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review 2018-04-20 18:30
SHOCK Anthology edited by Joe Pruett
SHOCK Anthology - Joe Pruitt

 

SHOCK Anthology is a collection of short stories told via comics. Being a lover of short stories, and taking into consideration that super cool cover, how could I resist? As with any anthology, some of the stories worked for me and some did not. One thing I learned was that I needed to go through this volume slowly, otherwise moving from comic to comic, each being totally different in writing and artwork styles, was too jarring.

 

That said, these are the tales that stood out for me:

 

THE LAST DANCE WITH YOU: was a beautifully told story and even though the clues were there, I didn't catch on to where the story was going until we arrived.

 

DUMB BITCH: Don't you touch that dog!

 

ISTANBUL: I loved this one because the art work was gorgeous and evocative, even with no words.

 

THE DEAD CITY AWOKE: This tale was super short and had few words, but the art was simply breathtaking. (Probably my favorite graphics in this collection.)

 

LIVE OR DIE: A spooky story taking place in the middle of a war battle.

 

DEVOLUTION: I loved this dystopian tale of caution even if it was a bit implausible. I see seeds of this in our day to day living right now and I often wonder where it's going to end up. DEVOLUTION presents its own ideas as to how things will turn out.

 

MOMENTS: With tongue firmly in cheek, this tale about social media and how far it could, (will?), go was hilarious and disturbing all at once. With so many people paying way too much attention to their online lives and so little to their actual lives, I thought this tale was a fun and unsettling way to look at what the future might bring.

 

Overall, I enjoyed the concept of this book and the book itself. With lots of variety and something for everyone, I recommend this fun volume to fans of short stories,comics and graphic novels!

 

*Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This is it.*

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review 2018-04-16 10:49
Enjoyable collection of crime short stories
CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour - Martin Edwards

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This collection of CWA short stories about various crimes is most enjoyable and by a variety of thriller writers including Ann Cleeves and other well-known authors. The stories are gathered under the theme of travel and, as one might expect from a collection of short stories, some are better than others – or rather more pleasing depending on the individual's taste (for example, I particularly enjoyed the last one by William Ryan).

I read these between full novels as a nice short alternative and I recommend them to all lovers of crime fiction.

 

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review 2018-04-08 21:42
Until I Fade: A Kol Anderson Anthology
Until I Fade: A Kol Anderson Anthology - Kol Anderson

It dawned on me about halfway through this that I had read another book by this author that did not go well AT ALL.  Happy to say this was much better overall.  But man was this everything the warnings indicate and more.  This was utterly disturbing but I found myself unable to put this down.

 

There are 4 stories in this anthology as follows:

 

Don't be Afraid of the Dark - 3 Stars

 

This one has some pretty sadistic torture with a vampire plot.  For much of the story I was left scratching my head how the story would merge but I loved when it did. I did think the story overall ended way too quickly and I wanted another turning and vampire bonding to close this one out.

 

Slave - 2 Stars 

 

Phew...this was was sadistic and full of some pretty awful torture.  Again, it ended abruptly.  

 

Sin - 4 Stars

 

This one is easily the most disturbing of the 4.  Good lord this poor kid was self destructive and so abused.  Note that this one includes rape, incest and some pretty heavy drug use. But overall I felt this one was the best of the 4 and had the most character development and craziest ending.

 

Fugue - 2.5 Stars 

 

This was was just weird and yet written in a way that leaves you wondering what was real and what was not.  Not a lot of torture in this one but more possible alien abduction.

 

Overall, these are written better than the book I had previously read by this author and overall I was pulled in and unable to set this down.  Note that while this is full of non-con sexual situations there is no detailed sex in these stories.  Overall everything is implied and handled without getting into the specific acts themselves which helped me a lot.

 

Overall a 3 Star read for the book, with stories ranging from 2-4 Stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-03-26 17:29
Horror Shorts – Hardened Hearts by Gwendolyn Kiste @gwendolynkiste
Hardened Hearts - Eddie Generous,Somer Canon,Calvin Demmer,Gwendolyn Kiste,Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi,Meg Elison,Theresa Braun,Laura Blackwell,John Boden,Kathleen W. Deady,James R. Newman

 

 

Hardened Hearts

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MY REVIEW

 

Hardened Hearts is a collection of short stories that is gross, lovely, sad, scary, terrifying, evil and all that is in between. The characters hearts will be laid bare, some  you can literally  see. Are you afraid yet? Some of the horror can be  in told a few pages, some will take longer, but all of them are sure to entertain you. I give the collection four stars, but have also included a one sentence review for each story.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

 

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review 2018-03-23 00:00
The Sirens of SaSS Anthology
The Sirens of SaSS Anthology - Amy Marie,Ann Mayburn,Lexi Buchanan,Lydia Michaels,M.E. Montgomery,Maria Vickers,Melanie Moreland,Sam JD Hunt,Julie Mishler,Hazel James,Cat Johnson,CD Bradley,Dani René,DD Lorenzo,Elizabeth SaFleur,Jennifer L. Armentrout,Kat Mizera,Laci Paige

Let the temptation commence. Sirens of Sass takes a walk on the wild side with an abundance of naughty to go with a hint of sugar. Get ready for a slow burn with inferno worthy results. Escape into a world of spicy stories where hormones are the dish of the day with a little side of heart.

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