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The Smoke Thieves - Sally Green
Eternal Dawn - Rebecca Maizel
Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-13 08:41
Inside the “Outsiders” — An Anthology with stories by Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Joe Landsale, & Poppy Brite
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge - Brian Hodge,Neil Gaiman,Tanith Lee,Bentley Little,Lea Silhol,Michael Marano,Jack Ketchum,Freda Warrington,Elizabeth Massie,Brett Alexander Savory,Melanie Tem,Yvonne Navarro,Steve Rasnic Tem,David J. Schow,Katherine Ramsland,Elizabeth Engstrom,Thomas S. Ro



Below, I mention how I liked each story and include a favorite quote:


The Empty Chambers by Neil Gaiman

A poem. Very creepy but I’d rather have read a Gaiman story.


The Company You Keep by Steve Resnic Tem

Walking among us are the members of a secret company. I don’t know what I took away from this story if anything.




Scarabesque: The Girl Who Broke Dracula by Tanith Lee

This was actually an excerpt from one of Tanith Lee’s novels. It was also the first time I read anything by her. I liked the imagery that her words created. For instance:




Under the Needle by Lea Silhol

You’d appreciate this story more if you focused on how it was written rather than the plot. I did and I ended up liking it!


Expanding Your Capabilities Using Frame/Shift(TM) Mode by David J. Schow

A literally visceral story about a man who discovers his remote can do much more than change channels!


Cat and the Cold Prince by Freda Warrington

A story that brings to mind dictatorships and restrictive regimes, such as the Prohibition in the Cromwell era. Oh, and a girl falls in love with a tiger!


Faces in Revolving Souls by Caitlin R. Kiernan

This one was about a splinter group of people who left their human status behind by choice fighting for their rights.


Lighten Up by Jack Ketchum

Smoking is banned. Smokers decided to retaliate.


Pit Boy by Elizabeth Massie

The beginning of the story is set up to deceive the reader. The end is one of the saddest endings I have ever read!


The Country of the Blind by Melanie Tem

A blind girl will accept you into her family but she needs a sacrifice first.


Ruby Tuesday by Kathe Koja

A hidden cult in the midst of the society and a boy with a dying mother looking for a place to fit in.


Running Beneath the Skin by Brett Alexander Savory

Can you even said to be alive, if your insides have been replaced with metal? No, this isn’t about Wolverine!


Grim Peeper by Katherine Ramsland

There’s necrophilia and there are grim peepers. Read this story, if you love being grossed out.


Craving by Yvonne Navarro

This story is based on a certain type of “outsiders” who like to watch accidents.


Violent Angel by Thomas S. Roche

A planned hit where the hitman isn’t on the complete plan.


…And the Damage Done by Michael Marano

Beautiful imagery is one of the characteristics of this story. The other is heartbreak!


Pop Star in the Ugly Bar by Bentley Little

Simply gross but a fitting addition to this collection. A wannabe pop star ends up in a gore-hardcore bar. She doesn’t make it out.


Miss Singularity by John Shirley

A teenager’s depression comes out to play!


The Working Slob’s Prayer by Poppy Z. Brite

The going ons in a restaurant with some very interesting characters thrown in!




If I Should Wake Before I Die by Brian Hodge

Expectant mothers miscarry all around the world. No one knows why until we reach the end of the story…*shudder*


Honing Sebastian by Elizabeth Engstrom

A sad story about the dreams of those below being crushed by the powers that be. This line from the story says it all:




Another favorite quote:




The Shadows, Kith and Kin by Joe R. Landsale

A broken man tired of being put down by the whole world makes friends…with shadows…who talk to him…


My Favourites

Lighten Up by Jack Ketchum

Pit Boy by Elizabeth Massie

Miss Singularity by John Shirley

The Working Slob’s Prayer by Poppy Z. Brite


Have you read this anthology? Which ones are your favorites?




Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on September 13, 2017.

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text 2016-10-03 04:26
September Roundup

I don't normally post monthly summaries, but since I felt like going over my books for September, I figured I might as well post the results. I read 16 "books" (in quotation marks because some weren't quite novel-length although heavy-weights like The First Man in Rome help balance things out) in September. I liked more than I disliked (and some of the lower-rated ones still had some good points) so I'd call that a good month. See, I don't hate everything.


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review 2016-09-06 15:29
Ammie, Come Home
Ammie, Come Home - Barbara Michaels

I read this as the September buddy read. This is one of those good old fashion ghost stories. I had to keep reminding myself that it was written in the 1960s and some of the actions and reactions of the characters were definitely old fashion. 


This was the first book I read of Barbara Michaels, I believe. She is a very good writer and kept my interest throughout the book. 


I did enjoy the fact that the main couple in this story were in their 40s/50s even if the author did remind the reader a few too many times of them being grey and over-the-hill. :) 


I would definitely be open to trying another one of her books maybe written a bit later though to see how her character development differs through the years. 


Checked off another square for the Halloween Bingo! 


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text 2015-09-30 15:43
September Books

Work has been slow this month. The downside? Less money. The upside? More reading! Some reviews are still to come. 


Golden Age: A novel (Last Hundred Years: a Family Saga) - Jane Smiley The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate (Icons) - Karen Armstrong

 Indexing - Seanan McGuire Founding Grammars: How Early America's War Over Words Shaped Today's Language - Rosemarie Ostler Brinshore: A sequel to 'Emma and Elizabeth', inspired by Jane Austen's unfinished manuscripts, 'The Watsons' and 'Sanditon'. (The Watson Novels Book 2) - Ann Mychal The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Homes - Judith Flanders

   The Chess Queen Enigma: A Stoker & Holmes Novel (Stoker & Holmes Novels) - Colleen Gleason The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World - David Jaher The Moonspinners - Mary Stewart Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life - Peter Ackroyd

  A Calculated Life - Anne Charnock Farthing - Jo WaltonMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War - Steve Sheinkin Lady Byron and Her Daughters - Julia Markus


Golden Age: A novel (Last Hundred Years: a Family Saga)
by Jane Smiley
Source: jaylia3.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/september-books
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