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text 2018-08-17 16:21
Discworld Group Reads

 

For those who haven't seen this yet and for anybody who'd like to join:

 

The Discworld group is going to read the books from the series in publication order, beginning on September 15.  As from December 1, we're planning on a bimonthly schedule (alternating with the bimonthly Flat Book Society reads), but of course, with Halloween Bingo approaching and a Flat Book Society read already scheduled for September 1, there needed to be some accommodation.

 

(Of course, we could have gone the Granny Weatherwax route --

"Granny’s implicit belief that everything should get out of her way extended to other witches, very tall trees and, on occasion, mountains"

... especially what with Wyrd Sisters, which this quote happens to be from, being the official Halloween Bingo group read ... but we decided to play nice.  Besides, some of us are going to participate in the Halloween Bingo group read in addition, and anyway, who needs this kind of stress in their lives?!)

 

Bonus, however, for those who are participating in both the Discworld group read and Halloween Bingo: The first Discworld book, The Colour of Magic, also qualifies for a number of Halloween Bingo squares, including Supernatural, Spellbound, Relics and Curiosities, and Cryptozoologist.

 

So excluding the Halloween Bingo group read, here's the prospective reading schedule for the first couple of books in the Discworld group:

 

September 15, 2018: The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)

December 1, 2018: The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)

February 1: 2019: Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches, #1)

April 1, 2019: Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)

June 1, 2019: Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)

 

Needless to say, even outside the bingo reads, rogue buddy reads are going to happen as well and are expressly encouraged.

 

Come and join us -- the more, the merrier!

 

 

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review 2018-05-31 04:27
The Broken Girls...
The Broken Girls - Simone St. James

After I fell in love with The Haunting of Maddy Clare several years ago, I read all of St. James books. I just love her stories and I was really excited and so looking forward to this!

 

Which is why it really pains me to say The Broken Girls just didn't do very much for me. Maybe my expectations were just too high, but it really felt like the plot, the suspense and the paranormal/haunting aspect, were all toned down; very mild and mediocre in comparison to her other books.

 

I'll always be a fan but I hope she ups the ante with her next book.

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text 2018-05-05 12:38
Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
The Broken Girls - Simone St. James

The audio narrator is doing a nice job of reflecting the haunting eerie atmosphere that Simone has a knack for creating.

 

Also I'm dying to know Mary Hand's backstory! 

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text 2018-05-04 11:40
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup

Finally started reading! I'm loving it so far but don't have much love for Ronald Knox and his 10 Commandments. Why can't "Chinamen" be in the story?? Sounds a little racist if you ask me- and he's a priest!! I'm going to have to read something he's written for curiosity's sake.

 

 

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review 2018-04-30 05:54
Land of Bones: 14 Tales of the Strange & Macabre
Land of Bones: 14 Tales of the Strange and Macabre - Glenn Rolfe

This was a nice collection and variety of short stories for any fan of the horror genre! I normally don't read too many short stories because I hardly ever get that feeling of satisfaction that I get when reading a full length story but I read these in between work projects and I found they were just what I needed and the perfect length for the amount of time I had to spare. I really came away with a deeper appreciation of short stories and how useful they can be in certain situations. I know I won't shy away from them now like I use too. 

 

My favorite stories in this collection were- Not in Kansas Anymore, Avenging Kitten, Welcome to Paradise, The Fixer, The Rooster, and Too Much of a Dead Thing

 

 

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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