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Reading the good, the awful & all of the "meh" in the middle. I'll read most any horror, romance, erotica & M/M novel that comes my way but that doesn't mean I have to like it!

Currently reading

Rise of the Thing Down Below
Daniel Kelly
We Are All Completely Fine
Daryl Gregory
Facial
Jeff Strand
Circus of the Damned
Cornelia Grey
Fashionably Dead
Robyn Peterman
Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great
Lindsay S. Nixon
The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Progress: 5 %
The Silver Chain
Primula Bond

Already lost the cable, next up the power.  Tme to move to Florida!

Krampus Giveaways @ Horror After Dark

The Dark Servant - Matt Manochio

Click on over for some Krampus related giveaways over @ Horror After Dark. 

Finally, Friday

So glad this week is nearly at an end and I can soon read and do whatever the heck I want! I am officially retreating from reality for two days because the little bit that is left of my brain is tapped out.

 

 

We got us some bad dancing.

 

 

A little Daryl for Char . . .  and a cute kitty for me. 

 

 

 

Honestly, what more do you need?!  

 

 

 

 

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (audio review)

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
This audiobook was read by Will Patton, none other than the beautifully raspy voiced Colonel Dan Weaver from Falling Skies! I love that show. Wish more people would watch it. His voice makes you feel like everything will be okay.



Patton does some wonderful things with this work, breathing life into the characters and always managing to suck me back into things if I started to drift a little (sorry, it’s King, one can’t help but drift and if you deny it, well your undies are probably on fire). I wish Patton could narrate all the books I want to read on audio. I cannot lie. I freely admit that my rating may have been compromised because of that man’s magical voice.

As most, if not all, of you know this is the sequel to The Shining. But this book is really nothing like The Shining. And that’s okay. Danny Torrance is all grown up and he’s a bit of a mess. I suppose I might be too if I grew up seeing the terrible things he’s seen. In order to turn down his “shining” and shut out the ghosts, he’s taken up drinking. Dan’s life has not been easy and drinking has only made things more difficult. He hits a low after a drinking binge and his action and inaction will forever haunt him. He eventually learns to use his powers for the good and works in an assisted living facility where he is known as Doctor Sleep because he is able to ease the dying into the hereafter but every day is a struggle against his addiction. This depiction felt extremely real and honest and was painful to read.

When a young girl named Abra with incredible “shining” powers comes screaming into his life, he becomes her mentor and finds himself entangled in a battle with a nefarious enemy who call themselves the “True Knot”. The True Knot torture and suck out the essence of children with the shining. They bottle it up and inhale it to stay immortal but their supply is running low and they are succumbing to human disease . . .

To be honest, these True Knot loons didn’t scare me all that much. Now this loon?



This loon scares me at a bone deep level.



The True Knot were unique, horrible and selfish but in such bad shape that they didn’t scare me. Maybe if we’d met up with them at their strongest I might’ve felt differently. As written they were kind of lame and Abra is described as having incredible shining power. So much so that from the beginning, I never truly believed the True Knot steam sucking nutzos would stand a chance against her and that’s all I’m saying.

Doctor Sleep is eerie and suspenseful, with strong characterization and shocking moments of sadness and death but I didn’t find it flat out terrifying as I did The Shining. I did enjoy seeing what became of little Danny Torrance and I felt for him and his plight with Abra (abracadabra – sorry but that’s all I could hear in my head whenever someone said the poor child’s name). It was a terrific sequel that didn’t let me down and definitely worth a listen on audio.
 
 

 

This is what I do when I'm not reading/cooking/cleaning or working. I find it hard to sit still and watch tv and I watch far too much tv. . . I got a little carried away using up my remnants from the log cabin blanket project. This sucker hits my knees but I can wrap it around me and almost use it as a blanket as I dig myself out once the snow hits.  Now the kid wants one but of course not this one (hers must be lavender ). . . . 

 

What do the rest of you do when you're not reading? And are any of you on Ravelry?

Price Drops!

What Hides Within - Jason  Parent Soulless - T. Baggins

.99 Cents @ Amazon (US).  Two for me, perhaps one or two for you too?

 

What Hides Within by Jason Parent

 

An award-winning horror/mystery loaded with dark comedy!

Inside all of us, there is darkness. Inside Clive, it's tangible, and it's aching to get out.

What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.

A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive's head nags him to kill the doctor.

Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story's interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.

With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?

What Hides Within was an EPIC Finalist, was Runner-up for "Best Horror" in eFestival's Independent eBook Awards and has been named to Best of 2012 by A Thousand Lives book blog.

 

Soulless by T. Baggins 

A Man of Science

 

Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.

 

A Creature of Darkness

 

Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master’s wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.

 

A Love Predestined

 

Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.

 

Good Morning!  I couldn't help but notice how many "cat men" are in this vid :)

Courtney Milan's The Duchess War is Free!

The Duchess War - Courtney Milan

I liked this book a lot. If you haven't read it you can grab it for now for Free.

Botanicaust by Tam Linsey

Botanicaust: Botanicaust, Book 1 - Meghan Kelly, Tam Linsey

I read Botanicaust in its audiobook version and, to be honest, it took all of my concentration to get into it in the very beginning because the concepts described in this new world were so overwhelming foreign for me. I’m used to the more horrific side of the apocalypse but this one is pretty firmly steeped in the realm of science fiction.

An event coined the “Botanicaust” happened which basically wiped out all edible crops. Yeah. That’s no good. The survivors have morphed into a few different groups of people (all with some major flaws) who must take drastic measures in order to survive. I'm only going to concern myself with two of them (the rest shall be a surprise for you, if you choose to read this series). There are cannibals who hunt and eat people and another group of green plant-like people who use science to “convert” the, eh, shall we say sort of agreeable cannibals into more green people (who no longer need to eat flesh to survive).

Tula is one of the greenies and her job as a psychologist is to convince them to stop eating people “Training the carnivore out of the cannibal was not easy!” and sign the conversion release form in a very short window of time. Without it, they face euthanasia. So pretty much, you agree to go through this incredibly painful transformation or you die. Sucks for you! Tula is compassionate and her job is difficult seeing as there is also a language barrier between herself and her patients and she has a superior who is hell-bent on making her life miserable. Tula’s most recent patient is Levi. Levi is not a cannibal but a man who traveled outside the boundaries of his safe haven to save the life of his dying child. When Levi refuses to sign the release; Tula takes drastic measures, puts her own life in danger and uncovers some disturbingly devious secrets.

I’m not going give away any more of the plot, there’s a lot of it, I'm lazy and you should discover it for yourself. It gets twisty and turny, there is betrayal, a little sex, characters you grow to care about and lots of action. Once I found my footing, I enjoyed the uniqueness of the world and was anxious to see how it would all come to a close considering it’s part one of a series. Fortunately, for me, it managed to leave room open for sequels but didn’t end on a huge, annoying cliff-hanger that left my head exploding in frustration.

If you like audios, this one has a quiet, pleasant voiced narrator who doesn’t over-act or simply “read” the text and she does a great job with all of the varied characters.

*I received a copy of this audiobook from the author. Hope she doesn't regret it!

So, my darlings, looks like we're having cat for dinner!

And a resounding YES! was exclaimed by all except the vegan who gave me the death glare.

 

 

 

Seems i just can't tear myself away from this place

The Dark Servant by Matt Manochio

The Dark Servant - Matt Manochio

Look, I log off for the day and I actually write a review!

 

So, I know you know it. 

"He sees you when you're sleeping 

He knows when you're awake.

He knows if you've been bad or good.

So be good for goodness sake."

 

Think that song’s a little creepy? Well, trust me, after reading The Dark Servant, those seemingly innocent lyrics will forevermore take on an ominous new meaning. Author Matt Manochio fills in all the blanks implied in those words up there.

Santa has an evil sidekick named Krampus. Krampus is not cuddly. Nor is he a kind, plump fool doling out gifts to “good” little brats. He’d much rather chain you up and lick the flesh from your face while you beg for mercy. No, you do not want Krampus coming after your bad self. So try your very best to be good kiddos.

The kiddos in this story weren’t very good to each other and thus Krampus comes a-calling.

 

"Besides the beast’s howls, the last bit Travis remembered before losing consciousness was the smell that started the nightmare: the odor of a malevolent force that invaded New Jersey twenty days before Christmas."

 



Sorry. I tried to resist. The temptation was too great.

Once Krampus arrives in town, armed with his handy dandy giant backpack-crate, his steamy breath, torturous tongue and his list, teens quickly start to go missing. One of those teens is Billy’s older brother. Billy braves a treacherous snowstorm and risks his life to discover the truth behind the disappearances. What he discovers is unbelievable but he doesn’t let it discourage him. Along the way he grows up, finds love and becomes a better, braver, much more confident person ready to face off against the likes of Krampus.


Maybe Krampus isn’t so bad after all! I’m betting there are many towns that would benefit greatly from a Krampus visit. . . .

I very much enjoyed this story. It had a quick pace and teen kids who act like jerks but don’t get off easy. My only complaint was that I thought it got a little too “talky” in bits. You may think differently. Truly, though, the best thing about this story is its terrifying, unpredictable monster that had a snarky, dark sense of humor and was also a little bit of perv. I have to admit, I kind of adored him (except for the bit where he

ATE the doggie

(show spoiler)

seriously that was totally uncalled for). Otherwise, he was 100% amusing.

 

"I crave your beauty. The despairing feelings you imbue in others, your masterfully concealed wretchedness and your physical grace embody a perfect creature. If only the Master would permit me to take a bride."

 

To sum this up (finally, you say), if you’re already sick of the Christmas shopping insanity and looking for a little holiday nastiness to better get you in the spirit, you’ll probably want to read this. I have no regrets and will probably do it again next November.

*I received this book to review for Horror After Dark. Thank you Samhain and Nikki!*

See You Soon

I need to retreat from the stressful world for a bit.  I will be lurking and doing lots of this:

 

 

Be good while I'm gone.  

 

Or not!

Ate All the Crumpets, Felled Asleep
Ate All the Crumpets, Felled Asleep
Woke Up Like This! Where's my movie deal?
Woke Up Like This! Where's my movie deal?

I will post something book related soon. Really, I will. 

 

*If you're new and wondering what's up with the crumpet obsession, you can catch up here or you can just assume I'm a bit nuts. Both work for me.

 

Photo bombed by Mr. Jealous
Photo bombed by Mr. Jealous
Take 2
Take 2
Ahhh, success
Ahhh, success

This is the sweetest dog on the planet. He's patient, calm and loving and puts up with all sorts of nonsense without complaint. If he were a person, all the girls would want to marry him. But he's a dog. And he's mine. This is my Buddy, my beautiful boy who was discarded after a divorce.  I am so incredibly lucky to have him in my life.

Today In Book Tarot

The Nature of Balance - Tim Lebbon

I read tarot and stumbled across this article in my mailbox today. Tip #1 sounded like so much fun I decided to grab the book nearest to me and give it a go.  

 

<------ This book has been sitting on my desk for ages. One of these days I'll actually read it.  Today I deem it my oracle.

 

So here's the deal. You use a book as an oracle.  First think of an important question that has been dwelling in your mind (should I cook dinner? bring home another cat? buy more monster porn?) Then pick a book, any old book will do. Now let the pages fall open and allow your eyes to drift to a random sentence. Therein lies your answer. 

 

So after doing this, I have to admit that I am a wee bit freaked out.  

 

Here's my question:  Should I go vegan?

 

Keep in mind I randomly opened a page, after shuffling the pages back and forth for a minute and landed on pg. 342.  My eyes just so happened to rest here:

 

Like a schoolgirl about to meet her first date, Fay tried to decide how to greet Blane into the slaughterhouse. The thing in her stomach shifted in anticipation of its imminent revelation.

 

Effing slaughterhouse.  Seriously?! I guess that's a pretty strong yes? Uh oh, looks like I won't be cooking that chicken tonight after all . . .

 

 

Try it and share. If you dare :)

Yes Amazon, Please Share These With My Granny & Aunt Sally

Horn (Half-Human) - Merlyn Sloane The Horny Night Gaunt - Nikita King

Do the "share" buttons on Amazon terrify any of you?  No? Then you're clearly not buying the right books ;)