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Lora's Rants and Reviews

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Currently reading

Pieces of Her
Karin Slaughter
John Peters in the land of Demons
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)
Tamora Pierce
Woven in Wire
Sarah Thompson
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream
Christopher Golden
Ghost Boy
Stafford Betty
Progress: 61%
Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab
Columbkill Noonan
Sound—The Fabric of Soul, Consciousness, Reality, and the Cosmos
Ramiro Mendes, João Mendes
Blackbeard: The Birth of America
Samuel S. Marquis
Ireland the Best
Sally McKenna, John McKenna

Halloween Bingo Update

— feeling amazing

Well, the intent to stick to one row at a time has fallen by the wayside already.



The things is, the really short reads are smattered all over the place and don't make up any full rows, but the temptation to go ahead and read some of them just to be able to show more books read has won. Besides, many of these are either Classic or Amazon freebies and the curiosity about the stories themselves is too great.


Expect to see a few rapid fire reviews, and then it will all slow down as I spend more time on the medium and longer reads. I still have 2 Netgalley books on the go that are not Bingo selections, so that slows me down too.


Meanwhile I've made a couple of adjustments on my list. I've replaced the full moon square because it was a re-read and the creepy crawlies one because the book I had obtained looked really squicky so I went looking for Smudge the spider and found him in my already obtained books, in Goblin Tales. The book has several short stories but I'll read the whole thing for this square as it's not all that long in total. Besides, I've been wanting to read it for a long time.


Magical Realism

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (re-read) (272 pages)



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (96 pages)


Genre: Horror

Hell Bound by Andrew P. Weston (482 pages) (NG)


Black Cat

The Cat Detective by Amma Lee (66 pages)


Diverse Authors Can Be Spooky Fun

Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler (31 pages)


Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses

America's Most Haunted Hotels by Jamie Davis Witmer (264 pages) (NG)


Young Adult Horror

Willa Wicked by A.M. Hudson (196 pages)


Scary Women (authors)

Demoniac Dance by Jaq D. Hawkins (212 pages)


Reads With Booklikes Friends

Letters to the Damned by Austin Crawley (107 pages)

With: Portable Monsters and Chris' Fish Place


Grave or Graveyard

The Graveyard Speaks by Hunter Shea (51 pages)


Genre: Mystery

Thorneyhold by Mary Stewart (212 pages)


Free Space

Floor Four by A. Lopez (114 pages)



The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (397 pages)


Creepy Crawlies

Goblin Tales by Jim Hines (82 pages)


"Fall" into a good book

A Fall of Glass by Stanley R. Lee (26 pages)


Locked Door Mystery

The Locked Door by Austin Crawley (re-read) (short story)


It was a dark and stormy night

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy (190 pages)


Set in New England

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (368 pages)


Full Moon

The Seventh Mark by W.J. May (184 pages)


Vampires vs Werewolves

Bloodfire by Helen Harper (317 pages)



The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (34 pages)


Classic Horror

Dracula by Bram Stoker (560 pages)



The Human Ate My Pumpkin! by Jon Mac (11 pages)


Set on Halloween

Haunted Hijinks by Madison Johns (172 pages)