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text 2017-11-15 14:50
No sequel?!
Flesheaters and Bloodsuckers Anonymous - H.C. Hammond

 

That was a fun little romp about a vampire getting caught feeding and thrown in jail.

The feds show up and offer an undercover deal.

Join a group therapy to try to become 'normal' again and find out what happens to the 'graduates' or starve to death in jail and/or be toasted.

Enough gore for those so minded, but I don't think enough to gross too many readers out.

 

But what happened to the slug?

 

What do you mean 3?!

and it ends.

and I can't find a book 2.

Rude, I tell you, RUDE!

 

 

 

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url 2017-10-06 00:22
InD'tale Book Review of Incognito

Bouquets and Brickbats for Incognito by InD'tale.

Source: www.indtale.com/reviews/suspense-thriller/incognito
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review 2017-09-29 23:14
Gilgamesh: A New English Version
Gilgamesh: A New English Version - Stephen Mitchell,Anonymous

Almost 4800 years after his reign in the city of Uruk, Gilgamesh is still remembered not only in his native land but now around the world even though his native language is long forgotten.  In Stephen Mitchell’s English verse translation of Gilgamesh, the story of the demigod’s calming friendship with Enkidu and his quest to avoid his mortality.

 

The tale of Gilgamesh is not just about the king of Uruk, it is the tale of Enkidu and his civilizing by Shamhat, the friendship between Enkidu and Gilgamesh as well as their adventures, and finally the death of Enkidu that sends Gilgamesh in his vain search to stop death by asking the one man whom the gods made immortal.  Yet while several aspects of Gilgamesh are similar to later tales of Greek and Germanic origin, there are clear differences as well especially when it comes to Gilgamesh expressing his fear in the face of very dangers and ends with accepting his own mortality in the end.

 

Unfortunately, the story of Gilgamesh that we have is not as complete as it was 4000 years ago.  Several sections are fragmentary which Mitchell had to work around to make the book read well and keeping true to the narrative; in this he did a wonderful job.  Yet, in a book that has around 300 pages only 123 covers the epic itself which while not dishonest is surprising about how short the tale is and how much analysis Mitchell provides the reader before and notes after.

 

Gilgamesh: A New English Version is a fantastic book both in the tale of the heroic demigod king and the translation done by Stephen Mitchell.

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review 2017-09-09 10:48
Review: Go Ask Alice
Go Ask Alice - Beatrice Sparks,Anonymous

I don't know what to say about this book.

 

I don't know how I feel about this book. 

 

This book was haunting. It was horrifying.  It was sad. It was heartbreaking.

 

This is basically a handbook for what not to do when you're a teenager.  This poor girl.  I can't even pretend to imagine what it was like to walk in her shoes.  To think that her addiction began with so-called friends drugging her.  And once the cycle began she couldn't pull herself out for very long.

 

And she tried.  I believe she tried and desperately wanted to get clean and stay that way.  And the way people treated her while she was trying to fly straight... It doesn't surprise me that people could do the things to her they did.  People of all ages can be so horrible.

 

And I'll forever wonder if she slipped, or if someone, once again, pushed her off the wagon without her consent.

 

I will never truly understand addiction because I have never been--unless you count Pepsi Throwbacks because man was I ever hooked on them!  The difference is, when I quit them, I didn't have people trying to force me back into my dependence on them.

 

This was beautifully sad and I don't thnk I'll ever be able to read it again. It was that kind of novel.

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review 2017-05-12 19:53
Book Review
Diary Of An Oxygen Thief (The Oxygen Thief Diaries #1) - Anonymous

Diary Of An Oxygen Thief by Anonymous was very easy to become interested. Even the first sentence got you hooked. This book is written as if it is an actual diary entry, I’m almost certain it was at one point. Even the strange cover, and the fact it is an unknown writer makes it so mysterious and unpredictable. I had very high hopes towards the beginning and I am glad to explain how satisfied I am!

 

Diary Of An Oxygen Thief  is about an alcoholic who used to enjoy emotionally abusing women. His philosophy through the whole book is “hurt people hurt people.” So, he would take the pain he felt from the booze, and passed it on to the women that fell in love with him. He felt that he could experience joy, from watching people close to him feel pain, especially if he is the cause for it. He continues to tell the readers all the instances of the girls he has broken. Example after example, He finally sobers up by frequently attending AA meetings, and staying away from women, both for five and a half years. He eventually meets his newest love, Aisling. Soon, she gives the narrator “a taste of his own medicine,” mentally abuses him, by breaking his heart. All during this, the narrator is in a bad state of mind, and uncomfortable living place, and a critical work position.

 

The main character, the author of the book starts out as a very unlikeable man. As I was first reading, the actions he took with women and alcohol made me judgmental and frustrated. I felt that if I were to meet him in person, I would not be his biggest fan, and judge him based on his past actions. However, as I kept reading, and realized what he did to stop his ways, he seemed like an overall better developed person and character. As I kept reading and understanding, I started to root for the villain all the way through! The way he explained his terrible actions in the beginning later made sense, because it led to the point of Aisling’s hypocrisy, and the author’s want for revenge. The revenge would be the book overall, to get his side of the story published before her. Aisling was described as a very kind, beautiful lady. As introduced, one would think she would be a perfect influence on a recovering alcoholic. I later found her cruel and gloating with superiority. The other characters, all the affected women were not a large part of the story, but all were described in their unique ways, and how they were differently hurt and reactant towards the narrator’s oxygen stealing.

 

The author’s writing is very unique. It has a mixture of deep literature, accompanied by snarky opinions, and at some points, it’s as if the reader and the writer are having a conversation. The author even said that he intended to make the book as if the reader was “invading” his diary privacy. Take this quote from page 53:

 

“I was in a lot of pain, you see. But it had been caused by an abstract blade. What I mean is, the pain was physical, the cause wasn’t. I suppose people would say I was suffering from a broken heart. Or you might say it’s just life.”

 

The deep, emotional part talks about the abstract blade, and physical pain. His opinion isn’t stated, but the reader can infer that he doesn’t know the cause of his hurting, he just knew the pain was there. The conversational text would be the words such as “you see,” and “you might say…”


Overall, I enjoyed Diary Of An Oxygen Thief, and would now consider it one of my favorite books. Personally, it wasn’t a book I couldn’t put down right that second, and blow through it in an hour. Although, it was good enough to read in a couple days, and I was happy with the outcome. It was a very honest and in a weird way, pure story, and I liked that he was in some ways “owning up” to past mistakes. However, I would recommend this book for older kids, probably 14 or 15 and up. It has graphic sexual scenes, and some mature-choice words. Worth it!

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