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review 2017-05-28 11:51
Feel Me Fall – James Morris
Feel Me Fall - Christopher Fowler;Gary McMahon;Adam L.G. Nevill;Pat Cadigan;Paul Meloy;Ramsay Campbell;John L. Probert;Nicholas Royle;Simon Bestwick;Al Ewing;Conrad Williams;Mark Morris;Stephen Volk;Michael Marshall Smith;James Lovegrove;Natasha Rhodes;Joel Lane

‘I pictured her sticking her finger down her throat and bringing it back up later.

Derek asked, “Anything to drink with that?”

“Just water.”

No, I didn’t spit in her food. That’s gross. But I did wipe her bun on the bottom of my shoe.’

 

Secrets and survival in the Amazon 

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she's the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we'll go in order to survive.

 

I was contacted by James Morris himself to read Feel Me Fall in exchange for an honest review so here we go.

 

Feel Me Fall is a fantastic novel. From the very first page I was hooked and whenever I had a free moment, i.e. waiting for the bus, walking home, I had my Kindle out reading it (whilst I was walking, which I’m really chuffed with achieving). Emily is a relatable character, give or take a few obstacles that she goes through *cough* messing around with her teacher *cough*. So what she goes through and does you can’t help but feel sorry for her and understand the actions she takes.

 

*SPOILER ALERT*

 

Just a little bit after halfway, Derek (the possible bad guy, depending on your train of thought) begins to kill off all the males in the group by making it look like accidents and then even when a native stumbles across them and starts to lead them to civilisation Derek then kills him as well and destroys the only slither of hope the girls had for survival. This is very similar to what happens in the wild when a male feels threatened by another potential mate and attacks them to reinstate is position as the leader.

 

Overall, everyone needs to read this book. Like right now.

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text 2017-03-21 18:49
8 New Releases in Series - Wednesday through Friday (March 22-24)
An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series ... An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series Book 4) - K.C. Lynn
Eagles in the Storm - Ben Kane
Scorched by Magic (The Baine Chronicles ... Scorched by Magic (The Baine Chronicles Book 7) - Jasmine Walt,Judah Dobin,Mary Burnett
The Darkness Within (Inspector Faro and ... The Darkness Within (Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn) - Alanna Knight
The Never Paradox (Chronicles Of Jonatha... The Never Paradox (Chronicles Of Jonathan Tibbs Book 2) - T. Ellery Hodges
Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery - Christopher Fowler
Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter (Magi... Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter (Magic of Cornwall Book 2) - Emma Jameson
Trouble in a Tight Dress (Southern Alpha... Trouble in a Tight Dress (Southern Alphas Book 5) - Lori Sjoberg

Wednesday, March 22:

 

An Act of Courage - K.C. Lynn, #4 Acts of Honor

 

Thursday, March 23:

 

Eagles in the Storm - Ben Kane, 3 in Eagles of Rome

Scorched by Magic - Jasmine Walt,  #7 in Baine Chronicles

The Darkness Within - Alanna Knight , #1 in Inspector Faro and Rose Mcquinn

The Never Paradox - T. Ellery Hodges, #2 in Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs

Wild Chamber - Christopher Fowler, #14 in Bryant and May

 

Friday, March 24:

 

Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter - Emma Jameson, #2.6 in Dr. Benjamin Bones Mystery

Trouble in a Tight Dress - Lori Sjoberg, #5 in Southern Alphas

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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text 2017-01-06 13:04
7 "Gotta-Get" Books
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies - John Langan
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman
Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared - Christopher Fowler
The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune - Stuart Galbraith,Stuart Galbraith IV
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

Thus far, I've been talking about books I already own that I need to read. As much as I want to focus on that, there are quite a few books out there that I very much want to get and read this year. These aren't new releases, rather books I just haven't gotten to yet. Some are from legends in their respective fields, some are from fave authors, and some just seem nifty.

 

1.The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies - John Langan  The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies - John Langan  

 

    Just recently, I read Langan's The Fisherman, and was quite fond. Though I liked the book as a whole, the centerpiece story-within-a-story just floored me. As well, Langan's "Red Death" riff that I read in a Poe-inspired anthology was fantastic. As such,I want to get into more of his shorter works.

 

2. Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay  Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay  

 

    I read two of Kay's novels last year, and adored them. So I'm going to pick up at least this one in '17, possibly another as well.

 

3. Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb  Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb  

 

    Hobb is well-known and loved in the fantasy scene, and this is the first book in the trilogy that launched her over-arching world. I have a love-hate relationship with high fantasy, but this just sounds fun.

 

4. The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman  The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman  

 

I am a massive fan of Gaiman, have been since reading American Gods far too many years ago. Also, I dig pop-cult essays a la Hornby and Vowell. So this is a no-brainer.

 

5. Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared - Christopher Fowler  Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared - Christopher Fowler  

 

    I dig books about books, and stories of near-success are often more fascinating than either pure success or failure. And, I like history.

 

6. The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune - Stuart Galbraith,Stuart Galbraith IV  The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune - Stuart Galbraith,Stuart Galbraith IV  

 

    I love movies, how they're made, who makes them, the whole shebang. Also, I like exploring unfamiliar cultures. Mix two strong personalities with long, interesting careers, post-war economics and fears, and various technical and creative challenges... Dude, I am so there.

 

7. The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith  The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith  

 

    Like many people, I read and loved the Harry Potter series. Combine that with the fact that I am a long-time mystery fan, especially P.I. novels, as well as the general praise heaped upon this series, and it's surprising I haven't read  this yet. That changes this year.

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text 2017-01-02 05:10
Top 10 Books/Audiobooks from 2016
The Girl on the Glider - Brian Keene,Keith Minnion
The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao,Katherine Applegate
Written in Red - Anne Bishop
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop
Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop
Gilded Needles (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Christopher Fowler,Michael McDowell,Mike Mignola
Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride
The 45% Hangover [A Logan and Steel novella] (Kindle Single) - Stuart MacBride
Close to the Bone - Stuart MacBride
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell

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Last year I read 212 books.

 

A breakdown of my reads:

 

Graphic Novels/comics - 146

Audiobooks - 5

Novels/Novellas - 61

 

Here are some of my book stats

 

 

My Favourite Reads of the Year

 

The Girl on the Glider - Brian Keene,Keith Minnion 

 

Author Brian Keene tells a tale of being haunted by a young girl. This story works best as a glimpse into the life of the author as he tries to manage work against family life. This for me was a brutally honest and personal read, kudos to the author for baring so much of his day to day life, warts and all.

 

The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao,Katherine Applegate 

 

Ivan is a captive gorilla, housed in mall zoo!! He and other animal residents seem resigned to their life until Ruby arrives and Ivan decides he wants more for her.

Beautifully told, heartbreaking at times but ultimately uplifting. Ivan's observations on humans had me laughing as well as crying at the senseless cruelty that is meted out to  animals.

 

Written in Red - Anne Bishop  Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop  Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop  

 

The Others series is the book equivalent of crack. I literally can't get enough even though this series should bug the shit out of me, it works. I never expected to like this series as much as I have and I'm grateful to the BL peeps who put up such great reviews that piqued my interest.

 

Gilded Needles (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Christopher Fowler,Michael McDowell,Mike Mignola 

 

1880s New York, a power struggle between Black Lena and the upper class Stallworths begins as the Stallworths sentence 3 of Lena's family members to be hanged.

I loved the period feel to this read, there was a lot of detail that went into each area, the dirty, debauchery of The Black Triangle which contrasted sharply with the sterile elegance of Washington Square.

This tale of revenge was brutal and shocking but I still felt myself cheering Lena on.

 

Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride 

 

Gritty and disturbing as most of Macbrides work is, this was still able to deliver a gut punch at the end that left me reeling. Scottish noir at it's best.

 

The 45% Hangover [A Logan and Steel novella] (Kindle Single) - Stuart MacBride 

 

A novella that highlights the relationship between Logan Macrae and DCI Steel who find themselves in a tricky but hilarious situation.

 

Close to the Bone - Stuart MacBride 

 

Although this book had me disliking the caricature that DCI Steel is becoming it was still a strong read for me. I do feel sorry for poor Logan and hope that Macbride gives him a happier home life at some point.

 

The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell 

 

Creepy and something I couldn't read when it got dark as it was freaking me out too much. Amazing to think how much horror you can get out of sand and a dysfunctional family.

Simple but very effective

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review 2016-10-08 00:46
Gilded Needles - Michael McDowell (Free Square)
Gilded Needles (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Christopher Fowler,Michael McDowell,Mike Mignola

 

 

 

 

The upper class Stallworths, looking to gain political favour, decide to wage war on the sqalid NY district called The Black Triangle. The Shanks family, known for all manner of criminal activity, get caught in the crosshairs of the family's investigations in the area. When matters turn deadly, Black Lena decides to seek vengeance for the loss of her kin.
Set in the late 1800s, this book is rich in historical detail and you get a complete sense of the era. The authors descriptions of life in the triangle are horrific, the poverty and depravity are all too real and whilst some of the activity there is abhorrent, you can't help but feel empathy for those who have little control over their circumstances.
The characters, whilst well enough drawn for the story, remain somewhat of a mystery overall. The Stallworths are superficial people, except for the charitable Helen, they only care about gaining power to move up in society. Their crusade is nothing to do with improving the area or the lives of those who live there, but showing up the Democrats as being ineffective in government and paving the way for a republican.
The Shanks are even more mysterious and I never felt I got to know this family very well. There was just enough detail there to connect me to the read but character development didn't really happen and in a strange way wasn't really needed for this tale of revenge.
The pacing isn't fast but there's so much detail around the areas and era that it completely hooks you from the first chapter. The first half of the book perfectly sets up the 'revenge' part as you get pulled into the lives of both families. Whilst I love revenge stories and thought the Stallworths had it coming, even I felt sorry for them as their comeuppance was vicious, shocking and total.
Highly recommended.

 

 

I'm using this for my free square as the story is set in October.

 

8/25

 

Complete:

 

Read by candlelight or flashlight: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K Rowling

Magical Realism:

Witches:

Genre: Horror:

Black Cat:

Diverse Authors can be Spooky Fun: Poisoning Eros - Wrath James White

Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses:

Young Adult Horror:

Scary Women (Authors):

Reads with (Booklikes) Friends:

Grave or Graveyard: Graveyard Blues - Reina Salt

Genre: Mystery:

Free Square: Gilded Needles - Michael McDowell

Gothic:

Creepy Crawlies:

'Fall' into a good book: Falling Angel - William Hjortsberg

Locked Room Mystery:

It was a dark and stormy night: The Rain Dancers - Greg F. Gifune

Set in New England:

Full Moon:

Vampires vs. Werewolves: Written in Red - Anne Bishop

Supernatural:

Classic Horror: The Monkey's Paw - W.W. Jacobs

Pumpkin:

Set on Halloween:

 

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