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The fact that Chris Evans just posted a highlight from Hannah Arendt on twitter gives me all kinds of feels.
So I wasn't intending to use this for bingo, but is a quasi murder mystery. I mean there is a murder and kidnapping.
Bantwal is basing the story in part on a clinc that was found to have aborted girl fetus in a wall in India a few years back as well as the practice of gender selection abortion.
The plot is somewhat predictable, but what is totally enjoyable is the friendship among Isha and her sister in law, Shelia. Isha and her daughters are lovely characters. The conflict that Isha feels that only with her in laws and her own life is well done.
I'm not quite sure what I just read.
Sjon's writing has always been fluid and stunning. And that's here.
I liked the first two books the best. The last, seems to be an written form of Sjon's own morality.
The first book is a wonderful expression of reader and writer working together. So wonderful and brillant. There is this whole sequence of reaching into a hous and a mind.
It's just wonderfully strange.
I realized I did not post this review for the classic horror square, even though I marked the square as read.
De La Mare's novel tells the story of a young man who wakes up with a different face. I mean, a totally different face. The horror is the lack of reason and how it changes his life. Oh, and it happened after he fell asleep in a graveyard.
I prefer De La Mare's short stories. This was more of a character study, but you don't like the guy because he refuses to understand where his wife is coming from.
This is one of those books that you wanted to be better. The heroine is a poc, she is not in a love triangle, and she is pretty determined. The vampires are bloodthirsty, and the alternate American states and the vampire work.
The thing is when Selah discovers her power - her acceptable of the strange thing occurs in less than a finger snap. She becomes a somewhat different person. It isn't a smooth transition and is somewhat jarring.
Yet, the book is fun.
This is a country house mystery, but the country house is in part a pub where everyone drinks. The victim is killed while at the bar.
The story takes place during the Blackout in WW II. It is also filled with how people look at women and men in terms of gender roles. The possible suspects include a jealous wife, two wanna be alpha males, a writer, and the bartender.
The mystery is solved by a man sent from London, who is conflicted.
It's entertaining but not particularly enthralling.
Loch Ness isn't the only body of water with monsters. In this book, Michaels looks at water monster stories from Central and South America. He does so with a good dose of healthy disbelief. So while he wants the stories to be true, she does not disregard rational reasons.
He does have discussions about the various legends, and at one points, goes off into wondering about if dinosaurs are still around.
Still it is a nice little collection of, at the very least, folklore with good and helpful footnotes.