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JL's Bibliomania

Also on GoodReads as J L's Bibliomania:

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and Litsy @jlsbibliomania

 

While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 

 

 

 

Currently reading

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas, HarperAudio, Bahni Turpin
Progress: 30/704 minutes
Defender
C.J. Cherryh

Reading progress update: I've listened 30 out of 704 minutes.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas, HarperAudio, Bahni Turpin

We have a winner for my new audiobook!!!  Finished the first chapter and I'm hooked (even though I know that tragedy is just about to strike).

 

Not quite sure how to fit The Hate U Give into Halloween Bingo.

 

The most obvious match is for

 

Which is nicely placed on my card.  But I think it could also fit 

 

 

 

My first hesitation is that Murder Most Foul breaks the pattern I was following (and it's an easy square to fill).

 

My second hesitation is that I'd originally earmarked Diverse Voices for

 

Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford 

 

While Songs of Willow Frost doesn't really fit the Halloween Categories, I'm hoping to have it read by mid-October for a book discussion at my local library. I absolutely loved Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, so I'm apprehensive about starting this, especially as the reviews are mixed. 

 

I wonder if Songs of Willow Frost can fit the Amateur Sleuth square?  Might have to read it to find out.

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman, HarperAudio

Think I've had enough Norse myths in a row.  Planning to come back to this later.

Reading progress update: I've listened 25 out of 562 minutes.

The Late Show - Katherine Moennig, Hachette Audio, Michael Connelly

I've never read Michael Connelly, though I've heard of Harry Bosch.  I saw this on the New Release shelf and thought I'd give it a try for

 

 

So far, I like the set up, but dislike the audiobook narrator.  Katherine Moennig is rushing and doesn't leave enough space between sentences. I've just put in the request for the print version, however, the reserve list is looong and I don't expect to see it until mid-October.

 

I've got a different audiobook to try tomorrow.

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None  - Agatha Christie

OF COURSE I've heard of the grand dame of mystery, Agatha Christie, but have I ever taken the time to read any of her books? Nope. Thank you Halloween Bingo for giving me an incentive to try something new.

 

And Then There Were None is in many ways the archetype of a closed-circle mystery.  And I'm glad it was my first introduction to the genre.  

 

 

I don't know whether other Agatha Christie titles will make it to the top of my enormous list of things I would love to have read, but it's definitely a possibility.

 

Read for  

 

 

30 Days of Readathon

The folks who host Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon are counting down to the 10th anniversary Readathon on October 21, 2017

 

 

More information is available at http://www.24hourreadathon.com/30-days-of-readathon/

 

I, unfortunately don't have time for the extended festivities, but am looking forward to the convergence of Halloween Bingo and Readathon

Halloween Bingo Week 3

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A3

Classic Noir

 

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedie movies of the same name.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

 Country House Mystery

 

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

E1

 Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E3

 In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

 

I need something very different after The Thin Man.  Going to continue with my original strategy and head to the Aliens square next, since Defender by CJ Cherryh is due back to the library in a week (even though the calls tempt me to go elsewhere).

The Thin Man - Halloween Bingo Classic Noir Buddy Read

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

I have mixed feelings about The Thin Man.

 

On the positive side, I have now read another classic novel that I probably wouldn't of even considered picking up if not for Halloween Bingo. Noir is commonly associated with movies. I can appreciate the moments of wonderful dialog sprinkled throughout that likely translated well to the screen and saw how Hammett was thinking cinematically as he created the story.

 

On the negative side, I didn't care much about the characters and was confused too much of the time. I don't think the story has aged well, both the pacing and the roles of women don't work as well in 2017 as they might have in 1933.  

 

 

 

I'll be counting this towards the Classic Noir square, which while it hasn't been called yet, is strategically placed on my card.

Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 208 pages.

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Not really liking The Thin Man, but somewhere about page 50 I realize that I would wonder how it turned out if I didn't finish.  Hoping to polish it off tonight and move on to something with a very different feel.

Halloween Bingo Dreams

I don’t normally remember my dreams.  But this morning the alarm woke me in the middle of a vivid one that is so obviously inspired by Halloween Bingo that I thought y'all might appreciate it.  I don’t typically write stories, so please excuse any flaws.

 

I was in the lab setting up the morning’s experiment.  The body on the gurney was the way it was supposed to be, thin and flat, almost like someone had screen printed the outline of a boy on an ironed cloth bag.

 

As occasionally happens, the body fabric rippled on its own.  Following protocol, I reached for the jar of milk and threw it at the face.  Lips moved, drinking, and the body started to re-inflate like a balloon.  “Tell Sarah we’ve got a live one” I called to my colleague next door.

 

The naked, pale boy rolled off the gurney and huddled next to the bookcase, staring hungrily at the spines.  “What do you want?” I asked. 

 

“Books!  Give me Books!” he replied.  I handed him several math textbooks from my desk. He opened them, flipped, and put them down again angrily.

 

“More Pictures” he demanded. So I handed him a copy of Waiting for Wings and he impatiently paged through it, tearing pages as they weakened from the dripping milk.

 

At that point, my alarm went off.  I woke before Sarah arrived to find out if he would sign the standard compact and promise to behave, or if she would have to destroy him.  It was unclear in the dream if the boy was a zombie, vampire, or other.  But also clear that bodies reanimating was a common enough occurrence that we had a protocol to follow.    And while I was a bit apprehensive, I wasn’t panicked by my nice experimental subject not staying put.

Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 208 pages.

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Either my memory is failing me, or there are just too many characters being thrown at me too quickly.  The use of multiple names per person (Nora, Mrs. Charles) and the party scene in Chapter 7 didn't help.  So I actually made a list of characters/people mentioned

 

[ ] Nick Charles
[ ] Nora Charles 

[ ] Asta - the schnauzer 
[ ] Clyde Miller Wynant - inventor
[ ] Herbert Macaulay - Clyde's lawyer 
[ ] Dorothy (Dorry) Wynant - daughter 
[ ] Gilbert Wynant - brother 
[ ] Mimi (Wynant) Jorgensen 
[ ] Mr. Christian Jorgensen  
[ ] Julia Wolf
[ ] Harrison Quinn
[ ] Mrs. Alice Quinn 
[ ] Margot Innes
[ ] Albert Norman
[ ] Larry Crowley
[ ] Denis - girl with Crowley
[ ] The Edges
[ ] Shep Morelli - accused of murder 
[ ] Studsy Burke 
[ ] Policeman John Guild
[ ] Victor Rosewater 

We'll see if this helps.

 

Gulp

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach

Several years ago, I listened to the audiobook version of Gulp.  My reaction at the time was “Fascinating, with just the right amount of yuck factor.” 

 

I re-read Gulp during the early part of September since it was picked as the first Flat Book Society read.  The chatty, anecdotal style that worked so well for the first listen, didn’t hold up as well to a (print) re-read.  The level of detail for many of the chapters seemed more appropriate for a podcast or a newspaper article than for a book, and perhaps would have been better if encountered in episodic form with a break between sections.

 

My least favorite parts were the early chapters discussing the history of Fletcherism (obsessive chewing) and the 19th century experiments on Alexis St. Martin (he of the fistulated stomach), both stories I’d previously encountered.  The book picked up a bit once Ms. Roach started talking about the Oral Processing Lab at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and other recent research into the digestive process.   I particularly liked the chapter debunking the story of Jonah and the "whale." While many find the closing chapter regarding stool transplants repugnant, as someone with a delicate digestion, I found the idea of recolonizing the digestive system fascinating.

 

If you can appreciate potty humor and are interested in a semi-random series of tidbits loosely connected to digestion, then you might want to pick up Gulp for your next audiobook or bathroom read.   

Shanah Tovah

יהי רצון מלפניך יי אלהנו ואלהי אבותנו שתחדש עלינו שנה תובה ומתוקה

May it be Your Will Adonai our God and God of our ancestors

That You will make for us a good and sweet new year

 

Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 208 pages.

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Golly these folks are boozers!!!  I wonder if they don't trust the water. If I drank as much as they did, I wouldn't be able to think straight.  Is it an attempt to portray an idealized life of the leisure class or something else?

 

While it's a hall-mark of classic noir, I'm also not particularly enjoying the obsessively male gaze.

 

I do want to fill the Classic Noir square, and it's a short book, so I think I'll keep going a bit longer.  But I've just requested The Best American Noir of the Century - James Ellroy,Otto Penzler from the library as a backup.

 

 

Half-Off Ragnarok

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Afraid my opinion of Half-Off Ragnarok isn't all that original. 

 

If you like the cryptozoological world full of basilisks, bogeymen, Jhorlac and The Aeslin Mice created by Seanan McGuire, you are going to want to read volume #3 of The InCryptid series.  

 

Alex Price isn't quite as captivating as his perky older sister Verity.  Ohio isn't as exciting as NYC. The love interest isn't nearly as intriguing as Dominic. The Aeslin Mice make fewer appearances and have less of a role in the plot. But Half-Off Ragnarok is a decently paced urban fantasy with a lower body count than the previous volumes that moves the series along.

 

I'm counting Half-Off Ragnarok for

 

 

This book at the rest of the InCryptid Series would also work for

   

 

Seanan McGuire is the Featured Author Guest at Philcon this November.  It's day-trip distance for me and we are planning to attend.  If anyone else is going, please let me know, because I'd love to meet for coffee.

Reading progress update: I've read 17 out of 208 pages.

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Started The Thin Man.  Loving all the activity, but carefully avoiding everyone's updates so that I don't read spoilers by mistake.

Halloween Bingo Week 2

 White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

Read to Date 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

Connection

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crytozoological wonders including basilisks, with occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country house mystery

 

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

E1

 Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse Myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E3

In the dark, dark woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

 

 Actually I'm cheating a bit on this update:

  • I haven't QUITE finished And Then There Were None, but I expect to finish before bedtime tonight.
  • I'm moving Half Off Ragnarok from Monsters to Supernatural because Norse Mythology fits Monsters better.  
  • I'm also taking advantage of the short story ruling and counting individual tales in Norse Mythology as separate short stories and calling the Monsters square as read, even though I'm only partway through the audiobook.

 

Next Up:  The Thin Man group read, which I plan to count towards the Classic Noir square