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review 2017-09-09 13:47
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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text 2017-08-18 08:59
First substitution
Goblins - David Bernstein

For the Terror in a Small Town square. I had forgotten I had this one waiting to be read! Part of the theme of the story is that it's happening in a small town.

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review 2016-10-22 09:48
Witch Island - David Bernstein (Witches) and 2nd Bingo!!
Witch Island - David Bernstein


*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Margaret Rivers is burnt at the stake, proclaimed to be a 'witch' by the local townspeople. She threatens revenge on them for taking her life and the life of her beloved husband.

Over a hundred years later, a group of high school friends decide to make Witch Island their party destination to celebrate the end of school. They've all heard the stories of Witch Island but it's seclusion is a big draw and they head off for a night of drinking and debauchery.

The curious teens manage to free the spirit of Margaret Rivers and she decides that she will have her revenge on the descendants of the townspeople and also permanently escape the island, gruesome mayhem ensues.

This was great fun and read very much like a slasher teen movie, the pacing was pretty fast and although at times some of the plot was a little ridiculous it was easy to just go with it and enjoy the fun.

Character wise, the kids were pretty likeable and whilst they didn't have huge backstories it was more than enough for me to have be rooting for some and glad of the demise of others.

One of the best things about it was that it didn't have a pretty ending, it's resolution was messy and there was no happily ever after. I personally love it when authors do this, more realistic and ultimately satisfying.

Great fun and recommended.






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

Magical Realism:

Witches: Witch Island - David Bernstein

Genre: Horror:

Black Cat:

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

Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses:

Young Adult Horror: Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

Scary Women (Authors):

Reads with (Booklikes) Friends:

Grave or Graveyard: Graveyard Blues - Reina Salt

Genre: Mystery:

Free Square: Gilded Needles - Michael McDowell


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


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


Set on Halloween:


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