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review 2017-10-01 00:00
Clowns
Clowns - Michael Kamp Clowns - Michael Kamp Clowns was an interesting experience for me. The author had submitted it as a children’s horror, but when I started reading it, there were a few things that raised questionable flags. Namely, the amount of cursing in Clowns. I tabled the question about the cursing to ask the author about later, and continued to read the book. And I enjoyed it. This is the first book I’ve read by Michael Kamp, but I will definitely be checking out more of his work when it makes the jump to English.

In regards to the cursing, there’s definitely a cultural difference present. In Michael’s home country cursing is a lot more acceptable, so this would be a good book for 10+ there. Here, though, in America, booksellers would probably be publicly shamed if they tried to shelve this in the kid’s section. Clowns would be considered appropriate for a 12+ audience here, and not even that if your undies are kept in a constant bunch by the idea of kids reading foul language. There were one or two other things that made me aware that this was not a book written by someone who lived in America. Nothing as potentially offensive as the cursing was, just a “Hm. No chance of that happening here.”

However, for all the differences, a small town is a small town. And some things remain the same where ever you are. In this case, you have hooligans hitting mailboxes and pretending they’re big and bad. Gossip that spreads like wildfire. A tale of terror that ends in death. Finally, of course, there’s the mystery and the intrepid young survivor. Kamp takes familiar elements and, adding his own touch, gives readers a story of blood and guts.

Clowns was well-written and perfect for anyone who loved the movie Killer Klownz from Outer Space. While it doesn’t quite achieve that level of camp, Kamp’s Clowns channels that same absurd-horror feel. There are a few scenes that are so well imagined that the can easily get a great mental picture of them. Michael Kamp has the ability to put his readers so neatly into the story that you can practically smell the forest and face paint. Oh, and I loved the reference to Night of the Living Dead as well.

A few lines that made me laugh:
“The whole scary clown craze had started in the U.S. Because of course it did.”

and
“Oscar looked at him in silent amazement. Did adults realize how much their advice usually sucked? ‘Think about something else…’"


Overall, Kamp’s Clowns is a great piece of short fiction, coming in at just 92 pages. It’s definitely the correct length for a younger reader’s book, but parental discretion is advised. This would be a great gift to give to your family coulrophobe for Halloween (or Christmas, depending on how evil you are).

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author free for review consideration.
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review 2017-07-20 18:45
Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi, narrated by Rob Shapiro
Insane Clown President - Matt Taibbi,Rob Shapiro

 

The only thing I really miss about my Rolling Stone subscription is the reporting of Matt Taibbi. And maybe the scary-ass environmental articles written by Bill McKibben. (I canceled my 25 year standing order because they had the audacity, {stupidity?}, to put the Boston bomber POS on the cover. I'm surprised this Massachusetts girl received her copy intact and not covered in spittle.) When I saw the audio of this book was available at my library, I eagerly put it on hold, but I'm sorry to say I'm a bit disappointed.

 

What I liked about this book was Taibbi's bluntness about the state of our media and the role that it plays in elections. I also liked his exploration of how that role has changed over the years-especially in regards to the 24 hour news cycle that now dominates our airwaves. I also liked the fact that he was hard on Hillary and her campaign. I'm not a Trump fan but I'm not a Hillary fan either. Taibbi went into some depth about how our candidates are selected in this country and it's not by us-America's citizens. It's by money. It's by the press. It's by those powerful people behind the scenes and their machinations. It's disgusting.

 

Regarding the media...all these talking heads and pundits and opinions. What happened to the freaking NEWS? What happened to the facts? I hate to say that Trump is right about anything, but the media is no longer trustworthy, if it ever was. They are out to sell us what they consider news. And guess what? Poverty doesn't sell. No one wants to see homeless people while they're eating dinner. People might turn the channel! No one could go without covering Trump's antics during the campaign, or even now, because people love that stuff! Here we are 6 months into Trump's administration and what has he accomplished? We're all too interested in Russia and Trump's Twitter feed to look too closely. Every time he Tweets the public is distracted. Again.

 

What I didn't like about this book, at least at times, was its flippancy. The campaign drinking games portion could have been funny-if it was done just once. Doing it twice, with lists of rules a mile long was redundant and irritating. The portion about who would play these candidates in a movie was also boring. I love Matt Taibbi's sense of humor and razor sharp wit, but I think these chapters were cheap shots and beneath his abilities and intellect. Then again, the title of the book is Insane Clown President and some of these things ARE insane.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I still love Taibbi. I wouldn't recommend it to Hillary lovers though, unless they are ready to hear some hard truths. I expect that many are not.

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review 2017-06-09 14:04
Clowning Around by Chris Kosarich
Clowning Around - Chris Kosarich

Clowning Around is a super short story featuring Tricksy the clown. I enjoyed it!

 

Tricksy makes a deal with two young budding film makers and then...things go wrong.

 

Even though I found this tale to be a bit predictable, I would love to read more about Tricksy!

 

 

You can get your copy here: Clowning Around

 

*I received a free copy of this short story in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-05-26 12:30
Boo! by David Haynes
Boo! - David Haynes

 

Cue the circus music! Boo! was just plain fun! What horror fan doesn't enjoy a good evil clown story? I know of exactly none. 

 

A young boy has his smile stolen when a clown murders his parents right in front of him. How that affects him and those around him is the basic plot of this book. Toss in the author of a book called Clownz, a spunky police detective, and a super lovable grehyound, and that basically rounds out our main cast of characters.

 

Everything moves along, maybe not always completely believable, but that's ok-evil clowns can make up for a lot and these are especially evil. There are some nasty scenes in this book, and man oh man, it's just so darn FUN! (I may have mentioned that before.)

 

If you're in the mood for some creepy-ass clowns, characters you can relate to, and a fast paced story you can take down in a few settings, Boo! is what you need! Just don't blame me if you wake up in the night, and there's a dark figure in the shadows of your bedroom. You'll just have to hope that Sparkles decides to spare you.

 

Highly recommended to fans of creepy clowns!

 

You can scare yourself silly here: Boo!

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review 2016-10-13 22:15
It by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber
It - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Steven Weber

 

For my third re-read of this door-stopper, I decided to listen to the audio version-narrated by Steven Weber. I absolutely adored it! Weber's narration was SO perfect.

 

Basically, nothing has changed regarding how I feel about this book. I still love it. I know it's too wordy, but I love all the words anyway. I love the interludes about Derry and all of its horrible history. I love every single one of the Loser's Club and I'm teary-eyed at the thought of leaving them behind once again. I think I might even miss Pennywise. Just a little bit. 

 

 

I read this with a bunch of Goodreads friends and one ex-Bookliker-Cody. He was a current Bookliker when we started, though, so I'm counting this as a buddy read with friends towards my Halloween Bingo. 

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