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text 2018-09-17 22:30
Halloween Bingo Update 9.17.18

 

 KEY

Black cat = Read, not called.

Devil Bamma=Called, not read

BatCat=Both read and called

 

Books Read:

Supernatural: The Siren and the Spectre by Jonathan Janz. 

13: 13 Days By Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell

 

Books Read & Called

Classic Horror: Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Terrifying Women: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

 New Release: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix 

 

Calls Made (Strikeouts=not on my card):

Classic Horror 9.1-DONE!

Cryptozoologist 9.3

Cozy Mystery 9.5

New Release 9.7-DONE

Southern Gothic 9.9

Terrifying Women 9.11-DONE

A Grimm Tale 9.13 

Modern Masters of Horror 9.15

Creepy Carnivals 9.17

 

Currently reading: 

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream for A Grimm Tale? (Snowqueen story)

Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite for Diverse Voices?

The House by the Cemetery by John Everson for Modern Masters?

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review 2018-09-14 19:16
WE SOLD OUR SOULS by Grady Hendrix
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix

 

 Hard rock, heavy metal, stoner rock, doom metal-it all dragged itself up out of the swamp called the blues. 

 

As a major fan of the blues, how could I not be aware of Robert Johnson's story? Legend says he sold his soul at the crossroads to play the guitar like that. Maybe he wasn't the only one doing the selling?

 

WE SOLD OUR SOULS is the story of a band in turmoil, maybe not a great band, but one that affected people. One that got people through the hard times...one that helped them celebrate the good. But when the lead singer decides that this isn't enough for him, he investigates...other avenues. Will the band survive his efforts and appeals to be something greater? Will they survive at all? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I loved how the background of each band member was related, but I especially liked the lead character Kris, because she wasn't the stereotypical female protagonist that we so often see. (Well, let's face it-we don't see that many female leads of rock bands, in real life or especially as believable characters in books.) She was bad-ass but she didn't think so-maybe she didn't even realize it. But she was resilient and she kept on keeping on even when there was no chance of success. I think I have my first fictional girl crush.

 

As the tale progresses, several twists occurred that I didn't foresee at all. I will never look at a UPS truck in the same way again, (and I bet you won't either). I'm sure my mouth dropped a couple of times and it probably wasn't pretty, but hell, I don't care. (I won't even speak about how late last night my Kindle hit me in my face because I was so intent on finishing this story but I just couldn't say awake any longer.) The bruise was worth it!

 

At the end of each chapter you'll find little tidbits from radio or news broadcasts and some of them won't make sense until later on. I really liked them and they provided background at times, and foreshadowing at others.

 

Grady Hendrix blipped my radar with his beautiful book PAPERBACKS FROM HELL and since then I've been a big fan. This book, however, this one is truly something special. I rank it right up there with a few other books about bands that I've greatly enjoyed like Robert McCammon's THE FIVE.

 

At this point, if I haven't won you over I'm probably not going to. However, I will say, if you're a fan of well written, fast paced, dark fiction, and you love Rock & Roll, you will miss the boat by a wide, wide margin if you don't read this book.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Available everywhere on Tuesday, September 18th, but you can pre-order here: https://amzn.to/2xdfoR5

 

*Thanks to Quirk Books via NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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text 2018-09-14 14:30
#FridayReads September 14, 2018
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
Drawing Blood - Poppy Z. Brite,Matt Godfrey

 

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text 2018-09-13 18:45
Halloween Bingo 2018 Update 9.13

 

 

 KEY

Black cat = Read, not called.

Devil Bamma=Called, not read

BatCat=Both read and called

 

Books Read:

Supernatural: The Siren and the Spectre by Jonathan Janz. 

13: 13 Days By Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell

 

Books Read & Called

Classic Horror: Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Terrifying Women: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

 

Calls Made (Strikeouts=not on my card):

Classic Horror 9.1-DONE!

Cryptozoologist 9.3

Cozy Mystery 9.5

New Release 9.7

Southern Gothic 9.9

Terrifying Women 9.11-DONE

A Grimm Tale 9.13 

 

Currently reading: 

We Sold our Souls by Grady Hendrix for the center square?

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream for new release?

Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite for Diverse Voices?

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-11 18:45
30,000 Hits!

I've been pretty close to hitting this milestone for a week or so, and I finally did it!

I added the flag counter to my blog page in early 2016 and I just realized my blog's been up here at Booklikes since 2014. 

 

 

 

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