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text 2019-01-29 22:30
THE DEVIL ASPECT - synopsis
The Devil Aspect - P. Craig Russell

You know when you read a good book description and it gets you all fired up?

 

I requested this one from NetGalley, based on this description only. That was a month or two ago, so last night when I picked this up, I read it again. Now I'm excited all over again!

 

Whomever wrote this description should be writing actual books, I think!

 

Prague, 1935: Viktor Kosárek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The state-of-the-art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations. The asylum houses the country's six most treacherous killers--known to the staff as The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon--and Viktor hopes to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect. As he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, five men and one woman, Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth. 

Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys. Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit (dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers), realizes that the killer is imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier--London's Jack the Ripper. Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind, though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum. 

Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this stylishly written, tightly coiled, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to put down.
 

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text 2018-03-26 00:12
Reading progress update: I've read 7%
See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt

I'm not sure if I'm going to continue with this because the prose is quirky, but so far I'm captivated. It's a Lizzie Borden story and I have a certain fascination with that case. We'll see how it goes. 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-01-25 19:30
I've read 17% and I’m done!
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward

 I tried to stick with this because it seemed like everyone was raving about it. I even came back to it after talking a week or so off.  It’s still not working for me and I think that 17% is more than a fair shot. 

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This it it.*

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review 2017-05-14 16:04
The Creeps by Fran Krause
The Creeps: A Deep Dark Fears Collection - Fran Krause

The Creeps was an adorable collection of comic strips about our daily fears, some valid- others completely silly. What fun!

 

There is nothing complicated here, but what I found myself thinking about most of all when I finished was the fact that inside- we are so much alike as a people, as human beings. Our silly minds imagine scary things sometimes, but it's nice to know that other people's minds do the same thing.

 

This is quick read, it's entertaining and some of these strips may hit just the right spot for you and make you either laugh, think, or both. Recommended!

 

*Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2016-11-04 13:33
Coco Butternut (A Hap & Leonard Novella) by Joe R. Lansdale
Coco Butternut (Hap and Leonard Adventure) - Joe R. Lansdale

Coco Butternut is a fun Hap and Leonard novella in which they are working for a man trying to get back his dead, mummified dog. Yep, dead and mummified. Therein lies the Lansdale humor for which this series is known.

 

Hap and Leonard are now a family affair, what with Hap's partner Brett and his daughter Chance. Together they try to solve the mysteries of dead dog blackmail. What a hoot!

 

I'm looking forward to season two of the show, as well as catching up on the Hap and Leonard books that came out before I was aware of them. It won't spoil anything to read this short novella out of order. It will definitely make you laugh out loud a few times and who can't use a little laughter in their lives?

 

Recommended!

 

*Thanks to Net Galley and the AWESOME Subterranean Press for the e-ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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