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text 2017-09-19 15:45
Halloween Bingo: Updates

Called:

 

1. Ghost

2. Cozy Mysery 

3. In the Dark, Dark Woods 

4. Horror

5. Locked Room Mystery

6. Murder Most Foul

7. Witches

8. Werewolves

9. Modern Masters of Horror

10. Terrifying Women

 

 

 

I have a possible bingo developing right down the center! I just need that serial killer spot called & read. I think I'll focus on filling those called squares asap!

 

Called + Read:

 

Cozy Mystery: Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer. Read 9.2.17 (320 pages)

GhostThe Looking-Glass Portrait by Linda Hilton. Read 9.4.17 (391 pages)

In The Dark, Dark Woods: Endless Night by Agatha Christie. Read 9.7.17 (303 pages)

Locked Room Mystery: Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Murders and Impossible Crimes by Martin Edwards (351 pages)

Murder Most Foul: Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (288 pages)

Genre: Horror: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (512 pages)

Free Space: The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards. Read 9.17.17 (357 pages)

 

 

Read + Waiting for a Call

 

Classic Noir: The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich. Read 9.1.17. (191 pages)

Monsters: Chaos Choregraphy by Seanan McGuire. Read 9.2.17. (368 pages)

Darkest London: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch. Read 9.6.17 (396 pages)

Gothic: Listen For the Whisperer by Phyllis Whitney. Read 9.11.17 (299 pages)

Amateur Sleuth: A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. Read 9.11.17 (108 pages)

American Horror StoryThe Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. Read 9.16.17 (201 pages) (this is my wild card)

Romantic Suspense: Columbella by Phyllis Whitney. Read 9.16.17 (276 pages)

Terror in a Small Town: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie. Read 9.17.17 (299 pages)

Chilling Children: Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan. Read 9.17.17 (240 pages)

 

 

Total pages read for bingo: 4900

 

Unread-Uncalled Squares:

 

Supernatural, Terrifying Women, Classic Horror, Diverse Voices, Magical Realism, Haunted Houses, Serial/Spree Killer, Country House Mystery, Witches

 

Currently Reading:

 

Serial/Spree Killer: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Witches: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Terrifying Women: Hickory, Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie

 

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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 2017-09-19 10:39
Reading Update for Black Rose: Made me laugh
Black Rose - Nora Roberts

Black Rose
by Nora Roberts

Progress:  25 of 355 pages (7%)

 

Just now, it looked as if he hadn't shaved in the past few days, so there was a dark stubble toughening his face.  His bottle-green eyes appeared both tired and harassed.  His hair needed a trim.

He was dressed much like the first time she'd met him, in old jeans and rolled-up shirtsleeves.  Unlike hers, his basket was empty.

"Help me," he said in the tone of a man dangling from a cliff by a sweaty grip on a shaky limb.

"I'm sorry?"

"Six-year-old girl.  Birthday.  Desperation."


I don't know why, but this passage made me laugh out loud.  I probably needed something silly and light-hearted after the chaos that was The Thin Man, and my so far frustrating progress in Dear Maggie.

Looks like Nora Roberts is a great cure-all.

The image of this scholarly professor of genealogy getting overwhelmed by a birthday present for a six-year-old girl was too amusing not to giggle about.  I do believe that he had appeared to us in the last book as an arrogant know-it-all professor who was secretly amused by the Harper household's claim about the authenticity of the Harper Bride--then promptly got schooled when he saw her for himself.

Even though Roz has already met Dr. Carnegie, this felt like an even more adorable "Meet Cute."

 

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/09/reading-update-for-black-rose-made-me.html
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text 2017-09-19 03:01
A Ranting Update: Dear Maggie
Dear Maggie - Brenda Novak


Progress:  52 of 355 pages (17%)


I'm finding our titular character, Maggie, both contradictory and stupid.  She's also kind of judgmental and a slut-shamer, making some comment about how it's okay to treat one of her co-workers with contempt just because "she's slept with every guy in the office.  Even the publisher."

Because she's kind of lonely and looking for a new father for her son, she's considering signing up for a dating service.  When prompted, she refuses to join her closest friend/co-worker at a bar or club to meet men, because she believes you only meet dangerous killers and stalkers in those places.  She even makes noise about not being able to fit in at a nightclub anyway because she doesn't have any tattoos or body piercings.

She also poo-poos the idea of online dating, because they could attract weirdos or cyber nuts.  But she's still so stuck on the dating service idea--an idea she got through an ad she received in the mail, mind you--and thinks this is the best way to meet men with similar goals, ambitions, highly educated, blah, blah, blah...

It takes her friend showing her a live example of how easy it is to lie on these dating service questionnaires, when Maggie decides to stretch the truth of her own survey question responses, for Maggie to realize that her dating service idea isn't any better than the other ones.  After all, if she can give a few false responses, so could a bunch of other people.  So much for meeting someone highly educated or similarly ambitious or NOT A CREEPY STALKER.

So the two of them agree to meet at a singles chat room that evening to see what it's like.

And then Maggie proceeds to tell everyone in the world about her entire life story, with real names and real incidents and everything.  A few pages later, she once again lays out her entire life story to some complete stranger who was in the chat room, who decided to direct e-mail her so that he could become friendlier with her.

Granted, the complete stranger is our hero, Nick Sorenson who is apparently undercover FBI come to keep security surveillance on Maggie...

But who in their right mind gives their entire story, plus real names, real occupation, the works, to a complete stranger you just met in a chat room?!

Brenda Novak is a Romantic Suspense author I've kept on my radar for some time because I've read some of her books, which had readily hooked me in.  Some were pretty bad, some were mediocre... but Maggie... this girl is some kind of special.

And I'm already getting tired of her "Oh, I'm not even remotely good looking" off-handed comments, in which her friend Darla has to keep inputting, "Honey, you're gorgeous.  You just need to believe it." assurances.

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2017

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/09/a-ranting-update-dear-maggie.html
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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?

(spoiler show)
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