Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On My Wishlist {13}

On My Wishlist is where I share books that have recently made it on to my radar. Some recommendations and reviews made me wishing for the following books this past week:

Fen: Stories by Daisy Johnson


Daisy Johnson’s Fen, set in the fenlands of England, transmutes the flat, uncanny landscape into a rich, brooding atmosphere. From that territory grow stories that blend folklore and restless invention to turn out something entirely new. Amid the marshy paths of the fens, a teenager might starve herself into the shape of an eel. A house might fall in love with a girl and grow jealous of her friend. A boy might return from the dead in the guise of a fox. Out beyond the confines of realism, the familiar instincts of sex and hunger blend with the shifting, unpredictable wild as the line between human and animal is effaced by myth and metamorphosis. With a fresh and utterly contemporary voice, Johnson lays bare these stories of women testing the limits of their power to create a startling work of fiction.

Fen made it on to my wishlist thanks to a tweet by Andy Davidson.




Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland


Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

I've been hearing great things about Dread Nation, but Mogsy's review sealed the deal for me.



Have you read or are you planning to read any of these? What books have recently made it onto your wishlist?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Top Ten April 2018 New Horror Book Releases


I've been struggling to come up with a solution to keep my horror spotlight posts going this year. This week's Top Ten Tuesday freebie may have given me the answer I needed. Going forward, I plan to replace a TTT topic each month with my top ten nine new horror book releases for that month. I hope narrowing down my horror spotlight to nine books doesn't disappoint anyone. It's fantastic that the horror genre is rapidly growing, but it has made it harder and harder to publish a thorough post of new releases!

These are my top nine new horror book release picks for April:



The Atrocities by Jeremy C. Shipp
Figures Unseen: Selected Stories by Steve Rasnic Tem
They Feed by Jason Parent



Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman
The Dark Angel: The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, Volume Three by Seabury Quinn
Clickers Forever: A Tribute to J. F. Gonzalez edited by Brian Keene



Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
The End by M. Rose Flores

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | April 15

I hope everyone had a great week. It was a roller coaster week of highs and lows for me. I'm grateful for the highs, but I'm ready to have a break from the lows. I'm also ready for winter to be over! This crappy weather is not helping matters at all.

I managed to get some blog posts out last week! I don't usually blog ahead, but it helped to get them all written and scheduled on the weekend. I think that's going to be my method from now on since I am clearly not capable of blogging after work. I'd much rather plop down and read your posts instead.

Posted Last Week



Read Last Week



Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente - I'm hoping to have a review out this week for Space Opera.

Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative by Danielle Krysa - I went to bed thinking about my internal editor, and I woke up (with a bout of insomnia) to an audible daily deal of Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk. This book was supposed to be aimed at all creative types, but it was mainly written for artists. Unfortunately, I didn't find there to be a lot of insight in Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk.

Recent Acquisitions



They Feed by Jason Parent - The night uncovers all we wish not to see. Thank you to Jason Parent for the copy of They Feed.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris - Bring Me Back will be my first B.A. Paris book. Her thrillers have been getting a lot of hype so I'm looking forward to finally reading one. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the review copy.

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas - Kill Creek was another audible daily deal I jumped on this week. I'm excited to finally read this one. I'm sure I'll be hitting play before the week is up.


Cold in July by Joe Lansdale - My son has to see an eye doctor that is a few hours drive from us, but the good news is the clinic is four minutes from a Half-Priced Books store. Hidden away in the clearance section was this British edition of Cold in July for $2.00!

House of Windows by John Langan - I also found House of Windows for a whopping $2.00.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - Rounding out my adventures in the clearance bin was Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I'm pretty sure this edition was only $3.00 when it was new, but I love Huckleberry Finn. I'm hoping my kids will let me read it to them since they let me read Tom Sawyer to them a couple of years ago.

Current Distractions


I think the only media I had time for this week was the end of Hap and Leonard. The wait between seasons of Hap and Leonard is rough, and they haven't announced a renewal yet. Fingers crossed!

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


This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

On My Wishlist {12}

It's been a while since I've done one of these wishlist posts! I want to get back to some of my old posts that I used to love doing. These are some of the books that recently made it onto my wishlist:

The Music of the Deep by Elizabeth Hall

Fleeing an abusive marriage and tormented by her past, Alexandra Turner finds solace in a small coastal town on Puget Sound and a job with a local marine biologist studying orcas.

After befriending a group of locals, Alex learns that she has moved to a place that has a reputation of being the “most haunted town in Washington.” Such superstitions would be easy to dismiss…if Alex wasn’t already on edge.

Haunted by shreds of memories of her days with her husband, Alex can’t keep from looking over her shoulder. As unexplained sounds and scents accumulate and unnerving forces seem to take hold, Alex is beginning to believe that she’s not escaping her ghosts, after all. In fact, she might finally be inviting them in.


The Atrocities by Jeremy C. Shipp

When Isabella died, her parents were determined to ensure her education wouldn't suffer.

But Isabella's parents had not informed her new governess of Isabella's... condition, and when Ms Valdez arrives at the estate, having forced herself through a surreal nightmare maze of twisted human-like statues, she discovers that there is no girl to tutor.

Or is there...?


Figures Unseen: Selected Stories by Steve Rasnic Tem

In the worlds of Steve Rasnic Tem a father takes his son “fishing” in the deepest part of downtown, flayed rabbits visit a suburban back yard, a man is haunted by a surrealistic nightmare of crutches, a father is unable to rescue his son from a nightmare of trees, a bereaved man transforms memories of his wife into performance art, great moving cliffs of detritus randomly prowl the world, a seemingly pointless life finds final expression in bits of folded paper, a nuclear holocaust brings about a new mythology, an isolated man discovers he’s part of a terrifying community, a photographer discovers the unexpected in the faces of dead children, and a couple’s aging dismantles reality.

Winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, Tem has earned a reputation as one of the finest and most original short fiction writers of our time, blending elements of horror, dark fantasy, science fiction and surreal nightmare into a genre uniquely his own. This new volume collects for the first time thirty-five of Tem’s best tales, selected by the author, and includes an introduction by Simon Strantzas.


We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill

From the critically acclaimed author of Sea of Rust and Queen of the Dark Things comes a hair-raising collection of short fiction that illuminates the strange, humorous, fantastical, and downright diabolical that tantalize and terrorize us: demons, monsters, zombie dinosaurs, and Death itself.

In the novella "The Soul Thief’s Son" C. Robert Cargill returns to the terrain of the Queen of the Dark Things to continue the story of Colby Stevens . . .

A Triceratops and an Ankylosaurus join forces to survive a zombie apocalypse that may spell extinction for their kind in "Hell Creek" . . .

In a grand old building atop a crack in the world, an Iraq War veteran must serve a one-year term as a punisher of the damned condemned to consume the sins of others in the hope that one day he may find peace in "In a Clean, White Room" (co-authored with Scott Derrickson) . . .

In "The Town That Wasn’t Anymore," the village of Pine Hill Bluff loses its inhabitants one at a time as the angry dead return when night falls to steal the souls of the living . . .

And in the title story, "We Are Where the Nightmares Go," a little girl crawls through a glowing door beneath her bed and finds herself trapped in a nightmarish wonderland—a crucible of the fragments of children’s bad dreams.

These tales and four more are assembled here as testament to Cargill’s mastery of the phantasmagoric, making We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories a collection of unnerving horror and fantasy will keep you up all night and haunt your waking dreams.


Have you read or are you planning to read any of these? What books have recently made it onto your wishlist?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Books I’ve Only Read Once but Would Love to Reread

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is “Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read”. I love rereading so much, I can’t think of a good reason not to reread a book I loved. Maybe some other lists can enlighten me today. In the meantime, please enjoy this list of Books I’ve Only Read Once but Would Love to Reread.



The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder {my review}
The Princess Bride by William Goldman {my review}



And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie {my review}
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
East of Eden by John Steinbeck



11/22/63 by Stephen King {my review}
The Five {my review}
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman {my review}

Do you like to reread books? What books are you wanting to read again?

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