Spring Into Horror Days 1 & 2

20 Apr

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Just wanted to give a quick update on my reading status for this week’s marathon.  I haven’t had nearly as much time as I would like to read but I have knocked out a little bit.

In A.J. Matthews THE WHITE ROOM, I have read only the first 3 chapters so I’m not in full swing with it yet.  I always start out a little slow in a book until I really get into the swing of things.  Hopefully in the next 24 hours I’ll be able to really start getting into the main part of the story.

I have also been trying to read a story each night in BLOOD LITE.  Monday night I read Kelley Armstrong’s “The Ungrateful Dead” about a girl who can see the dead and finds a way to get rid of a ghost that is annoying her.  Tuesday night I continued on in the anthology with a story by Joe R. Lansdale titled “Mr. Bear”.  Lansdale’s tale tells the sordid story of Smokey the Bear’s true nature.  Both of these stories were a lot of fun, however I found myself shaking my head and laughing numerous times at the thought of Smokey the Bear doing the things depicted in the story.

Looking forward to moving further along in THE WHITE ROOM tonight and also seeing what the next tale in BLOOD LITE has in store for me.  Speaking of… the next story is titled “Hell in a Handbasket” and was written by Lucien Soulban.  I have met Lucien at a past Mo*Con convention and he is a super nice guy so looking forward to finally getting the change to read some of his work.

Will update again in another day or two with my progress.  I hope everyone else that is involved in the read-a-thon this week is having a great time!  If you haven’t joined yet, click on the picture above as you still have several days of reading you can get in.

Spring Into Horror Read-A-Thon

18 Apr

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I am typically horrible trying to keep up with blog posting, but… here we go again!  I am joining in on another read-a-thon as this one is right up my alley since it’s horror themed.  I have unlimited reading material to fulfill this one.  The problem will be finding the time to get the books read between work and other things going on this week.  I will sneak in pages as I can and try to at least post once a day.

I have picked two books to start this week off with.  One is a print book as I really need to get some books out of the house.  The other is an e-book as I enjoy reading in bed at night on my Kindle with the lights out.  So, I will work on the print book throughout the read-a-thon any time I’m not in bed and will work on the e-book of a night late.

So, first… my print book is Looking Glass by A.J. Matthews (aka Rick Hautala).  This will be my first read by this author.

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A new reflection of fear, from the author of The White Room

The Irelands have just moved to the country.
They’re thankful they can no longer hear the city’s noise. But when a hideously scarred woman begins appearing in reflections all over their new house, Brenda Ireland realizes that no one can hear her scream, either.

 

 

 

My Kindle book I decided would be a collection of short stories so that I’m not fully keeping up with two story lines at once in the same genre.  So, I’m starting things off with the Blood Lite anthology which is a collection of short comedic horror stories.

 

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A collection of entertaining tales that puts the fun back into dark fiction, with ironic twists and tongue-in-cheek wit to temper the jagged edge.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re interested in joining the fun, it’s not too late.  You can sign up here:

http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/

Now… to make it through the work day so I can go home and dig into my books.

Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Ho-ho-ho Read-a-thon Goals 

12 Nov

I just realized that I didn’t actually post my goals in my original post about this read-a-thon. I am trying to get used to this blogging thing again so bear with me please.🙂

My hopes are to read 3-5 books, at least two of them in print rather than e-form as I working on whittling down my prints book as much as possible due to lack of space.  I made good progress in CHRISTMAS BABIES today and will probably read more in both in and A HACKED-UP HOLIDAY before the night is over. 

Additionally, I have not had a chance to check out all of the challenges that go with this read-a-thon but hope to do that this weekend and want to jump in 1 or 2 of those.

Special thanks to Shaunesay for keeping me in the loop for all the cool read-a-thons she gets in on. Just glad I actually had the time to jump in this one. Normally work and whatnot gets in the way but I am currently on medical leave so am able to enjoy my free time.

Happy reading!

Ho-Ho-Ho read-a-thon Update #1

12 Nov

Have been making process this morning in the book CHRISTMAS BABIES.  See previous post for cover art.  Unfortunately it might not  be as much of a Christmas-themed book as hoped despite the title but more on that later.

Taking a lunch break now and decided to switch over to my Kindle for easier reading while eating.

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Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon

12 Nov

It has been a VERY long time since I’ve posted on my blog but what better time to jump back in than when I have decided to do a read-a-thon once again.  This one is being hosted by and Book Shelvery & Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This event is focused on winter and/or Christmas themed books.  I am trying to focus on print books right now so was more limited on my choices but found a few good candidates for this challenge.

   
    

 
If you’d like to sign-up please click on the logo below.  Also, be sure to follow us at #HoHoHoRAT! The read-a-thon is from November 12th-17th.

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Review: Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times

1 Jul

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Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times

I unexpectedly received WITCH HUNTS as a review copy.  I say unexpectedly, but with Lisa Morton’s name on the cover it wasn’t completely unexpected as she knows I devour her work.  At any rate, for some reason I put this one off despite the fact that it is a graphic novel and would be a quick read.  The only reason I can give for this is that I am not a fan of history… at all!  That being said… after all of the craziness that occurred on Facebook about this book being banned (see Rocky Wood’s blog post here) and also getting to meet Rocky Wood in the flesh, I picked this book up finally.

Remember, I said I pretty much hate history, however this book was absolutely amazing!  I was a little familiar with some of the witch hunt acts that had occurred over the years, but hadn’t heard of nearly as many as Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton compiled into this one graphic novel.  Not only did they have detailed facts about the witch hunts throughout the years, but they wrote about them in a way that was fun to read.  Yes, I just used the word “fun” in referring to history.  Additionally, the artwork that is supplied by Greg Chapman in this book is absolutely phenomenal!  Excluding the cover, the artwork is completely in black and white, but I think color would’ve taken away from the style of this book and the fact that it was depicting olden times.

Whether you are looking for a book to educate yourself quickly on witch hunts or you just want an entertaining graphic novel to read, I’d definitely recommend picking this one up.  I’m actually thinking about re-reading it soon as I don’t retain very well and I’d like to remember a few more of the facts that this book is jam packed full of.  Again, this coming from an anti-history person.  I’m sure some of you history buffs out there will get even more from this very well written and drawn book depicting tons of witch trials that took place over the course of time.

That being said, the book is currently available on Amazon both in print and in Kindle format.  Normally I link to the Kindle version of books only as that’s typically what I read, but due to the artwork in this one I’d recommend having a print copy in your hands.  I’ve linked to both within this text so you have the option, but I highly recommend shelling out a few dollars more to get the print version!  Alternately you can purchase this book directly from the publisher, McFarland Publishing via their website or you can order from them at 1-800-253-2187.

And if my recommendation of this book is not enough for you, might I add that this book even won the Stoker award this year for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel.  Below is a picture of me with Lisa Morton (left) at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet holding her two Stoker Awards, the one I just mentioned and another one for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction for her book TRICK OR TREAT: A HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN.

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Review: Biology of Blood by Mark Parker

30 Jun

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Biology of Blood by Mark Parker

Up front I shall say that I am not a fan of short stories typically as I don’t feel you can get to know the characters well enough to grow attached to them as I do with a novel. With the case of BIOLOGY OF BLOOD, it’s not so much a short story as the beginning of a longer book. If I recall my conversation with Mark Parker correctly, this is the first of two short stories to be published with a third novella length book coming after that to complete the entire story.

In this short, the reader is given the chance to meet mainly three characters: Draymond, his roommate Trevor, and his biology professor Prete. Draymond is concerned about something he read in his biology textbook and is looking to question Prete about it since he was the author of the text. However, what he discovers is a bit more than what he bargained for.

Based on the cover art and title of this series you can pretty much figure out up front what he’s going to discover so the story isn’t really suspenseful at this point, however I think that as Parker expands upon this story there is great potential for things to get interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing where he goes from here as the first short seemed a bit bland for me, like the beginning of many novels out there. There just wasn’t time to get to know any of the characters well enough nor to even see much vampire action. I’ll definitely be picking up “book” 2 to see what happens next as it sounds like things are just beginning for Draymond.

You can currently grab this tale on Amazon Kindle for only $0.99.

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