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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 Hidden Staircase
Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene
Progress: 109/182 pages
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Robert Marasco, R.C. Bray
Progress: 76 %
The Hidden Staircase
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 111/206 pages
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Progress: 289/311 pages

Ticktock ★☆☆☆☆

Tick Tock - Dean Koontz

Another book from the neglected pile of dusty paperbacks.


Vietnamese born writer of mystery novels with mommy issues finds a mystery doll on his front porch. Threatening messages appear on his computer, doll comes to life, is evil. This should have been interesting. A scene where a guy tries to hunt down the evil creature and kill it should have been exciting. It took sixteen pages for the protag to search a single room and have a brief skirmish with it. When I found myself skimming the text and looking ahead to see when it would move on to something else, I decided to DNF and start on a new book that would hopefully be entertaining.


DNF at page 71.