August Roundup

August has been a quite good reading month with 4 graphic novels and 19 books read:

 

The Captive Condition: A Novel - Kevin P. Keating  EI8HT Volume 1: Outcast - Rafael Albuquerque,Mike Johnson  Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders - Barry Day  Tortures of the Damned - Hunter Shea  The Sisters of Versailles: A Novel (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy) - Sally Christie  Resurrectionists: Near Death Experience (Ressurectionists) - Fred Van Lente,Maurizio Rosenzweig  Fool's Quest - Robin Hobb  Evergreen Falls: A Novel - Kimberley Freeman  Suckers: A Horror Novel - Z. Rider  Andersonville - Edward M. Erdelac  The Merchant's House: The First Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery - Kate Ellis  Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core - Various  Crimson Shore (Agent Pendergast series) - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child  The Girl Without a Name - Sandra Block  The New Deal - Jonathan Case,Jonathan Case  A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Series #1) - Charles Todd  Broken Promise: A Thriller - Linwood Barclay  A Pattern of Lies: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries) - Charles Todd  The Insanity of Murder (Dr Dody McCleland Mysteries) - Felicity Young  The Hidden (Krewe of Hunters) - Heather Graham  Tales: Short Stories Featuring Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford - Charles Todd  ClownFellas: Tales of the Bozo Family - Carlton Mellick III  Coercion - Tim Tigner  

 

Best book: Fools Quest by Robin Hobb

Worse Book: Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders by Barry Day

 

DNF (only one this month)Dark Prince (Carpathians,  #1) - Christine Feehan  Actually this was probably the worse book this month, but I did not finish it so I do not count it! 

 

 

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Andersonville blog tour + giveaway

Review:

Andersonville - Edward M. Erdelac

Andersonville

Hydra | Aug 18, 2015 | 272 Pages

Readers of Stephen King and Joe Hill will devour this bold, terrifying new novel from Edward M. Erdelac. A mysterious man posing as a Union soldier risks everything to enter the Civil War’s deadliest prison—only to find a horror beyond human reckoning.

Georgia, 1864. Camp Sumter, aka Andersonville, has earned a reputation as an open sewer of sadistic cruelty and terror where death may come at any minute. But as the Union prisoners of war pray for escape, cursing the fate that spared them a quicker end, one man makes his way into the camp purposefully.

Barclay Lourdes has a mission—and a secret. But right now his objective is merely to survive the hellish camp. The slightest misstep summons the full fury of the autocratic commander, Captain Wirz, and the brutal Sergeant Turner. Meanwhile, a band of shiftless thieves and criminals known as the “Raiders” preys upon their fellow prisoners. Barclay soon finds that Andersonville is even less welcoming to a black man—especially when that man is not who he claims to be. Little does he imagine that he’s about to encounter supernatural terrors beyond his wildest dreams . . . or nightmares.

Advance praise for Andersonville
 
“The true story of Andersonville is one of unimaginable horror and human misery. It’s a testament to his unmatched skill as a storyteller that Edward M. Erdelac is not only able to capture that horror but to add another level of supernatural terror and reveal that the darkest evil of all resides in the human soul. Highly recommended to fans of horror and history alike.”—Brett J. Talley, Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of That Which Should Not Be and He Who Walks in Shadow

Andersonville is a raw, groundbreaking supernatural knuckle-punch. Erdelac absolutely owns Civil War and Wild West horror fiction.”—Weston Ochse, bestselling author of SEAL Team 666

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Review

I’m not familiar with the Andersonville prison since I’m not American, so I “enjoyed” getting a history lesson with a paranormal twist. It was truly awful how the people were treated there and making it a battle between good and evil was a very interesting plot. In real life it was just ordinary people acting like demons, here we actually have real demons. Barclay Lourdes is a great main character, in the beginning you really don’t know what he is up to when it jumps on the train boarded for Andersonville. Was it a mistake or does he have a plan? And, the reason for Barclay to be there is revealed as the story progress and I found it to be really intriguing to read about it all.

This is a really good horror book. The fact that it’s based on a real place and the transgressions that happened on there makes it even better. It’s an evil place and the paranormal part of the story is woven so good into the history of the place.

I hope this isn’t the only book with Barclay Lourdes, I hope to see more book with him and those around him.

Purchase Links

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About Edward M. Erdelac

Edward M. Erdelac is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the author of six novels (including the acclaimed weird western series Merkabah Rider) and several short stories. He is an independent filmmaker, award-winning screenwriter, and sometime Star Wars contributor. Born in Indiana, educated in Chicago, he resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife and a bona fide slew of children and cats.

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Edward M. Erdelac’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 17th: Stephanie’s Book Reviews….100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, August 18th: Fourth Street Review

Tuesday, August 18th: Bibliotica

Wednesday, August 19th: The Reader’s Hollow

Wednesday, August 19th: Tynga’s Reviews

Thursday, August 20th: A Book Geek

Monday, August 24th: Bewitched Bookworms

Tuesday, August 25th: Kissin’ Blue Karen

Thursday, August 27th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Friday, August 28th: Vic’s Media Room

Monday, August 31st: It’s a Mad Mad World

Tuesday, September 1st: SJ2B House of Books

Wednesday, September 2nd: Historical Fiction Obsession

Thursday, September 3rd: Kimberly’s Bookshelf

Friday, September 4th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Monday, September 7th: From the TBR Pile

TBD: Kari J. Wolfe.

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EI8HT, Vol. 1 by Rafael Albuquerque

Review:

EI8HT Volume 1: Outcast - Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Johnson

Joshua agrees to go back in time, or rather to another dimension in time called the Meld to kill a man called the Spear in hope that this will save his wife that is sick. The people that are sending him to the Meld is promising that they will save her. Unfortunately he lands in the Meld without the memory of is wife or his mission, but slowly the memory is coming back to him.

This story turned out to be more interesting that I expected when I started to read it. As usual, I was a bit confused in the beginning about the mission, the meld, why Joshua had to kill a man called Spear. But that just meant that I was in the same boat as Joshua. We had to figure out things together. This is the kind of story that from the start doesn’t make much sense, but as the story progress you start to put the pieces together even though not all the pieces are explained since the story ended with a cliffhanger. But I did enjoy the story very much, it was engaging to read, and I really, really wanted to know how everything was connected. And the Meld got dinosaurs…love that!

I liked the art and the coloration of the art, it suited the story. There is just something about lack of bright colors, except when it comes to the red on the faces of the people in the Meld and the yellow background that brings out the art in the story.

I received this copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Tortures of the Damned by Hunter Shea

Review:

Tortures of the Damned - Hunter Shea

This is the kind of book that is nice to read now and then. It’s over the top action from the beginning to the end with some gore in it. I find it kind of relaxing to read like this. Which actually feels a bit weird, but it’s the same with action movies. Sometimes you just want a lot of action and a story that movies forward fast. And, you got it in this book.

The problem I had while reading this one was that I felt quite detached from the story and the characters. I just didn’t care that much when they started to die because I had never really gotten to like them that much, not that I disliked them, they were just characters in a book and they died. That’s it. I just couldn’t connect with them or the story.

And, usually I have a problem with animals getting hurt, but there was so many of them, horses, dogs, cats hawks, etc. all the time attacking the humans. They have gone completely batshit crazy and when a horse first kicks a man and then rips of his face, well it’s hard to really feel sorry for the horses. And, getting mauled to death by a pack of dogs is probably not that nice. But the crazy animals are one thing, they have an excuse for acting this way, something had been done to them to act this way. But some humans, let’s say that survival of the fittest isn’t always the one that you hope would survive. And, the group of poor survivors trying to get to safety not only have to look out for animals, but also for gangbangers.

Then we have the ending, let’s just say that it’s a very open ending, if it was a series would I say that it was a great cliffhanger, but I’m not sure if this is a series or not. And, if it not, well then the ending sucks a bit!

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Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders by Barry Day

Review:

Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders - Barry Day

The thing is that I hate reading Sherlock Holmes stories when Dr. Watson is so stupid that I want to take my iPad and throw it away. And, in this one he was Nigel Bruce stupid. Ever seen the old Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes? He is brilliant as Sherlock Holmes, Unfortunately Nigel Bruce is awful as Dr. Watson. Incompetent and stupid. And, this book really made Watson out to be a fool.

I found the story in the beginning to be interesting as the three people that are killed are linked to three Sherlock Holmes cases. But then both Lestrade and Watson seem to think that Sherlock Holmes is behind it. Come one? Lestrade I can believe, but Watson thinking that? Idiot. The whole book, and it was not a thick book was just not that interesting to read. The story never really got interesting. The German threat felt reused and everything was so simple. And, the ending when the real culprit was revealed was a letdown.
A book that just not was for me. I didn’t find the story entertaining or engaging and it’s not hard for Mycroft and Sherlock to seem clever when everyone else is stupid.

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The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg

Review:

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor - Robert Schnakenberg

I was quite overjoyed with given the chance to read this book, then I started to read it and even though I did find it OK to read was I also a bit disappointed because it felt that much of the books information could I have easily have found on the internet.

This book may be about Bill Murray, but Bill Murray himself is lacking from the pages since he hasn’t in anyway been part of the writing of this book, other than stuff he has said in interviews. That is hardly surprising since he is a very private person. Just try to give him a call and see if he gets back to you. You can be a world famous director and still have trouble getting in touch with him (Thank God Sofia Coppola never gave up). But as a source for information about Bill Murray does this book feel like more kind of gossip about him than real fact. Yes you get facts, him growing up, and his life and movies, but you never really get to know him since all the info is from old interviews and from what people around him say about him. And, it’s listed from A-Z, which makes it feel even less biographical.

But I did enjoy reading it (sometime) because this is still Bill Murray and my favorite parts is the pages when ordinarily people tell tales of Bill Murray cashing parties and stuff. He can just show up and have a good time at a party and then leave. He may be private, but he is sure friendly when he wants to be.

Anyway, for a die hard Bill Murray fan can this be a fun book to read.

For everyone else there is always Wikipedia.

I received this copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Resurrectionists: Near Death Experience by Fred Van Lente

Review:

Resurrectionists: Near Death Experience (Ressurectionists) - Fred Van Lente, Maurizio Rosenzweig

Reserrectionists are a group of people that for three millennium has been trying to pull of the same heist to free their souls. Yes, once they were Egyptians and the evil Pharaoh trapped in the “afterlife” with him. The “afterlife” means not heaven or anything instead are they reborn over and over again and they need to be unlocked to know that they have lived before.

It was a bit confusing in the beginning since the story just started without any real explanation to anything going on. Just sit tight and try to keep up kind of opening. Fasten your seatbelt and we will take you on a ride. And, what a ride. I admit that I was a bit skeptic in the beginning, but then the story started to unfold and the character’s past and present started to make sense and that is when I started to enjoy the story. And, of course it ended with a cliffhanger.

The art part was quite good, I think it suited the story even though large breasted women seemed to be the only option when it came to drawing women. But that is hardly anything new when it comes to graphic novels.

I enjoyed reading Resurrectionists, it was a perfect read when I needed a break from my books.

 

I received this copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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