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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whisper Network
Chandler Baker
Progress: 54 %
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Progress: 28 %
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Russell H. Tandy, Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene

This Dark Road to Mercy ★★★★☆

This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash, Erik Bergmann, Jenna Lamia, Scott Sowers

I enjoyed this engaging semi-thriller. The author drew me into the story by introducing characters, throwing them into the action while making the reader gradually pick up each character’s full backstory and motivations through hints, interactions, and character reflection as events unfold. I was relieved to find it avoids the tiresome folksiness of many contemporary novels set in the American South. Although final events wrapped up a little too cleanly and with disappointing clarity of good guys vs. bad guys, it was still a fun ride.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. The multiple readers were all quite good, but Jenny Lamia is a standout as always. The sound editing is very poor for one of the male readers as we hear every breath and swallow in between sentences.