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review 2015-08-23 13:00
Lure of the Mummy by Janis Susan May
Lure of the Mummy - Janis Susan May

GR Cleanup Project. Read in 2011.

 

Bert Carmody is a hieroglyphs translator, working with a team in Cairo amidst the heat and the stench of the poor city. Though he excels at his job, and thinks he’s the best in field, he is continually passed over for the plum projects which are given to his younger, better looking, and much more charming colleagues. Determined to make his name known, he follows a wizened old native through the twists and turns of the city on the promise of a relic that will make his career. Instead the man leads him to a shriveled up all too common fake animal mummy. He takes it back with him anyway. Big mistake there, Mr. Bert Carmody!

Bert soon realizes that his mummy may not be a fake after all. At the same time, he becomes irate that his nemesis (only in Bert’s mind, of course) Rick has been given yet another plumb assignment. He bitches, moans and whines about his lot in life and finally decides to steal a copy of the work Rick was given to translate in the hopes that he can steal Rick’s thunder by doing the translation properly. Mistake #2, Mr. Grumpy Pants. The translation appears to be a spell of sorts, so naturally Bert reads it aloud not once but three times. Hasn’t he ever watched an episode of Charmed, fergodsakes? Trouble ensues of the murderous kind and Bert quickly finds himself in a heap of trouble.

This is a short novella and I’m thankful for that because honestly I don’t think I could have stomached much more of Bert’s jealous, venomous thoughts. He was just a thoroughly unpleasant fellow to follow around. I was not surprised he was continually ignored because he was borderline rude to everyone he met, including the woman he was crushing on. He’s the sort of personality I dislike most, one who blames everyone else for his woes. Meh. Despite my dislike of the main protagonist this story was well written, the landscape and atmosphere extremely well done and the horror tame and twisty like an old episode of the Twilight Zone or Tales from the Darkside.

Here’s a little bit of vitriol from Bert the charmer.

“Damn it all, Bert thought angrily. He was a better translator, he was going to be in People magazine, he was alive, and she still wouldn’t give him a tumble.”



Bert on cats (or himself?!)

“Bert didn’t like cats at all. Nasty, insinuating, selfish things.”

 

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review 2014-04-12 00:00
Dark Horror (Horror, Dark and Lite)
Horror, Dark & Lite Volume One - Anel Viz That was... interesting.

"Val" was really weird. I'm not sure I really understood it, but it was interesting.

"Slasher" was pretty cool, not very out there, It did have me doubting for a bit on who was the bad guy, the ending seemed a bit disappointing though, maybe because it was just so fast and easy.

"The Matador" I didn't really like that much. It wasn't bad (the general idea of it), but the whole coming and going of the relationships made me uneasy about it, and plus I kept reading it in my mind with a Spanish accent and that annoyed it (yes, I annoyed myself lol I just couldn't get the accent out of my mind).
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review 2014-04-12 00:00
Horror Lite (Horror, Dark and Lite)
Horror Lite (Horror, Dark and Lite) - Anel Viz I liked this one better than volume one.

"A Layover at... " was simple, to the point and cool.

"Coffee and Aftershave" kind of weirded me out. I wasn't satisfied with the ending, but the story was still cool, and I liked it well enough.

"Bryce Olson is Pregnant" I was so glad this one didn't end up as mpreg. The ending made me laugh (I'm not sure if it was the point of the story, but I laughed anyway).

"The Stray" was just super cute in a weird kind of way, though it was kind of mean that Farkas didn't tell his lover what was going on.
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review 2013-11-16 02:00
Deals with the Devil are so retro
The Devil's Reprise - Karina Halle

Another day to face, another day to die.

 

Devil's Reprise : Horror-lite clashes with rock god sexuality.

 

We left Almost Famous behind this go-round, other than a few "golden god" mentions, and I don't know what to think about that.

On the one hand...I liked being in Sage's head better than I liked being in Dawn's. He came across as a fair representation of a rock star - complete with flaws and all. 

On the other hand...something wasn't quite as punchy this time around with the story, although I loved the characters and the bonds formed in book 2. The personal connections were stronger for me, even if the plot could have used a jolt of adrenaline.

On the other hand...oh wait, I don't have three hands. Never mind. 

The story was creepy, although not necessarily scary. The sex was still hot. And rock stars will be rock stars. So I was good.

 

It should have been me. But it wasn't. And the music played on.

 

I can't find fault with a book which pays homage to the hotness of "fashionable denim bell-bottoms and a paisley shirt," if for no other reason than to make me laugh. Because try as I might, I have a hard time imagining Sage now (to be fair though, this pic isn't exactly rock star gear)...

 



This book provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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review 2013-02-27 00:00
Blood Lite - Kevin J. Anderson,Mike Resnick,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Nancy Kilpatrick,Don D'Ammassa,F. Paul Wilson,J.A. Konrath,Joe R. Lansdale,Charlaine Harris,Lucien Soulban,Janet Berliner,D.L. Snell,Jeff Strand,Eric James Stone,Christopher Welch,Will Ludwigsen,Matt Venne,M ★★★★★ Blood Lite(Where Angel's Fear to Tread) by Sherrilyn Kenyon book 15.5 in Dark Hunter Series(also found in Vook)
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