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review 2019-08-21 20:51
The Curse of the Blue Figurine, Johnny Dixon #1 by John Bellairs
The Curse of the Blue Figurine - John Bellairs

It's 1951 and Johnny Dixon is in seventh grade. He has recently come up from Long Island to live with his grandparents in Duston Heights, MA. His mother died less than a year ago of cancer and his father accepted a position as a jet pilot in the Korean War.

 

A shy kid and fond of books, Johnny hasn't made any close friends yet at his new school and has attracted the attention of the class bully. He worries about this, but when he makes a new friend in the cranky old Professor Roderick Random Childermass who shares his love of books, chess and fudge-y chocolate frosting, he's happy enough.

 

Then the professor tells him a ghost story about the villainous Father Baart who was supposed to have caused the death of two parisoners of Duston Heights in the 1890s before vanishing. Rumors persist of sightings of the black-cloaked priest in the pews and of an occult artifact left behind in the church....

 

Making a detour into the church to avoid his bully, Johnny finds himself in the church alone and decides to do some exploring. He finds a hollowed out book in the basement containing an Egyptian figure and a warning - which he of course ignores and he winds up taking the object home.

 

Things begin to get weird.

 

I remember being a little confused by this one when I first read it. Bellairs puts in a lot of period detail into the story and there are many scenes that develop the personality of the characters, but slow down the plot. There's a nice little aside explaining the fictional town is named after Hannah Duston, who was captured in 1697 after a raid on Haverhill and escaped by killing and scalping her Native American captors. Certain elements such as the origin of certain accursed objects and why Johnny ends up in the precise remote rural location where the evil is strongest are never explained. There's a bit of impatient hand-waving by the professor about those bits that didn't sit well with me then or now. Despite that, this improved my impression of the book and I look forward to re-reading more of these soon.

 

Johnny Dixon

 

Next: 'The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt'

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review 2019-08-19 18:45
THE DRAGON FACTORY by Jonathan Maberry, narrated by Ray Porter
The Dragon Factory - Jonathan Maberry,Ray Porter

Together, narrator Ray Porter and author Jonathan Maberry form an unbeatable team!

 

I'm not going to write a full review because I'm way behind the times on this book, (it was published back in 2011.) Military/Action type books aren't really my thing, but with Ray Porter narrating, and Maberry writing-now they ARE!  So much so, that I'm starting the next book in this series right now!

 

*Thank you to my local library for the digital loan of this audiobook. Libraries RULE!*

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photo 2019-08-18 16:43
Ribbons 13 September release day

The Starblood Series, Carmilla Voiez - Horror Feature

 

Starblood is a five book dark fantasy/horror series by Carmilla Voiez. Book four - "Ribbons" is available now for pre-order. Release day is Friday 13th September. Book five - "Pariah" is currently being written with an expected release in September 2020.

 

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review 2019-08-17 03:56
Christine
Christine (Audio) - Stephen King,Holter Graham

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

This is the story of a lover's triangle, I suppose you'd say -- Arnie Cunningham, Leigh Cabot, and, of course, Christine.

- First sentence

 

What is there to say that hasn't been said before? This is not one of my favorite King books, but the narrator is good and I did enjoy listening to Dennis' point of view. As other reviewers have said, the middle of the book, which is narrated in the third person, is just not as good. 

 

I just watched the movie (again), and while it is campy and more than a bit dated, it might just be better overall than the book. 

 

 

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review 2019-08-16 22:47
Review ~ Great read!
Chasing Graves (The Chasing Graves Trilogy #1) - Ben Galley

Book source ~ Tour. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

This story starts out with a prologue where a woman is dragging a dead man through a desert. I have to say, quite intriguing. Then chapter one introduces a guy taking a shit in an old woman’s lockbox. Meet Caltro Basalt. Master locksmith extraordinaire and someone who thinks outside the box (or takes a big dump in one) when getting revenge on people. He’s received a job offer that originated from the Cloudpiercer in Araxes. His situation is desperate enough that he decides to chance going to the City of Countless Souls even though the chances of dying there are quite high. But dying there isn’t the worst part. Oh, no. Once dead, someone can claim your soul and when you come back as a ghost (known as shades in this world) they own you. Instant slave. Yeah, Araxes doesn’t appear to be a place that I’d want to visit, for any reason. But Caltro needs funds so off he goes - only to be murdered almost as soon as he sets foot off the docks. And then the book is off and running with several people on different roads set to converge. What in the Arctian Empire could dead gods, an anonymous woman, a dead and bound locksmith, the Empress-In-Waiting, and a soulstealer have in common? You’ll have to read to find out.

 

Told from several POVs this is one highly imaginative and deeply twisted tale. There’s Caltro’s experiences and the woman in the desert is Nilith who killed her husband Farazar, but the nuggets about them are dropped sparingly as they traverse the dangerous desert lands. The Empress-In-Waiting, Princess Sisine Talin Renala, has her own agenda as does the soulstealer , Boss Temsa. Each one goes about their business in this book, but as the pages fly by I could tell they were going to intersect at some point. Well-written and nail-biting this dark fantasy contains murder, slavery, power, and corruption in a uniquely built world. Luckily, there’s some humor thrown in to lighten it up just a tad. Two of our fellow journeymen’s stories end in a bit of a cliffhanger (and frankly a jaw dropper for one), but not such big ones that you want to toss a table. Or two. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2, Grim Solace!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/08/chasing-graves.html
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