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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 2018-05-03 18:45
WALK THE SKY by Robert Swartwood & David B. Silva, narrated by Matt Godfrey
Walk the Sky - Robert Swartwood,David B. Silva,Matt Godfrey

 

WALK THE SKY is a nice little weird western tale that put me in mind of the work of Joe Lansdale. Which is another way of saying this story is a lot of fun!

 

We start off with George and Clay traveling by horseback and coming across a young boy who is on the verge of death. As events unfold, the reader learns the boy has narrowly escaped something in a nearby town, (DED!), a town in which George and Clay must stop for supplies. Soon after their arrival, all three end up in jail and are introduced to the mad reverend and his posse. Will they get out of jail? What does the crazy reverend want from them? Will anyone survive? You'll have to read this book to find out!

 

I loved the western aspects of this story as well as the bits of native American folklore which were woven in. It was nice to read something different than the same old, same old. Even though some popular western tropes can be found here, the authors seamlessly pulled them together with some unique and original storytelling, much as Joe Lansdale does in his westerns. The only thing missing was that oddball humor of Lansdale's, but this wasn't meant to be a funny tale.

 

I listened to this on audio and as always, Matt Godfrey brings it home with a compelling style that only brings honor to the writing.

 

WALK THE SKY is one of those rare pieces of work that successfully straddles genres and brings to the reader a fine sense of satisfaction at the conclusion. Recommended to any fans of westerns, weird westerns, and to horror fans alike!

 

*I received the audio of this book free of charge from the narrator, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2018-02-01 01:38
good book and characters
A Choice of Fate (Outback Hearts) (Volume 2) - Jezz de Silva

Jarrah is a lawyer. Olivia is a doctor. Olivia has just finished medical school.  But Olivia is taking a thirty day vacation in Australia. Olivia’s sister Abi  is getting married after getting through cancer. Olivia will be there to spend some time with Abi and also be there for her wedding. Olivia and Abi lost their parents when they were teens. Liv gave up things so Abi could do well and Olivia could take care of her. Abi is marrying Ryder and Jarrah is her brother. Olivia is attracted to Jarrah but he is very cautious as he is a playboy. Jarrah and Olivia start a relationship believing it was just a fling and Olivia won’t do anything to jeopardise her job  where she will be making a hefty paycheck. No more penny pinching.  

I liked this book. It choked me up at times. I highly advise you read the books of this series at the very least it will help you keep family members straight. I really loved the ending. This was an easy read. I loved the interaction between Olivia and  Jarrah I felt like I was right there with everyone. I loved the Harper family. But at times this was a little confusing and dragged for me. I also felt like there was too many characters. I loved how Jarrah charged as their relationship grew. The ending was predictable. But I loved the ins and outs of this and I recommend.

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review 2018-01-22 00:49
Review: A Daughter's Courage by Renita D'Silva
A Daughter's Courage - Renita D'Silva

Published by: Bookouture (26th May 2017)

 

ISBN: 978-1786811783

 

Source: Netgalley 

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee-plantation-owner James, she travels to her new home in India, leaving her troubled past behind her.

Everything in India is new to Lucy, from the jewel-coloured fabrics to the exotic spices. When her path crosses that of Gowri, a young woman who tends the temple on the plantation’s edge, Lucy is curious to find out more about her, and the events that lead her to live in isolation from her family…

 

Now. With her career in shatters and her heart broken by the man she thought was her future, Kayva flees from bustling Mumbai to her home town. A crumbling temple has been discovered in a village nearby, and with it letters detailing its tragic history – desperate pleas from a young woman called Gowri.

 

As Kavya learns of Gowri and Lucy’s painful story, she begins to understand the terrible sacrifices that were made and the decision the two women took that changed their lives forever. Can the secrets of the past help Kavya to rebuild her life?

 

Review:

Wow. What a myriad of emotions A Daughter's Courage evokes. I am feeling so many different things right now! This book is so touching, heartbreakingly sad yet uplifting and heartwarming. This isn't a book that I'd typically pick up and read, it was recommended to me by my very good friend, and fellow book blogger, Jules (who I'm so pleased to see get a mention in the book acknowledgements :))

 

The three main characters, Lucy, Gowri and Kavya are all so well written. They are such distinct personalities and so different from each other. I defy anyone not to fall in love with Gowri, her soul shines through. Lucy is so different from Gowri and I just couldn't wait to find out where the story would go next. When the two women meet, the interaction is so brilliantly described, it really felt as if I was stood right there, breathing in the rich Indian aromas as I witnessed the meeting. Kavya is different again and thoroughly modern. I really enjoyed how the threads of their individual stories intertwined and then came together.

 

India really came to life from 'the pages' (my kindle) as it was just depicted in such a wonderful way. The colours, from the jewel brights of the saris to the dirty brown of the mud, everything felt as though I was actually seeing it myself. Renita D'Silva has such a fantastic way with words. I also loved all the descriptions of the food that Gowri and the others were preparing; I've taken notes! A Daughter's Courage may have been the first of the author's books that I've read but it certainly won't be the last! Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC, and to Jules Mortimer for another great recommendation.  

 

 

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text 2018-01-20 13:13
REVIEW BY DEBBIE - The Druid's Gift (The Nameless Gods #1) by Dante Silva & Vanessa Mozes
The Druid's Gift - Dante Silva

After facing betrayal, Nuné undertakes a pilgrimage into the mountains at her druid sisters' behest. Plans of washing away her sorrows at journey's end are dashed when she falls prey to the night elf warrior, D'leer. With her magic in danger, Nuné must make D’leer see reason lest others befall her fate. 

Tyrinden D'leer always knew he would advance to highest rank one day, but not like this. Caught between adhering to his superiors and resisting the tenacious druid, he finds himself in an impossible position, but when Nuné saves his life, he can no longer ignore his feelings. 

However Tyrinden D'leer isn't the only man to come from the mountains, and the danger that lingers threatens to take him from the woman he can't let go of.

 

@SilvaMozes, @debbiereadsbook, #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/thedruidsgiftthenamelessgods1bydantesilvavanessamozes
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