Lillelara

Lillelara

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

What to read next?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine - Lindsey Fitzharris

I got my flu shot today and I´m a bit tired tonight because of it. I have finished my Halloween bingo reads, though, so I have to line up my next reads (I don´t want to fall into the reading slump trap). I´m not too tired for that. After perusing my shelves, I went for two books:

 

  1. I´m in the mood for a classic and I picked a short one with Alice in Wonderland.
  2. The Butchering Art is a new addition to my TBR and the subject matter is right up my alley. I cannot wait to read it. So off it goes onto my currently reading list.

 

And maybe Michael Connelly´s The Black Echo will arrive in the mail tomorrow, so this might be jumping on my reading list as well. I think that´s a pretty neat line up for the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2018: My Tracking Post - Third Bingo + Reading Blackout

And with the Fear The Drowning Deep square, I´ve got my third bingo. And I have finished all my reads for this years Halloween bingo. Which is great, but also kind of sad.

 

My digital card:

 

 

 

And my physical card:

 

 

My Markers: Squares I have read are getting an owl. Lollipops, spiders, a sky and the grim garland are for the squares called.

 

I´m borrowing Themis´ layout to track my progress. I hope that is okay :)

 

 

Dead Lands: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (12.10.2018)

Modern Noir: The White Road by John Connolly (30.09.2018)

Darkest London: Silent In The Grave by Deanne Raybourn (04.09.2018)

Diverse Voices: The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi (06.10.2018)

Romantic Suspense: Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (19.09.2018)

 

 

Baker Street Irregulars: A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie - Wildcard (20.09.2018)

Southern Gothic: Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell (01.09.2018)

Terrifying Women: Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (22.09.2018)

Modern Masters of Horror: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (26.09.2018)

Classic Horror: The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (02.09.2018)

 

 

 

Shifters: Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett (24.09.2018)

Doomsday: The Running Man by Stephen King a.k.a Richard Bachmann (06.09.2018)

Free Square: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (03.10.2018)

Terror in a Small Town: Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith (13.10.2018)

Cozy Mystery: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers (11.09.2018)

 

 

 

Slasher Stories: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Cristie - Wildcard (18.10.2018)

New Release: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (07.10.2018)

Murder Most Foul: One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters (10.10.2018)

13: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (08.09.2018)

Supernatural: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (30.08.2018)

 

 

 

 

Spellbound: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (16.09.2018)

Genre: Suspense: Death of an Airman by Christoper St. John Sprigg (17.10.2018)

Amateur Sleuth: The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr (27.09.2018)

Fear the Drowning Deep: The Meg by Steve Alten (14.10.2018)

Genre: Horror: Rosemary´s Baby by Ira Levin (13.09.2018)

 

Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 351 pages.
Murder in Mesopotamia - Agatha Christie

"That´s right. And be sure and shout it. Arabs don´t understand anything said in an ordinary "English" voice."

 

The racism in this book is staggering.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 351 pages.
Murder in Mesopotamia - Agatha Christie

My final read for the Halloween bingo and I´m finishing up my card by reading a book by one of my favorite authors: Agatha Christie.

Since I already have read a Miss Marple novel, I´m picking up a Poirot this time around. I hope this is going to be a good one.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 199 out of 253 pages.
Death of an Airman - Christopher St. John Sprigg

The policemen seem to be rather clueless ... and so am I.

 

Has it been murder? Has it been suicide? Has it been an accident? Who knows? The only thing I know is that I don´t trust the Bishop one bit. And I wonder how this story is going to end.

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 130 out of 492 minutes.
The Murder at the Vicarage (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Joan Hickson

This story is just as endearing as it has been the first time I have read it.

And I absolutely adore Richard E. Grants narration.

Review
1 Stars
The Meg
Meg - Steve Alten

Well, this was a big load of rubbish. Culminating in and ending which was an even bigger load of rubbish. Add to this that this book is poorly written and sexist and ridiculous. And that´s about the only thing I want to say about this book.

 

 

 

!!! spoiler alert !!!
Reading progress update: I've read 216 out of 301 pages.
Meg - Steve Alten

I just realized that this book is only 301 pages long, the remaining 80 pages being an excerpt of another book in the series. And I´m not even peeved about this, because this book is incredibly boring.

 

And the sexism might add a whole lot to my dislike of this book:

 

Maggie did not take this unexpected rejection as well.

Then there was Terry. As if one angry woman on-board wasn´t enough, Jonas had to deal with Masao´s daughter, who openly blamed him for having the audacity to suggest they capture the monster that had devoured her brother. Never mind the fact that it had actually been the male Megalodon which had killed D.J.; as Mac reminded Jonas, neither facts nor logic held any bearing on a woman, especially one in grief. For his part, Masao assured Jonas that Terry would eventually come around, but the anger in her eyes told him a different story.

Mac was quick to point out that angry women came in threes; the third being a sixty foot, seventy thousand pound female shark.

 

Well, f*** this book. And could someone please shove Mac (and for good measure Jonas and Masao as well) into the open mouth of the Meg. Thank you.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 136 out of 379 pages.
Meg - Steve Alten

The moon peeked out from behind a cloud formation, casting its glow upon the Pacific ---

--- illuminating a seven-foot-tall ghostly-white dorsal fin that had surfaced minutes earlier off the starboard beam.

 

Dun dun… dun dun…. dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnn!

 

I just attended a meeting of random people (the Navy, the Japanese, a paleobiologist, an soon-to-be-ex wife / journalist), debating what to do with the big prehistoric shark that has just resurfaced. And oh my, the plan they are coming up with:

 

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They want to capture the Megalodon alive! Which the Navy doesn´t approve. They want to nuke the shark out of the water.

(show spoiler)

Anyway, if you thought the quote from above was a bit akward, you haven´t read the dialogue just yet. These are the most cringeworthy examples so far:

 

"You okay, J.T.?"

"I´m fine, Mac."

"You don´t look fine, you look pale."

"I´ll be sure to work on my tan."

"Maybe you shouldn´t have yanked out your own catheter."

"After the way you pulled out my I.V, I wasn´t about to let you touch that."

 

"There was a second shark, Commander, a female, much larger. She followed the male´s blood trail out of the abyss. She´s hunting in our surface waters as we speak."

Masao looked incredulous.

"It´s true, Commander," said Mac, "and I´ve got stained skivvies to prove it. Jonas, show him the tooth."

 

And the worst one:

"He´ll surface."

"Five minutes and I´m calling it."

"Are you close, Al?

"Am I close to what?"

"Your balls. I was just wondering, because if you call this rescue mission before we find Jonas´s escape pod I´ll be introducing your boys to my Bowie knife and the three of you can sing soprano in the church choir this Christmas."

 

You might not be suprised that I´m rooting for the shark all the way!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 94 out of 379 pages.
Meg - Steve Alten

"Do it. Tow D.J. to the surface as fast as you can."

 

Ah, the famous last words ... maybe? This is such a predictable story. Kind of fun in a not too demanding way, but still predictable.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 379 pages.
Meg - Steve Alten

His naval career had left him little time for a social life, and when the beautiful blond showed signs of flirting, Jonas asked her out on a date. The following week he invited Maggie to the Galapagos Islands during her last spring break. She accompanied him on one his dives in the Alvin submersible, after which things got hot and heavy.

 

I´m sorry, but ever since the Swedish journalist Kim Wall has been brutally murdered on a submarine, I cannot picture this as something romantic. I actually frowned quite a bit while reading that.

 

Otherwise the scene has been set. The Meg has trashed an unmanned submersible in the Mariana Trench and Jonas´ wife Maggie has become Ellen 2.0. Thankfully Jonas doesn´t become another Vic. He just punched Maggie´s lover in the face. I couldn´t help it, but I cheered a little bit.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 400 pages.
Meg - Steve Alten

With only three squares left on my bingo card, I was considering which book would be the perfect follow up to Deep Water.

 

Yep, right. A book about a prehistoric shark. I don´t have a lot of expectation in regards to this book. As a matter of fact I believe this is going to be one cheesy read. My only hope is that this is going to be better than Jaws.

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 287 out of 287 pages.
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn

I´m done as well and man, this has to be one of the most disturbing books I have read in my entire life. It made me feel all kinds of uncomfortable.

 

Now I need something nice in my life. I´m making myself a pizza.

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 260 out of 287 pages.
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn

"I´d like to thank you for one thing before you leave Little Wesley," Vic said, "and that is for showing me how solid the community is in - well, liking me. Not that I´ve even striven for the approval of the community or particularly craved it, but it awfully nice to know it´s there."

 

Self righteous bastard! 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 287 pages.
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn

In a few minutes he came out again, grinning. "Say, Vic, how about me getting two or three dozen of your snails? I know a plain butter and garlic sauce that you can´t beat anywhere! A child could make it and it tastes as good as New Orleans!" He slammed his palms together and rubbed them. "Do you want to get `em or shall  I? Melinda said I ought to ask you first."

"The snails are not for eating," Vic said.

 

 

Oh my gosh, that was one goddamn awful dinner party. The characters are living in a hell of their own making and at this point it feels like they truly are out to destroy each other, even though

 

Melinda has announced that she is going to divorce Vic.

(show spoiler)

Yeah, somehow I don´t think she will do that.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 178 out of 304 pages.
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn

She was chewing her underlip as if his words tortured her - perhaps with temptation. "I´m not finished with you yet. I´d like to destroy you. I´d like to smash you."

He opened his hands again, lightly: "It´s been done. There´s always arsenic in the soup. But my taste buds are pretty good. Then there´s -"

"I didn´t mean kill you. You´re so - nuts, I don´t suppose you´d mind that very much. I´d like to smash your lousy ego!"

"Haven´t you? Darling, what more could you do than what you´ve been doing? What do you think I´m living on?"

"Ego."

 

 

Jesus, both are horrible. I admire Melinda for her gumption, even though she has made the wrong decision in that moment.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll