This is an entertaining, enchanting, humorous and mind-boggling introduction to the Discworld. You can tell this is an early work from Pratchett - the writing isn't as good as newer works and the Discworld is still a work in progress. But this is still a lovely entertaining book. In this first Discworld novel, an ineffective wizard (Rincewind) that is very good at surviving, a naive tourist (Twoflower), and his many legged luggage (made from sapient pear wood) have many adventures with such things as the "fascinating" denizens of Ankh-Morkpork, dragons that only exist if you believe in them, barbarians, trolls and the edge of the Disc. This book ends on a cliff-hanger so having the next book (The Light Fantastic) at hand is recommended.
The cover art of my old much-loved paperback has the delightfully crazy art of Josh Kirby.
I also listened to the audio-book, which I found well paced and nicely presented.
Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where “Fun is Guaranteed!” But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts?
Presented as a fact-finding investigation and a series of first-person interviews, FantasticLand pieces together the grisly series of events. Park policy was that the mostly college-aged employees surrender their electronic devices to preserve the authenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teenagers soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and even human flesh. This new social network divides the ravaged dreamland into territories ruled by the Pirates, the ShopGirls, the Freaks, and the Mole People. If meticulously curated online personas can replace private identities, what takes over when those constructs are lost?
FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
Luke Daniels has essentially become my favorite male narrator after listening to this. He and Angela Dawe were phenomenal. They narrated several characters between the two of them, giving each voice its own sound. Daniels did the majority of them. He had different accents, inflections…this felt like it was a full-cast narration.
Fantasticland asks the question…what would a few hundred young adults do when completely cut-off from their phones and social media accounts and with no one left to tell them what to do…It's outlandish that something of this magnitude would happen, but it's laid out in a very real, very plausible way. Seriously, this totally freaked me out, on several levels. It was so intense and scary…if I was ever in a position to have to evacuate because of a hurricane…I'd be out. Especially, after listening to this.
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 5/5
Secondary Characters~ 5/5
The Feels~ 5+/5
Theme or Tone~ …on a horror scale, I'll give it a 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5
Book Cover~ It's perfect. (Although a giant question mark laying on the ground would've been better…)
Narration~ ☆5+☆ for Angela Dawe & Luke Daniels
Setting~ Fantasticland Theme Park, Florida
Source~ I own Audible Audiobook
I used this for Creepy Carnivals Square in Halloween Bingo 2018
Anna Dressed in Blood
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas's life.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
Plot-wise this has all the right elements, Anna is a fairly kick-ass ghost and despite how terrifying she is, you still end up liking her. Especially after you hear the story of how she died. Nevertheless, I still felt that it was missing something…maybe it's just me…or maybe it was due to the narrator. When he did other peoples voices he was not so bad, but when he did the voice of Cas the MC, (which was his normal voice) he delivered his lines with very little emotion and it left me feeling disconnected from the story most of the time.
☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
The Feels~ 3/5
Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5
Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.
Book Cover~ It's quite striking…
Narration~ ☆2☆ for August Ross
Series~ Anna #1
Setting~ Thunder Bay, Ontario
Source~ Audiobook (Library)
I used this for Ghost Stories Square in Halloween Bingo 2018
Book Title: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite
Category: Adult Fiction; 280 pages
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release date: June 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (Contains cursing, violence, non-explicit sex but NO adultery, abortion, etc.)
No End of Bad by Ginny Fite started out with me thinking this will just be so so. It didn’t take long for me to become involved and wondering what would I do if I were sitting in a park, minding my own business, nothing new, just the usual work day and I see some litter, so I pick it up. Before I can say, excuse me, I am jumped on, handcuffed and off to who knows where we go.
Innocent until proven guilty? Yeah, right.
Accused of being a spy Clayton Turnbull’s life is over as he knows it. But it gets oh so much worse.
There are so many awful characters, no morals or scruples, a what’s in it for me attitude, and corruption and greed run rampant. These characters don’t even deserve to be put in jail, they deserve to be buried under it. There is no level they will not go to keep what’s theirs and cover up the evidence before that pesky reporter, or someone else, exposes them.
As will Lenore Cavanaugh, the reporter that is like a pit full. She will not let anything go.
Margaret and Melissa Turnbull will rise above and beyond anything they could have dreamed about.
I love a good conspiracy mystery and this is one convoluted tale that goes around the world and back again. Politics and greed rear their ugly heads and run full bore after those who threaten to expose them.
I like a book that makes me question things in the real world. I do wonder what percentage of people in the world today believe everything they read in the papers, see on TV and on the internet. Do they get their news from Facebook?
Well…loaded with danger, corruption, government rogues running wild around the world, these amazing characters will rise to levels never anticipated to do the right thing, to protect their own and to take down the bad guys, no matter who they are or how high they rise. And it doesn’t stop until the last page is read. Warning: the ending may require tissues.
I love this quote from Henry Kissinger:
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t trying to kill you.
Here’s a quote from Melissa to her mother, Margaret:
“God Mom, there’s just No End of Bad.”
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of No End of Bad by Ginny Fite.