I talked myself out of waiting for the paperback, and I do not regret it one iota. Is it more than a bit fluffy? Yep. Does everything tie up all too neatly? Yep. Did it make my heart all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic. Yep. So much fun! Towanda!
From the very start this is a very compelling read. The gothic, creepy vibe full of decay and mystery is simply fantastic. I've read a lot of horror, but nothing else quite like this. Once the weird factor jumped the rails it landed in a class all its own, confronting colonialism and eugenics in a very twisty way that works very well. There is some great characterization here, too. I enjoyed this immensely, even as it got all too strange.
I remember all the hype when this one came out, talking about how crazy it is, and refusing to give anything away. On the surface it sounds more like a thriller novel than the crazy horror novel it is. I loved the creepy setting, which had me tearing through this thing. I loved the macabre vibe. The ending certainly wasn't hard to guess at, though, and the buildup to it got a bit too repetitive. It was fun, but fluff.
The heart wants what the heart wants. Since it's Halloween week, the heart wants creepy. I don't know why I don't read many haunted house tales, but this one was a Book Riot Deal of the Day the other day, so I pressed the buy button. This one has a nice, creepy vibe. It also has a strong female lead with a sense of humor. There isn't really much original here, but I still liked it quite a bit, and I'm glad I picked it.
I bought The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires as a Kindle deal the other day, and decided to finally dig My Best Friend's Exorcism out and read it first. Oh, so much fun! So much 80's nostalgia. Two references to my favorite band. Just a great lark of a book for Halloween week. The last passage of this book I have no words for. This is an excellent rendering of the friendship theme. I'm glad I pulled it from the pile.
I put this book off for months, since one can only read so much YA dystopia, particularly when one teaches middle school, aids and abets the librarian, is surrounded by it all of the time. But that premise! I think it's very well done. It's definitely dark and twisty, which I love. Now I just have to wait for my sequels to come in the mail, because I'm not waiting for book two to come back and go through quarantine before I read it.
1. Baby Teeth. Which I am loving. And which I will try and finish tonight.
2. I re-watched Batteries Not Included last weekend. So much fun! Can't go wrong with Jessica Tandy and little alien gizmos.
3. A good black tea blend. Preferably Harney and Sons Queen Catherine or Eight at the Fort. Or a genmaicha.
2. I guess I would say Angie Thomas, since I finally got around to reading The Hate You Give.
3. Umm...which pile?😂
4. In a moving vehicle.
5. Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick. It's YA, but it'll make grownups feel all young at heart
It's a forum screen name I made up many years ago. A migraine was marauding in my skull and making me drool just a tiny bit as I was brainstorming potential names. My addled brain spit out "dragondrool". I laughed and typed it in. It's been my screen name ever since.
1. Goldfish meme
2. Sparkling water can
3. YA Realistic fiction
4. A couple of weekends ago
5. Not my thing
Now that I've got that pesky classwork out of the way for my teaching certificate renewal I can get back to more posting and less just scrolling. 😊 And more reading. I'm finishing the last few pages of the Connelly so I can also start Origin tonight. It's the new pick for my book club.
You all keep mentioning how good this is. I grabbed it off of the book exchange cart at school last year, and knew it was somewhere in a bin. I finally sorted all six big bins after a year because you all kept putting this book on my radar and I wanted to find it. Thanks for the prodding. I'm glad that's done now. And it wasnt as bad as I thought all year. 😊
2. Roadkill pennies
3. I think so.
4. Mystery. Horror. Fantasy. Science fiction.
5. Not picky. Lately I use a lot of hunks of ribbon burned off along the edges.
6. November 13
1. Loved the Rama series.
2. Atari. We loved Pitfall. And we also had the infamous E.T. game. Also Tetris.
3. Duran Duran. Tears For Fears. A-ha. The Cure. R.E.M..Depeche Mode. Cyndi Lauper. Culture Club.
4. The Breakfast Club. E.T.. Gremlins. Short Circuit. Lots of schlocky horror movies.
1. The Girl Next Door, because it's based on a true event, and the most frightening stories are those that are all too real.
2. The Green Inferno, if it's seen-the-whole-thing. But I have also seen parts of The Human Centipede, and it's equally depraved.
3. Accidently eating the foil and plastic square around my iron pill. It came close to doing me in until we finally sorted it out over three long weeks. Good thing I'm scrappy.
4. No tag.
@Bookworm83 Okay. So I did the how-fast-do-you-read thingie. I got 729 wpm. It goes on to tell me that if I could keep a steady pace, I could finish the Behemoth Which Shall Not Be Named in just 13 hours 26 minutes. Apparently it has no idea how sloggy the war parts are.
I want to really like this, but I am halfway through and find myself forcing it, only to accomplish wheel spinning. Gonna do a super-rare bail on this one.
Yep. Go to pick up one book on hold. End up with three tag-a-longs. There is no such thing as ever catching up. So much for finishing Still Life tonight. #nowwehaveatimecrunch
Weekend pickings...all new from our school library. Murder, cults, and something to do with leprosy. Perfect for the weekend before Halloween. I've also got Hex to finish. Haven't done much reading today, since my angry neck preferred binge-watching Stranger Things. Now that it's settling down I'm digging back in to The Special Ones for bedtime reading.
Hooray! My Barnes and Noble box arrived today! Unfortunately, my 20 percent off coupons didn't arrive until after I ordered these. But the bright side is also hooray...it just forces me to get MORE books with the coupons. 😃
Finally getting to The Fireman. Maybe moving along with Hex. Queued up on my Kindle is One Dark Crown. So many choices!
Reading this one tonight. I want to read Dear Fahrenheit 451, but can't pick it up at the library until Tuesday, since it's closed today and tomorrow. First world bookish problems.
Then again...there is another half to my short stack. Navigating the between-books realm is hard when so many great choices are screaming, "Pick me!" All at once. In surround sound. Insistent little buggers.