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text 2017-09-20 05:45
Reading progress update: I've read 7 out of 239 pages.
The Bishop's Pawn (A Marc Edwards Mystery Book 7) - Don Gutteridge

I wish I had one of the earlier books in this series - this is actually Book 7, and I've never read any of the previous ones. I picked up books 7 to 12 for free on Smashwords a while back - the descriptions made me think of the show Murdoch Mysteries.

 

If jumping into the series this late works out okay, I plan on reading this for the Murder Most Foul square.

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text 2017-09-20 04:27
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 97 pages.
The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One - Elizabeth Watasin

Done, except for an excerpt of the next work in the series.

 

I'm going to have to think about my final rating for this. At the moment, I'm debating between 2.5 and 3 stars. Something about Watasin's writing didn't work for me - I often found myself having to reread passages because I had trouble following what was going on, and I kept forgetting the characters who weren't Art or Jim. The world and characters felt like they were stuffed into a container too small for them, but I did at least find them intriguing, enough that I'm tempted to give the next work in the series a shot, despite my issues with this first one. It's four times longer, which might be a good thing if Watasin does better with longer works, or it could end up being a slog.

 

Well, that's another Bingo square taken care of. This would work for Ghost, Darkest London, Supernatural, The Dead Will Walk, and Terrifying Women. I've already marked Terrifying Women, and all the others except Ghost haven't been called yet, so I'll be marking Ghost.

 

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text 2017-09-19 22:09
Reading progress update: I've listened 211 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

Now I'm wondering whether this is some kind of Night Vale bodysnatchers story. Nobody but Diane remembers that Evan (one of her coworkers) existed, and another one of Diane's coworkers is having noticeable memory problems. Meanwhile, Jackie's entire past seems to be some kind of artificial construct, but I'm not sure whether that's the problem or whether the problem is that she's starting to become aware of it and isn't supposed to be.

 

Supposedly this audiobook has five narrators, but it's just been Cecil Baldwin this entire time. I like his voice, but it's weird hearing him voice Carlos.

 

I'm still not sure how I feel about this, but at this point I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wasn't already a fan of the podcast, which is a little sad since I remember the authors saying something about having written it so that newcomers could enjoy it too.

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text 2017-09-19 15:15
Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 97 pages.
The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One - Elizabeth Watasin

I think this is approximately where I stopped reading this morning. It's clearer now that, yes, this will work for the Ghost square, although the character still isn't quite what I'd normally think of as a ghost: Artifice is referred to as an artificial ghost and has the ability to take ghostly form and move through walls, but she spends most of her time solid.

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text 2017-09-18 19:54
Reading progress update: I've listened 124 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

"'The search for truth takes us to dangerous places,' said Old Woman Josie. 'Often it takes us to that most dangerous place: the library. You know who said that? No? George Washington did. Minutes before librarians ate him.'"

 

Ooh, I hope there's going to be a scene inside the public library.

 

At the moment, it looks like this book might be about the origins of the Man in the Tan Jacket, although I'm still not sure how Diane (the employee in my previous post) and Josh (Diane's shapeshifting son) are involved. Maybe the Man in the Tan Jacket is

Josh's father?

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