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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

The Listener ★★★★☆

The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

I love a book that starts off with a bang. Not necessarily in terms of action, but in emotional impact. This one grabbed me by the ear and yanked me right into it, and once it had my attention, it slowed down a bit to introduce and develop characters - and what amazing characters they were! - then put me on a sled and sent me screaming down the slopes.


Funny, though, as much as I liked Curtis, who is really the main character in this story, my favorites are Nilla, a little girl with sense and grit, and Ginger/Vesta/???, the evil mastermind who surprised me into almost feeling a little sympathy for her. Almost!


Audiobook via Audible. The performance by Marc Vietor is of the very good kind that disappears into the story, so that the reader even loses awareness of the performance and the medium.