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text 2017-10-16 18:45
Interview with Matt Godfrey, (Narrator Extraordinaire!)
Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt Godfrey
Haven - Greymore Publishing,Matt Godfrey,Tom Deady
Nightmares and Geezenstacks - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Fredric Brown
All Souls' Night - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Sir Hugh Walpole
The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Robert Aickman,Philip Challinor

 

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing actor & audiobook narrator Matt Godfrey for Horror After Dark!

 

Have you every wondered if narrators read the book first before accepting a narration job? Have you wondered whether they just know how to pronounce everything or if they practice first? Your questions have been answered! I hope you'll take the time to check it out here.

 

 

  

 

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review 2017-10-02 21:24
The Shores of Our Souls
The Shores of Our Souls - Kathryn Brown Ramsperger

​Dianna is looking for something new and exciting to get her out of her slump.  In 1980's New York City, Dianna works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, however she is stuck typing out little green cards all day.  Dianna longs to travel and help people, do something useful.  Dianna meets Qasim and sparks fly.  Qasim is older and well traveled.  He is an Arab-Muslim U.N. official from Beirut, Lebanon.  Qasim has known war in his home country for most of his life, and the present is no different.  Qasim longs for peace and is trying his best to help through his position.  As Dianna and Qasim spend more time together, they find out that love may not be enough to span the distance of race, religion, cultural differences and two histories filled with different pains.

I was drawn to the unique setting and issues that were covered in this story.  I was very young when the war in Beirut was raging and I was glad to learn more about it from Qasim's point of view.  With everything negative that we are inundated with from the Middle East, I enjoyed reading about the beauty of the land, the customs and Qasim's schooling.  Dianna and Qasim's romance kept me in suspense.  Moving very quickly at first and then getting derailed at several cultural, religious and social differences along the way.  I was torn between Dianna and Qasim- feeling frustrated for Dianna, who was trying so hard to understand Qasim's culture and background and me mindful of their differences, however, she was never really filled in by Qasim except for being told it was too dangerous for her and for Qasim's need to separate himself from the negativity and weight of war and his strong ties to his homeland.  I do wish that both Dianna and Qasim's pasts were delved into a little more, as I felt there would have been even more understanding uncovered there.  Overall, a poetic and moving love story that uncovers much more than a romance. Although set thirty years ago, The Shores of Our Souls echos with themes that we are still struggling with today.  

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2017-10-01 17:29
Really Great Start to the Series
A Necklace of Souls - R.L. Stedman

I got this book by the way of Xpresso Book Tour, even though this one and the second book, is not part of the tour.

I thought the book set the stage for this series pretty strongly. I loved Will from the very beginning, Dana took me a little longer to start liking. I think it's because she's pretty whiny in the first half of the book, she starts getting better towards the end. 

I think those two are cute together, and I really like Dana more when she's around or dreaming about Will. I felted bad for Will with all that he went through in the beginning of the book, and I loved that he just didn't give him, that he kept going when a lot of people would have just gave up. 

Dana's dreams or predictions, (couldn't think of the exact word) were pretty interesting, and the necklace, I am not sure what to think about that and what it means for Dana.

I really love how Will can fight and how he trains Dana. Will training her how to fight was a lot of fun and those parts were some of my favorite parts in the book. 

The ending is pretty interesting and I can't wait to see what happens next. Before I read the next book in the series I am first going to finish reading Dark Matter, and then something for bingo 2017. Which I am so far behind on, and where down to the last month and I am no where near a bingo.

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text 2017-10-01 12:23
September wrap-up 2017
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Symphony of Ruin: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel - Christina Lay
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins
Cabal - Clive Barker
Children of Chaos - Greg F. Gifune
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
A Latent Dark - Martin Kee
Helltown - Jeremy Bates

Wow. I finished 16 books this month! That's not a lot to some of you speed readers, but it is for me. I average 4-6 books a month usually.

 

I'm also very close to finishing 2 more. :D

 

Just one of this month's books was a Netgalley read, Symphony of Ruin. The others came out of either my A-list or my free books slush pile, or were sourced from Amazon's daily freebies or in the case of Classics, from Gutenberg.

 

I didn't read any samples all month. I had about a dozen saved up before Bingo started, but the pile has been growing from all the books I see from others' Bingo reads! I'm not going to tackle that folder until November. It will be interesting to see how many collect up!

 

So, for October, Bingo continues. Once I hit blackout, if I manage it, I'll try the other books from my free books slush that I put aside for back-ups in case some of my choices turn out to be duds. It will give me a start on cleaning out the free books backlog!

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text 2017-09-30 17:32
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
Lonely Souls - Karice Bolton

 The sun is finally out after five days of cloudy weather and rain, it's nice and cool autumn day and I got my main Internet is back up after three days! *happy tears*

 

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