Book Bind ~ Ghouls just Haunt to have Fun


I took into consideration how long it took me to read (and give up on) the last book I read. So with that I wanted something that was familiar and I enjoyed once before, so first I thought to read a Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich, but I’d have to dig through my pile (and I was too tired from the past two nights as I couldn’t sleep) So I thought to choose something that was on my to-read shelf.  I had a few choices but this book I thought would be the one I could most likely Hopefully finish in a week or less.

 

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Started- April 1st

Finished- April 7

I’m not sure if I mentioned it in the previous book of this series I read but I do love that Victoria Laurie mentions what inspired her or gave her the idea for the story.

This story not only covers a living mystery (or 2) but a paranormal one, and the two are connected! One deals with the death of a resident guest,  another is the appearance of a dagger and the spirit attached to it.

M.J.’s partner Gilley has set up a gig without speaking with her first (a running gag and very bad flaw of his). So M.J. and her team go to San Fransico for a ‘Haunted possessions’ show, that she was heavily against figuring it would exploit her abilities even though she’s the real deal.   There are three other mediums that will be on the show, sadly not all are real. There is Heath Whitefeather and 2 others. Of all places, they have to do it in the VERY haunted Duke hotel.

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The Terror


By the way the featured image above looks, it reminds me of the posters for ‘The Thing‘ back in the 1980s. Could that be a hint to what we should expect?

AMC   Monday’s @ 9pm est  (10 ep)      Based on true events 

Period Drama, Mystery, a tiny bit of horror

stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Ready, Nive Nielsen , Adam Nagaitis , Tom Weston- Jones  imdb

the-terror

Adapted from The book by Dan Simmons  The Terror: A Novel by [Simmons, Dan]

1846 A Royal Navy Expedition discovers a seemingly unseen predator in their search for the Artic’s Northwest Passage 200 miles away. They think it a very cunning polar bear, but just might be something bigger, and undiscovered.  The ships of the expedition are the Erebus (wasn’t that the name of the Vampire Bible in Blade?) and ahem.. Terror.

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We open to a couple of text scenes one of which is “last seen by European whalers in Baffin Bay awaiting good condition to enter the Arctic Labyrinth”  then what I’m guessing is the aftermath of the events. Some Naval men speaking with an Eskimo, who is not only trying to relay a message left with him by the Captain (Francis)they call ‘A’Gluka’ but also trying to explain what happened to them, how or by what. ‘made of muscles and spells’ (not sure if he said walks on 2 and fours or eats on 2 and 4s.

When you start seeing your compass go loopy, it’s time to reassess your plans or at least have a plan B for direction. The first episode has a really nice looking, not sure if I should call it a rainbow but some sort of light anomaly in the sky.  When they hit some ice,I love how the  floating ice looks like lily pads.

As they race to beat the pack ice, one of the inhabitants of the ships falls ill and has an hallucination, or is it more of a forewarning, a premonition of sorts? Stuck, a group is sent to find some sort of help.

The group experiences hail the nice of baseballs (or maybe it was tennis). The predatory being attacks and I did catch a glimpse of a shadow coming out of the ice wall, it could be a very big Polar Bear or Wolf (talk about hunting tales making things bigger than what they are.. this is not one of them).

The show plays on suspense more than scares which is a good thing and hopefully, we’ll get a nice climatic reveal. Maybe even a scare for those of us that would like one. My only problem is that they aired the show at the end of the winter instead of July or August when we need to look at some cooling, calming ice and snowscapes. (if I could I’d live there. talk about picturesque. I wouldn’t mind seeing that out my window in the morning.

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Streams of Silver


Forgotten Realms   Book 2 of The Icewind Dale Trilogy

Streams of Silver

by R.A. Salvatore

 

Fantasy Adventure

342 pages

below is a poem on the first page

started February 23rd

STAtUS: DNF

 

Only on chapter 2, I’m not sure if I exactly know what is going on, nor is it easy to remember everything.

There’s an assassin looking for I think a key. The Dwarves or some mixed bunch are on a Fellowship of the ring type adventure only to find some place they may not really exist. If you look on the cover, just above the axe, there’s a character that looks like a hobbit, maybe sort of like Bilbo.

Characters     Catti-Brie female Dwarf (or elf)         Entreri- Assassin     Drizzt Do’Urden a renegade drow elf       Wulfgar- Barbarian who was Captured and raised by    Bruenor Battlehammer the rowdy leader of the Dwarven clan        Fender Mallot     Regis- ‘uncharacteristic disappearance’

Places     Luskan   Ten Towns   Icewind Dale   Mithril Hall

 

started this February 23rd

So the objective of the book is one of the characters is trying to get to his ancestors’ hall (sort of like the Dwarves in the Hobbit going back to their mountain) THere’s an assassin after them and the daughter of one of them is taken hostage by the assassin. They travel through this town and battling orc and having to deal with those prejudiced against the drow elf. They find one place of amusement (as far as I go) which was the pace of some wizards. There were interesting things in there and so on.

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Cat of the Century


Cat of the Century (Mrs. Murphy, #18)Cat of the Century by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown 

The blue looking part of this cover is actually purple. I love the way Purple and green look together. Plus that silhouette of a cat at the top could be my black cat, it would just need a pink nose.

I forget how many books in this mystery series I’ve read so far. I know I started reading them because mom had read one of them (I think the first but not sure) and she said the animals ‘talked’.

Not to the people silly! They talk to eat other and I love how that sass each other. They ‘help’ solve the crime or try to at least get the humans to pay attention.

In this, there’s a big centennial celebration for one of Willams Woods University’s Alum. During which when everyone has shown up.  Mariah, one of the board members has not shown, Tucker smells something in the manure pile (not a joke on that one). Continue reading

Book Bind- Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey


See the source imageDragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey

Volume 1 of the  Dragonriders of Pern

 

Original copyright 1969

The ‘Dragondex’ in the back came in 1978.

(Thank goodness for finding that, I just wish it were in the front of the book)

There are still a few terms I’m still trying to figure out and the same goes for who some of the named Riders are and what dragon breed (and its name) they ride.

The dragon riders are supposed to, from my understanding uphold traditions in the land. I guess sort of like religious cops. They also protect Pern from ‘Threads’ these come every so often when the ‘red star passes’  (no it’s not the sun) these things if they are not seared in the air, they burrow in the ground, multiply and destroy the land.

There are 4 or 5 holds and one person has conquered and owns them all and that is against traditions. (I’m still trying to figure out if it’s a religious thing or what. I do like each chapter has a short poem (instead of a number or a title) this one should basically be on the back where the plot goes.

By the Golden Egg of Faranth

by the Weyrwomen, wise and true,

Breed a flight of bronze and brown wings,

Breeds a Flight of Green and Blue.

Breed rider, strong and daring,

Dragon-loving, born as hatched

Flight of hundreds soaring skyward,

Man and Dragon fully matched

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2017 Reading Challenge-Got some serious reading to do


Ready Player One

Plum Spooky    by Janet Evanovich

The World of Vikings    (TV series Coffee table book)

My Favorite thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Is your House Haunted

Hot Six

The Witch of Black Bird Pond

Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana by Jacob M. Appel

Strange but True VAMPIRES from beyond the Grave by Rowan  Wilson

Dog Gone, Back soon-Nick Trout

Fear  of Frying by Jill Churchill

How to get a date with a Vampire by Kiki Olsen

L is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone, #12) by Sue GraftonL is for Lawless by Sue Grafton

War & Peas by Jill Churchill

Lover Avenged – J.R. Ward

 Addition by Toni Jordan

Goosebumps Say Cheese and Die by R.L. Stine

I read this one in a day and I read it just for that reason. Also If I catch the Goosebumps show on I still watch it. So sometimes its just nice to read a short book and I think I’ve heard of this story before. The kid finds an instant camera in an old house that takes photos of what will happen instead of what you are actually photographing. being it was just a bit over 100 pages I thought I’d cheat a bit and get another book finished for my Goodreads challenge (I think I have like 20 books to read and I have only read oops Only 10 and I’ve got 25 that was my target to finish)

 

 

 

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare


The Witch of Blackbird PondHistorical Fiction  set in New England in the time of King Charles or was it James…

First,I think I should note that I started on page 9 as all the previous pages (including copyrite etc)are missing. I don’t even remember where I got this book. Second because of this I am not exactly sure what the year is but I’m thinking maybe Victorian times, if the USA was around then(Sorry was never good at history). Though there seem to be some puritans aboard, who after Kit jumps in the water to get a toy back for a little girl, all seem to shun her. No one seems to know how to swim, she grew up in Barbados near the water so everyone knew. So we all know they think she is a witch. (If that’s so… I guess everyone that knows how to swim now is one ha ha)

Kit is on her way to go live with an aunt she never met, not mentioning that the aunt does not know this. I think in Mayfield Connecticut or something like that. Sadly as of August 18 I have yet to start chapter 3. and I started August 4th! Had back problems for about a week and never seemed to get to reading just was playing with my kindle and I do mean play. So maybe now I can get to reading but I have to be careful with the pages, as the first few felt like they would fall out or just disintegrate at my touch.

I think the lone Goodreads update I made was

I may be past 175 pages not sure but I know I don’t have much left of the book to read 50-75 pages maybe.
It gets more interesting maybe 75-100 pages in unless it was just that life got in my way to reading. (I did start this August 6th I think)
It’s an interesting tale of Culture shock, idiotic religious superstition, and how oppressive it is to have to conform to a certain way of life and be aloud to be yourself.

While these accused ‘witch’ stories do not usually end well, this had a nice happy ending.

I just don’t know which friend I should share it with! The one that lives in Massachusetts or my Pagan friend that would also enjoy it.