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review 2017-12-03 01:05
Episodes of Violence - David Bernstein
Episodes of Violence - David Bernstein

I absolutely blew through Bernstein's Episodes of Violence. I literally couldn't put it down. There was just something about this tale that sickened me and rocked me to my core. After taking some time between finishing it and writing this review, I believe it's simply that the story of these teenage losers going around and systematically killing for fun felt way too real. We all know kids like this. No, not necessarily first-hand knowledge that the scumbags across the street are offing random people. It's more like that you could see these kids fly under the radar because people don't necessarily notice them. They're undesirables, loners, not someone that the masses pay attention to. Bernstein uses this to his advantage and paints a picture that hits a little too close to home. A little too real. A little too believable. That's the beauty of Episodes of Violence. Be prepared to be uncomfortable when you read EoV. Be prepared to look at your neighbor kids across the street with a little more scrutiny. Are they just a bunch of misfit potheads that raise a little hell or is there more too them? You might want to make sure the doors are locked, just to be on the safe side.

 

 


5 Bashed Mailboxes out of 5

 

 


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text 2017-10-25 13:25
Double Bingo! 25 October
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
A Latent Dark - Martin Kee
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
Goblins - David Bernstein
Tales of Men and Ghosts - Edith Wharton
Helltown - Jeremy Bates
One Blood - Qwantu Amaru

With today's Monsters call, I've got a double Bingo! 4th row across and 4th row down.

 

 

The real stand out books for this bunch are Dead Sea by Tim Curran and Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist. This were both excellent reads!

 

 

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review 2017-09-09 13:47
Goblins
Goblins - David Bernstein

by David Bernstein

 

Jacob is an ordinary kid with nothing more important on his mind than how well he'll play in a local baseball game, until he runs into the woods to retrieve a ball. When he doesn't return, his coach goes to search and finds disturbing evidence of a struggle that leads him to bring in the police.

 

This was a predictable story and the author digressed into individual character back stories too much in the early chapters. The writing itself was engaging and kept the story moving forward despite the sidetracks. There is some pretty gross graphic violence and disturbing themes like dealing with kidnapped and murdered children.

 

The one thing that began to make me lose interest was the mixed mythology, equating the goblin world with Satan and Hell. If you want an evil goblin king, fine. If you want to write about Satan, fine. But they come from different cultural beliefs so mixing them just dilutes the horror. Goblin mythology leaves a lot of room for imagination so why fall back on common Hell tropes?

 

The violence goes well into the gratuitous at times and by the ninth chapter the believability was developing a serious wobble. It also became repetitive with the goblin attacks following the same pattern every time. It was fairly engaging in the early chapters, but became tedious as the pages moved on. The ending was a good twist though. I hope it's left as it is and not a jump off for a sequel.

 

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text 2017-08-30 11:13
Ready to start reading on Friday!
Children of Chaos - Greg F. Gifune
Cabal - Clive Barker
Goblins - David Bernstein
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Last year I read shorter books first because getting through 25 books in two months is a lot for me! This year I have a different strategy. Most of my books are medium length, so I'm going to endeavor to fill rows, starting with this one:

 

 

The choice of rows is starting out according to which books I'm most dying to read (pun intended), but will adapt as the bingo calls start coming out.

 

So, my first two books will be Children of Chaos by Greg Gigune for the American Horror Story square and Cabal by Clive Barker for Serial Spree Killer. Then I will continue down the row.Cabal was my reason for choosing this row first, plus I keep hearing good things about Gifune.

 

At present I have The Abyss Above Us by Ryan Notch scheduled for free square but that was a freebie and might get replaced if I don't like it enough. Modern Masters of Horror gets Helltown by Jeremy Bates. I've read a couple of Bates books and really enjoyed them, so I expect to like this one. Darkest London gets Stalking Jack by Madison Kent. I haven't read the author before but I'm pretty sure I got this one after reading a sample, so it should pass scrutiny.

 

I'm also going to get a start on two books not on this row because they are in different formats and will take me longer to read. These are Goblins by David Bernstein for the Terror in a Small Town square, which I'm going to have to read on desktop and Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist for 80s Horror, which I have in paperback. That one is also on the list of books I've really been wanting to read.

 

I've been finishing up all the active reads I've had going in these last days before the challenge begins, so the decks are all but cleared. I'll still have Don Quixote in progress considering I've only got to 46% on it, but I expect to finish the short story anthology I've been slowly reading one story at a time until now. Everything else I had in progress is finished!

 

Two more days and I can start new reads. Yay!

 

Edited to add: I'll also be starting The Thin Man for the Noir square and the buddy read!

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text 2017-08-18 10:43
More Bingo Choices
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
The Abyss Above Us - Ryan Notch
Stalking Jack - Madison Kent
Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,Walter Kaufmann
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell
Vampire - In the Beginning - Charmain Marie Mitchell
Demon Lord - T.C. Southwell
Goblins - David Bernstein
Circus of Horrors - Carole Gill
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Well, I went through my A-list and B-list and snagged one free book off Amazon, so now my list if full! I also made another change for Classic Noir so I could participate in the group read.

 

So, here is my list now! Still subject to changes if I start to read something and decide it's a waste of my time. Only one re-read this year! I think I kept it down to two last year.

 

Classic noir: The Thin Man by Dashiel Hammett

 

Amateur sleuth: this mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement. A Spark of Justice by J.D. Hawkins re-read

 

Serial/spree killer: Normally this would have been first on my exclusions, but I've been wanting to read Cabal by Clive Barker

 

American horror story: Children of Chaos by Greg Gifune

 

Genre: horror: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

 

Gothic: Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman

 

Darkest London: Stalking Jack by Madison Kent

 

Modern Masters of Horror: Helltown by Jeremy Bates

 

Supernatural: Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

Ghost: The Ghost of Guir House by Charles Willing Beale

 

Haunted houses: The Elementals by Michael McDowell

 

Vampires: Vampire - In the Beginning by Charmain Marie Mitchell

 

Werewolves: The Werewolf Whisperer by Camilla Ochlan and Bonita Gutierez

 

Witches: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

 

Demons: Demon Lord by T.C. Southwell

 

Classic horror: I've read rather a lot of these since last year! But I found one I haven't yet read, The Monk by Matthew Lewis

 

Chilling children: The Doll by J.C. Martin

 

Monsters: Dead Sea by Tim Curran

 

80's horror: Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist

 

In the dark, dark woods: Into the Woods by Thomas Washburn Jr

 

Terror in a small town: Goblins by David Bernstein

 

Magical realism: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

 

Terrifying women: Circus of Horrors by Carol Gill

 

Diverse voices: One Blood by Qwantu Amaru

 

Free square: The Abyss Above Us by Ryan Notch

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