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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

Carrion Comfort ★★☆☆☆ (DNF)

Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons

This wasn't a terrible book. It started off well, and has an interesting premise, and was really good for regrettably brief moments. But it was a struggle - there were long passages of boring in between and the ick factor was high with repeated graphic rape/sexual assault and violence scenes. Gratuitously frequent, that is. I get it, the psychic vampires are terrible people, but they seem to be included for titillation rather than actually furthering the story or revealing character.


Anyway, after 8 hours of slogging through this, I'm done. I can't face another 31 hours of it. Enough. DNF at 21%


Audiobook, via Audible, which I have returned for my $7 refund. The audio performances by Mel Foster and Laural Merlington were fine.


I was trying to read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Vampires: Vampires, preferably non-sparkly, in all of their glorious fictional permutations. Fortunately, I have a good backup ready to go, They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon,Rowena Morrill.



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