I read 10 books this month!
Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4.5*
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton 4.5*
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman 3*
The Book of Etta by Meg Elison, narrated by Adenrele Ojo 4*
ARCS/Reads for Review
Teeth by Kelli Owen 4*
The Mirror of the Nameless by Luke Walker 5*
Bird Box by Josh Malerman 4*
The Freak Show Murders and Other Stories by Fredric Brown 4*
Welcome to the Show edited by Doug Murano 4.5*
Exit Strategy Martha Wells 5*
Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:
Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR
(I'm failing miserably)
1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene
2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon
3. October by Michael Rowe
4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson
5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard
6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale
7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt
10. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Running Total: 144
Total Goal: 150
The Ghost in the Mirror is another story in the Lewis Barnavelt series by John Bellairs (subsequently completed by Brad Strickland). This is also another story featuring Rose Rita and Mrs. Zimmerman which again begs the question why this was called the Lewis Barnavelt series... At any rate, the reader follows Rose Rita & Mrs. Zimmerman as they travel back in time in the hopes of righting a 'great wrong' and thereby restoring the magical powers that Mrs. Z lost in the previous book (The Figure in the Shadows if you're not caught up). This was a much darker narrative with threatened human sacrifice and something akin to voodoo magic. However, the narrative was just another cookie cutter format with absolutely no surprises. It honestly felt like he had a little rubric that he was following for his stories and he just plugged in details like 'Rose Rita & Mrs. Z main characters' + '19th century era' + 'dark magic' and hoping for a good result. I was disappointed especially as this book didn't even have the benefit of illustrations sprinkled throughout like the other installments in the series. (Yes, this is the last in this series that I'm going to read.) This was lukewarm at best and honestly I'm happy to have finished my time with these characters (especially Rose Rita). 1/10
What's Up Next: So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know by Retta
What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Within this book, an entertaining and creative tale awaits you! It was so entertaining for me, I read it twice!
In THE MIRROR OF THE NAMELESS, Luke Walker has created a world where the Gods have returned-but not the God of Catholicism or even Buddha. These are Gods unlike anything you have seen before. For instance: Naz Yaah, the giant white worm that leaves noxious trails of slime in its wake. Or perhaps the giant zombie, Segoth? It sheds burning, acidic pieces of itself willy-nilly, while sucking people into itself at the same time. Lastly, there is Gatur: spreader of the green mist which causes people to hurt the ones they love. And when the mist disperses? Most are so horrified by what they've done they kill themselves. All of these creatures appear and disappear at will. Humanity is supposed to be happy about them and view their deaths as a necessary sacrifice. To speak out against them in any way is considered blasphemous and likely to be punished by death. In this midst of this monstrous world, Dave is trying to get to his daughter, Ashley.
His potential son-in-law Tom warns Dave that his daughter is getting herself into trouble. She is doing illegal research regarding these Gods because she believes that they may not belong to this world, or that perhaps humans can escape to another world? All of this via the use of a special mirror which she sets out to locate. Dave and Tom head off cross country to find her, all the while trying to avoid the various Gods as they pop up , as well as the cults and crazies who dedicate their lives to these creatures. Will Dave, Tom and Ashley survive this crazy world? You'll have to read this to find out!
I first read THE MIRROR OF THE NAMELESS when it was originally released at the beginning of 2014. I know I enjoyed it back then because I wrote a review. Unfortunately, that publisher has since closed, leaving the book out of print. Luckily, Kensington Gore recognized the excellence of this novella and brought it back. Even though I've read it before, I only had a vague memory of it, (I've read hundreds of books since then), so I was excited to check it out again this time around.
Yesterday afternoon when I finished, I rated this 4.5/5 stars, but after thinking about it overnight, I decided to give it ALL THE STARS, because I cannot think of one thing that could have been done better. THE MIRROR OF THE NAMELESS is a compelling, creative read and you won't find anything else out there quite like it. For that reason, I give it my highest recommendation!
You can get your copy here: THE MIRROR OF THE NAMELESS
*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*
Just finished Imaginary Friend - This story is a prequel to “Rage’s Echo” a novel by J.S. Bailey I haven’t read. Knowing nothing about Rage’s Echo, I really enjoyed this story. It was sad, but sweet at the same time.
Just finished - Weary Traveler - I really liked this one. It was spooky. I like how you are not sure what is real and what might be supernatural.
Just finished - Journal Entry From The End Of The Universe - This one was told in journal entries. I really liked the format. This story makes you think about what matters and to be careful of what you wish for. The thing you wish for might not be what it is cracked up to be.
16 stories, 10 finished.
The Mirror - 5/5
The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5
Vapers - 3/5
Maria - 1/5
Agoraphobia - 4/5
The Author, The Lonely Walker and The Class - 4/5
The Outing - 3/5
Imaginary Friend - 4/5
Weary Traveler - 4/5
Journal Entry From The End Of The Universe - 5/5