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review 2017-11-20 18:45
The Happy Man: A Tale of Horror by Eric C. Higgs
The Happy Man: A Tale of Horror - Eric C. Higgs

THE HAPPY MAN: A TALE OF HORROR is one bizarre piece of work from the 80's, brought back by Valancourt Books. I finished this book on Saturday and I still am not sure what to make of it!

 

A couple moves in to a new housing development in a suburb of San Diego. Charles Ripley and his wife are mostly on an even keel, despite a tragedy that occurred shortly after the move. Then, the Marsh's move in next door and even though they don't know it, the lives of the Ripley's are soon about to change.

 

First-the good. It is very difficult to put this book down. The chapters are short, (heck, the BOOK is short), and fast paced. Once things start happening, they don't stop happening until the very end.

 

Second-the baffling. I'm not sure what the point of THE HAPPY MAN is supposed to be? I'm pretty sure there's some commentary going on here about housing developments, suburbia, immigration, sex, monogamy, corporate America, family dynamics, drug use, the decline of morals in society and so on, but was that the point? I don't know!

 

Perhaps it's this simple: A man thought he was happy and then was shown that he wasn't? Or that it didn't take all that much to turn a happy, regular guy into something else altogether? Maybe everything is just as much a facade as was Charles Ripley's demeanor? Charles wasn't that good of a guy in the first place and it only took a small nudge to send him down the road of....well, you'll have to read this to find out.

 

I'm going with a 4/5 star rating because I'm still thinking about this short novel days later and also because it was VERY difficult to put down once started. I'm also going with RECOMMENDED, if only so that you and I could talk about it and I could see what you think, when you're done!

 

You can get a copy here: The Happy Man: A Tale of Horror

 

*I received an e-book free from Valancourt Books in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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review 2017-10-31 15:03
Happy Is The Bride - Caroline Clemmons

Happy is the Bride by Caroline Clemmons
Story is about Beth and she's talked with her cousin who she doesn't feel has the perfect marriage and she hopes hers will turn out different.
She loves Mason and he loves her and she doesn't like it when they have doubts about that.
Story also follows Mason and he knows he is good enough for her and he hopes he measures up as they are to be married.
They worked together and selected furnishings for the house. Mason had fallen and got a bump on his head and others bet he won't show up to get married.
They say she's jinxed as another didn't wed her last year and 3 years prior to that.
Nothing goes right...adult sex scenes. Other western and other genre books by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this copy from the author for signing up to her newsletter and this is my honest opinion.

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text 2017-10-31 13:12
Halloween Survival Kit

 

Well, hello Halloween. Are you ready to welcome all the spookiness and scariness? If not, here are several gadgets that will help you survive the upcoming night. 

 

 

1. Candles 

To bright your way on the spooky night. You can always add "K" at the end and use them all year long!

 

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2. A sweet amulet.

 

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If you expect a horde of scary kids, prepare a feast just like this mum. Or pretend you're not home and eat all by yourself -- it looks sooo yummy!

 

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3. Socks

It's shivers time and it's getting really really cold - you definitely need some warm socks! And in case of an emergency runaway, make sure to have more than one to spare. 

 

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4. Garlic perfumes will keep the vampires away!

 

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5. Make up set

If you decide to join a party, you need to look good, here are some suggestions:

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If you're not going anywhere, you can always use the paints to decorate your house. 

 

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6. Pumpkins

You have all night long. Let your artistic soul speak for you - crave the pumpkins as you wish. 

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7. Books

You have plenty of candles and glowing pumpkins. There's no better setting to read some spooky stories:

 

My American Nightmare: Women In Horror Anthology - Azzurra Nox,Nicky PeacockStrange Weather: Four Short Novels - Joe HillBurnt Offerings (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Robert Marasco,Stephen Graham JonesThe Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror: A Novel (All Hallows Horror Trilogy) - John Llewellyn Probert,Stephen Jones

Blanky - Kealan Patrick BurkeLittle Star: A Novel - John Ajvide LindqvistBone White - Ronald MalfiHalloween Carnival Volume 2 - Glen Hirshberg,Lee Thomas,Holly Newstein,Del James,Brian James Freeman

 

Check out more horror recommendations from our bloggers ->

 

Happy Halloween!

 

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review 2017-10-30 02:22
Mess With Me (Happy Endings Book Club) by Kylie Gilmore
Mess With Me (Happy Endings Book Club, Book 6) - Kylie Gilmore

 

The forecast is perfect for a total eclipse of the heart.  Mess With Me has everything I've come to expect from Kylie Gilmore.  Charming characters, hysterical antics and a whole lot of laughter pave the way to a happy ending.  Second chances, surprise romances and the welcome arms of family are instrumental to a heartwarming tale of love and fun.

 

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review 2017-10-28 13:27
NetGalley Review
Happy Birthday! - Mamoru Suzuki Happy Birthday! - Mamoru Suzuki

We received this book to give an honest review.

 

A very cute story with very good pictures that tell of how your birthday came to be. From the time you were born to the time you crawled and so forth. Happy Birthday! Is very fitting for this story. There is too many words to the page and I think that is perfect for the younger kids because they mostly like to look at pictures. Now the only thing I will say about the book that may ask questions is the part where the mom is breastfeeding the baby. Now it doesn't bother me at all and I am all for it, but for some people it may. 

 

I did like the ending where it says "Fly wherever and with whomever you would like! It doesn't matter how far you go; I will love you. Always." This is the perfect way to end this story. 

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