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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

The Science Of Discworld
Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart
Progress: 22/414 pages
Terry Pratchett
Progress: 85/356 pages
The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports
Jeff Passan
Progress: 104/368 pages
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Progress: 289/311 pages

House of Reckoning ★★☆☆☆

House of Reckoning - Angela Dawe, John Saul

It’s rare that I find a story that is such a bewildering mix of themes, loose ends, illogic, and cardboard characters, and yet holds my interest long enough to actually get to the end of the book without DNF’ing. I can’t even think of any way to explain myself without spoiling the entire… I can’t say plot, because I’m not sure that there was one. Okay, without spoiling what happens at the end of the book. Nor am I willing to spend more time or brain cells on it. So I’ll just leave that there.


I read this for the Gothic square of the 2016 Halloween Bingo, because a major character of the story is a spooky old house that used to be a lunatic asylum. In fact, it hits 9 of 10 Elements of the Gothic Novel. This square also completes my 5th bingo!


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