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review 2019-01-16 18:13
Book Review: Have You Got Everything You Want?
Have You Got Everything You Want? (A Short Story) - Agatha Christie

Title: Have You Got Everything You Want?
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Parker Pyne
Format: bind-up
Length: 20-ish pages
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Elsie Jeffries, married for eighteen months to successful businessman Edward Jeffries, meets Parker Pyne by chance on the Simplon-Orient Express. She has seen Pyne’s advertisements and feels he may be able to help her. She tells Pyne she has seen a fragment of a letter left on Edward’s blotting pad, which points to some sort of plot against her, to be carried out while she is on the train to Stamboul.


Favourite character: Parker Pyne
Least favourite character: N/A


Mini-review: I thought this was a good short story, my only problem, though, is that they’re too short. These could be amazing as full length books, but alas that will never happen. I would’ve loved a book series featuring Parker Pyne.

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review 2019-01-12 04:09
Batman '66 #64 - Jeff Parker,Jesse Hamm

I apparently am not a fan of Batman '66.   It mimics old time Batman, or maybe it's tied into the show? 


I was also baffled by the fact that only this issue was on Comixology Unlimited.   Why start with a storyline in the middle of the series, especially when Poison Ivy isn't starring in a movie or huge in a way that I'm aware of?


Regardless, I felt it was flat: no real depth, and I'm used to that in Batman comics.  I was unimpressed.   I probably won't delve more into this continuity as far as Batman goes.

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text 2019-01-05 07:10
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I didn’t survive growing up in the nation’s most violent cult only to be taken out by an innocent blonde.


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The moment she walked into the clubhouse I knew she was off-limits. That wasn’t going to stop me from making her mine.


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As a Creeker, I live by two rules. Don’t f**k Banner Clark and don’t get caught doing illegal shit, but then again I’ve never been a fan of rules.


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It takes kidnapping to bring two separated lovers together, but can they survive the walk through Hell?


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text 2018-12-28 12:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Novellas of 2018!
I'll Bring You the Birds from Out of the Sky - Brian Hodge
Wylding Hall - Elizabeth Hand
Blanky - Kealan Patrick Burke
Stirring the Sheets - Chad Lutzke
Rattus New Yorkus - Hunter Shea
Exit Strategy - Martha Wells
The Mirror of the Nameless - Leesa Wallace,Graeme Parker,Luke Walker
The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror - John Hornor Jacobs
Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden
October - Michael Rowe

Welcome to my Top Ten Novellas List!


This was a great year of reading here at CHC. I read a ton of novellas in 2018,

(as usual), and here are what I thought were the best of the best!

(These are books I read this year, They were not necessarily released this year.)

Click on the cover to read my review.

Let's get started!


I've adored the work of Brian Hodge for many years now, and thanks to my friend Andi, I now happily own a copy of this beautiful, dark novella. It's out of this world!


 I'll Bring You the Birds from Out of the Sky - Brian Hodge  



WYLDING HALL by Elizabeth Hand was a phenomenal ghost story in the perfect length. 

Just the way I like them, short, dark and creepy. 


Wylding Hall - Elizabeth Hand



Kealan Patrick Burke is one of my very favorite dark fiction authors. Sometimes in your face gritty and other times, subtle and grief ridden. In which category does BLANKY fall? You should read it and find out.


Blanky - Kealan Patrick Burke 


STIRRING THE SHEETS by Chad Lutzke is a beautiful and poignant novella and I just adored it. Mark my words people, Chad Lutzke is the REAL DEAL.


Stirring the Sheets - Chad Lutzke 



I love me a good creature feature and this is definitely one of the best I've read this year! 

If you're not reading Hunter Shea, you should rectify that ASAP!


Rattus New Yorkus - Hunter Shea 


I read a lot more science fiction this year, and Martha Wells' Murderbot Series is definitely part of the reason why. This, the fourth novella in the series was my absolute favorite. I think the novellas got better with each entry. (I cannot get Booklikes to locate the copy of the book I reviewed, this is the cover of the audio.)


Exit Strategy - Martha Wells 



I've been reading the work of Luke Walker for a few years now and it's my opinion that he deserves to be more well known. I particularly enjoyed this book which featured insane creatures running around and a world that accept them. 


The Mirror of the Nameless - Leesa Wallace,Graeme Parker,Luke Walker


THE SEA DREAMS IT IS THE SKY was a deep,  dark novella featuring gorgeous prose. It was difficult to read at times, but also beautiful.


The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror - John Hornor Jacobs 


Chad Lutzke appears AGAIN on my list, this time co-writing with another favorite author of mine, John Boden. A creatively told tale that takes its time to unfold. And then when it does, your heart snaps. 

Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden 


Lastly, one of my favorite horror authors: Michael Rowe. (One that I wish would write more in the genre.) A respected author and journalist, OCTOBER blew my mind. Maybe it could blow yours too?


October - Michael Rowe 


Thanks for staying with me this far if you're still here. I appreciate you!

I hope you'll join me again at the end of 2019.



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review 2018-12-20 07:25
Ancient Greek Cynicism: "The Father of Lies" by K. J. Parker
The Father of Lies - K.J. Parker

“’I’ve done a lot of bad things.’
‘Define bad.’
He looked at me, then nodded. ‘A lot of illegal things,’ he amended. ‘I’ve told a lot of lies, defrauded a lot of people out of money, cheated, stolen. Never killed anyone—’ I cleared my throat. ‘Deliberately,’ he amended, ‘except in self-defense.’
‘That’s a broad term,’ I said.
‘No it’s not. I got them before they got me.’

In "The Father of Lies" by K. J. Parker

Cynics, Confucius, Buddha and Lao-Tzu (Taoism founder) all lived at about 500 BC, and were all of a view that we should dispassionately view the world as it really is, and act upon it in a helpful way, whilst living a simple life. They said that the dissatisfied human state is the result of our actions which are often self-centre, to become satisfied you have to become other-centred. Very hard to do/be. A modern cynic thinks that other people act cynically, which is fine, the problem arises when they get righteously indignant about it, making themselves out to be saint like which it is unlikely they are. So they're end up endlessly winding themselves up. The optimist can't be bothered thinking that everyone is up to no good because they might not be. The only solution is for the modern cynic to become as disciplined as those dudes from 500 BC. But then that is very hard to do/be. In fact the reason for the definition of the word changing is that people tried to be just that and failed or others just pretended to be that so they could get an advantage.
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