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review 2017-03-21 02:49
Ink and Shadows (Ink and Shadows #1) by Rhys Ford
Ink and Shadows - Rhys Ford

While reading the length of this book, one star. <----- That pretty much sums up the state of editing in this book. Hence the rating.


I was sooooo looking froward to this book! This is pre-Kai Gracen universe, I was told. But the moment I dug in.... *sigh* I expected horror elements, of course, but not like this :/

This is a horror, alright. This. Is. Frigging terrible. Who "edited" this book? They really need to be fired. Like 3 years ago. Before this mess came out :/

Warning: Misplaced modifiers, POV ping-pong, adjectives (ab)used as nouns.

I lost the story behind this terror! :/ Sure, horror was never my poison, but it's on me, not the author. I still love Kai Gracen, but he certainly received much more attention from people who somewhat know how to apply English grammar to a written text. It wasn't perfect, but it was readable. Lack of editing in its entirety, however, I cannot forgive. Not where it comes to a published book. Not when that book costs you 7 bucks :/

I am beyond disappointed and this.... this close to DNF.

66% After acquiring a massive headache that not even sake can heal, I am DNF-ing. My brains says No. More!

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review 2017-01-13 01:08
Bloodlust: A Tale of Erotic Yaoi Horror by Amelita Rae
Bloodlust: A Tale of Erotic Yaoi Horror - Amelita Rae

Want to mention: inconsistencies, contradictions, messed up narrative (not always sure in which timeline I was), cliches and various other wtf-ery waiting for you on every page and in every paragraph. But, yaoi novel, what did I expect. I went for something naive and low quality - a quicky, if you please - and I got it for about 60%.

And then BIG guns came out.

NOT A SPOILER, BUT A SERIOUS WARNING (this is all in the book, not my words, except for "wtf", so keep your finger off that "flag" button):


The book took a turn for pure brutality: brutal rape, brutal beatings, brutal murder, brutal zombies, brutal weres, brutal winter, just effing brutal all around with a bouquet of taboos thrown in just for the shocker. It includes consuming human flesh, tearing off limbs, sucking out brains and eyes, ripping out "bowels", fisting, tearing up assholes (literally, of course), dancing on the bloody floor and stomping through the guts, watersports, piss enemas, knotting, implied incest (why not go all the way, wtf?), bestiality and manimal sex/rape (shifted form). I am sure I missed a few juicy bits while rolling my eyes. Please, don't hold it against me.

1 star for the first 60-65%, which still contained a story. The rest - super-massive black hole.

Thank you for your time.

PS Must mention: one of the scenes in the book reminds me strongly ofPrisoner in the Viewfinder. Particularly the scene on the cruise ship with Michael Arbatov, his uncle Yuri and Akihito. A young blond photographer, a pure soul, raped and abused by bad Russian homophobic mobsters.

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text 2016-09-17 03:45
The Nameless City, by H. P. Lovecraft
The Nameless City - H.P. Lovecraft

Horror is not my thing.  I actually dislike being scared.  So I kind of cheated on the Genre: Horror Bingo square, choosing one of Lovecraft's short stories rather than something longer that might give me a bad case of the creeps.


I had read some Lovecraft many, many years ago, and did indeed get a bit creeped out, but his style is very impressive and not easily forgotten.  I've recognized his imitators and would-be imitators often. 


The Nameless City is typical Lovecraft style, with the almost, but not quite, florid prose, the emphasis on atmosphere rather than character.  Like the desert ruin he explores, the narrator is also nameless, and fearless as he digs through the city no one else has seen.  He discovers the eerie relics left behind by the forgotten race that must have built the city but cannot discern their significance.  The reader, of course, figures it out before the narrator, who cannot hear the warnings. Even if he could, by then it is too late.


Creepy, but not enough to keep me awake tonight, and that's a good thing!


In addition to the similarities in style -- and the use of nameless narrators -- I saw some elements from The Nameless City had also been used in Anthony Coburn's The Tale of the Fourth Stranger: the narrow passageway and the phosphorescent light in the abyss being the most apparent.  All writers are readers first, and it's almost inconceivable that Coburn didn't read Lovecraft. 


I'm just glad to have this one over and done with.  And I have my first Bingo!

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review 2016-06-09 04:02
Pale as a Ghost by Stephen Osborne
Pale as a Ghost - Stephen Osborne

I wish I could give it five, but the sheer amount of car accidents got to me.

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text 2016-04-09 20:39
A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by K.J. Charles
A Case of Possession - K.J. Charles

Loved the complicated case of possession, pretty twisted story - ha-ha :)

At the same time, more than a few episodes felt anticlimactic, not only from the emotional point of view, but also anticipation built-wise.

Didn't care much for rats (footage, deepage, head count), they kept drawing me away from the people in that last battle.

Other than that - sweet, sweet thing! 4 stars =)


And height difference? ADORBS!



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