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Kitty Horror

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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.

January 2017 Reading Round up


I've had a pretty good start to the year in terms of reading. I managed to keep the graphic novels to a minimum, got a few knocked off my tbr and upped my audiobook usage this month.

In  terms of consistency most books I read were of an adequate quality with only 1 read that I would really disappointing. Most ratings were 3.5 - 4* which is pretty good.


Here's a break down of what I read.


Yearly reading challenge update (Jan) - 19/150




Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than A Man (Vision (2015-)) - Mike Del Mundo,Gabriel Hernandez Walta,Tom King  Vision Vol. 2: Little Better Than A Beast (Vision (2015-2016)) - Mike Del Mundo,Gabriel Hernandez Walta,Tom King,Michael Walsh  




Psycho - Robert Bloch,Paul Michael Garcia  Memory Lane: A Short Story (The Cassandra Quinn Series Book 0) - Kealan Patrick Burke  Lily and the Octopus - Steven Rowley,Michael Urie,Simon & Schuster Audio  




Deck the Halls: A Christmas Horror: War on Christmas #2 - Edward Lorn  Suicide Squad Vol. 2: Basilisk Rising - Geoff Johns,Fernando Dagnino  The Girl from the Blood Coven - Brian Moreland  Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells  The Gunslinger - Stephen King  Dog Years 1: Moreau Labs - Thom Brannan,D.L. Snell  The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater,Fiona Hardingham,Steve West,Scholastic Audio  




Babylon Terminal - Greg F. Gifune  Death Moon - Sandy DeLuca  Emma - Jane Austen,Juliet Stevenson  Unsaid: A Novel - Neil Abramson,Angela Brazil,Hachette Audio  Who Goes There? (RosettaBooks into Film) - John W. Campbell  




Donut Does It - David Hudnut  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - James Bolam,Roald Dahl  


Comics/graphic novels - 3

Books - 9

Audiobooks - 7


TBR - 1363


Feb reading goals


  • knock 10 off TBR
  • 5 of which should be graphc novels
  • Listen to 3 audiobooks
  • read 2 arcs and review


Hope everyone has had a great start to the year with their reading. 


On a personal note I have bitten the bullet and decided that this is going to be my last year in Australia. I will be back home in chilly Scotland by the middle of December. This year will no doubt go whizzing past and be pretty stressful as I get my place ready to sell and for the big move back overseas.

I'm very excited about my decision but I'll be sad to leave Australia, a place where I've had a pretty nice life over the last 15 years.



Who Goes There?

Who Goes There? (RosettaBooks into Film) - John W. Campbell

An Antarctic research crew finds unfriendly alien, kills it only to find it can't really be killed.

I love the movie The Thing, a fantastic sci fi horror that oozed paranoia and gore. This just didn't live up to the movie. It was still an interesting read but I didn't get any closure at the end, the flow of the book felt stilted and dialogue forced. There was also too many characters to concentrate on in such a short read and it got a bit confusing trying to keep everyone straight.

Enjoyable enough especially nearer the end but overall disappointing.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - James Bolam, Roald Dahl

I really wanted to love this as I had with the first book but it was not to be. The plot was just a hot mess with the elevator going too high and into space. The plot with the first space hotel was baffling and the narrator, whilst doing a great job with most of the voices, really started to annoy me when he was doing the president and his aides.

It did settle back into something resembling a story half way through when they returned to the factory but by then I was finding it hard to really care too much.



Unsaid: A Novel - Neil Abramson, Angela Brazil, Hachette Audio

I thought this had a great premise, a newly deceased vet, Helena, watches over her lawyer husband David, friends and pets whilst they cope with their loss. Helena's friend, J.C, asks David to take on a case involving a chimpanzee used for research, Cindy. Cindy can sign and J.C wants her recognised as a non human person and not put back into the pool of chimps used for research where she will most likely die. A difficult case and one where David learns a few home truths about his wife, friends and animals.
I was really expecting this to be a much more emotional read and whilst I did wipe away a few tears it all felt a little anticlimactic by the end. I enjoyed Helena's stories of how she met people in her life through their pets, bonding over the loss of a beloved animal but towards the end I felt the writing was emotionally manipulative without managing to draw me into the situation enough.
I listened to this through Scribd audible and I thought the narrator wasn't that great, perhaps the read would have had more impact with someone different.
An interesting premise that didn't quite deliver enough.

Entire Charley Davidson Series on Sale!!

Second Grave on the Left - Darynda Jones Sixth Grave on the Edge  - Darynda Jones Eighth Grave After Dark  - Darynda Jones The Dirt on Ninth Grave - Darynda Jones Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda Jones

All of the series is on sale for $2.99 or under.


I've bought up to the fifth book, just wondering if I should pick up any more since they're on sale. Any thoughts???


Link here - Charley Davidson Series

Dog Years 1: Moreau Labs

Dog Years 1: Moreau Labs - Thom Brannan, D.L. Snell

A prequel to Pavlov's Dogs, Dr Crispin has managed to successfully reanimate his test subjects, before he can present his research something goes wrong in the labs and his test subjects are wrecking havoc. A rival scientist has new technology that could stop his creations before they infect everyone in the facility.
A short, fun read about a lab where monsters are created and what happens when it all goes out of control. The lead character is fairly well fleshed out for such a short read. My only real issue was that the science behind the Hide suits was a bit confusing but perhaps that was just me.

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)

The Gunslinger - Stephen King

Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger is on a mission to track the man in black whom he thinks will be able to tell him where the Dark Tower is. He journeys through a desert wasteland, encountering others along the way including Jake, a boy who has seen the man in black in a previous life and travels with the gunslinger as he closes in on his quarry.
This was a bit hard to get into at first and it wasn't til the story of Tull that I became a lot more invested in the read. Roland is a complex character and not a straight out 'good' guy, his single minded obsession with the man in black sees him making some questionable choices that really test you as a reader.
The world building is interesting and fairly sparse in some ways, you don't get a clear idea of what kind of world Roland is living in, part western, part medieval but with some modern touches brought in, it keeps you off balance and is a bit disorientating. The ending was a bit disappointing but I guess it's the end of the beginning of a much bigger story and not something to dwell on.
I finished the book feeling unsure of who Roland really was but overall I enjoyed it a lot and am looking at picking up the next book in the series.

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Wilbur the pig is the runt of the litter, saved by the farmer's daughter, Fern, she raises him until he is sent to her uncle's farm. Although Fern visits him most days, Wilbur is lonely and asks for a friend to keep him company, he gets one in the form of Charlotte, a large grey spider.
As it becomes clear that Wilbur is destined for Christmas lunch, Charlotte comes up with an ingenious idea to save him.
This touches upon some serious issues for a kids book, death; which is spoken of frequently, friendship and making sacrifices for those you love but most of all that life is precious no matter how long or short your time is here.
A wonderful story for both children and adults and probably the only time I will even cry over the death of a spider.

Suicide Squad Volume 2

Suicide Squad Vol. 2: Basilisk Rising - Geoff Johns, Fernando Dagnino

The suicide come together again to attain an asset called Resurrection Man and also kill arch villian Regulus. There is also an issue completely focused on Amanda Waller and how the suicide squad came to be.
I couldn't remember a lot of what happened in volume 1 but this was still pretty enjoyable. Character wise Harley Quinn still somewhat steals the show although I did like King Shark as well. I really detested Deadshot in this issue, although I did enjoy his time with Captain Boomerang which mixed in a bit of humour to proceedings. Amanda Waller is still tough as nails but some back story with a family member saw her looking more human and frail.
The artwork is amazing in this volume although there did seem to be some consistency problems in the second issue with how Amanda Wallers character was drawn.

Donut Does It

Donut Does It - David Hudnut

Not really much to this story, a tale of an over weight man who decides to buy 2 boxes of doughnuts and then eats them.
I did feel sorry for Randy, his home life was one of shame and neglect at the hands of his parents who certainly contributed to his lifetime of gluttony.
The writing was okay but the story was pretty boring.

The Girl From The Blood Coven

The Girl from the Blood Coven - Brian Moreland

A prequel to The Witching House, this story also sort of works as a standalone.
Abigail walks into the local bar covered in blood and claiming her entire commune family have been slaughtered. Sheriff Travis Keagan goes out to investigate and wishes he hadn't.
Nicely paced read with engaging characters and a disturbingly gory storyline. It is the perfect prelude to The Witching House and has me eager to get to the novel.

Deck The Halls

Deck the Halls: A Christmas Horror: War on Christmas #2 - Edward Lorn

2nd part to the short story Christmas horror series.
This sees Santa coming home to find his house and workshop in ruins, reindeer slaughtered and Mrs Claus missing. He decides to seek out help in the form of Krampus and together they devise to get revenge on the Naughties.
Fun read that I enjoyed more than the first installment. The writing flowed better in this one and I now wish I had picked up the 3rd story whilst it was available.

Memory Lane

Memory Lane: A Short Story (The Cassandra Quinn Series Book 0) - Kealan Patrick Burke

A standalone prequel to a new series, this short read details the beginnings of a town affected by amnesia. Glenn is a resident of Kincaid, his life is slipping out of control a little as he is passed over for promotion and has had no luck getting a second job to maintain his family's financial security.
He begins to feel that something is off in Kincaid as he encounters acquaintances and neighbours who don't seem to know who he is. As he begins to experience headaches and sees shadows, he fears he too if affected by the strange happenings in the town.
This packs a lot into just over 20 pages, the character of Glenn is really well fleshed out for such a short read and as with most of KPB's work the prose is engaging and flows beautifully.
Although the end doesn't have any resolution it is quite chilling and a great way to end the story.
I'm not sure what's happening with the series, nothing appears to be out yet but this let's hope it comes out soon.

Death Moon

Death Moon - Sandy DeLuca

A serial killer is on the loose, the lead detective, Tom, is haunted by the dead and heads to a dive bar to seek out a drink and some company. He meets Lila and quickly becomes infatuated. Her mysterious rituals point to darker secrets, ones that Tom is unaware he shares.

This was a pretty good story, very heavy on gore and some sexual content. I found the ending to be a bit confusing but with a good twist to it.
I disliked the main character, Tom. I thought he was a jerk but I think the author did this on purpose to foreshadow later events although the ending was still shocking.
I'm not sure I got everything out of this story that the author intended but it was a good short read.

Babylon Terminal

Babylon Terminal - Greg F. Gifune

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

Monk is a dreamcatcher, a law enforcer who is sent to catch those that run and return them to the city. When he finds out his wife is now a runner, he takes it upon himself to catch her before another enforcer is given the job and terminates her.

Monk goes further out to the wastelands of society and comes across those he thought were only myths. He begins to question his society, his dreams, is anything real or is it all a dream? He thinks Julia is running towards the fabled promised land but has no idea what he will find there, a safe haven or a new hell.

This was a trippy and confusing read and I was enjoying it up til the last 3/4 chapters and then, for me, it started to unravel just a bit. I have no idea if Monk encountered anything real or if it was just all a dream, was he real or was he someone else just dreaming about another life as his own comes to an end.

Like a cross between Mad Max and Bladerunner, its dark and violent and I would have given this a higher rating if not for the weaker ending.


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