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2017: CTHULHU FOR CHRISTMAS

Sunday, May 6, 2018

BOUT OF BOOKS 22

Follow my progress AT Goodreads

and on this post.

Challenge #1 #insixwords Voracious reader, enthusiastic reviewer, pet devotee

Challenge #2

Year of You

Books published in my birth year

CHARLOTTE' S WEB

THE INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET

EAST OF EDEN

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

My most-remembered early childhood novel:
Andre Norton's LORD OF THUNDER.

We always had tons of mystery and science fiction paperbacks at home, but LORD OF THUNDER and Rosemary du Jardin's lovely novels were Library acquisitions, from our local Carnegie Library.

Challenge #3: Show Your Precious

Rather than just 1 book, here are 1 book and two authors who always give 1000%:

Garth Stein, A SUDDEN LIGHT

John Connolly's CHARLIE PARKER Mysteries

Tim Powers, always: surreal fabulist and magical realist, absolute genius--the Eric Bloom of authors. Especially for

LAST CALL

THREE DAYS TO NEVER

SALVAGE AND DEMOLITION

ALTERNATE ROUTES

Challenge #4:

Read Alikes

My former local library offered flyers with this theme:

"If you like "Author," try "author." Sometimes you just don't know, and are waiting on your author to publish a new boom. So tread--or find a new author.

Tim Powers? Try James Blaylock or John Crowley or John Connolly, some Dean Koontz

Challenge #5:

Space Scavenger Hunt You all like a scavenger hunt, right? This one is space themed. Use the guidelines below. Participate as much as you can. This is a challenge, so you don't have to get them all to win. If you have fun, you win. Mercury - Favourite short story/novella

Venus - Favourite book with female protagonist

Earth - Favourite book about nature/nature word in the title

Mars - Favourite book with a red cover

Jupiter - Favourite tome over 500 pages

Saturn - Favourite book with circle/ring on the cover/in the title

Uranus - Favourite book set in winter

Neptune - Favourite book set at sea, on a boat, or under water

Pluto - Favourite books featuring a dog/with a dog on the cover

Moon - Favourite book set anywhere other than Earth

Sun - Favourite book set in summer

Space - Favourite book set in space

I'll be adding to this challenge for days, as I cudgel my memory cells.

Mercury - Favourite short story/novella: "Overtime" by Charles Stride; "Dreams In the Witch House" by H. P. Lovecraft

Venus - Favourite book with female protagonist LEAH NASH series by Susan Hunter

Earth - Favourite book about nature/nature word in the title: RITUAL by Adam Nevill

Mars - Favourite book with a red cover

Jupiter - Favourite tome over 500 pages

Saturn - Favourite book with circle/ring on the cover/in the title

Uranus - Favourite book set in winter: COLDBROOK, Tim Lebbon

Neptune - Favourite book set at sea, on a boat, or under water: ¥INTO THE DARKEST DEEPS by Mira Grant

Pluto - Favourite books featuring a dog/with a dog on the cover: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein

Moon - Favourite book set anywhere other than Earth: GREAT NORTH ROAD by Peter F. Hamilton

Sun - Favourite book set in summer

Space - Favourite book set in space: THE MEDUSA CHRONICLES, Arthur C. Clarke; THE ABYSS BEYOND DREAMS, Peter F. Hamilton

Challenge #6:

My Favorite Bout of Books Moment(s)

I always feel pleased when an author I've reviewed takes time to thank me and comment.

I've been reading and reviewing the first 3 books in Susan Hunter' s Leah Nash Mysteries-two I reviewed for blog tours- and each time Ms. Hunter has been generous with kind comments dovetailed to my specific reviews; a very kind person.

Secondly, yesterday's challenge is really helpful: June 1-14 is the SCI FI READATHON at Seasons of Reading

SCI FI READATHON and the entire month of June is my personal "Space Out With Sci Fi" Month SPACE OUT WITH SCI FI Goodreads Shelf, so yesterday's challenge about Space is igniting my ideas.

Challenge #6:

Goals

I didn't really set goals, except I planned to listen to a lot of audio weird fiction. I only listened to two audio stories.

I did read 8 novels and 2 children's books.

4 cozy mystery, 1 science fiction, 1 fantasy (and I loved it!!), 1 steampunk contemporary urban fantasy, 1 literary/women's fiction.

I enjoyed what I read, I'm thrilled to have read and loved a fantasy (CRIMSON), and all 8 novels were for review (6 "New," 2 delayed: the 2 Cozies by J. R. Ripley).

I yesterday discovered the Memorial Day Readathon, May 25-28, at Goodreads Group 75 Books, and for that I plan to concentrate on Cozies.

Thanks, Bout of Books!

Books Read: 1) STARTOUCHER by C. J. Idle. May 14.

2) DANGEROUS PLACES by Susan Hunter (Leah Nash Mysteries Book 3)

3) ASTROMOUSE by Steve Smallman - children's

4) RATTLES' GREAT ESCAPE by Arlene White - children's

5) GRANDGHOST by Nancy Springer

6) THE EXPERIMENT OF PROFESSOR POLGAS

7) MURDER MOST FOUL by V. S. Vale

8) FOWL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER by J. R. Ripley 9) CRIMSON by Arthur Slade

10) BEIGNETS AND BROOMSTICKS by J. R. Ripley

Audio Books: "In Amundsen's Tent" by John Michael Leahy

"The Shining Pyramid" by Arthur Machen

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