Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seeds of Fear

Last night I finished reading The Hot Blood Series: Seeds of Fear edited by Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett. This book is an anthology of erotic horror. I did not find a chick killing a horny dude with knife all that erotic or really horrific. I figured there would be stories about vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, but sadly there was not. Here is the list of stories that did deal with the supernatural.
1. Black and White and Bed All Over by James Crawford. (In this story the character had sex with a cartoon person.)
2. Airhead by Michael Newton (A blowup doll rapes its owner.)
3. Overeaters Ominous by Stephen R. George ( A fat woman loses weight by transferring her fat to her prick husband.)
4. Grub-Girl by Edward Lee (A zombie prostitute story.)
5. See Marilyn Monroe's Panties! by Bentley Little (A young college student ejaculates on a pair of moldy panties and creates a six foot monster with Marilyn Monroe's face.) 
The best written story was Scream Queen by Ronald Kelly. After that story there should have been no more snuff film stuff.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Off The Unicorn

Get off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey was a collection of short stories. I bought this book for the two short stories Lady in the Tower and A Meeting of Minds. Lady is the short story that the novel The Rowan is based on. In the original story it was interesting to see the Rowan smoke a cigarette. A Meeting of Minds is the short story that Damia is based on. The biggest difference in the Damia character from the short story was the fact that Afra got her virginity. Some of the stories in this collection were pretty good, some ok, and only one sucked, The Changeling. This book was worth the dollar I paid at the antique mall.   

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Lords of Atlantis

Lords of Atlantis by Wallace West was a fast read. This story was about how Martians set up a colony on Earth ran by Zeus Pitar. It was a fascinating book, especially if you have knowledge about Greek Mythology, ancient alien theory, and world history. The story itself concerns Prince Teraf of Hellas. He returns to Earth to find that the natives are about to make war against the rulers of Atlantis. The natives of Earth and rulers of Atlantis are the inspiration of the gods and goddesses in mythology. One of the more intriguing books that I've read this year.  

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Witches of Wenshar

I finished reading The Witches of Wenshar by Barbara Hambly. This book was the sequel to The Ladies of Mandrigyn. In this book Sun Wolf and Starhawk seek out a teacher to help Sun Wolf learn how to use his magic. The book can be read on its own, but it is better to read The Ladies of Mandrigyn first. The rewarding thing for the reader in this book was to see the romantic relationship between Sun Wolf and Starhawk. Another thing I wanted to note was that this book mentions the game backgammon a few times. I always keep my eyes open for references to backgammon when I'm reading. Good book worth the time to reread it.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Ladies of Mandrigyn

Thanks to all the rain we had for the last two days I was able to finish reading The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly. I actually read the sequel last year, so I had a general idea on how this story was going to end. I plan on reading the sequel next. In this story Captain Sun Wolf is kidnapped by a group of women and forced to train them to be soldiers, so they can rescue their men from the evil wizard Altiokis. During the course of the book Sun Wolf loses an eye and becomes a wizard. There is also a romantic interest between him and Starhawk. Overall, this is one of the better fantasy novels that I have ever read.  

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Golddigger's Purse

I spent the day Friday doing my laundry and reading a mystery book called The Case of the Golddigger's Purse by Erle Stanley Gardner. This book was a Perry Mason book. It's only the second one that I have read. In this book, by a series of weird circumstances, Della Street touches the murder weapon. This complicates things for Perry forcing him to defend the gold digger. A few things stand out in my mind about this book. One, Perry Mason uses his fists. The murder victim had some unusual fish. Well, I guess that all that stands out in my mind right. These books are a much lighter read than the science fiction and fantasy that I normally read.  

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Missing Pieces No. 5

I just finished reading Dragon Roots Presents Missing Pieces Volume 5 featuring stories by C. E. Rocco, Catherine Fitzsimmons, Ed Russell, J. K. Dwornik, Kimber Grey, Nathan Marchand, Paul Lell, Thomas Gondolfi, Maxwell Alexander Drake, and J. T. Harke. Plus new short shorts from the Rocco Children. This book was a collection of fantasy short stories. It also featured advice from the various authors on the craft of writing. In reading anthologies I usually just pick out three stories that really made an impression on me. All of the short stories were pretty good, although, the short story by J. T. Hartke was more of an excerpt than a complete short story.
The three stories that made an impression on me were:
 1. Tribute by C. E. Rocco (It tells the story of what happened to all of the little folk in his fictional universe.)
2. Mixed Blessings by Edward J. Russell (It's about a fight between a gnome and a squid faced wizard. I really enjoyed the mace that communicated telepathically with the gnome.
3. Drinking the Kool-Aid by Thomas Gondolfi (It was more of a cyberpunk story than a straight fantasy. I enjoyed how Augustine defeated her computer teacher)
 There was some awesome artwork for the cover of the Paul Lell story that I thought I would mention in this post.

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