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Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas, #1)Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The only books I have read by Charlaine Harris was her Southern Detective AKA Sookie Stackhouse AKA True Blood books. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. Soookie books had a very strong voice and the characters were rather developed. This book was nothing like that. The character felt different and weren't as developed. The characters are interesting but the story is more plot driven. I was surprised and enjoyed the first novel in the series. I will be reading the rest of the series.



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The Scattered and the Dead (Book 0.5)The Scattered and the Dead by Tim McBain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What a great way to introduce a new series. I love that the authors used a letter as a vehicle to move the story along without making it heavy handed.

This is the story of Dexter. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He spends most of his time watching TV or on the internet and has a crush on his neighbor. There is a plague killing humans and humans are killing humanity. And there might be zombies.

What made this book so interesting is that the readers got to see first hand go from someone most people would recognize as their friend, family or neighbor slowly changes into a survivor. The story makes the reader question if they are capable of doing the same.

Now I need to find Book 1.




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Thicker Than Blood (Thicker Than Blood, #1)Thicker Than Blood by Claire C. Riley

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


I can't believe this pile of words got nominated as one of the best Horror novels here at GoodReads. It doesn't deserve to be nominated as a pile of kindling. This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. It claims to be a book all about female friendship after Z-Day but all it's really just a misogynistic fantasy where women are just holes for men to pleasure themselves and are only worth a couple grilled rats. This book made me feel dirty and not in that fun cool way.

I would never read this book again or the sequels for love or money.



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Book Review: Dead Sea by Brian Keene

Dead SeaDead Sea by Brian Keene

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I wish Brian Keene wrote more zombie novels. He is just so good at them. This book doesn't take place in the same universe as his other zombie series. But it is just as tasty. It all started with the rats. They came up from the sewers in NYC and infected the living. Before long the dead outnumbered the living and the zombie plague was breaking out all over the world.

Lamar thought he was safe in his Baltimore home but soon fire chases him out of his home. The streets aren't safe with the undead human and animals looking for a meal. He and a few survivors make their way to the ocean and try their luck at sea.

This was a great novel and I wish Mr. Keene wrote more about this universe.



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Book Review: Beserk by Tim Lebbon

BerserkBerserk by Tim Lebbon

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Tom finds out that his son wasn't killed during military training exercises. He goes off to search for his son's body and finds a child sized monster instead. I wasn't a fan of this novel. It just didn't interest me. I didn't care about any of the characters. I have heard really good things about Mr. Lebbon's work and I know I have read some of his short fiction and enjoyed it. I am going to give a different book a try.



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Book Review: Ghost Walk by Brian Keene

Ghost WalkGhost Walk by Brian Keene

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Darkness knows your deepest fear. It knows your deepest secret. It wants to feed on your fear and destroy all of creation. One of The Thirteen has found a way into our world. The strongest, the deadliest, to even speak it's real name brings untold destruction. And it's waiting in Lehorn's Hollow with only Levi the former Amish, Maria the reporter and Adam who went insane from his last encounter with one of The Thirteen standing between it and the rest of everything.

This book was great. Mr. Keene totally hit it out of the park with this novel. I love the mythos he uses and how he drags in real backwoods hoodoo and how much research he puts in his books. He also tosses a bone to his long time fans with a slight reference to his other books. This book rocked.



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Best New Zombie Tales Vol. 1Best New Zombie Tales Vol. 1 by James Roy Daley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I love zombie short stories. This book took the idea what it means to be a zombie and ran with it. There wasn't very many classical Romero (Hail Our Future Zombie Overlord) zombies but the stories didn't stick to boring tropes either. A few of the stories weren't as strong as they could have been which kept the anthology out of the 5 star category but over all it was a blast. If I can find the next volume I will read it.



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Book Review: Alone by Brian Keene

AloneAlone by Brian Keene

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I wish I could give this story 6 stars. It's prefect. It combines just enough horror to be scary but with no gore. It plays perfectly on most people's fears of waking up and being totally alone and having no clue where the people we love went. It was excellent and just reinforces Mr. Keene as one of my favorite horror authors.



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