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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

Today's call in case you missed it. :)

Bingo Call: 09/17/2018

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Creepy Carnivals: horror/mystery/supernatural/suspense set in or concerning a carnival, amusement park, or other party/festival.

Today's call. :)

Bingo Call: 9/15/18

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Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #7

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

 

 

 

Read:

 

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

Obscura - audiobook

Obscura - Joe Hart, Christina Traister

 

 

This book combines sci-fi, horror, and suspense into a gripping adventure filled with surprises. I listened to this book every chance I had and stayed up late last night to finish it. As much as I thought I knew about how it would turn out, I was still surprised.

 

Gillian is a neurosurgeon drafted by NASA to figure out what's going wrong with the astronauts on the space station. Turns out Gillian wasn't given all the details or told the entire truth about the situation. Gillian is a character with many flaws, but she is strong and never gives up. Even when it seems like all hope is lost, Gillian finds a way to keep going.

 

I listened to the audiobook and loved it. The narrator was amazing; I felt like I was trapped with Gillian - the fear, the claustrophobia, the doubt about who to trust. One thing that irked me a bit was the Swedish accent the narrator used for one of the characters. It was a bit like listening to Dracula as a neurosurgeon's assistant.

 

This is a fabulous book. Highly recommended.

 

I read this for the New Release square

 

Today's bingo call. :)

Bingo Call: 09/13/2018

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A Grimm Tale: any fairy tale or retelling of fairy tales, folklore, legends, etc.

Reading progress update: I've listened 400 out of 632 minutes.

Obscura - Joe Hart, Christina Traister

 

 

As if being alone on a spaceship isn't enough... there are voices, smells, doors opening, things missing.

 

Poor Gillian thinks she's going crazy and I'm not sure she's wrong.

 

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #6

 

 

 

Called:

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

 

 

 

Read:

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

Here's today's call for anyone who missed it.

Bingo Call: 9/11/18

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Reading progress update: I've listened 60 out of 632 minutes.

Obscura - Joe Hart, Christina Traister

 

I'm listening to this one for my New Release square:

 

Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 352 pages.

Glimpse - Jonathan Maberry

 

Reading this one for the Suspense square.

 

 

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #5

 

 

 

Called:

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

 

 

 

 

Read:

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

Yesterday's call. I am running behind here. :)

Bingo Call: 09/09/2018

Reblogged from Obsidian Black Plague:

 

 

Southern Gothic: mystery, supernatural, suspense or horror set in the Southern part of the United States.

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #4

 

 

 

Called:

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

 

 

 

 

Read:

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

 

I read this one for the Cryptozoologist square.

 

 

This is a brutal, bloody story but it's more than that too. There's a family (three generations) struggling with a mystery related to the Jersey Devil and they've trained their whole lives to hunt it. The Jersey Devil is hunting and he's not alone...

 

After reading this, I am for once, glad I don't live near a forest.

 

Definitely not for the squeamish - a lot of bloody descriptions and no shortage of brutal deaths.

 

 

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

The Elementals - Michael McDowell, R.C. Bray

 

I read this one for the Southern Gothic square.

 

 

The story begins with a funeral and an unusual tradition. Afterward, the Savage & McCray families escape to Beldame where there are 3 identical Victorian houses and nothing else. One house for each family and the third house which is being devoured by the sand.

 

I love the way the author introduces the characters and gradually gets you invested in them. He brings you into their world and the little quirks in their relationships. Then the supernatural gradually creeps up on you and bam!

 

I liked that the strongest characters were the oldest (the black maid/good witch) and the youngest (13-year-old girl skeptic) and the relationship that developed between them. The atmosphere is so descriptive that I felt like I was on the beach with them.

 

Great choice for Southern Gothic horror. Thanks to all of you who read this for previous Halloween Bingos and brought it to my attention with your amazing reviews.

 

 

Today's Bingo call. :)

Bingo Call: 9/7/18

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