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text 2019-08-04 17:13
Halloween Bingo Reads from Years Past
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves
Dracula and Other Stories by Bram Stoker. (Complete and Unabridged). Includes Dracula, the Jewel of Seven Stars, the Man (Aka: The Gates of Life), the - Bram Stoker
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
Cabal - Clive Barker
End Times: Rise of the Undead - Shane Carrow
White Lies - Jeremy Bates
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
The Magic Cottage - James Herbert

Now I'm glad I kept shelves for Bingo these past 3 years because I can just look at them and mention the ones that really stood out for me.

 

I managed to slip some Fantasy books in 2016 but I'll stick with the Horror/Mystery/Suspense criteria.

 

Rise Headless and Ride was an interesting take on the Sleepy Hollow theme. The subsequent books got too complicated, but I really enjoyed the first one.

 

2016 was the year I finally read the original Dracula! It was sooooo atmospheric!

 

It was also the year I discovered a new favourite author, Austin Crawley. Still watching to see what he comes out with next.

 

2017 stand outs included Faerie Tale by Feist and Dead Sea, making Tim Curran another new author for me to watch! I read a few Classics that year and finally read the book that was the source material for one of my favourite movies, Cabal by Clive Barker.

 

2018 I found another zombie book that didn't suck, Yay! White Lies by Jeremy Bates was another stand out by an author I've enjoyed many books by now. Two books have really stayed with me from that year: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan and The Magic Cottage by James Herbert. Those who have read it will know who Rumbo is and why I look at squirrels differently now.

 

 

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text 2019-06-15 17:28
For Moonlight Reader
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Phantom - Susan Kay
Jack Dawkins - Charlton Daines
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan

Books that would stand the test of time list. Only one published in the last five years, The Last Werewolf was 2014.

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text 2018-10-15 13:43
Finally got a Bingo!!!
Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter
Trapped in Room 217 - Thomas Kingsley Troupe
The Hermit's Creepy Pet (Single Shot Short Story Series Book 10) - Terry M. West
No 13 Toroni - Julius Regis
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan

Yay me!

 

Today's call filled my 4th row across. :D

 

 

Amateur Sleuth - Pieces of Her by Karen Slaughter - 4 stars

 

Ghost Stories - Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe - 4 1/2 stars

 

Genre: Horror - The Hermits Creepy Pet by Terry M West - 3 1/2 stars

 

13 - No. 13 Toroni: A Mystery by Julius Regis - 3 stars

 

Shifters - The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan - 5 stars

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review 2018-09-07 10:33
The Last Werewolf
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan

by Glen Duncan

 

This started out with a different tone than I usually see in werewolf novels. More of a crime drama or conspiracy story tone as it's established that with the murder of a werewolf in Berlin, the protagonist is the last of his kind and an organisation that hunts down and kills werewolves will now be focused on him.

 

This was a very literary read. Despite a few descriptions of violence, the use of language made it a joy to read and the first person pov of the werewolf throughout felt very intimate and personal. I found myself wanting him to survive. It had a few very sexual references. Apparently being a werewolf sends the libido into animal rut. But both the sex and violence stopped short of becoming gratuitous, even if it nudged that parameter on occasion.

 

There was a lot of suspense well done and a few twists to keep things interesting. The last few chapters had me breathless!

 

The writing was so good that I went to see what else the author had written and found that this is actually a trilogy! I'll look forward to reading the next books. This was one of those stories that when it ended, I just had to sit a few moments, staring into space while processing the feels. It really had a strong emotional impact on me.

 

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text 2018-09-01 13:36
Bingo begins!
Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter
Trapped in Room 217 - Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
No 13 Toroni - Julius Regis
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
SLEEPY HOLLOW: General of the Dead (Jason Crane Book 3) - Richard Gleaves
A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab

I want to read them all at once! But I decided to target my 4th row across to begin with, before chaos takes over.

 

 

Amateur Sleuth - Pieces of Her by Karen Slaughter

 

Ghost Stories - Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

 

Genre: Horror - Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden

 

13 - No. 13 Toroni: A Mystery by Julius Regis

 

Shifters - The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

 

The first 3 are Netgalley books, so Yay! 13 is a short classic mystery, only 70 pages. I think all my other books are in the 300-400 page range but this one is only 70 pages. And Werewolf is in paperback and became my pre-read, so I'm making good progress in it.

 

I've also changed the status of General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves to currently reading because I just want to get started on it. It's 3rd in a series that I've enjoyed so far and I want to finish. The same applies to A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, but I'm going to try not to start it just yet.

 

I like to read multiple books at once, but I do have limits! I also like to stagger beginning new stories so that I have a chance to get into the flow before I'm beginning a new one again. I have 2 anthologies in my intended reads so those don't count because short stories are absorbed in one sitting usually. I just take notes for the review when I've got through all of them.

 

So, let the chaos begin!

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