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Review: This Is Not A Ghost Story by Andrea Portes Rating: 5/5  
"I was like you once. Thinking there was order to the universe, structure, rules we could all count on. But this summer taught me to throw all of that out the window. You’ll see. Consider yourself warned."
Daffodil Turner has never been as sunny as her name might make her out to be. Raised by her grandmother in the armpit of Nebraska, she's desperate to get away to college where she can pursue her love of ancient history. But before she can go, she needs to earn her tuition money and what better way to do that than to house-sit for an eccentric old professor?
Okay, so, this is not a ghost story but it was one of the best mystery-slash-horror novels I've read in a very long time!
Daffodil is an utterly marvellous protagonist. Her voice is so well-developed and the way she addresses the reader to draw them into the story that she more-or-less populates by herself is just masterful. She's bright and bubbly and sitting back while she reveals her true self makes for a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
And I just loved the twists and turns! Never knowing what was real and what wasn't, trying to guess what was really happening in this strange old house. Even knowing the ending there are a few things I'll be puzzling over for a while yet.
If you're looking for a truly thrilling mystery or need a heroine who's a little left-of-centre, come away with Daffodil for the summer.
Warnings: violence and a car accident.
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nightheartcomics · 4 hours ago
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In the arena of psychic combat, nobody can beat King Mob! And nothing beats The Invisibles by Grant Morrison, Phil Jimenez and John Stokes!
#grantmorrison #philjimenez #johnstokes #theinvisibles #dcvertigo #comics #comicbooks #comicsreview #comicbookreview #readmorecomics
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movieminutes · 4 hours ago
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'Spiral: From the Book of Saw' Review: The Best 'Saw' Sequel In Years Is Still Just A 'Saw' Sequel
‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Review: The Best ‘Saw’ Sequel In Years Is Still Just A ‘Saw’ Sequel
2017’s Jigsaw was Lionsgate’s last attempt to revive the Saw brand. If you had told me back then that Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson were going to star in the next movie, I would have laughed in your face and then walked away quietly wishing that Lionsgate would be so bold as to pursue such big names for the eighth installment of their long-running and seemingly worn out slasher series. Even…
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kinziethings · 4 hours ago
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REVIEW: Elegy For the Undead by Matthew Vesely
REVIEW: Elegy For the Undead by @MattHearsAWho || a tight weave of love and fear... #QueerHorror #LGBTQIAFiction #QueerLit #ReadThisBook
Jude and Lyle’s newlywed life is shattered when a vicious attack leaves Lyle infected with a disease that transforms him into a violent and often incomprehensible person. With no cure for the “zombie” virus in sight, the young husbands begin to face the last months they have together before Lyle loses himself completely. Fond remembrances of young love meet the challenges of navigating a…
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aniruddham · 5 hours ago
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Books - Review of Sooley by John Grisham - 2021 - Gritty, Remarkable Novel
Books – Review of Sooley by John Grisham – 2021 – Gritty, Remarkable Novel
Sooley Book Cover Book Review of Sooley by John Grisham – Entertaining Stuff My Rating – 4 out of 5 Plot Summary – Sooley In another move from his pet genre, Legal Thrillers, John Grisham moves to Basketball. he’s earlier written about Baseball but Basketball is a first. And to borrow a term from the game – it’s a slam-dunk! He’s intertwined it here with the story of enormous human tragedies…
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carolcooks2 · 5 hours ago
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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – May 9th – 15th 2021 – 1960s hits, Grief, Green Kitchen, Health, Stories, Poetry, books, reviews and funnies
Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – May 9th – 15th 2021 – 1960s hits, Grief, Green Kitchen, Health, Stories, Poetry, books, reviews and funnies
Welcome to the weekly round-up with some posts you might have missed over at Smorgasbord Magazine…as always there is lots for everyone…wine forgeries who would have drunk?… Book reviews, recipes, funnies …grab a cuppa or your favourite tipple and enjoy the…
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weltonreject · 6 hours ago
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My Dawn Is Only Five Hours Away my first piece of “pandemic” reading for my graduate reading list; everything had been written before March 2020 and hadn’t been touched by that whirlwind of global and personal emotions. I was so eager to dive in and because of the intentional “raw feeling” editing style, the poems that were going to hit me (in terms of being able to relate, not “taste”) hit twice as hard. Most pages completely transported me back a year.
My Dawn was grounded and human, with creative and unique figures of speech I’m still thinking about after my first read (people as pomegranates?! i’m in love with that). The collection is beautiful as it is actively hurting, something buried just deep enough for our hands to find within the pages. It was an extremely cathartic read. I appreciate the heart and honesty put into the 20+ poems documenting an extremely traumatic time-- both the present or in the memories it brought up.
I finished this collection in one sitting absolutely dying to immediately reread to discover new meanings. It is layered and able to be read at many levels-- something I, a non-frequenter of poetry collections, will be taken to task with in the most delightful way. Thank you for sharing your work @dionyrtal !
Favorite Lines:
-“no, it can’t find the courage to yearn in words.” [Let Me Pass This Earth]
-“Extra Extra / Everyone is at home and why are you awake” [Extra Extra]
-“[...] the gasoline / burning already with no flames apparent / fumes of alarm at the heart long gone.” [The Story of The Man Who Burned Himself]
~ If you can, please considering supporting the author and purchasing this incredible collection. ~
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hongyueg · 7 hours ago
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Hope in the Shadows
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Shadow Beings by GardenOfProserpine ​Genre: fantasy, paranormal, young adult Content warnings: death, violence Description: "In our recondite knowledge of the universe, the spacetime continuum is our presently known model of dimensions that tells us where and when things happen. But what of the other questions, possibly other dimensions, and possibly the beings of the other dimensions? In the world of the Shadow Beings, the 'darkest' Shadows - the Demons - wake from their dormancy. Secrets begin to unveil and Audrey, a Shadow-Trapper, has to somehow bring everyone and everything together to stop madness from happening; a way to stop war. In the midst of all this, she will understand who she truly is."
If you are looking for fantasy book that is not only packed with wondrous worldbuilding and fascinating main characters, but also deep insights about human nature and heroism, then GardenOfProserpine's novel Shadow Beings is for you. This novel has so much to say about collaboration, time, and more. Any person reading this book cannot come away without being pressed to think more about the choices they make and how they care about those around them.
What I enjoyed: -The characters are the core of this novel. Their banter, teamwork, and conflicts bring so much heart and meaning to this story. I love how this book emphasizes collaboration even when it's difficult and how by the end of the story, all the characters are given so much depth. -The themes of this novel surrounding time, trust, human nature, teamwork, and so much more are tied together so nicely by the end of the story. Each chapter provides some deep message for readers to think about without ever feeling preachy or condescending. -The worldbuilding of this novel is well-done. While it takes time to understand the world of the Shadow Beings and there definitely are instances of info-dumping or lack of information, overall, the world feels very thought-out and the culture of the shadow trappers is defined clearly.
What I thought could be better: -While the characters definitely are a strength of this novel by the story's end, there are a lot of them and they often are introduced in quick succession, making it hard to get to know them individually at first. I wish we had a chance to meet them more at the beginning of the novel instead of at the middle and the end when their characterization suddenly becomes clearer. It might make the emotional parts of the middle and end more impactful. -The worldbuilding is incredible, but it definitely can be confusing sometimes with so many beings starting with "shadow" or "demon." While it's natural in fantasy stories for it to take time to fully understand a world, this story sometimes struggles between giving too much information at once for readers to remember then leaving readers confused later on when that information becomes important.
Shadow Beings is a thoughtful, inspiring tale that I highly recommend to any fantasy lover looking for a story that will make them think. The messages this book emphasizes will stay with you for a while.
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books-and-doodles · 7 hours ago
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Book Review: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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Rating: 3/5 Stars
Review:
This is an odd little book.
At first I thought it was about animals having their adventures in the woods, but turns out these are anthropomorphic animals and there are humans in this story. The first hint was Toad having a bird in a birdcage and then Toad rides a horse.
The scenes with Rat, Mole and Badger look like cozy tales from the woods while the plot around Toad looks like a Looney Tunes episode. There is even the disguising as a woman and people believing it thing.
Funny enough my favorite parts were the ones with Rat and not the most well-known ones about Toad. Toad is the only one with a consistent plot and yet I like the coziness or just weirdness going on around the other characters. There is also the fact that Toad is annoying and obnoxious and I just wanted him gone.
There will be a few spoilers from this point on, but I don't think it's anything that will ruin the story since the book is not so much about the plot as it is about the characters and conclusions they come to after certain events.
Rat and Mole have such a close friendship that at times it looked like something more I mean that I thought they started dating. Mole even lives with Rat for a while and holds his hand. They are always together and Otter refers to Mole as Rat's particular friend. However, on the second half of the book those sweet moments between them are not there because they broke up it seems since they aren’t together as much anymore.
There is at least two Summers in the course of this story so what we are told are just random days in the lives of these characters. My favorite scene is when Rat and Mole encounter the god Pan. I was not expecting that at all in this book and to be honest most scenes with other characters besides Toad don't seem to matter for the plot. They are just nice weird adventures.
I also liked when Rat met the Wayfarer and contemplated going away with him until Mole talks him out of it. Rat has been shown at the start to be very attached to his home and his routine so this was definitely not expected of him and once again I felt like there was something more there and Rat was just fascinated by this other guy.
Now, for the Toad's story which is what most people seem to remember and care about. He steals a motorcar and apparently wants to live and behave like a human. He goes to prison and then a girl that likes animals helps him escape dressed like a washerwoman. I guess those scenes with him being dressed like that and people constantly falling for the ridiculous disguise were supposed to be funny, but it was not amusing to me. Also, there is that slur for Romani people in this book and Toad really likes repeating it. Funny how Toad's story was the only thing consistent about this book and yet it was what I liked the least about it. There is this moral about Toad learning to be humble, but the thing is I am not convinced that he is actually changed by the end of the book.
The book would have been so much better without him and the humans in the story. I just wanted a few tales about woodland creatures and I only got a few chapters of that. I can always just reread the first chapters with Rat and Mole, the Pan and the Wayfarer chapters and pretend nothing else exists though. That is just my preference.
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jamieadstories · 9 hours ago
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Movies that were Books
Movies that were Books
This week I have been tagged to answer eight questions linked to books that were turned into movies or TV shows. I thought this was an interesting subject and so was keen to get started. However a few of the questions really made me scratch my head. It was easy to find books that have been made into brilliant films. However, I have not found any films that outshine the novels that preceded…
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literary-lion · 11 hours ago
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Black Butler Vol. 6 | Book Review
Black Butler Vol. 6 | Book Review
This is the arc I’ve been waiting for since starting the manga. The Book of Circus anime arc is what reignited my love for Black Butler (that and a very enthusiastic friend) so I was thrilled to finally get to read it. Everything I felt the last volume lacked is back in full force here. This is the series starting to reach its potential. The character designs are all stunning. Toboso manages to…
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atthequillsmercy · 11 hours ago
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Lenni Reviews: "Asadora" vol 2, by Naoki Urasawa
Lenni Reviews: “Asadora” vol 2, by Naoki Urasawa
(Image Source) *This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Jumping in to the future, it is now 1964 and Asadora is now 17, a pilot, and working with Kasuga at their advertising company; while also going to school and raising her younger siblings. A strange man comes around asking questions about the creature they saw destroy their hometown and the likelihood it is still around…
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books-and-doodles · 11 hours ago
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Book Review: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
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Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis:
“You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one's life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .
All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever”
Review:
My first thought when I read the synopsis of this book was that the main character reminded me of Alise from the Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb and indeed they are very similar. Isabella is a more assertive and logical Alise.
Isabella is a very curious lady with a love for dragons. Her faults are those typical of someone of her status, but she does become aware of her own privilege in a way and she tries to adapt to every situation.
This book is meant to be read like an interesting non fiction story in which the author keeps addressing the reader. Isabella is telling us what she learned about dragons along with her own life story. The reader is often addressed directly and I know that can break the immersion for some people because we keep getting reminded that we are being told a story. I really liked that and despite Isabella's logical mind the narrative was still engaging and did not lack emotion when needed. She narrates the story like an adventure and it works.
I listened to the audiobook and even though the narrator did an amazing job with the embodiment of the posh attitude of the main character I wish I could have read it physically because I think it has some illustrations of the dragons. I will possibly buy a physical copy in the future and I will definitely continue the series.
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atthequillsmercy · 11 hours ago
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Lenni Reviews: "Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale" by Tim Fielder
Lenni Reviews: “Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale” by Tim Fielder
(Image Source) *This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This graphic novel follows warlord AjA Oba, a ruthless ruler cursed with immortality from our past far into the future.  First off, the art is amazing. It’s like flipping through scenes from a movie with these beautiful panted renditions of the film. The story is smart and very creative. I highly recommend this book to…
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atthequillsmercy · 12 hours ago
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Lenni Reviews: "Call of the Night" vol 1, by Kotoyama
Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” vol 1, by Kotoyama
(Image Source) *This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Ko Yamori is a 14-year-old boy with insomnia that spends his nights walking around the neighborhood. One night he runs into a strange girl; Nazuna Nanakusa. Nazuna offers to help Ko get some sleep in an unconventional way. This is a funny and interesting start to a series. Ko is a relatable kid, Nazuna is fun and…
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belle-annd-the-book · 12 hours ago
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Should I read The Vorkosigan Saga By Lois McMaster Bujold?
Genres: adult sci-fi, space opera
Type of series: companion novels mostly following the same set of characters
Most memorable aspect: 100% the characters
Synopsis: 80’s sci-fi following incredibly introspective characters. Most of the books take place on the planet Barrayar, which is a futuristic, dystopian, feudal-like, honor based society, and these books follow the Vorkosigans, a historically important family that is heavily involved in the armed forces and politics on Barrayar.
Books in the series: Link to goodreads | Link to The StoryGraph (StoryGraph also has content warnings for books)
Ratings: (My personal rating on the series) | goodreads rating | StoryGraph rating:
Falling Free (3.5/5 stars) | 3.84 | 3.64
Shards of Honor (3.5/5 stars) | 4.09 | 3.79
Barrayar (5/5 stars) | 4.29 | 4.19
The Warrior’s Apprentice (5/5 stars) | 4.26 | 4.08
*The Mountains of Mourning (5/5 stars) | 4.28 | 4.17
The Vor Game (5/5 stars) | 4.25 | 4.13
Cetaganda (5/5 stars) | 4.16 | 3.98
Ethan of Athos (5/5 stars) | 3.79 | 3.65
*Labyrinth (1/5 stars) | 4.15 | 3.94
*The Borders of Infinity (4.5/5 stars) | 4.25 | 4.16
Brothers in Arms (5/5 stars) | 4.18 | 4.07
Mirror Dance (4.5/5 stars) | 4.30 | 4.24
Memory (5/5 stars) | 4.40 | 4.44
Komarr (5/5 stars) | 4.26 | 4.23
A Civil Campaign (5/5 stars) | 4.39 | 4.34
*Winterfair Gifts (3/5 stars) | 4.14 | 3.99
Diplomatic Immunity (4/5 stars) | 4.16 | 3.99
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (3/5 stars) | 4.19 | 4.03
The Flowers of Vashnoi (4.5/5 stars) | 4.12 | 4.07
CryoBurn (4.5/5 stars) | 4.05 | 3.94
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (2/5 stars) | 3.81 | 3.95
Looking at the series as a whole: (5/5 stars) — These characters feel like real people to me.
Companion Materials: Starred(*) titles are novellas, but since these books are all companion novels, the novellas are not asides to the full-length novels. They are all companion stories in their own right, just on a smaller scale, which is why I included them. There’s also Dreamweaver’s Dilema, which is a collection of short stories and essays, some of which take place in this universe.
My recommendations/notes on reading order: The fact of the matter is that these are all companion novels so in the end, you can start anywhere, go in any order, and not miss out. The above order is the in-world chronological order of the series, which is my favorite order because it draws out subtle, background multi-book arcs. However, I think the best starting points are the first two books published because they are both meant to be introductory: Shards of Honor or The Warrior’s Apprentice.
General thoughts: This series is impossible to recommend because it is inevitable that everyone will hit at least one story that disappoints them. The stories are inconsistent, exploring different characters, different themes, and different combinations of genres. I could touch on the disability or queer rep in these, but there is some content that touches on those same notes that is problematic or that is too far ahead of its time to use language that translates well to modern day. However, the character writing in these books overshadows all of the shortcomings of this series for me. I am so attached to these characters that I could probably read any story featuring them. This is one of my few my all-time favorite series, so I’m incredibly biased towards it, but I would be happy to answer any questions about the content!
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bookreviewdirectory · 12 hours ago
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Editorial Review - In a Black Monk Funk
Editorial Review – In a Black Monk Funk
  Title: In a Black Monk Funk Author: Gloria Lesher Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery / Supernatural Suspense   In In a Black Monk Funk, Blythe Golightly conducts another investigation surrounding the paranormal. This time, an ancient scroll and an elusive, even-more-ancient, monk are at the center of her newest case. With familiar faces and unforeseen places, this sequel in the Paranormal Case…
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anastasiacurtiswrites · 12 hours ago
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Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers: Book Review
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers: Book Review #BookReview #BookTwitter
Honey Girl is the relatable journey of finding oneself through anxiety all through the lense of a lesbian drunken marriage in Vegas. Book Trigger warnings Before I get into reviewing Honey girl by Morgan Rogers I would like to say that this book does contain light self harm (Scratching, pinching, bruising oneself when overwhelmed) Depression & Anxiety. The main character multiple times in the…
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aryemanposts · 13 hours ago
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32 books by Asian authors you should read once in your lifetime
32 books by Asian authors you should read once in your lifetime
32 books by Asian authors you should read once in your lifetime The pandemic has seen the rise of violence towards the APIDA community, the most recent of which included 8 killed in a massage parlor shooting in Atlanta, 6 of which were Asian-American women. But most don’t give a damn right?  Well start now. Start in small steps. What if someday the vice of your own prejudice falls on you? Start…
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