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review 2018-09-25 05:27
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot - Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard

Another one that's been on my "to listen to" list for too long.  Exceeded any expectations I might have had, and really enjoyed Billy O'Reilly's narration.  

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review 2018-09-24 22:34
Iron and Magic / Ilona Andrews
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?

 

Buying and reading this novel was my birthday treat to myself. And what a good treat it was!

I remember wondering at one or two points in the Kate Daniels series if Kate shouldn’t have been a little more tempted by Hugh d’Ambray--I wasn’t completely sold on Curran at the beginning. Now, the Andrews give us another look at things from Hugh’s point-of-view and I had some of my questions answered.

Hugh becomes more than just a tool of Roland in this story—he acquires a backstory which helps the reader to gain some sympathy for someone who seemed altogether evil in the Kate Daniels series. He also shows hidden depths and possibilities for redemption that I would never have believed possible. Very similar with what they did with Mad Rogan in the Hidden Legacy series.

With Elara, the Andrews manage to produce a woman of sufficient depth and complexity to match Hugh—in short, someone who is at least his equal and who can’t be overwhelmed by his bigger-than-life stature and who isn’t intimidated by his fearsome reputation. I am intrigued by her and will look forward to getting to know her better in subsequent installments.

There are lots of adventures, including a pow-wow with the Bouda Clan, led by Rafael & Andrea. I’m a forever fan of the were-hyenas, so I was glad to get to see them again. As usual, the authors create a number of characters and creatures that make me want to read on as soon as possible. How is it that Hugh’s horse Bucky can glow sometimes? And is his second in command going to learn ASL to impress one of Elara’s council? Can the Iron Dogs integrate themselves into the witchy community?

An entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance with all kinds of fun by-paths to explore. Now I just have to practice patience until the release of Magic Triumphs.

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review 2018-09-24 21:50
The Invisible Man / H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells

This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

 

I read this book to fill the Classic Horror square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

I remember owning the Classics Illustrated comic book of this title as a child and being rather fascinated by the idea of an invisible person. I remember being captivated by Griffin’s fake nose! If I’m remembering correctly, though, I don’t think the violence in the comic was equal to Wells’ original work. It was probably watered down a little to be suitable for a juvenile audience (although nowadays I’m not sure that would be necessary).

I spent a great deal of last year on the cataloguing of a very large collection of books by and about Herbert George Wells and I was interested to read another of his fictional works. I’ll work through more of them as I can. He was an interesting person and a prolific writer.

This is definitely horror-lite. The most horrifying part is actually the behaviour of Griffin, the invisible man of the title. His lack of empathy for his fellow human beings (and the cat that he tests his invisibility device on) is scarier than his actual achievement. During the reading I kept wondering, was he mentally ill and became fixated on this idea or was he fixated on the idea before he became mentally ill? Someone with more empathy could have charted a far different course—co-operating with his fellow beings, rather than trying to terrorize them.

Reminiscent of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, another tale of a scientist making dubious moral choices.

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text 2018-09-24 18:11
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Update

Here is my updated card. I am only marking the ones that have been called and read (with little ghost stickers).

 

 

 

 

Called AND read (Ghosts)

09/03/18: Cryptozoologist - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling

09/13/18: Grimm Tales - Snow White & The Huntsman by Lily Blake

09/07/18: New Release - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tromblay

 

 

Read NOT called

Amateur Sleuth - Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Doomsday - The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

The Drowning Deep - Ghost Ships, Gales & Forgotten Tales: The Adventure of the Great Lakes by Wes Oleszewski

Genre: Horror - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (audio book)

 

Called NOT read

09/01/18: Classic horror

09/05/18: Cozy Mystery

09/09/18: Southern Gothic

09/11/18: Terrifying Women

09/15/18: Modern Masters of Horror

09/17/18: Creepy Carnivals

09/19/18: Relics and Curiosities

09/21/18: Diverse Voices

09/23/18: Murder Most Foul

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Strikeout - not on my card.

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review 2018-09-24 13:52
Review: “Pancakes and Corpses” (Peridale Cafe Mystery, #1) by Agatha Frost
Pancakes and Corpses - Agatha Frost

 

~ 3 stars ~

 

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