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text 2017-04-30 19:08
Booklikes-opoly Roll 6

Current Bank: $27.00

 

Roll 5 sent me to Paradise Pier 31, but I couldn't come up with a carnival or circus book, (or a book that started with a letter in the word PIXAR), that I could squeeze into my reading schedule. So I sat out my day on Friday and Saturday was too busy to roll. but I'm ready now!

 

 

 

 

Which puts me at Start:

 

 

 

The START SPACE instructions read:

 

Start Space:

This is a free space - read any book!

 

 

 

I choose: 

 

Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse - Amanda Horan,Graeme Parker,Jack Strange  

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review 2017-04-30 18:29
Soles by Kay Brandt
Soles - Kay Brandt

Soles has the most original premise of any book I've read so far this year!

 

Roland has inherited his family's shoe shop which has gone severely downhill since the violent death of his parents. His Aunt Grace has tried to keep it going, but is finally throwing in the towel and handing it over to Rolie. Problem is, he's not interested and...oh yeah, the place is haunted.

 

I'm not going to act like I understood everything that went on, but honestly, I don't need to understand every little thing. The atmosphere went from slightly silly when Rolie first took over the store and hired Stephanie, to deadly serious when Stephanie's friends came to rob the store. There were some extremely creepy moments,

especially when the shop kept locking its own doors, trapping Rolie inside. For some reason, that gave me the shudders.

(spoiler show)

 

  In the end, I'm not positive as to the cause of things, but I'm okay with that because I enjoy ambiguous stories and providing my own ideas as to what was happening :

my thoughts being that Rolie's father, literally, put his soul into the soles, (see what I did there?), and they carried it on, as did the shop itself, long after he was gone. Or perhaps the shop was haunted before Roland's dad ever took it over? 

(spoiler show)

Am I right or am I wrong? That's the beauty of ambiguous stories: I don't know. Perhaps you'll come up with your own theory and we can discuss it?

 

Soles is an original take on a haunting and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The writing was above average and in the creative department this tale knocked the ball out of the park. As such, I recommend it-especially to readers that don't need everything tied up in a neat little bow. If this sounds interesting to you, you can grab your copy here: Soles and we can discuss it when you're done!

 

*I was provided an e-copy of this novella in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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text 2017-04-28 23:30
I've read 45 out of 144 pages and
The Creeps: A Deep Dark Fears Collection - Fran Krause

this is so cute! My Goodreads friend Spencer read it and gave it a good rating, so when I saw The Creeps available on NetGalley, I requested it. I just started it last night and it's cracking me up! These are comic strips based on the fears, (silly or real), of regular people. Like so:

 

 

 

 

Or like this:

 

 

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text 2017-04-28 22:30
Booklikes-opoly Update!

 

Yesterday, I landed on Paradise Pier!

 

 

I have SO MANY great horror books that have carnivals or circuses in them, but I just don't have the time to squeeze them into my reading schedule right now. 

I'm going to sit this one out and roll again, tomorrow or Sunday and see where that lands me. 

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review 2017-04-28 18:00
People of the Sun by Jason Parent
People of the Sun - Jason Parent

People of the Sun is a science fiction tale with heart!

 

Have you ever wondered how the world would react if we ever made "first contact" (to borrow from Star Trek, that's right, I'm a Trekkie), with an alien race? As Dave Matthews asks in his song Time Bomb, "If Martians fell from the sky, what would that do to God? Would we put the weapons down, or aim them up at the sky?" This book has its own way of answering that question.

 

When we imagine aliens, we might think of little green men, or ET or perhaps "gray men." However we might think of them, we do seem to think of them as all alike. This book addresses the likely fact that they are NOT all the same, that each of them has a personality just as we do. What happens if some of them are good and some are not? Everything becomes that much more complicated, doesn't it?

 

I'm not going further into the plot because the synopsis and several other reviews already do that. I will say that this book made me think of our likely response,(as a nation), and what I came up with was not pretty. It gets exponentially worse when I think of our response as a WORLD, with all of our different governments, with great and petty leaders alike.

 

I think Mr. Parent's take on all this was realistic and it caused me to think about all of these issues and more. Even though this was mainly a science-fiction novel, it had elements of horror. It was also well written. A good story entertains, has complex characters and it makes you think. People of the Sun has all that and as such I recommend it!

 

*Thanks to the author for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it. Further, I consider this author to be a friend, but this did not affect the content of my review.*

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