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text 2018-10-05 13:00
~The Ritual~

"Do not fear, Anne! We will save you from your demons!"

*whispers* "Lord Demon, we will bring you forth, oh Majestic Master."

 

 

 

"This guide book shoud help us...sweet friend."

*whispers* It will help us Lord Demon..."

 

"Grady Hendrix is a master of his craft, soon you shall be free...Ma-- Anne!"

 

"It is DONE!"

 

 

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text 2018-07-10 18:45
June 2018-That's A Wrap!
Providence: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Hyenas - Michael Sellars
The Tea Party - Charles L. Grant,Matt Godfrey
Lucifer, Book One - Neil Gaiman,Ryan Kelly,James Hodgkins,Dean Ormston,Peter Gross,Chris Weston,Scott Hampton,Mike Carey
The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay
Sea of Rust - C. Robert Cargill
They Feed - Jason Parent
The Woman in the Woods - John Connolly
An Exorcism of Angels - Stephanie M. Wytovich,Corinne Gahan

I only read 11 books last month! 

 

 

Graphic Novels

 

 

Lucifer, Book One by Mike Carey 5*

 

Total: 1

 

Novellas

 

Total: 0

 

Audiobooks 

 

Born a Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 5*

The Tea Party by Charles Grant, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4*

An Exorcism of Angels by Stephanie M. Wytovich, (poetry) narrated by Corinne Gahan 4*

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill, narrated by Eva Kaminski 3.5*

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

 

Hyenas by Michael Sellars 4*

Providence by Caroline Kepnes 4.5*

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay 4*

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly 5*

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets & Outright Lies From a Lifetime of Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss 4*

They Feed by Jason Parent 4*

 

Total: 6

 

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

 

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6.Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

 

 Running Total: 85

 

 

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review 2018-06-06 22:30
AN EXORCISM OF ANGELS by Stephanie M. Wytovich, narrated by Corinne Gahan
An Exorcism of Angels - Stephanie M. Wytovich,Corinne Gahan

AN EXORCISM OF ANGELS is a volume of dark, disturbing, down and dirty poetry.

 

Usually poetry is not my thing, but I won an Audible copy so I had nothing to lose. I soon discovered that I like this type of poetry quite a bit! At the same time, I learned that I could not listen to it all at once, like a novel. I listened to a handful of poems at a time and then I would need to take a break. There are a lot of poems contained within-at first I started to rate each one, but like I said there are a lot of poems here and that became too time consuming. Also, since this was on audio through Audible, (and not Overdrive), there was no way to bookmark the ones I especially enjoyed.

 

To address the poetry itself: here can be found bad boyfriends, murderous girlfriends, ghosts in the attic, drugs in all their different forms-be they delivered by stinging needles, burning lines up the nose, or popping pills-they're all present within these pages. There is self hate, self love, even both at the same time. There is also an affection for words and storytelling that comes through these mostly short but powerful verses.

 

Regarding the narrator, Corinne Gahan, she was excellent. It took a little while to get used to her voicing, but I loved the little extras she added to the words.

 

Dark and devilish, this volume of powerful poetry isn't messing around. It's blunt and in your face. Do you think you can handle it? If so, you should. You should handle it right now. Highly recommended!

 

*I won this audio-book via Twitter, but this is my honest opinion, regardless.*

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review 2018-02-25 00:00
My Best Friend's Exorcism
My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady Hendrix She remembers when the word “friend” could draw blood


This was one of those books that I noticed on the shelf and pretty much decided to buy before I even picked it up. The cover is designed like a video rental jacket from the 80’s, front to back, right down to the “Be Kind, Rewind” sticker, and it’s like I had no choice. I still remember in fourth grade when the one liquor store in town started renting VCRs and movies on VHS, and just looking at this book brought back the sights and sounds and smells of that place.

The book itself ticked pretty much all of the 80’s nostalgia boxes for me. Chapters named with 80’s pop songs. Two girls crying over the ending of E.T. Halley’s Comet. Birthday party at the roller rink. And that damned Geraldo special on satan worshippers. I didn’t sleep for three months after I watched that. 14-year-old me was an idiot.

As a horror story, it never quite landed for me. There were some creepy moments, including one in the dark out in the woods that totally played on my own (still-existing) fear of the dark, but after that, it steered more towards a high school version of Witches of Eastwick. That’s a-ok with me.

It’s really just a very 80’s story of BFFs. One girl is rich, the other poor and on scholarship to their snooty private school. They hang around with other rich girls, experimenting with drugs in spite of Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign. There’s drama and a falling out and mean-girl vindictiveness.

The actual exorcism, led by a young, muscled Jesus freak that the main character met after he starred in a bonkers but completely believable school assembly, was a bit of a letdown, too drawn out and repetitive to achieve full impact. But then the ending was satisfying enough that I can overlook the rest.

I don’t know how appealing this book would be to someone who doesn’t remember the 80’s, but for this Gen-Xer, it was money well-spent.

(This review was originally posted as part of Cannonball Read 10.)
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review 2018-02-25 00:00
My Best Friend's Exorcism
My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady Hendrix She remembers when the word “friend” could draw blood


This was one of those books that I noticed on the shelf and pretty much decided to buy before I even picked it up. The cover is designed like a video rental jacket from the 80’s, front to back, right down to the “Be Kind, Rewind” sticker, and it’s like I had no choice. I still remember in fourth grade when the one liquor store in town started renting VCRs and movies on VHS, and just looking at this book brought back the sights and sounds and smells of that place.

The book itself ticked pretty much all of the 80’s nostalgia boxes for me. Chapters named with 80’s pop songs. Two girls crying over the ending of E.T. Halley’s Comet. Birthday party at the roller rink. And that damned Geraldo special on satan worshippers. I didn’t sleep for three months after I watched that. 14-year-old me was an idiot.

As a horror story, it never quite landed for me. There were some creepy moments, including one in the dark out in the woods that totally played on my own (still-existing) fear of the dark, but after that, it steered more towards a high school version of Witches of Eastwick. That’s a-ok with me.

It’s really just a very 80’s story of BFFs. One girl is rich, the other poor and on scholarship to their snooty private school. They hang around with other rich girls, experimenting with drugs in spite of Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign. There’s drama and a falling out and mean-girl vindictiveness.

The actual exorcism, led by a young, muscled Jesus freak that the main character met after he starred in a bonkers but completely believable school assembly, was a bit of a letdown, too drawn out and repetitive to achieve full impact. But then the ending was satisfying enough that I can overlook the rest.

I don’t know how appealing this book would be to someone who doesn’t remember the 80’s, but for this Gen-Xer, it was money well-spent.

(This review was originally posted as part of Cannonball Read 10.)
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