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text 2020-08-28 23:47
LAST CASE AT A BAGGAGE AUCTION by Eric J. Guignard
Last Case at a Baggage Auction - Eric Guignard

LAST CASE AT A BAGGAGE AUCTION is a killer novella of quiet horror and it's a blast!

 

Set in Detroit in the sixties, Charlie and his buddy Ray make a living scrounging about, making bets, and by buying baggage at auctions. Apparently this was a thing back then. Similar to the storage lockers of today, they bid on each bag-but they aren't allowed to look inside them. After getting home with their booty, they have fun discovering what's inside. Ray goes last and opens his big case, and discovers a gramophone with some old records. Charlie and Ray listen, struggling to understand what is being said. They became uneasy with it and so did I! What were the people on the wax disc saying? Why does it make both men uncomfortable? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I'm not going to get too far into the plot, but I thought these characters were deftly drawn and I could easily relate to all of them, most especially Charlie. He's not a bad guy and is struggling a little bit to find his place in life. A better friend would be hard to find.

 

As the tale progresses, things change drastically and in the second half we learn more about the gramophone and its owner. Towards the end, I felt a distinct cosmic horror vibe, even though this really wasn't a novella of cosmic horror. That might've just been me, but I'd be happy to discuss with you after you're done reading!

 

Highly recommended!

 

Get your copy here: LAST CASE AT A BAGGAGE AUCTION

 

*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2020-08-11 16:18
STOKER'S WILDE WEST by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
Stoker's Wilde West - Stephen Hopstaken,Melissa Prusi

STOKER'S WILDE WEST is a follow-up to last year's STOKER'S WILDE. I think this book is even better than the first.

 

Bram Stoker is about to take the theatrical group he manages for Henry Irving to play NYC. He plans to bring his wife Florence and their new son, Noel, along for the ride. Oscar Wilde has recently returned from touring the states and has developed a bit of fame there. When Stoker is asked by Robert Roosevelt to help the Americans in sussing out a nest of vampires, Wilde joins him and we're off for a Wilde ride!

 

Like Dracula, this book is in epistolary form, which I love. Culled from the characters' journals, reports to the White Worm Society, (a group which formed to investigate the occult, among other things), and diary entries, we are treated to different viewpoints of several events. These are really what makes the book, because these entries are often hilarious as Stoker and Wilde do not really care for each other.

 

All kinds of famous people from that time in history show up or are otherwise mentioned. Personalities such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, the Roosevelt family, and Arthur Conan Doyle, to name just a few. All of which contribute to make this book as funny and interesting as it is.

 

The historical fiction, a respect for the original works of these authors, and a great sense of humor all combine with some amazing storytelling in this fun wild west story. Highly recommended!

 

Available today, here: STOKER'S WILDE WEST

 

*Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2020-07-28 15:06
THE HOLLOW ONES by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan, narrated by Brittany Pressley
The Hollow Ones - Chuck Hogan,Brittany Pressley,Guillermo del Toro

Reminiscent of THE THING or perhaps FALLING ANGEL, THE HOLLOW ONES was a good time!

 

We follow a young female FBI agent named Odessa Hardwicke, as she is temporarily suspended for an officer involved shooting, wherein her partner was the victim and she the perpetrator. She ends up taking a desk job until everything is sorted out. She takes over the desk of an agent on medical leave and for...spoiler-ific reasons, she goes to meet him. He then tells her to mail a letter, which she does and then, POOF! We meet Hugo Blackwood, Occult Detective. Why did she shoot her own partner? How is Blackwood going to help her? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I absolutely love the idea of an occult detective and this one being named Mr. Blackwood, is, (I'm guessing), an homage to Algernon. I need to know more about him and the Hollow Ones. Being a man who has lived for a long, long time there could be many more stories about him and his history. I want to read them.

 

Brittany Pressley is the narrator and she's completely new to me. I thought her voicing performance was pretty good. (I think Ray Porter has spoiled me as far as narrators go, he is so great at changing voices.)

 

I'm being totally honest here, this book did not knock my socks off. It did pique my interest, though, and I enjoyed the finale quite a bit-enough to continue on with the series. I hope that Mr. Blackwood will be an integral part of it, as I found him to be infinitely more interesting than Odessa.

 

Recommended!

 

*Thank to the publisher and NetGalley for the audio download provided in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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url 2020-07-17 15:12
Research on Aircraft Galley Equipment Market (impact of COVID-19) with Top Players

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url 2020-07-17 15:03
AIRCRAFT GALLEY EQUIPMENT MARKET ANALYSIS

Aircraft galley equipment include various electric and non-electric inserts. Electric insert includes water boilers, coffee makers, beverage makers, chillers, air chillers, dishwasher, food warmers, and refrigeration system. Non- electric insert includes rack, serving pots, tray, trolley, dishes, utensils used for cooking, and trash compactor. Aircraft galley is used for cooking food and storing material related to kitchen. To provide better services to customers, aircraft service providers or manufacturers deploy galleys on aircrafts. These type of galley equipment are available on various type of aircrafts such as narrow-body, wide-body, and very large body.

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