Superghost by Scott Cole #review

Scott Cole

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Title : Superghost
Author: Scott Cole
Published: 2014
Pages:: 85
Format:: ebook

 

Mad science, giant monsters, and a whole lot of severed limbs…

Things were bad when Darren lost his arm to a drunken farmer driving a stolen bulldozer the wrong way down a one-way city street. All he had left was the strange tingling sensation where his arm had been and a life that was no longer there. Now, even that is about to be stolen from him.

The foulest mad scientist the world has ever seen has plans for Darren’s phantom limb, and the limbs of all the other amputees he can attack. He is gathering them to build the greatest Frankenstein ghost ever made from phantom body parts – a SuperGhost designed to destroy the world! And it will take Darren and a ragtag band of amputation survivors to bring down the creature and save mankind from total destruction!

 

A disgruntled mad scientist creates a monster with the ghost limbs of amputees. That right there is the story in a nutshell. It was fun, quirky, and entertaining. A short read as are all NBAS reads so this is a good taste of what one would have in store if trying bizarro for the first time. My fave part was the inclusion of an octopus and its limbs which while highly inaccurate as octopi will regrow limbs, not that this story is factual but non the less phantom octopus limbs don’t happen. Be that as it may I enjoyed Sexy the Sexopus and his little wiggly ghost appendage. < That sounded wrong.

Hades’ Disciples by Michael West #review

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Title : Hades’ Disciples ( The Legacy of the Gods : Book 2 )
Author: Michael West
Published: 2014
Pages:: 301
Format:: ebook

Terrifying creatures exist all around us, hiding in plain sight. Ancient. Deadly. They gather in secret, conspiring, dreaming of nothing less than humanity’s destruction, and their numbers are growing.

Earl Preston knows the danger all too well. After tangling with a horde of mythological sea monsters in Colonial Bay, he has been tasked with finding these beasts and exposing their plans whatever they may be. But Earl is not the only one with a mystery on their hands. At the very top of the world, Carol Miyagi has stumbled onto an artifact from Earth’s past, something magnificent held captive in a prison of ice and snow. Now, Carol and Earl must work quickly to decipher the will of the gods–a plot that defies imagination–and to stop their followers from carrying it out.

They thought the nightmare was over, but they are about to discover that the horror has only just begun.

 

This is a seriously good series that I wish more people knew about. I enjoyed book one which I read ages ago. The only problem I had with reading book two was that some things I had forgotten so reading the two books closer together would have been beneficial. The series continues with mythological and fantasy creatures tied to modern day. We have good guys in a race against time to keep the bad guys from implementing their evil plan. Well written characters that are so fascinating to read about I so want to get my hands on book three. Michael has written what is a super fun and entertaining urban fantasy that gets the reader hooked and desperate for more. You’ll also have a sex scene that will blow your mind. For a man who is arachnophobic Michael sure does go in depth in their sex lives.

Hurry and write book three Michael and put us out of our misery, that was one mega cliffhanger.

Highly recommended.

Michael West

 

The Wall by Marlen Haushofer #review

Marlen Haushofer

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Title : The Wall
Author: Marlen Haushofer Translated by Shaun Whiteside
Published: 2013 – First published in 1963
Pages:: 244
Format:: Print

 

“I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead…” writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a too successful military experiment, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival, but self-renewal. The Wall is at once a simple and moving talk — of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one’s name — and a disturbing meditation on 20th century history.

 

I enjoy watching movie trailers, I’ll visit IMDB and check out trailers for movies from time to time. See what’s coming, what looks good. Like a book cover I can often be sold on a good trailer. Once I found one for a movie called The Wall it was I discovered based on a book. As it was a foreign language film it wasn’t being promoted by Hollywood, it was already out on DVD I found so I went and ordered the DVD and book right away. I had the DVD for a couple months before I watched it spellbound and heart broken for this fictional woman. The book sat on my TBR shelf for a long time and due to school and life I just didn’t get a change to read it till now. I’m sorry I waited so long. I’m sorry I didn’t know about this book sooner. I’m sorry everyone doesn’t know about this book, that its not required reading in schools is a loss.

This everywoman who is like no one, who has strength and determination that many would envy. There are many feminist fictional titles most notably The Handmaids Tale. Margaret Atwood being the go to author for this genre. I can’t say I’m well versed on the genre, I have much to read and learn but The Wall is so captivating and one that isn’t nearly as well known but I certainly feel after reading it that it should be. The unnamed woman who’s story pulled me in and made me so sad, so proud, so amazed by her courage and determination. It has been said it is a perfect example of clinical depression, perhaps so. I’m no expert on mental illness either, but I am a reader, and I was mesmerised by this story.

I cannot recommend this book enough. The movie was also well done and did justice to the book. A rare occurrence indeed.

Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig #review

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Title : Mockingbird
Author: Chuck Wendig
Published: 2012
Pages:: 400
Format:: Print

 

Miriam is trying. Really, she is.

But this whole “settling down thing” that Louis has going for her just isn’t working out. She lives on Long Beach Island all year around. Her home is a run-down double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a check-out girl. And her relationship with Louis–who’s on the road half the time in his truck–is subject to the piss and vinegar Miriam brings to everything she does.

It just isn’t going well. Still, she’s keeping her psychic ability–to see when and how someone is going to die just by touching them–in check. But even that feels wrong somehow. Like she’s keeping a tornado stoppered up in a tiny bottle.

Then comes one bad day that turns it all on her ear.

 

I loved Blackbirds the first in the Miriam Black series and didn’t think it could be topped for awesomeness. After reading book 2 its clear one should never underestimate the power of Chuck Wendig. This book blew me away. I simply loved it.

Miriam Black is one of the most appealing messed up kick-ass characters ever put on paper. Mockingbird it a dark, slick engrossing urban fantasy and I can’t wait to read book 3. Miriam sees how people die when she touches them, with a man in her life she’s trying to keep it together and live as normal a life as Miriam can which for her is not remotely normal. Thankfully or the story would be short and sweet Miriam is faced with death of a scale she can’t stand and takes it head on. Fate bites back and the action gets hard and relentless.

I love you Chuck Wendig and if we ever meet at a convention be prepared for the ear shattering fan girl squeal of a lifetime. Majorly recommended as everyone should be a fan girl of Chucks.

Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke #review

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Title : Sour Candy
Author: Kealan Patrick Burke
Published: 2015
Pages:: 67
Format:: ebook

 

At first glance, Phil Pendelton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to eat candy whenever he wants and set his own bedtimes. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined.

What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.

A new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN.

I’ve never wanted kids. At 35 I still have people ask me when I’ll have some. Most don’t like when I say never. I apparently have no clue what I want in life because they are all so sure I’ll change my mind. Oddly the older I get the more I don’t want kids and happier I am that I am child free. I don’t like being around kids when they are screaming at the top of their lungs and parents don’t tell them to behave. I find the idea of pregnancy to be revolting. This book for someone like myself is quite frankly chilling, it is sheer and pure hell.

That being said I loved this book. It is such a well written piece of horror that I instantly went and bought another of the authors books.

Imagine going out to buy groceries and while there in the isle minding your own business a child lets our a blood curdling scream. Imagine that when you go home after a very strange day that child is there waiting for you. Daddy have some candy it says. And so begins the hell that is your life. A psychological horror more so than blood and guts but chill you to the marrow it will. Brilliantly written the child and adult are perfectly done characters who’s story will hook you even if you are terrified. The ending continues the terror and left me not just not wanting children but terrified of being anywhere near one.

Read this book!