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review 2020-01-14 18:05
Full Throttle
Full Throttle: Stories - Joe Hill

Per usual I am grading the anthology as a whole with star reviews for the short stories. I thought some of the stories were quite brilliant and others I hard passed on due to how they were formatted. I tend to be fussy about things like that when reading a hardcover, I end up getting a headache most of the time. Two stories I previously read in other anthologies though which was kind of annoying. I prefer it if I am buying a new hardcover it's all new stories.


Throttle (3.5 stars)-This wasn't a bad short story, but reading about a biker gang and a trucker gone astray was weird. I think it's the problem that the tone was wrong in this one. If Stephen King had written this, it would have made more sense to me. I think the voices in this just didn't "feel" right to me while reading.


Dark Carousel (5 stars)-Yeah, I still say carousel rides are the creepiest thing on this Earth and this story has cemented that to me. Reading about a group of teens who are not wholly bad, or wholly good, pay consequences when they do something terrible to a carousel operator. I loved the ending of this one too.


Wolverton Station (3 stars)-Yeah this was just weird to me and I think I was supposed to be scared of think deep thoughts about this, but I just kept going, is this weird? Yes. 


By The Silver Water Of Lake Champlain (4.5 stars)-I honestly really loved this one. It takes a while to build up. You have a young girl who is what you would call a "dreamer" when she and the boy she loves (and who she sees a future with) find what they consider a dinosaur on the beach of Lake Champlain. I felt so bad at the ending of this story. I think Hill writes kids very well, and this short story showcases that.


Faun-(5 stars but only after re-reading)-This was so damn slow and boring. I was wondering whether to pitch the book after this, but then things pick up halfway through and by the ending my jaw dropped. I do have to say that this needed to be edited a lot more tightly. It just drifts and you jump around to other POVs and I was confused about who was "speaking" at times.


Late Returns (5 stars)-Every reader out there should read this short story. All I am going to say.


All I Care About is You (5 stars)-Gut punch I was not expecting. This one is truly straight up horror and I would love to see it get the Dark Mirror treatment. No spoilers on this one. It was just so surprising. 


Thumbprint (3.5 stars)-Honestly this one dragged for me. The ending was interesting though. 


The Devil on the Staircase-Can't rate cause I skipped over it due to how Hill decided to tell the story. He had the sentences formatted as staircases. Gimicky as heck and it drove me up the wall and I quit after trying to read and follow 2 pages.


Twittering from the Circus of the Dead-Can't rate due to reading tweets is not my favorite thing to do on my freaking phone. Trying to read them in a book was worse somehow.


Mums (5 stars)-Wonderful story from beginning to end. I think this one would have been a better anchor story.


In the Tall Grass (5 stars)-Re-read. I previously read this before in November 2018, see my review, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2584567581?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1


You Are Released (5 stars)-Re-read. Previously published in Stephen King's short story collection that he edited, "Flight or Fright." I gave this 5 stars before, so gave it 5 stars again, you can see my review, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2522435151?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1



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text 2019-10-25 14:00
Friday Reads 10.25.19
Cardinal Black - Robert R. McCammon
Full Throttle: Stories - Joe Hill
Code Zero - Jonathan Maberry


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text 2019-10-18 13:30
#FridayReads 10.18.19
The Half-Freaks - Nicole Cushing
Full Throttle: Stories - Joe Hill
Code Zero - Jonathan Maberry

#FridayReads Today, I'm reading THE HALF-FREAKS by @NicoleCushing. I'm also reading FULL THROTTLE by @joe_hill. Lastly, I'm getting my listen on with @JonathanMaberry's CODE ZERO, narrated by @Ray__Porter. What are you reading? pic.twitter.com/yxUIK44J4G

— Char's Horror Corner
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review 2019-09-29 21:43
Full Throttle by Joe Hill
Full Throttle: Stories - Joe Hill

Like with any story collection, there are some ups and downs here, I found about a third of the stories enjoyable, a third take-or-leave, and the last third some pretty dull stuff. The good news is that, of course, this doesn't mean you won't like it. A number of the stories were released separately as ebooks and whatnot and plenty of others liked those - even though they were my least favorite (the nerve!). Only three stories here have never been released before (none made my top tier, wahwaaah).


"Faun" was an absolute blast and easily my favorite story, with a comfortable second prize going to "You are Released" (collected in 'Flight or Fright' already) but every story here showcases Hill's growth as a writer, even those I had issues with. I'll hold out for a new, full-length work.


Two stories were co-written with dad Stephen King: "Throttle" and "In the Tall Grass", the first was a pointless road-revenge skit and the second, hyped as a movie on Netflix, was too similar to 'The Ruins', and worse, not very thrilling. "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" started as a great mood piece laced with humor and had a meh ending. "Twittering from the Circus of the Dead", was an interesting concept, but didn't have one. single. hashtag? No one saw those tweets. Also, I've been over zombies for a long time. "Wolverton Station" was a flash fiction piece that was stretched out and didn't land. "Thumb Print", following an Iraqi War vet with warped morals, failed to generate a single care. I don't know, maybe I'm just feeling bitchy, but as much as I enjoyed a few of the stories, I was shocked at how many I didn't like at all.


Overall I just didn't feel the full-bore creative engine that got me into 'Locke & Key' and 'Strange Weather', but the collection gets rated above-average because when Joe Hill lands a story, its worth it.


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text 2019-08-14 18:45
Halloween Bingo Preparty-New Releases- A Little Late!
Full Throttle: Stories - Joe Hill
Violet - Scott Thomas
Slash (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea
A Book of Bones: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 17. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS - John Connolly
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror - John Hornor Jacobs,Chuck Wendig
Twilight Man - Koren Shadmi


I have a little bit of time today, so I thought I'd post about some new horror releases. 


As most of you know, I get a lot of ARCs and above are a few of them I'm really excited about. 


FULL THROTTLE by Joe Hill, (Stephen King's son)

I've met the man a number of times and he's sweet and very funny. 

I've loved everything from him so far, but I've seen some so-so reviews on this one. 

Available October 10th.


VIOLET by Scott Thomas

His debut novel KILL CREEK blew me away, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing if that was a fluke or not. I'm betting NOT. 

Available September 24th.


SLASH by Hunter Shea

Shea is my go-to guy for creature features, but sometimes he writes out of that subgenre. His book CREATURE, despite the name, was a heart-rending book about chronic illness and the toll it takes on a marriage. (Among other things.)

This one looks like a straight up slasher story. Should be fun!

Available October 10th.


A BOOK OF BONES by John Connolly

This is the 17th installment of the Charlie Parker series. It was made available in April to those of you in the UK, but here in the US we don't get to see it until October 15th. 


A LUSH AND SEETHING HELL by John Horner Jacobs

Last year I wrote a review of this spectacular cosmic horror novella:


This new release contains that novella and a short novel.

I pre-ordered that shit as soon as I saw it. I am also trying to make it a priority to read some of his older works that I already own. 

Available October 8th



I haven't been approved for this yet, but I am hoping I will be.

It's an illustrated memoir about Rod Serling. 

'Nuff said!

Available October 8th


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