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text 2018-01-02 18:45
December 2017 Round-Up
The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror - William Meikle
Everybody's Fool: A novel - Richard Russo
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell
The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir - Maude Julien,Adriana Hunter
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers - Joe R. Lansdale
Wrestle Maniacs - Duncan P. Bradshaw,Jeff Strand,Werner Leins,Eryk Pruitt,Jason Parent,Gabino Iglesias,Adam Howe,David James Keaton,James R. Newman,Katherine Kurtz
Chasing Ghosts - Glenn Rolfe
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit - Michael Finkel
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I read 18 books during the month of December!

 

Audio Books:

 

Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan

Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

The Devil's Own Work by Alan Judd (actually read in August, but forgot to add!)

Slade House by David Mitchell

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

 

Total: 5

 

ARCS

 

 

Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired

The Ghost Club by William Meikle

Artemis by Andy Weir

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

Green by Sam Graham-Felsen

Cemetery Dance Select: Michael Marshall Smith

 

Total: 7

 

Reads for Review

 

Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe

Wrestle Maniacs (anthology)

 

Random Reads

 

The Walking Dead (Book 13) by Robert Kirkman

March Book One: by John Lewis

The Wicked + The Divine Book One: The Faust Act

Scrooge and Marley by Kurt Hollenbach

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017 

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1 The Talented Mr. Ripley

September: 1  Carter & Lovecraft

October: 0 (But had LOTS of fun with Halloween Bingo!)

November: 0

December: 0

Running Count: 7

 

As you can see this was a massive fail! I've challenged myself to the same number of books I already own in 2018. Hopefully I'll be more successful this time around!

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

September: 1

October: 1

November: 0

December: 3

 

Final Count: 38!

Challenge Met!

 

I plan to read a TON of graphic novels in 2018 but I'm not formalizing it with a challenge. 

 

Thanks to Booklikes for creating this place which it makes it so easy to make friends with fellow readers! Happy Reading in 2018 everyone!

 

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review 2017-12-21 22:33
Slade House by David Mitchell
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell

 

When I saw this was available on audio from the library I jumped right on it, and I'm glad I did!

 

This was an entertaining and imaginative story. It's not really horror, but it's not really fantasy or sci-fi either. I guess I'd call it an amalgamation of all of those genres. Whatever you want to label it, go ahead! I'm just going to say it was a hell of a story and I enjoyed it a lot.

 

Highly recommended!

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review 2017-01-10 10:01
Slade House
Slade House - David Mitchell

I still dislike present tense narratives, and I dislike them even more when the tense periodically shifts back and forth from present to past, and I almost didn’t make it through the asshole cop’s POV in the second chapter. But I’m glad I stuck it out. I still like Mitchell’s storytelling, and all the other POV characters were far more likable than the asshole cop. The story here is interesting and entertaining, if a bit light on the horror. If that’s what you came for, adjust your expectancies accordingly.

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review 2016-12-16 16:58
Review: Slade House by David Mitchell
Slade House - David Mitchell


The entrance to Slade House appears every nine years, but only a select few have the ability to see it. What lies ahead for those who enter is a large mysterious house that holds their fate in its hands.

 

Slade House is a collection of connected short stories each set nine years apart and centres around the house and its inhabitants. Spanning from 1979 to 2015 each story takes you on a fantastical mind bending journey as you watch and learn the fate of it's latest victim. As each story progresses you learn a little more about the house and its inhabitants until the ultimate conclusion in 2015 reveals all.

 

The writing is extremely vivid and paints a strikingly haunting picture of both the house and it's surroundings, and of the characters. The author made it extremely easy for me to picture what I was reading, but at the same time left room for my imagination to fill in the rest. Even though each story had a nine year gap and introduced new characters, there was still a consistency there that held them all together. The atmosphere rolled over me like a fog, becoming darker, thicker, and more menacing as the book progressed. As I read on I started to notice small inconsequential details that appeared in each story. Details which in the larger scheme of things meant nothing, but were cleverly thrown in there to show just how much each character was manipulated beforehand.

 

Definitely one I would recommend, it was a lot of fun to read and exceeded my expectations.

 

 

 

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text 2016-11-05 16:43
Ad inquietudine ci siamo!
I custodi di Slade house - David Mitchell

Che cosa c'è di più importante di non morire? Il potere? L'oro? Il sesso? Un milione di sterline? Un miliardo? Un triliardo? Davvero? Quando il tuo momento è arrivato non servirebbero neanche a comprarti un minuto di vita in più. No, la cosa più importante è fregare la morte, fregare la casa di cura per gli anziani, fregare lo specchio e la faccia da cadavere come la mia e che anche lei vedrà nel suo specchio, e prima di quanto si aspetta: questo è il premio a cui vale la pena dare la caccia, che vale la pena di conquistare. L'unico premio che valga la pena. Ciò che vogliamo, che sogniamo.

L'altro giorno ero all'università, per niente vogliosa di ascoltare la lezione e con il mio immancabile bambino [il mio adorato Kobo, o come lo chiama mamma: Globo] nello zaino. Guardalo una volta, guardalo la seconda, alla terza era sul banco al posto di penne e quaderni e settato sulla lista infinita di libri che ho scaricato e che non riesco mai a leggere come vorrei. Scorrendo tra le pagine, ecco l'illuminazione: bella copertina, anche se un po' cupa, un titolo romanticamente nostalgico ... massì, perchè non cominciare seduta stante questo libro?

Ecco. Il problema è che io sono suggestionabile, parecchio

E' il 1979 e il romanzo inizia con il racconto di una prima sparizione a Slade House, il tutto visto dagli occhi di Nathan, il primo protagonista. A Nathan, ogni nove anni, si aggiungono altre persone, che come lui spariscono nel nulla: il detective Edmonds, Sally Timms e sua sorella Freya. La vita di queste quattro persone [senza contare Rita, la mamma di Nathan, e i Sei X-Files, gli amici di Sally] è collegata ad un unico filo che prende la forma di Slade House, per l'appunto, dei Gemelli Norah e Jonah, i cattivi della situazione, e del povero Fred Pink, l'unico ad aver visto Nathan il giorno della sua sparizione che, fino alla morte, non è riuscito a lasciarsi alle spalle il mistero di quella casa che sembrerebbe, a tutti gli effetti, una casa stregata.

Da cosa deriva l'inquietudine? Bene, l'inquietudine deriva dal modo in cui ognuna di queste persone viene attirata nella casa e dal motivo per cui ciò viene fatto, che ovviamente non starò qui a svelarvi, onde evitare spoiler non richiesti. Il romanzo ha un ritmo forse un po' lento nel partire, ma che pagina dopo pagina acquista vigore fino a farvi ritrovare, in una mattinata cupa e piovosa e con le lenzuola tirate fino alla testa, a sperare che sia per davvero tutta una finzione. Benchè in alcuni punti mi abbia un po' ricordato 'La casa per bambini speciali di Miss Peregrine', mi sento di dire in tutta tranquillità che Mitchell è stato molto ingegnoso nel mettere insieme il tutto e che è davvero un libro per cui valga la pena spendere qualche ora!

 

 

 

 

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