Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - The Hollow Men

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was started by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.  

Release Date: December 20th, 2016
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Author: Rob McCarthy
Genre: Mystery 
Series: Dr. Harry Kent #1

Dr. Harry Kent likes to keep himself busy—juggling hospital duties with his work as a police surgeon for the London Metropolitan Police—anything to ward off the memories of his time as an army medic.

Usually the police work means minor injuries and mental health assessments. But teenager Solomon Idris’s case is different. Idris has taken eight people hostage in a fast-food restaurant, and is demanding to see a lawyer and a BBC reporter. Harry is sent in to treat the clearly-ill teenager . . . before the siege goes horribly wrong.

The Hollow Men made my list because it feels like a book of what if Dr. John Watson had to solve a murder all on his own.  Which I'm totally down for.  I do love Dr. Watson.  Besides the obvious reasons, I'm waiting for this because it's a series.  I have so many of those started right now.  Before I start another one, I should finish at least two of the ones I've started.

Anyone else have any good Mystery Books are on their TBR?

Hope you all had a quiet Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Terrible but True

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was started by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.  

Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic 
Author: Dinah Williams
Genre: NonFiction
Series: Stand Alone

Welcome to TERRIBLE BUT TRUE, where you'll dig deep into America's forgotten past to uncover some creepy, disgusting, and just plain bizarre stories. From America's first serial killers and deadly vampire-like diseases to haunted ghost ships and vicious river pirates, our nation's history is weirder than you could have ever imagined. So dive in and prepare to be shocked, because sometimes the truth is even stranger than fiction.

So why am I waiting on this one? Well the easy answer is because it's not out for sell yet, but that's just really only the start.  I love compilations like this one.  In fact they are one of my weaknesses when in book stores.  Filled with fun little facts about history or what not.  That being said, I have so of these I need to read before I add another to the list.  

What's everyone reading this week?  What's on your wishlist?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was started by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.   

Release Date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 
Genre: Nonfiction
Series: Stand Alone

A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra's confidant and the guardian of the sickly heir to the Russian throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet.

I have always had a weird fascination with the shroud of mystery that always seemed to wrap around Rasputin's life and death.  He's one of those moments in history that I'll read any book about him, because I can't help it.  So I'm pretty excited to get my hands this book as soon as I'm settled into my new place!

What is everyone else looking forward to this week??

Friday, November 4, 2016

Cover Release - Warlock Holmes: the Hell-Hound of Baskervilles

At the start of this summer I stumbled across a re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes called Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning.  It puts a paranormal spin on a few a handful of the original Sherlock Home Short Stories,  starting of course with the Study in Scarlet.  I honestly wasn't sure what to think so I borrowed it from my local library.  Needless to say I devoured the book and fell in love Denning's version of some of my favorite characters and stories.  My review can be found here!  Thanks to Facebook today I found out the the second book FINALLY got a cover, and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you.  

Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Titan Books
Author: G.S. Denning

The game’s afoot once more as Holmes and Watson face off against Moriarty’s gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a disappointing butler demon, a succubus, a wicked lord, an overly-Canadian lord, a tricycle-fight to the death and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hell hound, one assumes.

 Warlock Holmes #1

Warlock Holmes was hands down one of my favorite finds this year, and I was thrilled to find out that G.S. Denning was going to write a second book. If your a fan of Sherlock Holmes I definitely recommend the first book!  It's a total re-imagine of Canon, but I thought it was done well.  The Hell-Hound of Baskervilles is one of the books I'm looking forward to picking up next year! 

Most Anticipated - November Edition

I'm not sure this book would have come across my radar if I hadn't joined up the Waiting On Wednesday Meme.  Though, at this point I don't think I remember where I originally saw the book.  Only that I knew it was right up my alley.  The reviews so far have been really good and the more I read about it the more exited I am for it!

Release Date: November 22, 2016
Series: Scythe #1
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Science Fiction

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

So, what is everyone else looking forward to this month?

Throwback Thursday - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

This week pick is honor my new favorite TV Show that is currently running on BBC America.  Which oddly enough makes the above GIF highly appropriate as well.  There is very little that Douglas Adams touches that I won't at least pick up once.  He has never disappointed me.  We'll see how this show goes.  So far I'm loving the guy playing Dirk. 

Publishing Date: May 1987
Genre: Sci-Fi
Series: Dirk Gently #1

What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common? Apparently not much; until Dirk Gently, self-styled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unravelling a mysterious mystery, and eating a lot of pizza – not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction along the way (at no extra charge).

Douglas Adams is best known for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but he's done so much more.  The Dirk Gently Series is a crazy ride and has now inspired a new TV Show on BBC America.  His books are hilarious and I always know I'll have a good run with them.

So what's some of you guy's favorite Sci-Fi books?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Dead Girl's Society

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming release that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: November 8th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult / Mystery
Series: Stand Alone (I think)

You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare. When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

This will be my first book by Michelle Krys. So far it's gotten some pretty rad reviews.  Years ago a read another book slightly along these lines, and I enjoyed it.  Which means I have high hopes for this one.  I'm mostly waiting on this one until I've finally moved and get settled into my new library.  

What's everyone looking forward to this week?

October Wrap Up

October was the month of distractions!  I had big plans for this month, but unfortunately I got pretty sick at the start of the month. At first I thought it was just the cold everyone at work was passing around, but somehow I ended up a lot sicker than everyone else. The stomach flu is no joke. If it wasn't for Dewey's 24 Hour Readaton I probably wouldn't have gotten any reading done. Now I'm in the full swing of getting ready to move into my new place.  I'm super excited for my move.  I have this weird anxiety about driving places and right now I have to commute to work.  Soon that will no longer be a problem.  Which means reading time on the bus!!  Now on to the stats:

I got to meet Alton Brown!!  This event has been one of most anticipated events of this year.  Only followed by Newsies and getting see Noel Fieldling doing his thing.  It was a hilarious event of Alton Brown telling the best stories about his book and about what's coming.  On a whim a brought cupcakes from out shop to give to Alton when he signed by books. Oddly enough I wasn't the only with this thought.  Another women brought him something and gave it to him while he was still talking to the crowd.  He then asked if anyone else had brought ice cream and I put my hand in the air.  It was cool to get to tell him about some of the work the decorators and bakers do at my shop.  Even cooler to see him devour an entire cupcake.  Definitely the highlight of 2016. Now to try some of his recipes!

The second even this year was from an author I just recently discovered thanks to Goodreads.  Some how Brom has never come across my radar before, but with his new book Lost Gods just released he was suddenly there.  He writes in more of a Gothic genre and his books seemed right up my alley.  I put a whole of bunch of his stuff on hold at the library.  Only to realize he'd be doing a talk at my local book seller.  So I bought his book Krampus to read this Christmas, because that's what I do.  Plus, I picked up his new book.  After hearing him speak I not only added a couple of his other books to my TBR, but I'm really excited to read his works.

Books Read: 4
Pages Read: 748
BINGO Book(s): 1 - A Movie
Favorite Book: The Woman in Black
Least Favorite Book: The Scarlet Women
DNF: The Women in the Walls

I hope everyone had a spooky Halloween filled absolutely no clowns and all of the candy!  What was the best thing you guys read this month?!  

The Woman in Black - Review

Publisher:  Hammish Hamilton 
Release Date: 10 October 1983
Page Count: 164
Series: The Woman in Black #1
Genre: Gothic / Horror

Set on the obligatory English moor, on an isolated causeway, the story has as its hero Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor who has come north from London to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and most dreadfully--and for Kipps most tragically--The Woman In Black.

Okay, so I might have broke the rule on this one and totally saw the movie before I read the book.  To be fair I had never heard of Susan Hill or The Woman in Black.  However, since I've seen the movie I haven't been able to forget how me and a friend spent most of the movie peeking out of hoodies, and then had to go see another movie to make ourselves feel better. Since then the book has been on my TBR pile to read.  This year was the year I had enough fore thought to request it from the library.

Despite The Woman in Black being smaller novel, it took me a couple of days to get through the opening section.  Which has nothing to do with Susan Hill or her writing.  It has has everything to do with seeing the movie first.  It's at the start were the movie and the book clearly don't line up, for reasons I don't want to mention in case someone hasn't seen the movie.  So it took my brain a while to get us to the difference.  

It's because of this difference that the book took a slightly different turn than the movie, but it was easy for me to slip into the story that Susan Hill was telling.  I got so lost in the narration she set with our main character Arthur Kipps and what was happening to him.  Once he gets to Eel Marsh House the book takes off and becomes almost impossible to put down.  I was glad I had the entire day to read it, otherwise I would have stayed up to late.  Freaked myself out.  Then my a zombie at work.

As a whole the book isn't scary in the sense that movie was.  There was no real moment where I jumped.  However, I am glad I read it during the day and with someone else in the house.  For me it felt like I was never alone when I was reading the book.  This weird feeling to read the book a little faster until I got through Eel House Marsh with Arthur and get him back home.  In fact I think the movie made Arthur's story worse, because I had a solid visual of what she could look like.

Honestly, I don't have any real complaints about the work.  Only that I should have read it sooner.  It's creepy as all get out, and I did not like the end.  Not because it doesn't the story up, or it felt out of place.  Because even though I knew something terrible was still set to happen.  The beginning of the book and the end of the book hadn't come full circle.  I did not like it!  Broke my heart.  Into to pieces!

Buy, Borrow, Skip: If your in the mood for something spooky, definitely scoop this one up from your local library.