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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War)
T. Kingfisher
Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery
G.M. Malliet, Davina Porter
Death from a Top Hat
Clayton Rawson
Progress: 17%
The Secret Library
Oliver Tearle
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman, Nadia May
Progress: 696/1718minutes
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

My Halloween Bingo Card

Two bingos: first row & second column


Called squares have purple boxes around them and read squares have coloured pumpkins. The contrast of the yellow against the square background wasn't working in some cases, so I switched to green. Light pumpkins still indicate read but uncalled squares. Additional books read for a square are marked with tiny pumpkins of different colours.




I don't have a good way of marking the called squares and I can't find a way to mark multiple reads (where they'll actually be visible and not just make a confused mess) on the version of my card with the other pumpkin markers so I'm just going to use it as the (hopefully) less confusing version to show when I black out. Or pumpkin out.



Completed reads have links to reviews (however short they may be); in-progress reads are in italics.


Diverse voices: Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw [Southeast Asian author[

Murder most foul: The Germanicus Mosaic by Rosemary Rowe [several murders take place]

Cozy mystery: A Knit Before Dying by Sadie Hartwell [cozy mystery that takes places in a small town where MC runs a yarn shop]

Serial/spree killer: The Lamp of the Wicked by Phil Rickman [at least one serial killer]

Locked room mystery*: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie [woman murdered in her room that can only be accessed via the courtyard]


Magical realismFoxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [urban fantasy set in the "real" world]

Classic noir: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett [lots of drinking and man's man stuff]

Vampires: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett [there are vampires]

Country house mysteryClouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayer

Werewolves: The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett [werewolves in Uberwald, Angua]


In the dark, dark woods: The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis [creepy Teutoberg forest scenes]

Witches: The Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell [Judith is a witch]

Free Space: Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook)

Supernatural: Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [magic is pretty supernatural]

Monsters: Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard [star-demons and ahuizotls (both Aztec supernatural creatures]


Darkest London: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [set in London]

Haunted houses: The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell [haunting in the church, haunting in Judith's house]

Genre: horror: The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell [Ripper-style killings]

Demons: Lucifer Vol. 2 Children and Monsters [the devil and other demons]

Terrifying women: Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer [female author]


Amateur sleuth: Whose body? by Dorothy Sayers [Peter Wimsey]

Aliens: Sundiver by David Brin [some characters are aliens]

Chilling children: 

Gothic: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [gothic novel parody]

Ghost: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [ghosts of Nicholas Wallpenny, Henry Pyke]


*Additional Books

Locked Room Mystery: Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne [murder in a locked room]