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review 2020-07-02 03:02
Tales from Margaritaville
Tales from Margaritaville: Fictional Facts and Factual Fictions - Jimmy Buffett

A recent re-read for me, though I dare not try to add the dates, as I'm afraid BL will blow my original dates out.

 

I love these stories and continue to love them every time I read them.  They remind me of my home, and their eccentric and quirky.  What I didn't remember from previous re-reads was the Australian thread that runs through both the book and many of the stories.  Buffett opens with a quote from Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines, in an introduction titled "Walkabout", and at least one - two? - stories include references to aboriginal myth.  A small thing, but a nice parallel for a Florida girl on a decade-plus walkabout down under. 

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review 2020-01-07 18:52
Awesome Military Romance
Red Blooded: Trey, Jack, Jimmy (Red Hot ... Red Blooded: Trey, Jack, Jimmy (Red Hot & Blue Book 1) - Cat Johnson

Red Blooded is a collection of 3 books by Cat Johnson.  Ms. Johnson has delivered a trio of well-written books.  The stories are all packed with drama, humor, steamy sex, action and suspense.  I loved all 3 of these books and can't wait to get my hands on my next book by Cat Johnson.  While these 3 books are connected, they're also standalones, so there's no cliff-hangers involved.  

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text 2019-12-30 18:45
My Top Ten Novellas of 2019
Coyote Songs - Gabino Iglesias
When Darkness Loves Us (Paperbacks from Hell) - Elizabeth Engstrom,Grady Hendrix
Walk the Darkness Down - John Boden
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror - John Hornor Jacobs,Chuck Wendig
Jimmy the Freak - Pete Kahle,Charles Colyott,Mark Steensland
The Half-Freaks - Nicole Cushing
In The Scrape - Mark Steensland,James R. Newman
The Resurrectionists (The Salem Hawley Series) - Michael Patrick Hicks
Water for Drowning - Ray Cluley,John Bayley
Those Who Go Forth into the Empty Place of Gods - Jared Collins,Curtis M. Lawson,Doug Rinaldi

 

Here is a listing of the novellas I enjoyed most during 2019. 

 

I love novellas and think they're one of the best ways to present dark fiction/horror tales. There is a bit more room to develop characters than in a short story,  but due to the abbreviated length, every word still has to count. All of these authors knocked their stories out of the park!

(Looking over this completed list, it looks like I am partial to Darkness and to Freaks. Yeah, that sounds about right!)

 

Please click the links if you'd like to read my review. 

 

1. COYOTE SONGS by Gabino Iglesias. 

What an amazing novella! It had me ugly crying at some points, and cheering at others. You will not come away unmoved-you have my personal guarantee.

 

2. WHEN DARKNESS LOVES US by Elizabeth Engstrom.

I might be cheating a little bit because this volume contains two novellas. So sue me. 

They were both SO DAMN GOOD, featuring strong women I will never forget. 

 

3. WALK THE DARKNESS DOWN by John Boden.

Weird and total nightmare fuel by one of my favorite authors. I will never ever forget Jubal and his sisters. Neither will you. 

 

4. A LUSH AND SEETHING HELL by John Hornor Jacobs.

I'm cheating again because this volume also contains two novellas. I loved it so much, but I especially enjoyed the second tale MY HEART STRUCK SORROW. I'm a fan of Blues music and I don't know if any other story could be this perfect for me. 

 

5. JIMMY THE FREAK by Charles Colyott and Mark Steensland.

This is a late entry to the list as I just read it last week. This little known but excellent novella deserves a bigger audience. It's poignant and brutal all at once. 

 

6. THE HALF-FREAKS by Nicole Cushing.

A weird little tale-and Nicole is one of the BEST when it comes to those!

 

7. IN THE SCRAPE by James Newman and Mark Steensland.

A coming of age dark fiction tale. I was already a fan of James Newman and this novella made me a fan of Mr. Steensland as well. 

 

 

8. THE RESURRECTIONISTS by Michael Patrick Hicks.

A nasty little historical fiction, Cthulhu mash-up. Crazy, right?

It was!

 

9. WATER FOR DROWNING by Ray Cluley.

I won the audio for this novella and fell in love with it. The world needs more mermaid stories. 

 

 

10. THOSE WHO GO FORTH INTO THE EMPTY PLACE OF GODS by Curtis Lawson and Doug Rinaldi. I can't link you to my review because I haven't written it yet! (I read the whole thing just yesterday!)This novella was imaginative, creative, weird and...I need a sequel, and maybe a prequel too. I just need MORE. Now, please! 

 

 

Thank you for reading this far and I hope you'll stay tuned for my top ten best novels of 2019 list! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-12-23 09:03
Jimmy and Karen by Philip Andrea
Jimmy and Karen - Philip Andrea

Jimmy and Karen by Philip Andrea is a book about two friends in the early 1980s.

I gave it four stars because it captured and kept my attention.

 

"Jimmy and Karen, are about to embark on their own adventures - romance, politics, tangled friendships, parental problems, an attack on a nuclear base...But someone is watching what they're up to and watching closely."

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy in a goodreads promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Jimmy-Karen-Philip-Andrea-ebook/dp/B00JCER5OO

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review 2019-12-20 18:45
JIMMY THE FREAK by Charles Colyott & Mark Steensland
Jimmy the Freak - Pete Kahle,Charles Colyott,Mark Steensland

My heart swelled until it exploded. ALL. THE. STARS.

 

Jimmy fell on his head as a child and his life was never the same after that. He needs someone to keep an eye on him. At times, he's so child-like, he brings that sense of wonder to everyone around him. At other times, he just wants his pizza, (every day), and he can be difficult if he doesn't get what he wants. Jimmy is a hot commodity, though. That fall on his head is credited, (by Jimmy's friend, Mike), for a special ability Jimmy possesses. What is that ability, you ask? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

JIMMY THE FREAK is my favorite type of dark fiction story. It has complicated, in-depth characters. As a novella, it has to make every word count, so it has brevity. Lastly, (and perhaps most importantly, for me) it has poignancy. I fell in love with Jimmy and I bet you will too.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Get your copy here: JIMMY THE FREAK

 

*Thank you to Mark Steensland for the e-copy of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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