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review 2017-08-22 02:24
World Between My Teeth - Tim Meyer
Worlds Between My Teeth - Tim Meyer

Another short story collection from a new-to-me author, Tim Meyer. Let's jump right in and break each story down one by one.

 

 

The Dream Eaters - It's all a dream. Nothing can hurt you in a dream, right? Some familiar elements with a twist or two.

 

3 out of 5 stars

 

 

The Lemures - A brother and sister running from a crime boss who made a deal with the devil and can summon dead spirits. The story has a nice voice, if not the most satisfying ending.

 

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

The Cherry Collectors - Being a player can come back and haunt you.

 

4.5 out of 5 stars

 

 

Worlds Between My Teeth - The night just keeps getting stranger and stranger for a mall security guard. Shades of King's The Drawing of Three and The Twilight Zone. Good stuff.

 

5 out of 5 stars

 


Gingerbread Death Machine - Revenge doesn't always taste sweet. A macabre Christmas tale that seems familiar but doesn't work as well as it could.

 

3 out of 5 stars

 


Under New Skies - A high school boy writes about love and the world becoming Jurassic Park overnight. I liked the uneasiness in this one.

 

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

 


The Ice King - Emmett is sure that his wife, Gertie, is slipping him an extra pill in his daily stash, trying to kill him. When he sees something humongous under the ice while fishing, he becomes convinced. Lovecraft meets Grumpy Old Men. This was a fun one.

 

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

 


Box Game - Yikes! That's some game!

 

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

 


Armala's Hunt - Armala's sister has been abducted by an unknown assailant. She recruits her world's best tracker for hire. They follow their trail to a cave where the grisly realization of why he kidnapped Armala's sister unveils itself. A nice tale of fantasy that feels like it's the start of a story rather than the whole tale.

 

4 out of 5 stars

 


The Old Church - Umm?!? Am I missing something here? What seems like a fragment of a setup to a story.

 

1 out of 5 stars

 


The Pumpkin Tree Giveth, The Pumpkin Tree Taketh Away - The pumpkin tree has been rumored to grant wishes. For 10-year-old Jeffie, he better watch what he wishes for. Again, it feels like a scene instead of a story.

 

3 out of 5 stars

 


The Man Who Never Frowned - A used car salesman, who is down on his luck, is about to have a really bad day.


4 out of 5 stars

 


The Organ Harvest (An October John novella) - In 2052, a plague has hit the world and decimated 95% of the population. Detective Callahan is breaking in a rookie partner while investigating a strange case of murders. The victims bodies are barely recognizable save for one distinguishing feature, a tattoo of a white rabbit on their ass cheek. Every clue runs into a dead end and with nowhere else to turn, Detective Callahan is forced to turn Johnny Webster (aka October John), a down-on-his-luck bum that has a knack for this kind of work. You see, 12 years ago, Johnny used to be Callahan's partner.

A fun novella that introduces us to some interesting characters with October John being right up at the top. Think of Riggs from Lethal Weapon.

 

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

 


All in all, a very solid collection of shorts and a novella. Meyer has an easy writing style with some good characters and plots. There were a couple that were too short for me to really get into, but that's my preference and not necessarily a dig on Meyer's writing. Definitely worthy of space on any horror fan's bookcase. Meyer looks like he has the chops to make a real name for himself in the horror community.

 


Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

 


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https://kenmckinley.wordpress.com

 

http://intothemacabre.booklikes.com

 

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5919799-ken-mckinley

 

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text 2014-09-08 03:49
Free on Amazon
In the House of Mirrors - Tim Meyer

 

When Ritchie Naughton, amateur photographer, stumbles upon a house in the woods, strange things start happening. His camera captures images that should not exist, things that cannot be explained. Soon, he'll realize that the people of Red River, New Jersey are in terrible danger. A darkness grows within the house, threatening them all.

The House of Mirrors is open, and once you see yourself in, there's no way out...

 

Not sure how long it's free for, so be sure to grab a copy!

 

AmazonUK                                     AmazonUS

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review 2014-05-04 23:04
Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” 

 

My thoughts: This book was fantastic! The world building was great, the characters were likable, the relationships were realistic (if you count cyborgs and robots and Lunar people). 

 

The cover is so plain but is basically what the main story focuses on. Cinder. 

 

Characters: Cinder is a 16 year old girl who is a cyborg, but only in her arm and leg. If you met her you could probably think she was still a human, as she wears gloves on her hand and as such. She lives in New Beijing, after many wars. The society has changed gigantically. 

 

There are now Lunars. They are people who live on Luna (the moon). 

 

Another huge character in this book was Queen Levana, who lives on Luna but looks down at...people. She could be watching you right now. 

 

Every single chapter she was in, I would cringe. She is such a disgusting person! Which makes the book more exciting. She is just so...vicious!

 

Prince Kai was the love interest in this book, and I loved his and Cinder's little thing. They never actually got together, but the relationship-building was fantastic, and I'm glad. I don't like books that are just 'hi' and then 'i love you'. Their relationship included  lots of sarcasm, good conversations, and much more.

 

Throughout this book the two out of three characters were mentioned who are the other main characters of the following books. (Cress and Winter were mentioned).

 

As you may figure out, this story is a fairy retelling of Cinderella. But with a sci-fi twist. And a big one!

 

I'm glad that it only had tiny splats of Cinderella's aspects in the book, such as the evil Stepmother and the two stepsisters and her going to a ball. That's basically it. 

 

Another thing they did was that one of the two stepsisters were good, which I liked.

 

Plot: The main plot of this book was basically Cinder dealing with her being Cyborg, and her meeting Prince Kai and getting close to him, and the deadly plague gong around. There wasn't really a MAIN plot.

 

There is a major plot twist at the end of the novel, and I did not expect it AT ALL! I suspect most people did, but I did not realize it.

 

I rate it 5 out of 5 stars, but it's more of a 95% for me. Sure, the book was great and action-packed. I mean, c'mon, I read it in a DAY (technically).

 

I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first, as there was much more action involved. Meanwhile the first half was more information, which was still interesting enough to keep me reading.

 

I recommend this to everyone. If you like Sci fi, or even fairy tells, then pick it up. 

 

TO BE HONEST, I haven't picked this up before...because...

 

ROBOTS.

 

Ew. Ew. Robots? Cyborgs? Metal people? Ew!

 

But trust me, just get past that, go on Amazon or the Book Depository and ORDER IT!

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review 2012-04-20 00:00
Cinder - Marissa Meyer I love re-told fairytales (if done right). This was incredibly different I loved it. My only issue is the next book isn't out until next year!
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review 2012-04-14 00:00
Cinder - Marissa Meyer Loved this and cannot wait to read the next installment. Fabulous!
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