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review 2017-09-21 05:49
Weaker than predecessors
Just After Sunset: Stories - Stephen King

A weaker read for me than his other short-story collections on the whole. N. is spectacular, though.

 

Willa: OK sentimental ghost story

The Gingerbread Girl: Good thriller

Harvey's Dream: Now we are talking. For extra kick, which one was?

Rest Stop: Awesomesauce!

Stationary Bike: If not writing, then images. And addictions. I love how he has his "go to" obsessive mind-itches that he always comes back to write about.

The things they left behind: I liked bits and pieces *shrug* I tend to avoid lit on the topic

Graduation Afternoon: Vignette building for that last snapshot. Meh

N. : This one was freaky scary. Likely because we all are little OCD. Best one in the book.

The Cat from Hell: Liked this one, and that gruesome end!

The New York Times at special bargain rates: Liked the idea. Sweet and sad.

Mute: I found this one funny in a bewildering way.

Ayana: People passing it on. A lovely concept. 

A very tight place: It was good. And gross (so very gross). And good.

 

 

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review 2017-09-20 13:55
What A Great Look to See What Lyra Silvertongue Is Up to
Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman

This was way too short! I wanted it to be much longer than it was. We get to catch up with Lyra who is now at Oxford studying. She and Pan (remember Pan?) get caught up in a plot that ends with them winning the day.

 

Honestly the book was just a nice sneak peek at what Lyra has been up to since "The Amber Spyglass." It's been I think two years since the events of that book and Lyra is learning how to read the alethiometer. What I did like was this sounds like something that will come into play I think in some later stories. We find out that there are some special friends keeping an eye on Lyra which I got a kick out of while reading. I read that Pullman is planning to put out more stories from His Dark Materials series. 

 

I wish I could have downloaded the illustrations in this book. They were beautiful. My Kindle did a great job of allowing me to blow up certain things and I got to take a look at Lyra's Oxford.

 

 

We also get some excerpts at the end of things mentioned throughout the other books (His Dark Materials #1-#3) too. 

 

I am still salty that Lyra and Will cannot be together. Seriously. Still salty. 

 

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text 2017-09-19 22:37
Reading progress update: I've read 310 out of 576 pages.
Just After Sunset: Stories - Stephen King

“Have you ever read ‘The Great God Pan,’ by Arthur Machen?”
I shake my head.
“It’s the most terrifying story ever written,”

 

Damn it, King! Stop adding to my tbr!

 

 

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text 2017-09-19 15:39
When Michael Met Mina
When Michael Met Mina - Randa Abdel-Fattah

So no one working on this book has read Skellig?

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review 2017-09-18 21:28
Review: Dear Mona Lisa... by Claire Davis & Al Stewart
Dear Mona Lisa... - Al Stewart,Claire Davis

 

Cute enough novella about a man coming out to his daughter...

“Each time you stood together, your green and his scarlet merged. I’d never seen that from you before. I couldn’t stop watching. It was amazing and beautiful and made me cry. I didn’t know what to say but I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. Colours are never wrong, Dad. Never.”

 

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