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Horror Review: Halloween Carnival Volume 1

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I apologize in advance for the deluge of new but quickly getting old reviews that is about to hit you this week. I am terribly behind in posting them!


Halloween Carnival by Robert McCammon, Kevin Lucia, John Little, Lisa Morton & Mark Allan Gunnells
Horror Short Story Collection 
Released October 2017
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
STRANGE CANDY by Robert McCammon
Chocolate bars and sour suckers are trick-or-treat staples, but beware the odd sweet at the bottom of your bag. You never know who it’s from—or what it might do to you.

THE RAGE OF ACHILLES by Kevin Lucia
Father Ward should have heeded the warnings about hearing confession on All Hallow’s Eve. Because a man is about to tell him a secret more haunting than any he has heard before.

DEMON AIR by John R. Little
Fear of flying is not uncommon. But on this transpacific airline, the real danger isn’t the flight itself. It’s whoever—or whatever—is up in the air with you.

LA HACIENDA DE LOS MUERTOS by Lisa Morton
Trick McGrew, former cowboy star of the …

Audio Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

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5 Stars, Again!


Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty, Narrated by Caitlin Doughty
Audiobook 7+ Hours, Released September 2014
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life's work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead). Describing how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes), and cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes, Caitlin becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the deceased. Her eye-opening memoir shows how our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead). In the spirit of her popular Web series, "Ask a Mortician"…

Between Naps 1/21/18

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Between naps is a little recap of what we were up to last week and what's coming up soon(ish).

Last Week on the Blog:
PSA: I Might Not Like Your Book & That's Okay
TTT: My Reluctant Resolutions & Goals

New Reviews:
♥  Audrey Rose by Frank Defelitta
♥  Hard Core by Tess Oliver

So, not a lot but this pace is just fine by me because I'm able to keep up with the comments and have even been visiting other blogs for a change! I'm also still working on some long over-due ARC's, ugh . . .  Curse you Netgalley and your endless temptations!
What We've Been Up To 

More snow has arrived and turned the world b&w. It's lovely to look at but not so lovely to drive in so we're staying cooped inside more than usual. My dog is going a little stir crazy because he's used to going on walks through the forest on the weekend but it's been too frigid for me and last time I took him out on the snow/ice his poor nailbeds were bloody.


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I'm keeping it simple…

Audiobook Review: Audrey Rose by Frank DeFelitta

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Well, I guess they can't all be five stars, right?


Audrey Rose by Frank DeFelitta, Narrated by Matt Godfrey
Horror Fiction
Audiobook 13+ Hours, Released August 2017
Amazon ♦ Goodreads
The Templeton family's peaceful lives are plunged into chaos when their young daughter, Ivy, begins to be stalked by a strange man who believes their daughter is the reincarnation of his daughter, Audrey Rose, who died in a fiery car crash. Frank De Felitta's Audrey Rose (1975) was one of the best-selling horror novels of the decade, selling over 3.5 million copies, and it remains a chilling classic of modern horror.


My Thoughts:

I have vague memories of being afraid of this movie when I was a kid and that was all I remembered so when the chance came around to listen to the audio I grabbed it. I’m terribly impulsive like that.

The Templeton’s have a lovely home in Manhattan, a beautiful young daughter and an all-around perfect life. You know that’s all blessedly coming to crashing halt right now, d…

PSA: I Might Not Like Your Book And That's Okay

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Seriously, it is okay. I am but one person in a sea of readers. Most of who probably have better taste than I! There is no need to come on over to my review (or anyone's) at Goodreads and tell me how much of an idiot you think I am. It will not change my opinion about the book but it may change someone's opinion about you. A bad review is also never a reason To Start A Petition to force Goodreads to change their TOS to suit you.

I love books, I love authors, I love to read, to review and I love nothing more than to spread the word about books. But I'm not always going to like your book. In fact, I will probably dislike at least one thing about it because I'm a bit of a jerk like that and that's okay too. There are very few books that I think are perfect.The first one that comes to mind is Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. It is my comfort read. I have read it numerous times and it always makes me feel magical.


I adore that weird book so much and, whoa, would you look at…

TTT: My Reluctant Bookish Resolutions & Goals

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Hello my bookish friends! Top Ten Tuesday has a new host so be sure to link up over at That Artsy Reader Girl. The creators over at The Broke and the Bookish are closing their doors for now. I'm going to try to be a semi-consistent contributor. But as always, I make no promises.

Today's topic is Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals.

I probably won't keep any of these just like last year but a girl can dream, right?


1. Read Only the Things I Love
I'm pretty sure I said this last year but it didn't happen. I visited Netgalley to post an overdue review and suddenly ended up requesting 10 more. Ugh. I think I've learned my lesson once and for all. Reading under pressure sucks all of the joy out of reading. And I still have 8 left . . .  No more Netgalley! I am convinced that site is run by the devil!

Of my five stars reads only two of them were review books and neither were from Netgalley. Hmmmm.



2. Learn How to Use Bookstagram 


Pretty place isn't it? I want to do that!…