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review 2018-03-27 16:54
Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw The Most Change? - Mike Grady,Ian Mortimer

I found this very interesting, Mortimer takes various centuries and examines change during those centuries, pointing out that without this then that wouldn't have happened and at the end of each chapter he selects one thing that he prefers over all of them. It's a whirlwind tour of the world, well mostly Western Europe and some of America after invasion, but it's endlessly fascinating to hear what he selects. His coda (which is what he narrates) is also interesting and would be interesting to revisit in later years to see if much of what he posits would come true.

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review 2018-03-06 20:31
Hell Hound - Grady Hendrix,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton

Ken Greenhall’s long-forgotten horror masterpiece, Hell Hound, is finally getting the recognition it deserves, thanks to a recent reissue. This was my first novel by this author, but it certainly won’t be my last.


This tale — one of a psychotic and cunning Bull Terrier — is bloody and mean and aims for the throat; told in precise prose, this is a terrifying hellraiser not concerned with sentimentality or sympathy. The obvious comparison is to Stephen King’s Cujo, though these stories are wildly different. Of the two, Cujo is perhaps better written, but something must be said for this book’s heartlessness.


This is a novel more horror readers should be aware of. The length of a long novella, this is a quick, effective read: one that is finally getting its due.

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review 2018-02-27 02:57
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix

I'll admit I first dismissed this book when I saw it popping up in other people's feeds, but it kept coming back and getting good reviews so I decided to see if my library had it. I was in luck, so I shortly got to pick up a book that wasn't quite what I was expecting.


I mean, I knew it was a book about some people who have a scary time overnight in a knock-off Ikea store but for starters, I was expecting it to be formatted like a normal book. It wasn't. Not only does it look like a product catalogue, it's formatted like a kind of design textbook or something. I can't quite put my finger on what to compare it to, but hopefully some pictures will help.


In the above, the page fold would fall on the blue square, just past the illustration.



From my copy. It's hard to tell, but all the text is in a blueprint blue.


I didn't initially notice this, but the back cover is a creepy version of the front.



Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how well the gimmick worked and how Hendrix was able to make you empathize with the characters in such a short book. It was also off the wall nuts, but it was a fun nuttiness. It starts off fairly reasonably, with some Orsk employees being tasked to do an overnight shift to discover who has been mucking up the place and breaking things at night, but then it gets a bit...supernatural. The setting was also well evoked and the author used the Ikea references for all he was worth. But hey, it worked.


Previous updates:

108 of 243 pages

61 of 243 pages

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text 2018-02-26 04:39
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 243 pages.
Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix

"The bad news is that the cops are still coming," Amy said. "The good news is that they're lost."


This book is kind of nuts. And I have the feeling that the cops are going to end up getting there much, much too late.

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text 2018-02-26 01:27
Reading progress update: I've read 61 out of 243 pages.
Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix

Maybe it's the wine, but this had me chuckling:

"Stop saying A&E," Matt said. "We're aiming higher than that. Trinity wants us to be the first ghost hunters on Bravo."


Tbh, ghost hunters are kind of sad.



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