The only thing that stopped me from rating this book a solid 5 stars was the main character, Hunter. Sometimes his...moreFantastic read with lots of chills.
The only thing that stopped me from rating this book a solid 5 stars was the main character, Hunter. Sometimes his action and reactions boggled my mind, cutting me from any connection I had with him. I was constantly asking myself why he was so driven to stay in the house. Not a bad question to ask if you weren't wondering if is was because he was selfishly immature, stupid or crazy. There were moments I thought that maybe there was a deeper drive, an almost instinctual need for him to stay in the house, but it never seemed to stick.
Also, his reaction to events in the house were very inconsistent. There were many moments in the book where you could feel the fear Hunter was experiencing, but other times I was shocked by how little he reacted to creepy events. One moment in particular was after his first evening in his new house he feels creeped out that someone or thing is watching him. Then he wakes up the next day to find something completely shocking and bizarre has happened in his house and he's strangely unconcerned, at least not as concerned as he should be.
Other than that, the story was interesting, the secondary characters were appropriately characterized to keep the focus on the story and the mood was spooky. Some really good chilling moments.
Definitely add this to your Halloween/ghost story reading list.(less)
Kentrell is a straight black hustler working the "fags" of New Orleans. When not street walking he grave robs to make ends meet. He's recently heard a...moreKentrell is a straight black hustler working the "fags" of New Orleans. When not street walking he grave robs to make ends meet. He's recently heard a story about a wealthy man who died 60 years ago and was laid to rest in a mausoleum along with his wealth. Legend has it that the guy had a curse placed on his tomb by a voodoo witch doctor. Kentrell doesn't believe in the legend and along with a hustler friend of his, Rashawn, they set out one night to raid rich guy's resting place. There they get their just rewards which will be with them the rest of their lives.
Really entertaining short story. Evan Gilbert does a nice job respecting the characters and giving them an authentic voice without being exploitative. (less)
Great story...if it were given a little more room to grow it would have been excellent. Kate's story is entertaining and imaginative. There were two s...moreGreat story...if it were given a little more room to grow it would have been excellent. Kate's story is entertaining and imaginative. There were two scenes in particular that were tense and heart pounding...written in a way that was easy to lift them off the page and into your imagination. My only gripe is that the material following the final tense scene just seemed pushed along. Kinda like..."Wow, all that happened...oh, this happens (and you probably guessed it). The End." I would love to know more about Gavin and certainly more about Lance.
I wasn't expecting to like this story nearly as much as I did. I opened it and saw it was 29 pages and thought it was going to be a quick st...more4.5 stars.
I wasn't expecting to like this story nearly as much as I did. I opened it and saw it was 29 pages and thought it was going to be a quick story with more sex than plot. I was completely wrong. It's a well structured story that is funny, clever and has an amazing amount of heart for it's length. Actually watered up my eyes a little.
Theo is the only human in an office full of zombies. Theo handles anything that requires brainpower while the zombies do all the trivial tasks...stapling, copying, etc. This office dynamic reflects the condition of the world. The human population is dwindling and has focused on higher education to keep things running, the zombies fill in all the grunt work jobs. Every day the zombies are brought to their places of work and at night they are put into a facility...they don't really sleep but it makes the humans feel comfortable, it makes them more "human".
One day Theo notices that there is a new worker and there is something odd about him, he's doesn't seem quite, ummm, dead.
Thus begins Theo's journey into the life of this new worker...is he dead or isn't he? And if he isn't, why is he pretending to be a zombie? If he is dead will Theo be able to get this guy out of his head or develop a taste for necrophilia?
At the heart of it all is a story about holding on and knowing when to let go.
I loved this story. Kieran Kelly managed to create a world in 50 pages that I am eager to spend more time in. Not just with these characters, but in t...moreI loved this story. Kieran Kelly managed to create a world in 50 pages that I am eager to spend more time in. Not just with these characters, but in the world.
Vamps, Werewolves/shifters, zombies and other paranormals are part of the everyday world. They've been incorporated into the workforce (although for the zombies this isn't always good...but we need fertilizer hehe) and they have protection via laws and the gov't...well, except zombies. But protection has trade-offs. The vamps are tagged and can only feed from gov't issued blood. The werewolves have to wear tags but they are also forced to be neutered...at least here in the US. Otherwise they have the option to "go rouge"
Seth, has had a very bad day at work. A garlic pizza, a splinter and a boss who likes to bless the water cooler water make minutes seem like hours. His sanctuary is his apartment which he shares with a werewolf named Mark. Mark is a horndog and Seth has kept his distance because he doesn't want to just be another notch on Mark's belt.
The vamp that sired Seth returns and the two roommates are forced to realize just how much they mean to one another.
Loved this story. Clever writing and a fantastic amount of humor. My only disappointment is that it's not a full length novel or a series.(less)
Ed and Joe are driving through upper Michigan as they head to the home of Ed's parents. The story starts with the two ha...moreInteresting, but unfulfilling.
Ed and Joe are driving through upper Michigan as they head to the home of Ed's parents. The story starts with the two having a typical couple's bicker about a complete non-issue. It's cute and gives you an immediate appreciation of the fact that the two guys know each other pretty well and care about one another. Ed is of course stressed because this is the first time Joe (or any of his bfs) will meet his parents. Joe decides that they need to take a rest so they pull off to the first motel they see. Ed is uneasy about the motel but Joe wants a shower and some sleep.
They check in and seem to be the hotels only guests. Once in their room Joe goes to shower and the phone rings. Ed picks it up and he hears static and voice breaking into the line a few words at a time and they say something that creeps him out. Maybe it was Joe playing a prank from the bathroom on his cell? Who else knows they were there? He asks Joe and Joe says it wasn't him...seeing the naked Joe, Ed is distracted and the phone call is distant memory. Until it happens again later that night.
There were some moments in the story that gave me chills. One such moment was when the guys had had enough of the phone ringing, they refuse to answer and just start packing to leave. Joe looks out the window and then turns and tells Ed to do exactly what he says, don't look around and just get to the car. I thought to myself "This should be good. What's out there?? What did he see?" Complete letdown. Because they were in the car and driving within two sentences.
They make it to a diner where they find out the creepy details of the motel and the two hardly seemed phased by what they just experienced.
I wish Chrissy Munder had a little more space in this short story. I felt like the story just ended with more to be said. I also wish we could have seen Joe meeting Ed's folks for the first time.(less)
Careful what you expect from this story. Me, well...I was let down.
"Careful what you wish for" The title suggests, at least to me, that there can be...moreCareful what you expect from this story. Me, well...I was let down.
"Careful what you wish for" The title suggests, at least to me, that there can be unforeseen issues with something you desire. Like for example, a little kid thinks "I wish I had a pony in my room" and suddenly there is a terrible accident in front of the child's house involving a car and a truck pulling a horse trailer. Pony flies from the trailer, through the child's window and lays dead on the floor. Careful what you wish for. Or the old joke: Man says to wish granting mirror "I wish I had a penis that touched the floor" Mirror says "Granted" and the guy's legs fall off. "There, now your penis touches the floor." Careful what you wish for.
This story began interesting enough. Roommate has a crush on another roommate and one night when they are both hanging out the dabble with making a love spell. It works. There's sex. The roommate gets exactly what he wants.
There's really nothing chilling or eerie about the story.
A solid 3 stars on a short story level...I liked it.
I'd have probably liked the story a little more if one of the main characters, Frank, wasn't so in...moreA solid 3 stars on a short story level...I liked it.
I'd have probably liked the story a little more if one of the main characters, Frank, wasn't so insufferable. He carried himself like an arrogant reporter and I found myself wishing Victor would have drained him just to shut him up.
Frank is looking for a scoop on a huge level, he wants to prove that vampires exist. So he goes to where vamps are thought to hang out to ask questions. The vamps don't like questions. So they throw Frank in a cell with Victor, a vamp who is imprisoned and hasn't eaten in weeks. Frank is the type of person who doesn't know when to shut up, even his internal thoughts are frustrating.
The problem is that Victor is not a killer. He's hungry, filthy and resigned to his fate...imprisonment and eventually death for something he did to displease the queen vamp.
Because this is a short story if I say more I'll pretty much give away everything if I give more detail. I will say that the guys have sex and the sex is okay. The way it's written it fails to gain much heat. Vamp books often rely too much on this notion that being bit by a vampire induces ecstasy. It's nice is there is some passionate (or hard n' hot) love making to go with it.
One thing I really enjoyed, it actually made me smile and laugh, is why Victor was in prison. That combined with the fact that the Queen didn't even remember Victor was still imprisoned. Ah, women... *snark*(less)
The story was enjoyable. In typical short story fashion there is really no character development, there just isn't enough s...more3.5 on a short story level.
The story was enjoyable. In typical short story fashion there is really no character development, there just isn't enough space to get into too many details. Instead this story is a snap shot of a moment in two character's lives.
Teigan and Sid are gay werewolves who both wish they would one day be mated with a partner. Mating between same sex shifters just isn't done. Sid is set to marry the daughter of the Alpha from a much larger pack than the one he is currently in. He's doing so at the request of his Alpha, taking one for the team. Teigan works with the pack matchmaker. His task is to escort mates to the mating event where they will be joined.
On a cold winter's night, on the leading edge of a blizzard, Teigan is sent to collect Sid for his mating ceremony. But the spirits have other plans for these two.
Wishes was fun to read but very predictable...but the predictability didn't kill the story because the writing was clever and amusing. (less)
Excellent! A short story that has so much packed into it you feel like you've just read a novel. Incredibly interesting and wonderfully entertaining....moreExcellent! A short story that has so much packed into it you feel like you've just read a novel. Incredibly interesting and wonderfully entertaining. Twists and turns throughout, and a few chills for added pleasure.
Mike hires Pete (it's Pete, not Peter, thank you) to do some demo on a house he owns. The house is located in the middle of nowhere and when Pete first sees the house he's shocked that Mike wouldn't just treat it like a complete tear down and start from the ground and work his way up. He's equally shocked to find out that he's the only one that will be working for Mike. What's going on? When Pete first enters the house he's worried that he'll fall through the floor, it's that bad. He's also troubled by the large gashes in the walls. Mike isn't bothered by the gashes because he can't see them. However, Mike is bothered by the fact that Pete can't see the ghost. The ghost that is standing right next to him.
From there the story hits full speed and never lets you go. Flashes to the past, bleeding walls, vanishing doors, uncomfortable secrets...the story is presented not like wallpaper being peeled back to reveal another layer, but like a sledgehammer tearing down walls. It's easy to guess at where the story is going, but expect to be twisted up a few times.
If I have one complaint it would have to be the way the story ended. I felt like destiny had finally come and it was saddled with a third wheel. But, I can live with it.
If you normally don't do short stories I suggest you give this one a try.(less)
Beautiful Forever is a short story that packs a lot in it's 71 pages. Diana does a wonderful job pulling the reader into the scenes a...moreReally 4.5 stars.
Beautiful Forever is a short story that packs a lot in it's 71 pages. Diana does a wonderful job pulling the reader into the scenes and making them care about a character (Brady) they hardly know. There were moments in the story that I felt genuine concern for Brady because he didn't realize just how serious and real his situation could be. Most of that concern stems from the fact that throughout the story you don't know if the situation he is in is real or if it's all pretend...especially considering the fact that he was dragged into the situation by a friend who may know more than she is letting on.
I really, really wanted to like this book. I read the summary that was provided here at GoodReads and liked the premise: Single gay dad, ghost, romanc...moreI really, really wanted to like this book. I read the summary that was provided here at GoodReads and liked the premise: Single gay dad, ghost, romance, small town politics, rebuilding a life. It had potential. The problem is that the summary told the whole story. Dexter, the main character, leaves Hollywood with his daughter and heads to the east coast. He buys a beautiful home that is haunted, meets a local that gets him involved in a local political issue, his ex-bf loses his money and Dexter has to do a reality show to earn cash. I didn’t hate the book…I was entertained and I did think they ending was nice. My main problem was what got me from beginning to end.
The book suffered from 3 main things:
1) It needed to be proofread again. There were a few spots where words were dropped…instead of “he went outside” you would see “he outside”. “He’d” be written as “he’s”. (side warning: If you get this on Kindle be prepared to see “Page break” all over the place. Ugh)
2) The character of Capt. Lang doesn’t feel authentic. He’s a ghost that has been trapped in this house since his death. He doesn’t talk like a man who lived in 1897 New England. You could assume he’d picked up a few modern phrases by watching tv or listening to the inhabitants of the house over the years but that assumption falls apart due to inconsistencies. Example: He doesn’t understand what words like “frequency” and “wavelength” mean but he says things like this to Dexter: “When I was alive no one knew my sexual preference” or “I enjoy watching you, especially when you call out my name when you climax”. Sexual preference? Climax? It just didn’t feel like words a 100-year-old ghost would say.
3) Details. Too many in some spots and not enough in others. We learn almost nothing about Capt. Lang. I would have loved to have known more. I didn’t feel the same way about the house, the town or…as silly as it sounds, Halloween decorations. Pages of details are given about these things and it just feels like, for the most part, unimportant filler. I mean, some details about the house and what is taking place (Halloween) are great…but not on the level given here. I wish the same energy had been spent on details about the characters.
There are a lot of sex scenes and they are very nice. If you’re looking for “quivering holes”, “eager openings”, “Yes, I want you inside me” and “Take me now”, you won’t be disappointed…and a detailed discussion about ghost come.
It’s not a horrible book. I’m sure many people will read it and enjoy it. It can grab you at times and the setting Ryan has created is a wonderful fantasy. I just couldn’t totally fall into the book and be a part of this world. Two stars may seem low, but I'm actually selecting two for the words associated with it..."it was ok".(less)