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Fast Zombies Suck by Brian Keene

4 Feb

Getting a late start on the Wicked Winter Read-A-Thon this morning as I REALLY needed extra sleep after the week I’ve had, but I’ll get some reading in today for sure.  A link popped up to Briane Keene’s blog on FaceBook this morning as I was catching up on things so decided to give it a read.  In doing so I found that Brian had posted a video of himself reading FAST ZOMBIES SUCK, so decided instead of reading myself first thing this morning, I’d allow author/friend Brian Keene to read to me instead.  🙂  I enjoyed the story so much I thought I should share it here with you guys as well.  Check it out!  And if you enjoy it, be sure to check out his other books on Amazon.

Wicked Winter Read-a-thon – Feb. 3 – 5

3 Feb

Saw where my friend Shaunesay was doing yet ANOTHER Read-a-thon this weekend.  I swear that girl finds one for almost every weekend.  LOL!  At any rate, I decided to try to give it a go.  I’m sure I won’t be devoting all weekend to it, but I will post when I can and read what I can around doing other things that are going on this weekend.

To start things off, I was currently in the middle of two books when this day had started:  Peter Straub’s GHOST STORY  (at the halfway mark) and an anthology edited by Jack Burton titled STEAMY SCREAMS (about 1/3 of the way through).

Today I ended up starting another book however, A HOLLOW CUBE IS A LONELY SPACE by Jack Burton.  I also read a short children’s picture book by Scott Nicholson called IDA CLAIRE and posted a review on Amazon.  Please note that if you go today you an check this Kindle book out for FREE!!!  I’ll paste it here as well:

“Fabulous kid’s picture book by mystery/horror author Scott Nicholson. This story, however, is not a scary tale, but rather a cute poetic story about a father and daughter. The rhymes within this book are both clever and cute and show the love the father has for his daughter Ida. Both the poetic rhythm of this short tale and the colorful artwork by Lee Davis will have kids wanting their parents to read this book over and over again!”

I chose to read & review IDA CLAIRE as part of Scott Nicholson’s amazing Kindle Fire giveaway he has going on.  I had been wanting to read something of his for a while now anyway, so that gave me an excuse.  Of course, I still want to read something of more note by him.  This was just a cute little kid’s tale and I have a feeling his horror books are going to be amazing.  Maybe I’ll get into some of his other shorter fiction this weekend as well!

I doubt that I’ll get to finish any of these books today, but I’ve obviously got a dent going in them all now and hope to at least knock out the two short story collections this weekend, make more progress in GHOST STORY, and possibly read some other stuff as well.

I’ll post more as I can.

Thanks to the person(s) running this Read-a-thon for putting it together and thanks to Shaunesay for pimping it so that I could find another thing to keep my already busy life busy this weekend.  🙂

Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

12 Apr

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my third time reading this book and I swear I see something I missed with each reading of the book. I also realized just how much they left out of the movie when they filmed this one. Wow! I can’t believe how unimportant they made Neville’s character. He should’ve been the fourth main character in my opinion, especially due to the later books. I’m now heading into reading the second book in the series as I’ve only read it and the remainder of the series once. My goal is to re-read them all prior to the release of the last movie. I tend to not re-read books, but this series is just too detailed and good not to.

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Review: Peepo Choo, Volume 1

10 Apr

Peepo Choo, Volume 1Peepo Choo, Volume 1 by Felipe Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book #6 of the Readathon

Weird little manga series that was actually written in the states. There are several story lines going on throughout this book and I liked some more than others. Interesting though and very different from most manga I’ve read. Since I have #2 I’ll go ahead and read it and then that will determine whether I want to order the 3rd and final installment of the series

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Readathon Final Results

10 Apr

Now that Dewey’s 24-Readathon I’m slowly trying to recover.  I started reading yesterday at 8:00am and continued reading until about 4:30am today.  Yeah, I didn’t quit make it 24 hours.  If I had really wanted to push myself at that point I probably could’ve made it, but I figured I was probably already pushing myself on getting a migraine after the fact staying awake as long as I did.   Maybe next time I’ll take a longer nap or two naps throughout the day instead of just the 30 minutes this time around in order to stay up till the end.  I was a “readathon virgin” until yesterday so I am content with the length of time I stayed awake this time around.  That being said, I had a great time doing it and DO plan on participating again, though don’t know if my schedule will allow it.  Just have to wait and see when the dates arrive what things looks like.  It took me three years to find time this first time around.  🙂

Now… for the final stats of my readathon:

Completed:

Grape City by Kevin L. Donihe – 105 pages

The Faggiest Vampire by Carlton Mellick III – 99 pages

Emily the Strange #1 – 152 pages

Me, Myself, and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson – 302 pages

Heaveworld by Cullen Bunn – 85 pages

Peepo Choo Vol. 1 by Felipe Smith – 256 pages

Partially read:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – page 169 of 384

Total Pages Read:

1168

In the end that gave me an average of 54 pages/minute, though of course comics/manga probably swayed the page count a little.  That’s what they were in for though and they also helped me reach the 1000+ page count mark.  🙂  I didn’t meet the goals of my previous post, but realized they were going to be unrealistic anyway based on my pages/hour.  That first Harry Potter book is actually longer than I remembered.  I was enjoying reading it though since it had been a while.  I am hoping to re-read the full series between now and July when the final movie comes out.

I hope everyone else has as much fun as I did yesterday and that you all met your own personal goals.

Now… I’m debating whether my eyes can handle a bit of reading this morning… errr… afternoon or not.  Maybe I’ll take another snooze a little later.  *grin*

19 hours down, 5 to go

10 Apr

Well, I’m holding up better than I thought being that it’s 3:00 am right now.  It appears that the two that most talked me into doing this readathon, Ann & Shaunesay, have both crashed for the night, but I could be wrong… just haven’t heard from them in a while.  May have to *whip* them later for leaving me.  *G*  My boyfriend also pooped out on me 1.5 hours ago, but after a 30 minute nap and a refreshing shower I’ve got my second wind.  I’ve since finished two books I was in the process of reading and made process on the other one.  Here’s the latest stats:

Completed:

Grape City by Kevin L. Donihe – 105 pages

The Faggiest Vampire by Carlton Mellick III – 99 pages

Emily the Strange #1 – 152 pages

Me, Myself, and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson – 302 pages

Heaveworld by Cullen Bunn – 85 pages

In Process:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – page 113 of 384

Total Pages Read so far:

856

My average is now down to 45 pages an hour, but I know that I took breaks to blog, facebook, tweet, eat, etc, so all in all not too bad, especially given that I’m typically a slow reader.

My goals for the rest of the read-a-thon are:

  1. Stay awake the remaining 5 hours (LOL!!!)
  2. Finish reading Harry Potter 1
  3. Read Peepo Choo 1 & 2

Depending on how things go with 2 & 3 I may add or adjust things, but that’s what I’m thinking of doing.

If you’re still up and reading, be sure to post and let me know how things are going for you.  Not sure how many of us are left on here.  🙂

Review: Heaveworld

10 Apr

HeaveworldHeaveworld by Cullen Bunn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book #5 of the Readathon!

I had to read this one in bits throughout the day, especially the first four stories since they were entries for the WHC Gross-Out Contest. They were a bit much to take in all at once as Cullen seems to be a master of the grotesque. Great stories though… all of them. The novella that filled up the rest of the book was an extremely bizarre idea and very gross at times. Not sure where he comes up with these ideas, but they sure are messed up!

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