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text 2017-01-25 22:36
Reading progress update: I've read 55% and I'm setting this aside.
Highwayman - Craig Saunders

After forcing myself to skim a bit today, I'm throwing in the towel on this book.


For whatever reason, it's just not working for me or holding my attention.


I may pick it up at another time. This is not a reflection on the author, but instead a reflection of my mindset right now. Your mileage may vary.

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review 2016-12-26 16:55
Fungoid by William Meikle
Fungoid - William Meikle


With a pace so rapid it's hard to catch your breath, William Meikle's Fungoid destroys society.


Starting with an oily rain and ending with spore-releasing creatures it's hard to describe, mankind is suddenly struggling to survive. Even though that sounds far-fetched here in my review, in this book it is all too real. That could partly be due to Meikle's history as a biologist. I'm not sure where to attribute the credit, but I can verify the science-y bits in Fungoid sounded plausible to me and they didn't bog down the pace with a bunch of big scientific words.


There were a lot of characters here for such a short novel, but I found myself invested in them and had no trouble following each one to their destiny. I think the changing points of view were a great way to show all the different aspects of the fungi as well as the experiences of different citizens across the country.


Fungoid was a lot of fun and had the fastest pace of anything I've read this year. It moved along and carried this reader right along with it. I may as well have been a spore released from a big fuzzball and blown into the wind for all the control I had putting this book down. Christmas? Who cares? The spores are spreading!


Recommended for fans of fast paced, plague spreading, biological menaces!


You can get your copy here:Fungoid


*Thanks to NetGalley and to Darkfuse for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2016-11-14 14:19
Eat the Night by Tim Waggoner
Eat the Night - Tim Waggoner

 Eat the Night really worked for me!


At first, this story features 3 plot-lines which, (of course), eventually end up coming together. Joan and Jon discover a hidden door which leads to a basement, something they thought they didn't have in their new home. Kevin works for Maintenance, an extremely important job, the details of which become clear as the story moves on. Debbie's story is the third-a woman subjecting herself to the whims of cult leader/heavy metal star, Maegarr.


The world-building regarding Maintenance and the Gyre is definitely something I'm interested in reading more about. This relates to cosmic horror but without any Lovecraftian Old Ones or anything of that sort. For this reason my curiosity about this world is piqued. I want MORE!


These three lines came together in a more than satisfactory way. I loved the ending and I believe if the story were any longer, it would have been difficult to maintain the level of tension that hummed throughout. I do have one question though: will there be more stories set in this world? I am hoping the answer is YES.


Highly recommended, especially for fans of cosmic horror, (with or without Old Ones)!


You can get your copy here: Eat the Night


*Thank you to Net Galley and Darkfuse for providing an e-ARC of this story in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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review 2016-06-01 19:24
Babylon Terminal by Greg Gifune
Babylon Terminal - Greg F. Gifune

Babylon Terminal is like an acid trip with Blade Runner running in the background. Even though there's no direct science fiction in this book, it felt like a sci-fi read and because there are "runners" my mind automatically goes to Blade Runner, but there is no real similarity between the two.


Monk is a Dreamcatcher-those whose job it is to track down runners. Runners from what and to what- that's where all the questions begin, and that IS a beginning. Are runners those who are bold enough to dream? Or are runners only those bold enough to chase those dreams? Monk is a resident of a dark city. Is there any sunlight? Why or why not? Does the dreamscape Monk travels through in pursuit of Julia, (a runner AND his wife), really exist? And the people and things he meets there, are they real? You'll have to read this and find out, (interpret?), for yourself.


I won't lie and say that I have a complete and total understanding of this story. I will say that I enjoyed the hell out of it and that's because Greg Gifune is a master of language and imagery. There are scenes in this book that I think may be with me for a long time because they were so vividly depicted. The children. The ice palace. The man in the chair. The ocean.


This book is not going to work for everyone. It requires an imagination, an open mind and the ability and willingness of the reader to give up the reins and be lead. If this sounds intriguing to you, drop those reins and let Mr. Gifune lead you to Babylon Terminal. It's the end of the road. Or is it?


Recommended to fans of Greg Gifune and to fans of ambiguous fiction.


*Thank you to Net Galley and Darkfuse for the opportunity to honestly review this e-ARC.*


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review 2016-02-21 13:57
Midnight Solitaire by Greg Gifune
Midnight Solitaire - Greg F. Gifune


This is not a typical Greg Gifune story in that it's a straightforward narrative with no real ambiguity. It was a change I welcomed.


The Dealer, (the devil?), wanders the road for souls and bodies to collect to satisfy his sick rituals and desires. Doc, (whose wife and daughter The Dealer collected), lives with only the goal of finding and killing him. This is the story of the final showdown.


There's slightly more going on here, but the reader should discover that for themselves. This novella sped right on by and before I knew it, it was all over. A fun, fast paced story without all the thinking and mulling over, (don't get me wrong, I enjoy that kind of tale too), that is often involved with reading Gifune's work.


Recommended for fans of dark fiction, especially fans of The Stand!

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