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review 2018-09-24 21:50
The Invisible Man / H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells

This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

 

I read this book to fill the Classic Horror square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

I remember owning the Classics Illustrated comic book of this title as a child and being rather fascinated by the idea of an invisible person. I remember being captivated by Griffin’s fake nose! If I’m remembering correctly, though, I don’t think the violence in the comic was equal to Wells’ original work. It was probably watered down a little to be suitable for a juvenile audience (although nowadays I’m not sure that would be necessary).

I spent a great deal of last year on the cataloguing of a very large collection of books by and about Herbert George Wells and I was interested to read another of his fictional works. I’ll work through more of them as I can. He was an interesting person and a prolific writer.

This is definitely horror-lite. The most horrifying part is actually the behaviour of Griffin, the invisible man of the title. His lack of empathy for his fellow human beings (and the cat that he tests his invisibility device on) is scarier than his actual achievement. During the reading I kept wondering, was he mentally ill and became fixated on this idea or was he fixated on the idea before he became mentally ill? Someone with more empathy could have charted a far different course—co-operating with his fellow beings, rather than trying to terrorize them.

Reminiscent of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, another tale of a scientist making dubious moral choices.

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text 2018-09-24 20:45
Halloween Bingo: Diverse Voices
The Red Power Murders - Thomas King

This is one of the physical books I packed for my holiday and I can't wait to see how Thomas King fares in the mystery/crime genre. 

 

From the blurb on GR:

"Thumps DreadfulWater has never liked surprises—even the good ones are annoying. So it’s no shock that a string of seemingly random occurrences is causing Thumps some real discomfort. First Noah Ridge, the Red Power Native activist, arrives in Thumps’ sleepy town of Chinook. Then the body of a retired FBI agent turns up at the local Holiday Inn. In the background hovers the ghostly presence of Lucy Kettle, second-in-charge of the Red Power movement, a tough woman in a tough place until her disappearance years ago. Now the sheriff wants Thumps to trade in his photography gig for a temporary cop beat. And it won’t be over, Thumps soon realizes, until everyone’s dead—or famous."

I will read The Red Power Murders for the Diverse Voices square.

 

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review 2018-09-24 20:17
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys - Jay Kristoff,Carrie Ryan,McCormick Templeton,Stefan Bachmann,Cat Winters,April Genevieve Tucholke,A.G. Howard,Megan Shepherd,Leigh Bardugo,Kendare Blake,Marie Lu,Nova Ren Suma,Kami Garcia

A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.

 

I read this book to fill the Slasher square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

I found this to be a strong collection of YA short fiction. Particular favourites of mine were The birds of Azalea Street by Nova Ren Suma and The dark, scary parts and all by Danielle Paige.

It was interesting to read at the end of each story which works of fiction or film had provided inspiration for the author. Despite reaching to the past for inspiration, the stories were very up-to-date in theme, including several where young women are reaching out from the grave to correct the wrongs of patriarchal society.

Although I’m usually a bit leery of horror fiction, I found all of these stories quite engaging. A most pleasurable way to fulfill my Halloween commitment.

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text 2018-09-24 19:58
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark

Apologies, I have neglected Booklikes of late, but I'm back with a vengeance, in more ways than one. Here's a quote I particularly enjoyed. I'm sure you can all guess who it's alluding to, satirically, of course:

 

"How would you write it? If you decided to write it's story?"

Now it was Sam's turn to smile.

"Oh, I don't know..."

"I do," she said confidently. She pushed off from the railing and began to slowly circle Sam as she talked, forcing him to turn to follow her. "You would start with a character from some seemingly perfect small town, someone not unlike yourself. You know, a little bland."

Sam gave a snort. "Sounds good so far."

"And the house wouldn't be in the country; it would be right in the middle of town so you could overpopulate the book with too many characters and Midwestern details. No offence."

 

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text 2018-09-24 19:54
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson

So I am still wondering what Robert is fighting. Vampires? Why did I think this was a zombie book? And no, never did watch the Will Smith movie cause someone told me a dog dies and I don't do movies where the pet dies. Still mad at John Wick and A Dog's Purpose. 

 

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