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review 2018-09-02 17:57
October
October - Michael Rowe

Mikey climbed into the Honda and turned the key in the ignition. He revved the engine, tossing mud up into the air as the car peeled out of the clearing and onto the road back to Auburn. He glanced down at the dashboard clock. It was one o’clock in the morning on the last day of September—or rather, the first day of October—and he had just bashed out the brains of an innocent, defenseless animal in order to cast a spell he’d found on the Internet to make the bullies in town suffer for having hurt him. Mikey felt he would vomit. He pulled the car to the side of the road and leaned out of the driver’s side door just as his stomach began to heave. All of this for nothing, he thought sickly, retching into the mud. I killed a living thing for nothing. Yeah, I’m a real sorcerer, aren’t I? I am Mikey Childress. Fear me. Christ almighty, what have I turned into? On the ride home it occurred to him that the best thing to do would be to drive off one of the cliffs and crash his mother’s car into a ravine. It would solve a lot of problems. At the same time, he suspected, he probably didn’t even have the courage for that.

This quote to me very represents the very best part of the book: the almost tangible despair and inner turmoil in the main character, whose life has been shaped by bullies of all kinds. 

 

With respect to the portrayal of bullying and the impact it can have on a person, October was great. 

What didn't work for me was the execution. The story felt rushed, most of the characters were a bit two dimensional, the plot and characters choices felt at many time ludicrous, and there were some other writing choices that made me either groan, roll my eyes, or want to heave.

 

Sure, this was a novella and had limitations of length to contend with, but to me the story just felt rushed and trying to do too much.

 

Not for me.

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text 2018-09-02 13:23
Halloween Bingo - Modern Masters of Horror
October - Michael Rowe

I'm still working reading away on my plan to get the hard-boiled horror out of the way first, so I can spend the rest of the game with categories that are more to my liking. 

 

Saying that, I do love McDowell and would not have changed out yesterday's reading of The Amulet for anything, and I also enjoy expanding my reading boundaries ... or more accurately phrased when it comes to the Horror genre ... tie my comfort zone boundaries up with duck tape, throw them in the back of the car, take them to a cliff, set fire to them, kick them over the edge to challenge the the sea gods to a duell. 

 

Anyway. My next one is another recommendation by Char and I am reading it for the Modern Masters of Horror square. It would also fit Terror in a Small Town, Genre: Horror, Supernatural.

 

(I've taken inspiration from Moonlight's pumpkin spice latte yesterday, but without pumpkin spice at hand I've opted for cinnamon.) 

 

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text 2018-08-25 14:58
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) - Seanan McGuire

She didn’t say anything about my tears. I didn’t say anything about hers. Everything changes.

Without being too spoiler-y, this does not have an all around happy ending. Some sad and some bittersweet losses to it.

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text 2018-08-25 14:27
Reading progress: 92%.
One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) - Seanan McGuire

“I can’t be dreaming you. My dreams make more sense than this.”

 

“I get that a lot,” I said. “You don’t have to be scared anymore.”

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text 2018-08-25 14:00
Reading progress: 83%.
One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) - Seanan McGuire

We startled a pair of deer as we came around a blind curve in the road, and I hit the brakes just in time to keep from getting Bambi pâté all over the windshield.

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