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Snakes and Ladders Update #5

 

Next roll:

 

 

 

 

1. Author is a woman – Grump by Liesl Shurtliff

9. Author’s last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K – What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

16. Genre: fantasy – The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham

21. Set in Europe – The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

28. Written between 1900 and 1999 – The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

 

Landed on:

 

35. Has been adapted as a movie. I haven’t decided yet between Mystic River and The Darkest Minds

 

I think I would enjoy Darkest Minds more but I don’t know if I want to start another series right now…

Funny thing is two books I read recently were both made into movies.

 

BTW, I am so lucky to just miss that snake on #34….

 

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The Bone Collector

Review:

The Bone Collector  - Jeffery Deaver

Audience: Adult

Format: Kindle/Owned

 

 

She wanted only to sleep.

– first sentence

 

So, this is the original Lincoln Rhyme novel – the first in a long series. I have read others, but I don’t remember reading this one. I chose this book because I needed a book written between 1900-1999 for Snakes & Ladders. Finding one on my tbr was a bit harder than I thought but I managed.

 

Lincoln Rhyme is not particularly likable, even when you take into consideration that he is a paraplegic (and is entitled to be a bit angry). Meeting Amelia Sachs was interesting and I liked seeing how her relationship with Lincoln developed. The story is good, though not particularly original – serial killer taunts the police as he kidnaps and sets up elaborate murders scenes; sometimes the would-be victims are rescued, sometimes not. The killer’s identity is a bit of a surprise so that part is good.

 

Overall, good story and I’m glad I read it. I will have to watch the movie again now.

 

I read this for Snakes & Ladders space #28. Written between 1900 and 1999 (it was published in 1998).

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Reading progress update: I’ve listened 660 out of 901 minutes.

Fathomless - Greig Beck, Sean Mangan

 

I’m really enjoying this book, but there is one thing that is driving me crazy:

 

Every time I hear the narrator say the word “leant” instead of “leaned.” I get that this is the word the author used, but I just don’t understand why. I’m not sure if the word is used more often than usual in this book or if I’m just attuned to it. But every time I hear it, I just cringe (and think “leaned” in my head). It was driving me so nuts that I looked online to see if there is a reason to use “leant” instead of “leaned.” There isn’t. “Leant” is an older form of the word “leaned” and isn’t used much in modern language. Modern grammar rules say either word works, but “leaned” is the more appropriate choice unless the book is a period piece and the author is trying to match the language with the time period.

 

So, I ask you Mr. Beck, “WHY???” 

 

The book takes place in modern times – there is no reason to use the word “leant.” At least if I was reading instead of listening, I could change the word in my head.

 

Oh, and just now, he used the word leaned – why the change?? I was hoping it would continue for the rest of the book, but it seems like it was a one-time thing. 😦

 

Btw, even spell check hates that word, it keeps asking me to correct it to leaned. *rolls eyes*

 

Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant. 

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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

Review:

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain - John Boyne

Audience: Grades 6 & up

Format: Hardcover/Library Copy

 

 

 

Although Pierrot Fischer’s father didn’t die in the Great War, his mother, Emilie, always maintained it was the war that killed him.

– first sentence

 

So, I picked up this book because the cover reminded me of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas which was very emotional and tragic and which I loved. I was so excited when I realized it was the same author.

 

Again, this book takes place (mostly) during World War II, and again it follows a young boy. The boy is actually half German and half French. It starts off with him living in Paris with his parents and next door to his best friend (who just happens to be Jewish). When his parents die, he is shipped to an orphanage and later sent to live with his aunt who just happens to be a housekeeper in the home of a powerful German.

 

It is important to remember that he is a young, impressionable seven-year-old boy who is desperate for a father figure. He goes through some serious changes over the 9 years the book covers and some of them are quite disturbing.

 

Overall, I liked the book. I think it’s important that readers be aware of the truth behind the story and to know that the boy does some awful things. He is indoctrinated at a young age into the Nazi movement, lavished with the attention he craved and led to believe that he was in the right. But, part of him knew what he was doing was wrong and that is important too. Younger readers might have a harder time understanding the meaning of the story. That’s why I recommend it to grades 6 and up (and maybe a parent should read it and discuss it with them).

 

To me, this wasn’t nearly as powerful as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, but it was still good – not great, but good.

 

I read it for Snakes & Ladders space #21, set in Europe.

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The Running Man – audiobook

Review:

The Running Man - Stephen King, Richard Bachman, Kevin Kenerly

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

She was squinting at the thermometer in the white light coming through the window.

– first sentence

 

I am a huge Stephen King fan since I was a teenager but it has been a while since I read some of his books. Lately, I started listening to the audio versions of his older books and it is quite fun to revisit them in a different format.

 

First, I have to say that if you are listening to the audio, and haven’t read the book before, skip the author’s note. It’s not part of the story, and you can listen to it at the end. Otherwise, you will hear a spoiler that reveals the end of the story. 😦

 

I enjoyed listening to this and am going to watch the movie this weekend just for fun and to see the differences. I do know that Ben Richards (in the book) is not built like Schwarzenegger. Most times, it’s listening to his gut, his brains, or just plain luck that keeps him alive.

 

 

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Snakes and Ladders Update #4

 

My next roll is:

 

 

 

 

 

1. Author is a woman – Grump by Liesl Shurtliff

9. Author’s last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K – What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

16. Genre: fantasy – The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham

21. Set in Europe – The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne (I finished and will write the review tomorrow.)

 

Landed on:

 

28. Written between 1900 and 1999 – Not sure what I’m reading yet but there are plenty of options.

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The Last Gargoyle

Review:

The Last Gargoyle (Goyle, Guardian #1) - Paul Durham

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Hardcover/Library Copy

 

 

My earliest memory is of a crib, a darkened room, and three shadows slipping through the doorway with bad intentions.

– first sentence

 

This is such a charming book with fun characters and an exciting story. The story includes Grotesques, Bone Masons, Netherkin, Shadow Men, and the Boneless King. It has danger, mystery, good & evil, and suspense. I really liked it.

 

Penhallow is a gargoyle but he wants you to call him a grotesque. He protects his building and his wards from evil. When he loses his two best friends and faces a new enemy, he feels completely alone, until Viola turns up on his roof.

 

I loved Penhallow and Viola’s relationship. They are cute together and she is stronger than she seems. I also enjoyed Penhallow’s way of looking at the world and talking. He calls college students, “practice adults”. Here is the definition from Penhallow’s glossary:

 

Practice Adults:

Nocturnal creatures who seem to serve no useful purpose other than to keep taverns and pizza delivery people in business.

 

I highly recommend this book to middle-grade readers who enjoy dark fantasy with a touch of humor.

 

I read this for Snakes and Ladders space #16. Genre: fantasy.

I’m also using it for the Goodreads HA a to z challenge. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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Snakes and Ladders Update #3

 

My next roll is:

 

 

 

1. Author is a woman – Grump by Liesl Shurtliff

9. Author’s last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K – What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

16. Genre: fantasy – The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham (I finished this but haven’t written the review yet.)

 

 

Landed on:

 

21. Set in Europe – I’m not sure what I’m reading for this yet

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