Weekly Mash-Up #81

What’s this, the end of July already??  Needless to say we haven’t done much with our summer here other than staying close to home and venturing out every so often for groceries and dog food.  But on the positive side I have more time to participate in reading marathons!

I belong to a couple of groups on Goodreads who organize readathons on a regular basis.  This week, the 27th through the 31st, I’ll be keeping track of my pages and hopefully put a dent in my TBR hoard!  Stay tuned, I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

Meanwhile, this past week was pretty productive reading-wise.

The Week in Books

The Living Dead by George Romero and Daniel Kraus — 4 out of 5 stars!

I’m still putting my thoughts together on this one (and a huge thanks to Netgalley and Tor/Forge for sending me an early ecopy for review!) but I will say this:  clocking in at nearly 700 pages (over 1,000 on my ecopy), this is pretty much for zombie horror fans who also enjoy well-written (but sometimes overwritten) backstories of the characters mixed in with the chaos.  I did have a couple of problems with it, namely the repetition (there are only so many ways to tear apart the human body!  And I can’t believe I would ever have any reason to write those words!!!), but overall, despite the sheer volume and a few slow parts, this was something I couldn’t put down, even when I really needed to for my own mental health.

Savage Season by Joe Lansdale — 3.75/4 out of 5 stars

The first in the acclaimed Hap and Leonard series, this is a great noir-ish read, complete with double- and triple-crosses, a sultry siren, and two MC’s who shouldn’t fit together but they do.  I’ve heard the series only gets better from here, and I can’t wait!

Short Stories, Novellas, and Anthologies

And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by Gwendolyn Kiste — 4 out of 5 stars!

Watch out, Gwendolyn Kiste is on my radar now and after this collection I am sooo looking forward to reading more from this talented young woman!  These are stories that remind me of the real Grimm Brothers, not the watered down Disney version of their fairy tales.  There is darkness,  a bit of witchcraft, and just some really disturbing imagery, both modern and ancient.  Combine that with Kiste’s  poetic prose…well, I can’t tell you what to read, but you should really think about adding this to your TBR list!

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman — 4 out of 5 stars!

I’ve been meaning to read this classic short story for some time now and finally got to it this weekend.  The narrator’s descent into madness is both chilling and disturbing.  Great choice for a quick Halloween read.

Madhouse by Miguel Estrada — 3 out of 5 stars

A kindle freebie, this tells the tale of a young boy who runs away from home, only to find himself in deep shit after accepting a ride from a stranger.  Totally predictable but it didn’t suck, there were some good bits mixed in.

Mostly Dark: A Collection of Small Pieces by Miranda Kate — 2 out of 5 stars

Ahh, the kindle freebies strike again, this time with a collection of supposed flash fiction that started out pretty good then turned underwhelming very quickly.  I can tell you there were four (or maybe five) distinct parts, and most of the stories dealt with toxic relationships, but beyond that I can honestly say not one story stood out for me enough to remember even an hour after finishing.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and Happy Reading!!

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