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Kitty Horror

i'm an avid reader whose first love is horror. Come join me over on the dark side.

My Halloween Reading Card!

 

 

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Big thanks to MR for creating this fantastic reading card.

 

Can't wait to start.

 

 

 

Reading Updates for May, June and July 2017

Punisher Max: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (The Punisher (2004-2009)) - Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Lewis Larosa, Leandro Fernandez, Tim Bradstreet Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes The Color Purple (The Color Purple Collection) - Alice Walker

 

I"m not sure why but I've yet again found myself distanced from BL as I was in the earlier months of this year. I'm trying to get back into participating on the site a bit more and noted that I'm way behind on posting what I've been reading in that time.

The good news is that I've caught up with most of my reading challenges for the year and should manage to read over my 150 goal.

 

 

Yearly reading challenge update (May) - 60/150

 

Read in May - 7

Audio - 4

Novel/novella - 3

Graphic Novels - 0

 

5*

 

The Color Purple (The Color Purple Collection) - Alice Walker

 

4.5*

 

Wolf Land - Jonathan Janz

 

4*

 

Dirty Rocker Boys - Bobbie Brown,Caroline RyderThe Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff StrandDead Harvest - Chris F. Holm

 

3.5*

 

James and the Giant Peach - Roald DahlThe Flex Diet - James Beckerman

 

 

 

 

Yearly reading challenge update (June) -72 /150

 

Read in June - 12

Audio - 2

Novel/novella - 5

Graphic Novels - 5

 

5*

 

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

 

4.5*

 

Krampus: The Yule Lord - BromRobert Bloch's Psycho: Sanitarium - Chet WilliamsonThe Light is the Darkness - Laird Barron

 

4*

 

The Last Chord - Douglas WynneThe Grief Frequency - Kealan Patrick BurkeWild Night Is Calling - J.A. Konrath,Ann Voss Peterson

 

3.5*

 

3*

 

Bob's Burgers Ongoing #1: Digital Exclusive Edition - Rachel Hastings,Justin Hook,Mike Olsen,Jeff Drake,Ben Dickerson,Brian Hall,Mark Von Der Heide,Adam Beechen,JC McNamee,Frank Forte,Steven Theis,Tom Riggin,Mario D'Anna,Adam Phillips,Hector Reynoso,Anthony AguinaldoBob's Burgers Ongoing #2: Digital Exclusive Edition - Rachel Hastings,Jeff Drake,Brian Hall,Steven Theis,Joe Healy,Emiko SawanoboriBob's Burgers Ongoing #3: Digital Exclusive Edition - Loren Bouchard,Rachel Hastings,Anneliese Waddington,Brian Hall,Anthony Aguinaldo,Hector Reynoso,Mike GuerenaBob's Burgers Ongoing #4 - Justin Hook,Rachel Hastings,Anneliese Waddington,Tom Riggin,Tom Connor,Marcelo BenavidesEvil Ernie: Godeater #1: Digital Exclusive Edition - Justin Jordan,Keith Davidsen,Colton Worley,Cezar Razek

 

 

 

Yearly reading challenge update (July) -  98/150

 

Read in July - 26

Audio - 0

Novel/novella - 9

Graphic Novels - 17

 

5*

 

Punisher Max: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (The Punisher (2004-2009)) - Garth Ennis,Darick Robertson,Lewis Larosa,Leandro Fernandez,Tim Bradstreet

 

4.5*

 

Ghouls - Edward LeeA Dust Bowl Tale of Bonnie and Clyde: A Short Story - James Lee Burke

 

4*

 

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile - James Jean,Craig Hamilton,Lan Medina,Steve Leialoha,Bill WillinghamFrom Ashes - Sandy DeLucaRoadkill - Joseph D'LaceyShadowed - Bill GauthierGreat Divide #1 - Ben Fisher,Adam MarkiewiczThe Brothers Grimm: Illuminated Fairy Tales, Vol. 1 [Kindle in Motion] - Brothers Grimm ,Kali Ciesemier,Wesley Allsbrook,Daniel Krall,Peter Diamond,Ashley Mackenzie,Nicolas Rix,Rovina Cai,M.S. CorleyHis Work To See - Richard   WrightFor Those Who Dream Monsters - Anna Taborska,Steve Upham,Charles Black,Reggie Oliver,Reggie OliverDawn / Vampirella - Joseph Michael Linsner

 

3.5*

 

Spying on Gods - David G. Barnett

 

3*

 

The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #1: Digital Exclusive Edition - Van Jensen,Ron SalasKiss #1 - Amy Chu,Kewber BaalCage Hero #1 (of 4): Digital Exclusive Edition - Ian Parker,Kevin Eastman,Rik Hoskin,Renato ReiCage Hero #2: Digital Exclusive Edition - Ian Parker,Kevin Eastman,Rik Hoskin,Renato ReiCage Hero #3: Digital Exclusive Edition - Ian Parker,Kevin Eastman,Rik Hoskin,Renato ReiCage Hero #4: Digital Exclusive Edition - Ian Parker,Rik Hoskin,Kevin Eastman,Renato Rei

 

2.5*

 

2*

 

Homies #1 - David Gonzales,Elliott Serrano,Andrew HuertaHonor: Protect. Serve. Beat. Burn. (Fire I) - Bill JemasSlab: The Doctor Is in (Fire I) - Brian FinkelsteinMedic: Flatline (Fire I) - Brian FinkelsteinIntertwined #1 - Fabrice Sapolsky,Fred Pham-ChuongThe Green Hornet: Golden Age Re-Mastered #1 (The Green Hornet: Golden Age Re-Mastered Vol. 1) - Fran Striker,Bert Whitman AssociatesThe Green Hornet: Golden Age Re-Mastered #2 (The Green Hornet: Golden Age Re-Mastered Vol. 1) - Fran Striker,Bert Whitman Associates

 

 

Challenges

 

Total reading challenge 98/150 (65%)

 

A-Z Challenge - 18/26 (69%)

 

Graphic novels challenge - 37/50 (74%)

 

Random TBR Challenge - 6/25 (24%)

 

Just lagging behind in the TBR challenge, have managed to catch up with everything else.

 

On a personal note it's been a stressful few months with insurance repair issues and the insurance company only just denying my claim after pissing around for a few months. I have now had to go back to my former insurer to lodge a claim, very frustrating, especially as I had wanted my property to go on the market at the end of September/early October. Trying not to panic but hopefully things will go a little bit smoother over the next few months.

Still leaving in December so nothings changing that and to be honest it can't come soon enough.

 

 

The Glass Magician - Charlie Holmberg

The Glass Magician - Charlie N. Holmberg

It's taken me forever and a day to even attempt to read this. Memories of the first book were not making this very appealing and it's ended up sitting on my NG shelf for almost 2 1/2 years.

However once i committed to reading it I was relieved to find that this is a better book than the first in a number of ways, mostly because there are more characters than just Ceony and Emery. Ceony is still pretty annoying as main characters go but she has a slightly better attitude this time around and doesn't whine nearly as much. Nor is she prying into Emery's life and belongings like she did in the first novel.

She is however, just as dim as she was in the first book in that she is adamant that she, an apprentice magician, can take on other dangerous magicians without any help and it's no surprise that her decisions cause problems for everyone else.

The romance between Ceony and Emery still leaves me cold, it doesn't feel right and to be honest it's annoying that Ceony is just so hellbent on trying to make it happen. She also needs to seek medical advice for the chronic blushing problem she has, any encounter she had with Emery seemed to set this off, pair this with her pale skin and reddish/orange hair and it's not a pretty picture that's conjured up.

The world building is yet again something that didn't work for me, the time period is confusing with some of the details and it would seem that the author has 'modernised' the period with details of transport, food and materials that really don't seem to fit the time. I also found the magic wasn't very well explained and I struggled to grasp what the author was describing.

On the positive side this was a fairly fast read and a lot more engaging than book 1, I'll again put this down to the fact that there were a number of other characters whom Emery and Ceony spent time with, this seemed to help keep the plot moving along and not stagnate as it did in the first book when a lot of the story was just Ceony.

Better than the first book but I don't think I'll be picking up the third one, my interest was slightly peaked but not enough to continue.

 

The Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff Strand

The Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff Strand

Stanley is a loser, nearing middle age with not much to show for it. After he dies in a freak accident, he is brought back to life on live TV and starts his second life as the Amazing Mr Corpse. He is now essentially owned by a corporation who are looking to cash in on his infamy, forcing him to do all manner of 'celebrity' appearances. When he begins to get cocky about his importance he is shown that a second death will be far more unpleasant than the first and that he was not the scientific miracle he thought he was but something far more sinister.
I enjoyed this one a lot, I'm a big fan of Strand and this one certainly didn't disappoint although I thought the main character wasn't as good as some in his other work. The ending was also slightly anti-climatic.
Strand uses this to lampoon celebrities who are famous for being famous, how they are viewed and the cult like status that some of them achieve for doing absolutely nothing. Stanley is a fairly talentless individual who soon begins to believe the hype of his own fame before it all goes wrong. Secondary characters were done well but for some reason none of the characters really resonated with me that strongly however the story itself was engaging, pulling several threads together at the end and gave me almost everything I come to expect in a Strand novel. As with most of his other work this was fast faced and darkly funny and whilst it's not my favourite it was still a fun read.

The Flex Diet - James Beckerman

The Flex Diet - James Beckerman

I put this on my reading list in Scribd and decided to open it up as I've been on a carb fest since christmas and the kilos are piling on. I thought this would be more like your typical diet books, giving overall advice but with a plan for your eight weeks. Whilst the advice was interesting and I probably picked up a couple of tips for weight loss, I've read most of it before. This is supposed to an eight week program to get you started on your weight loss journey but by the time I had finished the book I had totally forgotten the timeframe or even that there was one, I'm not sure if this was just me or that the message wasn't conveyed strongly enough. I'll probably go back to it over the next few weeks to check up on a few things whilst I make a weight loss start but I'm a bit disappointed it wasn't more structured.
Interesting but a bit forgettable.

Way Overdue Reading Update for February, March & April

 

 

After staying away from Booklikes for a couple of months I'm now very behind on my reading updates. As with January, I've managed to knock a few off my TBR and up my novel/novella reading over the last couple of months. I'm a bit behind with my challenges but nothing too drastic that I can't catch up on.

 

 

Quality dropped a little bit for this month as most reads were 3/3.5*, there were a couple of solid 4* reads but nothing that really stood out.

 

Yearly reading challenge update (Feb) - 29/150

 

Read in Feb - 10

Audio - 1

Novel/novella - 6

Graphic Novels - 3

 

5*

 

4.5*

 

4*

 

The Good Girls - Allison M. Dickson  Don't Need No Water - Evans Light  The Haunted - Bentley Little  

 

3.5*

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 2: v. 2 - Scott Lobdell,Fabian Nicieza,Christopher Golden,Jeff Matsuda,Cliff Richards,Various  Seeing Evil - Jason  Parent  

 

3*

 

Invisible Fences - Steve Gilberts,Norman Prentiss,Keith Minnion  The Dark Man - P.A. Douglas  Dedication #1 - Michael Coast  Home Lighter Than Air #1 - Bill Jemas  

 

2.5*

 

2*

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs 

 

 

A much better month regarding quality with a 5* read and several 4*

 

Yearly reading challenge update (March) - 37/150

 

Read in Feb - 8

Audio - 2

Novel/novella - 3

Graphic Novels - 3

 

5*

 

The Wolf's Hour - Robert R. McCammon 

 

4.5*

 

4*

 

Sleep Disorder - Jack Ketchum,Edward Lee  Jurassic Park  - Michael Crichton  The Widow - Fiona Barton  Hollywood Wives:The New Generation - Jackie Collins  

 

3/5*

 

 

3*

 

Army Of Darkness: Furious Road #1 (of 5): Digital Exclusive Edition - Nancy Collins,Kewber Baal  Army Of Darkness: Furious Road #2 (of 5): Digital Exclusive Edition - Nancy Collins,Kewber Baal  Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story - Ed Brubaker,Matt Fraction,David Aja,Travel Foreman  

 

 

Fairly productive month with quite a few knocked off my Scribd TBR. Due to downsizing of their service and non communication I decided to cancel my subscription and am now looking to finish reading as many as possible before June. I have all my books downloaded so I hoping I can still access the books I 'paid' for even after June.

 

Yearly reading challenge update (April) - 53/150

 

Read in Feb - 16

Audio - 0

Novel/novella - 10

Graphic Novels - 6

 

5*

 

That Damned Coyote Hill - Heath Lowrance The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein  

 

4.5*

 

 

4*

 

The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band - Tommy Lee,Vince Neil,Nikki Sixx,Neil Strauss,Mick Mars,Tommy Lee  Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz  The Mole People Beneath the City - Evans Light  Surviving the Fittest - Jason  White  Season of the Wolf - Jeffrey J. Mariotte  Control #1: Digital Exclusive Edition - Andy Diggle,Angela Cruickshank,Andrea Mutti  Control #2: Digital Exclusive Edition - Andy Diggle,Angela Cruickshank,Andrea Mutti  Grand Passion #1 - James Robinson,Tom Feister  The Line Unseen - Joe Hart  Header 2 - David G. Barnett,Edward Lee  Slither - Edward Lee  

 

3.5*

 

3*

 

Army Of Darkness/Xena: Forever…And A Day #1 - Scott Lobdell,Elliot Fernandez  Doc Savage: The Spider's Web #1: Digital Exclusive Edition - Chris Roberson,Cezar Razek  Doc Savage: The Spider's Web #2: Digital Exclusive Edition - Chris Roberson,Cezar Razek  

 

Fairly good few months but I'm not cracking through my reads as I did last year. Work is still a total drain and I can't wait til I hand in my notice and finish up towards the end of the year. Bring on October.

 

 

Slither - Edward Lee

Slither - Edward Lee

The island of Pritchards Key is home to plenty of wildlife including a new strain of worm as well as several groups of people who are all on the island for different reasons. The scientists, Nora and Loren, are there to find a specific worm for the National Geographic to photograph, there are redneck brothers who are on the island to harvest their pot plants and military personnel who are conducting deadly experiments.
As the worms begin infecting people on the island, all hell breaks loose as each group becomes desperate to find a way off the island to safety. Nora and Loren try to find out more about this new strain as well as why the military are running surveillance on them. What they find out could spell doom for civilisation.
This was a great 'B' movie type read that was a lot more subdued in content that some of Lee's other work such as his backwoods horror series. There is still plenty of cringe worthy scenes full of disgusting gore and sex but they don't even begin to touch on the depravity of say, Bighead. The only thing that slightly spoiled the story was the overload of science talk about worms which got a little boring to be honest. The ending was nicely done with a nice twist.
The characters were fairly well done, the good guys were realistic and flawed enough to be believable, the bad guys were pretty despicable and it was easy to cheer when things went pear shaped for them.
Great fun and a slightly tamer Lee read for the uninitiated.

Header 2 - Edward Lee

Header 2 - David G. Barnett, Edward Lee

You can't take this type of fiction seriously as Mr Lee has his tongue planted firmly in his cheek telling this tale of rednecks seeking revenge on the mafia.
He also manages to introduce some very imaginative ways for folks to die and skitters well past the line of what is morally acceptable in story telling, be warned, sick, twisted and a lot of fun.

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

Enzo is not like other dogs, he loves race car driving, loves watching t.v and is convinced that he will be reincarnated as a man after he dies. On the eve of his death, Enzo looks back over his life, chronicling his adventures with his master, Denny and the highs and lows of their time together.

I loved so much about this book but most of all I loved Enzo, he is so loyal to Denny you love him for that alone. His insights into human life are humorous and sometimes it seems he's the only one who sees situations clearly.

The story itself was very easy to get lost in and I found myself cheering characters on, becoming teary when tragedy struck or angry when Denny was being pushed to his absolute limit. This read highlighted not only the best of human (and dog) behaviour but also the ugliest. I laughed out loud when Enzo got his revenge on one of the grandparents, be warned that feeding a dog a spicy hot pepper will have serious repercussions for your carpet.

Overall this was a fantastic read; engaging, thoughtful, realistic with wonderful characters and one hell of a dog. Be warned though, you'll need lots of tissues.

The Line Unseen - Joe Hart

The Line Unseen - Joe Hart

Tim suspects his wife is having an affair with a construction worker. He decides to confront the man with the help of his two friends and his attempt at teaching the man a lesson take a tragic turn that comes back to haunt him.
Unsettling short story that had me second guessing where the author was taking it, certainly not where it went. Another story that does a lot in a small amount of pages and does it well.

Season of the Wolf - Jeffrey J. Mariotte

Season of the Wolf - Jeffrey J. Mariotte

Alex Converse is a documentary film-maker who has traveled to Silver Gap to shoot a story on environmental issues. Whilst there, several wolf attacks occur as well as the disappearances of several woman. Alex becomes involved in the town's efforts to stop the attacks but the wolf's become emboldened and the townspeople find they are the hunted not the hunter.
There was a lot going on in this story and whilst a lot of it worked for me there were also plenty of unanswered questions on how everything was tied to the story. I thought the main character, Alex, was a decent enough guy but his environmental discussions became too self righteous at times. The parts that were almost supernatural in the story were good but should have been given more time to develop more. The serial killer side of the story was also good and provided some tense scenes but the ending to that was very anti-climatic, personally I would have enjoyed the wolf's to deal with the killer. Lastly, the wolves part of the story wasn't really explained, at all. It was never made clear why they suddenly started attacking and again whilst there were some great scenes with the wolves, the ending felt very anti-climatic.
The characters were fairly engaging, there were several that featured prominently in the story and there were several scenes, especially the husband and wife cabin scene, that were really well done and had me rooting for them to come through. Robbie was probably my favourite character but i felt that more could have been done with her.
The pacing was fairly fast and I thought the author's writing was excellent. My only real issues were that some aspects of the story needed more explanation and that the ending just fizzled out.

Surviving the Fittest - Jason White

Surviving the Fittest - Jason  White

Charlie and his sister have so far managed to survive the zombie apocalypse even though Charlie is only 15 and his sister is mentally handicapped. They have been fortunate to meet up with decent people until that is they come across Chuck and his group. Chuck is contemplating killing them before a zombie horde descend on them and they find an ally in one of the group. As the night continues Charlie sees what Chucks true intentions are towards him and his sister and he is pushed into taking decisive action.
I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this, it's very short at just 28 pages but the author has successfully managed to write a very likeable lead in Charlie. There were a couple of times that the writing felt a little awkward but for the most part the story was smoothly written and well paced.
One small niggle was that the ending felt a bit abrupt but for such a short read that's not a big complaint.
A good survival story that shows the depravity of man is still more terrifying than the undead.
Recommended.

That Damned Coyote Hill - Heath Lowrance

That Damned Coyote Hill - Heath Lowrance
Three hustlers have come to Coyote Hill to scam the towns inhabitants with a boxing match, unknown to them a rider, Hawthorne, is following them. He is intent on seeking revenge on the men for taking the life of someone he loved. When he confronts them at the fight, killing one and setting off a chain of events that sees a local being taken hostage, he is unaware that the town has a secret that will see all three men wish they had never ventured into Coyote Hill.
Engaging short story that is well written, has interesting and well fleshed out characters and is creepy enough that it left a lasting impression. The author is someone I would definitely read more of.
 
 
 

The Mole People Beneath the City - Evans LIght

The Mole People Beneath the City - Evans Light

Effective short story that has a unsurprising but decent twist to it. The writing is engaging and the author managed to do a lot in just 20 pages. The small amount of detail offered about the mole people was enough to make me curious about what happens in their city.
Interesting story and lead character that I wished had been a little bit longer.

Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz
Odd Thomas is a young, short order cook with special psychic abilities. When a stranger arrives in the town of Pico Mundo, Odd notes a upsurge of other worldly 'bodachs' and knows that something horrific is about to happen. Using his abilities, he must now figure out what it is and how he can stop it.
This is the first Koontz novel I've read for several years and whilst it took me a while to get through it I found it really enjoyable. Odd is a charmingly peculiar character, a good man who wants to always do the right thing. The supporting characters all felt very well fleshed out and added a lot to the overall story.
The story is fairly straight forward with some satisfying twists and turns, whilst this wasn't an extremely fast read for me this was more to do with my reading habits then anything wrong with the story.
Nicely paced with a likeable protagonist, I would recommend this for those that like paranormal thrillers.
 
 
 

Sleep Disorder - Jack Ketchum & Edward Lee

Sleep Disorder - Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum

I'd Give Anything For You - Roderic is desperate to show Clare how much he wants her back, so desperate he would give her anything to prove his love. Gory start to collection with a heavy dose of sex thrown in.

Love Letters From the Rain Forest - Great revenge story, a bit slow to get started but nice twist at the end.

Masks - Uninteresting story about a couple that likes to wear masks whilst having sex. Pretty pointless and doesn't go anywhere.

Eyes Left - Three friends spend happy hour checking out woman, identifying the living from the dead in the new world order. Enjoyable story that incorporates different stories around zombies being part of society and has a particularly nasty ending.

Sleep Disorder - A slimy stock broker starts to have problems with his sleep, he's mortified to find out he talks in his sleep. Since he has spent his life screwing people over he is worried about saying anything incriminating. He records himself and plays it back with interesting results.

Good seeing you - a rought draft of Sleep disorder with a different ending.
I would do anything for you - a rought draft of I'd give anything for you which includes more sex if that can be believed.

Enjoyable short story collection that features some very strong woman and some very nasty people get their come uppance in grand style.

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