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text 2018-10-19 17:34
Dewey Read-a-thon Autumn 2018 - Update #1
Croc's Return (Bitten Point Book 1) - Eve Langlais
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal

Update #1

Already finished the first two books on my TBR. One last night, one this afternoon at my car's MOT appointment. Guess I can take tonight off and indulge in video games!

 

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Goals:

1. Reading time will be measured using the stopwatch feature on my phone. The start time in England is 1pm, which is perfect for me. The hard part is trying to stay awake when it gets dark out so early here (sunset at around 5:45pm). 

    a. Standard - 12 hours

    b. Stretch #1 - 15 hours

    c. Stretch #2 - 18 hours

 

2. Finish at least two books and work on two more books, all for Halloween Bingo. All the other books will work to get two bingos out of my card when the squares are called (if not already called), and a possible third bingo by the end of the month. Writing the reviews on Monday night.

      a. Finish Leverage in Death by JD Robb (New Releases)

      b. Finish In Her Bones by Kate Moretti (Modern Noir)

      c. Read Croc's Return by Eve Langlais (Shifters)

      d. Read Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal (Darkest London)

      e. Start Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin (Romantic Suspense)

 

 

3. Post here and at IG with updates about every three hours. I would like to participate in 2-3 mini challenges. I'm using this as my master post and will update the title and post timestamp along with my updates.

    

 

 

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review 2018-10-19 00:35
"What Haunts Me - Ghost Killers #1" by Margaret Millmore
What Haunts Me - Ghost Killer 1 - Margaret A. Millmore

"What Haunts Me" has an original and fascinating premise. Thirty-three-year-old George Sinclair, a realtor in San Francisco, on recovering from a bout of flu, discovers three things: he can see ghosts who haunt people and make them sick, he can "kill" the ghosts by stabbing them, and the haunted person returns to health when their ghost is killed. 

I settled down to see what Margaret Millmore would do with this.

 

"What Haunts Me" is told as a  first-person account in which the narrator, George, addresses the reader directly, saying things like:

"Before we go on, I should tell you a little about me so you know who I am... or was, to be more precise."

This style reminded me of early twentieth-century ghost stories, with their intimate formality, treating the reader as a confidante and companion on the narrative journey.

As I got a few chapters in, I experienced an increasing gap between the language used to tell the story and the character of the narrator telling it. 

 

The narrator is in his thirties. He'a native of Los Angeles County, a graduate of UC San Diego and has lived and worked in San Francisco for long enough to save to buy his own place, yet the language  he uses to describe the people around him seems a better fit for a well-brought-up lady in the early twentieth century than the man he's supposed to be. Here's an example of George describing to us what he sees when he enters a bar:

"A few older gentlemen were perched on the bar stools chatting with the bartender, and a couple of younger guys on the other side of the large room playing pool.?

What thirty-something man describes guys drinking in a bar as "a few older gentlemen"?

Then there's a point where he meets up with the most likely love-interest and we get this:

"I only had on my wrinkled khakis from the night before, and suddenly felt conscious of my naked upper body. Don't get me wrong, I was a strapping young man, and thought I looked pretty good shirtless. But I could actually feel her staring and it wasn’t a pleasant sensation."

We know George has been working too hard to have a girlfriend but I hadn't assumed he was a thirty.three-year-old virgin. Even if he was, what man describes himself as a"strapping young man"? 

 

I kept forgetting George was male and picturing a slightly awkward woman as the main character.

 

I carried on with the book because I wanted to know what happened.  The plot was quite good. There were long-held family secrets, scary bad guys, shadowy organisations and some very threatening demons.

 

Unfortunately, there was also a lot of, sometimes painfully slow, info-dumping and very little action, unless you count eating and drinking while people drip-feed George the truth about what's going on.

 

There is a big battle at the end, which was quite well set up but which lacked the tension and the thrill/panic of being involved in a life and death struggle against the odds.

 

There wasn't enough here for me to continue on to the second book in the series.

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text 2018-10-18 14:28
Reading progress update: I've read 58%. - how frustrating
What Haunts Me - Ghost Killer 1 - Margaret A. Millmore

I'm reading "What Haunts Me" for the Genre Horror square, which will give me my fourth bingo.

 

It should be a fun experience because the story is original and interesting but it turns out that 'what haunts me' about this book is how poorly it's written.

 

It's set in contemporary San Fransisco with the main character as a thirty-something male but the way the main character describes the people around them seems to be from a different time and doesn't seem like the way a man would think.

 

Here's an example:

 

"A few older gentlemen were perched on the bar stools chatting with the bartender, and a couple of younger guys on the other side of the large room playing pool."

 

Set aside the apparently missing word (which reflect the poor proof-reading throughout). What thirty-something man describes guys drinking in a bar as "a few older gentlemen"?

 

Then there's the point where he meets up with the most likely love-interest and we get this:

 

"I only had on my wrinkled khakis from the night before, and suddenly felt conscious of my naked upper body. Don't get me wrong, I was a strapping young man, and thought I looked pretty good shirtless. But I could actually feel her staring and it wasn’t a pleasant sensation."

 

Who described themselves as a "strapping young man"? This seems to me a very peculiar and unlikely reaction for a man to have.

 

I've come too far to DNF this book and I do want to know what's happening but I find the style very distracting.

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-10-14 01:58
Reading progress update: I've read 264 out of 394 pages.
Killer Tune - Dreda Say Mitchell

LT continues his dangerous quest to find out what happened to his father in the present, but also what happened to him back in 1976. Bernie has been helping, but she’s in and out because she has her own demons, and because her history with LT means they don’t always get along (a big and shocking revelation concerning their past romance just dropped like a bomb). meanwhile, the missing eyewitness to a victim’s last moments just re-surfaced, but she’s so nervous about talking, she just seems to be another obstacle blocking truth and justice.

 

this is as far as I’ll get with this riveting Mystery tonight...but I’m already looking forward to picking it up again tomorrow morning.

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text 2018-10-13 19:49
Reading progress update: I've read 234 out of 394 pages.
Killer Tune - Dreda Say Mitchell

it has gone from fabulous, to marvellous - which means it’s still fabulous but I’m just trying to inject some variety in to the gushing. really, this is a great Crime novel. fab, actually.

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