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video 2018-12-04 19:54
Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories Slipcase Edition - Various
Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen,Sanna Annukka
The Nutcracker - E.T.A. Hoffmann,Sanna Annukka
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text 2018-12-04 16:41
Pitiful November Wrap Up

At least the month started out well . . .

 

 
November 2018
 
Reviews Posted
(clicking on cover will bring you to my review @ my Blogger blog)
 
                
 
 
Our Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Community Wide Readalong is over at Ladies of Horror Fiction and we all had so much fun reading together and raving and ranting about things. You can read all of the posts at the Ladies of Horror Fiction website. We have another community-wide read planned for February and will be announcing the book very soon. I hope some of you will join us!
 


 New Purchases

I was pretty good about not blowing the budget this month (as much as it kills me) but I did purchase the Night Worms package and I'm so glad. Look at all of this Christmas horror goodness!


 
Oops, maybe I did blow the budget after all. I forgot I splurged on the Twitterstone box too . . .  and it was pretty excellent. 
 
 
And I just want to say that I am so very happy that these two good things arose from the flames left behind by the mess made by Nocturnal Reader's Box!
 
    
So, what are you all up to?
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text 2018-12-02 16:38
November 2018-That's A Wrap!
Exorcist Falls: Includes the Novella Exorcist Road - Matt Godfrey,Jonathan Janz,Jonathan Janz
Teeth - Kelli Owen
Agent to the Stars - John Scalzi
Bird Box - Josh Malerman
Exit Strategy - Martha Wells
Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories – One Legendary Venue - Somer Canon,Rachel Autumn Deering,Brian Keene,Jeff Strand,Matt Hayward,Glenn Rolfe,Patrick Lacey,Matt Serafini,Adam Cesare,Jonathan Janz,Kelli Owen,Doug Murano,Mary SanGiovanni,Robert Ford,Bryan Smith,Booth Tarkington,John Skipp,Alan M. Clark
The Freak Show Murders - Fredric Brown
Greatest Love Story Ever Told, The - Megan Mullally,Nick Offerman
The Mirror of the Nameless - Leesa Wallace,Graeme Parker,Luke Walker
The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere 2) - Meg Elison

I read 10 books this month!

 

Audiobooks

 

 

Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4.5*

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton 4.5*

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman 3*

The Book of Etta by Meg Elison, narrated by  Adenrele Ojo 4*

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

 

Teeth by Kelli Owen 4*

The Mirror of the Nameless by Luke Walker 5*

 

Total: 2

 

RANDOM READS

 

Bird Box by Josh Malerman 4*

The Freak Show Murders and Other Stories by Fredric Brown 4*

Welcome to the Show edited by Doug Murano 4.5*

Exit Strategy Martha Wells 5*

 

 

 

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

 

(I'm failing miserably)

 

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt

10. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

 

Running Total: 144

Total Goal: 150

 

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text 2018-12-01 20:49
My November 2018
Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - J.K. Rowling,Klaus Fritz
Power Women - Geniale Ideen mutiger Frauen: Was würden sie dir raten? - Andreas Jäger
Paheli: Spiel um alles oder nichts - Karuna Riazi,Maximilian Meinzold,Cornelia Panzacchi
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
milk and honey - rupi kaur
Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - 5 stars
Power Women - Geniale Ideen mutiger Frauen: Was würden sie dir raten? - 5 stars
Paheli: Spiel um alles oder nichts - 3.5 stars
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - 5 stars
The Hate U Give - 5 stars
milk and honey - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Harry Potter (duh!), The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, The Hate U Give

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Ohne Spur, Die Rote Königin, Wahrheit gegen Wahrheit, In Rache entflammt

 

This month has been my favorite reading month. I'm super happy with the amount of books I have read and I'm even happier with the quality of the books. I loved every single one I have read, not all of them are going to stick with me forever but there were some really beautiful reads in there.

 
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-11-30 06:19
November 2018 — A Wrap-Up

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 

Even though I read this book in October, I forgot to include it in that month’s wrap-up. So, reviewing it now. Cinder is the story of Cinderella but one who is half cyborg and works as a mechanic. All the elements you’d expect from such a story are there, i.e., an evil stepmom, a dead dad, and a prince who is smitten with the poor girl.

 

But the same goes for the issues that the original (read Disney) version and most YAs have. For instance, the forging of an instant connection between the prince and Cindy. She is considered expendable and is extremely poor at the beginning of the story. Yet soon she not only attracts royalty, but her blood also becomes the only source that can cure the virus plaguing the country. We also come across completely irredeemable and good-spirited characters, meaning everything is black and white.

 

All that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this modern twist on an old story because I did, which is why I will be reading the next one.

 

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Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

 

The story opens on a man, Johanne Cabal, the Necromancer, striding into hell and demanding to see Satan. Having sold his soul for necromancy, he now wants it back. The reason for that becomes clear only at the end of the book and that too only partially. Satan sets him to achieve a seemingly insurmountable task in return for Cabal’s soul.

As Johannes recruits, recreates, and alienates people during the journey, we meet many quirky characters. The best thing about the book is undoubtedly its sense of humor.

 

Take a look:

“I was cast down from the presence of God himself into this dark, sulphurous pit and condemned to spend eternity here—”

“Have you tried saying sorry?” interrupted Cabal.

“No, I haven’t! I was sent down for a sin of pride. It rather undermines my position if I say ‘sorry’!”

The quote above is an excerpt from the exchange between Cabal and the Devil. The one below is about a crow (one of Satan’s minion) that follows Johannes around when its master can’t spy on him:

It looked at them; first with one eye, then with the other. Then, to show it was a polymath among crows, it went back to the first eye.

Besides laughing out loud, I also learned a few new words. You can view them below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, I can’t wait to read the next one!

 

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Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

 

This wasn’t the first book of Ms. Valente that I read. And like that one, this book was a beautiful hot mess. Her prose is almost succulent enough that you can bite into it and yet, in the end, you will be left thinking, What did I just read? 

 

Was it a commentary on the Russian Revolution? Was the book about Russian myths? Was it a coming of age story? Or, was it simply fantasy YA? I’d say there was a bit of everything in it!

 

 

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

 

A friend who exclusively reads middle-grade fantasy is crazy about this series. Since her taste in books and mine matches, I was excited to get started with this one.

 

It left me both underwhelmed and pleasantly surprised. The writing is crisp in a way that it immerses you in the scene playing before you. Consider the lines below on how the protag had been raised by her single mother:

Maura had decided sometime
before Blue’s birth that it was barbaric to order children about,
and so Blue had grown up surrounded by imperative question
marks.

I also loved the wry humor, which can be seen clearly in the example below:

Calla had once observed that Maura had no pets because her
principles took too much time to take care of.

What I wasn’t that crazy about was the mystery that the story is based on. I liked the characters and mostly enjoyed the book — even though I caught on to the twist pretty early. But the story failed to excite about the mystery. And there was a lot of random stuff going on. The tree that showed the future, for instance, why was it even there?

 

I’d like to continue with this trilogy though.

 

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My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

 

I always enjoy reading anything by Rachel Vincent. Even though this book is majorly YA-flawed, I still enjoyed it because I am used to her writing style. No, I don’t have anything against YA, but certain things like the heroine failing to see that her bf was the demonic drug supplier can only happen in YA books.

 

Anyway, this series has grown on me and I intend to see it through.

 

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Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

 

Another book set in hell. I had been looking for such books because I had landed on the square for it in book bingo. The Cabal book was enough for it but since I had already done the hard work researching them and because I had liked Fight Club, I went ahead with this one too.

 

Normally, it bugs me when a male author writes a female character who is annoyingly smart or just full of themselves. Like these lines below made me wanna smack the heroine:

Such vocabulary props served as my eye shadow, my breast implants, my physical coordination, my confidence. These words: erudite and insidious and obfuscate, served as my crutches.

And it happened many more times. Most of the time, though, the writing was good enough to rescue the book from abandonment. Consider this sample:

Trickling toenails threaten to become full-fledged avalanches which could bury us alive (alive?) in their talus of prickly keratin.

And this one:

That, I think, is the function of Hell: It’s a place of remembering. Beyond that, the purpose of Hell is not so much to forget the details of our lives as it is to forgive them.

I also learned some new words:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so I have no clue if the jejunum (part of the small intestine that absorbs nutrients from already digested food particles) has its roots in the word, jejune, or not. But it would be cool if it did, right?

 

As you can see, I didn’t do much reading this month. How did you fare?

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