Book Review: Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume 17

Finally! A review of a horror book! Unfortunately I don’t have much to say about this book other than the stories are equivalent to those in other Mammoth Books of the Best New Horror. Pretty darn average stuff, with nothing that scared me or turned my stomach. But then again, not much scares me any more. The only story that really stood out was the first by Ramsey Campbell. Sorry I can’t remember the name of the story, and I’m too tired and lazy right now to go look it up.

RATING: 2 1/2 out of 5 (sorry, can’t quite give it 3)

Book Review: The Appeal by John Grisham

When I originally added my star rating to this book in Shelfari, I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Now looking back, it deserves another star.

This is the first novel I’ve read by John Grisham and I loved his writing style. I was told that he can be a bit bloated at times, but I wouldn’t put The Appeal in that category. I definitely plan to pick up more books by Mr. Grisham.

Now more about the book. Grisham does an excellent job of pointing out how fucked up our legal system can be. I have to say “can be” cause I’d still rather be on trial in this country that in just about any other country. He doesn’t really need to remind us that politics and money go hand in hand, but he does weave a story that reminds us of how sick people can be to hold on to every million or billion they have, regardless of who they hurt. On the other side he’ll get you to feel deeply for the people who are living day-to-day with constant loss of their loved ones and livelihood. This was quite an emotional book, and I loved it!

RATING: 4 out of 5

Book Review: Tales from Mistwillow

This is guna be a bit of a lame book review. I basically read this book because it contains short stories by other Colorado authors. Oh, and that the book was published by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers group, of which I’m a member and have not yet attended a gathering hosted by the group.

Okay, back to the review. What was fun about the book is that each of the authors wrote a different story about the same small town. Like most books of short stories by select authors, there were a few I enjoyed and a few not so much. It also contained a few odd and ghostly type stories, which caught my attention. All-in-all, the book was pretty good.

I think this is the first collection of short stories that the RMFW has published by members. I’m hoping they release more, but I haven’t seen any announcements for submissions.

RATING: 3 out of 5

Thongs? Really?

I don’t normally watch the late night news, but happened to leave it on last night to find that a couple of robbers in Arvada are assured a 2008 Darwin Award. Then, of course, flipping through to Post this morning I happened upon the story again, Robbers fashion disguises from thongs. Found them pretty quickly on Digg, but no luck after a quick search on YouTube. I really have better thing to do this morning.

Really guys, women’s thongs? And what’s with the pink backpack? Did the guy decide to use his daughters school backpack to stash the cigarettes they stole?

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