An intense twisted psycho thriller

The Other - Thomas Tryon


So, who was it!?




Was it really Niles missing his dead brother?

Or was it Ada using the 'games' to try to convince Holland he was Niles?


Who really died in the well?


— feeling crazy rabbit
A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St Mary's) - Jodi Taylor


(that's not a rabbit)

I thought this was only a 3 book series!



"Then Dr. Bairstow, his voice harsh with urgency said, 'Leon. Get out. They're here. RUN!'


How am I supposed to resist that last line!

Sucked into another one.



Off to Amazon to see if I have enough gift card money left.

Bird Box - Josh Malerman


Definitely worth the 3 bucks I paid for it.  


We never get a description of the things, but there are a couple scenes that give some sideways hints of what they might appear as.

I think not knowing what and where they are lends to the tension.


The ending is open ended, but wraps up the story.

Reading progress update: I've read 18%.

Bird Box - Josh Malerman


With all the hype I've been seeing about the movie, we'll see if the book is worth $2.99.


Sea of Silver Light  - Tad Williams


I don't think it's ever taken me so long to finish a series that only has 4 books.

Overall, I would give it a solid 3, but I think Mr. Williams should stick to fantasy.


At one point, one of the characters mentioned Jongeleur getting eaten.  Out loud I said 'Good! Let him get eaten!'  as I walked into the room where hubby was.  'Wow!, A little harsh?'  was his reaction.  LOL   No! It's not! The guys an ass. He deserves to be eaten.  Besides. It might liven the book up a bit.


After spending the entire book being rescued in the nick of time, everything get wrapped up neat as pin and topped with bow. Personally, I prefer my endings to be at least a little messy.



However, we still don't know if the children were saved, although the assumption is there because of Sam and Stephen.


And why didn't the Treehouse people tear the net apart when their little ones got trapped.  If anyone had the ability it would have been them.  Unless Sellars held them off because of the potential danger to the kids.


At least Dread got what he deserved - being helpless and chased through all eternity by the women he tortured and killed.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Sea of Silver Light  - Tad Williams


Last book.

I don't don't know if I'm being stupid or just stubborn.  LOL


I think I've figured out the issue.

He takes pages and pages to explain and tell you about a new idea 10 different ways.

That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. 

He beats every new idea to death.

I'm assuming in an attempt to make sure the reader doesn't forget about it.


And it's not just Renie coming across as whiny anymore.  I swear everybody but !Xabbu is a self pitying sniveler.  And he's skirted the edge a time or two.

Wishing everyone an amazing 2019!


River of Blue Fire - Tad Williams


This one was much better, but still felt slow.

And Renie is still irritating as hell.

Unending tedium

City of Golden Shadow  - Tad Williams


Kids are getting 'stuck' in virtual reality and a group is determined to find out why and put a stop to it.


You'd think a book about people spending a majority of their free time in virtual reality would be exciting. The potential is there. But no.  I don't think I have ever encountered such a boring telling of a potentially exciting subject.  Virtual reality - sky's the limit!  No need to suspend belief, you can chuck it right out the window because there is not really any needed.

Nope. We just slog along.


That was one long ass book.  

Not just in number of pages, which comes in at almost 800, but the pacing makes it feel like it takes forever to read it.

I like Tad Williams, but I think I prefer his fantasy.


This one ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, but with the size of the series I'm not sure how else he could have ended it.


Hopefully book 2 picks up a bit.

The Scarlet Plague - Gordon Grant, Jack London


That was a depressing little story.


According to Jack London, the end of civilization comes in 2013 on the a wave of a plague no one catches in time.


The story is told by a survivor 60 years later, in California, where the survivors grouped up into tribes from Santa Rosa to San Francisco, with some scattered farther south if my geography is correct without looking at a map.  (my geography and spatial locations is horrible, so don't quote me on that LOL)  


I lived in the area for a time, so a lot of the place names were familiar.  Places I've been to, some I lived in or right next to.  I'm trying to picture Niles with no people, Hayward as farmland, and no Fremont.  Palo Alto as a small community, and the San Joaquin valley now full of horses.  Carmel as an after thought. 


None of the sprawl that connects most of the cities and towns in the area between Oakland San Jose.

The Cry of the Owl - Patricia Highsmith


Way better than A Game for the Living.


The interaction with the police still comes across as odd and not quite right.

Who lets a horde of neighbors into a crime scene to trample evidence, even back then?


Nickie was a right piece of nasty work.  


And all the internal musings got tedious.


You know from the get go who did what and to whom, so no real mystery, but the interactions of the characters gives a peek into peoples minds and how they react when bad stuff happens.  And it ain't pretty.

Reading progress update: I've read 36%.

The Child Thief - Brom


My memories of Peter Pan and The Mists of Avalon may never recover.

Like ghosts enacting a murder mystery.

A Game for the Living - Patricia Highsmith

 This was a buddy read with BrokenTune and Lillelara.


Lelia is murdered.

And no one really seems to care.


Except Ramon, but all he seems to want to do is confess whether he did it or not.

And that seems to stem mostly from his religious views and mild brain damage from a heavy beating he received from the police in jail years before.  


Though he did love her. That's the only thing that seems real.


Everyone else is just drifting around and interacting like puppets in a play reading lines.

And everything is scattered. Information just barely touched on with no real depth.


Very unfulfilling all the way around.

Reading progress update: I've read 92%.

Ravage - Iain Rob Wright


Coming to the end, some of the humor in this is face palm stuff that has me snorting.

It's horribly executed, but keeps making me laugh.


Someone planted a bomb on the ship, he was going to be executed, and managed to hand the detonator off to another guy about to be executed along with a woman.  Damien sets off the bomb and covers Anna with his body and hangs on so they don't both go sliding off the now sinking ship.


They get up, and she asks:


"What's the plan, Rambo?"


Damien shrugged.  "We could go to the bow and cuddle. I could shout 'I'm King of the world'?"


Anna frowned.  "I'm more of a Terminator 2 kind of gal."


Damien held his hand out to her.  "Then come with me if you want to live."



I don't know if the author is having a difficult time wrapping up the story or if he just wants to use all the famous lines, or maybe that was the goal from the start.  Earlier in the story some one yelled "Game over. man! Game over!"


At least we don't YET have Conans famous line:

"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"


Reading progress update: I've read 88%.

Ravage - Iain Rob Wright



OMG, I'm dying here.


I don't think the book is supposed to be funny, and it's not the best written thing out there, and it's #3 in the series, but the plot holds you if can deal with the writing. Not a lot of spelling or grammatical issues, just feels like young writing.


The zombies are swarming.


But this:


We're screwed,” Jimmy fretted.

We're like hamsters up a butthole.”


Made think think of this:


and I can't stop laughing.

I'm going to spend the rest of the day yelling ARMAGEDDON! at odd times.


I don't know how to add a video, but the link just takes you YouTube.

Sorry for the weird font and big paragraph spaces.  I typed it up first in an open office doc.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves


Wonderful revisitation on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

But, since the author seems to be an asshole when it comes to readers giving any criticism of his books, I will not be reading the sequels.

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Naomi Novik