Roll 20: Cars Land spot 16

The Little Savage - Frederick Marryat


I went with read a book page whose count ends 1, 9, 2, 6.


If you like adventure stories where the MC is shipwrecked on a desolate island this is a good read.  


After the second castaway shows up, some bits stretch believably quite a bit, and the fortuitousness of some things (oh, look! what we just happen to have in the ladies basket...) made me irritable with their convenience.


It gets a bit heavy in the religious explanations by his companion later on, but in context it doesn't feel preachy, just tedious.  I think those portions could have been shortened extensively, although due to the circumstances of the 2 came to be on the island they couldn't be removed.


Overall though, an enjoyable easy read without major conflicts.

What I would call a smooth read.


Roll 19: 4 (double 2) Main Street

The Dance Of The Voodoo Handbag - Robert Rankin



A fun read, reminiscent of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy with it's seemingly completely unrelated scenes.  


A private eye gets stuck in some sort of virtual reality and has to escape to save the world by using the least most obvious least most obvious way so the guy who put him in there doesn't stop him.  Why he doesn't call it the second least most obvious way I don't know.  Maybe that's too obvious.



It was also Free Book Friday when I rolled, but this particular books covers both options so I'm going with the obvious one. Or the least obvious.



Free book Friday

The Dance Of The Voodoo Handbag - Robert Rankin


Hopefully this will be better than the last two.

Roll 18: Chance : Read a book whose title starts with a letter in CLUE.

Cannibal Swine - Marlo Karloff


DNF at 40%.


I thought it was going to be about killer pigs.

No such luck. Just some weird disjointed murder thriller centered around the corporate takeover of a pork rind plant.


Up to this point the only part that makes any sense is we know 2 people are dead and no one is happy.


The guy who hallucinates the company mascot when he's over tired is a nice touch, but not worth the effort.


Not quite books


My new afghan for cuddling under with a book when it's chilly.


Roll 16 (I think) Fantasyland: Climb the Matterhorn

Dead of Night - Nick Steckel


A dr out for petty revenge infects Hitler's Nazi Germany with a rabies based virus that turns people into zombie like creatures within hours of being bitten or scratched.


It sounded like fun, and in the hands of a more experienced author could have been a good alternate history.


Instead, it mostly sucked.

The writing was stilted and juvenile, and I don't think it was meant to be a middle grade level book.


I would have DNF'd at about 25%, but my Kindle version (it was free back in 2012) has some awesomely screwed formatting in regards to the page numbers.  Goodreads and Amazon say it has 410pgs - the book said I was WAY past that at 25%, and it ended with over 2000pgs showing.  I couldn't figure out where I was, so I slogged it out.   Next time I'll just take the zero.  LOL



Roll number something - 33: Tomorrowland

Way Station (A Collier Nucleus Science Fiction Classics) - Clifford D. Simak


 Thank you Debbie's Spurts for sending me to my next square.


This was an interesting read about a guy on earth who was contacted by an alien and asked to run a stopover on earth for aliens wanting to travel through Earth's section of the galaxy.




Reading progress update: I've read 97%.

Dark Island: Dark Island (Volume 1) - Eres Williams


Holy hell, that last bit was intense.


I thought it was going to be some weird twin/succubus ghost author thing they did to get stories.


Now we get to find out who it was.

I'm thinking the assistants sibling.


Maybe Mysteries aren't so bad.


Definitely NOT a cozy like it's listed on Amazon.

Adventureland: Tarzan's Treehouse

The Kingdom of Four Rivers - Guy Salvidge


Not much action in this one.


The Asian (China? I think) government (possibly others) have carried out a massive depopulation program.

This takes place a few hundred years after and follows a family of traders.






Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me, get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me

I've landed on the Booklikes square, and come up with number 3:
3. Let a BL friend choose your next ride! Post your plight, and see where the first person sends you!

27: Adventureland: Climb Tarzans Treehouse

The Kingdom of Four Rivers - Guy Salvidge


Read a book by an author whose initials can be found in "Tarzan" or that has a tree on the cover.



The Kindle book has bamboo the cover.

The giant stuff is treelike.

Go To Jail

A Thane of Wessex: Being a Story of the Great Viking Raids into Somerset - Charles W. Whistler


This was an interesting read about the Danes invading Wessex just before Alfred became king.  


I have no idea how accurate it is, but I enjoyed it.


186 pgs toward my release from jail.












(Write me a letter send it by mail
Send it in care of the Birmingham jail)


That's going to be running through my head forever.



June 14: Go To Jail

(Go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200)

I wish my elder son were home - I want to play Monopoly now. 



 Rolled 2, double 1's, and landed here:



Which sent me here:



Question: Is the requirement 500, 300, or 100 pages.


I have seen all 3 numbers in relation to being In Jail.


Chance, Mystery

Dial C For Chihuahua - Waverly Curtis


I was wrong.

Apparently I have more cozies hiding in mystery folders in the bottom of my TBR than I thought.


This one was more fun than the vampire poodle.


Almost makes me want a chihuahua.



Do over! Do over!

Blood Hunt - Lee Killough

 I don't know why I thought this one was marked as a mystery.

Probably filed it wrong on the computer.


Good cop turned reluctant vampire hunting down the vampire that turned him.



 Moving on to Dial C for Chihuahua - I KNOW that one is a mystery.


Wow. The Damned Thing

The Damned Thing - Ambrose Bierce, David W. Whitehead

**Thanks to Char and BrokenTune, editing to add the title of the story:


This was a surprising little "sleeper".


A nice little haunting/something's lurking/stalking type story.

Only about 10 pages, concise, no extra flowery stuff.


However, it gave me nightmares last night.

Intense enough for me to wake myself up telling hubby 'No! Get away!' as I replayed an entire scene in my dream.


And loud enough that he came in to make sure I was awake and okay.


I wasn't even going to write anything about it since it was just a short story I found in my TBR that matched the author birthday challenge I'm doing in a group on Goodreads.


I will be looking for more of Mr. Bierce's writings.


Currently reading

The Orphans and the Passage Through Time
Michael Beilke