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text 2018-03-29 15:00
Reading progress update: I've read 177 out of 298 pages.
The Black Reaper: Tales of Terror - Bernard Capes,Hugh Lamb

continues to be a wide variety of stories--a whirlwind of strange effects and ideas, all different. the bad news is that a few have left me cold, or confused--but there are so many tales in this book, with many of them quite short, that I wouldn't expect to like them all; the last two I did--'The Green Bottle', and 'The Closed Door', were favorites of mine. i think I prefer the shorter ones, or at least the ones that run about 10 pages. shall try to finish all this tonight.

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text 2018-03-29 02:57
Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 298 pages.
The Black Reaper: Tales of Terror - Bernard Capes,Hugh Lamb

some of the stories have impressed me more than others, but there certainly is variety here! he doesn't simply foist the same basic ghost story--or any Horror convention--on the reader, over and over again. I feel the prose gets a bit too purple at times, but overall this is an interesting set of Horror and Dark Fantasy yarns. looking forward to the rest.

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text 2018-03-28 14:52
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 298 pages.
The Black Reaper: Tales of Terror - Bernard Capes,Hugh Lamb

only three stories in (they were all very quick) but I've already encountered a werewolf, a ghost-house, and the Grim Reaper. very happy so far--if a bit unnerved--and this seems like a good collection as far as my Horror tale tastes go.

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text 2018-03-28 01:30
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 298 pages.
The Black Reaper: Tales of Terror - Bernard Capes,Hugh Lamb

this could be the winner of the "Most Neglected Author who Least Deserves to be Neglected" Contest. hunh. well, I did enjoy that Mystery novel of his--didn't go berserk for it, but enjoyed it--and since I'm in a mood for some short fiction, I'm going to revisit Bernard Capes via some Horror quickies. these stories apparently also feed into the whole "how does an author this wonderful end up forgotten?!" imbroglio.

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review 2018-03-13 00:00
Wave of Terror
Wave of Terror - Jon Jefferson Wave of Terror - Jon Jefferson I picked up Wave of Terror because I saw Brian from Brian's Book Blog review it. It sounded like a nice, mindless palate cleanser to re-energize my reading, which has been in a bit of a slump.

Wave of Terror is a pure thriller action movie. It really is exceedingly easy to visualize it as though you were watching a movie. Things start happening soon after the book begins. There's rogues, deception, a fight for survival, conspiracies, the lone voice of reason in the wilderness, and all that stuff that you expect in that type of movie.

For people who enjoy movie quotes, the main characters trade them back and forth quite frequently. There's a very famous movie reference that I absolutely lost it laughing at. It got old a bit quick at one point, but it was still an unexpected surprise that definitely revitalized my interest in the book.

Wave of Terror was a fun read that did everything it set out to do. It's fast-paced, filled with snappy dialogue, and you're definitely wondering if the protagonists are going to make it in their race against time. Unfortunately, apart from the lines that made me snicker, it's not a book that stands out for me. Even just the next day after reading it, I had to think for several moments before I could remember the main character's name. It's a little too like a throw-away action movie in that respect.

If you're looking for a good airplane/ long car ride book, I highly recommend Wave of Terror. It's a fairly short read, entertaining, and comes to a solid resolution at the end.
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