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A Fitting End

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This past weekend was a total shitshow. I'm not going to go into it further than that, because the medical issues involved were (largely) not my own. What I can say is that I backslid in terms of my anxiety, but I am fighting my way out. I am guessing the next few days will be rough, but I am toughing it out as best I can.

Sunday afternoon, Tkout and I went on a date to go see Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Dipper had suggested we take a break from the stress of the weekend and have a small date. I was worried that I wasn't going to do well, since I have been having trouble in packed theaters. That didn't happen to be a concern, since there weren't more than 13 people in the whole theater.

For those readers that maybe haven't been following the series closely, this final movie is meant to close the franchise and answer some unanswered questions, and clear up inconsistencies between the other films. The film opened in theaters on Friday, January 27th. The Final Cha…

Nightmares, I tell you!

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I know this is probably common knowledge, considering I run a review website dedicated to horror and sci-fi, but it bears repeating. I love horror. To the point where I live it. My library walls and shelves are covered with all sorts of horror paraphernalia, and Edward Gorey lithographs hang in my living room. My movie collection is basically a wasteland if you don't like horror. The same for sci-fi. The point I'm trying to prove is that it's been quite some time since I've had nightmares based on what I've read. When you read about zombies and monsters and all other manner of horror all the time, it's hard to be shocked.

I thought those days were over, to be honest. But then I started The ePocalypse: emails at the end. From the first day until the last, I had nightmares. The stories are all told in an email format, where the reader is given a collection of exchanges between people and that makes up the story. The Kindle version is 450 pages long, and as you can…

Classic Zombie Lit

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I have been friends with Rhiannon Frater via Facebook since 2013. Her posts are interesting and thought-provoking. Throughout the years, I've read posts on the different books she's written and have always promised myself that I would give them a read. She has several series that I've been wanting to pick up, but haven't been able to choose where to start.

When my Kindle died and I got the Paperwhite, I had to reorganize my books. I realized I already owned The Living Dead Boy, so I decided to give it a try. I couldn't put it down. To be honest, I can't remember the last time I was so freaked out by a zombie novel. I've read so many and seen so many movies, that, while still enjoyable, I don't find myself really scared anymore.

The Living Dead Boy starts out standard enough. Josh watches the news, and he knows the zombie apocalypse is starting. It's not civil unrest, it's neither riots nor protests. It's the beginning of the end. The problem i…

Is it ready yet? Is it ready yet? Is it ready yet?

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I recently read All Souls Day by Martin Berman-Gorvine, and reviewed it for this site. (Read the review here!) Then, do yourself a favor and go purchase it here. I finished this book in a matter of days. It's a helluva page-turner, and it leaves you absolutely salivating for more.

Luckily, it's part of a series called The Days of Ascension. The next book in the series hasn't been published yet, so you still have more than enough time to go and read the first book, then peruse the rest of Martin's works.

Martin was kind enough to send me a 7 page teaser of the next book, Days of Vengeance. Holy mackerel! I'm going bonkers dying to know what happens next! Talk about a cliffhanger! Even though this isn't the final copy, we pick up right where we left off in the last book. Our surviving characters trying to figure out how to move on, and what to make of their shattered lives and relationships. To that end, I'm going to say "holy shit!" because the chara…

Navigating the Kindle Paperwhite

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I was thrilled to receive my Kindle Paperwhite in the mail yesterday. I took it out, synced it with GoodReads.com, and started trying to figure it out. I can say right off the bat that I love it's sleek new design and touch screen. I'm also in love with the cover that I picked out for it, even though I'm not usually a fan of pastels.

When I bought the Paperwhite, it was supposed to be intuitive. For the most part that's been true, except for a few features that were harder to figure out than I had hoped (or expected). I consider myself a capable technology user, as I work as a computer professional. However, there were a few instances I went online for answers to questions I couldn't figure out. I as also dismayed that there wasn't really a catch-all webpage or help link that answered everything. I searched by several criteria, just to make sure that the problem with the search results wasn't me. (This also surprised Tkout, because normally I prefer to ask h…

Eating Crow

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In January 2011, my boyfriend and I were sitting in his room. He handed me a large brown Amazon box. My eyes lit up, thinking that he went onto my Wishlist and ordered me a box full of books. I opened it, and my jaw dropped. Inside was a green, faux leather-clad nemesis. The Kindle Keyboard. I had ranted and ranted and ranted for days about how much I hated the idea of electronic books the first time Tkout had brought the idea up. He posited that I could more easily read books and then review them if I had a Kindle. I swore up and down that I would never abandon "real books". In fact, I almost broke up with him over it, because I thought that he didn't understand me. That he was trying to change the core of who I was.

A few months ago, as 2016 slogged to a close, I rediscovered my Kindle. I rearranged the books on it, discovered a host of books I had meant to read, and began to take it to work with me. I became quite attached to it. I loved watching the reading progress a…

Anyone up for a little Virgin Sacrifice?

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I've been sitting here at my computer for fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to begin this review. I don't want to give away any plot spoilers and deprive the reader of the sheer force of the gut punch that Martin Berman-Gorvine delivers. On the other hand, I am all but bursting with excitement to tell you about this book.

I consider myself to be well-read in the horror genre, and All Souls Day by Martin Berman-Gorvine still knocked me on my ass. Hardcore. The story takes place in an alternate 1985, where the Cuban Missile Crisis actually triggered World War III. The war laid waste to the United States, paving the way for the ancient god Moloch to rise. If the name sounds familiar, Moloch was mentioned in the Old Testament, where his worship is expressly forbidden. (A quick Internet search reveals that Moloch was closely associated with child sacrifice, if that's any indication of the mindset of his followers!) A closed off suburb of Philadelphia, Chatham's Forge,…

Wowza!

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I was familiar with Suzanne before I was familiar with her writing. We met because we had several mutual friends on Facebook, and both of our profile pictures featured our Boston Terriers. (On the right, you'll find a picture of Loki, Suzanne's Boston, serving as her PR manager.) That got us talking, and that's how I found out she was a talented author, and she found out I was a voracious reader with a penchant for reviewing.

Suzanne is quite the writer. I've read different series by her, as well as stories she's published in anthologies. If pressed, it would be hard to come up with a favorite. That is, until she sent me a copy of Dead by Midnight. In the interest of being fair, I did receive a reviewer copy, but it was with the understanding that my review would be honest. Whether scathing or glowing.

I can honestly say that Dead by Midnight is now my favorite of her titles. I first came across the zygote of the story in Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutatio…

Soothing the Beasties with Screams

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The first pet we adopted when we moved into our new house was Chloe, our Bengal cat. We got her right after we moved in. We tried to add another cat, but she wouldn't put up with it. A year ago, we decided to adopt a Boston Terrier, that we named Zelda. They were alright with each other, but not friends yet. Zelda enjoyed (and still does) pulling Chloe around by her ears, and Chloe for the most part took it in stride. As time goes by, they've gotten closer. The last few weeks, after I was stuck in bed for a week solid with a strep throat infection, they started to make peace with each other. Even though I'm better and have since gone back to work, they are getting closer still. Zelda cries if Chloe isn't in the bedroom with us when we go to bed, and when we wake up, if Chloe has spent the night in the basement, she makes sure we let her out so she can see her friend.

A new development that Tkout and I are really pleased with has been their penchant for snuggling. Althou…

Gummies, Sharks, and Stupid People OH MY!

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I was beyond thrilled when I found out that Phoebe had never seen JAWS before. When I was a kid, it was my absolute all-time favorite movie. Every Easter, TBS would show JAWS as part of it's animal-themed horror movie marathon. When my parents got me the VHS, I was in my glory. I knew all the trivia. I could recite all the lines, including Quint's harrowing story of the USS Indianapolis. Hell, I used to clean my room while listening to the soundtrack on CD, and recite the dialogue.

I was absolutely over the moon when Phoebe and I got ready to watch JAWS. I made birthday cake and white chocolate popcorn with shark gummies for our snack. (I don't care if you judge me or not, I used to be a teacher. I have no children. I miss being a teacher, and I get overboard excited whenever Phoebe comes over to watch a movie.) We had the living room set up, and Zelda snuggled with us.

I explained that the movie was made in 1975, so in some ways she'd have to lower her expectations of t…

Good morning!

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Well, here we are, six days into 2017. So far, so good. The worst of it was a week I spent in bed with an upper respiratory infection, courtesy of this crazy weather we've been having.

Before getting into any new posts, I thought I would take a moment and get us set up and ready. (Old habits die hard - especially for teachers!) I've decided to make some improvements, part of what Dipper and I call The Reclamation. I may have alluded to it in previous posts, but it's the idea of reclaiming who you are after a particularly rough period in your life. It's like resolutions, but more long-lasting.

Here are mine...

BETTER HEALTH. I am focusing on making the changes that I can make and stick to. For example, I'm on a 3-day streak of making my own breakfast before leaving for work. So far, what I've noticed is that I'm not starving by lunch, and my bank account has a little bit more padding. I'll be adding biking and swimming at the gym when I'm better and ful…

2016 Year on Goodreads.com

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A few months ago, I became active again on Goodreads.com. If you're unfamiliar with the site, I highly recommend checking it out. You can log books that you are reading, want to read, and have read. You can also write reviews for books. You can create digital bookshelves to organize your books, as well as recommend books to others. Many authors are on Goodreads.com as well, which is pretty cool considering you can interface with them, see what they're reading, and see what books of theirs you're missing. (If you want to connect with me, I am searchable on the site. My name is listed as Holly Ann, and the email address is deadaeris@gmail.com.)

I also participated (albeit late) in a reading challenge. I figured why not, since I enjoy posting my reading progress on the site, which it then uploads to Facebook as well. This year, I made my goal 79, which I'm sure I'll surpass, since I'm allowing graphic novels and young adult fiction to be counted as well.

The site al…