Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 16

WEEK 16:
A MYSTERY


Progress Post:

--What are you reading this week? I'm reading The Leaving by Tara Altebrando.

--Do you prefer mystery or thrillers? Why? I like a mix of both. There's something fun about both. I like thrillers because they are so exciting to read, and they are even better if they have a great twist. I like mysteries because they are fun. I like trying to figure out who-done-it before the last page, and then seeing if I'm right or wrong. I'm usually wrong. So I can't pick just one.

--Clue(do) game: pick a character, a place and a "weapon" and complete the sentence: Name in the Place with the Weapon. I assume this means a character from the book I'm currently reading, so, here it goes...
Scarlett in the park with the chain.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: 21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology edited by Christopher Golden


Title: 21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology
Various Authors
Edited by: Christopher Golden
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: 2012
Source: Library

Summary: When the dead won't stay dead, the living must keep living. Featuring 19 stories of the shambling undead, this Anthology featuring various authors, stretches the imagination. Full of hopelessness and hope, worlds on the brink are exposed. 
Featuring stories from Orson Scott Card, Simon R. Green, Daniel H. Wilson, and many others, this Anthology explores where death is not the end. While the undead claw at the doors, barricade yourself with this Undead Anthology.
My Thoughts: This was decent. Anthologies are always a funny thing, in that one is not going to love every story. I felt that the second half of the anthology was stronger than the first half. There were a lot of weird stories in here. There were a lot of depressing stories too, which could go with the zombie territory, but I like having a little hope in them.
I enjoyed the stories from Jonathan Maberry, Caitlin Kittredge, Stephanie Crawford, Duane Swierczynski, Daniel H. Wilson, and Amber Benson.
Some to the stories applied the zombie concept in a very imaginative way. I didn't always like those stories, just because I enjoy the shambling undead ones, with humanity struggling to survive. I give them props for being super imaginative though. 
All in all, I enjoyed reading this. It was about time I got some zombie stories back in my reading pile. Perfect for Halloween reading, or any season reading.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
So Many Zombies.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Reading Right Now! (116)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan, Jr. -- This is the last volume in the Y: The Last Man Saga, and I'm excited to see how it all ends. I might have spoiled myself a little bit by flipping through, I saw something that I shouldn't have. I'm excited to be finishing a series, because it feels so rare the times I actually accomplish that. I like this series, I wouldn't say I love it though. I feel like I've been reading it a long, long time. Still can't wait to see how it all ends. I hope it's satisfying.

And then...


-- In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware -- I've been really into the thrillers lately. I'm excited to start this one. I've heard mixed things about it. Some people really like it, some people don't. I'm interested to see how it is.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you Reading?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: Nailbiter, Volume 1: There Will Be Blood by Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, and Adam Guzowski


Title: Nailbiter, Volume 1: There Will Be Blood
Story by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Mike Henderson
Colors by: Adam Guzowski
Published by: Image Comics, Inc.
Released: October 2014
Source: Library

Summary: Buckaroo, Oregon has a bad reputation, 16 serial killers called it home. NSA Agent Finch gets a call from his friend Carroll, who claims he's cracked the case, and tells Finch to come to Buckaroo right away. When Finch arrives, Carroll is missing, and the bodies are starting to drop. Something is going on in Buckaroo. Is it cursed? A place that creates serial killers? 
Finch must stay to find his friend, with the help of the hometown sheriff, and the recently acquitted killer dubbed Nailbiter.
My Thoughts: Bravo! Bravo! This was really good. The concept is dark and intriguing, it just begs to be read. It has a lot of mystery, a true creep factor, and some dark humor sprinkled in. This is perfect Halloween reading.
I thought the art really fit the story. It had it's own sort of style. All the panels were clear and easy to read. The colors used were dark and added to the atmosphere.
This also had some decent scares. If it had been a movie, I would have been hiding behind my hands. 
I can't wait to read more, see where it goes next. A great first Volume to a mysterious series. Definitely check this one out!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Creepy and Mysterious. This Is A Win!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 52

WEEK 52:
A BOOK SET IN A FICTIONAL LOCATION


PROGRESS POST

--What are you reading for this category?-- I'm reading Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

--What is the fictional place?-- I'm not sure of the exact location, but it all takes place in a fictional space galaxy. There's a bunch of different planets that I don't remember the names of. Key point, it's not real.

--Would you like to visit it?-- I don't know if I would or not. It might be too weird for me. Plus there's a lot of war and death, so it'd probably be a no.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: After The Woods by Kim Savage


Title: After The Woods
Author: Kim Savage
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: The statistical probability of a kidnapped girl escaping alive isn't high, Julia knows that, but she beat the odds, she escaped. Her attacker is dead, hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial. Julia still has triggers, still sees a therapist to work through things. The biggest thing she has to work through involves her friend Liv. That day in the woods, she was with Liv. Liv was the one who was caught first, but Julia sacrificed herself so Liv could get away. And Liv did get away, in fact, she ran away, and left Julia there. After she escaped, everyone called Julia a hero, everyone except Liv.
When another girl's body is found in the woods, a body that could have been how Julia ended up, Julia is forced to go back to those memories. Julia will put the pieces of this case together and find out more secrets than she ever wanted to.
My Thoughts: What a fun and interesting ride! It wasn't really what I was expecting, better than what I thought I was going to get. Julia is such an oddball of a character, but she's pretty cool. She's very analytical, with a lot of sarcasm and dark humor. Julia kind of fascinated me.
I was really interested in the mystery too. There was part of me that wanted a bigger conclusion, a more drama filled encounter, but the ending did fit the story.
I also kind of wished a little more from the romance. Not a hot-and-heavy kind of thing, but just for Kellan to get more scene time.
The Paula Papademetriou angle was interesting too. Her name is just fun to say. She's also first and foremost a journalist. I was hoping Julia would be smart in how she interacted with Paula, and she mostly was.
I really enjoyed this story. As a thriller, I think it worked. It's not exactly the story and outcome you expect, which makes it fun. Julia could be a cool future detective/crime solving character. She's slightly cracked, but fun. I say this is a perfect read for the fall, winter, or any time you want to read it.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.2/5
A Good One!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Reading Right Now! (115)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


--My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier-- Essentially this story is about a boy who thinks that his little sister is a psychopath. He's constantly having to watch her, and is scared that one day she will do something truly terrible. That was all the hook I needed.
I've read a book by Justine Larbalestier before, Razorhurst, and I enjoyed it. There's something about her writing that just has me intrigued. I like it. I also think she's pretty original with the stories that she tells or maybe in the way she tells them.
I won't say this book is the fastest, most action-packed, exciting book I've ever read, because it's not. There is something about it though that just has me very intrigued and a little bit hooked. It's just interesting to read. I've got about 100 pages left, and I'm interested to see what is going to happen. I like this book. I like this author. It's a weird one, because there's really not that much happening in the story, but I'm still kind of hooked. I'm definitely going to read more by this author.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?