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text 2017-10-21 20:13
Halloween Bingo update #11


I finished Steve Berman's Vintage: A Ghost Story, YA horror, allowing me to mark my Chilling Children square, although it would have also worked for American Horror Story, Haunted Houses, In the Dark, Dark Woods (a stretch), and, if I hadn't already marked it, Ghost.


Now I need to read and finish something with vampires in it, and I'll finally have my first Bingo. Unless Monsters is finally called. Come on Monsters, please get called before Supernatural.


Finished But Not Yet Marked:


 Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer  - Supernatural, Monsters


Finished and Marked:



The Drops of God 2 - Shu Okimoto,Tadashi Agi - Free Square


Parasite Eve - Hideaki Sena - Genre: Horror, Chilling Children, Monsters, and Diverse Voices


Unseemly Pursuits: A Concordia Wells Mystery - K.B. Owen - Cozy Mystery, Murder Most Foul, Amateur Sleuth, and Terrifying Women


Lure of the Mummy - Janis Susan May  - Supernatural, Monsters, Terrifying Women


The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One - Elizabeth Watasin - Ghost, Darkest London, Supernatural, The Dead Will Walk, and Terrifying Women


Death Note: Another Note - NisiOisiN - Murder Most Foul, Locked Room Mystery, Diverse Voices, and Supernatural, Serial/Spree Killer


Provenance - Ann Leckie - Aliens


The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo) - Shika MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Ross MacKenzie - Locked Room Mystery, Murder Most Foul, Diverse Voices, Amateur Sleuth (?)


The Bishop's Pawn (A Marc Edwards Mystery Book 7) - Don Gutteridge - Murder Most Foul


Vintage: A Ghost Story - Berman, Steve,Steve Berman - Chilling Children, American Horror Story, Haunted Houses, In the Dark, Dark Woods, Ghost

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text 2017-10-21 17:21
Halloween Bingo - Demons - Another Bingo!
Terror in Tower Grove - Samantha Johns




I read Terror in Tower Grove for Halloween Bingo on 3 September 2017.


This gives me a Bingo for the fourth row down going across.

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text 2017-10-21 17:00
Bingo Card Filled!

Only two more calls to go before my pumpkin patch is fully decorated!


This is the new version because I didn't want to overwrite my other card. Pumpkins with scary faces are read books that have been called; plain pumpkins are read books that have not been called.


I have nine bingos so far:

1st bingo: 1st row

2nd bingo: 2nd column

3rd bingo: 3rd column

4th bingo: 2nd row

5th bingo: 1st column

6th bingo: fifth row

7th bingo: diagonal up left to right

8th bingo: 4th row

9th bingo: diagonal down left to right



Because I've filled my called, I've devised the following method for keeping track of additional reads:




Completed reads have links to reviews (however short they may be); in-progress reads are in italics.


Diverse voicesRupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw [Southeast Asian author[

Murder most foulThe Germanicus Mosaic by Rosemary Rowe [several murders take place]

Cozy mysteryA Knit Before Dying by Sadie Hartwell [cozy mystery that takes places in a small town where MC runs a yarn shop]

Serial/spree killerThe Lamp of the Wicked by Phil Rickman [at least one serial killer]

Locked room mystery*: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie [woman murdered in her room that can only be accessed via the courtyard]


Magical realism: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [urban fantasy set in the "real" world]

Classic noir*: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett [lots of drinking and man's man stuff]

VampiresCarpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett [there are vampires]

Country house mystery: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayer [murder in the country with limited pool of suspects]

WerewolvesThe Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett [werewolves in Uberwald, Angua]


In the dark, dark woods: The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis [creepy Teutoberg forest scenes]

Witches: The Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell [Judith is a witch]

Free Space: Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook)

Supernatural: Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [magic is pretty supernatural]

Monsters: Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard [star-demons and ahuizotls (both Aztec supernatural creatures]


Darkest London: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [set in London]

Haunted houses: The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell [haunting in the church, haunting in Judith's house]

Genre: horror: The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell [Ripper-style killings]

Demons: Lucifer Vol. 2 Children and Monsters [the devil and other demons]

Terrifying women*: Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer [female author]


Amateur sleuth: Whose body? by Dorothy Sayers [Peter Wimsey]

Aliens: Sundiver by David Brin [some characters are aliens]

Chilling children: The Malice by Peter Newman [Vesper is 12 or 13]

Gothic: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [gothic novel parody]

Ghost*: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [ghosts of Nicholas Wallpenny, Henry Pyke]


*Additional Books

Locked Room Mystery: Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne [murder in a locked room]


Classic Noir: Pietr le Letton by Georges Simenon [GR category]


Darkest London: Brother's Ruin by Emma Newman [London]

Terrifying Women: The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves [female author]


Ghost: The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch [ghost hunting on the Underground]


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text 2017-10-21 16:04
3rd Bingo serial review

Read some good books for these 5 stars. And only one awful one. 




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  Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay  Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay 


Dexter is good serial killer. He only killed bad guys. Like the humors of the story telling. The relationship between Dexter and his recognition of him having psychopathic wants is really interesting. If psychopaths are born, but become more self-aware, they would potentially do less harm to the society at large.


Dexter is suffering from nightmare for this one. And there are killings and he began to question if he had killed, like sleepwalking without remembering when he was awake. 


Good storytelling. 



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 The Wolves of Midwinter - Anne Rice  The Wolves of Midwinter - Anne Rice  


I read The Wolves of Midwinter for Werewolves square. It was not so good for the first one and I should have known better. 


Well, it is about Reuben adjusting to his life as a werewolf. Not much is happening besides partying. He was haunted by a ghost, but it wasn't scary at all. Just disturbed by the reason why she is not moving on to the next level. So he called for help from the faeries. The faeries are not that interesting either. Also, he got his ex-girlfriend pregnant and paying her to continue the pregnancy. For some reason, he think he couldn't have a child with his current girlfriend. The current girlfriend has very little character besides being in love with him. So much so that she requested help to turn herself into a werewolf so that could be a pair. Not much is happening and it is boring.  


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 The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz  The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz  


Evan was a person trained to be an assassin since childhood by secret government agency.


He now uses his skill to help those who are helpless. 


Someone doing human trafficking kidnapped him, and tried to get money from him. He tried to find a way out, in time to help another one who was in transit.The fight scenes are pretty awesome. I read like a movie or a pretty good TV series. 


Enjoy this a lot. 



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  Demon Road - Derek Landy  Demon Road - Derek Landy  


Amber is 17 and she overheard her parents talking to their friends on how they would eat her. 


Eat her? Amber has really bad parents. It turned out their parents are demons and Amber is demon by birth. So by eating Amber, they would gain strength and power.


So what a teenager going to do? She run. She found a sympathetic auntie who helped her by asking another person to help her run. This person turned out to have supernatural property too. 


The run of the book is kind of a supernatural road trip that reminds me of Supernatural the TV series. 


The storytelling part is good. It is the beginning of a trilogy. 


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 The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill  The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill  


A mysterious disease is turning humans into human torch. People burned to dead and as they have not found out how the disease was being spread, they are afraid of getting this disease. 


Harper is a nurse who worked in the hospital serving those who are infected. She got the disease herself and now being hunted by her husband. 


Worst, she is pregnant and is hoping the child would not get this disease. 


Now there is fireman, and this fireman could control fire. It is a long book. As the story progress, the reader found out more about how this disease work, and how fear turned people who were not infected into mob. 


Really good read. Joe Hill is a really good storyteller. 


So, for these 5 squares, 4 good books and one not so good one. Not bad. 








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text 2017-10-21 15:25
Halloween Bingo 2017 | Update #8 -- Two Books Left to Read
Halloween Bingo 2017

I was hoping I'd have all but one of my Bingo books read by now, but I got distracted.  As it stands, I'm still working on the last two books for this card, which, to be honest, is much better progress than I'd made last year.  I do believe that it took me right up to the very last day of October to finish my last Bingo book the previous year.

I think it might have to do with the fact that I had more audio books this year, even though I had more short stories last year.

And maybe... I might have also overwhelmed myself with another ongoing challenge at this time the previous year, and was a bit adamant about reading a few library books I didn't want to put off until later.  And also, some of the books I'd chosen might not have been novella or short story length, but it wasn't like they were brick-sized tomes either since at least two that I can think of were barely 250 pages long.

And, this year, my main focus was Halloween Bingo for these past two months, and the truth is, I think all was quite excellently planned!

There are a few of my squares that I'd been contemplating swapping out books for, but wasn't sure if I really wanted to do so.  I DID, however, shuffle some of my book selections around, but all the squares I'm shuffling have been read for, so it doesn't really change my card any, really.

I flipped Every Secret Thing into the 'Amateur Sleuth' square, and went ahead and placed Just Past Midnight into the 'Murder Most Foul' square.  I feel like this flip-flop fits a little bit better, since I can't determine whether or not the characters in Just Past Midnight count as law enforcement or not: one MC is a lawyer, and the other MC is a psychologist, who does freelance work with law enforcement as a forensic expert.

So... using Every Secret Thing for 'Amateur Sleuth' instead, I now have an investigative reporter as my MC, who spends the entire book investigating the deaths of different people who have a connection to something that happened two generations ago.  And Just Past Midnight has murders, so it fits 'Murder Most Foul.'  The proper edits have been written into my review of Every Secret Thing.

I also went ahead and flipped the book I'd chosen for 'Romantic Suspense' with the book I just finished reading for the Creepy Raven Free Space.  Hit and Run really did NOT strike me as having much romance in it, though it was there in the background, and so I couldn't justify (to myself), using it for this square, even if there's suspense and murders and mystery.  In contrast, Deep As The Dead is definitely a Romantic Suspense book.

Will I shuffle more books around?  I don't know.  Again... I might get lazy.

However, with this shuffling, and this finishing of all but two books, as well as the most recent square calls, I now have 6 BINGOs!!

The card looks a little messy with all the orange lines running through all the Penni's faces, but there are three going vertical, one horizontal, and the big 'X' going through the Free Space.  I decided not to put orange rectangles around the Bingo lines because that had started to look even messier!



Updated Marked Card:


Called Square:  Green Square Border
Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni
Called and Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni in a Green Box
Bingos:  Multiple Red Eyes Penni in Green Boxes with Orange Lines Through the Faces

See also the table below for some spreadsheet goodness.

Reviews pending:  Just Past Midnight, Protecting His Witch, Hit and Run, Jaxson, The Dead Travel Fast, Deep As The Dead


Squares/Books/Called Dates/Other Links:

Progress:  22 squares called || 23 books read || 21 squares completed || 6 BINGOs
(on my card only)

Squares called that I do not have:
9/17 - Modern Masters of Horror
9/27 - Terror in a Small Town
10/5 - 80's Horror
10/9 - Chilling Children
10/21 - Demons

Bingo Calls Thread
The Best and Worst of Halloween Bingo 2017
Report Your Bingos!

September Group Read | Discussion Thread -- The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
October Group Read | Discussion Thread -- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Bingo Square
Called (date)
Read (Date)
How it Fits
Magical realism
Gaiman, Neil
tagged 'magical realism' on GR
Classic noir
Hammett, Dashiel
hard-boiled, classic noir mystery & group read
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride
Arnett, Mindee
supernatural school for magic creatures
Diverse voices
Lin, Jeannie
author is Chinese
Cozy mystery
Peters, Elizabeth
tagged 'cozy mystery' on GR
Protecting His Witch
Forward, Zoe
female MC is a witch
The Dead Travel Fast
Raybourn, Deanna
Transylvania and vampires
Country house mystery
Ayatsuji, Yukito
closed circle of suspects
Haunted houses
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride haunts mansion
Castle, Jayne
dust bunnies!!
Genre: horror
Poe, Edgar Allan
tagged 'horror' on GR:
classic horror by EAP
Free Space
Hit and Run
Brennan, Allison
murder mystery w/ suspense
Tyler, Paige
female MC is an animal shifter
In the dark, dark woods
Holt, Victoria
woods are significant
Amateur sleuth
Cole, Emma
female MC is a reporter
Woods, Alisa
book about wolf shifters
Nine Coaches Waiting
Stewart, Mary
tagged 'gothic' on GR
Romantic suspense
Deep As The Dead
Brant, Kylie
romance + suspense + serial killer + murder mystery
Darkest London
Quick, Amanda
setting = Victorian London
Murder most foul
Just Past Midnight
Stevens, Amanda
there is a murder and a mystery
Serial/spree killer
Novak, Brenda
summary mentions serial killer
Classic horror
The Turn of the Screw
James, Henry
classic horror
Terrifying women
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride; haunting; written by a woman
Locked room mystery
Shimada, Soji
death/murder in a locked room


Currently Reading:




Tentative Bingo Hopefuls:

Magical Realism:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Classic Noir:  The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Ghost:  Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
Supernatural:  The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
Diverse Voices:  The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

Cozy Mystery:  The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters
Witches:  Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward
Vampires:  The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
Country House Mystery:  The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Haunted House:  Black Rose by Nora Roberts

Aliens:  Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle
Genre: Horror:  The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
Free Space:  Deep As The Dead by Kylie Brant
Monsters:  Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
In the Dark, Dark Woods:  On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt

Amateur Sleuth:  Just Past Midnight by Amanda Stevens
Werewolves:  Jaxson by Alisa Woods
Gothic:  Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Romantic Suspense:  Hit and Run by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
Darkest London:  Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Murder Most Foul:  Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole (a.k.a. Susanna Kearsley)
Serial/Spree Killer:  Dear Maggie by Brenda Novak
Classic Horror:  The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Terrifying Women:  Red Lily Nora Roberts
Locked Room Mystery:  The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/10/halloween-bingo-2017-update-8-two-books.html
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