Many people have heard this story all over the internet by now. I’ve heard it myself (the version read by Samuel L. Jackson), but it’s been awhile. Ge...moreMany people have heard this story all over the internet by now. I’ve heard it myself (the version read by Samuel L. Jackson), but it’s been awhile. Getting the chance to read it in print (well, ebook form) was a nice way to revisit it.
Go the Fuck to Sleep is a great children’s book…for adults. It’s written in the same rhyming, picture coupled with a few lines of verse style that many great children’s books are written in, but adds a subtle difference. It’s not just the F word. The story itself tells of a parent trying to get their kid to go to sleep, but finally realizes, it’s just no use. It’s a great realistic and comedic book that any adult, parent or not, can appreciate…if they don’t mind the “adult language” used throughout.
I’m very glad I picked up a copy of this one.(less)
This was the first time I’ve read poetry from Regina Puckett, but I don’t think it’ll be my last.
This collection contains a variety of poems that all...moreThis was the first time I’ve read poetry from Regina Puckett, but I don’t think it’ll be my last.
This collection contains a variety of poems that all follow a similar rhyme scheme and length that made it flow nicely from one poem to the next. At times the rhyming worked great, though I’d have liked a little variety at times (I’m not a huge fan of straight-up rhyme in poetry, so this is just personal taste).
The poem covered a few different topics, but there was an overall positive, almost inspirational theme to them that gave a nice feel to it, as a whole. It’s great for readers who enjoy short poems that get to the point, having just a hint of something bigger that makes multiple readings that much more enjoyable.
I’d also like to make mention that I both read this collection and listened to the audiobook of it. Hearing the narrator read the poems, and comparing them to the way I read them, allowed me to see a few different interpretations to various aspects of the poems. The narrators accent also made for an interesting reading.(less)
I don’t think there’s a better way to start off this review other than by quoting the warning on the cover: “This book contains talking genitals.” Tha...moreI don’t think there’s a better way to start off this review other than by quoting the warning on the cover: “This book contains talking genitals.” That’s what really drew me into this one. It isn’t that I’m perverted and want to hear a vagina talk. Ok, maybe a little bit…it is a humorous concept. It’s also a very unique concept, and one that I wanted to see played out.
The idea that our genitals have a “mind” of their own, and can communicate with each other opens up the opportunity to show the world through another set of “eyes.” March did a great job of bringing this perspective to readers. There were many hilarious moments that occurred between Dorris (Jemma’s vagina) and the other genitals that she encountered.
I do think that I would have liked a little more POV from down there compared to from the human characters. Some parts of the book were a little more tipped to Jemma’s actions excluding Dorris, but I might have just been spoiled by the vagina talk and craving more. With the switching from human POV to genital POV during the same scene, it threw me off (but only slightly). It’s definitely a difficult way to write a story and it did work well for the most part.
As for the story itself, there’s a good romance to it. There’s a lot going on in the short length, but I was happy how the author concluded it. I do hope there will be more books to come, as I see this is probably the start to a great series. There’s some parts I hope to see explored in future installments and I can’t wait for a further development of Jemma and Doris’ relationship.(less)
After reading the description for Caleo, I thought I’d be in for a great read. There’s a great story to the book that is great for fans of paranormal...moreAfter reading the description for Caleo, I thought I’d be in for a great read. There’s a great story to the book that is great for fans of paranormal books. It also has a main character who’s gay. Even in the modern and diverse world of today, this isn’t found in many books (though there’s a growing amount of releases to explore). This was new territory for me and I was looking forward to this change from the “norm.”
While I thought the book sounded great, there are aspects that fell flat for me. The main thing was the writing. Even with a great concept to a story, the writing is what’ll hook a reader. I feel that while it wasn’t horrible writing, or anything like that, it was lacking. There weren’t grammar/spelling issues to make mention of, but another round with an editor looking out for word redundancy might have been useful. I found many instances where the same noun was used in one sentence, then the next. This felt awkward and the use of “it” would have felt much smoother and less repetitive. The frequency of this occurrence irked me.
There wasn’t as much depth to the characters, even the main characters. I felt I wasn’t getting enough to sympathize with them through all the obstacles they faced. I also thought the reactions/emotions of most of the characters were unrealistic. Without getting into specifics, something big happens, and instead of devastation and an ok, now we need to man-up to survive” reaction…the characters feel bad for a few minutes but revert back to an almost “everything’s ok, our lives haven’t changed drastically” attitude.
On the other hand, there were aspects of the story that kept me intrigued until the end. While I didn’t feel it played out as well as it could have, or expanded into (for me) a more enjoyable storyline, it still kept me reading. The variety of abilities the leeches have is great. There are abilities I’ve never thought of before, and in a culture full of superheroes and paranormal characters, that’s hard to come by. I liked some of the characters as well, especially Nolan. His power was great and the complications he brought to the story were also great. The way the book ends was intriguing as well, making me want to see how this story will continue.
In the end, this was a good first novel to a series. Grabbed me enough to want to read the second book. crawford, in my opinion, has some things that could be improved or expanded on, but maybe book 2 does just that.(less)
I found this story interesting for a variety of reasons.
On the surface, this was a fun story with great characters. I really liked Mr. Towry, a chimpa...moreI found this story interesting for a variety of reasons.
On the surface, this was a fun story with great characters. I really liked Mr. Towry, a chimpanzee that can talk thanks to technological and biological advancements of the future setting of the story. As the blurb hints at, Towry does have an attitude. At the same time, I didn’t feel that he was totally out of line with how he felt about certain things. The other main character, Ms. Liu, also added to this story. I wasn’t expecting there to be as much depth to her at first glance, but the author developed her, and Towry, well for this being a short story.
This story wasn’t just about talking apes, though that in itself could be worth reading about. As the author mentions in the description, this story has a basis on a Chinese myth. I’m not familiar with it, but the theme of “who belongs, and who doesn’t” is very clear throughout this story. I won’t get into much detail with it, but the way it’s worked into the story might get some readers thinking long and hard about how we view others, as well as other animals.
Monkey Talk is a great story bringing you into the mind of a Chimp who can freely communicate with the world. This helps to see things from a very different perspective and is thought-provoking to say the least.(less)
(Different than the original "quick review" posted yesterday. I've had time for the full review now.)
My main issue with it was that it felt like the n...more(Different than the original "quick review" posted yesterday. I've had time for the full review now.)
My main issue with it was that it felt like the narrator was writing a list of events that happened in his life. With “memoir” in the title, the reader should expect a recollection of a life, but with that normally comes some detail, depth, and story, especially in a fictional memoir.
Due to the over telling and little showing, there wasn’t much room to get into the story. The narrator (the sorcerer from the title) wasn’t a likeable character, but that’s apparent from the start. Normally with that, an author makes other characters easy to sympathize with, to counter the dislike, but I wasn’t able to find that. The other characters were mere mentions and I didn’t feel bad for their failures against the sorcerer. There was one character that was shown to possibly fill the void, but she was short-lived and easily forgotten.
This review is a little lopsided with its “negatives,” but I do feel that, as mentioned above, there’s a bigger story here that this was just more of an outline for. The concept intrigued me. The title alone drew me in. Seeing that this author has a few novels out, I do think I’ll take a look at them. I’d like to see what her ideas can do when allowed to expand and flourish with the room of a novel length piece.(less)
Another great book in the Pendergast series. As usual, I didn't want to put it down and with an ending like this one had, I can't wait to check out th...moreAnother great book in the Pendergast series. As usual, I didn't want to put it down and with an ending like this one had, I can't wait to check out the next book.(less)
The Making of Marea is a good short story that hints at so much more. I was happy to see that this was part of what will be a series, because there’s...moreThe Making of Marea is a good short story that hints at so much more. I was happy to see that this was part of what will be a series, because there’s much more to this story than the reader gets in this one.
Overall I liked this one. I really liked Marea’s character. I can tell she’s complex and not to be taken lightly. I wasn’t as keen on Delano, but he wasn’t all bad. I feel that there was some story missing from this one. As I said, it’s part of the series, but I think there’s not enough revealed for this one to fully pull me in. The reader’s thrown into the scene blindly, while it unfolds, but I didn’t think it unfolded fully enough in a few areas. That’ll probably be fixed in later installments.
Another small issue I had while reading was the point of view. It’s third person, but the issue was that it jumped from being inside Marea’s head to Delano’s too often for such a short story. There was at least one time when this change occurred in mid-paragraph. It’s only slightly jarring, but worth mentioning. There was also a small section when Marea’s name changed to “Maria.” Small hiccup, but something another proofread could clear up.
But in the end, it’s a good story. I liked the twist and how that’ll lead to something bigger. The mild-erotic scene that is incorporated into the story was a nice touch as well. It added to the story without taking center-stage. I’ll have to come back for more of this Vampire Historia series when more comes out.(less)
I’m a big fan of the Pendergast novels by Preston & Child. I just finished the 5th book and Pendergast’s character is amazing (as well as the othe...moreI’m a big fan of the Pendergast novels by Preston & Child. I just finished the 5th book and Pendergast’s character is amazing (as well as the others, of course). I wasn’t even aware of this story until I stumbled upon it looking for some of their other work and I’m glad it caught my attention.
I think this short story was great for a number of reasons. Any fan of this series knows how well these authors write. For a duo, it amazes me even more. Even though this isn’t at all a lengthy story, like their novels are, they were able to grab me in just the same ways. Pendergast’s unique character is on full display and his recollection of this event in his childhood was a great look into his past.
Like the rest of the series, in what seems like an ordinary world, there is a situation that hovers at the edge of believability. Add into that, that Pendergast is a child for most of this story, there’s an almost fairy tale…very dark fairy tale…atmosphere to it. I was pleased with this strange alteration of the “Tooth Fairy” mythology and wonder if any of it was based on real life stories.
I think this is a great story for fans of Agent Pendergast, or a reader in need of something with a little bit of scare factor. I also think it’d be good to mention that I feel this could be read without reading any of the novels, but I think I got a better appreciation of the story and characters due to how far I’m into the series so far. What I’ve read was a little added insight for me as a reader, at the very least.
*Please note, this story has chapters from Two Graves at the end. I didn’t read them, since I’m not that far in the series, so that wasn’t included in my review*(less)
I ran into a unique situation with this erotic short. To be honest, I started reading and almost put it down soon after. It’ll sound nit-picky, but th...moreI ran into a unique situation with this erotic short. To be honest, I started reading and almost put it down soon after. It’ll sound nit-picky, but the first 5 sentences started with “I” (“I had…” “I found…” etc). Then following this was a few “He,” “He,” “He” sentences. It was lacking in diversity and was boring me with too much telling early on. Yes, it was only about a page worth of this, but it’s a short story, so it counts for more than it would for a novel.
I did keep reading though. I wanted to see where this one was going, especially once the characters were established a little more. It ended up changing up enough and getting a little more descriptive and (not meant too harshly) less of a droning series of sentences. The was a good amount of attention when it came to the sexual intercourse between the two characters. This is where the story picked up a bit.
I’ve never read an erotic story that had so much foreplay in it and sex. Normally it’s either mostly the sex and some quick foreplay to start out, or all foreplay without full-on sex. It was a refreshing bit to read and to not have it passed over. Despite that, I felt that the way it was written created a few moments where the flow was interrupted as they changed up what was happening. I felt that it could have been a little smoother, and it would have led to me enjoying that bit a little more.
So overall this ended up being a good read. Some might find it very sexy. The author didn’t seem to be writing to push reality. It was very realistic, I feel. It just started out a little poorly for me, with some redeeming later on. I’m sure I’ll give the author another read if any more stories are released.(less)
I’m torn in my reaction to this story. On one hand, I thought there was an interesting concept to the story. Most zombies in books are dangerous, out-...moreI’m torn in my reaction to this story. On one hand, I thought there was an interesting concept to the story. Most zombies in books are dangerous, out-of-control, freakish monsters that can’t really be controlled or stopped. What Adkins does is turn them into semi-harmless animals. Zombies have become the slaves of the new world.
On the other hand, this story is labeled “zombie erotica.” I have to come out and say it: There is nothing erotic about this story. The zombie part is in there though. Yes, there’s a minor element of sex, and it’s lead up to from the start, but I don’t feel the word “erotica” fits the way “sex” was used at all. While I won’t spoil how sex plays into this story, I think one can figure it out from the description.
It’s not that I’m a reader who’d enjoy reading about humans having sexual relations with zombies. I don’t’ think I’d enjoy it at least (could always be wrong, I guess). My reaction is mixed because when I see the label “erotica” on a story, there are certain expectations for what will be found within the story. It wasn’t there. What I found was a good zombie short story that had room to be added to an entire world of stories or a novel continuing the exploration of this “zombie slavery” culture. There’s a lot there to work with, just from this story.
I won’t be shying away from the author’s other work. I’m actually interested to see if she does have more like this, but without a (in my opinion) “false erotic “label. It was well-written, aside from a few minor errors, but fell short in some areas. Still a story to check out for a different take on zombies.(less)
This was a nice short story about a different part of a zombie apocalypse; the aftermath.
As the description mentions, it’s decades after humanity got...moreThis was a nice short story about a different part of a zombie apocalypse; the aftermath.
As the description mentions, it’s decades after humanity got a hold on the virus and is back on its feet. But the threat is still in the world, hidden away for experimentation. Knowing that we still have deadly viruses locked up for study in the real world, this feels like a “realistic” situation were there to be a zombie virus one day. In a way, this story can be viewed as a commentary on the dangers of not eliminating all deadly diseases no matter how small a stockpile we keep for studying. What would happen if it got loose again? Could it be stopped again? I won’t get into more of the specifics since it’s hard to not spoil such a short story, but I hope I gave something to think about when reading.
Not only did I like the concept behind the story, I also liked the style used in telling it. Spears combined a normal narrative with fragments of various official (in the world of the story) documents of the events that took place. Even though there wasn’t much to this story in length, the author was able to use each word effectively and tell a lot through this combination.
The only issue was a few spots that needed a quick proofread. A word missing here and there. Also the formatting was a little awkward in that the entire story has a wide left margin. Being that I read in a “larger” font, this made the column of words narrow and often only three words to a line. It wasn’t a huge turn off, but it still isn’t something I overlook when reading.
If this little story if any indication of what Spears has to offer in his other work, I have a feeling I’ll be adding some to my reading pile soon.(less)