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review 2017-12-09 17:20
THE GHOST CLUB: NEWLY FOUND TALES OF VICTORIAN TERROR by William Meikle
The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror - William Meikle

The Ghost Club: an informal gathering of the literary icons of the Victorian Age. The price of admission...a dark tale told by each member.
William Meikle has not only offered up 14 lost tales by this illustrious group, he has done something that raises him to a "Victorian Voice" in his own right, and surely an honorary member welcome to his place with them. No author has the talent to give voice to the dearly departed quite like Mr.Meikle. The man has a full blown author seance in his head. He even gave me pause with authors I consider myself wholly familiar with.
THE GHOST CLUB more than earns it's place next to the classics on any horror purist's book shelf, William Meikle has earned a place with the authors of those classics.
A magnificent collection of dark delights.

Highest possible recommendation.

Many thanks to the fine folks at Crystal Lake Publishing for the chance to read and review the e-arc. You've all outdone yourselves.

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review 2017-11-07 20:52
This is a compilation of short stories about all things Norse Mythology that seem to be centered around Loki in particular…
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

 

 

Book Title:  Norse Mythology

Author:  Neil Gaiman

Narration:  Neil Gaiman

Genre:  Fantasy | Mythology

Setting:  Asgard or Midgard, I think…

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  1.7/5

Addictiveness:  2.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total: 3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

I don't know if it's just Norse Mythology that isn't for me, or if I just haven't found the right author to convey it.  This wasn't for me though…but that's not because it wasn't well written or well narrated, it is both, actually.  Both are done by Neil Gaiman, too.  At least it was quick listen, of which I did most of while cleaning house.   If you're into this sort of thing and like a short story format, then this could be perfect for you.  That cover though…it's gorgeous.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Currently, I do not have anything by him on my TBR.  I don't know…I'm not opposed to it.

 

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review 2017-06-14 23:28
A collection of easy to read, short, crime fiction tales
Offshore: a short story collection - Ann Cleeves

Why did I read it? I enjoy Anne Cleeves' Shetland series, and I also like the television serialisation of her Vera novels, so a collection of short stories to dip into during short breaks sounded good.

What's it about? A collection of short, crime fiction tales featuring some of the characters from Anne Cleeves' books, Willow Reeves, Jimmy Perez, and Vera Stanhope.

What did I like? The stories were short, complete and were well written, holding my attention the whole way through; some even managing a twist in the tale.  

What didn't I like?  There were too few stories?  Sorry, but that's about all I could find to dislike.   

Would I recommend it?  If you are a fan of Anne Cleeves, then, yes, I would recommend them, though they are only available in ebook form.  If you enjoy crime fiction, but don't have the time to read an entire novel, then this may be for you, too.

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review 2017-06-02 08:08
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY BY
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories - Lesley Nneka Arimah

WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY

Lesley Nneka Arimah

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (April 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735211027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735211025
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    Lesley Nneka Arimah debut is a collection of short stories set in Nigeria and the US. Each short story is complete, solid, clear, and well written. I love her characters, strong, straight forward, and genuine. Lesley Nneka Arimah writing shows humor, horror, and shock in some places, yet her characters and plots flow naturally, and are engaging. I found myself immersed into each story. Her incredible grasp of language and the powerful way in which she uses it to form a story is unique, and captivating. Definitely something I would reread, and recommend

     

    ***Thank you to Penguin House and Riverhead Books for the print copy I received through a giveaway in exchange for a fair review.****

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review 2017-03-28 23:23
Dreams of Distant Shores ★★★★☆
Dreams of Distant Shores - Patricia A. McKillip

This review is written with a GPL 4.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at WordPress, Blogspot, Booklikes & Librarything and linked at Goodreads & Mobileread by  Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission
Title: Dreams of Distant Shores
Series: ----------
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 290
Format: Digital Edition





 

Synopsis:


A collection of short stories and a novella showcasing McKillip's writing style and preferred story content.

 

 



My Thoughts:


The majority of this book is taken up with the novella, Something Rich and Strange. I read that back in '05 and wasn't very impressed then and this time around nothing improved. That is the reason for the 1 Star deduction.

 

Now, the rest of the stories, they were excellent. They were what I EXPECT from McKillip. My favorite was about an artist who draws the Gorgon's mouth and it becomes his muse, until it convinces him to fall in love with a real life girl who then becomes his true muse. Not being an artsy guy myself, most of the time I poo-poo stories dealing with art. However, this story, appropriately entitled The Gorgon in the Cupboard, drew me in and made the artist character sympathetic enough that even I was able to like him. The counter-story about the woman who becomes his muse, is poignantly sad and heartwrenching and provides a sad canvas upon which a happy story is drawn.

 

The Forward by Peter Beagle I could have done without. I am not a fan of Beagle, so his musings on meeting McKillip at various times came across as self-serving and very faux-humble.

 

If I ever read this again, I'll just skip the novella and concentrate on the short stories.

 

 

★★★★☆

 


 

 

  1. 2005 Review of Something Rich and Strange

 

 

 

 

 

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