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text 2017-09-22 10:32
Monsters Square
Dead Sea - Tim Curran

This one is from my A-list. It's 538 pages, but I don't care. I've waited long enough and I want to read it.


Those who have followed me a long time will know I have a process for finding really good stuff to read.


1. A book gets my attention, whether it's a good cover or someone mentions how good it is or whatever, it comes under my radar.


2. I order a Kindle sample. Eventually I read it. If something is on a special sale I might fast track that stage, but usually samples collect and I get to them in batches. For example, I'm not spending the time reading samples during Bingo but I did read one that was on .99 yesterday. It failed.


3. If the sample makes me feel I want to read the book, I decide how much. How much am I prepared to pay? I put it on my ereaderiq.com list.


4. A price drop occurs and I get an email from ereaderiq to tell me about it. If I don't remember reading the sample, I might revisit it. I have a folder on my Kindle for samples that passed vetting. In most cases, I buy it. The really intriguing books get added to A-list to get to sooner.


5. Eventually I read it.


So, when Bingo came up this year, I looked at the Monsters square and immediately thought of this book because sea monsters! Monster Horror is one of my favourite sub-genres and I love a good sea story.


I got a start on this story last night and the atmospherics are amazing! I've seen Tim Curran's name highly praised by the Horror readers here on BL and now I can see why. Even at 1%, I'm expecting him to attain favourite author status as a result of this read and I'll be looking out for more of his.


Some authors are just that good. Plus this square intersects two rows that each have three squares called. The further I get on those 538 pages, the better position I'll be in if one of them completes, including this square getting called. :D


Also it's good to have something really good to read while getting through a few lesser reads to fill squares.

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review 2017-08-13 20:05
Corpse Rider - Tim Curran
Corpse Rider - Tim Curran

Christina was visiting her mother's grave when a nearby headstone surrounded by weeds caught her eye. It saddened her that it wasn't taken care of and kept up like all the others. She decided to clear the weeds and tidy it up. It all seemed so innocent. A good deed, really. But there was more to that grave site than the surname of CHARLES SLICK overgrown by foliage. The Slick family isn't known in these parts by many anymore. Except Frank, the cemetary's custodian. He knows about the family and the dirty secrets they harbor, even after all these years. Poor Christina. All she was doing was a good deed for a family she didn't know. Too bad that good deed would unleash the Slick's family secret on her and her life would never be the same.



Corpse Rider is a fun, fast-paced tale that keeps the pages turning at a blinding speed. Curran weaves a bit of gothic horror mixed with 1980's B-horror movie fun. The obvious comparisons to the early 80's movie, Basket Case, permeate the story. However, it is not a soulless derivative. Curran constructs a great story mixed with some memorable characters that breathes new life into an old classic. Very much worth your time.



5 Belials out of 5



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review 2017-05-30 22:54
The Development of Moral Theology: Five Strands (Moral Traditions series) - Charles E Curran

A significant contribution to our understanding of the development of moral theology. Accessible and enlightening, this is a useful book for anyone seeking to understand what differentiates Catholic moral theology from the rest of Christian ethics. 

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review 2017-02-26 00:00
Grimweave - Tim Curran The Predator /Alien influence in this one is undeniable, but it definitely has the signature Curran stamp on it. There was even a little Heartbreak Ridge Sgt. Highway going on here. Cool.

You can’t go wrong with Tim Curran. An entertaining and fast moving creature feature. 3.5+ Stars.
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review 2017-01-18 02:46
The Conjuring 3
The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare - Robert Curran,Lorraine Warren,Ed Warren

Fun fact: After reading a particularly creepy chapter in this book, I had to go to the bathroom which required a walk down my house's spooky hallway. Just as I passed my sister's bedroom door, she opened it which caused me to scream which caused her to scream which caused me to scream again and then bust out laughing. She got mad at me because she thought I did it on purpose and I was laughing to hard to tell her the truth. 


Moral of the story: Don't read this book if your bathroom is at the end of a spooky hallway and next to your jumpy sister's room. 


The Haunted tells the account of Jack and Janet Smurl, the victims of one of the worst documented and publicized hauntings in America. The book doesn't mention this but apparently a TV movie was made about the haunting in the 90's and I strongly hope they use it as the source material for The Conjuring 3 because I love those movies. In the book, we learn about the Smurl family and how they cope with the haunting, the terrifying things that happen to them, and their involvement with Ed and Lorraine Warren, the famous demonologists in the fight against the demon that haunts the house. 


As I mentioned before, I love paranormal stuff and I'm particularly a fan of Ed and Lorraine Warren's stories. This one proved to be a really good and creepy story. I had fun reading it. It moved quickly with fairly short chapters and the events happening to the Smurl's was definitely interesting. It was also intriguing to see how the Warrens conducted their investigation into the haunting and how things progressed. It also had some really creepy parts, such as the voice in the basement and the beast at the edge of the bed (the latter is what I read during the comedic event with my sister). I wanted a spooky, nonfiction ghost story to read and this one definitely delivered. 


There are some downsides to this book. From a narrative standpoint, the sections about the demonologist in training didn't really fit well with the story. They were odd little add ons and in the end they didn't have much impact on the story. It was a great way to show how the Warrens recruit new members to their team and how they've turned skeptics into believers, I just wish it was integrated better. 


Another issue with the book is it definitely has it's biases, namely religious ones. As a former Catholic, there were definitely parts that had me rolling my eyes a tad because they reminded me of my grandparents and how they fit faith into everything. If you're a devout Catholic you probably won't mind these aspects but if you're not, it can come across a little corny. Additionally there wasn't a lot said about the ways the Warrens tried to debunk things or if they did at all. I appreciate that the author included a lot of different accounts to add to the Smurls' credibility, but I would like to know how they determined the knockings weren't just coming from rusty pipes or the chill wasn't just a fluke AC. If the Warrens did do these things, it's really a shame Curran didn't include them in the account because that would have added greatly to their credibility. 


Do I believe the Smurls? Sure, why not. There's not much said in this one account to make me think they were faking it, and not just because Curran and the Warrens said it was legit. It was more so the fact that people were noticing these events long before the Smurls went to the media and the fact they insisted their first media appearance be an anonymous one that makes me believe that, at the very least, they believe they were telling the truth. Plus it's more fun to believe anyway. If they came out tomorrow and said, "Just kidding!" I wouldn't be heart broken. They still tell a fascinating tale. And if you want a creepy, fascinating tale, I think you'll like this book regardless of whether you believe or not. 


Final rating: 3.5 out of 5. Could have used some work to make a more well rounded story, but it's fun and it accomplished what I expected it to. 


Final thought: Started my job at the library today. I love it. Being around all those books will be so distracting though. 

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