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review 2018-11-01 17:01
Rabid Heart by Jeremy Wagner
Rabid Heart - Jeremy Wagner

People say they’re sick of zombies or werewolves or vampires or demons or gawdforbid tentacles and I get it but I am not one of those people. I will read everything and anything if the writing is engaging. This is why one day my piles of books shall be the death of me. I don’t really care if the monster has been done to death because it can always be given new life by a new voice and that is most definitely the case with this book RABID HEART. It is a book about a world in the midst of a zombie apocalypse caused by warmongers who manufactured a rabies outbreak which went all kinds of wrong. The virus kills the host and turns them into flesh eating cujos! And words cannot express how much I love the fact that they’re called cujos throughout this entire story. 

Rhonda is a young 20-something who was happily living her life before the outbreak. She was engaged to the love of her life and working as a hairstylist. Now she’s stuck on a military-type base with her dad and spends her free time finding supplies and killing cujos. Everything she loved is gone and her relationship with her dad is complicated. In a cruel twist of fate, she runs across Brad , her cujo-fied fiancée, and he recognizes her. Not only that, he protects her. She impulsively decides to take him back to camp but the folks there are not at all thrilled with that idea. Understandably . . . he may be tame but he’s still a smelly flesh eating undead cujo. This forces Rhonda to make a series of choices that land her on a road trip through hell where she finds an important reason to carry on.

This is a fast paced story with an engaging writing style that grabbed me from the beginning. Rhonda is snarky and angry and heartbroken so her choices, crazy as they may be, are 100% understandable. The story is filled with gore and dark humor and a disgusting wet dream that made my black heart really freaking happy and it won’t rip out your soul like that damned Walking Dead show! I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun horror novel.

4 ½ stars

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review 2018-10-29 16:25
Judgement: "Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters" by Erica Wagner
Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters - Erica Wagner


(Original Review, 2002)



It's interesting that noted feminist Germaine Greer said of both Plath and Hughes that, 'she saw him coming' and that 'most people wouldn't have been taken in by her'. It is very easy to censure especially when you know very little of the background. Sylvia Plath was mentally ill and had already almost succeeded in killing herself before she left had the States for Cambridge. A police search for her failed to find her because she had taken an overdose and laid down underneath the floor of her mother's home. She came round and banged her head and was heard by her brother. Otherwise she would most certainly have died undiscovered.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-09-25 01:48
Just One Love (Black Alcove, #6) by Jami Wagner
Just One Love - Jami Wagner

 

How can you trust yourself, when the people whom you believe in have you doubting everything you believed to be truth? Just One Love sets out to manipulate the brain, but ends up worming it's way into your heart. Hearts are broken, friendships are tested and love is found. Complications add up to an intriguing read.

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text 2018-05-02 11:45
Erster Satz | Chriz Wagner: Die Ewigen (Erinnerungen an die Unsterblichkeit)
DIE EWIGEN. Erinnerungen an die Unsterblichkeit: Sammelband der Folgen 1-5 - Chriz Wagner

Es war etliche Jahrzehnte vor dem Jahre Null in christlicher Zeitrechnung.

 

Nach dem Kalender der Bürger Roms muss es ungefähr 728 ab urbi condita - seit der Stadtgründung - gewesen sein. Aber das war den Menschen in dieser Gegend gleichgültig.

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review 2018-04-16 14:01
An Oath of Dogs - Wendy N. Wagner
An Oath of Dogs - Wendy N. Wagner

I was looking for a standalone book to read and picked An Oath of Dogs up when it was on sale, so I probably shouldn't complain when I found it to be readable but nothing that especially makes me want to seek out any more of this author's work. I am, however, quite hard to please at the moment so all my current reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt...

 

The basic premise of An Oath of Dogs is that it's about commercial colonisation of a moon which is immensely different to our own and what happens when that colonisation goes wrong - firstly by the mismanagement of supplies to its first settlers and the lengths they are subsequently driven to, then secondly by attempts to make money off the moon and the problems that causes.

 

One of our main characters has just landed a job there when she discovers that her immediate superior has been killed and she just got an immediate promotion. Maybe not the best news for her either, since she's still recovering from the effects of an incident that was her employer's fault and now relies heavily on an assistance dog to make it through her day-to-day life. That's also not particularly good news on a moon where dogs have a nasty habit of running wild and digging up anyone who's been recently interred in the community cemetery, not to mention attacking unwary locals. 

 

Our other main character is the ex- of the man who was killed and whose own relationship with the company that employs everyone is ambivalent at best - this relationship is strained to the maximum when he becomes a suspect following an attack by eco-terrorists-, a group towards whom he feels quite a bit of sympathy. 

 

Anyway, everything kind of sort itself out in the end and the truth is revealed, some of which I'd already figured out (since heavy hints were dropped earlier in the book) but it was ultimately a little unsatisfying. So, not the worst thing I've read and ideal if you want something that's not a commitment to a multi-book series, I guess?

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