The better to see you, my dear
Still reading, just not books

Did a quick trip back to my hometown for Mother's day, plus a big family reunion with dad's side of it to celebrate we are alive and together (long story, lots of medical issues, member moving further away, the works), and took advantage of the projector to watch Captain America: Civil War with the family. It shot all my reading to hell. I finished so bitter I've been reading nothing but Fan Fiction for the last 10 days (I'm likely up a Mill words and counting)

Review
3 Stars
Because I'm a completist
Gunmetal Magic -  Ilona Andrews

Drat, barely a vampire cameo. Will need another book. No matter.

 

I'm not as invested in Andrea, much less in her hit-me/kiss-me relationship with Raphael, but I had fun. It's inevitable with any of Andrews' books. Fast pace, mythology tie ins, and badass characters all around are always good. And I'm closer in filling in the bits of Kate Daniel's world.

Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 326 pages.
Gunmetal Magic -  Ilona Andrews

To say that Beau Clayton was a good old Southern Boy would be an understatement. The man kept a can of green boiled peanuts on his desk, for crying out loud. For some reason, it was half-filled with bullet casings.

 

I think I can see where this one is going...

 

“May I ask why you have bullet casings in that can, Sheriff?”
“Every time someone shoots at me, I put the casings into the can,” he said.

 

Yeap, lol. Beau Clayton is likely my most favorite normal badass of all badasses. The guy is surrounded by monsters and magic power-houses, and he still ends up being the solution for averting a war by sheer aplomb alone later.

Reading progress update: I've read 185 out of 326 pages.
Gunmetal Magic -  Ilona Andrews

"I had once read a book that said a traveler should always have one and it made a lot of sense."

 

Hello HHGttG

Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 326 pages.
Gunmetal Magic -  Ilona Andrews

I call body-jumper

 

On an extra note, that list of artifacts had a nice little mention of Kush, which sent me on a lovely wiki-walk, and guess what? Mythic (or religious, or historic, you know how hazy those lines get) Kush was Nimrod's dad.

Reading progress update: I've read 42 out of 326 pages.
Gunmetal Magic -  Ilona Andrews

“Did those nice church ladies come by again?”
He nodded. “I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God’s eyes. And then they decided they were late to be somewhere else.”
A little bit of knowledge was a very dangerous thing.

 

LMAO! I'll have to remember that one. I'm reading this one on the hope vampires will makes an appearance for my Bingo Square, but even if they don't, this writing team never disappoints.

 

 

Halloween Bingo Card Progress: Finishing the stragglers now :D

1 Ghosts                                                       1 Darkest London
3 Cozy Mystery (not on my card)                    3 Gothic (not on my card)
5 In the Dark, Dark Woods                            5 80's horror
7 Horror                                                        7 Classic Noir (not on my card)
9 Locked Room (not on my card)                    9 Chilling Children
11 Murder Most Foul                                    11 Magical Realism
13 Witches
15 Werewolves
17 Moder Masters
19 Terrifying Women
21 Diverse Voices
23 Haunted Houses
25 Serial Killer (not on my card)
27 Terror in Small Town (not on my card)

29 Aliens

 

 

Called: Frame

Read: Kitties

Reading Next: Paw

 

 

 

 

Read, reading and possibilities:

 

Romantic Suspense: Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb (10/10)
Murder Most Foul: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (9/17)
Ghost: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (9/5)
Country House Mystery: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (10/4)
In the Dark, Dark Woods: In the Woods by Tana French (9/7)

 

American Horror Story: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (10/9)
Amateur Sleuth: Reading: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Vampires: Reading: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Supernatural: Just After Sunset by Stephen King (9/20)
Demons: Reading: Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland

 

Haunted Houses: The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson (9/4)

Alien: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin (9/14)
Free: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (9/30)

Classic Horror: The Invisible Man, by HG Wells (9/2)
Diverse Voices: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Chee (9/28)

 

Monsters: The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells (9/13)

Werewolves: Wolfshead by Robert E. Howard (9/27)
Magical Realism: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (9/23)

80's Horror: The Drawing of the Three, by Stephen King (9/3)

Masters of Modern Horror: Joyland, by Stephen King (9/1)

 

Chilling Children: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (9/26)
Horror: Santuario by HP Lovecraft (9/21)
Witches: The Crucible by Arthur Miller (9/18)
Darkest London: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (10/2)
Terrifying Women: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (9/29)

Review
2.5 Stars
For iddle passing of time
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

A lot of how this one will be taken depends on how much you can accept the protagonist's view of things. There are some fine and healthy bits of hypocrisy. Healthy because, to my to my sensibilities, hard cut and unbending stances are unmerciful at best, inhuman at worst.

 

Anyway *waves away*

 

I was entertained. I like it when the books focus on the characters friendships, and there was a lot of talk on loyalty. I'm also a bit amused by this trend where the dead body was a poor excuse for a human being. It says quite a bit about a hopeful outlook of humanity, where the ones getting killed are the despicable creatures that push everyones buttons beyond the limit.

 

Of course, then it goes and balances it with the little crazy shit that actually did it, so a bit of fast-stepping on that one.

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Not as great a time killer as the first volumes, but better than the one before.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 384 pages.
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

Ahh... wow. So many volumes and I'd never tried an audio version... I was fortunate. This is grating.

 

 

Review
3 Stars
Part good, part meh
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

A fantasy romp through a narrow selection of death-cellebrating traditions. 12ish feels like the target audience aim.

 

I saw somewhere being said this is to Halloween what a Christmass Charol is to Yule. Well...

 

While I really liked some passages here and there (specially all those Oh, so grim rhymes), it was altogether too hazy and weird for me. I can enjoy weird, but this time I just kept loosing the thread in the story. Charol is still better.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 149 pages.
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

This part about witches, the marching of religions and the oblique references to the Inquisition are high on social commentary and dark humor.

 

Until whole continents, hellbent
Named ‘witches’ of the Innocent,
And did conspire
To burn old women, babes, and virgins in a fire.”

“All Europe was a cloud of witches’ smoke.
Their judges often bound and burnt with them
For what? A joke!

“Through all of Germany and France,
Ten thousand so-called evil witches
Hung to kick their final antic dance
No village but what shared a dread uproar
As each side named the other for a devil’s pig,
Old Satan’s sow, the Demon’s maddened boar.”

 

“Until: ‘all men are spoiled with guilt!
All sin, all lie!’
So, what to do?
Why, everyone must die!” 

 

 

 

“Anyone want to be a witch?” asked Moundshroud, at last.

Review
3 Stars
Twisty
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

Not as good as the ones I've been reading lately. Some misdirections are too forceful. But it was a fast read that gave me a couple of smiles and it's the beginning.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 183 out of 297 pages.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

But we must be more intelligent. We must be so intelligent that he does not suspect us of being intelligent at all.”
I acquiesced.
“There, mon ami, you will be of great assistance to me.”
I was pleased with the compliment. There had been times when I hardly thought that Poirot appreciated me at my true worth.

 

 

LMAO! Crown for stealth insult!

Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 297 pages.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

“My mother, at the time of her death, and for some time before it, was taking a tonic containing strychnine.”

 

*blink* right... up there with arsenic green silk, and complexion whitening powders

Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 297 pages.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

I'm an unfocused mess where reading is concerned these days, so audiobooks... as it is, think this is my third start today. I'll fire a note file to track characters and see if it focuses me.

 

On that note, Hastings really gets a case of the purple prose malaise when writing about Mary *grin*

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Little mystery, big revelations
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

This reminded me a lot of ROOM. Lacking the chroniclers limitations, we can read between the lines, anticipate and fear much that escapes them. It's likely that people that enjoyed/hated that one will feel similarly about this one.

 

I lack knowledge or real life contact to make a judgment on the verisimilitude of this one, but it was an interesting peak, hopeful and also painful.

 

The interspersed chapters on maths and science I found surprisingly easy to understand and entertaining, though I doubt it would be the majority vote.

 

Two bit comments:

 

- The teacher deserves an award.

- I thought I felt overwhelmed the first times I walked around Buenos Aires at sundown. Then again, the kid managed to get where he was going eventually, by public transportation even, when I know several adults that threw the towel and ran for a cab.

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This could work well for Amateur Sleuth, Diverse Voices, I guess Chilling Children? I picked it up thinking it set in London. At least we do get there.