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