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review 2017-07-06 18:45
Optical Delusion by Hunter Shea
Optical Delusion - Hunter Shea

 The latest installment in the Mail Order Massacres series is Optical Delusion. This time around the action is focused on some X Ray glasses ordered from the back of a comic book. What could go wrong with that?

 

Mr. Blackstone's son tosses the specs aside because they gave him a headache and they don't work. When Martin Blackstone spots them, he scoops them up and decides to give them a try. What happens next? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

 

 

I enjoyed this novella for the bit of silliness that it was. It's not trying to be the next Crime and Punishment, it just wants to take you along a quick ride of "What if?" Even though I knew going into it that this was a novella, I found myself wishing for a meatier story. Overall though, Optical Delusion did meet my expectations and I had fun with it.

 

I'm looking forward to Mr. Shea's next foray into the world of mail order mayhem!

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Lyrical Underground for the e-ARC!*

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review 2017-07-01 21:54
[REVIEW] Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

Read this in a day while rebelling against my mountain of schoolwork.

I must be the exception to the rule because I did not find this funny at all. Half the time I was jarred by the lack of connection between the chapters and then I remembered this was a blog so it's not supposed to have a thread, maddening as it was. The other half of the time I was bored.

Nonetheless, I found myself relating to certain things she described particularly concerning depression. The artwork is very amusing and the parts with the dogs were my favorite.
 

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text 2017-05-17 04:14
Misc. Public Library (Overdrive) Cookbook Finds
Our Favorite Road Trip Recipes Cookbook: Whether you're hitting the road in your RV, tailgating or taking a family vacation in the 'ol station wagon, you'll ... & friends. (Our Favorite Recipes Collection) - Gooseberry Patch
Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp and Grits - Nathalie Dupree
Bake It in a Cup!: Simple Meals and Sweets Kids Can Bake in Silicone Cups - Julia Myall,Greg Lowe
101 Things to Do with Cheese - Jennifer Adams
The Ultimate Meatloaf Recipes and Cookbook: From Comfort Food Favorites to International Cuisine - John Chatham
Church Suppers Cookbook: Best-loved recipes from church gatherings and community get-togethers! (Everyday Cookbook Collection) - Gooseberry Patch
The I Don't Know How To Cook Book: 300 Great Recipes You Can't Mess Up! - Mary-Lane Kamberg
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence - Amy Sedaris
Betty Crocker Outdoor Eats: HMH Selects - Betty Crocker
Picnic: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal Menus - DeeDee Stovel

I love the system for my public library -- but, I fo wish they would let you make more than one wishlist/list.  *shrugs* I'm working around it by removing the surfeit of eventually rearing cookbooks to shelves here on booklikes to separate them from novels I wishlisted.

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review 2017-04-27 16:03
Just Add Water by Hunter Shea
Just Add Water - Hunter Shea

Amazing sea monkeys!! Remember those ads in the back of comic books? Didn't you always want them? I know I did. But my mean smart parents never let me order them because they were a "waste of money." That's what David and Patrick's parents told them too, but they ordered them anyway. Just Add Water is the story of what happened next.

 

 

This novella read so fast and was so much fun that I almost read it all in one sitting. It's exactly what a creature feature fan wants in a story. Lots of action? Check! High body count? Check! Lots of blood and gore? Check! This tale has the added bonus of being set in the 80's, and 80's nostalgia works for me.

 

All in all, I say "head's up" creature feature fans! This one is not to be missed! I highly recommend it!

 

*Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin/Random House for the free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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review 2016-12-07 15:25
ARC Review: Lunchtime Nibbles by Claire Davis and Al Stewart
Lunchtime Nibbles: Cheese and Pickle; The Detonator - Claire Davis,Al Stewart

Lunchtime Nibbles is exactly that - two stories short enough to be read on your lunch break.

The first one, Cheese and Pickles, tells us about two men who for about year take a lunch together once a week, a lunch where eating food isn't the most important part of their shared time. It's part office romance and part hot sexy times and part awkwardness and part miscommunication.

Harvey works for a non-profit, eager to do the best he can, but noticing that his co-workers don't seem to care as much. He's got a standing lunch date (every Tuesday, y'all) with his group leader Greg, during which they consume cheese and pickles sandwiches and each other's - well, you know. They eat in the car, they get hot and heavy in the car, and then they talk about work in the car. They don't talk much outside of this, and Harvey doesn't quite know where he stands. He's in love, truly, madly, deeply, but doesn't know much about Greg at all, and this is making him wonder if Greg sees him as just a distraction of sorts.

Until that one Tuesday where Greg doesn't show up for work. And Harvey freaks out. He freaks out so bad that he insists on driving to Greg's place and then... well, you read this for yourself.

I will say that this is how you write a short story with fully realized characters, and I'm in awe of these two authors for their craft. The way Harvey is written, his eagerness to impress Greg, his self-doubts, the care he takes dressing on Tuesday mornings, the sadness and confusion that comes through in his thoughts - you can't help but feel for him, can't help but want to hug him and tell him it will all be okay. And yet, there's strength in him too, conviction that something is terribly wrong, and he doesn't hesitate to follow that conviction all the way through, despite of how that makes him look.

And though we only really meet Greg seen through Harvey's eyes, he too felt complete, even if Harvey misunderstood and couldn't see what was right there in front of him all that time.

*******

In The Detonatar, which I read first, because Tork and Adam, we see Adam being his usual self. Which is to say, completely out of his depth, because he's trying to make Tork's upcoming birthday the best ever, and he's freaking out because he has no idea what to buy for Tork. Aftershave seems a great choice, but which one?

Having settled on one called The Detonator *snorts*, he also buys penis-shaped balloons and bakes a cake, and forgets a crucial ingredient, but it's all still perfect because Tork loves him. This short glimpse into their lives after The Invasion of Adam also gives us the one thing many readers have been waiting for. What is it? Well, you read this and find out. Totally worth the wait.

Whaddaya mean, you don't know Tork and Adam?

Read The Invasion of Tork (Tork and Adam, #1) by Claire Davis and The Invasion of Adam (Tork and Adam, #2) by Claire Davis. Do it. Do it now.

Seriously, folks, these two authors are utterly brilliant in what they write together, and you should read everything they've written, ever.


** I received a free copy of this book from one of its authors. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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