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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The Montauk Monster

18371375Goodreads: It Kills. . .On a hot summer night in Montauk, the bodies of two local bar patrons are discovered in the dunes, torn to shreds, their identities unrecognizable. . .

It Breeds. . .In another part of town, a woman’s backyard is invaded by four terrifying creatures that defy any kind of description. What’s clear is that they’re hostile–and they’re ravenous. . .

It Spreads. . .With every sunset the terror rises again, infecting residents with a virus no one can cure. The CDC can’t help them; FEMA can’t save them. But each savage attack brings Suffolk County Police Officer Gray Dalton one step closer to the shocking source of these unholy creations. Hidden on nearby Plum Island, a U.S. research facility has been running top-secret experiments. What they created was never meant to see the light of day. Now, a vacation paradise is going straight to hell.

Finally finished this little gem – I’m surprised it isn’t a movie.  Yes, it is a familiar plot – the bad government makes these monsters with the idea that they’d be great soldiers but have no way to control them.  Uh, yeah, it doesn’t do anyone any good to create monsters you can’t control – they tend to kill their makers.

But, I liked the characters enough to be angry when they were killed off by these deformed killing machines.  It felt like the author enjoyed the killing spree.

The book is fast paced and full of action – I can say that there wasn’t a dull moment throughout and I don’t see how they could have cut it down from the 300+ pages without taking out some of the action.  Just once I’d like to hear the government bad guy be sad and ashamed of the slaughter of innocent people but guess they have to be tough asses or they’d never give the order in the first place.

First book I’ve read of this author but imagine I will read more.  I give the book an A.

Snowblind review


Goodreads: The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards…but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children’s windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.

Now, as a new storm approaches twelve years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow. Photographer Jake Schapiro mourns his little brother, Isaac, even as-tonight-another little boy is missing. Mechanic and part-time thief Doug Manning’s life has been forever scarred by the mysterious death of his wife, Cherie, and now he’s starting over with another woman and more ambitious crimes. Police detective Joe Keenan has never been the same since that night, when he failed to save the life of a young boy . . . and the boy’s father vanished in the storm only feet away. And all the way on the other side of the country, Miri Ristani receives a phone call . . . from a man who died twelve years ago.

As old ghosts trickle back, this new storm will prove to be even more terrifying than the last.

OK, I finished this book and have been trying to figure out how to write the review.  I don’t want to be critical but I wasn’t all that thrilled about it either.  There seemed to be several issues and it kind of moved a bit slowly.  I couldn’t decide which characters I liked because some of them started out decent but ended up being blah.

The idea is a decent one – not particularly new but a little different.  I think I would have liked it better if the ghosts had not come back.  Why? Because the first ice men who struck weren’t ghosts – so their return should (in my humble opinion) been more like the first one with people trying to figure out what they were and how to kill them.  I don’t know – just thought the ghosts detracted from it.

Overall, it wasn’t bad and I’m not sorry I read it – not sure I would read more from this author though.  I know, it is his first work of fiction and so I should cut him some slack – Lord knows he writes better than I ever could.  I guess I was just hoping for a real thriller of a book and it fell a little flat. I love good monster books.

Haven review

This book seemed about 100 pages too long and had times that were a bit disjointed to me but overall, it was a monster book and who doesn’t like them?

The creature sounded terrifying and possibly would have come more into play but the two men who knew of it’s existence had memory loss so it took a while for them both to remember it all.

There were a few times I had to shut the book in mild frustration but reminded myself that it was the writer’s first work of fiction.  I am pretty sure that, if he stayed with monster books, I would read another of his.  I would have liked a bit more about the creature – a bigger presence of it throughout the book – after all, it was one of the main characters.

Still, a decent work of fiction overall.


Golem review


Goodreads: From the bones of the dead, and from a long buried secret…they rise to kill. The original Golem was molded from riverbed clay centuries ago, enchanted by spells to protect the innocent. But now a diabolical design has perverted the ancient, mystical rites to forge new Golems that stalk the night. Into the twilight deeps of the quiet Maryland coast, they come forth, to rape, mangle, and murder, and to bring horror and atrocity to all in their demonic path. Only a young couple can stop them but little do they know, an even worse secret is buried in their own midst…

OK, I liked this book overall but I did find it slow and a bit boring at times. The flashbacks were the worse and I really think the book would have been better if those hadn’t been included at all. The present day characters could have read about it in a newspaper or something so it took up less space and didn’t impact the book negatively.

Having said that, the book was decent overall. A few grammatical errors that detracted from it a little but nothing too outrageous. I didn’t care for the main female character so that didn’t help keep my interest going.

The idea the writer was going with was different which was a plus. Overall, I give the book a C+ but am doubtful that I will read more of his books.