Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: All Claws: Stories of the Urban Werewolf by Marion Sipe


Title: All Claws: Stories of the Urban Werewolf
Author: Marion Sipe
Published: October 21, 2011
Publisher: Self-published

Goodreads Synopsis:
A collection of three stories featuring urban werewolves: Best Friends (Flash), in which Matthew's best friend Jake has outstayed his welcome, at least Riley the Golden Retriever thinks so; Innocent Until Proven (Flash) in which, sick of jury duty, Amanda thinks she's looking forward to closing arguments, on a full moon; and Skinless (9,000 words) in which Albert's night out on the hunt turns into a scramble for his life which could leave him... Er, as the title implies.

REVIEW

This was a great collection of werewolf stories! They were all a bit disturbing, which is usually not my thing. Yet, for some reason, I just could not stop reading Sipe’s stories. The first two stories are great but the third has series possibility written all over it. “Skinless” tells the story of ‘Albert’. A werewolf needing to feed and find a new skin to wear. What he finds instead pulls you along on a fantastic, almost psychedelic trip as ‘Albert’ tries to discover what is happening to him. I can’t go into much more without revealing the plot! There are still some copies of All Claws up for grabs, HERE.

This only took me maybe 30 min or so to read. It is a very quick and engaging read that I recommend.


4 stars to All Claws: Stories of the Urban Werewolf for being gloriously grotesque!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Think Out Loud #3


Think Out Loud is a weekly meme that encourages bloggers to do something different on their blog.
Basically, that is whatever they want!
Recipes, pics, stories, reviews, whatever you want to do!
It can be done any day of the week. I just post every Sunday to get the Linkz up.
For Official Think Out Loud stuff, click HERE.

My Think Out Loud #3 is ...


You just got RICK ROLLED!!!

Bwah ha ha. 




Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Finds #1


Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.
This meme showcases the books you "found"
and added to your TBR list.
You don't have to have purchased the book, just "find" it.
So, this sounds like fun.
Let's do this.

 
Variant (Variant #1) by Robison Wells 

Feedback (Variant #2) by Robison Wells


The Kill Order by James Dashner

 by Kat Zhang

All of these look so good. 
I just wish I wasn't so far behind on my reading!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Think Out Loud #2

Hello.
It's time again. 
Are you ready?
Let's do this.

Think Out Loud is a meme everyone can join in on. 
This is a meme where you post ANYTHING YOU WANT!
Post a recipe, a picture, a video, anything...
Please click HERE for official Think Out Loud guidelines.

So, here is my Think Out Loud for this week.
It cracked me up, so I decided to share it.
Hope it put a smile on your face!
Don't forget to add your link once you make your post!
Please, please, please spread the word about
Think Out Loud!



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Giveaway & Review: Letters In Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin

Title: Letters in Cardboard Boxes
Author: Abby Slovin
Source: Author
Format: e-book
Pages: 260
Published: Sept 9, 2011

Synopsis: 
Winner of the First Horizon Award for superior work by a debut writer, Letters In Cardboard Boxes tells the story of an eccentric grandmother and her granddaughter alongside a series of fantastical letters they once exchanged. Their letters once traversed the East River to help Parker escape the loneliness of a childhood without her globe-trekking parents and communicate during her turbulent teenage years. Now, nearly a decade later, Parker begins to rediscover the evidence of this letter writing tradition, as well as the family’s untold stories and, unexpectedly, letters from her grandmother’s own youth that paint a very different portrait of the woman who raised her.

Letters carries us through the universally-shared experience of loss and the process of coping with life’s unexpected twists and turns. Through unusual and bold characters, the story moves through some of its heavier themes with honesty and humor.

REVIEW
To be honest, I have been trying to write this review for over a week. It is extremely difficult because this novel struck a cord in my heart. When something this beautiful comes along it is hard to put into words how you feel about it. At least for me… I am not the best reviewer by far. But, I will try.


“Letters in Cardboard Boxes” is a sentimental and sincere novel. It follows three generations of women as they struggle to hold on to each other. Dotty is the fun-loving, effervescent grandmother and mentor until she begins to fall ill. Parker is Dotty’s granddaughter, and even at the age of 29 cannot possibly imagine the loss of her rock, Dotty. Tanya is a teenager with an old soul that Dotty mentored after school.


First off, the writing of Abby Slovin is brilliant! It pulls you in and makes you want to get to know the characters and find out what happens next in their lives. Here are some quotes from “Letters in Cardboard Boxes” that I think definitely showcases the writing talent of Slovin.


-“Parker felt the cement walls in her tiny apartment begin to expand: the “just in case” scenario was unfathomable. She did not have a single memory that did not include her grandmother in some way. The woman was central, essential even, in a way that Parker very rarely acknowledged.”
-“Denial can be so convenient when it suits your purpose”
-“Fact is just fiction with different storytellers.”
-“Boys your age are not men just yet, and some of them never will be. Give a man some time, Parker, but not a moment longer than you know for sure he’s not a good man. You must try your very best not to settle for anything less than a good man. He must be solid and decent and kind.”


The goodreads synopsis is spot on when it says “the story moves through some of its heavier themes with honesty and humor.” This book could have completely gone into depressing, dark territory in a really heavy way with the subject of Dotty’s illness and state of mind. However, Slovin continued to focus on the ties that bind the three women together and they continued to find new, innovative ways to be in each other’s lives. So, there was a heaping dose of inspiration to be absorbed from this novel.


Letters was a peek into a beautiful relationship full of unconditional love. One that is rare in these times. It was refreshing to see how Parker battled her grandmother’s aging. For an author to be so flat out honest within the comfort area of the character is, well, remarkable. And then, to experience the growth of the characters as their comfort area expands and shifts is equally remarkable.


I would highly recommend this book to any person of any age. It is a poignant story that almost anyone can relate to which translates into an excellent novel.


5 stars to “Letters in Cardboard Boxes” for a beautiful story with delicate writing of strong characters.

Author Web Site:

GIVEAWAY
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what you have all been waiting for!
The Giveaway Form is below.
Click away my friends, click away...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Think Out Loud #1

Hello everyone!
I have decided to try something new, a meme!
I really hope everyone will enjoy this and run with it.


Click HERE to go to the main page for the 
Think Out Loud Guidelines.
Since this is the first attempt at this, I will list them here too.

What is Think Out Loud?
Think Out Loud is a weekly meme I have created to allow bloggers to break out of the blogging bubble. Consider your Think Out Loud posts a time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT!

Why should I participate?
Think Out Loud promotes thinking outside of the box. You can use this feature to post things you ordinarily wouldn't. For example, if you usually write book reviews, step outside of your comfort zone. 
Post a funny story, a rant, a cool pic or video, ANYTHING.
Consider it a complete free for all.

How do I participate?
  • Each Sunday 12:01am CST, there will be a Think Out Loud post on Thinks Books. You don't have to post on Sunday! Feel free to post any day Sunday AM thru Sat PM.
  • Please link back to Thinks Books in your post! (http://thinksbooks.blogspot.com)
  • Add your name and post link into the InLinkz form on my post so people can find you.
  • Please use the button or html I provided in your post for Think Out Loud. 
  • Please take the time to check out the other blog links to see what everyone decided to Think Out Loud!


So, here is my Think Out Loud for this week!

Have you ever walked into a department store cologne department 
and thought your eyes were going to pop out of your head
from the toxic mixture of smells they seems to make?

If so, you will completely relate to this picture below...
This is named "Perfume" 
and it is by one of my favorite artists,
M.C. Escher.

Alrighty! 
You've seen mine.
Now show me yours!!
Think Out Loud.



Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: The Man Who Crossed Worlds by Chris Strange

Title: The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco #1)
Author: Chris Strange
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Making Connections ARR
Purchase: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:
Heart-pounding, stomach-kicking, and noir-drenched, The Man Who Crossed Worlds is urban fantasy with a twist of pulp and served in a dirty glass.

All freelance Tunneler Miles Franco wants is a bit of freedom and a couple of bucks to rub together. So when the cops haul him downtown for illegally smuggling the natives of another dimension to Earth, he'll take any chance he can get to stay out of the pen. And funnily enough, the cops have just the job for him.

A mysterious interdimensional drug-smuggler is staking his claim on Miles' city, and a drug war is about to kick off that will make the city look like the set of a post-apocalyptic horror movie. As a Tunneler, Miles knows all about interdimensional transport, and the cops need his help cutting off the drug lord's supply before it reaches Earth.

But it doesn't take long playing police lapdog before Miles realizes this ain't no ordinary drug he's dealing with. Snooping around in gang business is a dangerous job in a city where everyone's on the take and the gangsters play for keeps.

And there are a lot of ways a nosy Tunneler can disappear.

REVIEW:
This story is an action packed thrill ride and I loved it from beginning to end. For such heavy content, the book is written with a great amount of humor. This is supplied mostly by Mr. Miles Franco, the main character. Miles is a Tunneler with a soft heart, a hard fist and a shit load of bad luck. The novel is written in 1st person from the point of view of Miles. I liked this very much because I felt I understood him more as a character. Also, being inside the mind of Miles is sometimes a trippy thing.

The writing style of Chris Strange is very fluid. Character story lines flow in bits and pieces that join together at just the right times. Like waves crashing on a shore, that is how the big ‘A-ha’ moments that come to Miles feel to the reader. The descriptions Strange can muster from his mind are simply beautiful and grotesque. He can describe the perfect woman or the perfect monster in the same paragraph and have the reader’s mind filled with tons of imagery.

The plot was flawless. I loved how exciting the story was to unfold. It made me fly through this book because I just could not wait to see what happened next. The whole concept was fresh and creative. I recommend this book highly.


5 STARS to "The Man Who Crossed Worlds" because it took me to Heaven.

 


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WWW Wednesdays #3

W...W...W... Wednesdays
is brought to us by MizB

Everyone can join in on the fun!
Just answer 3 easy questions:

1. What did you recently finish reading?
2. What are you currently reading?
3. What are you planning on reading next?

So, here are my answers for WWW Wednesdays!

1. What did you recently finish reading?
It was so touching...look for review and possible Giveaway soon!

2. What are you currently reading?
So far, really interesting.

3. What are you planning on reading next?

There you go!
So, what was your WWW Wednesday?
Feel free to leave a link in the comments if 
you want me to check it out...

Teaser Tuesday #3: The Man Who Crossed Worlds

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday #3!
Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Everyone can play along!
Here are the "rules"

1. Open the book you are reading to a random page.
2. Share TWO sentences from that page. (Avoid Spoilers)
3. Include Title and Author - Even a link! So that people 
can add to their TBR if interested. 
4. Have Fun!

I am currently reading:

Here are my teasers!

"My spirits picked up a little when Butch 
pulled the car up outside a strip club. 
I guess my life was kinda hanging in the balance,
but that doesn't mean I'm not still a man."

Only 15% into this book yet but totally digging it! 
Definitely not what I usually read.
Review to come soon!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review: Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore

Title: Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art
Author: Christopher Moore
Published: April 3, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 403 Pages
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:
Absolutely nothing is sacred to Christopher Moore. The phenomenally popular, New York Times bestselling satirist whom the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls, “Stephen King with a whoopee cushion and a double-espresso imagination” has already lampooned Shakespeare, San Francisco vampires, marine biologists, Death…even Jesus Christ and Santa Claus! Now, in his latest masterpiece, Sacre Bleu, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore’s Sacre Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.

MY REVIEW:
To be honest, Sacre Bleu caught me off guard. When I saw a brand new book by Christopher Moore at the library, I was super excited. I thought, “Alright! About time I read something hilarious!” Previously, I read A Dirty Job, Fool and Lamb by Moore. They all literally made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Sacre Bleu was different. I don’t remember laughing out loud during the reading of this book.

I liked the idea of tying in the color Blue to the story with the paintings of the “characters” in Sacre Bleu. Also, I give Moore props for his research. You can tell he extensively researched this era. However, sometimes all of this knowledge is a little overwhelming when you are expecting a light, funny read. Who knows? Maybe Moore is trying to prove he is versatile? There has to be some reason for him to deviate so far from his normal path.

So, I’m not saying it’s not worth the read. I am just warning that if you are expecting the normal Moore book, move on along from this one. In my opinion, it is more historical fiction than comedy. Although it kept me somewhat engaged, it was not up to par with his usual hilariousness.

I am going to give Sacre Bleu 4 stars. I’m doing this because the book was indeed well written and did contain bits of humorous details. Also, because Moore deserves it after doing all that research.

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