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review 2017-07-30 14:35
For Those Who Dream Monsters by Anna Taborska
For Those Who Dream Monsters - Anna Taborska,Steve Upham,Charles Black,Reggie Oliver,Reggie Oliver

For Those Who Dream Monsters is an excellent collection of well written short stories. Not all of them are horror, but I thought that almost all of them were good.

 

A lot of Polish history comes through in these tales, with actual history making an appearance as well as a few myths from Polish culture.

 

There were even some laughs, such as in DIRTY DYBBUK, in which a virtuous young girl is invaded by the spirit of her horny aunt. Most of this collection is on the dark side however, such as the stories LITTLE PIG and THE GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT-tales about the cold inhumanity of war. I also enjoyed SCHRODINGER'S HUMAN and UNDERBELLY as they both made me gleefully uncomfortable.

 

A widely varied collection of marvelous stories from a new to me author is like finding a nugget when sifting for gold. It makes me excited for the future. Hopefully, Anna Taborska is working on something meatier that we can all sink our teeth into!

 

Highly recommended!

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review 2016-04-22 18:05
The Beetle by Richard Marsh
The Beetle - Richard Marsh

 

First published in 1897, The Beetle is a strange little mystery adventure story. I mistakenly went into it thinking it was a horror or dark fiction tale. And while I guess it could be considered horror, only the very first portion was the least bit scary.

 

A blend of Isis worship, mystery, Keystone Cop chases, hypnosis, politics, humor and romance, it's difficult to categorize The Beetle. It is well written-it's just all over the place. Even though it wasn't horror, I did enjoy this book-uneven though it was, but I only recommend it to those that think this description sounds interesting. I don't regret reading it, but in all honesty? I'm glad that it's over.

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review 2016-03-10 18:10
Magic by William Goldman
Magic - William Goldman

 

This novel was a lot of fun. There's an evil vent dummy, (just look at that face on the cover!), and a somewhat wishy-washy magician. Put them together and what have you got? A total blast!

 

This book seems a little tame compared to the horror that abounds today, but back in the 70's when it was written, I'm sure it was a shocker. And perhaps because I was a criminal profile junkie back in the day, the origins of the psychological issues in this story didn't quite ring true for me. But geez, it's a vent dummy story, right? Lighten up. 

 

In that regard, this tale hits all the right notes. It's entertaining, fast paced and compelling. Goldman is also the author of The Princess Bride and The Marathon Man, so the guy knows how to write a story and this one is no exception.

 

If you're looking for a tale about a magician and a dummy, and you're not going to think too hard about it because you just want to have a good time, this is the book for you! Grab it and see if you can see the magician's lips move! I dare you.

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text 2016-03-08 22:05
Reading update: I've read 117 out of 248 pages of...
Magic - William Goldman

...Magic by William Goldman. What fun!

 

I vaguely remember the seeing the movie with Anthony Hopkins when I was a kid. I also have a vague memory of reading the book-but honestly? If I did, I just don't remember it now. 

 

I have recently discovered that Goldman not only wrote The Princess Bride and Marathon Man, he also penned the screenplay for Stephen King's Misery. So yeah, this guy has some writing chops. 

 

Anyway-back to Magic. It's fun and it's fast paced so far. Plus, there's an evil vent dummy!

What more could you ask for?

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review 2016-02-21 13:57
Midnight Solitaire by Greg Gifune
Midnight Solitaire - Greg F. Gifune

 

This is not a typical Greg Gifune story in that it's a straightforward narrative with no real ambiguity. It was a change I welcomed.

 

The Dealer, (the devil?), wanders the road for souls and bodies to collect to satisfy his sick rituals and desires. Doc, (whose wife and daughter The Dealer collected), lives with only the goal of finding and killing him. This is the story of the final showdown.

 

There's slightly more going on here, but the reader should discover that for themselves. This novella sped right on by and before I knew it, it was all over. A fun, fast paced story without all the thinking and mulling over, (don't get me wrong, I enjoy that kind of tale too), that is often involved with reading Gifune's work.

 

Recommended for fans of dark fiction, especially fans of The Stand!

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