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text 2017-12-09 16:34
Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 203 pages.
The Ginza Ghost: and other stories - Ho-Ling Wong,Keikichi Ōsaka

"The Monster of the Lighthouse" - The Shiomaki Lighthouse has been having problems for a while now - instead of sending out light every 15 seconds, it has occasionally sent out light every 30 seconds, which has so far resulted in one sunken ship. Now something else has happened: one of the lighthouse keepers has been killed in a way that appears to point to the existence of a monster. A red, squishy, octopus-like monster somehow threw a 300+ lb rock from the sea into the lighthouse, crushing the keeper, and then invaded the lighthouse.

 

This story definitely captured my attention, but the explanation of what actually happened pissed me off. This is the second story

in a row in which a woman has gone murderously crazy.

(spoiler show)

At least in the previous story, all the details held together pretty well. This one, on the other hand, was just a mess.

 

Next up, "The Phantom Wife."

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text 2017-12-08 18:52
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 203 pages.
The Ginza Ghost: and other stories - Ho-Ling Wong,Keikichi Ōsaka

I have a three-day weekend, so I went to an eye doctor appointment (it went well! now if only the dentist stuff would resolve itself...), took care of some chores, and am about to go to a big craft sale. First, though, I sat down and finished Osaka's "The Mourning Locomotive."

 

D-:

 

Not only does this story have several gruesomely described animal and human deaths-by-train, the conclusion was horrifying. And also tragic, but mostly horrifying. I don't know how I feel about it as a mystery, but it's certainly going to stick with me.

 

Next up, "The Monster of the Lighthouse."

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text 2017-12-08 16:57
My weekend read.
Wonder - R.J. Palacio

I have to read this for my RL book group on Monday. Wish me luck because I am very afraid to crack it open. It is going to turn me into a crybaby. I just know it.

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text 2017-12-07 23:50
Reading progress update: I've listened 91 out of 806 minutes.
FREE: Locke & Key - Tatiana Maslany,Audible Studios,Joe Hill,Gabriel Rodríguez,Kate Mulgrew,Haley Joel Osment,Full Cast

At the rate this is going, I think I'm going to be done with the events of the first volume of the graphic novel in another hour, maybe less. I'm still debating whether to pause it at that point and wait until after I've read further into the series to continue on, or just continue on and hope for the best.

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text 2017-12-07 21:56
Reading progress update: I've listened 36 out of 806 minutes.
FREE: Locke & Key - Tatiana Maslany,Audible Studios,Joe Hill,Gabriel Rodríguez,Kate Mulgrew,Haley Joel Osment,Full Cast

I got this for free on Audible way back in 2015. I waited to listen to it after reading several reviews stating that it's a bit confusing if you haven't read the graphic novel. Since I read the first graphic novel volume during my vacation, I figured it was time to give this dramatization a try.

 

I haven't written up my post for the graphic novel yet, but it'll basically boil down to this: the art style isn't really to my taste although it works fine for the story, and I'm not fond of Bode, but the house and keys are interesting. I'll probably continue on with the series at some point.

 

So far, I agree with those who have said that this dramatization would probably be confusing to those who haven't read the graphic novel. Yes, it seems to follow the the graphic novel pretty closely, appropriate sound effects are used for whatever action is going on, and I've noticed a few slight dialogue changes here and there that are likely intended to clarify things. That said, some of the action is a little muddled, and the freakiness of Bode seeing his own dead self on the ground is almost completely lost without the visuals.

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