A review of The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright and an opportunity to win a few prizes


The Angry Woman SuiteI haven’t done a review request in a while. I have become weary of them. To be honest when the distance between reader and writer is closed by the ability to communicate with an actual flesh-and-blood person it becomes a little difficult. You become invested. Even if you have only so much as said “hello”. I got this book through my friend Emlyn Chand’s company, Novel Publicity. I must admit that getting books through an agency is a little easier. I strive to be as honest and objective as possible, but it is hard sometimes, worrying that you will hate something and then have to admit it, knowing full well that the creator of the thing you hated is out there and will most likely see your hatred. I’ve been on the receiving end of a scathing review. They slice. But funny enough, they also teach a hell of a lot. A lot more than “good” reviews teach. Continue reading

The Surfer ~ Linda Cargill


20131017_173956Greetings Folks! I imagine this random little book is not one that you will ever get your hands on but I’m going to review it anyway. You may have noticed that the reviews around here tend to be more about what’s available in my own personal bookshelf more than whatever the latest releases may be. Of course I do like to throw in the odd indie review too. This particular book is from my own shelf though, and I bought it about a hundred years ago when CNA used to sell YA fiction for R14.99 a pop. Guess where all my pocket money used to go?  Continue reading

Relics ~ Shaun Hutson


20131015_155916Relics is a story about a bunch of folks on an archaeological dig who come across a chamber filled with some dodgy skulls. Of course a bunch of weird shit starts happening. And there’s a Satanic cult that has orgies while covered in entrails which is a bit gross…

I must admit I am mildly disappointed at the first instalment of my foray into the literary horror genre…But let me please be very clear that this is not the fault of the author. Hutson is definitely a decent writer – the problem is that the whole blood and ghouls thing is clearly not my scene. I keep thinking that it might be, but it never quite resonates the way I expect it to. I am incurably fussy when it comes to my affection for characters (which is why I loathed Twilight and 50 Shades – I HATE those chicks!)and although I do recognize that often characters take a backseat to plot and storyline, I am truly happier with a bad story filled with good characters than I am with a good story filled with “meh” characters. The “meh” characters make it very hard for me to settle into a new world and immerse myself in it for hours. And unfortunately I see very little point to a book unless I don’t want to leave my real life and stay inside of it until the end…

31 Days of Horror Failure


You probably didn’t notice – seriously, who would? – but I have completely failed at my 31 Days of Horror movie challenge.

Why?

Well…have you ever tried to watch a horror movie every night for 31 nights? Holy hell! My brain was starting to mush! Too many teenagers having weird sex (come to think of it that IS creepy) and not enough fright inducing entertainment.  Continue reading

31 Days of Horror #9: Pulse


downloadGood God Pulse is boring. I just couldn’t escape the idea that someone decided that they had a moral issue with technology and they needed to make some  sort of metaphorical movie about it. I got yelled at (a little) by my husband while we watched this movie because he decided that I wasn’t paying proper attention. I maintain that the reason I was more interested in playing Candy Crush than I was in watching the movie is because the movie was boring as hell and the dialogue was so tepid I couldn’t help but let my mind wander right away. He also thinks this is why scary movies do not affect me because I don’t concentrate hard enough. Um….no…. Continue reading

31 Days of Horror #6: Prom Night


images (6)Don’t watch this movie. Just don’t. There is no point. It is not even bad enough to give you a mild bit of judgemental enjoyment. It is the movie equivalent of a watered down light beer.

I don’t particularly get why this movie ended up on the “horror” list. I think it might have been by accident. But then again I guess slasher films usually are considered horror. Personally I prefer my horror to be a little more sinister. It was really just some random dude killing people at a prom because he was all hung up on some ex student of his. The guy wasn’t even scary. The back story was tepid and unsatisfying. Like why was he obsessed with this chick? I couldn’t even get irritated. That’s how inconsequential this movie was.  Continue reading

31 Days of Horror #5: Cherry Falls


download (4)While my husband and I were watching Rosemary’s Baby last night and the copy we had somehow died just before we got to the end. But of a bummer because I must admit I was really enjoying it.

Of course I committed myself to a nightly horror movie so I had to pick something else. Hubby went to sleep and I stayed up to watch Cherry Falls – a movie that I picked purely because it had Brittany Murphy in it.

Basically a serial killer is running around town killing all the virgins. Of course this sparks off a teen orgy. Continue reading