Down the TBR Hole #5

TBRHole

This is a meme started by Lia at Lost in a Story. The “rules” are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m modifying this a little since my to-read shelf is a mess of books that are mostly in storage. Instead, I’m going to look at my wishlist—all those books I add on a whim during my travels around the book blogging community—and weed out the ones that don’t quite sound as good now. The “keepers” I’m going to look for at online libraries or add to my Amazon wishlist.

alt text Thirteenth Night by Alan Gordon

Shakespeare. A secret guild of jesters. Yeah, this still sounds good. KEEP.

alt text Edge by Kōji Suzuki

On one hand, this sounds a lot different than something like Ring. On the other hand, it might be more like stories from Dark Water, which I prefer. KEEP.

alt text A Polish Book of Monsters by Michael Kandel

I thought this was more on the folklore end of things, instead of contemporary sci-fi/speculative. That makes it less interesting since I haven’t even read much classic eastern European sci-fi. GO.

alt text The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Rereading the summary on this one, it seems like a little too much. Historical personages as investigators, magic, Spring-Heeled Jack, and werewolves? Plus, I still have The Map of Time to read. GO.

alt text House of Mystery: The Magic Science of David P. Abbott by Teller & Todd Karr

*grumbles about stupid limited-edition small-press nonsense*

KEEP.

Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?

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10 Years in 10 Books (sort of)


The thing about anniversaries, when you celebrate the first one, it’s actually on the second occasion of the event. So, 10th Anniversary of Readathon, but 11 books! The more the merrier!

Covers link to the books on Goodreads.

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2007
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
(Lots of great books in 2011!)
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2012
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2013
(Another year with some tough choices.)
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
I really enjoyed this challenge. It was fun looking back on a great selection of books!

📚Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, Fall 2017⏲

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – Info & Signup

As often happens in October, my Readathon Saturday won’t be as exclusively dedicated to reading as I intended. A friend of ours is back home after being posted overseas and he’s excited to get a new gaming campaign going.  But, I should have a clear morning and late evening.

Progress

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Prep Post #1

Publicly declaring goals is often not a good thing for me (no, really), but I do like making lists of things that I need/want to get done. This is that.

Things to get done before Nov. 1st:

  • Finish a draft of Wicked Witch, Retired. I’m talking a super rough draft. A NaNoWriMo level of quality of draft.
  • Finish reading/editing/formatting pass on Eric’s SUPErViLLaINS.
  • Read through my Abbott notes. Maybe have an idea for the third story.

And if you want to find me at the NaNo site, I’m katen.

It’s Monday, What Are You… (10/16)

…Reading?

Saturday is Readathon! I’ll have more about that on Friday (probably).

Unfortunately, I haven’t been very excited about any of the novels I’ve been reading and a short story marathon will burn me out. It’s still slump city around here. I might be adding some nonfiction to Saturday’s pile.

alt text In the Matter of Nikola Tesla by Anthony Flacco

DNF – Every character not Tesla sounds exactly the same. And Tesla is super quirky. Tiresomely quirky.

alt text The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike

Still reading – I think this one might be losing something in translation. The dialog feels…dubbed? But I’m about 45% through and the creepiness is accumulating.

alt text The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Listening to – It’s a little more romance-y than my usual fare. There are certain tropes in romances that get on my nerves, but I’ll probably finish it.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date

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Down the TBR Hole #4

TBRHole

This is a meme started by Lia at Lost in a Story. The “rules” are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m modifying this a little since my to-read shelf is a mess of books that are mostly in storage. Instead, I’m going to look at my wishlist—all those books I add on a whim during my travels around the book blogging community—and weed out the ones that don’t quite sound as good now. The “keepers” I’m going to look for at online libraries or add to my Amazon wishlist.

alt text The Weeping Woman by Patricia Santos Marcantonio

I haven’t read enough fiction involving La Llorna. Needs a re-release! KEEP.

alt text The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth

I’m actually kind of on the fence about this one, even though I just entered a giveaway for it. *cough* Still, the intersection of late 19th century science and myths & legends? Eh, sounds good. KEEP.

alt text The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I know that a lot of people I know like this book. I know that “one part ‘Robin Hood’, one part Ocean’s Eleven” should really hook me. But I still haven’t gotten around to this book. Maybe is it were historical instead of fantasy? GO.

alt text Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film by Carol J. Clover

Even though it was published in 1992 and the horror film genre has changed in the past two decades, I still love nonfiction about horror movies. KEEP.

alt text Beyond Rue Morgue Anthology: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1st Detective, edited by Paul Kane & Charles Prepolec

I’ve given up on Sherlock Holmes pastiches. I’m not really interested modern writers writing in the style of Poe. But stories about Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin? Yeah, KEEP.

Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?

Perilous Updates, Week 5

#FrightFall

For someone who joined #FrightFall on Sunday, I haven’t done much frightful reading. My eye was turned by a “romance of the mind” involving Nikola Tesla. But, I promise my next few short stories will be suitable. I have a story from Dark Screams: Volume Eight “due” today, a story from The Architecture of Fear for Deal Me In, and I’m thinking about reading some Clive Barker to learn how to properly torment one of the characters I’m writing.

Peril of the Short Story

The October Reading Club is underway at Facebook. This year Craig, the admin, has gone to an every-other-day posting schedule. The first story was by Lovecraft. I skipped it since I’d just read some Lovecraft and he’s not really my bag. The second story was “The Dancing Partner” by Jerome K. Jerome, which I had just read a couple months back.

The third story, I read: “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson.

It was a dark, starless night. We were becalmed in the Northern Pacific.

Pretty easy to get me with a sea story, actually. This one has castaways with a twist.

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