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review 2016-10-13 10:02
Bingo!!! Finally :p
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell



Yay! I finally did it! Bingo baby! Just finished the Halloween bingo with my last read of "Slade House By David Mitchell"


Straight off the bat, I chose this because I felt it fitted into Magical Realism theme and I'm proper I glad I did as it fitted the theme perfectly. Slade house is a Strange little tale of Occult mystery that to me felt very sort of Aleister Crowley kind of vibe.


I became disheartened with it after a few chapters sadly due to the fact it became repetitive it was the same tale over and over and left me with the feeling off well when is someone going to break this circle and when the action is really going to start?!


It's a strange little tale. But one I think if it wasn't so repetitive it would stay with me, but sadly, I know it won't.


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review 2016-09-28 14:27
The Thing At The End Of The Bed (Halloween bingo-Ghost stories & haunted Houses)
The Thing at the Foot of the Bed - Maria Leach,Kurt Werth

There wasn't any cover to this book at all. So I took some piccies! Written By Maria Leach and Illustrated by Kurt Werth.




This book was so quaint! I don't understand how it got on my bookshelf, I must of got it when I was book hunting in second hand bookshops in London or something.



Anyway's this book is filled with cute little pictures and Spooky ghost tales most of them not too scary because it's an old kids book.



Reading This while curled up by candlelight was really fun, So it definitely goes in the Ghost stories and Haunted house box!

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review 2016-09-03 20:31
An Extraordinary Haunting
An Extraordinary Haunting: Part One - Michael Christopher Carter

This wasn't terrible, but it felt quite a bit like a very early novel.


The author is clearly trying to find a voice, and he is starting to, but he hasn't quite managed yet and it makes the book feel a bit clunky. The subplots are awkwardly integrated and the shifts between different character viewpoints don't quite flow naturally. They're not bad, really, but they don't have the kind of polish needed to make them actually add something to the story. 


I'll be honest: I almost set this down several times in the first few pages. Neil starts as the type of rather awkward protagonist you occasionally see in horror movies/books--the loner who is somehow not really sympathetic. He does grow on you, admittedly, though part of that is because many of the other characters are particularly obnoxious. 


Plot-wise I was intrigued, however. I did see what was happening before the reveal (it was teased a little too long, personally), but it was not necessarily the normal way of handling a story like this, which was interesting. I wish the horror bits had been scarier, though. There are several scenes that are legitimately creepy in outline, but they don't get to the level of visceral detail that makes them terrify the reader. 


I'm interested enough to probably pick up the second part, and I do think the author is worth keeping an eye on, but this wasn't quite what I was hoping for. A chunk of that was just plain let-down, however: this could have been very good with a bit more polishing. The ideas are there, even the writing is not at all bad, it just needed a bit more to manage to be good. 


(This was my "Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses" read for the Halloween Bingo. I'll be mocking up the card for it later, once I figure out what I'm doing with that.)

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review 2016-09-02 14:33
Mrs. Zant and the Ghost
Mrs. Zant and the Ghost - Wilkie Collins,Gillian Anderson

Mrs. Zant and the Ghost is a simple ghost story. Not spooky, not particularly exciting and quite predictable. Of course I need to remember this was written back in the 1800s and I am sure much more fresh and intriguing back then.


Mrs. Zant recently lost her husband, a mere few weeks after their wedding. While walking her dog in Kensington Gardens, a place that was special to both of them, she feels his presence. This is witnessed by Lucy, a child, who is playing in the park. Lucy is upset because she doesn't know what is wrong with Mrs. Zant  and alerts her father, Mr. Rayburn. Mr. Rayburn is concerned and assumes a bit of responsibility for Mrs. Zant even though she is a stranger to him. The story of course goes on from there. Is Mrs. Zant really feeling her husband or is she mad? That apparently is the question.


I obtained the free audiobook from Audible. I am not a big fan of audiobooks but with a 45 minute commute to work (and back), it helps make the time go a bit faster. Gillian Anderson, from the X-files, reads this book. She has such a soft and soothing voice I found myself getting sleepy... which is not a good thing when you are driving.  I had to shut the audio off a few times. She did the best as the voice of Mrs. Zant and I found myself tearing up a few times when Mrs. Zant recalled her husband.


I covered by first bingo square!



You can obtain the free audiobook at amazon.

Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

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