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Ian Rankin
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Chris Ryan
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Patrick Ness
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Neil Gaiman
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Michael Chabon
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7th Bingo and serial review


7th Bingo! Yeah. 


And I have completed my card. Now just waiting for bingo call. 


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These few books  I read are not on my normal reading radar. 


For Terror in a small Town square. 


Broken Promise: A Thriller - Linwood Barclay  Broken Promise: A Thriller - Linwood Barclay  


Not good at all. 2.5 stars read. David is a single father when he lost his wife. Now he is back home with his parents. He found his somewhat deranged cousin who were pregnant and lost her pregnant holding a baby. A baby that everyone thought she has stolen. It turned out that it was a big scam by the persons around her. These people do not make sense and the problem they went into really had no justification. The story is the first of the trilogy and I have no intention to read the next one. 


The Dead will Walk square is filled by reading this. 


The Burning World: A Warm Bodies Novel (The Warm Bodies Series) - Isaac Marion  The Burning World: A Warm Bodies Novel (The Warm Bodies Series) - Isaac Marion  


R is still a zombie who is with Julie. R also is the zombie who killed her boyfriend Perry and had his memory. The taken over by evil company is good as it add tension. The running away part is fine as it makes sense. The internal struggle for R to defined himself when he started to remember who he was. The R that is current is a mixture of both and it is a bit confusing not only for R but for the readers as well. 


Still a 4 stars read.



For Free square read. 


The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz  The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz  


Evan is an ex assassin trained by a secret government agency who now help the helpless. He got himself kidnapped when going against a human trafficking criminals. He was held for ransom and the good bit is how he tried to get away. Quite a lot of action, and some reflection on who he is as a person. 


5 stars read. 


For Amateur Sleuth  


Home - Harlan Coben  Home - Harlan Coben  



Home is another story about Myron and Win doing detective stuff as a sport agent. Two boys were kidnapped as children and one was found. But is this young man who he said he is. And who kidnapped them? Quite a bit of twists in the story. The best bits are about how Myron and Win are good in working and solving mystery together. Win has money and is confident in what he is doing. More or less like a Batman without the cape. 


5 stars read. 


For Gothic. 


Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright - Chris Riddell  Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright - Chris Riddell  


This is more like a children book. The illustrations are lovely and it is about a lot of characters with their funny name dogs. The story is simple and the characters are names associated with famous writers. Still a good fun read. 


4.5 stars. 



7th Bingo is from the top left corner to the lower right corner diagonally. 


27 Oct Bingo call and double-bingo

27 Oct Bingo call is Classic Horror.



That means double bingo. 5th & 6th Bingo 



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Update card.

5th Bingo. Left hand column.

6th Bingo. Last row. 


4th Bingo

Just finished Monster for the Monster square. 


4th bingo! 

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Update card. Reading the last book for this card. 

4th bingo. 2nd column from the right. 


For the Monsters square, I have originally chosen this. But it is about demons mostly.


American Monsters - Derek Landy  American Monsters - Derek Landy  

So read this one instead. 


Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 1 - Naoki Urasawa,Satch Watanabe  Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 1 - Naoki Urasawa,Satch Watanabe  



Not bad. Not what I expected. 





Monster Book 1: The young surgeon saved a boy who might turned out to be a monster

Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 1 - Naoki Urasawa, Satch Watanabe

Decided to read this for the Monster square. 


Monsters: any crytpozoological or mythological creature that isn't a vampire, werewolf, or demon. Or zombie.


The original book I have chosen for this square is mostly about demons.


This manga is not what I have expected. Nothing supernatural happened yet. Just a young surgeon Kenzo who were pressured into taken priority on VIP instead of first-come-first-serve. 


Not sure why other surgeon couldn't take over that surgery of lesser important to cover his ass.


Anyway, a boy was injured. And Kenzo decided to save him. He was found on a crime scene. 


There is 18 books all together. Pretty good manga considering that it is written in 1994.  

R is with Julie and that is all that matter

The Burning World: A Warm Bodies Novel (The Warm Bodies Series) - Isaac Marion

R is a zombie. 


And he is alive now because of Julie. 


Some evil corporation Axiom. They fake a negotiation and killed off the community, pretended to help and then take over.


Evil humans. Good zombies.  


The language is good and keep it pretty real. Julie and R were kidnapped and tortured. And one guy released them because he wanted some answers from R. Julie thanks the guy and he snapped at Julie, saying that she is too naive to thanks the guy who had kidnapped and tortured her in the first place. Good point. 

First half of the book is interesting. R is fighting to know himself. As a zombie with stolen memory from Perry. But memory is not a person. So who is he really? 


In the meantime, Abram, the brother of Perry is trying to survive. The running around bit seems a bit pointless, Not every zombie could be turned into a thinking good zombie, that include family member of Julie. Still enjoyable. 


Reading this for the Dead will Walk square. 


25 Oct Halloween bingo update

Waiting for the bingo call of the day is Monsters.  

Just finished reading Firestarter for 80s horror square. 


Update card. Last 2 squares to be read, one of them is the Monsters square. 




The firestarter is a young girl named Charlie

Firestarter - Stephen King

Charlie is a firestarter. No secret there. Most people have seen the movie and kind of the know the story already. 


She is the daughter of Andy and Vicky. two persons who participated in a government sponsored experiment to trigger X-men ability in subjects. 


They both have powers, but weak power. So they were left alone.

So they thought until one day, when Charlie has a sleep over and the government agency that have been monitoring them thought they have escaped. 


Now, they are on the run. 


I picked this classic book for the meeting the square 80s Horror. Only 40% finish.  


Charlie has started to use her ability since she was a baby. Andy, her father is trying to do the right thing by exposing this abuse of power by government agency. But these are really scary bureaucratic bad guys. How very 80s of the story. The government worker seems less human, and less emotional capable than it is possible. How do an adult, after lot of training of how to use fire arm and know this is the last resort to use a gun to a 6 year old girl.  

Worst is pretending to be a friend. Rainbird was the horrible jerk who wanted to eliminate Charlie. The final confrontation is pretty good. It is a long book but it is enjoyable. 




Bingo call for 23 Oct

The new bingo call is for The Dead will Walk. The one I have not read yet. 



I got 2 squares called and not read. 



Update card. 


3rd Bingo serial review

Read some good books for these 5 stars. And only one awful one. 




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  Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay  Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay 


Dexter is good serial killer. He only killed bad guys. Like the humors of the story telling. The relationship between Dexter and his recognition of him having psychopathic wants is really interesting. If psychopaths are born, but become more self-aware, they would potentially do less harm to the society at large.


Dexter is suffering from nightmare for this one. And there are killings and he began to question if he had killed, like sleepwalking without remembering when he was awake. 


Good storytelling. 



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 The Wolves of Midwinter - Anne Rice  The Wolves of Midwinter - Anne Rice  


I read The Wolves of Midwinter for Werewolves square. It was not so good for the first one and I should have known better. 


Well, it is about Reuben adjusting to his life as a werewolf. Not much is happening besides partying. He was haunted by a ghost, but it wasn't scary at all. Just disturbed by the reason why she is not moving on to the next level. So he called for help from the faeries. The faeries are not that interesting either. Also, he got his ex-girlfriend pregnant and paying her to continue the pregnancy. For some reason, he think he couldn't have a child with his current girlfriend. The current girlfriend has very little character besides being in love with him. So much so that she requested help to turn herself into a werewolf so that could be a pair. Not much is happening and it is boring.  


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 The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz  The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz  


Evan was a person trained to be an assassin since childhood by secret government agency.


He now uses his skill to help those who are helpless. 


Someone doing human trafficking kidnapped him, and tried to get money from him. He tried to find a way out, in time to help another one who was in transit.The fight scenes are pretty awesome. I read like a movie or a pretty good TV series. 


Enjoy this a lot. 



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  Demon Road - Derek Landy  Demon Road - Derek Landy  


Amber is 17 and she overheard her parents talking to their friends on how they would eat her. 


Eat her? Amber has really bad parents. It turned out their parents are demons and Amber is demon by birth. So by eating Amber, they would gain strength and power.


So what a teenager going to do? She run. She found a sympathetic auntie who helped her by asking another person to help her run. This person turned out to have supernatural property too. 


The run of the book is kind of a supernatural road trip that reminds me of Supernatural the TV series. 


The storytelling part is good. It is the beginning of a trilogy. 


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 The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill  The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill  


A mysterious disease is turning humans into human torch. People burned to dead and as they have not found out how the disease was being spread, they are afraid of getting this disease. 


Harper is a nurse who worked in the hospital serving those who are infected. She got the disease herself and now being hunted by her husband. 


Worst, she is pregnant and is hoping the child would not get this disease. 


Now there is fireman, and this fireman could control fire. It is a long book. As the story progress, the reader found out more about how this disease work, and how fear turned people who were not infected into mob. 


Really good read. Joe Hill is a really good storyteller. 


So, for these 5 squares, 4 good books and one not so good one. Not bad. 








3rd Bingo

The bingo call for 21 Oct is Demons 




As I have already read book for this square. 3rd bingo! 


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Update card. Middle row down bingo. 


Hunting between killers

Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben

Maya's husband was killed.


Who killed Joe, her husband? Who killed her sister? 


The whole book is about finding out the killer of her sister. Then more dead revealed. 


The setup is pretty good as there isn't much loop holes. 


The good friends are trying to help Maya as she seems to be losing her mind.


Maya is very determined. 


The ending is a sad and surprising. 


The relationship between Joe and Maya is the most mysterious. That's the key elements to this story. And good storytelling is like this, making you think of how relationship works. Characters should have dimensions, and this writer delivered. 

New Bingo call 19 Oct

New bingo call on 19 Oct 



Already read a book for this square.

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New Bingo call and update on 17 Oct

New Bingo call for 17 Oct



I don't have this one.


Just read rhis Forever Odd - Dean Koontz  Forever Odd - Dean Koontz  for 




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Odd is chasing after a kidnapper

Forever Odd - Dean Koontz

The story is still good, but not as together as the first one.


Odd Thomas got a visit from a ghost and found one dead body and one missing friend. His friend David was missing and he thought he was kidnapped by his father.


Odd run around following only his intuition. The running around bit is a bit strange as he didn't know where he was going. 


Turned out David is kidnapped by someone else. Someone Odd didn't know about.


The story is good, but the clue is not enough to keep it together with that much run around. 


Half way through and he is already in danger. 


Reading this for  as it is set in America, and it is a horror story, not because of the ghosts. 


The kidnapper is just so much into conspiracy theory and supernatural stuff.


Odd see ghosts not because he wants to, but he is burn into it. 


15 Oct Bingo update

New bingo call for 15 Oct is



Another square marked for called and read. 


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2nd Bingo serial review

2nd bingo is in the middle row. This is Why I chose these books. 





  Goodnight Nobody - Jennifer Weiner  Goodnight Nobody - Jennifer Weiner  


I hate this book. Really hate it.  1/2 star


It is about a stupid married woman with 3 children. Instead of enjoying life or finding more meaning without cheating. This woman whined about being married and had 3 children. The writer created this obnoxious character and thought any reader would care what happen to her. No. I don't care. Also, this is no detective. This is a stupid woman that hidden evidence from a crime scene when she found a body, a person she knew was murdered. The rest of the book is just as stupid when she tried and failed to investigate the murder with her ex-bf.


Stupid stupid stupid. 


It is so stupid that it needs to be repeated at least 3 times. 


  Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz  Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz  


This is the first book of the Odd Thomas series. 4.5 stars


I like Odd Thomas. The book is written in first person, like a story told by Odd.


Odd Thomas is 20 and a fried cook who could see ghost. Instead of being freaked out, he helped the ghosts to finish whatever business that was keeping them here.


And Stormy is his true love. 


The story is about Odd seeing something evil. And these evils appeared when there were mass killing. 


So Odd tried to solve the mystery and save everyone.


Great story. It would only make you want to read more. 


I watched the movie first as I have never heard of this series before watching the film. I missed Anton. 


  The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz  The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz 


Enjoyable read. 4.5 stars


Nowhere Man is the 2nd book of the series. Evon Smoak was a trained assassin by a secret government run agency since he was a child. Now, he run out of the company only to be captured for ransom. 


So how did he get out when he is out numbered and out gun. He didn't lost hope and he tried to get out, because there are other people depending on his survival. He needs to get out and save another person who has called his number. A number he left for whoever needs his help. And the only reward he wants is for that person to pass on the number to the next person who needs him.


Good logic in generating business when one is still on the run. I like this series and the writer is pretty good. 


 The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde  The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde  


I read The Last Dragon Slayer for the Magical Realism square. 4.5 stars. 


This is a YA book. Jennifer Strange is a 15 year old who girl who managed a business offering services to people like clean houses and delivery pizza. The only special thing about this service agency is that all the workers use magic to finish their tasks. 

Then she knew of a prophecy that a dragon is about to die. 


This is the last dragon. And when it dies, people would move in and claim the land. 


It is a story about self interest. And how one could get out of a jam. 


Really fun read. 


 The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains - Eddie Campbell,Neil Gaiman  The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains - Eddie Campbell,Neil Gaiman  


I like Neil Gaiman and this book looks good. 4 stars


It is okay but not his most imaginative work.


It is about a short man walking and trying to find a cave.


And the cave is full of riches. 


What the man real intention would only show later. 


Then the story turn even darker. 


It is okay. Although it is illustrated, it is still an very adult book,