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text 2017-09-27 14:23
Daimonion (Apocalypse) - J. P. Jackson Daimonion (Apocalypse) - J. P. Jackson
My Review~
 
I love fantasy, supernatural and paranormal books. They don’t have to have gay characters, although I might’ve appreciated the Mortal Instruments attempts. Maybe not. I drew the line at Evernight though, that was deeply depressing and morbid. I just know I’ll be ridiculed further if I admit my secret Twilight love. I read them all. Like, multiple times. I can’t help it, I love Twilight. My creepy love hate with Edward, that tortured old vamp stalker wrapped up in a pretty skin bow, just hanging around watching his perennially whiny Bella sleeping at night. Gaaaaawd, it’s confession time! I admit it, okay? I also went to chicks at the flicks screenings with my friends to watch the whole series. I might’ve been the only guy there. Whatevs~ you also might find me running cooking demos under the name Taaaanya on weekends. Me to me: Shut up, Lee. You’re losing cred before you start this review. My point? Daimonion is like Nicki Minaj freaking out on the back of Edward Cullen, or me in a French maid apron demoing, something you never saw coming.Nicki minaj riding EC
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Somewhere among these wartime houses, behind the cracked walls and beneath the peeling shingles, there was something that belonged to us.
I hunted a lost child: a dark child.
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Dati’s an okay guy for a demon. He doesn’t want his job but it’s all he’s got and he’s doing the best he can. He’s stuck because satyr man makes sure he has a hold on his cohort. I wish I didn’t have to do this. I wish I wasn’t so lonely. I wish to be free. Silly thoughts. Punishable thoughts.
Me to Dati: So punishable, and who wants a satyr’s  hoofslap? Stay strong, I like you. Master Satyr is real bitch. I mean, really bitchy. Master suffers from TDS~~Terrible Demon Syndrome. He rides Dati’s arse to collect children for his dark army and holds meetings that make unions totes necessary for workers. If you think loss of penalty rates is bad, master injects living nano bugs into his workers. Bugs that spit out of their body when they’re near whatever target evil wants then turns them into giant freaking pods~ and that’s the good part. Satyr Silenus is also running a creepy side game with a young guy’s head. This guy is tied up with Dati but I kept hearing Darth Vader saying: Alyx, I am your white van driving, satyr forest hook up father. 
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Different characters make appearances. Some make impressions, hiya Jenae and Hemming, and some make up numbers. Jenae and her crew reminded me of Hocus Pocus and the Sanderson Sisters meets Mean Girls Regina, Gretchen and Karen. Can you imagine that divine movie?
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Silenus wants Hell on earth and for Satan to take control. Demon rulers, human guinea pigs. Yadda~ yadda, arsehole. “He can bring us to freedom, to create for us a world where our pleasure, our needs, our desires can be explored without being punished, banished, or destroyed. Imagine a world where humans are freely available to us for our use!” Me to SilenusYou’re sounding just a little cray there, Silenus. Calm your tits, hon.
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Dati and his pod producing crew want to make sure it doesn’t happen to the world. Dati likes humans and the others are being controlled against their will by Silenus. Who’s going to win this battle? I’ve got money on Alyx, or Mothra II as I came to think of him. He was one of the pod people but he became biologically supercharged. I know Alyx has some powers but he’s brooding right now so come back for book #2, y’all.
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Alyx and Jenae are joined to Silenus but not because they want to be. Alyx did have the hots for Dati but the change  gave him anger management issues. Stay tuned. I’m sure some gay demon love is coming. Demons need lovin’ too.
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Daimonion serves up dark demon realness. There’s witchy magic and horror, spookiness and humour. Mostly there’s demons on the loose with a despot’s plans for world domination, enslaving anyone in the way. Run now before they pod people you!! That scared me. I blame certain parental units for making me watch triffids. Have you seen them? Ick! Lots of supernatural badassery in Daimonion, and I for one welcome our demon overlords: Shhh~not really. Bleed for me, baby, and I’ll see you next book.      
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review 2017-09-27 03:51
Reborn (Bound Gods #4) by Adrienne Wilder
Reborn - Adrienne Wilder

For all its faults and plot holes and patches and more of the same, the series is extremely engaging. 
Give me MOAR!!!

sirisly, im a frigging addict @.o

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review 2017-09-26 23:11
A Post-Apocalypse story with heart and grit…
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski

 

Book Title:  Everything Under the Sun

Author:  Jessica Redmerski

Series:  Everything Under the Sun #1

Genre:  Dystopian

Setting:  USA

Source:  Own on Kindle

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.6/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.8/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:   5/5  Cliffhanger:  OMG

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I love Atticus. I love Thais.  And I LOVE Atticus and Thais together.  That ending gutted me.   This story terrified me…it's seems like something that could happen…all of it.  It's so f-ed up…and so amazing, especially between Atticus and Thais.  My only qualm, other than that hella cliffhanger ending is the length.  It's so freaking long, there are places where it could have been shortened up a tad and still felt completely epic.

 

Will I continue this series I cannot wait…and I have no idea how long I have to wait for it…it's not even on goodreads, yet...which sucks.

 

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text 2017-09-03 18:26
"After The Apocalypse" by Maureen McHugh
After the Apocalypse - Maureen F. McHugh

After The Apocalypse" is a collection of nine short stories that look at events in different near-futures after a disaster of some kind.

 

As you'd expect with Maureen McHugh, the stories tell us as much about the world we live in as the possible future being described.

 

She has a flair for looking at the world through the eyes of the disadvantaged, the marginalized and the at risk and an impressive ability to build future worlds and believable characters using very few words. Almost every story describes a near-future that stimulates, surprises and convinces and populates it with characters that I recognize and care about.

 

If you're not familiar with Maureen McHugh's work, this is a good introduction. If you're already a fan then these stories are a treat not to be missed.

 

I've given short comments on each story below to give you a flavour of the collection. Some of them are available on line if you want to sample them but to get them all, you'll need to buy the book.

 

The Naturalist

This is dark, surprising and not at all your average zombie story. In this tale of a Zombie Preserve being used as a prison compound cum death-by-zombie execution sentence, the walking dead are not the thing you should be afraid of.  I enjoyed the way this story makes the Rational Observer, so beloved of many science fiction stories, into something quite chilling.

 

Special Economics

This near future story is set in a post-plague China, faced with a scarcity of workers for the first time. It describes a brand of Corporate Slavery that was once common in the US and is now rumoured to be used when the US outsources work to less regulated nations.  It appealed to me because it showed how ordinary people will find a way to overcome the economic obstacles in their way.

 

Useless Things

This is one of the simplest and most powerful stories in the book. It is permeated with a sense of threat, of the real possibility of imminent loss. It captures the quiet desperation of living a life on the edge of an unstoppable slide into poverty and homelessness; of wanting to help others but being afraid that they will do you harm; of having little control and less hope; of having enough to lose to cause worry but not enough wealth to buy security. It's the perfect tale for Trump's America.

 

The Lost Boy: A Reporter at Large

This one didn't engage me. It felt like an essay on disassociative states and what they imply about identity. It was interesting but it didn't hook my emotions.

 

The Kingdom of the Blind

This is the most plausible story about the possible emergence of an AI "awareness" that I've read. It's mercifully free of anthropomorphization. There are also so nice points made about women in the coding world that made me think of the recent Google embarrassment.

 

Going to France

This is the shortest story and the most bizarre. I felt its pull but it was just a little too far out for me.

 

Honeymoon

I loved the first line of this:

 

"I was an aggravated bride."

 

It got me straight inside the head of the woman telling the story. She's a forceful working class woman, who's been working in McDonald's plus two other jobs that paid for her wedding. At first, it seems that she's leading a relatively unexplored life but as the story progresses and she faces some abnormal events, it becomes clear that she is making informed, even philosophical choices because that's the kind of person she is.

 

The Effect of Centrifugal Forces

This is told from multiple points of view. Unfortunately, the narrator didn't demonstrate this very well and I got confused from time to time. It's focused on people under pressure who can't hold themselves or their lives together.

 

After the Apocalypse

This is the strongest story in the collection. It showcases Maureen McHugh's ability to help us see the people in the situation and then help us to see the situation differently.

We've been saturated with post-apocalyptic worlds where we revert to something less than we used to be in order to survive. We've been fed tropes about tough survivalists and ruthless raiders and the crumbling remnants of an order that doesn't know it's already extinct. It's like we're practising for something that we expect to happen soon so that we'll know what to expect and what choices to make.

 

We've been saturated with post-apocalyptic worlds where we revert to something less than we used to be in order to survive. We've been fed tropes about tough survivalists and ruthless raiders and the crumbling remnants of an order that doesn't know it's already extinct. It's like we're practising for something that we expect to happen soon so that we'll know what to expect and what choices to make.

 

The achievement of this short story is that it humanises the tropes we've been taught. It shows us that, in other parts of the world, the apocalypse has already arrived and that the flood of refugees we are so used to seeing on the media could one day be us.

 

The story is told from the point of view of a woman on the road with her daughter, heading through an America without electricity or fuel or clean water or food or any of the things that Americans take for granted.

 

As they travel, the woman slowly comes to realise that everything she knew is gone. That even though she's an American, she's now just another refugee. Then she decides what to do about it.

 

Her situation, her reactions and her final choice seemed very real to me. After the apocalypse, we're still there, only the future we assumed we were entitled to is missing. Dealing with that realisation would tell each of us a great deal about who we have always been.

 

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review 2017-08-30 02:06
Wow, I can't believe it's over...
The Dark Tower - George Guidall,Stephen King

 

 

And...

 

did that really just happen???

 

This series has been part of my life for months and I can't believe it's over. Though there is another book from somewhere in the middle that I still need to read: Wind Through the Keyhole. I think it tells some of Roland's early adventures.

 

I loved the series and wished it would never end. Part of the ending really pleased me and the other part made me a bit angry. Of course, King knew that would be the case and warned me before the final bit of the story. But, I didn't listen - I had to see what was going to happen. 

 

I heard the movie is sort of a continuation of the series, and I guess I now understand how that could be (sort of). Of course, I haven't seen the movie yet and now it looks like I will have to wait for it to come out digitally, so...

 

I don't have much else to say except if you are a Stephen King fan or a fan of epic fantasies, you should give this series a try.

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