Today is the final 2015 Reading Challenge. It’s been one heck of a journey. Next week I’ll be writing a retrospective of my reading year and how I felt the challenge went, and also talking about where I’ll be going next with all this. For now, on to my last book. Drag Hunt by Pat […]
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Joyland was released in 2013 by Hard Case crime and honestly I was not in the least bit intrigued. Don’t get me wrong, I like crime a great deal as a genre (though my leanings tend toward the serial killer or gruesome kind) but, I dunno…something about King writing this or the tone of the […]
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So this book is about Sonya, an Indian American photographer who reluctantly returns to her family after years of estrangement when she finds out her father is in a coma and on the verge of death. This is a family of many secrets, most of them revolving around the physical and mental abuse suffered at […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 42: Trail Of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani"
Let us begin by getting my squees about my book cover out of the way. It is BEAUTIFUL and I love it! Here’s a linky to the reveal post on the Barnes and Noble SFF blog and a sneaky excerpt introducing Shock and Mim. There’s a pre-order button on there, so if you’d like it […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld plus a wee linky to my beautiful book cover!"
This week, the last week of my Shirley Jackson marathon, we’re going to be looking at The Bird’s Nest. This is my all time favourite Jackson book, it’s the scariest, both in terms of psychology and bone chilling horror. Let me explain, as there are those who heartily disagree with that statement. Elizabeth is having […]
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Week two of this Shirley Jackson marathon is all about what some people consider to be her masterpiece (others think it’s THOHH) and that is ‘We Have Always Lived In The Castle’. This book is about the surviving members of the Blackwood family: Merricat, Constance and Uncle Julian. What did they survive you ask? Mass […]
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AKA The comparing and contrasting of The Haunting of Hill House and its two film adaptions Otherwise known as: Why is Eleanor portrayed as a B-movie hysteric? Yeah, so, I’ve seen both movie adaptions, and I saw them before reading the book. I saw the 1963 movie in the early to mid 90s, and the […]
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This was a book that hooked me on the blurb but then almost lost me in the initial reveal. Rosemary is in college, she never talks about her family so no one knows how dysfunctional her parents are, or that her brother has been missing for years, or that when she was little, she lost […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 36: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler"
Following on (of course) from The Fractal Prince, we find Jean le Flambeur and Mieli off in separate directions and a whole load of trouble brewing. Jean feels he owes it to Mieli to find her and rescue her, and in his machinations manages (big surprise) to make even more trouble and mess everything up. […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 34: The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi"
I was intrigued by the hoo-haa aorund this book, the suggestion that it might be somewhat extreme, also by a few reviews on amazon that suggested the things suffered by the character Jude were excessive and therefore unrealistic. That latter is patently nonsense, but I wanted to form my own opinion and to see if […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 32: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara"