I didn’t even care about either team that was playing.

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text 2017-07-09 22:50
Reading progress: 47%.
Spider's Revenge - Jennifer Estep

Me, too.  I'm hoping this book is the one where Mab is ended.

 

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review 2017-06-23 21:15
The Concrete Grove - DNF
The Concrete Grove - Gary McMahon

Unfortunately, this one is a “nope”. I’m far enough in to know that the writing style will not work for me, but not far enough in to be able give it any kind of a rating. Ordinarily, I’d persist until at least 50 pages before making a decision about the book one way or another, and to feel comfortable assigning a rating, but as I’m going out of town this weekend, I just don’t want to deal with it.

 

So, DNF, no rating. I was reading this for the 2017 Booklikes-opoly square Cars Land 18: Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013, or 2014, the years of Cars and its sequels, or that has a car on the cover, but will choose another book instead.

 

eBook version on Kindle app. 

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text 2017-04-02 01:08
Reading progress: 50%.
Thief's Covenant - Ari Marmell

Loving this!  Okay, pretty traditional fantasy fare.  Maybe even a bit "breezy.". But, I am really liking Widdershins.  

 

And sporadically there are a few reminders that author also writes in horror genre (for some reason the tiny moments lack tension for me but all a part of the ride):

 

 

 

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text 2017-03-30 01:18
Reading progress: 22%.
Thief's Covenant - Ari Marmell

Still immersed.

 

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