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review 2019-04-19 15:04
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is one of those books I've been meaning to read since forever (or at least since I read "The Lottery" in high school) and just hadn't gotten around to. Finally, I saw that the library had a copy of the audiobook and thought it would be perfect for my commute to work.

I. Loved. This. Book. So. Absolutely. Much! So much that I'm okay with not using proper grammar to express my love. It is so odd and strange and creepy and weird. I'm not one of those people who necessarily always likes that kind of book (sorry Neil Gaiman), but this one was so perfect in its weirdness. 

By disc two, I had a feeling something strange was going on and that I had a pretty good idea of what it was, but even then I was still interested in the odd narration and strange character dynamics. I felt like I was just sitting on Merricat's stool in the corner, watching all of the weirdness unfold and it was amazing. 

Jackson has such a talent for creating odd atmospheres and making the reader question everything and this book is no exception. Wonderfully written with the perfect narrator to tell this story. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Such a phenomenal book. I can definitely see why people love this one so much. Now knowing what this book is about, it's not a subject matter I normally would like, but it is so well-told I can't help but love it. 
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text 2019-02-25 00:27
In Praise of the Misanthrope . . .
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

You know when I decided I loved Bernadette? Page 10:

"The only way to get to Antarctica is by cruise ship. Even the smallest one has 150 passengers, which translates into me being trapped with 149 other people who will uniquely annoy the hell out of me with their rudeness, waste, idiotic questions, incessant yammering, creepy food requests, boring small talk, etc. Or worse, they might turn their curiosity toward me, and expect pleasantry in return. I'm getting a panic attack just thinking about it. A little social anxiety never hurt anyone, am I right?"

 

Yep. Page 10. I love her. 

 

-cg

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review 2018-12-12 15:05
24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 - Thanksgiving, Book
Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow, #10) - Donna Andrews
Six Geese A-Slaying - Donna Andrews,Bernadette Dunne

I decided to backtrack a bit to the series's first (I think) Christmas entry, which is set right after Meg and Michael's marriage and in which Meg is in charge of organizing Caerphilly's annual holiday parade -- emphatically not a "Christmas" parade, since it includes a nod to Diwali (complete with elephants), as well as a Kwanzaa float, which obviously makes this book a fun match with "24 Festive Tasks".

 

Andrews had definitely found her Meg Langslow legs by the time of this book, and the writing and plotting is great fun ... of course a holiday parade themed on The Twelve Days of Christmas offers countless opportunities for things to go hilariously haywire, but you still have to be able to hit just the right balance of humor and storytelling instead of simply stringing together a series of (wannabe) quirky incidents and characters, which not every writer is able to pull off convincingly.  Perhaps the one tiny letdown was that the murderer (and their motive) was fairly obvious well before the conclusion of the book, but still, I very much enjoyed my annual return to Caerphilly for Christmas the holidays.

 

And since a whole rafter of turkeys show up in various parts of the book -- they march in the holiday parade, they're being offered as charity gifts to the local poor, they're roasted at one of the local church community's food stand, and a turkey also features in the Christmas dinner "in the off" at the end of the story, to be prepared by Meg's mother -- I feel justified in using this as my Thanksgiving square read in "24 Festive Tasks" ... even if the turkeys are not accorded quite as prominent a role as the titular six geese (or actually, 37 geese ... or make that 38, counting one deceased of natural causes).

 

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review 2018-11-15 03:59
Review: The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

This was creepy and scary without gore or jump scares.  It was almost more psychological because there was never a solid presence or any one thing to fear like in a slasher film/book.  It's like going into a dark basement alone at night.  Logically you know there is nothing there that can harm you, but you still get the wiggins.  It's the not knowing that freaks you out because your imagination can conjure much worse things than what's actually hiding in the shadows.

 

Clearly there was a presence haunting the house and it tormented Doctor Montague and his group of young assistants--to a bad end for poor Eleanor.  The house seemed to be an entity itself and it sucked Eleanor in--bewitched her.  

 

Very well written, interesting characters.  I have to assume that the author meant for readers to hate Mrs. Montague, because she was just a nightmare.  I wanted bad things to happen to her in the house.  With the other characters [Doctor Montague, Theodora, Luke, Eleanor] you could see both their endearing, and annoying qualities.  And overall enjoyable listen.  

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text 2018-11-15 01:13
Reading progress update: I've listened 367 out of 447 minutes.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

Oh my good gravy Mrs. Montague is a real c u next tuesday!  She's just awful.

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