Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark

Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut.  Sarcasm is my default setting. 

Liked the first one enough to give the next one a punt

Moon Over Soho  - Ben Aaronovitch

I read Midnight Riot for the Halloween Bingo game, and thought the concept was intriguing enough to carry on with the series.

 

Looking forward to catching up with those argumentative river gods.

Finished it!

The Long Way Home - Louise Penny

Hmmm, this one definitely isn't my favourite in the series.

 

I mean the art stuff was very interesting and all, but please can Gamache come out of retirement. I want more police procedural and less relationship angst. Especially when it's Clara who's suffering.

 

 

and I never liked Peter Morrow anyway, so I can't say I was that upset about what happened to him.

(show spoiler)

Reading progress update: I've read 9%.

The Long Way Home - Louise Penny

I requested this from the library yesterday and was expecting to wait for a while before it became available. So it was a bit of a surprise when I got notification I could download it onto my Kindle tonight.

 

Not that I'm complaining mind you.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - In the Dark Dark Woods

How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

Managed to sneak in one last bingo square, and what a doozy it was.

 

It looks as though the Arnot story arc has finally come to an end, and there were plenty of loose ends which have been neatly (maybe a little too neatly) tied up.

 

But I'm definitely interested to see where this series is going next.

Halloween Bingo 2017

And 'American Horror Story' brings my final bingo total to a somewhat measly three. But It was a whole lot of fun, and I loved looking at everyone's extremely beautiful cards.

 

Congratulations to all those people who got blackouts, and huge thanks to Moonlight and Obsidian for all their hard work. 

 

 

 

My final reading list

 

Country House Mystery - The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie (9/15/17)

Vampires - Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris (9/12/17)

Werewolves - Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett (9/11/17)

Terrifying Women - We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson (9/14/17)

Cozy - The Cat Who Turned On and Off, Lillian Jackson Braun (9/17/17)

Classic Noir - The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett (9/17/17)

Classic Horror - The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (9/20/17)

Free Space - Wildfire, Ilona Andrews (9/21/17)

Demons - First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones (9/24/17)

Ghost - Thin Air, Michelle Paver (9/24/17)

Chilling Children - The Midwich Cuckoos, John Wyndham (9/26/17)

American Horror Story - The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin (9/28/17)

Supernatural - The Fetch, Laura Whitcomb (10/1/17)

Aliens - Life, the Universe and Everything, Douglas Adams (10/3/17)

Witches - Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (10/15/17)

Terror in a Small Town - In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (10/18/17)

Darkest London - Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch (10/21/17)

In the Dark Dark Woods - How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny (10/31/17)

 

Halloween Bingo 2017 - In the Dark Dark Woods

How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

Yay! Time to return to Three Pines.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Haunted Houses

The Shining - Stephen King

I'm going old school for this one. I used to read a lot of horror back in the 70s and 80s; authors like Dennis Wheatley, Clive Barker, and James Herbert, but my choice is by Stephen King, the modern master of the genre, and the guy who scared me far more than the other three put together. (I still fucking hate clowns). 

 

I read an awful lot of King's stuff back in the day, and the reason I chose The Shining, was because although I’ve seen the film, I’ve never actually read the book. But really the main reason I chose it, is because I can get another Simpsons reference in. 

 

 

This was originally going to be my '80s Horror' choice until I realized it was actually written in 1977.

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

Ghosts, vampires and squabbling river gods. Yep, that's just how I like it. Looking forward to the next installment.

 

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

Dear over-zealous US editor. Thank you for keeping all the fabulous London slang in this book and not trying to sanitize or change it. But why then, do you insist on having the characters discuss 'soccer'? Seriously, no self-respecting Cockney geezer would ever let that word cross his lips. It's 'football'. Again, your readers are smart; they already know this.

 

But that's just me getting picky. I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it other than try and get the UK edition.

 

I'm actually really enjoying this book; particularly the London rivers who are physical people with distinct personalities and who are definitely not to be messed with. 

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

...a young woman with cat-shaped eyes...

 

and

 

...she had the same cat-shaped eyes as Beverley.

 

I'm assuming neither of these women have eyes that are shaped like a cat, because that would be a bit freaky.

 

To be fair, I know exactly what the author means, but it just seems rather clumsy to me. Wouldn't 'cat-like eyes' be a better way to put this?

 

My editor friend would be tutting loudly and utilizing her red pen.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

Every police station in the country has at least one HOLMES suite. This is the Home Office Large Major Inquiry System...

 

Seriously, US editor? You really thought it necessary to swap 'Enquiry' for 'Inquiry' thus making the acronym completely useless? Give your readers some credit.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

I was at that stage of drunk where you lie on your bed in the dark, the room goes whirling around you and you're wondering about the nature of the universe and whether you can get to the sink before you throw up.

 

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

I had a few thoughts about what to read for this square.

 

I considered re-reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman; lets face it, you can never have too much Gaiman.

 

And another choice was The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell. It's the second in his Shadow Police series about a London police force investigating supernatural happenings.

 

But I've been meaning to read the Rivers of London books for a long time now. I'm 3% in and I'm pretty certain I'm going to enjoy the ride.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Terror in a Small Town

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences - Truman Capote

Hoo boy. That was one hell of a bleak read. But utterly absorbing and beautifully written.

 

I know Capote was accused of not always sticking to the facts in this novelization, and making up most of the dialogue and conversations, but this is still an incredibly powerful piece of writing.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

Yay! My next bingo read has just pinged onto my Kindle.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Terror in a Small Town

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences - Truman Capote

Gawd, I'm definitely going to need some light relief when I've finished this one.

 

 

Currently reading

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Progress: 70/368 pages
The Shining
Stephen King