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text 2020-02-28 13:30
#FridayReads 2.28.2020
The Only Good Indians - Stephen Graham Jones
The Deep - Alma Katsu
Fear of Free Standing Objects: A Collection - Doug Rinaldi
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss

#FridayReads Today, I will finish THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS by @SGJ72 Later, I will start THE DEEP by @almakatsu. I'm also reading Doug Rinaldi's FEAR OF FREE STANDING OBJECTS and lastly, I'm listening to Kevin Hart's YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP: LIFE LESSONS. What are you reading? pic.twitter.com/vpEEDglAKX

— Char's Horror Corner
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text 2020-02-21 13:30
#FridayReads 2.21.20
The Only Good Indians - Stephen Graham Jones
Me - John Elton
A Nest Of Nightmares - Lisa Tuttle

#FridayReads Today, I'm reading THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS by @SGJ72 I'm also reading NEST OF NIGHTMARES by Lisa Tuttle. Lastly, I'm listening to ME by Elton John. What are you reading? pic.twitter.com/WKg2JJN91m

— Char's Horror Corner
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review 2020-02-20 18:45
THE SINGULARITY TRAP by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
The Singularity Trap - Audible Original,Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter

I loved the Bobiverse books and thought I'd try this one which is by the same author and has the same audio narrator. 

 

This story is interesting though there seemed to be a couple of big holes in the narrative-mostly regarding the political situation and governmental administration in the U.S. Nevertheless, this was an interesting tale with a few Sci-Fi and Star Trek references which I enjoyed. I did miss the sense of humor I found in the Bob books, but this story didn't have a lot of room for comedy.

 

As usual, Ray Porter's narration was excellent and there were a few sound effects that I thought enhanced the story.

 

Recommended for fans of the Bobiverse books and other science fiction.

 

*I bought this audio from Audible with my own hard earned cash.*

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review 2020-02-17 18:19
VELOCITIES: STORIES by Kathe Koja
Velocities: Stories - Kathe Koja

VELOCITIES: STORIES is a diverse, energetic and mysterious collection of stories by a woman who has mastered the art of storytelling. 

 

I am a latecomer to Kathe Koja's work, having only read one novel to date, which was SKIN. It was quite far out of my comfort zone, but as such, her writing was like a revelation to me. When I saw this collection available as an ARC I requested it right away and here we are. 

 

Not all of the tales within worked for me, but in collections they rarely do. The stories that did work, worked so very well, they left me hungry for more. 

 

THE MARBLE LILY was my favorite tale in this volume. A story about a janitor working in the morgue has never been so mysterious and hidden such surprises.

 

ROAD TRIP is the story of a man looking for redemption. I don't think it can be found. 

 

LA REINE D'ENFER is a disturbing tale worthy of the title HELL QUEEN. The use of slang and language here was a wonder to behold. 

 

COYOTE PASS When a full time carer loses their patient, blood relative or not, it leaves a void. 

 

FAR AND WEE for me, had a distinct feel to it that I cannot describe. A farm boy comes to the city and says he's done with the farm and the beasts. "Plenty beasts in the City, young man." 

 

Kathe Koja uses language in such a way...it's very special. Sometimes sharp and staccato-like, sometimes lush and luxurious. Either way, her writing is magical and I plan to eventually read everything she has written. 

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Available April 2020, but you can pre-order here: VELOCITIES: STORIES

 

*Thank you to Meerkat Press via Edelweiss for the e-ARC of this collection in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

 

 

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review 2020-02-17 17:27
THE PRISONERS OF STEWARTVILLE by Shannon Felton
The Prisoners of Stewartville - Shannon Felton

Bravo to Shannon Felton on this, her debut novella! After reading her short story in MIDNIGHT AT THE GRAVEYARD, I was super excited to read more from this author and she did not disappoint!

 

Beneath a dying town, whose only means of support is the prison, a young man and his friend discover hidden tunnels one night when a brick fell out of the basement wall. From that point on, something seems to spread throughout this already bleak place. Were these tunnels used by escaped prisoners? What's causing the noises in the walls townsfolk are now hearing? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

Stewartville as a town rang true to me. There are several places here in the northeast that have dwindled to nothing as manufacturing jobs have been moved overseas. Just driving through some of these places you feel suffocated with despair. There is also a severe opioid crisis going on in several of these towns as well. In this manner, Stewartville became an all too well known character in this tale. The despair....the grayness...it became an entity of its own.

 

Ms. Felton has demonstrated a command of language and characterization that, I'm sure, will hold her in good stead as she, (hopefully?), continues her career in dark fiction. As far as I'm concerned? You can sign me up right now for anything she writes in the future!

 

Highly recommended!

 

*Thanks to Silver Shamrock Publishing for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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