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Goodreads: From the Gulf of Mexico’s warm shallow waters…to the deepest parts of the Pacific…terror comes to the surface…

Six-year-old Paul Haines watches as two older boys dive into a coastal river…and don’t come up. His mother, Carolyn, a charter boat captain on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, finds herself embroiled in the tragedy to an extent she could never have imagined.

Carolyn joins the marine biologist Alan Freeman in the hunt for a creature that is terrorizing the waters along the Gulf Coast. But neither of them could have envisioned exactly what kind of danger they are facing.

Yet one man, Admiral Vandiver, does know what this creature is, and how it has come into the shallows. And his secret obsession with it will force him, as well as Paul, Carolyn and Alan, into a race against time…and a race toward death.

Just started this book so can’t tell much about it yet.



So I have been trying to figure out how I am going to make my Goodreads book challenge this year when I am so picky about the books I read.  You know, monster books are one of my favorite genres at the moment – actual monsters or perhaps a ghost, but not vampires.  This genre needs more writers and is often overlooked by libraries – at least it seems so to me.

I work overnights now and had time in the wee hours of the morning to peruse the library’s digital collection for something to read.  Going off my long (100+) list on Goodreads, I typed in title after title only to be told the library doesn’t have it.  Talk about frustrating!

Many times in the past I have hit the “recommend” button asking the library to buy a title only to hear nothing back from them.  Even so, I pushed it just once last night, expecting nothing.  However, this afternoon I got an email from the library saying they purchased the book and I could download it immediately.

It made me wish I had pushed the button on several other books higher up on my wish list.  But still, how awesome to see such quick results! I love the library – always have and always will.  🙂 The book was “House of Lost Souls” by F.G. Cottam.

2018 Reading Goals

Every year, Goodreads gives us the option of declaring how many books we plan to read and then tracks our progress towards that goal. I elected to read 35 books which is 15 more than I read last year. To achieve this goal, I will have to open up the genre limitations of the past two years to include mysteries and maybe even biographies.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough good creature features out there to make the count.

What I need is a new series, like the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, to start.  The year I started the Hamish series, I read 70+ books which is a far cry from the 20 I read last year.  I have already read several series but if someone knows of a good one, please share it with me.

Also, I am striving to write more on this blog – I know I have lost a lot of readers due to my neglect of it.  As such, I will be resurrecting some of the weekly posts about books/movies.

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Death of a Ghost review


Another Hamish Macbeth story. I enjoyed the story and following Hamish about again as he struggles to figure out the identity of the killer or killers. He is always a colorful character who tries to do what is right but has to dabble in the wrong now and then as well.

I found the ending rather vague – like a quick wrap up of information rather than storyline. But overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one in the series.

I give the book an A – it kind of covers old ground but still, it kept me reading till the end.

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Well, I have nothing bad to say or complain about with this book. I started it at work and finished it last night. It spawned some amusing/scary nightmares which is always the mark of a good creature feature.

The writing was excellent – I had no trouble immersing myself in the story as if I was really there. The squid freaked me out sufficiently as well. Seriously, I don’t know that I will ever swim in blue water. Sharks had me freaked out enough, now I have to worry about squid too. 🙂

This book made it to my top ten for creature features. Great job! I will have to check out what else he has written. I give it an A+

Full Wolf Moon review

32336166Goodreads: Logan travels to an isolated writers’ retreat deep in the Adirondacks to finally work on his book when the remote community is rocked by the grisly discovery of a dead hiker on Desolation Mountain. The body has been severely mauled, but the unusual savagery of the bite and claw marks call into question the initial suspicions of a wild bear attack. When Logan is asked to help investigate, he discovers no shortage of suspects capable of such an attack–and no shortage of locals willing to point the finger and spread incredible rumors. One rumor, too impossible to believe, has even the forest ranger believing in werewolves. As Logan gets to know the remote deep-woods landscape, including a respected woman scientist still struggling with the violent loss of her father in these very woods, Logan realizes he’s up against something he has never seen before.

I started this book this afternoon around 1:30 p.m. at work and finished it a few minutes ago.  It kept moving and kept me guessing as the body count kept piling up.  Child sends you so far into the deep woods that I was wondering if I’d need a compass to get back.  Definitely had me looking up to check my surroundings a couple of times.

The pages flew by and then I reached the end.  Believe me, I was disappointed to see it end.  One of Child’s best, I’d say although “Terminal Freeze” will always be one of my favorites.

This was a great turn for Logan – I hope Child stays more with this line of supernatural in his future books.  After his last one, I debated buying this one for fear I’d be disappointed – but I’m not unhappy with my purchase at all and can see myself re-reading it in the future.

I give the book an A+ – thanks Lincoln Child for great read!