Nothing says spring as much as when my weeping cherry tree is in full bloom!
This past week has been unseasonably warm in my little corner of the world. Since we are doing some yard renovations I’ve sooo wanted to buy every pretty plant and flower that has caught my eye, as well as start planting my veggie seeds. I am holding back though, as I know there will be a few more freezing nights in the next few weeks. This is the time of year where patience truly pays off in the long run.
Even though I was spending my days outdoors, I was able to spend some evening time finishing a few books…
The Week in Books
Going Crazy in Public by Earl Emerson — 3 out of 5 stars
Fire chief Mac Fontana is looking for a serial arsonist who just became a murderer after an elderly woman dies in one of the fires. I’ve enjoyed Emerson’s books in the past, but for some reason this one just seemed to lack any momentum. The first 2/3rd was slow-going (the last part did make up for that though). I think I’ll stick to Emerson’s Thomas Black series in the future.
Novellas, Short Stories, and Anthologies
HOWLS From Hell edited by Grady Hendrix — 3.5/4 out of 5 stars
HOWLS (Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature Society) will be releasing this anthology in May 2021. If you are looking for a great variety of short stories by some truly promising up-and-coming horror authors, be sure to add this to your TBR list! This anthology offers a wide range of styles, from sci-fi-esque to a modern fairy tale (and everything in between). As with all collections/anthologies I’ve read, there are those individual stories I love and those that just didn’t click with me. But the best part is I now have a long list of new-to-me authors and I look forward to reading more of their work in the future.
Goddess of Filth by V. Castro — 3 out of 5 stars
So, apparently “feminist horror” is not my cup of tea. It’s a great premise: five teen friends hold a seance and actually make contact with the other side. But what exactly did they bring into this world? There were some good moments, even some creepy ones. And I do like stories that involve women becoming empowered and owning their sexuality. But this one just lacked something and at a certain point felt a bit too “preachy” (for lack of a better word). And don’t get me started on the random priest subplot. While this particular story didn’t grab me, I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Castro’s work.
Stay safe and Happy Reading!