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review 2017-10-30 17:21
At the Mountains of Madness / H.P. Lovecraft
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Works of Weird Fiction - H.P. Lovecraft,D.M. Mitchell

I read this book to fill the ‘Monsters’ square of my 2017 Halloween Book Bingo card.

I’ve read a few accounts of Antarctic exploration and At the Mountains of Madness starts out in exactly the same style, but then it veers dramatically off course--the tale becomes an H. Rider Haggard adventure novel crossed with a cheesy horror movie! Lovecraft is very skillful at making the readers use their imaginations—he doesn’t describe the horrors experienced by the men of the expedition. Instead, he shows us a destroyed campsite and lets the expedition leader tippy-toe around the ancient ruins, jumping at every sound. There is a lot of hinting and alluding to mysterious writings, rather than descriptions of actual creatures, which would have become silly quite quickly. Much better to let each reader’s mind fill in the details that they would find the most horrifying.

It has taken me a long time to get around to reading Lovecraft, probably because I’m not much of a horror reader. If you are going to read any significant amount in this genre, a basic knowledge of Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos will stand you in good stead. I now realize that I have been missing allusions to his work in a number of short story collections that I’ve read in the past.

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review 2017-09-19 01:06
Fun little series
Madness in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery (Christmas River Cozy) - Meg Muldoon

Cinnamon Peters runs a pie shop and is getting hitched to the sheriff during the Christmas season. Not really a great time in a place called Christmas River where they really do up Christmas, then Daniel has to go back to California to help with a case.

 

While he was gone all sorts of things happen. Cinnamon's cousin goes missing, her car gets vandalized and her dog hurt. Her ex is in town causing problems and it's a lot for her to handle. She has to figure out what is going on before something worse happens. 

 

I like Cinnamon and some of the regulars around Christmas River. Though it was short it still had a pretty good mystery. I was pretty sure I knew who might be in on things but I wasn't sure why until it clicked at the end. :) 

 

It's a short cozy read/listen which is what I needed in between a couple of longer listens. 

 

I have really enjoyed the narration of Randye Kaye. She does a good job with the voices.

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text 2017-08-26 01:11
Hurricanes and Nervous Energy

Well Harvey is breathing hot and heavy down my neck, it's just grown to a level 4 hurricane. I've been cutting plants down all day, to save what I can. I couldn't let some of the herbs go unused, not my lemon verbena, my basil, my sage....I am making jellies, lots and lots. The first batch is done, lemon verbena, Yums. I have a huge tub of tea too. I'll be canning as long as I have electricity. I'm too nervous to read, or sit. 

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text 2017-08-13 05:04
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 276 pages.
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder - Charles Graeber

A lovely true crime read for my lunch break. It's okay so far, curious to see when the crimes start. This guy definitely reads like a serial killer. 

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review 2017-08-02 00:00
Of Cinder and Madness (Once Upon a Darkened Night Book 1)
Of Cinder and Madness (Once Upon a Darke... Of Cinder and Madness (Once Upon a Darkened Night Book 1) - Nicole Zoltack Meh. This was an okay book, nothing to exciting about it. Would I recommend? Maybe, depending on the person. Overall, I feel like I wasted some time reading this.
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