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review 2014-11-29 00:00
Anxiety: Ghouls & Ghosties - Episode 2 - A Tale of Murder, Mystery and Romance (Anxiety: A Smoke an Mirrors Book)
Anxiety: Ghouls & Ghosties - Episode 2 - A Tale of Murder, Mystery and Romance (Anxiety: A Smoke an Mirrors Book) - H. D. Thomson I received a free kindle copy of Anxiety: A Smoke & Mirrors Book, A Tale of Murder, Mystery & Romance Episode 2 by H.D. Thompson in exchange for fair review. I gave it four stars only because it was so short. Later I read that is the intention because people don't have as much time to read books. I, sadly was disappointed it ended with a cliffhanger.

This is an ongoing story of the divorced Margot & Jake her mysterious boarder who had worked with Johnny, her brother. Johnny had been killed in what was supposed to be an accident but it was a suspicious one. Malcolm, her ex- had been threatening her when this chapter started.

Can Margot figure out what's going on without resorting to alcohol? Will she be pushed into a relationship with the undesirable Carl, her best friend Joyce's brother? Will she figure out how to deal with her growing passion for Jake?

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Anxiety-Ghosties-Episode-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00PPFUNCK/ref=la_B0069DZ1KG_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417244683&sr=1-7
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review 2014-06-09 21:47
Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson) - Darynda Jones

I was semi-expecting that ending  but I literally got goosebumps from it because it was so EPIC. I fucking love Charley, and this series is just absolutely amazing.

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review 2014-06-02 11:35
First Aide Medicine
First Aide Medicine - Nicholaus Patnaude

bookshelves: published-2013, boo-scary, librarything-giveaway, summer-2013, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, young-adult, recreational-drugs, ghosties-ghoulies, suicide, noir, poetry, next, mental-health, north-americas, slit-yer-wrists-gloomy, washyourmouthout-language, under-50-ratings, revenge

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Librarything
Read from August 26 to 29, 2013


Hmm, I thought this was going to be straight forward BOO!, yet reading through the premise it looks a little too out there for my usual taste. Nevertheless, I have been happily surprised on many an occasion.
for Johnny & Cabera
“Infected minds to their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.” William Shakespeare

Opening: I want to burn down his house. I will. He used Karen. I can’t stomach that. He was older than piss and uglier than a worm. He lived just down the street with his lights on until late at night. He had an artic fox that turned blue in the summer. But then he had to gouge his kitty’s eye out when it killed his pretty blue Alopex lagopus one dreary midnight.

National Geographic photo of Artic Fox alopex lagopus

LATER: An extended prose poem featuring Jack, the narrator:'I have a decade on most of the high school kids who work here. They live with their parents too, but for them it’s more natural.'

...who is mourning Karen's suicide, even though she was hardly his girlfriend:'Karen would never understand if I told her all about those dates I’d arranged on the beach only to break and sabotage them ten minutes before they were to begin. I am not in a good enough place to commit.

...because she had an sexual relationship with an older man:'What do you see in her, old man? Why do all these antediluvian douche bags want to rip off her panties with their dentures?'

Interspersed with macabre doodles and vomit-inducing passages this Romeo and Juliet story is not something for me, yet I can see in it a great appeal to mid-teen hipster/ goth types, and that seems to be the niche Patnaude is aiming for. And my distaste is an endorsement to the good for this genre.
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review 2014-03-04 14:39
ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties (Cape Cod Witch #3)
ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties, Book III in The Cape Cod Witch Series - 'J Bean Palmer', 'Chris Palmer'

The third story in the Cape Cod Witch series is a great continuation of the series. We take off for Scotland with ElsBeth and the group in a 'borrowed' yacht. The kids haven't changed much though and soon it's up to ElsBeth to get them out of another not so great position. The reason behind ElsBeth's strange adventure are a little hazy at first, but we just get to figure out the answer as she does. 

With some new magial creatures and a group of ancient ghosts determined to protect, there are many lessons to be learned. A recurring theme through the books is ennvironmentalism, and taking care of what we now to save it for others in the future. Some of the ideas and concepts are for kids a little older than the first two books in the series. There is a nice development as you read through them. 

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Source: hotofftheshelves.blogspot.com/2014/03/review-elsbeth-and-call-of-castle.html
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review 2014-01-04 23:23
The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity
The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity - Michael Camille

bookshelves: published-2007, summer-2013, e-book, under-20, nonfiction, paris, france, art-forms, architecture, history, medieval5c-16c, reference-book, cults-societies-brotherhoods, ghosties-ghoulies, gothic, anti-semitic, mythology, philosophy, racism

Read from July 25 to 26, 2013

Opening: There are many churches dedicated to Notre Dame but only one Notre-Dame de Paris. Located on the east end of the Île-de-la-Cité, the cathedral is the spiritual and geographic center not only of Paris, but of the whole of France. Built between 1163 and 1250, it remains one of the first and most innovative Gothic structures in Europe.

Le Stryge: the unique and the single most memorable creation of the nineteenth-century restorer and architectural theorist Viollet-le-Duc. Though not a gargoyle in the proper sense of the term (since he does not serve as a drainpipe) he has nonetheless become the very essence of gargoyleness, the quintessence of the modern idea of the medieval.

Charles Méryon Le Stryge.

Gargoyles remove 'all the body, filth, and foulness that is ejected from the edifice'

'Romanesque architecture died. . . . From now on, the cathedral itself, formerly so dogmatic an edifice, was invaded by the bourgeoisie, by the commons, by liberty; it escaped from the priest and came under the sway of the artist. The artist built to his own fancy. Farewell mystery, myth and law. Now it was fantasy and caprice. . . . The book of architecture no longer belonged to the priesthood, to religion and to Rome; it belonged to the imagination, to poetry and to the people. . . . Now architects took unimaginable liberties, even towards the Church. Monks and nuns coupled shamefully on capitals, as
in the Hall of Chimneys in the Palais de Justice in Paris. The story of Noah was carved in full, as beneath the great portal of Bourges. A bacchic monk with asses’ ears and glass in hand laughed a whole community to scorn, as above the lavabo in the Abbey of Boscherville. At that time, the thought that was inscribed in stone enjoyed a pivilege entirely comparable to our present freedom of the press. This was the freedom of architecture.'
Victor Hugo

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