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text 2018-08-21 22:45
Halloween Bingo 2018-Preliminary Choices

I'm trying to put together my choices based on the ARCS I'm due to read over the next few months. Halloween is the hallowed, (see what I did there?), time of year for my tribe, so I have a LOT OF NEW RELEASES to fit in!


Here's my pretty (ghoulish) card (thank you Moonlight!):

Here are a few preliminary choices, all subject to change:


Creepy Carnivals-The Freakshow Murders by Frederic Brown

Terrifying Woman-Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Supernatural Horror-The Siren and the Specter by Jonathan Janz

Fear the Drowning Deep-100 Fathoms Below by Steven Kent, Nicholas Kaufman

New Release-Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden

Modern Masters of Horror-We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

13-Thirteen Days by Sunset by Ramsey Campbell

Cryptozoologist: The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea

Diverse Voices: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (Re-read)

Classic Horror: The Haunting of Hill House (Re-read)






 My cat Alabama. My husband took this hilarious picture. 



A cute black cat.






Unlike previous years, I think I'm going to try to fit my scheduled ARCS into a BINGO right off the bat.


I'm going to be reading a ton of New Releases, so I can fit most anything I'm reading into that square. I already have a Supernatural and a 13, so that leaves Slasher Stories and Darkest London. Hmmmm...some of my scheduled ARCS are a bit light on description, but it's possible one of them might fit. Or I could go straight across the top with Creepy Carnivals. I have a Cryptozoologist and Classic Horror, (probably a re-read) and I could re-read Victor LaValle's Ballad of Black Tom for Diverse Voices, and re-read Michael McDowell's The Amulet for Relics.?? Decisions, decisions!


All I know for sure is that this is going to be fun! 

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review 2018-08-17 18:30
CREATURE by Hunter Shea
Creature (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea


CREATURE! It. Knocked. My. Socks. Off.


Kate and Andrew have certainly been tested. Her health, (a horrible litany of problems due to auto-immune diseases and problems arising from the treatment of them), and his care of her, has tested the strength of their marriage at every turn. Now with Kate trying an experimental treatment, they are in for their biggest test ever. In an attempt to alleviate the tension and bring some relaxation to their lives, Andrew rents an isolated cabin in Maine for the summer. Instead of being the serene, quiet time they had both hoped for, their cabin becomes the target of something in the woods. Will they return from their vacation relaxed and refreshed? You'll have to read this to find out!


This is not the book I expected from Hunter Shea. What I expected was a creature-feature, (one of those words is right there in the title after all), and it sort of was. But what it mainly was, was the story of a strong marriage and how chronic disease attacks every component of your life-and this is a tale I recognize from my own life. I had a period of years with an un-diagnosed disease, which in the end WAS diagnosed as an auto-immune condition. I know what it is to be frustrated, to have my patience tested, to be told it's all in my head, and to be poked, prodded, and experimented with like a lab rat. So, when Mr. Shea wrote about Kate's inner thoughts I totally understood and I recognized the pure truth of them.


What Mr. Shea did with Kate's thoughts is another thing entirely. It was brutal, yet beautiful at the same time. The imagination and creativity here was astounding. It was also frightening and spellbinding. I read the last 40% of this book straight through, because that was what the story demanded of me. I loved these characters, each and every one of them, and I rooted so hard for them all-I simply could not leave them at the height of their struggle.


Now, I find myself almost speechless, (and if you know or follow me, you know that's rare!). I want you to understand that this is a powerful tale, about so much more than what it appears to be on the surface. I hope that if you've ever trusted a review based solely on a reviewer's word, that you choose this one to trust. You will not be disappointed.


CREATURE gets my highest recommendation!


Available everywhere September 6th, but you can pre-order here: CREATURE


*Thank you to Flame Tree Press via NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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text 2018-08-17 14:30
#Fridayreads 8.17.18
Occasional Beasts: Tales - John Claude Smith
Mourning Jewelry - Stephanie M. Wytovich
The Bell Witch - Matt Godfrey,John F.D. Taff,John F.D. Taff


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text 2018-08-14 18:35
Felix approves!

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review 2018-08-13 22:30
DANDELION WINE by Ray Bradbury
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury


Once I realized there wasn't going to be a plot, but instead a loosely connected set of vignettes about boys coming of age, I relaxed and enjoyed DANDELION WINE.  I marked several pages that I wanted to quote in my review, but now find myself thinking that reviewing it is going to take some of the magic out of it for me.


I absolutely adored the end, (Aunt Rose got sent packing!), and there's no doubt that this book is steeped in nostalgia, but overall, it was a little too wordy for me. I would have liked fewer pages full of solid text and more dialogue, but hey, this is Ray Bradbury and I love the guy but I think The October Country is still my favorite of all his works.


Lastly, much as I love Ray Bradbury, I still hold Robert McCammon's BOY'S LIFE as my favorite novel of all time.

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