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Let's Talk About Books

An out of practice reader discussing the books I get around to reading. 

Currently reading

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
Agatha Christie
Progress: 20/351 pages
The Chalk Man
C.J. Tudor
Progress: 88 %
Coldbrook
Tim Lebbon
Progress: 58/656 pages
In cold blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
Truman Capote

Reading progress update: I've read 88%.

The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

Gonna try and finish this tomorrow,  in part because it's due in two days. For now, Dipper has "lost" his toy and I need to "find" it. (It's under the couch)

"Bossy women seldom get themselves murdered."

- Agatha Christie

 

 I vote we start saying this instead of “Well behaved women rarely make history”. This version’s funner.

Hill House Series

I was wrong, it's a series and not a movie. Still. Started watching and I'm really impressed. I won't claim to be an expert, but I think they've done a great job capturing the spirit of Jackson's style of horror. It's a reimagining more than a retelling, but a very good one at that. 

 

I love all the characters but I think Theo might be my favorite. 

 

Also, spoilers:

Kittens die in episode 2. As someone who hates seeing animal deaths in shows, I feel it's important to warn others. 

(show spoiler)

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

This kind of reminds me of It. Similar set up, what with the group of friends and the switch between past and present. Tudor’s writing style reminds me a bit of what I’ve read of Joe Hill.

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 351 pages.

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

I've had this on my shelf since December 2012, if you can believe it. Figure now's a good time to read it. It's funny to read Miss Marple complain about the youth and those newfangled Super Markets. Just shows some things truly never change. 

Bingo Update

 

 

Read AND Called:

- A Grimm Tale

- Modern Masters of Horror

- Supernatural

- Terrifying Women

- New Release

 

Read Not Called:

- Fear the Drowning Deep

 

Called Not Read: 

- Cozy Mystery

- Classic Horror

- Cryptozoology

- Free Space

- Ghost Stories

- Diverse Voices

- Creepy Carnivals

- Amateur Sleuth

- Murder Most Foul

- Genre: Suspense

- 13

- Terror in a Small Town (need to add a mustache)

The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

Oh. My god. This book is amazing and heartbreaking and horrifying all at once. I love it. I really do.

 

So, to start, I read most of this at work and I feel it's important to say that I don't make a habit out of reading at work. It's been an oddly slow week though and so the book is a good option of keeping myself entertained. I definitely chose a good book for that.

 

Tremblay has a way with words that is just incredible. Like, this is one of the few books I read and really consider art, an example of why good writing is a craft. Everything was so well formulated and put together it's insane. I wish this book was out when I was in college because I could spend HOURS dissecting every little detail, exploring every little theory. 

 

The greatest triumph to this book is the emotional investment it gets from me as a reader. I had the heebie jeebies at the end of chapter one, just from the way he describes the approach of the strangers. I felt that uncomfortable horror all throughout the book, and in many ways, this is a scary book. It preys on the kind of horror that really keeps me awake at night. 

 

But it has its humor and lighter moments and all the characters are incredible. Wen, of course, is amazing but I think Sabrina was my favorite after I read the chapter from her perspective. That chapter was chilling and I have goosebumps just thinking about it. 

 

Really, much like Bird Box, my only complaint about the book is that it had to end and that it ended without much explanation. Was the group right or were they manipulated? Is the world really going to end? What was the figure of light and what was controlling the strangers? That's part of what makes this book scary, the lack of answers at the end, but that's also what makes this book specifically a horror novel. I still wish it was more definitive, but at the same time I wouldn't change a thing.

 

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I'm emotionally spent and gonna go cry in a corner for a few minutes. All good things, of course.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 270 pages.

The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

This thought hit me on my lunch break:

Redmond: War

Adrian: Famine

Sabrina: Pestulance 

Leonard: Death

 

I figured they were the Four Horsemen early on (Or Four Archangels, or both) but it just hit me which was which. Come and see, as the first section says.

 

The question is, how is this gonna effect the final resolution? Is Wen Jesus? I can see it.

(show spoiler)

Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 270 pages.

The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

I haven’t sped-read a book this fast since Bird Box. I don’t think it will take me long to get through this one.

Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 270 pages.

The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

Well this is off to an awesome start! Just the end of the first chapter had me tensing up.

Bingo Update

 

 

Read AND Called:

- A Grimm Tale

- Modern Masters of Horror

- Supernatural

- Terrifying Women

 

Read Not Called:

- Fear the Drowning Deep

 

Called Not Read: 

- Cozy Mystery

- Classic Horror

- New Release

- Cryptozoology

- Free Space

- Ghost Stories

- Diverse Voices

- Creepy Carnivals

- Amateur Sleuth

- Murder Most Foul

- Genre: Suspense

Bump in the Night

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller

Speed read complete! Finished the last stretch this morning. So let's get reviewing. 

 

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this one. I know a lot of people enjoy Shirley Jackson and recommend this one in particular, but that doesn't mean I'd like it. I did like it though. It had a charm to it that was eery but comforting at the same time. I liked reading it before bed because it would put me in a comforted state, which is weird. But it was homey, which only feels appropriate for this book. 

 

Hill House is definitely a character in and of itself and I loved it. Jackson does a great job of helping with the visualization of the house's rooms, engaging all five senses. You could feel the uncanny nature of the house, feel the unsettling vibe. I felt like I was there, which is all any reader wants out of a book. 

 

The characters were all lovely as well. I particularly connected to Eleanor. Like with The House of Small Shadows, she had issues that felt familiar to me, particularly her loneliness and feel of not quite connecting with the others. She was a flawed, likely unreliable character and I enjoyed that. 

 

Really there were only two elements to the book that threw me off. The first was how the characters felt rather childish at times. It wasn't horrible but some of their play pretend talk kept having me think they were children instead of adults. It almost made some scenes comical as well, which was unexpected. 

 

The other issue I had was some confusion over the ending and what was happening. I had to look up the wiki page to really understand the sequence of events, and to be honest I'm still not completely sure of it. But that might just warrant another read, which is hardly a bad thing. 

 

Final rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Wonderful book, I see why it's so highly recommended.  

Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 182 pages.

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller

Making progress! My copy is longer than the page numbers listed but I’m close.

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

Listening to this one on Overdrive. So far I’m a little lukewarm. It’s a little slow, though I do enjoy his writing style.

Hill House Speed Read

All right folks, apparently FIVE other people want to read Hill House and the library won't let me renew. I figure that means I have at least a week before they start fining me. 

 

Let the speed read begin!

Photo Change

Decided it was time to switch up my profile photo, in part because of something that happened in August. 

 

The kitty in the picture is my family's cat, Harley, a.k.a. Mr. Kitty, a.k.a. Fatty Mcbutterpants, a.k.a. Honorable House Goblin.  He passed away the first week of August, which wasn't a surprise given how old he was. It was sad as he was the last of our childhood pets. He was my reading buddy in elementary school.

 

Anyway, decided the change of season called for a change in photo, now containing my new reading buddies. Dipper and Dora have taken their role on with flying colors. 

 

RIP, Honorable House Goblin. You are missed