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The Complete Stories and Poems - Edgar Allan Poe

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—


I’m almost finished reading Fahrenheit 451, and while that little tidbit may seem wholly unrelated, bear with me. As many of you know, books are illegal in Bradbury’s story, but there’s a part when Guy reads a poem to his wife and her friends, and one of her friends starts sobbing without knowing why. They hadn’t felt anything real in so long, if ever - everything that was shoved down their throats was fake happiness they thought they needed. But hearing a poem caused her to cry uncontrollably, and Guy began to doubt that books should ever be brought back to light. That maybe happiness was better, even if it was shallow. Guy seems to be learning his own depths at this point, and his hesitation really struck me. I’ve always found the sorrowful or the tragic to be the most breathtaking. Like Poe, for example. There would never be a moment when I thought that sorrow should be hidden from the world. And I’m so glad that works like Poe’s exist. Could you imagine a world without authors like him? Or ANY authors, for that matter? 

If I’m rambling, I apologize! Fahrenheit 451 is just so provoking and relevant - read it, if you haven’t yet! And PS, HBO is making a new flick of it to be released next month

Source: getfictional.com
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review 2017-09-11 23:53
The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe - My Thoughts
The Mystery of Nevermore - C.S. Poe

I was vaguely disappointed by this book.  I say vaguely because it wasn't a bad read, it just didn't satisfy me the way I was hoping it would. I mean, it has some of my fave tropes - the shop owner and the cop, a mystery or two, the promise of a series of adventures, even a holidayish setting.  It just never clicked for me. 

One problem I had with with it was the shop owner main character.  He suffers from achromatopsia, which is total colour blindness.  He only sees in shades of grey/white/black and is extremely light sensitive.  Now that's not a problem in and of itself, it's just that I spent at least half the book wondering how he saw things and how he could do certain things.  Not that the author didn't explain things, she did.  It just took a hold in my mind and the wondering would not stop!  It was very distracting.

And then there was the instalove.  Now.. I find that as I get older, instalove has begun to lose some of its lustre.  Especially when the characters aren't new adult age, but one is 33 and the other is 42.  Insta- LUST, I will buy.  Big time interest?  Most certainly.  But in this case, Sebastian and Cal seemed to get deep really, really fast and for no perceptible reason that I could see.  If anything, the subplot of Sebastian breaking up with his boyfriend, Neil, should have made impeded the whole deepness thing, IMO.  Sufficient to say that I wasn't buying it. Now, I do think the characters will grow on me.  I hope, anyway.  I liked many of the basic traits etc... that were set down in this first book of the series. 

I liked many of the secondary characters as well.  Seb's father, Cal's partner, Seb's antique store employee and Seb's store neighbour.  They all seemed pretty authentic and I hope we see more of them as the series continues.  I also hope that the mystery will be a little more weighty - I like it when the mysteries are as important to the story as the love story, but I didn't get that here.  It felt to me like the mystery was created so the guys could have some hot sex.  So maybe, next book, a little more sleuthing and a little less dancing in the sheets?  And some more delving into the emotions of the MCs would e nice too. 

I did find that there was more than an echo of the Adrien English mysteries by Josh Lanyon, but thank heavens I didn't dislike one of the MCs the way I do Adrien's erstwhile cop lover.  I do believe that if you're a fan of the Lanyons, you'll enjoy this book.  So, all in all, the book just left me, as I said, vaguely disappointed.  But I will be continuing the series.  :)  Oh, and BTW, I love the covers of these books.  They are nicely evocative, I think. 


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review 2017-05-15 23:26
I like antiques...
The Mystery of Nevermore - C.S. Poe

I really enjoyed 'The Mystery of Nevermore' it's C. S. Poe's first book in her 'Snow and Winter' series and I enjoyed this first time offering from a new author, so needless to say when the audio book was made available for review I was more than willing to take revisit the world of Sebastian Snow and Calvin Winter. 


As tends to be the case with me, because I really enjoyed the book my original review is a bit on the longer side so here's the link for anyone who's curious...

The Mystery of Nevermore - original review


Derrick McClain is the narrator for this audiobook and over all he did a solid job with this one. His voices ticked all of my basic requirements they were consistent, unique for each individual and expressive with the added bonus that while in general Mr. McClain's voices worked for me, I really liked the voice that he put to Calvin Winter. Calvin's voice in the audiobook was a very close match to the Calvin who occupied my head when I first read this one.


So over all my rating for this one hasn't changed it's still a 4.5 star experience that I very much enjoyed and look forward to seeing where things go in future with this series.



An audiobook of 'The Mystery of Nevermore' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-01-05 16:30
Nope. Nopety Nope.
The Mystery of Nevermore - C.S. Poe

The protag was one of the worst I ever met while reading.


He was selfish, whiny, stubborn, TSTL, needy, and extremely stupid.

I hated his guts.


The totally unrealistic and boring insta-love-fest with the tough cop was only icing on the cake.


This felt like a bad fan-fic version of the Adrien-English-series. 


antiques-dealer/book shop owner

color blind/heart condition

love interest is strong, tough cop

falls for cop

cliche-ridden Edgar Allen Poe Murder Mystery (Please for the love of all things written stop writing mysteries about Poe stories!!!)

cop in the closet

amateur sleuthing


What was definitely not Adrien English: mediocre writing, boring/unrealistic/stupid MCs, Insta-love-fest, unnecessary drama, totally unsexy dirty talk (ewwwwwe), total lack of fun or wit...




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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-17 03:06
Started okay went downhill fast.
The Mystery of Nevermore - C.S. Poe

Snow & Winter: Book One

It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective, Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest. 


He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim.


In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive and live happily ever after with Calvin.



Dear C.S.Poe,

I really enjoyed probably the first quarter of this book. I mean, I liked Sebastian’s voice throughout the story, I just started rolling my eyes at the characters’ actions and it significantly lessened my enjoinment of the later parts. So, the blurb correctly describes the set up – for the most part anyway, because not once did I feel that Sebastian actually *wanted* to save his relationship with Neal, but everything else seems to be accurate. We have um, bookseller (sorry – antique dealer) with um, heart’s condition (sorry – eyes’ condition) who lives with closeted detective. Seriously, I am guessing the writer quite deliberately made a choice to invoke memories of Adrien English and Jake from Josh Lanyon’s series considering that the book has a dedication to “Josh, master of mystery who helped me find my own voice again”. If the choice to invoke those associations was not deliberate, well, it happened to me anyway.

So, Neil comes to his store and together with his assistant they find a heart there. They call detectives of course and Sebastian sees Calvin and really likes what he sees. But Sebastian has Neil at home and Neil comes to the store as well, when Sebastian calls him, but does not want anybody to know that they are together and says that they are friends.

It looks like that the main reason why Sebastian and Neil are fighting is because Sebastian does not want to be Neil’s secret anymore. Now, when I see this conflict in the book I always say the same thing – I am a straight woman, I cannot judge it. I can say that I always felt that it is nobody’s business but this character whether to come out of closet or not, and on his own terms. Having said that, I respect that Sebastian wanted the relationship out in the open - I just could not help but feel that he was being a bit of an ass towards Neil and author wanted me to feel bad for poor Sebastian. Walk away Sebastian if you feel that strongly no? But once again besides connecting or not connecting with the characters emotionally, I do not feel like I could not agree or disagree with their choices.

So, you could probably guess that discovery of the heart was just the beginning and soon Sebastian stumbles upon a murder and becomes kind of a suspect for a little bit, police is asking him for an alibi and he tells them that he was home with the boyfriend and gives them Neil’s name. Basically he effectively outs Neil at work. Did I feel he was being an ass? Absolutely, but he thought he would be arrested otherwise. Should he get a pass on that? I have no idea. Anyway, Neil is pissed and finally walks out. Sebastian tells him that if he walks out, he would change the locks, but the way I interpreted his mood is that he was relieved whether he would admit it to himself or not.

This is all happens in the first fifteen – twenty percent of the book and then somewhere in the twenty percent range Calvin pays Sebastian a visit again, asks him case related questions, tells him that he could be connected to murders and then… offers to suck him off. No, really he does.

So, I just want to note for the record – since that moment any time Calvin was going on about official police business I pictured him in the clown suit, I could not take him seriously anymore. Look, I figured they were going to get together, blurb was pretty clear on that point, but could have the author create a better timing? Maybe when Sebastian was not officially a suspect anymore?! Even Sebastian himself seemed shocked. He was happy, but shocked too. He was thinking something along the lines – one second I am accused of murder and another I am getting the best blowjob ever. Eh, good for you Sebastian?

Also please note that all of this happens while Ross and Rachel (sorry Sebastian and Neil) were on a break and did not officially break up yet. The cheating aspect did not bother me one bit, I thought the author actually established quite well that Sebastian had enough of his relationship and as much as I thought he was a little bit of an ass about pushing Neil out of closet, Neil did not seem to be very kind to him either. I thought it was clear that those two would be better apart than together, but if any kind of cheating bothers you please beware.

I was pleased that Sebastian admitted to himself very fast that he indeed cheated and he at least did not lie to Neil at all, I was glad when they parted and hope it was permanent.

I thought Calvin’s and Sebastian’s attraction developed very fast. This is book one so I hope they will have time to develop more meaningful relationship and hopefully a little less of “sweetie and baby” – this is just a personal preference of course, but especially “sweetie” grated on me.

I was also pleased to hear that Sebastian was self- aware enough to realize that he substituted one closeted detective for another, so maybe Neil being closeted was not a real issue? Although at the end Calvin makes a step out of the closet, so maybe it was a real issue? I don’t know.

The mystery plot is very much related to Edgar Allan Poe’s books and I will let you find out all about the mystery if you decide to read the book. It was entertaining enough, but I thought suspect was pretty obvious (not because of anything he did plot wise, but because of how he was introduced) and I thought red herring suspect was a little clumsily done.

I also want to share that at the end of mystery investigation Sebastian showed some exceptional stupidity. I was perfectly okay with him getting involved in police investigation simply because when I see that the book contains civilian sleuth, I go into the book with the mindset of suspending disbelief on this issue already. But this also could be done more or less believably and preferably without making sleuth look like a total idiot. So, you decide .

When he has a revelation who the murderer is, he decides to go to the gathering where murderer would be *several hours later* to catch him alone. He cannot call Calvin (despite Calvin asking him several times to come to him with everything new about the case), because he is afraid that murderer (who is not a policeman or a former Marine, recipient of Medal of Honor) will come after Calvin (who is a policeman and a former Marine, recipient of Medal of Honor) and hurt him. I guess the thought of asking other cops to come and check out the gathering did not enter Sebastian’s head. He also has time to go into Calvin’s apartment before gathering and writes his thoughts about who the murderer is so Calvin could catch him if Sebastian ends up dead. The thought of murderer coming after Calvin when Sebastian would be dead is not so worry-some anymore?

Grade: C-






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