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review 2019-10-15 00:10
Don't Kiss Your Enemy, Victorine E Lieske

This was ok for a clean teen read. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4* rating. I think my granddaughters would enjoy it. The one thing that bothered me the most was that the parent's were absent a little too much. Of course in this day and age, many are left to their own devices.

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review 2019-10-14 18:45
IN DARKNESS DELIGHT: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT edited by Evans Light & Andrew Lennon
In Darkness, Delight: Creatures of the Night - Chad Lutzke,Tim Curran,Jeff Strand,Josh Malerman,Andrew Lennon,Glenn Rolfe,Evans Light,Mary SanGiovanni,Richard Chizmar,Ray Garton

Just like the first volume, (IN DARKNESS DELIGHT: MASTERS OF MIDNIGHT), IN DARKNESS DELIGHT: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT is an impressive collection of tales!


Creature features are one of my very favorite sub-genres of horror and in this volume, nearly every single story worked for me. There were creatures of all kinds, both great and small, both real and imaginary, (though figuring out which was sometimes difficult!). I can't get into every story within, but the ones that stood out the most were:


WHITE RABBIT by Tim Curran.


SCALES by Christopher Motz.


THE PEOPLE IN THE TOILET BY Mason Morgan. (What a way to kick of this anthology!)


SNAP by Kevin Harrison. 


INFESTATION by Mikal Trimm. (Roaches! UGH!)


RIVER OF NINE TAILS by Mark Cassell. (I got a BAD case of the heebie jeebies from this one.)


SURVIVOR by Ray Garton. (Most surprising tale award!)



HINKLES by Kristopher Rufty.


THE UGLY TREE by Gregor Xane (It's been a year since I read a story from this author. This one reminded me of how good he really is.)


THE GREEN MAN OF FREETOWN (It becomes clear at the end what the "creature" in this story was. When that happened, I wanted to cry. This was my favorite story in the book.)


THE WORMS TURN by Frank Oreto (This didn't turn out at all like I thought it would! Love when that happens.)


THE GIANT'S TABLE by Mary SanGiovanni. (The table doesn't belong to giants, but who it does belong to is scary as heck.)


I really wanted to write a little bit about each story, but time restraints are in play here. Even though I haven't listed every tale, (this isn't a table of contents, after all), that doesn't mean the ones that aren't listed weren't good. It's just that each of the those I've listed here were OUTSTANDING. I don't know how much more I can say except:


Highly recommended!





*Thanks to Corpus Press for the fine paperback copy they sent to me, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2019-10-14 16:29
Wherewolves by John Vamvas & Olga Montes @WHEREWOLVESbook
WHEREWOLVES - John Vamvas,Olga Montes


I read this a long time ago, 1.16.15, rated it on Goodreads, but forgot to write the review. Sooooo, here we are. I love the Goodreads cover, so that is the one I am sharing.


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I read this back in 2015, but never wrote the review. I have a ton of notes, so that must mean I would be sharing too much. Don’t want to spoil anything. Ya know, a group of kids goes in the woods, I think we all know that some are going to be left behind.


  • S ize up the situation, surroundings, physical conditions, equipment
  • U se your senses
  • R ember where you are
  • V anquish fear and panic
  • I mprovise and improve
  • V alue living
  • A ct like the natives
  • L ive by your wits

Most of the characters left a lot to be desired, so it was hard to feel sorry for them. They are seriously damaged


I didn’t see where the story was going and I do love the twist. Brutal. I wanted blood and guts and gore and I got it.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Wherewolves by John Vamvas & Olga Montes.

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text 2019-10-14 11:03
Reading Speculative Fiction Is A Good Way To Exercise The Brain

Fiction books focus on the unexplained, on what might be – the ones that do not yet exist in the real world but on which the author can speculate in his books. This genre usually is related to, but not limited to – science, technology, time-travel, exploring space and alien life. What makes these novels great is the kind of interest that they can create in the reader’s mind through an intriguing storyline and a sharp narrative.

The world has seen numerous fiction writers, whose literary works have been converted into movies and TV series. These kinds of stories have attracted our attention for ages because the human spirit is always eager to go beyond the realm of the known facts. We search for the unknown, the mysterious, and what evolution has in stock for us. Some readers might even find fiction to be more interesting than what’s happening in the real world. One familiar feeling among science fiction book readers is that the writer bases his writings on what is almost being achieved by scientists, believing that in due time, we will discover something fantastic.

The Truth is, space and extra-terrestrials never fail to impress both the young and adult minds. Demographics reveal the average age of science fiction fans between 29 and 43 years. Maybe that’s on the low side. It could be higher.
Source: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244018780946).

The study further revealed that most readers encounter their first science fiction book by the age of 15. It seems to point out the fact that science fiction becomes even more appealing as people grow up. Of all readers canvassed, about 72% said that they were proud of the fact that they love science fiction books. Many respondents in this survey summarized what the after-effects of reading an original and good quality science fiction have done to them:

1. Helped improve their skill acquisition capabilities.
2. Helped improve their puzzle-solving aptitude.
3. Helped them keep their minds open to listening to others.

Among the excellent sci-fi book writers, there are several new fiction books that become available each day and make for some superior quality reading. Getting to know more about the books, authors, and publishers is not a difficult task today as the Internet makes it easy to get information about the new book releases.
Reading fiction books opens the readers’ mind to the world.

Source: www.goodreads.com/story/show/1152445-reading-speculative-fiction-is-a-good-way-to-exercise-the-brain
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review 2019-10-13 00:53
Storm Warned
Storm Warned - Dani Harper

Caris was turned into a grim (a death dog) by a fae prince who sought more power. Prior to that she ran her father's farm, while he drank his days and nights away. Caris was a gifted musician. Liam was also a gifted musician whose career was flourishing. After his wife cheated on him, he retreated and became a hermit on his family's farm.
This was an entertaining read with fun secondary characters. I really liked Caris; she was strong and stood up for herself. Ranyon (I've got a charm for that!) and Morgan make appearances. Aidan, Brooke, and Rhys are mentioned in name only.

Booklikes Bingo: It was a dark and stormy night

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