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Old 30-05-2017, 10:14   #921
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Finished 'A Long December' this morning.

520 pages of short stories...a fantastic rollercoaster of emotions via 35 tales that would make for a superb TV anthology. There are a mixture of genres, with some being perfect for a Twilight Zone reboot. The real strength here is the pacing and characterisation. Some of these stories are 4 pages long and pack as big a punch as tales 4 times as long.

Yes, some tales were better than others but there was not one I didn't like.

I'd thoroughly recommend this book..go on, you know you want to.

I'll be writing a proper review soon...
Sounds right up my street!

Added it to my Amazon wish-list & will keep an eye on when they get it back in stock..
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Old 31-05-2017, 08:55   #922
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Just finished the Stephen King & Richard Chizmar novella ''Gwendy's Button Box'...

A delightful return to Castle Rock.

The main issue is that it leaves too many questions unanswered...ideas should of been fleshed out rather than sticking to a shorter format.
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Old 31-05-2017, 11:53   #923
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I was hoping you'd read the Jason Arnopp next.
I'm starting 'The Last Days Of Jack Sparks' today.
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Old 31-05-2017, 12:06   #924
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So I finished The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone...it was certainly a case of chuck everything at the reader. Was a good, fun read but suffered from a very weak ending. I'm not so sure that the upcoming sequel, Skitter, was actually part of this book and split like the movie adaption of The Hobbit.

It's a flesh eating spider tale, so don't expect anything too highbrow. But if you want a fast, fun read, with some nice set pieces, I'd certainly recommend it.

Gollancz are sending me Skitter (should be here tomorrow) so fingers crossed we get more of the same but with an ending.
Started The Hatching (£2 in The Works). The author does seem very preoccupied with sex.
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Old 31-05-2017, 15:18   #925
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Started The Hatching (£2 in The Works). The author does seem very preoccupied with sex.
The President certainly enjoys a good rogering!
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Old 05-06-2017, 17:09   #926
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I only read books when on holiday - got through 3 in the last five days; I'm Travelling Alone, I See You and In The Dark Dark Wood.

First two very good (will definitely be reading the 'sequel' to I'm Travelling Alone but the third one was very meh
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Just finished this month's book club book The Girl in the Roadby Monica Byrne.

Disappointing, rambling nonsense mostly. I do expect it to have gone down well with some of the others at the book club, but I'll be giving it a 2/10.

I'm hoping next month's book (A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab) is better!
Well, A Darker Shade of Magic was significantly better than The Girl in the Road. Not amazing, but a much nicer read. I think it showed that the author had mostly written teen fiction before, but even so I enjoyed it. Apparently the sequels get better.

This month it's Double Star by Robert Heinlein. It doesn't sound that impressive from the cover description, but I'll see how it goes.
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I only read books when on holiday - got through 3 in the last five days; I'm Travelling Alone, I See You and In The Dark Dark Wood.

First two very good (will definitely be reading the 'sequel' to I'm Travelling Alone but the third one was very meh
Got I'm Travelling alone, didnt mind In The Dark Dark Wood, but curiously did struggle a bit with I See You, perhaps Im reading too many of a similar kind of book.
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:24   #929
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Should finish Jack Sparks today...

I've been asked to contribute to the Ginger Nuts Of Horror website...which is nice!
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Finished Jack Sparks...review should be Monday.

Now onto a great sounding new twist on the Vampire genre, Lee Markhams 'The Truants'
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Old 09-06-2017, 20:24   #931
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Sounds right up my street!

Added it to my Amazon wish-list & will keep an eye on when they get it back in stock..
It really is a superb collection! Hope you enjoy it.
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A quick Jack Sparks review
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Excellent.


If you look on his twitter account you'll see he's had some interesting meetings about adapting it for the screen.

I've finished and enjoyed Jo Nesbo's The Thirst and Tania Carver's The Lost Girl (Smart people doing stupid things).
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A movie could be brilliant...they need to trim a lot of the chat and stick to the action and 'scary' stuff.

That ending saved the book from an average review to be honest.
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Old 22-06-2017, 14:13   #935
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The trouble with goats and sheep

Not the type of book I would normally read, but 1/2 way through and reallyu enjoying it so far
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