15. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, NonFiction · Tags:

Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques by Stephen King and f-stop Fitzgerald, 128 pages, read by Brian, on 07/10/2014

nightThis book, Nightmares in the Sky, is a fascinating look at the gargoyles looking over us every day keeping the evil out of our buildings.  It’s amazing their beauty and mystique.

 

14. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fiction, Horror

Riding the Bullet by Stephen King, 400 pages, read by Brian, on 07/13/2014

ridingRiding the Bullet was originally an audio book and a short one at that.  It was eventually expanded into a full length novella.  The premise of the story is a college student’s mother is dying and he must hitchhike to her hospital.  Along the way he takes a ride with young talkative man who just happens to be dead.  They have a long discussion about the Silver Bullet, the best roller coaster ever made.  The hitchhiker chickened out when he was a kid.  The driver,  gave the young man a choice, either he could live or his mother could live…a real life silver bullet.

 

10. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Short Stories

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, 330 pages, read by Brian, on 07/10/2014

neilNeil Gaiman is a wonderful writer who can write any genre.  Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of his short stories.  The stories range from science fiction to horror to normal life.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read.

 

07. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, NonFiction, Self Help · Tags:

Grieving the Death of a Mother by Harold Ivan Smith, 147 pages, read by Brian, on 07/07/2014

motherAnyone who has to deal with the death of their mother knows you never get over just deal with it a positive manner. Smith’s book is written in an honest and kind way.  I thought I was prepared for my mother’s passing but after she died I was fill with so many emotions my mind became a jumbled mess.  This book helped me realize my jumbled mess is normal and showed me how deal with the sorrow.

01. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Romance

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, 160 pages, read by Brian, on 06/10/2014

blueI have read the graphic novel and seen the award winning movie of Blue is the Warmest color.  I found both to be great in so many ways.  In it’s basics, the novel is about love and friendship and how others react to the relationship.  Clementine is a junior in high school and trying to figure out her life.  The boys she meets don’t really have a connection for her and she is looking for more.  At a gay bar, Clem meets an electric artist named Emma.  Clem are drawn together instantly a connection some people never have and their relationship grows into a friendship and then a sexual one.  The characters are charming and the story has so much feeling it is beautiful.  The book ends differently than the movie [I liked the movie}.

 

01. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Horror

In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill, 62 pages, read by Brian, on 07/01/2014

grassWhen it comes to Stephen King, I prefer his Novels over his short stories.  In the Tall Grass takes place in Kansas, a brother and sister pull over at a run down rest area where they hear the cries of child in the tall grass. It’s a good old fashion horror story and predictable.  I did enjoy the story as it was well written.  I listen to the book and was read by Stephen Lang.

 

30. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, How To's, Humor, NonFiction · Tags:

Box Lunch by Diana Cage, 144 pages, read by Brian, on 06/28/2014

boxBox Lunch is an adult oriented book.  It deals with the taboo subject of sex.  Why sex is taboo is beyond me. Oral sex is the subject matter of this piece of work.  This could be one of the funniest books I have read and yet instructional too.  If you do not like explicit sexual books then stay away from this one.  Diana approaches Box Lunch from her own experiences.  If you’re not familiar with the author it’s because she edits and writes for the lesbian magazine, On Our Backs.  I would recommend this book.

 

26. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocalyptic, Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Lazarus, Vol. 1 Family by Greg Rucka, 96 pages, read by Brian, on 06/25/2014

lazarusIn the future, there is no government and no countries.  The families with the most win.  Each family has Lazarus a family member brought back from the dead to protect the family.

 

26. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Horror · Tags:

Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King, 128 pages, read by Brian, on 06/25/2014

cycleStephen King’s short story is fast paced and entertaining. A werewolf terrorizes a New England town and local search for the creature to destroy it before the town is destroyed.

 

26. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, 80 pages, read by Brian, on 06/26/2014

signalSignal to Noise is a book that needs to be read twice.  This a story of a dying man trying to create his legacy.  Dave McKean’s illustrations are not only spellbinding but confusing.  This is art mirrors life.

 

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, How To's, NonFiction · Tags:

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cuningham, 240 pages, read by Brian, on 06/13/2014

wiccaCunningham has written numerous books on the subject of Wicca and anything that relates to it.  This book is more then about magick, Cunningham wants the reader to realize how important it is to have a relationship with earth.  Wicca is an earth oriented religion.  This is not Scott’s best work but is a decent introduction for those with no experience at all.

 

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Horror

The Plant by Stephen King, 291 pages, read by Brian, on 06/22/2014

plantThe Plant is an unfinished serial novel by Stephen King published as an e-book in 2000.  The premises of the book is a small publishing house struggling to survive has an editor who receives a manuscript from what appears to be a disturbed man. After receiving a rejection notice the author goes on a rampage wanting revenge on the editor.  He sends the editor a plant with unique qualities.  The whole story is written with office memos, letters and correspondence.  I would have liked to see a longer story but did enjoy what I read.

 

17. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories

Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury, 10 pages, read by Brian, on 06/17/2014

esq-ray-bradbury-1966-lgThis is one of Ray Bradbury’s shortest but most meaningful stories.

 

12. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Award Winner, Brian, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal, Romance

O My Darling by Amity Gaige, 248 pages, read by Brian, on 06/12/2014

darlingO My Darling was described to me as one of the best supernatural books, a comedy and a romance.  I saw no comedy, a hint of the supernatural and did see the romance even in a tragic sense.  The writer wrote with great imagery which made it a joy to read.  There were parts I thought were not necessary and other parts that confused me.

 

 

22. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror

Fatale Vol 4.: Pray For Rain by Ed Brubaker, 144 pages, read by Brian, on 05/22/2014

fatale4A woman with no memory stumbles upon a Grunge band in 90s. As demons try to track her down along with psycho killer, Josephine must find her memory before she destroys the people closest to her or the demons find her.

 

21. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Graphic Novel, History, NonFiction

Witch Hunts by Rocky Wood, 192 pages, read by Brian, on 05/19/2014

witchhuntWitch Hunts is a graphic novel that follows history as people were convicted of being a witch.  This book examines the brutality put on these people and what others had to gain by portraying people as witches.  Witch Hunts has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category.

 

21. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal

Fatale Vol 2: The Devil's Business by Ed Brubaker, 136 pages, read by Brian, on 05/20/2014

fatale2Ed Brubaker’s second book in the “Fatale” series focuses on Los Angeles in the 1970s.  Our leading lady, Josephine, is trying to escape the Satanic Cults.  All seems fine until she comes across an actor crosses her path.

 

20. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Star Wars: Dark Empire Trilogy by Tom Veitch, 352 pages, read by Brian, on 05/09/2014

starIf you enjoy the Star Wars saga, you will enjoy this trilogy.  Six years after the Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Empire, Han Solo and Princess Leia are trying to hold the New Republic together.  Making the problem more difficult, is the Empire has been reborn with a super weapon.  Luke is struggling with the Dark Side as his father once did years ago.

 

 

20. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror

Fatale Vol. 1: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker, 144 pages, read by Brian, on 05/17/2014

fatale1Ed Brubaker has a nice look at his Batman stories, so I thought I would try this horror series.  This is a story of a man who obsessed over woman back in the 1950s.  He meets her again in present day and his life is turned into a horror show.  Every where this woman goes death follows.  This is story about the occult and can be grisly at times but a fascinating read.

 

20. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Mystery

Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas, 324 pages, read by Brian, on 05/08/2014

veronicaYou cannot say “Veronica Mars” without hearing, “we use to be friends” in your head.  Veronica Mars was a popular but short lived television show about a high school girl doing detective work in her community. Creator, Rob Thomas, is now starting a series of books based off the lead character.   The first book takes place ten years after Veronica has graduated high school.