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review 2017-09-18 08:18
Dark dark woods with dark dark mind
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains - Eddie Campbell,Neil Gaiman

This is a graphic story telling of a dwarf who asked a man to be his guide.

 

As the story progress, the conversation grew darker. The man wanted to go into a cave, known to have treasure. 

 

Now, the intention of this guide is to kill the man when he brought out the gold.

 

There is no good person in this story. The dwarf has also killed men before for different reason.

 

Unsettling story. 

 

This is read for the Dark Dark Wood square. 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-13 08:41
Inside the “Outsiders” — An Anthology with stories by Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Joe Landsale, & Poppy Brite
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge - Brian Hodge,Neil Gaiman,Tanith Lee,Bentley Little,Lea Silhol,Michael Marano,Jack Ketchum,Freda Warrington,Elizabeth Massie,Brett Alexander Savory,Melanie Tem,Yvonne Navarro,Steve Rasnic Tem,David J. Schow,Katherine Ramsland,Elizabeth Engstrom,Thomas S. Ro

 

 

Below, I mention how I liked each story and include a favorite quote:

 

The Empty Chambers by Neil Gaiman

A poem. Very creepy but I’d rather have read a Gaiman story.

 

The Company You Keep by Steve Resnic Tem

Walking among us are the members of a secret company. I don’t know what I took away from this story if anything.

 

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Scarabesque: The Girl Who Broke Dracula by Tanith Lee

This was actually an excerpt from one of Tanith Lee’s novels. It was also the first time I read anything by her. I liked the imagery that her words created. For instance:

 

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Under the Needle by Lea Silhol

You’d appreciate this story more if you focused on how it was written rather than the plot. I did and I ended up liking it!

 

Expanding Your Capabilities Using Frame/Shift(TM) Mode by David J. Schow

A literally visceral story about a man who discovers his remote can do much more than change channels!

 

Cat and the Cold Prince by Freda Warrington

A story that brings to mind dictatorships and restrictive regimes, such as the Prohibition in the Cromwell era. Oh, and a girl falls in love with a tiger!

 

Faces in Revolving Souls by Caitlin R. Kiernan

This one was about a splinter group of people who left their human status behind by choice fighting for their rights.

 

Lighten Up by Jack Ketchum

Smoking is banned. Smokers decided to retaliate.

 

Pit Boy by Elizabeth Massie

The beginning of the story is set up to deceive the reader. The end is one of the saddest endings I have ever read!

 

The Country of the Blind by Melanie Tem

A blind girl will accept you into her family but she needs a sacrifice first.

 

Ruby Tuesday by Kathe Koja

A hidden cult in the midst of the society and a boy with a dying mother looking for a place to fit in.

 

Running Beneath the Skin by Brett Alexander Savory

Can you even said to be alive, if your insides have been replaced with metal? No, this isn’t about Wolverine!

 

Grim Peeper by Katherine Ramsland

There’s necrophilia and there are grim peepers. Read this story, if you love being grossed out.

 

Craving by Yvonne Navarro

This story is based on a certain type of “outsiders” who like to watch accidents.

 

Violent Angel by Thomas S. Roche

A planned hit where the hitman isn’t on the complete plan.

 

…And the Damage Done by Michael Marano

Beautiful imagery is one of the characteristics of this story. The other is heartbreak!

 

Pop Star in the Ugly Bar by Bentley Little

Simply gross but a fitting addition to this collection. A wannabe pop star ends up in a gore-hardcore bar. She doesn’t make it out.

 

Miss Singularity by John Shirley

A teenager’s depression comes out to play!

 

The Working Slob’s Prayer by Poppy Z. Brite

The going ons in a restaurant with some very interesting characters thrown in!

 

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If I Should Wake Before I Die by Brian Hodge

Expectant mothers miscarry all around the world. No one knows why until we reach the end of the story…*shudder*

 

Honing Sebastian by Elizabeth Engstrom

A sad story about the dreams of those below being crushed by the powers that be. This line from the story says it all:

 

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Another favorite quote:

 

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The Shadows, Kith and Kin by Joe R. Landsale

A broken man tired of being put down by the whole world makes friends…with shadows…who talk to him…

 

My Favourites

Lighten Up by Jack Ketchum

Pit Boy by Elizabeth Massie

Miss Singularity by John Shirley

The Working Slob’s Prayer by Poppy Z. Brite

 

Have you read this anthology? Which ones are your favorites?

 

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Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on September 13, 2017.

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review 2017-09-11 16:10
„Nie można zdać lub oblać bycia człowiekiem mój drogi”
Ocean na końcu drogi - Neil Gaiman

Wewnątrz dorośli też nie wyglądają jak dorośli. Na zewnątrz są więksi, bezmyślni i zawsze wiedzą co robią. W środku wyglądają tak jak zawsze. Jak wtedy, gdy byli w twoim wieku. Tak po prawdzie, dorośli nie istnieją.

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nikt nie wygląda tak, jakim jest wewnątrz. Ty nie wyglądasz. Ja nie wyglądam. Ludzie są znacznie bardziej skomplikowani.

 

 

Neil Gaiman. Autor. Wyglądem i ubiorem dziwnie przypominający bohatera rewelacyjnego komiksu swojego autorstwa – Sandmana. Zaskakuje niemal za każdym razem – fabułą, bohaterami, opowiadaną historią i skojarzeniami, które przelewa na papier. Na czytelników jego książek przelewa się humor i specyficzne ciepło.

 

Już przy spotkaniu z HISTORIĄ CMENTARNĄ dojrzała potrzeba dodania do sympatii wobec autora, również szacunku wobec autorytetu człowieka bardzo uważnego, wrażliwego, o ogromnej empatii.

 

Ze względu na bogactwo treści, postaci, zaskakujących pomysłów realizowanych w całej historii „OCEANU NA KOŃCU DROGI” – nie warto streszczać tej opowieści. Lepiej zostawić czytelnikowi przyjemność poznania jej osobiście. Dojrzały mężczyzna odwiedzając rodzinną miejscowość wspomina wydarzenia, które dotknęło go, kiedy miał 7 lat.

 

Geniusz Gaimana widać tu wyjątkowo wyraźnie. Pozornie baśniowa i nierzeczywista historia bardzo mocno tkwi w codzienności. Czy to tylko nieprawdopodobna bajka osadzona we współczesności? A może opowieść o tym jak wrażliwe dziecko, broni się przed złem, które spotyka go ze strony dorosłych?

 

- Masz własne życie. Letti ci je dała. Musisz tylko dorosnąć i spróbować być tego wart.

Poczułem ukłucie urazy. Dostatecznie trudno jest żyć, próbować przeżyć w tym świecie, znaleźć swoje miejsce, robić w nim to co trzeba by przetrwać, nie zastanawiając się, czy to co właśnie uczyniłem – cokolwiek to było – było warte czyjejś, jeśli nie śmierci, to poświęcenia życia. To niesprawiedliwe!

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review 2017-09-05 02:45
First Book Read for Halloween Bingo 2017
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text - Neil Gaiman

For my first read I choose the book NeverWhere by Neil Gaiman, as I mentioned before. And I really enjoyed the book even though it was a very strange and confusing book. I really thought the main character of Richard was pretty strange and I liked him well enough, but the character of Door was my favorite between the two. The most interesting character by far and the one that really kept my interest, was the character of Marquis de Carabas. With him I was never sure if he was a good guy, bad guy, or just looking out for himself. So I would have to say he was definitely the character that kept me wondering what he would do next, whenever he was on the pages. 

I really still have something's that confused me about the story but it didn't stop me from giving the book 4 out of 5 stars. The part that made me give the book 4 stars, was I just don't care for the ending at all. I probably would have only given the book 3 stars but I really loved the characters and the storyline. The book was creepy with some stuff that people would eat in the book and some of the individuals were really creepy and scary as well. Especially the characters of Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. 

I am so glad I read this book and choose it as my first read for the Halloween bingo for 2017.

 

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text 2017-09-04 15:40
August 2017 Round Up!
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston
Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman,Richard Ianove,Andy Kubert
Mass Hysteria - Michael Patrick Hicks
Through A Glass Darkly - Donald Allen Kirch
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch
Dreamwalker - James Russell Lowell
The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests - Chris Smith,Jon Stewart
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

I read 15 books In August

 

 

Graphic Novels:

 

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

The Lost Boys Volume 1 by Tim Seeley

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Lady of Shadows by Robin Furth

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Bitter Medicine

Batman: Volume 3 I am Bane by Tom King

 

Total: 5

 

Audio Books:

 

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

The Daily Show The Book: An Oral History

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS:

 

Mass Hysteria by Michael Patrick Hicks

Spungunion by John Boden (not yet available)

 

Total: 2

 

Random Books:

 

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman

Through a Glass Darkly by Donald Kirch

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Dreamwalker by Russell James

 

Total: 4

 

 

 

 

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

Running Count: 6

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

 

Running Count: 33! Challenge Met!

 

 

 

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