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text 2017-09-23 02:57
Halloween Bingo Week 3


White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called







How it fits


Classic Noir



The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedie movies of the same name.





Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut





Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice


 Country House Mystery



And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author





Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.


 In the Dark, Dark Woods



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY


I need something very different after The Thin Man.  Going to continue with my original strategy and head to the Aliens square next, since Defender by CJ Cherryh is due back to the library in a week (even though the calls tempt me to go elsewhere).

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text 2017-09-23 02:42
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
Tritium Gambit - Erik Hyrkas



Aliens and some humans are guarding Earth as it matures, similar to The Men in Black.


Wendigos are aliens from outerspace.


However, our hero has so far managed to keep a hold of his towel.



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review 2017-09-23 02:15
The Thin Man - Halloween Bingo Classic Noir Buddy Read
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

I have mixed feelings about The Thin Man.


On the positive side, I have now read another classic novel that I probably wouldn't of even considered picking up if not for Halloween Bingo. Noir is commonly associated with movies. I can appreciate the moments of wonderful dialog sprinkled throughout that likely translated well to the screen and saw how Hammett was thinking cinematically as he created the story.


On the negative side, I didn't care much about the characters and was confused too much of the time. I don't think the story has aged well, both the pacing and the roles of women don't work as well in 2017 as they might have in 1933.  




I'll be counting this towards the Classic Noir square, which while it hasn't been called yet, is strategically placed on my card.

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text 2017-09-23 01:51
Reading progress update: I've read 235 out of 414 pages.
The City of Falling Angels - John Berendt

At this point, the investigation into the cause of the fire that gutted the Fenice Opera House in Venice has ruled that arsonists set it.


"All that remains to be done is to put a face on the monster or monsters who did this," according to prosecutor Felice Casson.


Venice, quite frankly, is alive with monsters.



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text 2017-09-23 01:36
Halloween Bingo: Diverse Voices
The Old Forrestal Place (An Anthology of Short Horror Stories) - Jesse Tan


Everything is haunted!

And everyone gets possessed, I think. 

Or something.


What idiot thought rebuilding the town so close to the previous one was a good idea?

And Ellen should never have some back - I wouldn't have set foot in that house again after what happened.


I felt very sorry for Dylan.

He was willing to help but there was nothing he could do.


Zero sympathy for the chick who climbed into the well.


Quite a bit packed into this little serial.

I picked up the individual stories as she released them - I would suggest going with the anthology instead of the individual stories though.

Having to stop and open the next one interrupts the flow.




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