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. 

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

Sixteen books down... I've now got a few lines, but just need the right squares to be called.

 

Read (not yet called)

 

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

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

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

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

 

Read and Called

 

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)

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)

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

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

 

Called

 

1. Ghost
2. Cozy Mystery 
3. In the Dark, Dark Woods
4. Horror
5. Locked Room Mystery (not on my card)
6. Murder Most Foul
7. Witches

8. Werewolves

9. Modern Masters of Horror (not on my card)

10. Terrifying Women

11. Diverse Voices

12. Haunted Houses

13. Serial Spree Killer (not on my card)

14. Terror in a Small Town

15. Aliens

16. Darkest London

17. Gothic

18. 80s Horror

19. Classic Noir

20. Chilling Children

21. Magical Realism (not on my card)

22. Romantic Suspense (not on my card)

23. Vampires

24. Country House Mystery

25. Amateur Sleuth

 

 

Currently reading

 

Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch ('Darkest London')

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.

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Witches

Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett

I'm not sure which is the more dangerous; Greebo as a cat, or Greebo in human form.

 

I love the way Pratchett turns fairy tales on their heads, and has a couple of hilarious digs at Lord of the Rings while he's at it.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Witches

Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett

Under the table, Greebo sat and washed himself. Occasionally he burped.

 

Vampires have risen from the dead, the grave and the crypt, but have never managed it from the cat.

 

Important life lesson #1 - You don't mess with Greebo.

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Witches

Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett

I've had this on hold from my library since the bingo game was announced. It has finally become available to me.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Terror in a Small Town

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

One old man sitting here that Sunday, he put his finger right on it, the reason nobody can sleep; he said, 'All we've got out here are our friends. There isn't anything else.' In a way, that's the worst part of the crime. What a terrible thing when neighbors can't look at each other without kind of wondering!

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Terror in a Small Town

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

Great writing and a well chosen title. This was an unbelievably brutal crime, and it doesn't make for easy reading.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Terror in a Small Town

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

Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans  - in fact, few Kansans - had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking downs the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there. The inhabitants of the village, numbering two hundred and seventy, were satisfied that this should be so, quite content to exist inside ordinary life - to work, to hunt, to watch television, to attend school socials, choir practice, meetings of the 4-H Club. But then, in the earliest hours of that morning in November, a Sunday morning, certain foreign sounds impinged on the normal nightly Holcomb noises - on the keening hysteria of coyotes, the dry scrape of scuttling tumbleweed, the racing, receding wail of locomotive whistles. At the time not a soul in sleeping Holcomb heard the, four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives. But afterward the townspeople, theretofore sufficiently unfearful of each other to seldom trouble to lock their doors, found fantasy re-creating them over and again - those somber explosions that stimulated fires of mistrust in the glare of which many old neighbors viewed each other strangely, and as strangers.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Terror in a Small Town

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

This was recommended by my local independent bookseller when I mentioned how much I'd enjoyed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

 

It's been sitting unread on my shelf for a few years now, so I reckon it's about time I read it.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Aliens

Life, the Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams

And that was just the light relief I needed.

 

Damn, I miss Douglas Adams. His views on deadlines are very similar to my own.

 

Currently reading

Rivers of London
Ben Aaronovitch
Progress: 6 %
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Progress: 70/368 pages