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Kitty Horror

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

Reading progress update: I've read 89%.

Feed (The Newsflesh Trilogy) - Mira Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who'd have thought these characters would have me bawling my eyes out.

 

Halloween Bingo Update #2

Feed - Mira Grant Mr Mercedes - Stephen King It - Stephen King

 

Hooray, I've finished 1 book for HB!!!

 

 

Halloween Bingo Card

 

Bingo Calls

 

Ghost

Cozy Mystery

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Horror

Locked Room Mystery

 

Reading List

 

The Dead Will Walk - Feed 20%

Aliens -

Supernatural -

Werewolves -

Chilling Children -

Haunted Houses -

Vampires -

Magical Realism -

Monsters -

Diverse Voices -

Witches -

Ghost - First Grave on the Right 10/9

Free Square Mr Mercedes 5%

80's Horror - It 2%

Terrifying Women -

American Horror Story -

Genre: Horror -

Country House Mystery -

Darkest London -

Modern Masters of Horror -

Classic Noir -

Demons -

Romantic Suspense -

In the Dark, Dark Woods -

Serial/Spree Killer -

 

A slight change of plan as I decided to re-read It by Stephen King, this will be for the 80's horror square.I've just seen the movie which was great fun, I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

 

Pic Monkey is still playing up on Firefox, so I had to switch to IE where it is behaving as it should.

 

I leave you with lovely Pennywise the Clown.

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo Update #1

Feed - Mira Grant First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones Mr Mercedes - Stephen King

 

It's a slow start for me and I haven't finished one book yet.

 

 

I'm very jealous of all those that have already posted finishing several, I need to kick my reading up a gear.

 

Halloween Bingo Card

 

 

 

 

Bingo Calls

 

Ghost

Cosy Mystery

In the Dark, Dark Woods

 

Reading List

 

The Dead Will Walk - Feed 20%

Aliens -

Supernatural -

Werewolves -

Chilling Children -

Haunted Houses -

Vampires -

Magical Realism -

Monsters -

Diverse Voices -

Witches -

Ghost - First Grave on the Right 48%

Free Square Mr Mercedes 5%

80's Horror -

Terrifying Women -

American Horror Story -

Genre: Horror -

Country House Mystery -

Darkest London -

Modern Masters of Horror -

Classic Noir -

Demons -

Romantic Suspense -

In the Dark, Dark Woods -

Serial/Spree Killer -

 

 

 

 

 I'm not sure why but I'm having huge problems with Pic Monkey, it won't let me edit and keeps freezing. I've had to download the IOS app, use the stickers from there, save to my photos, add it to BL, save the draft and then open it up again on my PC. Aaarrrgghhh. Anyone else having any issues?

 

 

Dreamwalker - Russell James

Dreamwalker - James Russell Lowell

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Pete has the ability to live both in the real world and also his dreamworld, Twin Moon City. At the latter he has amazing adventures with a mystery blonde but doesn't realise the powers he possesses as a dreamwalker in this realm. Fate draws him to Atlantic City where St Croix, a voodoo demon possessed drug lord, is looking to destroy him both in the real world and in Twin Moon City.

This one was a really enjoyable read, the premise and world building were unique and I was pretty hooked from the first few chapters. Pete is a very likeable main character and is well supported by an array of nicely fleshed out minor characters who all add something to the story. St Croix is a nasty piece of work and his actions are chilling in how vicious he will be to get what he wants.

The pacing is fairly fast and the writing engaging enough that it was hard to put down at times. The only small niggles I had with this was the fact that some things were tied up too neatly at the end. Whilst I thought some elements of the story were taken care of too easily towards the end I do give the author major props for not copping out to a happily ever after ending.

I would recommend this and will look at some other work by the author.

My Markers for Halloween Bingo

 

 

Ready to start my reading!!

 

Wasn't sure about markers but have decided on:

 

Called but not read

 

Read but not called

 

Called and Read

 

 

 

 

 

First book is:

 

   

Night Watch

Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko, Andrew Bromfield

Having just finished this today I realise it's taken me 11 months to get through. Partly due to getting distracted by other books but mostly because it's split up into three sections and it became too easy to finish a part and then set it down.

The book itself centres around Anton, a light one, who is part of the Night Watch, others who 'police' the dark element of the supernatural world. The war between the two factions has been raging for centuries and each side is always looking to tip the balance in their favour.

I liked Anton for the most part, a wheel in the cog of something much bigger who tries to do the right thing but seems to miss the mark on this most of the time. There were lots of other characters and background was given on some of them but you never felt you really knew them that well. It didn't help that the book feels a little disjointed, each part was a complete story but also continuing story/themes from the last part. This made it too easy to put it down and not itch to get back to it.

I thought the world building was interesting and well done with a massive scope for adding a lot more into it, as this is the first book in 4/5 I would be looking forward into finding out more about the history of the watch and how the agencies run.

Some thoughts on book choices for Halloween Bingo

Having a look at my TBR to come up with some idea of what I might read for the Halloween bingo card.

 

The Dead Will Walk

 

 

Feed - Mira Grant  Rot and Ruin - Jonathan Maberry  My Life as A White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey  

 

Aliens

 

Dreamcatcher - Stephen King  Stinger - Robert R. McCammon  The Void - Brett J. Talley  Alien Aberrations - Ryan C. Thomas,David Dunwoody,Randy Chandler,Stephen R. Pastore  

 

Supernatural

 

Siren - John Everson  Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison  Anno Dracula  - Kim Newman  Succubi - Edward Lee  

 

Werewolves

 

Fool Moon - Jim Butcher  Ravenous - Ray Garton  The Wolfen - Whitley Strieber  Everything Under the Moon: A Novel - Jeff Johnson  

 

Chilling Children

 

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness  Katie (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Michael McDowell  The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey  The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman  

 

Haunted Houses

 

Ghost Story - Peter Straub  The Turn of the Screw - Henry James  Haunted - James Herbert  The House - Bentley Little  

 

Vampires

 

Let the Right One In: A Novel - John Ajvide Lindqvist  The Strain - Guillermo del Toro,Chuck Hogan  They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon  Enter, Night - Michael Rowe  

 

Magical Realism

 

American Gods: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King  The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly  

 

Monsters

 

Fangtooth - Shaun Jeffrey  The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - E.B. Hudspeth  The Hatching: A Novel - Ezekiel Boone  Loch Ness Revenge - Hunter Shea  

 

 

Diverse Voices

 

Monster Hunter International - Larry Correia  The Resurrectionist - Wrath James White  Addicted to the Dead - Shane McKenzie  Clickers - J.F. Gonzalez,Mark Williams  

 

Witches

 

Stardust - Neil Gaiman  The Bell Witch - John F.D. Taff  Witch Water - Edward Lee  The Witching House - Brian Moreland  

 

Ghost

 

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake  20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill,Christopher Golden  The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold  First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones  

 

80's Horror

 

Moonbog - Rick Hautala  Cold Moon Over Babylon (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Michael P. Kube-McDowell,Mike Mignola  Phantoms - Dean Koontz  Son of the Endless Night - John Farris  

 

Terrifying Women

 

The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson  Rebecca -  Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman  Brother - Ania Ahlborn  Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop  

 

American Horror Story

 

Dark Hollow - John Connolly  The Bottoms - Joe R. Lansdale  Exponential - Adam Cesare  Cannibal Corpse, M/C - Tim Curran  

 

Genre: Horror

 

Meat - Joseph D'Lacey  Bottled Abyss - Benjamin Kane Ethridge  Nightwhere - John Everson  Children of the Dark - Jonathan Janz  

 

Country House Mystery

 

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane  The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins  

 

Darkest London

 

 

The Yard - Alex Grecian  Murder as a Fine Art - David Morrell  The Enemy - Charlie Higson  The Treatment - Mo Hayder  

 

Modern Masters of Horror

 

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King  Ghost Road Blues - Jonathan Maberry  Voices of the Damned - Barbie Wilde  White Knuckle - Eric Red  

 

Classic Noir

 

A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn  Heaven's Prisoners - James Lee Burke  The Midnight Room - Ed Gorman 

 

Demons

 

 

Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin  Baal - Robert McCammon  Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore  Kill the Dead  - Richard Kadrey  

 

Romantic Suspense

 

One for the Money - Janet Evanovich  Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning  Magic Bites -  Ilona Andrews  Mockingjay  - Suzanne  Collins  

 

In the Dark, Dark Woods

 

The Hunter from the Woods - Robert McCammon  The Devil's Woods - Brian Moreland  The Haunted Forest Tour - Jeff Strand,James A. Moore  Dark Hollow - Brian Keene  

 

Serial/Spree Killer

 

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Erik Larson  Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay  I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga  Cherry Bomb  - J.A. Konrath 

 

I'm struggling a bit with a couple of the squares, especially the Classic Noir and Romantic Suspense.

I've tried to stick to my TBR as I don't want to buy anything new but if anyone has any suggestions, I'll all ears.

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.

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