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text 2018-11-16 15:01
Reading progress update: I've listened 51 out of 440 minutes.
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower I) - Stephen King,George Guidall

So this was going pretty well until we stumbled into some serious slut-shaming. Why do you hate women, gunslinger?

 

This probably dropped a star because of that (the line about regaining her maidenhood if not her head).

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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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review 2018-11-15 03:58
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (audiobook)
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire,Cynthia Hopkins

Series: Wayward Children #1

 

I probably should have know better than to try another book by Seanan McGuire, but this was available at my library so I figured I'd give it a shot.

 

This wasn't the book for me. It started out with an interesting concept (kids travel to weird worlds and then back to the boring old real world), but the whole thing just fell flat for me. Part of it may have been the delivery of the audiobook, which may represent Nancy's style well but did not make for riveting listening. Overall I just found the concerns to be just too YA for me (high school aged kids acting like high school aged kids) and the dénouement to be a little too telegraphed. Oh and all the talk about high logic vs nonsense directions was tedious.

 

Lots of people loved it; it just wasn't for me. Maybe I should have abandoned it.

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review 2018-11-15 03:29
The Golem and the Jinni (Audiobook)
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel - Helene Wecker,George Guidall

They say there are no new stories and only seven basic plots, and that is certainly true. Trying to find new ways to retell stories and spin those plots has been the tasks of authors and storytellers since the moment right after the very first story was ever told, and every once in a rare while an author comes along who can bring something truly fresh to the scene. This is such a book. 

 

It's been a long time since I've been this impressed by a book. Maybe it helps that I'm not especially familiar with golems or jinnis, though the mythology used here is on point with what I do know of them. The magic comes in putting these mystical creatures in turn-of-the century Big Apple and putting them both in positions that require them to examine and test their very natures. The supporting cast is equally as fascinating, from Ice Cream Selah, Maryam Faddoul, Arbeely, Rabbi Meyer and Michael Levy, to name a few. They're all trying to figure out life, figure out their place in it - even when they think they know what that place should be - and watching as the author weaves their various storylines together like the Fates at their loom. 

 

This was enrapturing, made even more so because I couldn't figure out where the story was going or how it would all be resolved. For every thread I managed to tie together, there were several others that I couldn't see how they connected. And I really didn't want to. I was happy to just sit back and allow the story to unfold in its own time, and it didn't disappoint.

 

The narrator, George Guidall, does a wonderful job capturing the many characters and bringing their cultures and neighborhoods to life. 

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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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