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"...but because of the noise on the rain on the roof or the distance, Pru couldn't tell whom it was."
This is grammatically incorrect, right? This is at least the second time "whom" has been used in a way I'm pretty sure is wrong.
Edit: Just in case I misheard it, I googled it, and this is what it says in the book as well.
"I trust you, Christopher."
Ooh, I'm taking points off for this convo and the stuff that led up to it. Pru is saying one thing, but her actions are demonstrating something else entirely. If she really trusted him, she wouldn't have actively interfered with him doing his job. This is at least the second time they've had to go over this. It also emphasizes that it was a bad idea for Christopher to date someone so closely involved in the case.
While I'm thankful that this series doesn't have a love triangle, at this point anyway, it still has some immensely frustrating relationship moments.
Wait, what? Why would the hospital give someone who I assume was knocked unconscious a "light sedative"? Unless the nurse meant that Pru was unconscious because someone gave her a light sedative, in which case [redacted character's] story should be immediately suspect.
This is cute, and for once no one is trying to tip the poor thing over.
Pru is too trusting. At least one suspicious-acting person in her life has already turned out to be bad news. Now I'm worried about another person close to her, one who seems to be keeping important details from her. Pru even knows this person has kept stuff from her. Why isn't she wondering what else they might be hiding?
And OMG, mice don't move whole pieces of furniture. I get that it can be comforting to lie to yourself about things that worry or scare you, but Pru takes it to a whole new level.
Today was not a good day - too much built-up stress and not enough opportunity to let it drain off over the weekend. I'm trying to decompress a little by playing some mindless computer games while listening to this. Hopefully I'll be easier to be around by tomorrow.
Pru and DCI Pearse are now on a first-name basis - his name is Charles. And yes, he's definitely the love interest. They went on a date, and ended up sharing an umbrella. It was sweet. I'm a little surprised that a guy like Charles would date someone involved, even if only tangentially, in an ongoing investigation. But I do like him. As it turns out, he isn't just a fan of hedgehogs but badgers as well. He helped found some kind of badger enthusiast group back in the town he used to live in.
I believe the rules of cozies dictate that DCI Pearse (had to look that spelling up, I thought it was Pierce) will end up being Pru's love interest. They just had one of those stereotypical "female character stubbornly refuses to move, is suddenly aware of how close the male character is standing" moments (Pru was standing in the way of Pearse and some evidence she'd just found).
He wears suits on his days off and seems overly stiff, but he gets excited about hedgehogs. He could turn out to be adorable. We'll see.
Each chapter (or section?) starts with one or more of Pru's gardener position rejection letters. They're all very nice rejections, but this latest set makes me anxious for her.
I haven't looked it over very carefully yet, but if you need some last minute additions to your Halloween Bingo reading list, this might be worth checking out. Three of them are short story anthologies (I was bummed to see that Every House Is Haunted was one of those). I haven't read anything by any of these authors before, although I recognize one or two of their names.
Every time Lindsey has lied to Emma in order to protect her brother, I'm reminded of the previous book. Wasn't Emma in on the whole thing with Robbie? If she could handle that without any of it showing on her face even a little, she could handle this. This newest revelation makes all of that even more frustrating.
I wish this weren't an adaptation. The lines that are taken straight out of the book, but with a different context, are distracting. That said, it's growing on me. Although I wish it would stop it with the jump scares.
So far, each episode is concentrating on a different member of the family, which makes me wonder what's going to happen once the series runs out of family members to focus on. I feel like the first two episodes were the roughest, although part of that may have been due to the fact that I didn't like the primary siblings in those episodes as much.
Episode 1 was Steven, the eldest brother who turned his family's experiences into a book, with some embellishments that piss several of his siblings off. I know he needs to make money, but I cringed hard at the way things turned out with the woman whose husband died.
Episode 2 was Shirley, the funeral director. She and Steven are my least favorite Crain siblings so far. Some of it I get - Shirley has held the role of the "responsible and steady one" for years, and she's tired of the responsibility. FYI, this episode includes animal deaths. I could see them coming from a mile away and was still sad. The aspects of this episode dealing with the boy who didn't want to go to his grandma's viewing pissed me off. I was once that little boy, and being forced to look at my grandmother in her casket was a hideous experience I wish I'd been allowed to skip.
Episode 3 was Theo, whose personal life consists of one-night stands. She wears gloves because she is, from what I can tell, an empath. In the present, she generally only uses her abilities at work - she's a therapist for traumatized children. For the most part, I really liked this episode, although the entire dumbwaiter/basement portion of the episode struck me as massively stupid on everyone's part. Yes, I know, they were kids and kids do stupid things. But still.
Episode 4 was Luke, who, as it turns out, is Nell's twin. I had thought they were just really close in age. Theo is probably my top favorite of the siblings so far, followed by Luke. Kid Luke is adorable. I assume the series will get back to him later on, because this episode barely touched on the little girl who may or may not exist and who Luke befriended when he was a kid.
I've finally managed my first Bingo. Anna Dressed in Blood got me the last square in that row, Supernatural. I chose a dopey dog sticker for it.
There's a chance I could get one or two more bingos, although the Creepy Carnivals square is proving to be a bit of a problem. I should sit down and power through Mongrel just to knock it out, but I'm still having problems forcing myself to concentrate on books. I haven't been able to find an appropriate audiobook for that square either.
I haven't been keeping track of the calls very well, but I think I have everything marked as "called" that should be. I almost missed the Gothic call - thank goodness for reblogs.
And ooh, I just realized that I have my second book club meeting in a week or two and still haven't gotten any closer to finishing Babbitt.
Read but not yet marked:
I wish I'd been able to keep up my original momentum on this, because reading it over the space of a week or two probably would have been better for the overall flow than the multi-week break I ended up taking. Still, I enjoyed this. I'm also glad that I didn't read it when it first came out, because the ending was easier to deal with knowing that there's a sequel and that it's already out. I don't know when I'll end up reading it, but I do plan to get to it at some point.
I was originally going to use this for my Ghost Stories square, but that's long since been taken by something else. So I'll be using this for my Supernatural square instead, which means I have an exciting Halloween Bingo update post coming up.
It's...not necessarily bad when taken on its own (reminder: I'm a horror wimp, so I consider myself to be a bad judge of scariness, since it doesn't take much to scare me). As an adaptation, though, I'm wondering what the writer was thinking.
It stars a house-flipping couple and their family and takes place mostly within a couple time periods. Some scenes are flashbacks to when the whole family lived in Hill House, while other scenes are later, after everyone has grown up and drifted apart.
- Hugh Crain, the husband
- Olivia, the wife
- Shirley, one of the daughters (In the present she's a funeral home director or something, but I haven't yet caught on to which of the older girls is which in the scenes set in the past)
- Theo, another one of the daughters (in the present she's either a lesbian or bisexual, wears gloves, and has lots of one-night stands)
- Steven, the eldest son (in the present, he visits the sites of supposed hauntings, debunks them, and then writes "non-fiction" books about the hauntings as though he truly saw ghosts)
- Luke, the youngest son (saw some creepy girl in the woods when he was a kid, and in the present he's an addict)
- Nell, the youngest daughter (suffered from what her parents thought were vivid nightmares while she lived in Hill House, always about the "Bent-Neck Woman," and still seems to have anxiety and other issues in the present)
- The Dudleys, the caretakers of Hill House. Mrs. Dudley is stern and religious.
You can see some of the bits and pieces that were taken from the original in the character list alone. There are also a few lines in the show that are taken directly from the book, but with a few extra lines added in between and/or the context changed. The writer also definitely has different ideas about how the scares should be handled. Lots of jump scares. I think the writer liked the hallway door banging scenes in The Haunting of Hill House and felt that the TV series should just get right to that stuff, ASAP.
I feel awkward and panicky about it for a variety of reasons. And I'm fighting a inner voice that keeps saying "why did you do that, you don't even like driving and the old car still worked." But now I have fancy things like cruise control, power door locks, a car alarm, a back-up cam, and Bluetooth. I listened to an audiobook over my car speakers on the way home, without having to dig out an adapter (or just give up and listen via the phone speakers with the audio all the way up, my usual method). So that's pretty cool. Also, the new car doesn't look diseased, or make a weird whining noise sometimes when I turn. Or any weird noises at all, for that matter.
I think I'm going to start The Haunting of Hill House TV series tonight, in the hope that it will help my stress headache go away. I had thought buying this car would be less stressful than buying my previous one, because that was rushed and had to be done ASAP, whereas I'd been planning this purchase for a few months and was as prepared as I was ever going to be. Looks like the amount of stress was pretty similar, though, just a different sort.
I plan on at least trying it, although it looks like it's only vaguely (very vaguely) related to the book.