Thursday, October 23, 2014

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (review)

by Mary Shelley
Genre(s): Classics, Horror, Historical Fiction
Pages: 261
Published: 1818 Originally. 
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Summary: "Shelley's enduringly popular and rich gothic tale, Frankenstein, confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism and science--topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and humankind's ability to act as creator of the modern world. This new edition, based on the harder and wittier 1818 version of the text, draws on new research and examines the novel in the context of the controversial radical sciences developing in the years following the Napoleonic Wars. In addition it shows the relationship of Frankenstein's experiment to the contemporary debate between champions of materialistic science and proponents of received religion.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more."
Review: An interesting tale filled drawn out in the elegant prose of the era in which it is written. Full of depth and emotions one does not often see in today's literature. Yet there are a few things that kept this from being as fulfilling as the potential it held.

Starting off are some letters that at first confused me. I thought I knew the story of Frankenstein but I had no clue who this captain was. Luckily the pieces are soon drawn together. Yet while I am trying to figure out who is who my mind is rapidly working to change gears from common, current verbiage to the poetic, old English style in which this story is form. While utterly beautiful, it did take awhile to be able to fully appreciate it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Strigoi: The Blood Bond by Ron D. Voigts-Tour review, giveaway, guest post and excerpt

Strigoi: The Blood Bond
Tales of the Strigoi
Book 1
Ron D. Voigts

Genre: Paranormal, Horror

Publisher: Night Wings Publishing


Number of pages: 231
Word Count:  72,000

Cover Artist: Rachel R. Colon

Book Description:

On the verge of suicide after his wife leaves him, Alex Regal learns he has inherited property located in a small town deep within the mountains. Putting things on hold, he heads to Glade, hoping for something positive in his life. Getting there is easy but leaving proves to be impossible. A spell exists, keeping everyone captive in this hidden place.

The town of Glade is run by a Shapeshifter called the Strigoi. The creature needs to drink human blood to survive. In folklore, taking the form of a man or an animal, the Strigoi became the basis of stories about vampires or werewolves. Now Alex must discover a dark secret before he becomes the vampire's next meal.

Book Trailer:

Available at Amazon


For the next hour, I laid in the armchair, trying to sober up while listening for the typical noises of the night. A barking dog. Crickets chirping. Tree frogs croaking. But the air had been devoid of any sound except the ticking of the clock. Then something outside thudded.
I pulled back the drape and peeked out the front window. The dim light of the desk lamp made it difficult to see anything, except my own reflection. I reached for the lamp’s switch, hesitated, and then turned it, plunging the room into darkness.
An impenetrable gloom surrounded me. If I focused for a moment, I could see the outlines of things outside, but the exact shapes remained indiscernible. The silhouette of a tree loomed just to the left. The edge of the fence contrasted against the road. Shrubs dotted the grass along the front walk. But did I really see them or did my imagination put them there? Perhaps the noise I heard earlier was just another trick of the night, or a product of my ability to fill in details.
But something moved. A figure so dark it contrasted even against the shadows of the night. The movement made me think of a cat, but the size would make it a lion or something larger. In an easy bound it leaped, cleared the fence, and landed effortlessly in the yard.
My heart raced. I glanced at the front door to be sure I had pushed the two double bolts in place. The size of the creature outside left little doubt that it could easily crash through the door and get inside.
For a moment, the beast seemed motionless, and I wondered if my imagination had played another trick on me. Tired eyes. A long day. Too much to drink. Perhaps I only thought I saw something, and the outline near the fence was a cluster of bushes.
But then it moved again, stepping slowly toward the side of the house as if taking in the surroundings, surveying the place. The dark form vanished, and I realized it was headed for the backyard.
I bolted for the kitchen. My right leg caught the desk chair and knocked it over. Books lying on the floor flew as I kicked them. I aimed for the dim rectangle that was the doorway to the kitchen. Keeping my hands outstretched, I found the kitchen table and maneuvered around it. I peered out the back door’s window, frightened by what might look back.
In the dim glow, I could see the chopping block, the wood pile, and where the forest’s edge began. Then the creature appeared, taking easy steps. The shape reminded me of a dog of an enormous size. The largest dog I’d ever seen was a mastiff, and this creature easily dwarfed that breed. The only thing bigger was a wolf.
I thought of the handgun in the box back home and how I’d almost ended my life with it. I’d put it back, thinking how stupid the idea had been. I’d vowed never to touch it again. Now I wished I had the gun.
When the wolf reached midway between the house and forest’s edge, it paused, turned its head, and stood motionless. I wondered if it saw me through the window pane. Not sure, I stepped back until I was out of sight.
Would it come toward the house? Burst through the door? My heart hammered hard. I felt a bead of sweat trickle down the side of my face. The air felt cold and clammy. When I could no longer wait, I stepped forward and looked outside again.
The creature was gone.

Review:  While not what I had expected, based on the title, I really enjoyed this.  I expected lots of vampire action.  And vampires there are but this has a more Paranormal mystery air through much of the book.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Madness 8

Monday Madness Giveaway

What is this?   Well to start with, it is Monday.  For many, that means back to work or school (well not quite yet but summer is almost over....).  Most of us are not fans of this day.  So to brighten it up a bit I will be hosting a weekly (or bi weekly) giveaway.    

The prizes may vary each week. You never know so be sure to check back.  The only thing I promise is that the prize will always be bookish in nature.  ebooks, arcs, swag,  gift cards, etc.  Entry requirements will also change week-to-week.
This week is
The Program (The Program, #1)  
From the Book Depository
Open Internatianally
Summary:  "In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey's #readathon-end of event meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?
The first 2 hours.  I am not a morning person and 5 am is way too early.  I could not focus on the words for a long time.  

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Quarantine by Lex Thomas,  The Selection by  Kiera Cass are a couple YA novels one might enjoy.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Better variety of challenges.  Most of them required pictures.  Many required pictures of oursleves or others which I am really not okay sharing.  Plus for those of us not so savvy with a camera and uploading pictures it can take a bit more time than I feel like giving.  I want to spend more time chatting, reading, etc and less time taking pictures in the future. Those challenges took me at least 15-20 minutes each.  Losing 25% of my potential reading time is not so much fun.  I don't mind a few picture challenges but hopefully a better balance next year.  Especially the early hours!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
 Nicely organizes, easy to follow what was happening and where.  Love the options of how to get involved-Twitter, goodreads, challenges, cheerleading, etc.

How many books did you read?
I finished 3 and made progress in 3 others :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's readathon-nighttime post


Winding down the last few hours here.....

So far today I have finished:
Frankenstein Squeakers
And made progress in:
Splintered (Splintered, #1) The Autobiography of Mark Twain 

Up Next:
 The Gateway Through Which They Came

I might do 1 more post before this is over, if I do not , see you at the wrap-up!  And now, back to my reading!