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 2018 - update

OK, so now it's ten squares which are called and read, but still no bloody bingo. Yep, the 'read stuff willy-nilly and when it becomes available at the library', is a pretty crap tactic. I'll finish White is for Witching tonight which will give me the Diverse Voices square, and then I can spend the weekend reading Shell Game (Terrifying Women) because I've just received an email from the library informing me it's ready for me to pick up tonight. 



Small monochrome kitty = called but not read

Small colour kitty = read but not called

Large colour kitty = read and called


Currently reading


Diverse Voices - White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi (called 9/21/18)

Terrifying Women - Shell Game, Sara Paretsky (called 9/11/18)




9/01/18 Modern Noir - The Last Coyote, Michael Connelly (read but not called)

9/03/18 Supernatural - Iron and Magic, Ilona Andrews (called and read)

9/09/18 Cryptozoologist - Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (called and read) 

9/11/18 Relics and Curiosities - The Story of the Amulet, E Nesbit (called and read)

9/14/18 Spellbound - Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (called and read)

9/16/18 Shifters - Magic Triumphs, Ilona Andrews (called and read)

9/25/18 New Release - Early Riser, Jasper Fforde (called and read)

9/30/18 Creepy Carnivals - Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter (called and read)

10/02/18 Ghost Stories - The Canterville Ghost, Oscar Wilde (called and read)

10/06/18 Genre: Suspense - Be Buried in the Rain, Barbara Michaels (called and read)

10/10/18 Country House Mystery - Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read but not called)

10/12/18 Darkest London - The Furthest Station, Ben Aaronovitch (called and read)


Still to read


Southern Gothic - Living Dead in Dallas, Charlene Harris (called 9/9/18)

A Grimm Tale - Heartless, Marissa Meyer (called 9/13/18)

Diverse Voices - TBA (called 9/21/18)
Murder Most Foul - Tombland, C J Sansom (called 9/23/18)

Amateur Sleuth - TBA (called 9/25/18)

Doomsday - The Chrysalids, John Wyndham (called 10/3/18)
13 - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (called 10/07/18)

Terror in a Small Town - TBA (called 10/09/18)
Deadlands - A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness

Free Square - Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
Baker Street Irregulars - TBA

Fear the Drowning Deep - The Kraken Wakes, John Wyndham


Let the games begin.


Halloween Bingo 2018 - Diverse Voices

White Is For Witching - Helen Oyeyemi

“I think Poe's quite good, actually. The whole casual horror thing. Like someone standing next to you and screaming their head off and you asking them what the fuck and them stopping for a moment to say 'Oh you know, I'm just afraid of death' and then they keep on with the screaming.”

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Diverse Voices

White Is For Witching - Helen Oyeyemi

“Dear Miranda Silver,
This house is bigger than you know! There are extra floors, with lots of people in them. They are looking people. They look at you, and they never move. We do not like them. We do not like this house, and we are glad to be going away. This is the end of our letter.”


Welp! I don't like the house either.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Diverse Voices

White Is For Witching - Helen Oyeyemi

As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in her family. And then there's the family house in Dover, England, converted to a bed-and-breakfast by  Miranda's father. Dover has long been known for its hostility towards outsiders. But the Silver House manifests a more conscious malice toward strangers, dispatching those visitors it despises. Enraged by the constant stream of foreign staff and guests, the house finally unleashes its most destructive power.


Yikes! I get the impression this is going to get very weird, very quickly.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Diverse Voices

White Is For Witching - Helen Oyeyemi

Seeing as Shell Game is still in transit, I picked this up to read in the interim.


I read and enjoyed The Icarus Girl earlier this year, so thought I'd try another of Oyeyemi's novels.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Darkest London

The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

This was a whole heap of fun. Not a full length novel and with none of the Faceless Man story arc, but an entertaining glimpse into Peter's ghostly detective duties outside of that.


And there's plenty of Molly time. You think Mrs Danvers is sinister? Wait until you meet Molly.


Molly was standing right next to the bed and holding a breakfast tray. Only Molly can make breakfast in bed a sinister experience, but over the years I've managed to suppress my instinct to leap up screaming. It's not getting any easier though.


Definitely looking forward to Lies Sleeping which is released next month.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Terrifying Women

Shell Game - Sara Paretsky

Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend's nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.



Well I was planning on reading my Fear the Drowning Deep book, but look what's in transit on its way to the library for me to collect.


Reading progress update: I've read 68%.

The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

In this instance this was the aforementioned Thames Valley Police, who have about the same relationship with the Met as Everton FC has with Liverpool*.


*Note for Reynolds: Like the Yankees and the Red Sox only with added sectarianism.


Yup. Totally loving these footnotes.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Darkest London

The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

Nicely done Mr Aaronovitch. 


Rather than clumsy edits in an attempt to make the book easier to understand for non-UK readers, any British quirks or oddities are explained in footnotes for the FBI agent from the earlier novels.


Well played Sir.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Darkest London

The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.


Enter PC Peter Grant, junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.


Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog, their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.


And time is running out to save them.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Country House Mystery

Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey, Robert Barnard

Oooh. This was so very, very good.


I kind of guessed how it was all going to turn out, but that didn't matter because the quality of the writing is just so perfect. Not a word out of place and a fantastic build up of tension.


Now to add more Josephine Tey to my TBR pile.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Country House Mystery

Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey, Robert Barnard




Halloween Bingo 2018 - Country House Mystery

Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey, Robert Barnard

It was eight years since Patrick had vanished leaving a pitiful note, "I'm sorry but I can't bear it any longer. Don't be angry with me, Patrick." Now it seemed, he had returned - just in time to claim the family inheritance. But if Patrick really had committed suicide, who was this mysterious young man claiming to be him and calling himself Brat Farrar?


This one popped onto my radar during last year's bingo game. I've read and re-read A Daughter of Time many times, but haven't read anything else by Tey. After reading all my Booklikes pals' comments about Brat Farrar, I decided I absolutely had to read it for this year's game.


I'm picking the book up from the library tonight, but I was really tempted to go for the audio book version mainly because it's narrated by Carole Boyd, and Lynda Snell has always been one of my favourite characters in The Archers.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Suspense

Be Buried in the Rain - Barbara Michaels

Not as much detail on the fashions of the day as there was in Ammie, Come Home, but I am delighted to report the characters are all knocking back the amontillado with gusto. 


Halloween Bingo 2018 - Ghost Stories

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde, Vyvyan Holland

No I didn't read the complete works of Oscar Wilde last night. Just The Canterville Ghost.


I think this was probably one of the first Oscar Wilde stories I ever read (along with The Happy Prince and Other Tales). And I enjoy it every time I re-read it.


I love the Otis family who are completely OK with buying a country house with a resident ghost, and who instead of being terrified by his clanking chains, offer him some lubricator to oil them. Because they're American and pragmatic and don't hold with that kind of nonsense.


Which is a shame, because Sir Simon (the ghost) takes his ghostly duties very seriously indeed and has a whole repertoire of scary characters which have worked very well for him in the past. Unfortunately he is no match for the Otis's twin boys who spend their time thinking up ways to trick him, including a 'ghost' made out of a bedsheet which scares the crap out of him. I reckon Kevin in Home Alone probably got most of his ideas from the Otis boys.



Funny, sad, and ultimately a happy ending. What more can you ask for?

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Suspense

Be Buried in the Rain - Barbara Michaels

I'm reading this one for the 'Suspense' square, but it would also fit 'Southern Gothic'.


I enjoyed the buddy read from a couple of years ago where we read Michaels' Ammie, Come Home, so thought I'd read another of her books this year. 


At the moment we're still at the scene setting and character introduction stage. Dilapidated old house, overgrown gardens, crotchety matriarch, a broken love affair.... well, you get the picture.


I think I'm going to enjoy this one.

Currently reading

White Is For Witching
Helen Oyeyemi
Progress: 131/224 pages
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Progress: 38 %
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Progress: 70/368 pages
The Shining
Stephen King