Sunday, June 17, 2018

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | June 17

Happy Father's Day! It's supposed to storm here today so my plan is to relax at home with hubs and the kids. To be honest, that's pretty much what I've done all weekend, and it has been wonderful.

I'm still trying to adjust to summer so things have been pretty quiet/sporadic on the blog. Bare with me while I try to find my summer footing!

Read Last Week



The Cellar by Richard Laymon - ⭐ I'm quite certain I just read my worst book of the year so at least I got that out of the way! (Full disclosure, I made it past the halfway point before skipping ahead to the final few chapters.)

The House by Bentley Little - ⭐⭐⭐ This was a reread with Lilyn and Curtis. I was pretty meh about The House the first time I read it, but I think I enjoyed it more this time around. (I'm keeping my original rating intact.)

Recent Acquisitions



The Devil's Rosary (The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin #2) by Seabury Quinn - At some point I want to start making my way through the stories of Seabury Quinn. I have a review copy of the first Jules de Grandin collection that I still haven't started. When I saw the second volume go on sale, I grabbed it.

The Big Book of Hap and Leonard by Joe R. Lansdale - My understanding is this edition combines two books of Hap and Leonard stories plus some extras. Whatever it is - it's a big book of Hap and Leonard! That's all I really needed to know.

Tales from the Lake: Vol.2 edited by E. Audsley, R.J. Cavender, and J. Mynhardt - Thank you, Barb, for including this freebie in your post this week!

Current Distractions



Have you guys seen Hereditary? It was one crazy, disturbing movie. I forgot I was even in the theater at one point. If you love being stressed the hell out in a horror movie, I would recommend seeing Hereditary in the theater. Half of my tension came from the soundtrack.

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | June 3

Happy June to you all. I hope you are settling into summer! The last half of May was a whirlwind for me, but the kids are out of school, and I'm ready for some summer living.

I spent last weekend at Comicpalooza where I got to see Joe Lansdale, Bev Vincent, Martha Wells, and Seanan McGuire. They gave some really great panel discussions, and I was able to get a few books signed. (I also got to meet James Marsters!)

Posted Last Week(s)


Book Review | Odd Man Out by James Newman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Review | Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors by Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read Last Week(s)



The Conquerer Worms by Brian Keene - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was a fun buddy read with Lilyn (Scifi and Scary) and Curtis (Cedar Hollow Reviews). I will have a review up for it in the next week or two.

Terror is Our Business by Joe Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I had a blast with this one. You can read my full review here.

Recent Acquisitions



The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale - I was able to snag a UK edition of The Bottoms. I originally read The Bottoms during Hurricane Harvey, and it was the perfect book at the perfect time. ❤️

Savage Season by Joe Lansdale - Savage Season is the first book in the Hap and Leonard series. I've read this one as well, but I needed a physical copy for my shelf.

The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus by Bev Vincent - Someday I will finish my journey to the Dark Tower. When I do, I will have Bev's book waiting for me.


The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells - The Cloud Roads is the first book in the The Books of the Raksura series. I'm really curious and excited to check it out.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - I feel like I finally get to see what this series is all about.


The Outsider by Stephen King - Stephen King's new novel is out! I'm just over 60% in, and it's really good.

Demon King by Erik Henry Vick - When you tell me a horror book is 650 pages, I get really high hopes for character and world development. I'm not sure when I'll squeeze in Demon King, but I'm excited to see what's filling these pages.

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!


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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Book Review | Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors by Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale

Terror is Our Business is a collection of "supernormal" investigation short stories by Joe Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale.



Award-winning author and “Champion Mojo Storyteller” Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard, Bubba Ho Tep) and his daughter, author / country singer Kasey Lansdale, have joined forces to bring you a short story collection showcasing the new dynamic duo of supernatural sleuthing, Dana Roberts and her sidekick Jana!

Terror is Our Business gathers together all of Dana’s and Jana’s previous cases in a single volume, and features an all-new adventure, “The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish,” written exclusively for this collection.

Join Dana and Jana as they investigate—and battle—angry jinns, malevolent shadows, ancient travelers, and soul-sucking shapeshifters. With two tough, resourceful women on the case, the specters from “the other side” won’t know what hit them!

Terror is Our Business was such a fun read for me. The stories in this collection were influenced by Algernon Blackwood, William Hope Hodgson, and Seabury Quinn. If you've known me for a while, you know how much I love Algernon Blackwood. I will be bumping my Seabury Quinn collection up the TBR immediately.

I could see the Algernon Blackwood influence immediately in the first story The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler. A solid mix of Blackwood and Lansdale was a slice of heaven for me.

I mentioned earlier this month that I was craving creatures that dwell in the dark. The setting in The Case of the Angry Traveler absolutely satisfied that craving for me. It was perfect timing!

The only complaints I had were actually addressed in Joe Lansdale's introduction to the collection. The beginning stories were framed with an old school storytelling device that put a bit of a wall between the reader and the story. There were also a lot of similarities between the original Dana Roberts tales. These minor complaints dropped off midway, though, as the character Jana entered the book and offered a fresh perspective on the remaining stories.

Overall, I had a blast with Terror is Our Business. It hit on so many supernatural elements that I love. If you are a Lansdale fan or you love weird fiction reminiscent of Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, or H.G. Wells, you will want to read this collection. I'm sad that I don't have any more Dana Roberts stories. I will be anxiously awaiting the opportunity to read more.

7/10: Recommended Read

Review copy provided by publisher

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review | Odd Man Out by James Newman

Odd Man Out is a horror novella from James Newman.

Odd Man Out by James Newman


The Black Mountain Camp for Boys. Summer of ’89. It is a time for splashing in the lake and exploring the wilderness, for nine teenagers to bond together and create friendships that could last the rest of their lives.

But among this group there is a young man with a secret — a secret that, in this time and place, is unthinkable to his peers.

When the others discover the truth, it will change each of them forever. They will all have blood on their hands.

This novella packs quite the emotional punch. It's a short book, but it took me a couple of weeks or so to get through it because my heart was terrified.

Odd Man Out is a great read, but I'm not going to give it a blanket recommendation to everyone. If you love horror or you've been tempted by all of the amazing reviews for Odd Man Out, I say absolutely download it and give it a read. The story is foreshadowed from the very beginning. If you find yourself terrified that something is going to happen, I think it's safe to say you'll be forewarned.

Odd Man Out is about a group of teenage boys who are spending the week at summer camp. It takes an honest look at bigotry and the fear of standing up for the odd man out. It's a brutal book and it's heartbreaking, but it's one of the best books I've read this year.

9/10: Highly Recommended

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | May 13

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you all are having a beautiful weekend. I have no activity to report on Turtle Watch 2018™. I'm pretty sure they are snapping turtle eggs, though. I hope the little guys are able to make an appearance soon.

Read Last Week


Odd Man Out by James Newman All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

Odd Man Out by James Newman - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Odd Man Out was a great novella. I'm hoping to have a short review out for this one this week.

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells - ⭐⭐⭐ I also enjoyed reading All Systems Red. Many thanks to Tor for giving this to readers through their ebook club.

Recent Acquisitions


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi Obscura by Joe Hart The Shadow of the Wind (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lucia Graves (Translator)

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi - I bought this in hardcover several weeks ago, but I'm terrible at keeping track and posting my recent purchases. Confession: I usually just pick 3 or 6 of my new books kind of randomly for my updates. Have you read this? I got caught up in the hype and the beauty of the cover. I'm a little nervous about reading it, though!

Obscura by Joe Hart - There has been a lot of hype for this one, too. I bought the audio this week, and I've already listened to a little bit out of curiosity. I think I'm going to love it.

The Shadow of the Wind (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lucia Graves (Translator) - I was very excited to find this one at a thrift store this week. So many people have this on their favorites list, and I can't wait to find out why!

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!


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