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review 2018-07-18 23:02
The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast
The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast - Samantha M.Clark
When I finished reading this middle school book, I immediately thought of The Wizard of Oz as it had that fantasy, dreamworld aspect to it. This book has this mysterious element to it as a boy wakes up on a mysterious island and he tries to make sense of who he is, where he is and what he should do next. As I read the novel, the pieces started to come together but then more difficult and deeper questions plagued my mind about this boy and his troubles.
 
The novel begins was a boy waking up on a beach. On one side of him, there is a green wall consisting of trees and bushes and on the other, waves are crashing onto the beach. Wearing only a T-shirt, with which he doesn’t remember owning, and swim trunks, the boy is disoriented and confused. The boy has a constant fear of something in the water and inside the green wall, that he claims are out to get him so, he tries to stay clear of those areas.
 
Images materialize before his eyes and whether they are real or not, that is up to the reader to decide, but to the boy, for that moment they are real. The boy hears voices and he struggles to accept what they tell him. He needs to find a way off the beach and find his way home, only which way is that going to be.
 
This was a mystery from the beginning and as the boy becomes familiar with his surroundings, his world becomes more confusing. I found that as I read this novel, I had more questions that needed to be answered but by the end of the novel, my questions had been answered. It was an entertaining read and I really enjoyed the ending.

 

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review 2018-06-22 21:17
DarkMan: The Haunting of Oldfield Drive The Spirit Guide, Book 3 By: Caroline Clark
DarkMan: The Haunting of Oldfield Drive The Spirit Guide, Book 3 - Caroline Clark

I really enjoyed this book. It is rather short but gets right into the creepiness right off the bat and stays there all the way through. 

In the book Margie is alone with her husbands recent passing, or is she alone. Each night a vicious spirit attacks Margie. 

Jesse and Gail have started their own Paranormal Investigation business. They get an email from Margie asking for help with her situstion.

Gail doesn't really believe Margie is being haunted. Jesse talks her into going with him and talking to Margie to see if it a real haunting or if she is a quack. And they need their first paying client in order to kick off their business.

Once in Margie's home Gail has no choice but to believe Margie as she gets to see first hand what Margie has been going through. 

Now Jesse and Gail have to figure out how to save Margie and to find out who the spirit is and why he is tormenting and torturing Margie.

I was given this free audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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review 2018-06-18 19:41
Rusty The Squeaky by Robot Neil Clark
Rusty The Squeaky - Robot Neil Clark

Poor little Rusty the Squeaky Robot. Rust is very sad. With every move he makes he squeaks. The other robots try to show Rusty how being different is good. All of the robots make a song using their own unique noise as the music to show the good thing about being different. 

 

This was a great book. The kids and I both loved the colorful illustrations. I loved that this book is educational in it teaches that being different is perfectly all right and actually the best way to be. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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text 2018-06-06 18:45
May 2018-That's A Wrap!
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark
Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter - Donald E Westlake,Fredric Brown
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn
Saga, Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors - Kasey Lansdale,Joe R. Lansdale
The Outsider - Stephen King
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells
Wicked River - Jenny Milchman
Walk the Sky - Robert Swartwood,David B. Silva,Matt Godfrey
Bad Pennies - John F Leonard

I've read 13 books this month!

 

Graphic Novels

 

SAGA, Volumes 7 and 8   4 and 5 * respectively

 

Total: 2

 

Novellas

 

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells 4*

Jurassic, Florida by Hunter Shea 4*

 

Total: 2

 

Audiobooks 

Walk the Sky by Robert Swartwood and David Silva, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4*

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark 5*

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn, narrated by George Newbern 5*

 

Total: 3

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

Wicked River by Jenny Milchman 4*

Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors 4*

Bad Pennies: A Supernatural Horror Novel by John Leonard 4*

 

Total: 3

 

Random Reads

Carrie by Stephen King 4*

The Outsider by Stephen King 4*

Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter by Fredric Brown (Short story collection) 5*

 

Total: 3

 

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

 

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

Status: 5/40

 2018 Running Total: 74

 

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review 2018-06-06 01:40
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
The Feed - Nick Clark Windo

Post-apocalyptic sf with an interesting edge to it.

In the near-future, just about everyone is on 'The Feed', it is social networking wired into your head with the ability to interface with everyone simultaneously, alter your perceptions of your surroundings, look up facts, videos and even your own memories - perfectly captured - so that overall one can do everything and anything but talk to other people. Tom has the feed, of course, but resists using it and convinces his partner Kate to disengage from it as well from time to time.

The novel jumps forward and reveals a world torn apart by The Feed's sudden absence. During a global crisis it is shut down, but it is too late. People had become so dependent on the Feed that it was difficult to function without it. Few remembered anything. There is something more sinister, however. It is revealed early on that there is a strange possessive force that anyone who was once connected to the Feed is vulnerable to.

Tom and Kate are a part of a group of survivors who are trying to raise a new generation, but there are many difficulties and when disaster hits them again, they have to do whatever it takes to survive and bring their daughter home again.

Truly enjoyable. What was really interesting was how Windo approached humanities connection with technology from a philosophical point of view and then encased it in this novel.

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