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text 2018-12-02 16:38
November 2018-That's A Wrap!
Exorcist Falls: Includes the Novella Exorcist Road - Matt Godfrey,Jonathan Janz,Jonathan Janz
Teeth - Kelli Owen
Agent to the Stars - John Scalzi
Bird Box - Josh Malerman
Exit Strategy - Martha Wells
Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories – One Legendary Venue - Somer Canon,Rachel Autumn Deering,Brian Keene,Jeff Strand,Matt Hayward,Glenn Rolfe,Patrick Lacey,Matt Serafini,Adam Cesare,Jonathan Janz,Kelli Owen,Doug Murano,Mary SanGiovanni,Robert Ford,Bryan Smith,Booth Tarkington,John Skipp,Alan M. Clark
The Freak Show Murders - Fredric Brown
Greatest Love Story Ever Told, The - Megan Mullally,Nick Offerman
The Mirror of the Nameless - Leesa Wallace,Graeme Parker,Luke Walker
The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere 2) - Meg Elison

I read 10 books this month!

 

Audiobooks

 

 

Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4.5*

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton 4.5*

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman 3*

The Book of Etta by Meg Elison, narrated by  Adenrele Ojo 4*

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

 

Teeth by Kelli Owen 4*

The Mirror of the Nameless by Luke Walker 5*

 

Total: 2

 

RANDOM READS

 

Bird Box by Josh Malerman 4*

The Freak Show Murders and Other Stories by Fredric Brown 4*

Welcome to the Show edited by Doug Murano 4.5*

Exit Strategy Martha Wells 5*

 

 

 

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

 

(I'm failing miserably)

 

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt

10. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

 

Running Total: 144

Total Goal: 150

 

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review 2018-11-21 18:45
THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD by Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman
Greatest Love Story Ever Told, The - Megan Mullally,Nick Offerman

 

Confession time: I don't watch, and have never watched, Will & Grace or Parks and Rec. I'm not sure why, exactly, because I thought I liked Megan Mullally and I DO enjoy Amy Poehler. Anyway, I thought I'd give this audio book a go and it ended up being just okay.

 

Someone who watches these shows or has a real fangirl thing going on for Nick Offerman and/or Megan M. might get more out of this book than I did. Megan and Nick talk about their pasts, how they met, their careers, how they manage to keep things fresh, and how they like to do jigsaw puzzles and listen to audiobooks while they do so.

 

To be honest, this book reminded me why I don't read romances and why I love horror. These two are cute, but after only a little while, they became too cute for me and I would have loved to see them, (or in this case, hear them), die horrible and painful deaths. Well, not really, but they were just too....sappy. I don't like sappy.

 

So there you have it. I thought this book was okay, but if you're a big Megan Mullally or Nick Offerman fan you're likely to get a lot more out of this too cute, sickeningly sweet book.

 

*Thank you to my awesome public library for the free loan of this audiobook. Libraries RULE!*

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text 2018-11-09 00:59
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 320 pages.
Greatest Love Story Ever Told, The - Megan Mullally,Nick Offerman

 

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text 2018-10-28 15:27
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 224 pages.
Repeal The 8th - Emmet Kiran,Aisling Bea,Tara Flynn,Lisa McInerney,Louise O'Neill,Caitlin Moran,Anne Enright,Sinéad Gleeson,Una Mullally

This anthology is perfect for research purposes and was just published! It comprises the literature, personal stories, opinions, photography, art and design produced by the movement that catalysed 2018’s momentous referendum.

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text 2016-05-01 20:17
My Best Work
My Journey Through World War II: A Memoir - Maria Mullally,Carissa Green

About a year ago, I began working with Maria Mullally on editing her memoir, "My Journey Through World War II." Those I've spoken to since then may have heard me say this, but today I certainly need to put it in writing: This is the best story I have worked on in more than 25 years as a writer and editor. 

 

The book covers Maria's teenage years during World War II and is basically told in three parts. First, she escapes suburban Antwerp on foot with her family when the Nazis march in. Second, she spends the early years of the war in London doing war work, supporting the Allied cause, and having adventures in one of the world's great cities. And then she meets a young American from South Dakota on a street corner near Hyde Park one night, her future husband, Bill. As the war goes on, they fall in love, marry, meet up again in liberated Paris, and travel to their new post-war lives in America. As we worked, Maria said to me, "You like this part the best, don't you?" about their lovely romance. I most certainly did. A story like this comes along probably once in a lifetime, and Maria and Bill lived it. 

 

We completed the book right around Labor Day, and Maria self-published, the paper copies coming available right around Christmas. In early February, we got it posted to the Kindle store. Now that the original press run is pretty much depleted, we had talked about other options, including a print-on-demand service and uploading it to an independent e-book distributor, but Bill's declining health put those conversations on hold. 

 

Today, Bill's daughter reported that he has died. My heart is broken for my friend and the end of a love story that has lasted almost 75 years. Maria's dream is that a publisher will pick up this book and distribute it widely - and then it will get made into a movie. I hope that, too, but it takes contacts neither of us have, a whole lot of luck, and possibly years of waiting - hence the self-publishing.

 

I don't believe in using social media to sell myself and my work, but I would like to thank Maria for letting me help with this beautiful memoir. And, I want to encourage anyone who can to read it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime story. The best I've had the privilege to work on.

 

-cg

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