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review 2016-01-24 04:40
Animosity - James Newman
Animosity - James Newman

I first discovered James Newman briefly in his excellent werewolf short story, The Virgin O' Full Moon Falls and I was looking forward to the much hyped Animosity. Let me tell ya, the hype was warranted. Newman delivered and then some.

 

Andy is a successful horor author. He's a beloved figure on his cul de sac getting along well with his neighbors. His books are featured down at the local convenience store. Although Andy is trying to get over a painful divorce where his wife ran off with the guy that she cheated on him with, life seems to be ok. Then one day, while taking his dog for a walk, Andy discovers the body of little girl who has been raped and murdered. Next thing you know, the neighbors, fueled by the yellow journalism of the local media, begin doubting Andy's integrity. Paranoia ensues to the 10th power and Andy is at the mercy of the media and his crazed neighbors that want to smell blood in the water.

 

Animosity is a wonderful parody of yellow journalism run amok and how many of American's drink the media's Kool Aid without engaging their brains. You will cringe and shudder while reading Animosity. Newman does a wonderful job painting a scenario out of control and you won't be able to put it down. Excellent read.

 

5 neighbors foaming at the mouth out of 5

 

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text 2015-12-26 17:53
My Top Ten Books in 2014
The Great Christmas Knit off - Alexandra Brown
Dying for Christmas - Tammy Cohen
Underneath - Andie M. Long,Michelle Dunbar
Carrie - Stephen King
Fractured - Dani Atkins
How to Fall in Love - Cecelia Ahern
The Time of My Life - Cecelia Ahern
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jim Kay
Frenchman's Creek - Daphne du Maurier,Julie Myerson
Animosity - James Newman

I was just thinking about my favourite reads this year, and as I've only had this blog for a few months, I didn't get to do this last year, so here are my favourite reads in 2014, while I spend the remaining few days of 2015 reading and working out my best reads this year :-)

 

Below are links to my Goodreads reviews, as I haven't got all my reviews on Booklikes yet:

 

The Great Christmas Knit Off

 

Dying for Christmas

 

Underneath

 

Carrie

 

Fractured

 

How to Fall in Love

 

The Time of My Life

 

A Monster Calls

 

Frenchman's Creek

 

Animosity

 

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text 2014-12-29 15:02
Char's Horror Corner: Best Books of 2014!
The Cormorant - Stephen Gregory
Wild Fell - Michael Rowe
Animosity - James Newman
Wakening the Crow - Stephen Gregory
The Thicket - Joe R. Lansdale
The River Through the Trees - David Peak
Some of Your Blood - Steve Rasnic Tem,Theodore Sturgeon
Enter, Night - Michael Rowe
The Delicate Dependency - Michael Talbot
The Elementals - Michael McDowell

(These are books read here at CHC in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.)

 

First the authors that each had two books on my list:

 

The Cormorant  and Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory. This was my favorite author discovery of the year and The Cormorant my favorite book.  Mr. Gregory is an author of stunning prose and originality. I will faithfully purchase whatever books he puts out for the rest of my life. (A big thank you goes out to Valancourt Books for this discovery!)

 

Wild Fell and Enter, Night by Michael Rowe. My second favorite author discovery of the year. Enter, Night is a seriously underrated vampire novel and Wild Fell refuses to be categorized.  While beautifully written, these two stories pay off and pay off big. Horror is too small a word for what these two books deliver. 

 

The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot- 4.5*An old school vampire tale that is unlike any other. This one is slow paced at times and is not for everyone. But it definitely was for ME.

 

The Elementals  by Michael McDowell- 4.5* This book transformed me into a HUGE Michael McDowell fan. Because of The Elementals, I sought out the Blackwater series and that was fantastic too. With a beautiful ear for the language of the south, and with a haunted house story that was both entertaining and terrifying, Mr. McDowell cemented his place in my list of favorite authors.

 

Animosity by James Newman-5* This story about a horror author's worst nightmare got to me and got to me good. At one point I was bawling my eyes out. So yeah, good book! You should read it right now. 

 

The Thicket by Joe Lansdale- 5*This is the only audiobook on my list. I'm still relatively new to audios, but this will be the last year I can say that. I "read" a lot of them this year, and this was, by far, the best. An excellent western featuring a crazy cast of characters. I am very excited to see the movie when it comes out. The narrator did a bang up job and brought those crazy characters alive in my head. It was fun, sad and touching all at once.

 

Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon- 5* This is a story originally written back in the 50s. Usually horror stories from back then are different from the way they are today, and this one is no exception. It's very short, for one thing. It's also subtle and has to be read carefully in order to get everything out of it. It's told in an epistolary style and I love that. This is a tale that could be interpreted in a number of ways. You will have to read it and see how it plays out for you.

 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon-5* Book one in the Library of Forgotten Books series. It was amazingly beautiful. There's nothing else to say. (Not pictured.)

 

The River Through the Trees by David Peak- 4.5* I chose this story from the many books submitted to Horror After Dark throughout the year. I'm not sure what drew me to it, but whatever it was, I'm glad. This was my biggest reading surprise of the year, which is why it got the last spot on my list-I've read many 4.5 star books this year, but this one stuck with me. It's beautifully written, dark and gritty. I think this author is one to keep an eye on, and I plan to do just that.

 

A BIG thank you goes out to Valancourt Books!  (Click to read my interview with them at Horror After Dark.) They are my favorite publishing discovery this year and 3 of my top books came from them. They are dedicated to bringing books back from certain death. Out of print books or books that are only available to those with large bank accounts are targets for Valancourt. I might not ever have discovered Stephen Gregory without them, and I had been searching for Michael McDowell books for years before Valancourt came along. I love what they're doing and I think anyone with a love of books can find something from Valancourt to quench their reading desires. ((Click to check out their website.) 

 

Thanks to my followers and fellow Booklikers for making blogging a pure joy and for never allowing me to be bored. I have enjoyed my time here so much and am hoping for another book filled year. You guys are the best! 

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text 2014-11-15 00:26
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Animosity - James Newman

 

Animosity sees me hitting my reading goal for this year. I'm still hoping to make it to 150 by the end of 2014. :)

 

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text 2014-11-03 20:57
Animosity sale!
Animosity - James Newman

EDIT:  Shortly after this was posted, the price went up to $2.99. Sorry folks!

 

James Newman's Animosity is currently 99 cents!  Normally $5.99, this is your chance to pick up this excellent novel cheap!

 

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