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review 2018-09-16 12:04
Unsettled Spirits
Unsettled Spirits - J. Matthew Saunders

by J. Matthew Saunders

 

Workers at a tractor and farm supply company play a common prank on Bobby, a new guy, by having him go into the factory after hours on a ruse, but things go wrong. There is genuine gossip about the factory being haunted and when Bobby hears a child laughing just before the lights go out, he is terrified. A subsequent unfortunate accident brings the incident under investigation.

 

Zed & Penelope make such investigations their business and are called in. They also consult an associate, Charles, who is an adept magician. The company owner brings in a magician of his own, but won't say who.

 

The story is fairly short, yet has a lot of strands. I thought it had too much description of minor characters and sometimes seemed unclear what was going on.

 

Apart from the beginning, I can't say there were a lot of scares and the story falls more into a detective story than chilling Horror, until near the end. There is even some doubt cast on the legitimacy of the hauntings.

 

Some interesting supernatural shenanigans happen towards the end, but then the story just stops. No explanation, no resolution. Presumably it's a serial, but there is no warning in the description to say so. There were some interesting ideas involved and the writing was fairly good, but the plot didn't have me riveted enough to compel me to read another book to tie up all the loose ends left hanging.

 

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review 2018-09-16 08:18
Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
Sharks And Other Sea Monsters - Robert Sabuda,Matthew Reinhart

Our return yesterday left us with the worst jet-lag either of us has ever experienced and this pop up book was the most complicated reading I was capable of before passing out on the couch for the duration.

 

But boy, what a pop up book it is.  I have 2 others in this series, one on Dinosaurs and one on Megafauna, and this one is at least as good as the others.  The art work is amazing, and the explanations are perfect for young readers and old readers alike; I especially appreciate the pronunciation guide for each of the ancient beasts.  I learned more than a little bit while reading/flapping the pages around and making 'nom nom nom' noises.  The cats were super impressed with my ancient beasts impersonations.

 

I highly recommend this and the other books for anyone who still looks with wonder at a well made pop up book.  No kids required.

 

 

I'm not cheeky enough to claim it, but this book would totally qualify for the Fear the Drowning Deep square of Halloween bingo 2018.  ;-)

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text 2018-09-16 04:10
Key West Book Post #2 - Only 1 picture in this one.
Sharks And Other Sea Monsters - Robert Sabuda,Matthew Reinhart
Deenie - Judy Blume
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great - Judy Blume
Freckle Juice - Judy Blume,Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Ocean: A Photicular Book - Carol Kaufmann,Dan Kainen
Big Science For Little People: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science - Lynn Brunelle

Hemingway House and the Hemingway cats were just one of the book highlights of my 2.5 day trip Key West.  The other was a trip to Books & Books, a non-profit bookshop run by the only living author I turn fan-girl over.  Judy Blume.  It is not hyperbole or exaggeration of any kind to say this woman was the single biggest influence in my childhood and pre-teen years.  So, no WAY was I going to miss visiting her bookstore, even if odds of her being there were slim.

 

She was there.

 

She was lovely.  I was a blithering idiot, of course.  What I could manage to say was nothing, I"m sure, that she hasn't heard a million times over the years, and I'm kicking myself for not having enough wits about me to tell her what I really appreciated about her books (that all her characters had agency and didn't need adults or friends to tell them what was right or wrong), but she was wonderful, kind and patient nevertheless.  She was preparing for an extended trip and was in a meeting when I arrived, but she paused the meeting to come out and sign my books (because of COURSE I bought some of her books), and chat with me for a few minutes.

 

 

Aside from her books, and her very presence, Books & Books is a fabulous bookshop.  I went in with ZERO intention of looking at books beyond Judy Blume's because, as I think you all know, I had already managed to accumulate a fair number of books by this time.  (*cough*four boxes*cough*)  But as I was making my way to the counter, I found the newest of the Prehistorica pop-up books, Sharks And Other Sea Monsters, and when the woman behind the counter saw me squee'ing over that one, she showed me the wonder of Ocean: A Photicular Book, which has the best holographic images I've ever seen - they honestly look like little movies on the page.  I was entranced.  It was one of a series and it was killing me to just choose one. 

 

MT had stopped at a cigar shop before meeting me at the bookstore, arriving as I was just starting to chat with JB, and in those few minutes he managed to find 3 more books to add to the pile (two are future xmas gifts) and would have added 2 others had I not already started checking out.  If this had been the first stop on our holiday instead of the last, the damage we'd have done to their inventory and our finances would have been impressive.  There were just too many interesting books screaming for attention.

 

So here's my plug: if you ever find yourself in Key West, absolutely go to Books and Books - whether you go to fan girl(boy) over Judy Blume or not, the inventory is sure to appeal to any and all book lovers.  Bring a big bag.

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review 2018-08-15 20:57
Swing it, Sunny
Swing It, Sunny - Jennifer L. Holm,Matthew Holm
Sunny has just started middle school and things are not going so great. In fact, almost every aspect of middle school, Sunny finds horrible and then, there is the fact that she misses her older brother Dale, who is off at boarding school. When her grandpa calls from Florida, she lies and tells him that everything is okay.
 
Soon Sunny begins wheezing and coughing which has her mother running her off to her doctor. After seeing a specialist, Sunny is told she has allergies and her course of treatment is shots. Sunny and her best friend Deb are talking about their Halloween costumes this year and Deb doesn’t like Sunny’s idea. Sunny sides with Deb on her idea although you can tell that Sunny likes her idea better. Sunny, just can’t catch a break.
 
Dale comes home at Thanksgiving and Sunny is excited to see him. Dale has changed while he was gone. Dale is now a moody teenager who snaps instead of replies to comments that are spoken to him. Sunny loves her brother and misses him when he’s gone but she doesn’t miss the Dale who he has now become.
 
When a new neighbor moves in Sunny finds refugee in her. Even though she is older, Neela is a great role model for Sunny and the two of them become friends.
 
I liked how grandpa was a constant figure in Sunny life. I liked how he made a point to check-in on her and he asked questioned about her life. I found it interesting how Sunny started to look at her relationship with Deb, after being with Neela. After talking and twirling flags with Neela, she started to ask Deb some probing questions. I’m glad Sunny has Neela close by. I liked the ending of the book, Sunny’s efforts were finally getting some results.

 

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text 2018-08-08 09:39
Halloween Bingo - Last Additions
The Last Man - Mary Shelley
Incubation: Green Fields book 1 - Adrienne Lecter
Dark Ride - P.G. Kassel
The Monk - Matthew Gregory Lewis

So, that fills the list except for New Release, which I'll get to closer to the time.

 

Latest additions:

 

Terrifying Women - The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

Mary Shelley wrote more than Frankenstein! And I already read Frankenstein so had a look on Gutenberg for what else was available. This one fits the bill.

 

Dead Lands - Incubation by Adrienne Lecter

 

I was thinking of the second in a series I enjoyed the first one from, but didn't want to spend the money just now so unless they have a price drop on that one, I've found another free first in series that looks interesting!

 

Free Space - Dark Ride by P.G. Kassel

 

I ad this picked out for creepy carnivals, but didn't get that square so I'm placing it here because I really want to read it.

 

Classic Horror - The Monk by Matthew Lewis

 

I nearly read this one last year for this category but went with Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu instead after a recommendation. So, The Monk comes out again! I'm running out of Classic Horror that I haven't already read!

 

So now my list looks like this:

 

New Release - ?

 

Darkest London - A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

                                   

Country House Mystery - The Magic Cottage by James Herbert

 

Modern Masters of Horror - White Lies by Jeremy Bates

 

A Grim Tale - The Second Sister by Rae D. Magdon

 

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Genre: Suspense - The Moor by Sam Haysom

 

Terrifying Women - The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

Gothic - Unsettled Spirits by J. Matthew Saunders

 

Romantic Suspense - Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart

 

Dead Lands - Incubation by Adrienne Lecter

 

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Cryptozoologist - Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea

 

Fear the Drowning Deep - Dark Voyage by Helen Susan Swift

 

Free Space - Dark Ride by P.G. Kassel

 

Classic Horror - The Monk by Matthew Lewis

 

Baker Street Irregulars - Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan

 

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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

 

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Diverse Voices - The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

 

Terror in a Small Town - General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves

 

Supernatural - John Peters In The Land Of Demons by A.H.Matai

 

Relics and Curiosities - The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

 

Doomsday - Doomsday Anthology by Samie Sands

 

I can't wait to start! But I'll be clearing my current reads as much as possible while I wait.

 

Oh yes, and my marker this year:

 

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