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review 2017-09-10 14:50
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Farris
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters - Emil Ferris

 

My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a gorgeously illustrated graphic novel. Karen Reyes is a young girl coming of age in 1968 Chicago when her neighbor is murdered, her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Martin Luther King is shot and the local mob boss goes to jail.

 

Peppered in between all that are Karen's notebook drawings of all kinds of things-her neighborhood, her brother and mom, and the covers of pulp magazines. She also likes to draw her version of popular paintings which her brother takes her to see at the local museums. All of her drawings are on lined notebook paper and all I can say about them is that they are stunning. All in pen, but not all in color-each and every drawing is so detailed you can stare at them for a long while and continue to find new things.

 

       

 

  Never let anyone's darkness provoke you into your own midnight.

 

 

Tackling subjects like racism, homosexuality, the Holocaust and so much more, this graphic novel adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Highly recommended!

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text 2017-09-08 22:30
Halloween Bingo Book Update-Murder Most Foul
Lightning Men: A Novel - Thomas Mullen

This book is the sequel to last year's most excellent:

 

Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen

This was a novel about the first black police officers in the city of Atlanta. It takes an unflinching look at racism in the south around the 1950's.

 

I'm planning to use Lightning Men this for this square:

 

 

 

Synopsis:  Officer Denny Rakestraw, “Negro Officers” Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith, and Sergeant McInnis have their hands full in an overcrowded and rapidly changing Atlanta. It’s 1950 and color lines are shifting and racial tensions are simmering. Black families—including Smith’s sister and brother-in-law—are moving into Rake’s formerly all-white neighborhood, leading some residents to raise money to buy them out, while others advocate a more violent solution. Rake’s brother-in-law, Dale, a proud Klansman, launches a scheme to rally his fellow Kluxers to save their neighborhood. When those efforts spiral out of control and leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose between loyalty to family or the law.

He isn’t the only one with family troubles. Boggs has outraged his preacher father by courting a domestic, and now her ex-boyfriend has been released from prison. As Boggs, Smith, and their all-black precinct contend with violent drug dealers fighting for turf in new territory, their personal dramas draw them closer to the fires that threaten to consume Atlanta once again.

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text 2017-08-18 17:37
My Planned Reads for Halloween Book Bingo 2017!

 

Thanks to Moonlight for the pretty card! I think I am going to get this specially printed at Staples and buy some fun stickers to mark off spaces. 

 

Here are my planned reads for the rows I got on my card. Hopefully I will be able to stick to these books or at least find some easy replacements if something pops up.

 

 

Witches: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The Dead Will Walk: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Chilling Children: The Bad Seed by William March

Gothic: Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Country House Mystery:The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
by Agatha Christie 

HEX by [Heuvelt, Thomas Olde]World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarCarmillaThe Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)

 

 

 

Murder Most Foul: I am going to read something by Tana French. I just finished the first book in the Dublin murder series and have fallen in love. 

Aliens: The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

Supernatural: Christine by Stephen King 

Locked Room Mystery: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada 

Diverse Voices: I will see what is available at that time. I have so many holds that are coming due soon something should fit. 

 

 

Classic Noir: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Vampires: Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Free space: Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant/Rivers of London #2) by Ben Aaronovitch

Werewolves: Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) by Patricia Briggs

Magical Realism: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende 

 

The Thin Man'Salem's LotMoon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)The House of the Spirits

 

 

 

American Horror Story: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Ghost: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Demons: Going to have to think on this one. Any suggestions welcomed. 

Terrifying women: With Malice by Eileen Cook

In The Dark, Dark Woods: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

 

 

Haunted Houses:

Genre: Horror:

Classic Horror:

Terror in a Small Town:

Darkest London:

 

Feel free to give me suggestions for these. I saw so many books I don't know what I am going to read for this row! 

 

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text 2017-08-18 03:15
Halloween Bingo Card!

 

I'll post book ideas tomorrow!

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text 2016-10-29 22:10
2016 Halloween Bingo- Updates 22, 23, 24 & 25: BLACKOUT!!

Woohoo! I've completed all 25 squares-

BLACKOUT!! : )

 

 

 

 

Read by Candlelight or Flashlight- The Factory by Mark West

 

Magical Realism- The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

 

Witches- Rise of the Huntress (The Last Apprentice series- #7) by Joseph Delaney

 

          22. Genre: Horror- The Apartment by S.L Grey

 

Black Cat- The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

 

Diverse Authors- Lost Labyrinth by Zoraida Córdova

 

Ghost Stories & Haunted Houses- The Signalman by Charles Dickens

 

Young Adult Horror- One Was Lost by Natalie Richards

 

          23. Scary Women (Authors)- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

 

Reads with BL Friends- Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels

 

Grave or Graveyard- Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

 

Genre: Mystery- Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

 

Free Space- Bookburners (Episodes 13, 14, 15 & 16) by Max Gladstone et al.

 

Gothic- The House by Michael McDowell; The War by Michael McDowell

 

Creepy Crawlies- The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

 

         24. "Fall" into a Good Book- Rage of the Fallen by Joseph Delaney

 

Locked Room Mystery- The Third Bullet by John Dickson Carr

 

It was a Dark & Stormy Night- Stranded by Bracken MacLeod

 

          25. Set in New England- The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft

 

Full Moon- Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell

 

Vampires vs. Werewolves- Silver In The Blood by Jessica Day George

 

SupernaturalStorm Front by Jim Butcher

 

Classic HorrorSweetheart, Sweetheart by Bernard Taylor

 

Pumpkin- Trick or Treachery by Donald Bain

 

Set on Halloween- The Worst Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson

 

 

    

 

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