Showing posts from July, 2018

Review: The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

Not surprising to all of you, I'm sure, but I got nothing accomplished on the blog while on vacation. I had fun though and actually read a few books! This was one of them:

The Sea Was A Fair Master by Calvin Demmer
Horror Flash Fiction
Released June 2018
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The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.

For the sea was a fair master.

My Thoughts:

This is a collection of little short stories or as they’re better known “flash fiction”. The…

Review: I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

This was a surprisingly strange story.

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells, Narrated by John Allen Nelson
Released March 2010
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John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He's spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don't demand or expect the empathy he's unable to offer. Perhaps that's what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there's something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat---and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can't …

Ladies Of Horror Fiction Challenge

Hi everyone! Sorry for neglecting my blog a little these past few weeks. I was involved in a project that did not work out and work has been chaotic. So my urge to blog sort of went away for a wee bit but it's back now and I want to tell you about a fun project that a few horror reading friends and I have put together. It's a photo challenge for August highlighting Ladies of Horror Fiction. If you use Instagram or Twitter we'd love it if you'd join us. This is the first challenge for many of us and we hope to shine the spotlight on the ladies and find a whole bunch of great reads in the process.  All you have to do is post a picture of a horror novel fitting the prompt on each day and talk a little about the book. You can participate as much or as little as works for you.There will also be an international giveaway of ahorror novel written by a woman  (as long as BookDepository delivers to you), and each photo posted for the challenge will be an entry! 

Also, if you ha…

Review: Providence by Caroline Kepnes

It's no YOU and that's perfectly okay!

Providence by Caroline Kepnes
Supernatural Dark Fiction
Released June 2018, 384 pages
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Here's the truncated blurb because I think that sucker gives too much away:

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters' lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.

My Thoughts:

Oh, this book. How on earth does one review such a unique book without ruining the experience for others? This is one of those books that you should experience going in nearly cold.

Strangely enough this book takes place in a town five minutes from my home. Me, being me, was reading every Nashua reference with a squinty eye looking for a nit to pick but I didn’t find anything to bitch about. Nashua is not a very exciting place, if you ask…

TTT: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

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: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far) 

I've had decent luck this first half of 2018 but that might be because I've finally embraced the art of the DNF. No longer will I struggle with the meh, the offensive & the books that aren't yet ready for public consumption. Life's too short and I have too many books I want to get read before my number is up! The year is only halfway over and I already have 8 books that I gave all the stars. I think that's some sort of record for crabby me. Anyway, here they are:

My 5 Stars Reads So Far 
(click on cover for review)

Have you read any of 'em?

Friday Reads (same as last week)

Has it ever been a total crap week. A relative passed away super suddenly, work-stress is still high and we've been stuck in a heatwave.

Anyhow, I'm still reading the same two books as I was at this time last week. Tonight, if I can, I am sitting down with Patrick here and will attempt to force my family into watching a horror film after I finally finish Providence by Caroline Kepnas!

Talk to me at Twitter and/or Instagram as I plan to leave the laptop closed  again :)

You guys have any fun plans?

Review: Fear University by Meg Collett

This was great even if it is part of a series and I don't have book #2.

Fear University by Meg Collett
Released February 2017, 8+ Hours
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I've always known I was a monster. My mother abandoned me when I was ten years old because I have a freakish mutant disease that makes me incapable of feeling pain. I bounced from one foster family to another because too many people like to test my medical condition in a game of "Try to Make Ollie Scream." At sixteen, I killed a man for taking that game too far. Two years later, I'm still on the run in Kodiak, Alaska. Here, I'm the most dangerous person around, until I come face to face with a creature that should only exist in folklore. The monster is an aswang, and I, with my medical anomaly, am uniquely qualified to hunt the beast that haunts the night. At least, that's what the two scarred, mostly crazy 'swang hunters tell me when they kidnap me and take me to Fear University, a school wher…

June 2018 Wrap-Up

Hey, here I am two months in a row!!

June 2018
New Reviews Posted (clicking on cover will bring you to my review)
The King's
The Very Good Reads
The Eh
The Sexy
The DNF's
I read some great books in June and am keeping my fingers crossed that my streak continues into July. Five of them were from my physical TBR pile but sadly two of those ended up being DNF's. One book wasn't for me, one tried to kill my dog and the last was just a mess.

Atop the TBR Pile In July:

Just like June, I'm hoping to catch up on more of my review copies, both audio & print, and am hoping to have a buddy read with my friend Char's Horror Corner. We'll see how that goes as the start to this month has been not so good and I am a terrible Buddy Read partner! What are you all up to?