Lillelara

Lillelara

"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Reading progress update: I've read 372 out of 372 pages.
A Killing Kindness  - Reginald Hill

Nope, this one really wasn´t for me.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 19%.
Gods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Yetta Gottesman

I´m not massively annoyed by this book yet, but it definitely has the potential to do so:

 

1. First off: the names. Casiopeas God of Death has an evil twin brother and both these characters have very similar names. So for me, who is listening to the audiobook, it is very hard to keep these two characters apart, especially since they have weird names (Hun-Kame and Vucub-Kame).

 

2. Vucub-Kame visits Casiopeas evil cousin, Martin, and commands him to do his bidding by saying: "Your grandfather has helped me in the past and I made him rich. You do as I say and I will make you even richer". And Martins reply is "Okay!" ... I´m sorry, but isn´t it a bit weird that the God of Death (or whatever) is standing in your grandfathers bedroom.

I can only stretch my disbelief to a certain point and I´m not buying that essentially everyone is okay with evil Gods making an appearance in their houses and not be bothered by it.

 

3. I suspect Casiopea turns into a special snowflake along the way. It´s just a hunch, though.

 

4. Hun-Kame talks and behaves like a teenager himself, even though he has been locked up in a box for the last 50 years. And he is the freakin´ God of Death, just saying.

 

I´m not sure if I want to put up with another 8 hours of this story. I could use a transfiguration card for this square and listen to another Agatha Christie on audio instead. I know I would enjoy that.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 190 out of 372 pages.
A Killing Kindness  - Reginald Hill

I made it past the halfway point and it took me about 100 pages until I got used to the writing in this book. I´m not the biggest fan of the story, though. It seems like the police don´t know what they are doing most of the time and  I really don´t like the racism and misogyny in this story.

 

I don´t remember the characters of Dalziel and Pascoe being so unlikeable in Dialogues of the Dead. Not sure why that is. It could be that Hill toned this questionable behaviour of the police detectives down in the later books in the series or the German translator of Dialogues of the Dead toned this down himself in the process of translating the novel. 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.
Gods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Yetta Gottesman

The main character Casiopeia has just gone on a roadtrip with the God of Death and she has just met a demon and apparently she isn´t troubled by this at all. So it´s safe to say, that this book is definitely leaning more towards the (urban) fantasy genre than being a historical book with elements of magical realism in it.

 

So far I like listening to this audiobook, although I´m not the biggest fan of fantasy books.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson, Bernadette Dunne

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What to read next?

At the moment I cannot make up my mind about which book I should read next. However, I know that I´m going to read books for this row first :

 

 

 

I already read books for "Modern Noir" and "Thirteen" and those are the books for the three remaining squares:

 

The Poet (Jack McEvoy #1) - Michael Connelly  A Killing Kindness  - Reginald Hill  The Fisherman - John Langan  

 

1. The Poet by Michael Connelly for Psych

2. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill for Serial / Spree Killer

3. The Fisherman by John Langan for American Horror Story

 

And with the trusted help of the random number generator, my next read is going to be:

 

 

A Killing Kindness  - Reginald Hill  

 

Great! I´m really looking forward to meet Dalziel and Pascoe again.

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2019 - Update #1

So far I have finished four books (I even reviewed all of them), so I´m off to a very good start.

 

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Thirteen Guests
Thirteen Guests - J. Jefferson Farjeon

A country house mystery with quite a few deaths, a convuleted solution of the murder mystery and two characters, who didn´t serve any purpose at all besides

 

being the mandatory love couple, who just have to be in a proper golden age mystery. At least it felt like it.  

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Overall I enjoyed reading this book, even though it started dragging towards the end.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson, Bernadette Dunne

This is getting darker and darker by the minute. And I´m loving it.

 

 

It´s not often that I´m drawn more to my audiobook than my physical read, but this audiobook is so good, I´m constantly going back to it.

 

 

Although ... I´m not sure if in the end I can take this book for this square, but for now I will stick with it.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 256 pages.
Thirteen Guests - J. Jefferson Farjeon

Now I´m hooked. This book is really good.

 

A group of people are staying in a country house for the weekend, everyone has secrets and everyones motives are unclear. Mysterious things are happening and you don´t know who to trust. It´s really, really good.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson, Bernadette Dunne

Don´t know yet why the people in the village hate the Blackwoods so much. But the way they treat Marianne, the square description "Terror in a small Town" is a very fitting one.

 

Review
2.5 Stars
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice - Stanley Tucci, James M. Cain

Reading this book felt like watching a car crash happen in slow motion. It made me truly feel icky and I really didn´t enjoy reading about these horrible and despicable characters. Thankfully it was a short read and I´m already done with it.

 

Stanley Tuccis narration was excellent, though. He really improved this book by his narration.

 

 

 

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Knots & Crosses
Knots & Crosses  - Ian Rankin

Knots & Crosses is the first book in the Inspector John Rebus series and I wasn´t prepared just how much of a messed up character Rebus is. He is full blown drama walking on two legs. He has family problems, he is estranged from his brother, he isn´t good at his job, he is clearly haunted by something that has happened in his past ... and yet I ended up really liking his characters. Which is odd, because normally I dislike characters who are miserable all the time and sometimes I´m incredibly annoyed by them.  

 

And it was such a gripping read. I almost read it in one sitting, something which almost never happens with me. The only thing I was put off by was the very abrupt ending. I like a little bit more closure in my books. 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil - John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is advertised as a true crime classic and while a big part of the book is about the Jim Williams murder trial, I didn´t get the impression that the main focus of this book lies on the murder trial or the actual mystery surrounding the murder.

 

This book is more about beautiful Savannah and the people Behrendt has met while being a resident of the town. And oh my, these people are eccentrics in the very best kind of way. It was such a joy reading about these weird characters and their antics and Behrendt never describes them in a mean or disparaging way. Add to this that I absolutely fell in love with his descriptions of Savannah. After reading this book, I really want to visit this town sometime. 

 

So in the end I really loved reading this book, not because of it´s true crime content, but because of Behrendts storytelling. And because it was such an entertaining read.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 228 pages.
Knots & Crosses  - Ian Rankin

Leith was trying to improve itself. Someone somewhere had decided to give it a bit of dust and a wash. It boasted French-style cafés and wine bars, studio flats, delicatessen. But it was still Leith, still the old port, an echo of its roaring, bustling past when Bordeaux wines would be unloaded by the gallon and sold on the streets from a horse and a cart. If Leith retained nothing else, it would retain a port´s mentality, and a port´s traditional drinking dens. 

 

This seems a bit dated (this book is from 1987). Being to Leith myself twice over the last couple of years and having seen the modernized version of this part of town, I didn´t get the impression that Leith kept a whole lot of its old port mentality. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
The Postman Always Rings Twice - Stanley Tucci, James M. Cain

Oh my gosh, what the heck is going on. About 12 minutes into the audiobook, this happens:

 

“I took her in my arms and mashed my mouth up against hers. . . ‘Bite me! Bite me!’

I bit her. I sunk my teeth into her lips so deep I could feel the blood spurt into my mouth. It was running down her neck when I carried her upstairs.

 

And here I thought the characters in Double Indemnity were completely bonkers. I guess I was wrong. James M. Cain definitely is the master of creating characters that the reader easily can insta-loathe right from the very first page.

 

 

 

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