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text 2014-02-13 00:13
Cruelty by Ed Lorn - Giveaway at Ravenous Reads!
Cruelty (Episode One) - Edward Lorn

 

My friend and author Ed Lorn is giving away the entire series of Cruelty (in audible form!) over at Ravenous Reads! A fellow Bookliker with a wicked sense of humor, and a sometimes foul mouth, he's also an excellent writer of dark fiction and you shouldn't let this opportunity pass you by. You can learn more about this series and enter the giveaway here:

 

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review 2014-02-06 03:16
The Devil of Echo Lake by Douglas Wynne
The Devil of Echo Lake - Douglas Wynne

 

This book has a lot going for it. Ancient evil, witches, Pan, and good old Rock N Roll. How could you go wrong?

As a huge fan of rock music and the blues, I'm on board with the whole Robert Johnson "sold his soul" train. This book was an original twist on that story, with the modern day accoutrements of an evil record producer and a ogre of a music label.

For a while in the middle portion, the pacing slowed down a lot, (technical stuff in the recording studio), but then the story began to get more complicated and from there this tale came alive. That's also when that originality kicked in and delivered some spice and surprise.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for horror fans that don't mind a slow burning story, without much gore, and for fans of old school stories like The Great God Pan. If that person is you, I wager you will enjoy this novel! 

I was provided a free copy of this book to honestly review for: http://ravenousreads.blogspot.com/


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review 2014-01-29 02:02
Ugly Beautiful by Sean-Paul Thomas
Ugly Beautiful - Sean-Paul Thomas

 

This book had potential.

The premise was good. A douchebag named Jason stole a boatload of money and screwed over his only friend Gary in the process. He took off and ran into a beautiful young woman....and then the real story began.

At that point I was already getting aggravated with the misspelled and misused words. I found it to be distracting and that's a shame, because the seeds of a cracking tale were there.

Towards the end Jason's world was crumbling and by that time the character had grown just enough that I cared what happened to him. I think even more could have been done with the character development if the story were a little longer. Again, the seeds were there.

Everything a good horror tale needs is here, but it needs to be refined and polished. Some good beta readers wouldn't hurt either. For having the seeds but not planting them properly, I rated this book 3 stars. Despite the errors, I would try another book by Mr. Thomas.

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review 2014-01-19 01:26
All Art is Junk by R. A. Harris
All Art is Junk - R.A. Harris

 

I was asked by my good friend Nikki, over at Ravenous Reads, if I could help her out with a short bizarro read. I said sure, so here I am! 

Now, let me just say that bizarro really isn't my thing. To be honest, I've not read any bizarro of substance-this is my first one. It really wasn't bad.

From what I gathered, our protagonist is some type of cyborg/ machine (Lancelot or Junk, depending on who is addressing him), who's trying to save Lana, a girl with paintbrushes for hair. I very much enjoyed the concept of Lana.

This mission of his/it takes place on an island called The Installation. This is all that's left of humanity and land after huge floods and tidal waves have ruined everything else. The island itself is made from humanity's garbage.

This Installation is populated with some of the craziest shit I've ever read about. And I do mean crazy! Huge totems made of people, people with their arms up the anuses of animals...like I said crazy.

But for all that, there were some very well written passages that came through to me, even in spite all this weirdness. A few of these paragraphs were almost lyrical while others seemed to be trying a little too hard. Sometimes, less is better.

Overall, I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. I'm impressed with the imagination and creativity at work in the story, and also the language used. However, I did find the story to jump around a lot, at times making it hard to follow. I think the tale could have been told in more of a cohesive way, holding the story together a bit more tightly. I might have enjoyed that a little more. 
Recommended to fans of bizarro horror and dense prose!

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review 2014-01-08 13:00
Falling Over by James Everington
Falling Over - James Everington

 

I'm reposting my review of this excellent collection to coincide with my interview with James over at Ravenous Reads. Go check it out and enter to win one of three free Kindle copies of Falling Over:   http://ravenousreads.blogspot.com/ 

 

 

4.5 stars!

I've been a fan of James Everington for a couple of years now. I very much enjoyed his other short story collection, The Other Room ,(I still think about one story-A Writer's Words often),as well as his work with the Abominable Gentlemen on the Penny Dreadnought magazines. I was excited to read this new collection. Once again, Mr. Everington sucked me in with his intriguing and intelligent stories.

There were a few stories within that worked exceptionally well for me and here they are:

"The Time Of Their Lives"-If you had a chance to turn back time, would you? Even if that meant regaining the petty jealousies of the young? I thought this story was extremely well written and I have entire paragraphs highlighted on my Kindle. 5*


"Haunted"-This was a flash fiction story (100 words) that I thought was very cool.4*

"The Man Dogs Hated"-I think this story is the definition of weird fiction. There is some commentary within about small town communities and prejudices... and just plain weirdness. I liked it! 4*

"Sick Leave"-My favorite story of this collection. A teacher returns to school after a long illness. It was weird, foggy and creepy- complete with schoolchildren acting strangely. Seriously, I shuddered more than a few times reading this one. 5*

"Drones"-This story came in a close second to Sick Leave. Have you ever wondered about the actual people behind the drone? This story will suck you right in if you have. If you haven't you probably WILL think about them after reading this story. 5*

At the end of this collection, Mr. Everington includes some tidbits about how the stories came about. I always enjoy reading how a story was created and I especially like that the explanation comes at the end, rather than the beginning. There were a few typos in this collection, not enough for me to stop enjoying it, but enough to reduce my rating by .5.

I eagerly await anything else Mr. Everington wants to put out there! His fiction is hard to categorize-there are no set parameters, and that's the way I like it. If this collection sounds intriguing to you, I think you will enjoy it. Give it a shot!



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