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text 2018-12-20 16:56
TBR Thursday
I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol - S.G. Browne
Very Good, Jeeves! - P.G. Wodehouse
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire
Christmas Mourning - Margaret Maron
Dead of Winter - Brian Moreland

This is my last day of work for 2018, y'all.  I'm a bit bedraggled, but I've made it.  Tomorrow is my day to do laundry, clean house, and make goodies to take to a family get-together on Saturday.  Sunday, I'll have to finish my shopping, before heading to my sister's place on Monday.

 

I'll be taking a selection of these books along for the trip!  I'm always up pretty early and they will give me something quiet to do while I wait until the other mice are stirring. (And so I don't get my sister's dog agitated and waking people up super early).

 

I hope that you all have a warm, wonderful Christmas season.  Safe travels to everyone who will be on the move!  It is always a pleasure to spend time with all of you, discussing books, pets, travel, and cooking.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-07 13:03
Shadows in the Mist
Shadows in the Mist - Brian Moreland

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Jack Chambers sends his grandson to Germany on a mission to retrieve the bodies of his deceased platoon. He wants the truth to be known about how and why his men were massacred in the Hurtgen forest but there are those who wish to keep what the Nazis did a secret. Jacks diary gives the answers as to the horrors that they endured and also speaks of a supernatural evil that the Nazis wished to unleash on the world and that higher powers would seek to exploit today.

A solid horror that is mostly told through the diary pages of Jack, you become completely invested in the survival of Jack and the 'Lucky Seven'. There's a lot of warfare discussion and this can drag a little but the horror elements make up for it and it ends up an entertaining mix of history and occultism. I did wish the present day story had been fleshed out a bit more, I expected that there would be more of a threat to Sean and those that went to the Church but at the end it was a little anticlimactic in that sense. I did appreciate other aspects of the ending and found it be moving and therefore somewhat satisfying.
Recommended.

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review 2017-09-24 18:30
The Devil's Woods - Brian Moreland
The Devil's Woods - Brian Moreland

Brian Moreland is simply money in the bank. I have yet to read anything of his that I didn't love and The Devil's Woods is his best yet. Kyle and his brother and sister, Eric and Shawna, grew up on the Cree reservation until their mother divorced their father. Eric and Shawna have grown distant from their father, a university archeology professor and an alcoholic, but Kyle has still kept in touch with him through the years. When the siblings receive a call from their uncle Ray inviting them back to the reservation for a visit, Kyle thinks this may be a good way for all of them to reconnect after all these years. Unfortunately, when they arrive, they learn that their father is missing. Kyle attempts to piece together his father's last whereabouts with what he was investigating. What he learns is that their idyllic Canadian hideaway in the woods has an evil buried deep within where things are not as they would seem.

 

 

You can tell that Moreland did his research for The Devil's Woods. Its all in the details and his writing is spot on. You get invested in the siblings. Kyle is still mourning from the loss of his wife and you root for him to find happiness. Shawna is the free spirit rebellious type that shows her immaturity from time to time. Eric is the obnoxious womanizer that you want to see get what he has coming to him, yet there are times when he shows his human side and you almost sympathize with him. All of Moreland's characters have depth, no two dimensional cardboard stereotypes here. He also brings the Canadian woods to your doorstep. It feels like you're crunching over leaves, swatting the occasional mosquito and seeing that shadow disappear behind a tree trunk out of the corner of your eye. He really immerses you in his story. He also has done his homework to get the Cree culture and Canadian landscape just right. Moreland delivers another fantastic read and I can't wait for the next one.

 

 

5 Float Planes out of 5

 

 

 

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review 2017-01-07 04:04
The Girl From The Blood Coven
The Girl from the Blood Coven - Brian Moreland

A prequel to The Witching House, this story also sort of works as a standalone.
Abigail walks into the local bar covered in blood and claiming her entire commune family have been slaughtered. Sheriff Travis Keagan goes out to investigate and wishes he hadn't.
Nicely paced read with engaging characters and a disturbingly gory storyline. It is the perfect prelude to The Witching House and has me eager to get to the novel.

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review 2016-04-29 18:55
Review: Blood Sacrifices by Brian Moreland
Blood Sacrifices - Brian Moreland

 

 

 

I received a free copy of Blood Sacrifices from Erin at Oh, for the Hook of a Book in return for an honest review and as part of the Hook of a Book Blood Sacrifices blog tour of which my blog Scarlet's Web is taking part.

 

Blood Sacrifices is comprised of a short story and three novellas. The short story, The Girl From The Blood Coven, being a short prequel to The Witching House, followed by two independent novellas, Darkness Rising and The Vagrants.

 

I particularly enjoyed The Girl from the Blood Coven and was pleased to see that The Witching House continued on with this story. I was left curious to learn more about the house and what led up to the events, and The Witching Hour was exactly what I was looking for. These two were my favourites from the collection.

 

Darkness Rising was a bittersweet story, the main character of Marty is very appealing and easy to care for, this makes his horrific story all the more heartbreaking and poignant. I enjoyed this as much as the above but in a different way. The Girl from the Blood Coven and The Witching House caters more to my personal preference where horror is concerned but Darkness Rising really stood out as it's particularly haunting and poignant. Bad things happened to good people.

 

The final story, The Vagrants was yet another great story but was the one I have to say I enjoyed least of all. It wasn't that it didn't draw me in, it just felt like it went on a bit in places.

 

Moreland writes in a way that draws you in instantly. The opening paragraphs of each story get their claws into you and you just have to read on. All of the stories stand out in their own way and there is something for everyone here.

 

Blood Sacrifices is one that I would highly recommend reading, it's full of tension, atmosphere and moves at pace that will have you on the edge of your seat.

 

 

 

 

Reviews also posted to my blog: Scarlet's Web
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