Person Of Interest

Person Of Interest





4.5 Stars
The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition] - B.J. Harrison, Oscar Wilde

Sir Simon, the 300 year old resident ghost of Canterville Manor, takes his haunting very seriously. Over the centuries his terrifying spectral performances have sent more than a few Canterville descendants, visitors and servants off the deep-end, never to recover. All that changes when the current Lord Canterville sells the estate to American Minister Hiram B. Otis. Much to Sir Simon's dismay, the thoroughly modern and pragmatic American family that moves in is blithely indifferent to all his ghostly machinations. Fun ensues when the Otis boys turn the tables on Sir Simon and play their own pranks on the hapless ghost.  But ultimately their kind and loving sister takes pity on poor Sir Simon and bravely helps him find the peace he so badly wants. 


I found this short story delightfully funny yet touching. It was my first Oscar Wilde work, and I was pleasantly surprised the prose wasn't overly formal and wordy like some 19th century writing. I laughed a lot and enjoyed all of Wilde's witty little jibs at American culture. The serious turn in the latter part of the tale was nicely done, and the poignancy of Sir Simon's desire to traverse the portals of death's house and be laid properly to rest was lovely and poetic. I definitely want to try more of Wilde's writing.  


I was also happy with B. J. Harrison's narration of this audiobook version. I liked his voice and interpretation of the story and characters.  I did note a tiny glitch early on with a repeated word, and at times the consistency of his voice changes for a specific character faltered a wee bit.  All in all, though, I'd recommend this audiobook version which was inexpensive and well worth the listen.        



First Bingo Square





        Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels








This was my pick for the buddy read square, and I was pleased we had so many people join in for the read and discussion. Michaels' spooky ghost story was nicely atmospheric but clearly showed its age when it came to social attitudes and gender roles. I was a little disappointed with the characters and had a few niggles with the plot as well, but I put that down to Ammie being an early Michaels' work. 


I actually finished reading this a week ago, but it's been years since I've used my Photoshop program, and it's taken me a while to get back up to speed on putting together graphics and managing files. Better late then never, as they say. :0)  So here's my first blacked out square for Halloween bingo!






Real Life Challenges

I've been rather scarce on the blog front and felt some kind of explanation was in order, but it's always difficult to share this personal info because I know my daily struggles aren't easy for people to relate to. I have debilitating health issues, chronic pain among them.  I was hoping starting up my BL blog and participating in the Halloween Bingo would be doable for me, but it's more demanding than I anticipated.  So I hope it's okay if I continue to mostly just follow what all you BLers are reviewing and chatting about and occasionally add a comment when I feel up to it.


I realize what makes a community vibrant and strong is the contributions of its members, and I wish I could do more, but for now I can't and I'm not sure when or if that will change.  Reading -- or mostly listening these days -- is one of the few things I can still do, and I really enjoy hearing people's thoughts on books.  It helps me stay connected to the larger world and feel grounded since chronic illness and disability are very isolating. 


So there you have it, and I really hope it wasn’t TMI. And to keep things on topic for Halloween bingo, here's a fun photo. The gorgeous haunted Victorian behind the selfie snapping skeletons is the Carson Mansion which just happens to be located in Eureka, CA where I grew up.




Huanted House



Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 352 pages.
Ammie, Come Home - Barbara Michaels

I've finished Chapter 7 and the characters have grown on me.  Bruce is shaping up to be a descent sort and not the player Ruth assumed he was.  Pat is still a hard sell, tho.  To be fair, a couple of the scenes where I wasn't crazy about his behavior probably weren't entirely his fault. But his attitude and aggressive tendency don't sit well with me. Ruth's backstory was illuminating.  And despite several chilling incidents from where I last left off, I haven't been scared witless. :-D  Only 24 hours left now for our foursome to track down the dark secrets of the house.     

Reading progress update: I've read 69 out of 352 pages.
Ammie, Come Home - Barbara Michaels

I'm lagging behind all you speed readers and only managed to make it to Chapter 3 last night.  Once dinner is finished up this evening I'll dive back in and hopefully reach the half way mark before I head off to bed. 


So far I'm kinda meh about the characters. Ruth seems to worry a lot, Sara is your more or less typical liberal 60's college student, Pat and his socialite mum flaunt they poor social skills and Bruce is shaping up to be a slick player. The atmosphere is already veering toward the creepy with Ruth's fireside nightmare foreshadowing the horror to come. We also got some nice architectural detail, and when I have a moment I'm going to google the hanging staircase Ruth's historic home features. I had fun spotting a number of signature physical attributes and personality traits Peters/Michaels' gives her characters, too.  Next up - the séance. :-0


Goin' For It!
Ammie, Come Home - Barbara Michaels

I've got the Kindle fully charged and "Ammie, Come Home" at the top of the queue, so I'm all set for the start of our Sept. 1st buddy read kicking off the much anticipated Halloween Bingo 2016. Yay! 


Thanks to Moonlight Murder and Obsidian Black Death for hosting the game and doing such a great job with the bingo card; the spooky graphics are fabulous!  I really appreciated their joint posts covering book recommendations for the various squares/categories and spotted way too many interesting reads that I suspect will find their way to my TBR pile.  Murder By Death deserves a round of applause -- or a free coffee on us -- for collecting all the book suggestions in one place, too.  You can find the Book Lists for Bingo Squares here:  






"Ammie, Come Home" is arguably one of Barbara Michaels' most frequently recommended books.  People have tried to get me to read it for over 15 years, but I've resisted. Why you ask?  Because I'm a big scaredy-cat!  Maybe all the anticipatory dread was for nothing.  I've read maybe half-a-dozen other Michaels titles and lived to tell the tale, after all. :o)  So let the reading begin!