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“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 


-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Not that ghostly....

Lost Boy Lost Girl - Peter Straub


When a single tree fills your lens, the rest of the forest takes on a degree of abstraction.

- Chapter 15


This book was just ok. The ghost story was a bit weak and not that scary. In the first sentence, we find out that Mark's mother is dead. She killed herself, apparently over guilt for not helping someone when she could have. But, how could she? I mean, she left her son alone to face the ghosts she knew existed. I know it happnes, but I just don't get it. And Mark's father was just annoying; he didn't seem to care about his son at all.


The story is told through third person and occasional journal entries written by Mark's uncle Tim. It was a bit creepy and suspenseful, but nothing special. It ended so quickly that I didn't even realize it was the end of the book. I don't mind endings that leave you guessing, but this one just seemed rushed. It was like the author didn't know what else to write, so he just ended it.


I read this book for the Booklikes-opoly New Orleans 19 square - Ghost Story. The book is 340 pages, so it's worth $3.00.


Wait... that's the end of the book?

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands - Stephen King, Hodder & Stoughton UK, Frank Muller



I have to say that I'm so glad I'm reading this book now that they are all written. This book ended right in the middle of the action, and luckily I can move right on to Wizard & Glass (book 4). If I had to wait, I would be very annoyed with King.



I loved this book. This is my favorite so far in the series. Loved the characters, the action, the suspense... and especially Oy (the billy-bumbler who is loyal as a dog but also talks). Oy loves Jake and I love Oy. The narrator of the story annoys me at times, but I think I'm getting used to him. And he actually does a good job with Oy's voice. Every time Oy "talks" I smile. I can almost feel how much he loves Jake just in the voice.


King is an amazing author and I am a huge fan. I love his horror novels, but I think I love his journeys into fantasy more. The Stand, The Talisman, and now the Gunslinger saga. They are so imaginative and intense. I am awed by his talent.


Ok, time to start Wizard & Glass....



Frontierland 2 Read

The Big Fear (Hollow City Series) - Andrew Case




The Big Fear is about an investigator prosecuting a cop who shot a man who turned out to be another cop. Found this on my Kindle just waiting to be read...

Paradise Pier 28 Read

Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve




I chose Fever Crumb which is tagged Steampunk on Goodreads. I borrowed this one from my school library a while ago and I need to return it soon, so now is as good a time as any.

Booklikes-opoly Memorial Day bonus rolls




My first bonus roll of 10 landed me on Paradise Pier 28.







My second bonus roll of 11 landed me on Frontierland 2.



Now I must search for books that fit these spaces...

Booklikes-opoly New Orleans Square 19 Read

Lost Boy Lost Girl - Peter Straub



I'm hoping for a good ghost story...

Booklikes-opoly 5/25 roll






I rolled a 9 and landed on New Orleans 19 - Visit the Haunted Mansion.



So, now I need a book tagged gothic, horror, or a ghost story.

What if an operation could make you a genius?

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes


Well, I finished. The book was fascinating. To see the changes in Charlie as he goes from being intellectually disabled with an IQ of around 70, to a genius. His different emotions and experiences are portrayed beautifully by the author. As a reader, we see the changes in the language Charlie uses in his progress reports and in the content as well. The book was touching and sad in places, but not as sad as I expected (which was good). I'm not a fan of tearjerkers.


It wasn't a favorite of mine, but it was an interesting and quick read. I was anxious to see what would happen to Charlie (and his mouse friend, Algernon).


I read this book for Booklikes-opoly - Main Steet 11 (an author born before 1955).

Pages: 228 (Kindle version - number of pages found on Amazon)




On to the next roll...

Dark Tower Book 2 Review

The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower II) - Stephen King, Frank Muller


I liked this book better than the first one because I felt like it moved faster and was more exciting. But I did not like the narrator, Frank Muller. Looks like he narrates Book 3 & 4 as well. :(  But I'm not giving up, maybe I'll get used to him.

Booklikes-opoly Main Street USA 11 read

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes



Daniel Keyes was born in 1927



Booklikes-opoly 5/22 roll







Okay... another roll of 6 and I landed on Main Street USA 11.



I chose to read a book written by an author who was born before 1955: Daniel Keyes (1927-2014). I'm going to read Flowers for Algernon which (believe it or not), I have never read. So, thank you Booklikes-opoly.


(I tried to post this last night, but Booklikes was unbearably slow....)

Lamentation: A Novel (Jay Porter Series) - Joe Clifford



Sometimes what isn't said can be every bit as damning as what is.

- Chapter 7


Basically, this is a mystery thriller. Jay Porter is a smart guy who never got out of his small town. He had a great girl and had a baby with her, but his drug-addicted brother (Chris) always seems to cause him problems. He is now living alone and his former girlfriend and his 2-year old son live with a new guy. When Chris is arrested, Jay gets him released and realizes that there are dangerous lies and secrets in his town. Jay thought Chris was just being paranoid, but when the violence escalates, Jay realizes the danger is real.


I liked this book. Jay is a good guy and wants to do the right thing for his son, but he keeps getting in his own way. Sarcasm helps him get through difficulties, along with his close friends. He wants to do the right thing and find a way to help his brother, but it isn't always clear. The secret wasn't clear to me until near the end, but I have a feeling more related secrets still exist that weren't revealed in the book. I guess I would have to read more of the Jay Porter series to find out, but... I'm sorry Book, I'm just not that into you.


An interesting note, the author, Joe Clifford was a homeless junkie before he became a successful writer. His firsthand knowledge gives an interesting perspective into the lives of homeless drug addicts. The details are amazing but brutal and raw.


I read this book for the Fantasyland 6 space - book with a winter scene on the cover. The book has 202 pages, so that will add $3.00 to my bank.


On to my next roll...




Booklikes-opoly Fantasyland 6 read

Lamentation: A Novel (Jay Porter Series) - Joe Clifford

Wintry scene on the cover. This is my choice for Fantasyland 6: Climb The Matterhorn!


Booklikes-opoly 5/16 roll






With a roll of 6, I landed on Fantasyland 6:



A book set in a Western European  Country or a book with a wintry scene on the cover.


I'm going to check my shelves for a wintry scene.....

The Handmaid's Tale - Review

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some.

- Chapter 32


This is the story of Offred (of Fred). She is a handmaid in a society that has difficulty reproducing effectively. Fertile women are "given to" powerful men, in order to bear them children.


This is a scary and powerful tale. It isn't full of action and adventure, but a story told quietly, from Offred's point of view. We see glimpses of her life before, and into her current situation. The end was sort of abrupt and open-ended. But some things just aren't meant to be wrapped up in a bow. There is a great deal of emotion packed into this book and I'm glad I finally read it. People have been suggesting I read this book for years. So, when the series came out, I knew I had to read it before I watched. 


The scariest thing about this book is how subtle, gradual changes can lead to something so awful before you even know what's happening. One of the quotes in the book said things may not seem ordinary now, but after a time they become ordinary. I believe this is true, little changes add up and gradually become normal, and before you know it society is really messed up.


I choose this book when I landed on the GO space in Booklikes-opoly - giving me a free choice.

Reading progress update: I've listened 352 out of 762 minutes.

The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower II) - Stephen King, Frank Muller


So far so good. I don't like the performance as much as the first one, he has a habit of almost hissing the ends of the words. But, I am enjoying the story more.


Crazy monsters, unexpected events, alternate dimensions, a doorway to another man's mind, and drug smuggling. Does it get any better than this?

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