Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HallowReads: Zombies! Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

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I received a complimentary download of this book in exchange for a review.

Just when you think there is nothing new in the undead world along comes Braineater Jones. I tagged this Zombie Noir from the very opening pages. What I loved most about this book was the atmospheric dialogue and the diary format. Ina series of journal entries we learn about our main character when he wakes undead in a pool with a gaping hole in his chest and no idea who he is.

After a quick escape from some thieving thugs, Jones finds his new state is a turn off to even the poorest bum in 1934’s skid row like environs. The quest is on to find out who he is and who killed him. Oh yes and the quest for some Brains!
This book really reflects the level of research Stephen immersed himself in. The dialogue, locations and most importantly Jones’s narrative gives the reader a snapshot of a period of history, and the action makes this a definite page turner. I also enjoyed how the story elements were wrapped up. A real treat for zombie fans!

Monday, October 20, 2014

31 In 31 Horror/Halloween Themed Binge Watching





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Halloween isn't the same without some scary/ Halloween themed  movies and TV shows. My goal is to watch 31 shows that fit the theme this month. I will Chart my progress in this post. So far I’m at 10, I need to get watching! Here is what I’ve watched so far:

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HallowReads Review: American Monsters by Linda S.Godfrey

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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Across the United States there are Myths and Legends about monsters. Told from generation to generation, America has a rich history of things that go bump in the night, By Land, Sea and Air this compendium by Linda S. Godfrey is a treasure trove of research and compilation of stories from across the USA.

Penguin had me at Monsters when this review opportunity came in. I devoured this book in three days! I loved learning the background of many fantastic stories and also learning about  creatures I hadn't heard of before.  The sheer abundance of eyewitness accounts was amazing as was the consistency amongst witnesses. 
My favorite creatures were the giant bird Big Claw, The Blue Dogs, Moth Men, Chupacabras, and Sasquatches. Godfrey knows her stuff. She has done extensive research including  eyewitness accounts, links to various articles and witness illustrations.
The reader is given enough facts to form their own opinions.  I loved the variety of stories and locales, I’m a firm believer in where there is smoke there is fire. The consistency in sightings makes me a believer! This book is definitely a resource I will revisit again and again. A great read.