Sunday Sum-Up

SundaySum-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

This Sunday I am actually going to include a few reviews from the week before last, as my recent break has set me back a touch. But it was much-needed and I want to thank everyone for the many thoughtful comments and messages. It went well and I feel somewhat rested.  I have decided to taper off of the seizure medication as it is no longer curbing the tremors, so I am suffering a few increased headaches and pains. I may be slow to return, but I am happy to be back!

This past week I also managed to age a year and the blog turned 1. In the midst of being under and my son leaving, I had honestly forgotten that my blog birthday and actual birthday coincided. I will have to come up with a small way to celebrate this week 😉


Mini Review

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Creepshow
By Stephen King-Story, Bernie Wrightson -Adaptor, Illustrator, Michele Wrightson -Illustrator
Publisher: G13
ISBN13: 9781501163227
Pages: 64
Genre: Graphic Novel/Horror

Synopsis:

The graphic novel adaptation of the classic horror anthology film written by Stephen King, with art by Bernie Wrightson!

Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King’s Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead)—and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinister stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—“Father’s Day,” “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” “Something to Tide You Over,” “The Crate,” and “They’re Creeping Up on You”…unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!

My Thoughts:

I think I must have told everyone in May (and now I am doing it again) that I was beyond the moon to discover this classic anthology of campy horror stories being re-released. I immediately pre-ordered my copy and scrambled to the door like a child on Christmas when it arrived. Within minutes, I was molded into the couch with wine, popcorn and my new shiny edition. The end result was a blissful Saturday evening, BVT style.

A lover of all things King and horror (they do coincide after all), Creepshow fully delivers. This small graphic depiction of the original screenplay packs a nice punch of campy nostalgia in a truly unique manner that it not to be mistaken for your run-of-the-mill GN. While the 5 original tales are slightly condensed, hosted by a ghoulish narrator, there is no shortage of fun to be found. My favorite remains The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. Fans of the film and horror alike, will find enough value within this to make it a must have.


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Red Queen

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The Bear and the Nightingale

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Long Black Veil
By Jennifer Finney Boylan

Synopsis: 

Long Black Veil is the story of Judith Carrigan, whose past is dredged up when the body of her college friend Wailer is discovered 20 years after her disappearance in Philadelphia’s notorious and abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. Judith is the only witness who can testify to the innocence of her friend Casey, who had married Wailer only days before her death.

The only problem is that on that fateful night at the prison, Judith was a very different person from the woman she is today. In order to defend her old friend and uncover the truth of Wailer’s death, Judith must confront long-held and hard-won secrets that could cause her to lose the idyllic life she’s built for herself and her family.

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The Waking Land

By Callie Bates

Synopsis:

Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.


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Aside from the above and the break announcement, I have a lot to catch up with. I currently have about 8 reviews to be written, because when you cannot blog, you read 😉 Hoping you have all been well and looking forward to catching up! For now I leave you with a small favorite..

“Not all who wander are lost.”
-JRR Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum-Up

sunday-sum-up-2%2f19%2f17The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

This is a 3 day weekend for many of us. The nonhusband and son have traveled to Washington to help family with a move and visit. My daughter is on the river for a spell before work. I plan on blog hopping a little and some housework. I chose to stay home and work yesterday (which turned out to be a very short shift). I am honestly enjoying the quite while sipping my coffee and watching some true crime on Netflix and looking forward to much-needed time with a friend tonight.  Not a bad Sunday 😉


Mini Review

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Black Butterflies 
By John Shirley
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Kindle ASIN: B018J4QNXQ
Pages: 250
Genre: Short Story/Horror

Blurb:

This collection of gritty and intense short stories compares the horrors of the real world to those of the supernatural. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

My Thoughts:

This weekend I have chosen to look at a single story from this collection, Barbara. I will continue to review these stories on a weekly basis. 

Barbara is a fast, dark and gritty tale. We are thrust into the life of a woman as she is car-jacked and coming to terms with her current “relationship”. For all of its brevity, this small story offers a very complete experience. The main character is easily established in such limited time, and the writing is concise and seamless. There are elements of sexuality and violence that will turn many away from this, but I found a deep appreciation for the author’s brutal and realistic approach. It gave sincere life to the story. I am looking forward to continuing with this collection and familiarizing myself with John Shirley’s work.


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The Bear and the Nightingale
By Katherine Arden

Blurb:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.


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Of note this week is that Creepshow by Stephen King with art by Bernie Wrightson is back in print! This nostalgic collection of horror  is back in circulation after 35 years and I could not resist! I devoured mine last night and will review soon. You can find out more on Simon&Schuster.

I am setting some goals today to accomplish a bit more than true crime binging 😉 So I am going to wrap this up. Happy reading my friends and remember:

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
— Ernest Hemingway

Cheers!

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum-Up

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

Today is a slow day for me. Finding myself with little strength or motivation, I am opting to do as little as a possible. It was a long week with the nonhusband being in CA again, so my focus was on work and kids. Posts were limited. We have spent this weekend just catching up so I have little to share. Today is a quick weekly recap with a follow-up post announcing the You Choose, I Read selection (which I have yet to look at!).


Mini Review

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A Boy and His Dog
By Harlan Ellison
Kindle ASIN: B01G4MZ6YW
Pages: 60
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian

Blurb:


In an alternate world in which John F. Kennedy survived and scientific breakthroughs in animal research and telepathy allow for advanced communication with animal companions, fifteen-year-old Vic and his telepathic dog, Blood, scavenge the wastelands of a war-torn United States, survivors of a nuclear World War III between the Americans and the Soviets. While Blood guides Vic toward women—to be used for sex—Vic ensures that Blood has food, but the symbiotic relationship is put at risk when the pair meets Quilla June Holmes, who lures the boy to an underground civilization. A piece of shocking, dystopic science fiction, A Boy and His Dog questions the boundaries and nature of love while crafting a vision of a dark future guaranteed to leave chills.

 
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My Thoughts:

*Warning – this title contains graphic content that will not be suitable for all.

Okay. The truth is I really like and dislike this short story at the same time. The difficulty lies within the fact that very elements I disliked about the story played into it so well. Ultimately I am going to rank it highly, and will not be able to dispute those who disagree. After all, the content is difficult and reading is so individualized.

The writing is on par for the post apocalyptic theme and must have been well ahead of its time. I cannot imagine what a stir this graphic story might have generated in 1969. That combined with the fast pace, well-developed plot and twisted ending, delivers us a brief but rewarding experience that explores a boy’s love for his dog. Recommending for fans of dystopian reads that can stomach sexual and violent content.


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Psycho Analysis
By V. R. Stone

Blurb:

A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.

Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.

Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?

PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?

“The mind is like an iceberg. Most of it lies beneath the surface, a subconscious universe of thoughts we can’t observe. It contains memories too painful to remember, elicits emotions we don’t want to feel, and makes us do things we don’t understand.”


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I also wanted to share a post that I really enjoy this week! Bookidote discusses Book Blogging and Marketing with guest The Orangutan Librarian. You can read their thoughts here.

What did you read this week? Any favorite posts I should check out from around the blogosphere? Share with me below. Let’s chat 🙂 Wishing you each a pleasant week ahead my friends. Happy Reading!

“A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
– Madeleine L’Engle

Cheers!

Danielle ❤

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