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review 2017-06-16 17:15
Mile 81 ★★★★☆
Mile 81 - Stephen King,Thomas Sadoski,Edward Herrmann

This is the short story/novella version of every 1950’s Creature Feature B movie, where the teenagers witness everything and frantically try to get help, only to have all the adults dismiss them as crazy kids pulling a prank. Except in this case, it’s little kids instead of teenagers. Good entertainment, SK style.


The “bonus story” The Dune is much shorter story, with fairly classic SK story elements, but there’s no horror or gore here, just an odd little story of mysterious events, with a fun little twist at the end.


Audiobook version, borrowed from my public library. Thomas Sadoski (Mile 81) and Edward Herrmann (The Dune) bring their stories alive, perfectly capturing the characters through whom the story is told.

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review 2017-02-28 12:55
Reckoning ★★★☆☆
Reckoning: From Unbound - Jeaniene Frost

I've never read any of the other books in this series, but that was not a barrier to enjoying this fun little novella about a vampire-for-hire and deadly ghouls. The author had more fun with the gruesome than with the romance, which was decidedly one-sided, but I thought

the girl's hopeful crush and the vampire's gentle accommodation of her feelings was poignant,

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especially at the end. 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Competently read by Tavia Gilbert.


Read for the 2017 Romance Bingo, but I haven't decided yet which square to use for it. Applicable squares:

Urban Fantasy: Supernatural creatures in the city of New Orleans

Interracial Couple: in this case, interspecies (vampire/human)

Love is Murder: because the ghouls get her in the end, and because the entire plot revolves around one vampire hired to kill the ghouls, and a second vampire hired to kill the first one

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review 2016-10-16 13:14
The Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe ★★★★★
The Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe,Lucio Mondini,Jessica Angiulli

Beautifully illustrated volume of four classic Poe horror stories. Includes several intricately constructed popups. The pages and popups are made of thick, sturdy cardstock and stands up well to handling. Highly recommend.


Stories (links to reviews):

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Cask of Amontillado

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text 2016-10-14 12:00
The Cask of Amontillado ★★★★☆
The Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe,Lucio Mondini,Jessica Angiulli

Another favorite Poe short story. This is the tale of one wealthy man taking revenge on another for unspecified past insults. The writing is direct, almost spare for Poe, but steadily builds the atmosphere as the narrator’s plot and Fortunato’s doom is revealed, until the final, faint jingling of Fortunato’s carnival costume. Fortunato’s own complicity in his fate, through his greed and arrogance, is a nice touch.


Like the other stories in this Illustrated Poe collection, the illustrations are wonderful. But this story has only one popup, and as it’s constructed as a lifted flap, I couldn’t include an image of it here.


I read this for the Grave or Graveyard square in the 2016 Halloween Bingo, because the

key action takes place in Montresor’s family crypt, which (for some reason) does double duty as his wine cellar, and certainly becomes Fortunato’s grave.

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This is my last non-bingo book. For every other book I finish, I'll get at least one more bingo!



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review 2016-10-13 17:05
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ★★★★★
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving,Tom Mison

This is the first I’ve ever read Ichabod Crane’s original story, and it was surprisingly funny, especially as read by the wonderful Tom Mison in this Audible Original performance. Ichabod is wonderfully drawn with his ridiculous appearance and unconscious arrogance and hubris, so that I can still feel a little sympathy for him in the end at

falling victim to Brom Bones’ prank, or so it is implied.

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This line, for some reason, made me actually laugh out loud: “The revenue arising from his school was small, and would have been scarcely sufficient to furnish him with daily bread, for he was a huge feeder, and though lank, had the dilating powers of an anaconda.” Taken together with the overall description of his person and behavior, it just made a wonderful mental image.


I read this for the Genre: Horror square in 2016 Halloween Bingo.

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