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review 2018-11-15 03:59
Review: The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

This was creepy and scary without gore or jump scares.  It was almost more psychological because there was never a solid presence or any one thing to fear like in a slasher film/book.  It's like going into a dark basement alone at night.  Logically you know there is nothing there that can harm you, but you still get the wiggins.  It's the not knowing that freaks you out because your imagination can conjure much worse things than what's actually hiding in the shadows.

 

Clearly there was a presence haunting the house and it tormented Doctor Montague and his group of young assistants--to a bad end for poor Eleanor.  The house seemed to be an entity itself and it sucked Eleanor in--bewitched her.  

 

Very well written, interesting characters.  I have to assume that the author meant for readers to hate Mrs. Montague, because she was just a nightmare.  I wanted bad things to happen to her in the house.  With the other characters [Doctor Montague, Theodora, Luke, Eleanor] you could see both their endearing, and annoying qualities.  And overall enjoyable listen.  

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text 2018-11-15 01:13
Reading progress update: I've listened 367 out of 447 minutes.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

Oh my good gravy Mrs. Montague is a real c u next tuesday!  She's just awful.

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review 2018-11-15 01:08
I wanted this to be five stars
Batman: White Knight - Sean Murphy

The execution, the details, were interesting.   I do think that Sean Murphy bent a little things: if Jack Napier were a truly good man, as he's presented here, and had to account for everything that the Joker did, then I think he'd be slightly more shellshocked.   Now, I could buy the argument that he was so overwhelmed that he ended up placing all his hopes of forgiveness in Harley Quinn - but that's not how this is presented.   It's presented as he feels bad, whoops, let's save Gotham now.   (Although a lot of his redemption is all about Harleen, so that was kinda weird, too.)   He was a little... off with Harleen, too?   Maybe it was calling her Harley, which seemed weird since they were trying so hard to disassociate themselves from their former lives.  But there was something else, where it was all too cut and dry: her accepting him, his complete devotion to her, and I found it too far off form The Joker to really be buyable.   

 

Then again, some of this could be explained by the final reveal, although I don't want to go into details: this is well worth reading, and it's worth reading not knowing what's coming in my opinion, so I won't spoil that. 

 

There's so much elegance in this story that it didn't seem more than a star off, and I think the story focuses enough on other things that I couldn't really say this flaw overtook everything.   I also think when the love story between The Joker and Harleen doesn't take over?   This story is a lot stronger. 

 

And I'm not spoiling things when I say The Joker goes sane or Batman is in Arkham.   The tagline on the back is The Joker goes sane, and the first page or so has Batman in Arkham.   It's all about the small reveals leading up to the big one  at the end.   It's a slow burn that's dealt with perfectly for the most part.   

 

Lovely story.  I'm definitely going to look into reading more by this writer/artist. 

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review 2018-11-14 22:44
This Monstrous Thing: Or Steampunk Frankenstein
This Monstrous Thing - Mackenzi Lee

I've been putting off writing a review for this book because I still can't figure out what to say about it. It's steampunk Frankenstein, so if that sounds appealing to you then snap it up post-haste. If you're not a steampunk fan, well, know what you are getting into.

 

Lee does an excellent job evoking the past in all her books, and this one is no exception. The interesting thing is that she infuses her world with machinery and mechanical men. It almost has a cyberpunk quality in that so much of the book is concerned with the divide between machine and man, and at what point when adding machinery and subtracting flesh does a man cease being human. It's an interesting direction to take the story, and there are also some astute comments of disability and social standing.

 

Where the book flagged for me was that I went into it wanting a story about brotherhood, and to watch these two brothers grapple with one another throughout the narrative. However, much like the source of inspiration, the two spend most of the book separated and only clash at the ending. This is all well and good, it's just not the story I wanted. While the book spent lavish detail and time exploring other characters and locales I found myself frustrated that it wasn't spending its time on things that interested me more. It doesn't feel fair to be critical of a book for not being what you want it to be, especially when it does a fine job in every other respect, but here I am.

 

If you dig steampunk you will likely enjoy this book. If you like historical fiction with a twist you will likely enjoy this book. If you want to read an interesting re-telling of Frankenstein you will also likely enjoy this book. If you want a story of brothers at odds with one another, and an exploration of their relationship, this will likely not hit the mark for you.

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review 2018-11-14 20:48
Review: Lullaby
Lullaby - Jonathan Maberry,Scott Brick

So. So. Creepy.  I am very, very happy that my children are not babies.  Also, glad I'm smart enough not to ever entertain the idea of buying a house that is haunted.  

 

This was a short, but entertaining audiobook.  Interesting story and more creepy than scary.  Will definitely check out more by the author.

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