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review 2018-01-10 20:33
Where Serpents Sleep aka the Book Where Everything Picks Up
Where Serpents Sleep - C.S. Harris

Author: C.S. Harris

Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #4

Rating: 4 stars

 

I only mildly enjoyed the first few books in this series.  When I expressed this, fans of the series told me that Hero's character- who plays a prominent role in this installment -  is a great addition to the cast and turned it around for them.  Considering this, though I had said I would read the series no further, I decided to give this one a shot. 

 

They were right.

 

 

In this installment, Sebastian comes to the aid of Hero, his enemy's daughter,  who is investigating the death of prostitutes killed under suspicious circumstances. The subsequent mystery is very much tied up in history- Harris takes a historical event and has spun her own story as to the motivations behind it. It is well done.

 

The characters were rich with depth. Harris' descriptions make them come alive as you're reading.  Sebastian still isn't my favorite character, but my least favorite has taken a huge leap back from the forefront and that improves things considerably. I'd elaborate more but #spoilers.

 

 

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to continuing on with this series.

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review 2018-01-09 18:16
Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky
Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky (1976-08-01) - Jack Prelutsky

Title:  Nightmares:  Poems to Trouble Your Sleep

Author:  Jack Prelutsky

Artist: Arnold Lobel

Genre:  Horror / Poetry / Halloween / Monsters

Year Published: 1976

Year Read: 2009

Publisher:   Greenwillow Books

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 7+  (Some Scary Imagery and Graphic Dialogue)

 

Nightmares

Nightmares” is a book of poems written by Jack Prelutsky along with illustrations by Arnold Lobel. This book contains poems about various monsters, wizards and ghosts doing horrible things to unsuspecting people. “Nightmares” might be too scary for smaller children, but older children will love the macabre content of this book. 

Jack Prelutsky’s writing is dramatic and intense as he brings true horror to these poems. Each poem describes a monster doing horrible acts towards their victims and Jack Prelutsky brings great detail to how these victims are tortured, such as in “The Vampire” where Jack Prelutsky describes how the Vampire bites down on its victim and licks the blood off its lips. Arnold Lobel’s illustrations are the center of attention here as they are in black and white coloring, giving the story a gothic feel to it. The image that stood out the most was the image of the Dragon of Death having seven heads and vicious looking eyes in the poem “The Dragon of Death.” 

Nightmares

“Nightmares” is surely one of Jack Prelutsky’s most haunting books he ever created since it talks about how monsters torture their victims to death. I would recommend this book to children ages seven and up since there are too many advanced words that young children might not understand and because of the macabre content displayed vividly in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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text 2018-01-04 21:33
TBR Thursday
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker
The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree - W.W. Jacobs
Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

Happy New Year, my Booklikes friends!

 

I have to finish The House on Mango Street tonight so that I can discuss it at book club on Friday evening!  No sweat, I should be able to do that and still have time to work on the next book.

 

The rest of the roster is necessitated by library due dates!  I'm almost done Why We Sleep, so I should be able to wrap it up quickly (without staying up late, this author has me scared to miss my sleep!).  Due in 7 days.

 

The Great Hunt is part of my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project--its a big, thick book and due in 8 days time.  I know how part of my weekend will be spent!

 

It's All Relative is a book that I heard about on CBC radio--the author was being interviewed and since I'm a genealogist, I couldn't resist.  A lot of people in my city seem to listen to the same station and the books mentioned are always popular.  There are 34 people waiting to read this after me!

 

I had a long wait for Lincoln in the Bardo and now I have to get busy and read it.  It's due in 14 days and there are 168 people waiting for it.  No renewals.

 

Starting the New Year off with some interesting stuff!  Hope your January is going well too.

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review 2017-11-23 00:00
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Beyond the Wall of Sleep - H.P. Lovecraft Interesante relato de H. P. Lovecraft sobre los sueños, sus misterios y la realidad, pero algo racista. Lo recomiendo si les late este autor.
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review 2017-11-13 18:11
Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales (James)
Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales - P. D. James,Peter Kemp

P.D. James' estate has gone back to the well for this second annual book of short stories in time for Christmas sales, and I for one am very glad they did.  There's variety in tone and setting amongst the six stories, but they have in common James' clear prose, strong sense of character, and the "twist in the tail" that is one of the delights of this genre. Of the six, four are told in the first person, a good expedient for twists, since the narrator merely has to withhold one pertinent piece of information. Several (including the most shudder-inducing, "The Girl Who Loved Graveyards" - interestingly not one of the 1st-person ones) are tied closely to the viewpoint of a child or youth, and often are distanced from the actual telling by the lifetime of that person. Moral ambiguity abounds; there are comeuppances, but we are not allowed to rest in simple notions of good characters and bad characters, even within the narrow bounds of short fiction.

All of the stories are comfortably distanced from us in time (two are explicitly set in World War II, with all the accompanying paraphernalia of blackouts and the hovering menace of much greater disturbance than a mere country house murder or clifftop shove). No-one is distressingly poor, distressingly foreign, or distressingly gender-atypical. In this sense, but in no other, you might stretch the term "cozy" to cover these stories. I don't find some of the characters - most particularly the murderer in the aforementioned "Girl Who Loved Graveyards" to be in any way cozy or comfortable, but it's true that, the subtitle notwithstanding, this collection not only did not rob me of sleep, but sent me off happy and satisfied with another taste of P.D. James.

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