Menhir was a word that I already knew because of the Malazan Books of the Fallen series. If you like all things epic fantasy, then you should not miss out on this one! Back to the word: "a large upright standing stone "
Words that I found Interesting and Might Use:
Cucurbit: A familiar word since the gourd family is known as Curcubitaceae, it means, "The lower part of an alembic".
Words that I Loved:
Nautch (girls) as in dancing (girls)
Attar (of roses) as in perfume (of roses)
Words that Stayed with Me:
"And there I will stay with her, to be there with her, to take refuge with her among the dead. I will tear at my body and my corruption until we are one in soft asylum. And there I will remain, living with death for whatever may be left of eternity. Wish me Godspeed."
"Charlie, like all true artists, had not thought of his creation in terms of sordid usefulness, because, so far as he could remember Baron Frankenstein’s monster had not been expected to find gainful employment."
(About Suttee) “Which district officer in the land did not pray that he would never encounter it?”
“Manny used to say we loved each other, but how the fuck do I know. I feel happier when she’s around, that’s all I know. She doesn’t have any teeth and her left arm’s gone and they’ve taken both of her ovaries, but I like her. She makes me laugh.”
“…several Japanese giant monster films have Frankenstein forced into their titles for German release, since Frankenstein is a generic term for monster in Germany.”
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: I have already reviewed the book that started it all! Go here to read my review. ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮
A New Life by Ramsey Campbell: The mad Doctor tries to resurrect someone who died recently. There isn't much of a story but you can see that the author has a way with words. I'll hold on to my judgement until I have read more by him. ✮
The Creator by R. Chetwynd-Hayes: An unflappable aunt, a dead grandpa, an uncle who is still alive, and a monster are all caught up in the middle of an inventor's plans. ✮ ✮ ✮
Better Dead by Basil Copper: A husband loves his Frankenstein movies just a bit too much. A resentful wife who doesn't! ✮
Creature Comforts by Nancy Kilpatrick: The author's right -- Frankenstein's monster would make a good rockstar! ✮ ✮ ✮
Mannikins of Horror by Robert Bloch: What animates us as opposed to a clay mannikin? Trapped in a mental asylum, a patient finds out! ✮ ✮
El sueño de la razon by Daniel Fox: A child who is constructed in a lab, not born, tries in vain to be accepted by his peers. ✮ ✮ ✮
Pithcanthropus rejectus by Manly Wade Wellman: The ape-human hybrid who was neither and both. ✮ ✮
Tantamount to Murder by John Brunner: The Marquis was going to revive his not so recently-dead wife. If only people believed in his abilities! ✮ ✮ ✮
Last Train by Guy N. Smith: A young man who has lived a very sheltered life meets not one but three Franken-women!✮
The Hound of Frankenstein by Peter Tremayne: The Doctor is well and alive in this one. Oh, and he is crazy evil.✮ ✮✮
Mother of Invention by Graham Masterton: I have read other books by this horror writer. His writing is much more interesting in the form of a short story. David's mom is aging too slowly for her age. He soon finds out why.✮ ✮ ✮
The Frankenstein Legacy by Adrian Cole: In the author's own words, "In Mary Shelley’s novel, the scientist clearly dies, the Monster determined to self-destruct. But then it struck me that we only have Robert Walton’s word for that, don’t we? "
The story portrays the monster from Frankenstein as someone impervious to pain and elements of the weather. It is a deviation from the original since Mary Shelley's work made us empathize with the creature. I like her POV better. ✮
The Dead Line by Dennis Etchison: In the world that this story is set, scientific advances have made it possible to extend life indefinitely. It just isn't a good idea to die there! This story starts with the most horrifying opening lines that will haunt you forever once you have read them. They will also ensure that you read the rest! ✮ ✮ ✮
"This morning I put ground glass in my wife’s eyes. She didn’t mind. She didn’t make a sound. She never does."
Poppi's Monster by Lisa Morton: A little girl whose life treats her painfully because her father is the monster in her life. ✮ ✮
Undertow by Karl Edward Wagner: A necromancer forces a young woman to stay with him. Or does he?✮ ✮
The author has a thing for the gourd family. He uses "cucurbit" and "gourd" both within the same story!
A Complete Woman by Roberta Lannes: A doctor decides to make a complete woman. ✮ ✮ ✮
Last Call for the Sons of Shock by David J. Schow: Blank Frank, the Count, and the Wolfman all get together to reminisce. ✮ ✮
Chandira by Brian Mooney: A pre-partition story set in the Indian subcontinent about a rishi who loved all his wives a little too much. ✮ ✮ ✮
Completist Heaven by Kim Newman: A completist decides to catalog all the movies he watches. His dish antenna starts making more work for him by creating more of them! ✮
The Temptation of Dr. Stein by Paul J. McAuley: A doctor has a run in with another doctor, Dr. Pretorious. ✮ ✮
To Receive is Better by Michael Marshall Smith: Evil science clones kids for a very wrong reason. ✮ ✮ ✮
The Dead End by David Case: Another Frankenstein tries to play god but this one is way dastardlier than Victor ever was! ✮✮
Frankenstein by Jo Fletcher: A poem about Frankenstein and the monster he created. ✮
**spoiler alert** The Silent Girlfriend: Scientists discover that there is such a thing as a "soul" and that it doesn't leave, when a person dies. It s**spoiler alert** The Silent Girlfriend: Scientists discover that there is such a thing as a "soul" and that it doesn't leave, when a person dies. It sticks around. 4 stars.
The Goldfish: Second story in this collection. Henry's girlfriend loves him a lot and he loves her back. Too bad, one of them is a Goldfish! 2 stars.
Knock on the Noggin': What would you do, if a beautiful girl fell from the sky and told you she loved you? 3 stars....more
Playing Possum Sookie goes to visit her godson and they encounter a mad gunman. The apple taking the g**spoiler alert** Two of Them Were My Favorites
Playing Possum ★★Sookie goes to visit her godson and they encounter a mad gunman. The apple taking the gunman down was stretching it a bit too much!Spellcaster 2.0★A university project is collecting and cataloging all the spells they can find. Most of the students do not believe in the spells until they absolutely have to. Saw the "twist" a mile away.Academy Field Trip★★Vampire being investigated. The surveillance catches on to a "bride" of his and starts to feed her the wrong information. Meh.Sympathy for the Bones★★★★A witch takes in a little girl and teaches her almost everything she knows. I love the creepiness even though the ending was expected.Low School★★A senator dies and goes to hell for a deal she signed as a kid. The deal was with the devil and to her, hell was high school. I would have liked to see how she got out of it rather than what hell was like. Callie Meet Happy★The Reaper was failing her wormhole class until she gets the chance for a practical lesson. Too random for me to enjoy, I guess.Iphigenia in Aulis★★★★Melanie and the other kids are in school but there is something very wrong with them. Again, the creepiness was my favorite part of the story. Loved how the hunger is described. Golden Delicious★★★Rick is on his way to forming his very own paranormal unit, if he can reign in his and his partner's werewolf instincts. Fun! I would love to know more about this world.Magic Tests★★Julie has to solve a mystery at her new school - this time with no Kate to get her out of trouble. While I love Julie, almost no Kate or Curran makes for a boring story.An Introduction to Jewish Myth and Mysticism★★★An abusive husband comes back, thinking he can hurt his wife some more. A professor has other ideas. While not unexpected, the twist was fun. I could have done without the unneeded last two lines - yeah, I am being picky!VSI★Claire is a part of a secret team that will hunt vampires. Their quarry is quite closer to home than Claire thinks. Why?The Bad Hour★★A dog trainer is in trouble with one of her clients who has a supernatural sidekick. Remy Chandler and his Marlowe, his dog, try to rescue her. I love Marlowe. Remy's alright.Pirate Dave and the Captain's Ghost★★★A werewolf in love with a vampire is haunted by a ghost who was killed by a vampire. Dave reminded me of Hook from OUAT, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The story didn't surprise me at all.
**spoiler alert** Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but they**spoiler alert** Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: ★★ The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but they don't believe it!
The Steam Dancer (1896)by Caitlín R. Kiernan: ★★ A woman who had an arm and leg amputated and her mechanic who builds her new ones.
Icebreaker by E. Catherine Tobler: ★★★ A widow sets out to Antarctica to bury her husband.
Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon by Jay Lake: ★★★ What's the best way to kill a Nephilim? With a telegraphic harpoon, of course!
The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball by Genevieve Valentine: ★★★★ Some events from the life of a Zeppelin conductor.
Clockwork Fairies by Cat Rambo: ★★★ A man finds the wife he longs for. I kinda guessed the ending.
The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jala-ud-din Muhammad Akbar by Shweta Narayan: ★★★★ Mechanical birds and stories about love & revenge.
Prayers of Forges and Furnaces by Aliette de Bodard: ★★★ The old gods have all been killed, replaced by the machine gods, except for one.
The Effluent Engine by N. K. Jemisin: ★★★★ Haiti decides to win against France by using dirigibles and a woman finds love. Loved the story but the last sentence sucked.
The Clockwork Goat and the Smokestack Magi by Peter M. Ball ★★ A clockwork Goat who can tell you all the secrets of a powerful magus!
The Armature of Flight by Sharon Mock: ★★★★ Wings.
The Anachronist’s Cookbook by Catherynne M. Valente: ★★ Lunar Industry and the movement that stopped it.
Numismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and Viu by Alex Dally MacFarlane: ★★★★ How Viu defeated a king by minting coins.
Zeppelin City by Eileen Gunn & Michael Swanwick: ★★★★ Naked Brains, Zeppelins, Radios and Revolution!
The People’s Machine by Tobias S. Buckell: ★★★★ Another version of how Holmes came into being with a lot of alternate history thrown in.
The Hands That Feed by Matthew Kressel: ★★★ Two women do what they can to survive.
Machine Maid by Margo Lanagan: ★★★ A wife finds out the secrets her maid's been keeping from her.
To Follow the Waves by Amal El-Mohtar: ★★ A dream maker's dream comes true!
Clockmaker’s Requiem by Barth Anderson: ★★ A clockmaker invents a clock that would make time the same for everyone-blasphemy!
Dr Lash Remembers by Jeffrey Ford: ★★ Spores cause the line between reality and imagination to blur.
Lady Witherspoon’s Solution by James Morrow: ★★★ Drugs that could change the world.
Reluctance by Cherie Priest: ★★ Zombies and dirigibles!
A Serpent in the Gears by Margaret Ronald: ★★★ Cyborgs will take over the world.
The Celebrated Carousel of the Margravine of Blois by Megan Arkenberg: ★★★ Grief can make you stop living.
Biographical Notes to “A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-planes” by Benjamin Rosenbaum: ★★ The world if the East had the power to take colonies.
Clockwork Chickadee by Mary Robinette Kowal: ★★ I wouldn't mess with the Chickadee, if I were you!
Cinderella Suicide by Samantha Henderson: ★ Skipped most of it. A lot of terms thrown around and no explanation!
Arbeitskraft by Nick Mamatas: Skipped!
To Seek Her Fortune by Nicole Kornher-Stace: ★★ A mother tries to do what she thinks is best for her son.
The Ballad of the Last Human by Lavie Tidhar: ★★ A dog and a spider set out treasure hunting. ...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections group, in exchange of an honest review. The book is an anthology of 3 stories and I**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections group, in exchange of an honest review. The book is an anthology of 3 stories and I finished it in under an hour! The first story-Best Friends- was my favorite. I loved the ending and would have given anything to witness the meeting between Riley and his owner!! Innocent until Proven was the second story which takes place in a courtroom. The person being tried for 3 murders was tricked by his shrink in to believing he's a werewolf..or was he? The third story-Skinless- was about Loup Garou. It is based on a fascinating premise. If there is a host, there will be parasites. Its how nature works. But a parasite that preys on werewolves- intriguing! Had lots of fun reading this anthology!...more
**spoiler alert** Read the first story "Cemeteries of the Heart" which is set in a futuristic dystopian world where people are shackled to their desks**spoiler alert** Read the first story "Cemeteries of the Heart" which is set in a futuristic dystopian world where people are shackled to their desks at work and don't have any concept of fun. Well written and made me sad. The second was "Lullaby" which is about a guy who loses his wife to childbirth. Another sad piece. "Parting sorrows" was about a girl with serious daddy issues and a lonely old guy. Seriously creeptastic! "Aphelion"-weird! "Burn Victims"- a girl without a nose and a guy without an arm find each other. "Flaming Butterflies"-is about a man who didn't live his life to the fullest and paid for it. "Stanley" knows Sabrina is perfect for him and he'll do anything to get her to actually exist! "Taenia solium",the pork tapeworm, will take over the human race!
A good collection of stories that'll creep you out in the right way and you'll finish it in no time....more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review.
There are some writers..hand them anything and the**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review.
There are some writers..hand them anything and they turn it into a story..Michael Cargill is one of them.
The three stories in this anthology are simple stuff but that doesn’t make them less interesting.
The first story,”Shades of Grey”, is about John. He’s a man who works for the government and is absolutely insane.
The second story is “There and Back Again” which focuses on James who is a British soldier taking part in a war for the first time. The ambiance and the emotions of the war are described beautifully, as is the feeling of guilt and shame when a soldier is asked to retreat.
The last story is called, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, about Tom who has an abusive father whose behavior is getting worse everyday. Then Tom’s favorite toy bunny starts to talk to the kid and solves his problems its own way.
All three stories are based on characters that are flawed due to events in their past and are trying to rise above it....more