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review 2018-12-09 20:39
Goodbye, Things
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minima... Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism - Fumio Sasaki

I am not a minimalist at all. You know Howl's bedroom from Howl's Moving Castle? That's more my aesthetic. But I like reading about people who make minimalism work for them. I don't remember the book that well, but the impression I have is that minimalism made Sasaki happy, and he wants to share that with people (but not in a pushy, obnoxious, holier-than-thou type of way). 

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text 2018-12-02 18:23
November Reading Round Up
Things Slip Through - Kevin Lucia
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Hollow Shell: A Zombie Epic - Part One - Mark C. Scioneaux
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland
V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jason Isaacs
After: First Light - Scott Nicholson
The Wind in the Willows (Kindle in Motion) - Kenneth Grahame
The Rose Master - Valentina Cano

 

 

I've missed a lot of round ups this year so thought I should post at least a couple before the end of the year.

 

Just the 10 reads for me this month, but only 1 comic was included so that's a plus.

 

Yearly Reading Challenge update - 122/140

 

Read in November - 10

 

Audio - 0

Novels/novella/short stories - 9

Comics/Graphic novels - 1

 

5*

 

Things Slip Through - Kevin Lucia  A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jason Isaacs  

 

4.5*

 

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland  The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman  

 

4*

 

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins  V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore  After: First Light - Scott Nicholson  

 

 

3.5*

 

The Wind in the Willows (Kindle in Motion) - Kenneth Grahame  

 

3*

 

Hollow Shell: A Zombie Epic - Part One - Mark C. Scioneaux  The Rose Master - Valentina Cano  

 

 

Just gearing up for the end of the year now, I'm pretty much done with my Christmas shopping and only have to post a couple of presents off to Oz for friends. 

 

I'm working this Christmas which is shit and I've noted in my recent pay that it has STILL not been sorted which now makes it 6 months of management pissing around. 

In all honesty I don't think I can stay there full time anymore, I've really hit my limit and the frustration of several elements is driving me insane. 

Next year will bring a few changes work wise but I'm not quite sure what that will be at the moment. 

 

I'm off on leave at the moment and tomorrow I'm taking Boo to the vet to have her neutered so I'm feeling a little anxious about her having an anaesthetic. I'm sure Suzy will love this as it will give her several hours of peace and quiet.

 

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review 2018-11-30 19:57
Broken Things
Broken Things - Lauren Oliver

I'm a big fan of Oliver's Delirium series and I LOVED the Replica duology, so if there's a new Oliver book, I'm going to pounce on it. Broken Things is more of a murder mystery, and I love that Oliver branches out so much in her writing. 

 

We have three friends, Summer, Brynn and Mia who are obsessed with a fantasy book called The Way into Lovelorn, and love to play act it out. They decide to write their own fan fic sequel to the book, but their lives change forever when Summer is murdered in a similar ritualistic fashion as they wrote in their Return to Lovelorn sequel. Now both Brynn and Mia are suspects along with their friend, Owen.

 

This is a story about a troubled girl who, at times, is unlikable, mean, and broken. Other times, she is the glue that holds their friendship together. The magical, beautiful girl that everyone can't help but love. We get clues to Summer's past and her need to believe in the magic and escape of Lovelorn sprinkled throughout the "Then" chapters chronicling the lives and friendships of the girls before Summer is murdered.

 

In the "Now" chapters we learn how, years later, Brynn, Mia and Owen are dealing with life after being scorned and suspected of murder by their hometown despite the police never having found evidence to pin it on any of them, and their struggle to find the real killer.

 

As always, Oliver's writing kept me glued to the book, despite a particular scene of animal cruelty involving a cat. I have to admit, that was very hard to get through. I'm the type of person who loves a good murder mystery, but will refuse to watch a movie unless I know for a fact that the animal does not die, otherwise my week is ruined. Kill off all the fictional people you want, just please leave the fictional pets alone, and yes, I know it makes no sense whatsoever. 

 

Oliver is really good at writing characters who are flawed and have many different layers. Each character has their own different struggles and insecurities which are revealed as the story progresses. This book is a bit unsettling, and dark at times, but I felt the ending was satisfying. I especially enjoyed that very last sentence.

 

 

-Shey

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review 2018-11-29 21:19
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
I'm Thinking of Ending Things - Iain Reid
After reading Foe, I immediately picked up this book by the same author. This book carried the same mysterious edgy vibe as Foe. I was immediately drawn in, flipping pages faster and faster until I finished the book earlier than I anticipated.
 
When he took her home to his parents, I thought the book took a strange turn. After reading Foe, I felt an anticipation as I read this book. I wanted to see “everything,” as it transpired. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out this way.
 
As I finished up with this book’s pages, I wanted to start from the beginning again as this book left me stunned. His novels seem to be having this effect on me which is a great thing. I need to check out his other novels and I know I will definitely reread these two novels in the future because I know I need more Iain Reid in my life.

 

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review 2018-11-23 20:00
Needful Things
Needful Things - Stephen King

 

 

An unusual store, Needful Things, opens downtown in Castle Rock, Maine, in October of 1991.  The store's mysterious proprietor, Leland Gaunt, somehow has an object with irresistible appeal for each customer.  Not only does Gaunt produce items his customers find they absolutely must have, for their own private reasons, but the prices he charges are astonishingly low--at least when it comes to the monetary exchange.  But for each transaction, Gaunt insists upon a dollar amount plus one "harmless prank."  The pranks are generally directed at someone the customer has no personal connection to, and Gaunt assures the customer that the pranks are truly harmless.

 

The pranks are actually calculated to ignite rivalries and resentments, as they essentially frame someone who had nothing to do with the prank in question.  At the same time, each of Gaunt's customers becomes increasingly obsessed with, protective of, and paranoid about the object purchased.  They are convinced that someone will steal the prized possession, so they become hyper-vigilant about it.

 

With the pranks causing domino effects leading to ever-escalating acts of violence, and Gaunt somehow knowing intimate secrets about every customer--and possibly every town resident--what hope does the town have that sanity will prevail and Gaunt's spell can be broken?

 

This book sucked me in effectively, and I enjoyed Stephen King's narration.  (Though I was startled when he pronounced "coiffed" as "koyfed.")  The book makes references to several other "Castle Rock" stories, and unfortunately, I'd only read two (Cujo and "The Body").  People who have read all of the previous books and stories can expect a richer experience for it.  Without giving away the ending, I will say that I found it satisfying.

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