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review 2018-09-02 15:42
Bar dla potępionych
Bar dla potępionych - Kealan Patrick Burke

W tytułowym barze poznajemy wiele prawdziwych postaci - większość z nich ma na swoim koncie morderstwo lub inne nie do końca jasne postępki. Co noc w barze pojawia się wielebny Hill, zabierając jednego z bywalców na drugą stronę. To on informuje o tym, kto umrze danej nocy. Tym razem jednak plany się skomplikują i nie wszystko pójdzie po myśli wielebnego
Akcja rozgrywa się w sennym, zapomnianym przez wszystkich i Boga amerykańskim miasteczku Milestone...wszechobecna szaruga, mgła i deszcz. W barze ''U Eddiego'' tylko stali bywalcy - zrezygnowany szeryf, miejscowy dziwak, femme fatale, tajemniczy starzec, narwany dzieciak, niemy wielkolud i barmanka o strzaskanych marzeniach.
Z całą pewnością książka nie wpisuję się w ogólnie przyjęte ramy powieści grozy. Czas spędzony w tym mieście można porównać do odwiedzin w umyśle szaleńca. Nic nie jest takim jakim się wydaje. Miłośnikom czarnego kryminału i horroru może przypadnie do gustu, o ile wyrozumiale podejdą do potknięć pisarza. Pozostałym raczej umiarkowanie. Jedni uznają to za coś dobrego, a inni, że nigdy nie trzymali w rękach czegoś tak okropnego. I oczywiście będą mieli rację, gdyż jest to specyficzna książka. Dla mnie owa pozycja niestety była z tych gorszych. Niczym mnie nie zaskoczyła w niektórych momentach była bez sensu. Nie moje klimaty.

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text 2018-08-13 23:28
Currency of Souls by Kealan Patrick Burke
Currency Of Souls - Kealan Patrick Burke

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was okay for me. I liked some parts more than others and thought it was a decent story overall. I was really excited going into this book because I was in the mood for a little horror and I have heard great things about Kealan Patrick Burke's work. I am glad that I decided to give this book a listen.

The beginning of the story actually ended up being my favorite part of the book. The book opens with Tom going to Eddie's Tavern for his normal Saturday night. Everyone at the bar spends their Saturday nights together waiting to see if they will be picked for an unpleasant task. Nobody wants to be there but they know there is really no choice in the matter. The group of characters at the bar were great. All of them were incredibly unique and added something to the story. I couldn't wait to see what they were waiting for.

Of course, things do not go as planned on the night in question. Honestly, things go about as bad as they possibly could. There are new characters introduced and a few unexpected situations but the magic of those opening scenes in the bar just never seemed to return to the story. The story had a lot of different threads and kind of seemed to be all over the place at times. Things did come back together by the end of the story some things didn't make a whole lot of sense.

I thought that Rich Miller did a good job with the narration. I thought he had a very pleasant voice that was really easy to listen to hours at a time. My only complaint would be that it was hard to tell when there was a change in point of view of the story which was confusing at times. Overall, I think that he did a great job keeping the story moving forward. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his work again in the future.

I do think that some readers will like this one more than I did. I did have good time with this one even though I had to go back and listen to certain parts more than once when I found myself feeling a bit confused. I do hope to read more of Kealan Patrick Burke's work in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator via Audiobook Boom.

Initial Thoughts
I am somewhere between 3 and 4 stars right now. I am going to take a little bit of time to think about this book. I liked the story but some of the twists were way out there. The narrator was very good but it was sometimes hard to tell when there was a change in POV. The characters in this one were definitely unique.

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review 2018-04-03 00:00
Peekers - Kealan Patrick Burke Read Peekers, they said.
It's a good short story, they said.

Well, I read it, and it's a good short story, but what they failed to mention was it was also freaking disturbing and now I'm looking at all the corners and edges in my area, like "Where you at? Nope there's nothing there. There's nothing there. There's nothing there." and I swear to Cthulhu if anyone tries to jump out at me today, I'm gonna blame this ruddy short story as my murder defense. OK?

Okay, so now that we have that established...

Read Peekers, I say.
It's a good short story, I say.
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text 2018-04-02 22:30
March 2018-That's A Wrap!
I'll Bring You the Birds from Out of the Sky - Brian Hodge
Blanky - Kealan Patrick Burke
Deadfall Hotel - Matt Godfrey,Steve Rasnic Tem,Steve Rasnic Tem
Stinger - Robert R. McCammon, Nick Sullivan
Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon
Video Night - Adam Cesare
Jackrabbit Smile (Hap and Leonard) - Joe R. Lansdale
See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt
Saga Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume 5 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

I've read 14 books this month!


Graphic Novels


SAGA Volume 3 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples 5*

SAGA Volume 4 4*

SAGA volume 5 5*






BLANKY by Kealan Patrick Burke 5*







DEADFALL HOTEL by Steve Rasnic Tem 4*

STINGER by Robert McCammon 4*

MYSTERY WALK by Robert McCammon 5*






SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt 3.5*

JACKRABBIT SMILE by Joe Lansdale 4*

THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP edited by Ellen Datlow 4*



Random Reads


SCARY HOUSE by Sean Thomas Fisher 3*

AFTERAGE by Yvonne Navarro 4*





Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

Status: 3/40


2018 Running Total: 48 



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review 2018-03-17 13:00
A world of heartache and pain
Blanky - Kealan Patrick Burke

A sad deeply moving short story from one of my fav authors Kealan Patrick Burke. Stephen Brannigan and his wife Lexi are mourning the tragic loss of their daughter Robin. Unable to comprehend this life changing event both parents have resolved to live apart and deal with the grief in their own particular way. Stephen is tormented by dreams and visions and finds comfort with an old blanket that used to adorn Robins cot. Lexi living with her parents reaches out again to Stephen and the two once again find comfort in each other's arms.


An unforeseen event occurs that throws the healing process into confusion and Stephen in his utter despair seeks out the market trader who sold Lexi the baby blanket as he is convinced this is the route of all evil and the cause of his despair. But is Stephen suffering a mental breakdown? Can we believe his narrative? Stephen purports to love and worship his wife and daughter but can we trust his mental state?..."I may have lost my mind for a time, but grief makes everyone crazy. Losing someone makes you lose yourself, makes you yearn for the impossible"....


A beautiful, uneasy and difficult to read short novel by Kealan Patrick Burke. As with so much of his writing the emotion and sadness is laid bare for all to see.... " you must try to get on with things or the grief will destroy you. You must put away the reminders of loss to have any hope of surviving."......"I feared that when Robin died, Lexi buried me right alongside her."...."The seasons were changing and the house was old attuned like arthritic bones to alterations in temperature."..... The ending expertly complimented the themes of loss and heartache and it would appear that nothing could save the Brannigan family as they..."went to lay with the Goddess of Grief. Recommended.

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