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Review of Bad@ss Zombie Roadtrip by @ToniaBrown1

Just finished this book and I loved it. Tonia Brown is now on my must read list and I will begin the very slow process of devouring her books. I purchased this after reading a 5-star review by a reviewer I respect and downloaded this immediately. At $2.99 for almost 300 pages, I have to say Badass Zombie Road Trip is a steal.

Synopsis:
Jonah has seven days to find his best friend’s soul, or lose his own, dragging a zombie across the country with a stripper who has an agenda of her own, while being pursued for a crime he didn’t commit… and dealing with Satan.

The Good

The writing is fantastic. I’m surprised that Brown could write male characters so convincingly. The laughs are genuine and don’t come off as ‘trying’ at any point. Jonah comes off as an everyman loser type who’s just so far beneath the task at hand you wonder how the guy crawls out of bed. Dale is a jerk. There is no reason to believe these two would ever be friends and yet the relationship between them comes off as totally legitimate.

The Bad

If I have to complain about something, I’d say editing. It could use a little tweaking, but honestly that’s not a real complaint because it in no way interrupts the story.

And How Did I Feel About That…

I’m new to Tonia Brown and I can honestly say I love her work. It’d be a goal of mine to work with her someday. As I came to the end of this book I realized what struck me as familiar: it reminds me of that show Reaper. Remember, about the two guys who worked in the big box store who reclaimed the souls that escaped from hell? I could easily see this book being adapted into a screenplay and the awesome Ray Wise returning as the Devil. If you love horror, comedy, and horror-comedy in any combination you should pick this book up.

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Robogenesis: A Novel #amreading #rzp

I just cracked open Daniel H Wilson’s Robogenesis, the sequel to Robopocalypse. I’ll review soon, but so far, so good.

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Also, download a copy of Where the Monsters Are. Only $0.99. And join the Axe to the Face fan page. What happens when you reform a serial killer?

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#review of @joelansdale ‘s The Thicket #amreading #rzp

The Thicket

I listened to this on audio and this story wasted no time getting to it. A teenaged boy seeks to retrieve his younger sister after his grandfather is murdered. I’d been wanting to read a Lansdale book for a while after reading one of his short stories a year ago and The Thicket just leapt out at me.

The Good

The writing is awesome. Every character is rich with his own history and you feel like you’re behind each characters’ eyes. I only knew Lansdale as a horror author, but he is extremely adept at a period piece thriller (I guess that’s what you’d call it). And there are several parts that are laugh-out-loud funny. Like Shorty describing the man who came into his story who kept threatening to dress him up in doll’s clothes.

The Bad

Nothing. Honestly, I loved every bit of this story. If anything, I’d like to see another story with some of these characters.

And How Did I Feel About That…

I’m a new Joe R Lansdale fan. Now I’m going to find as much of his stuff as I can and begin reading. Michael C Hall stars in the movie adaptation of his novel Cold In July. I’m going to pick that one up as soon as it comes available.

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11/22/63 pt 2 a #review #rzp #amlistening

The novel starts off with an great premise—a killer drives a Mercedes into a crowd, kills 8 and maims several others, and mysteriously gets away. The retired detective who had been assigned to the case gets a letter from the killer, taunting him, trying to goad him into the suicide the former cop has already been considering. But he only draws the former lawman out of his depression and sends him in pursuit.

The Good

The writing is great. Vivid characters and a nice amount of foreshadowing. I found myself realizing certain things were going to happen and dreading when they eventually came. The banter between the detectives was refreshing. I even liked Hodges and his teenaged neighbor (his name escapes me at the moment). The whole thing had a moment-by-moment, Law & Order feel.

The Bad

The bad guy. I understand the necessity to have clear delineation between good and bad, but the bad guy was over-the-top bad. I’m not objecting to the use of the ‘n-word’, but there was a ton of it when he referred to anyone black. It makes me feel like a fuddy-duddy to write it, but for me, that was too much. I would have gotten some just to make it clear this killer was a racist too, but sheesh.

Also, this story was very reminiscent of 11/22/63. It just had a feel of pursuing the killer who always seemed just out of reach. I did like the story, actually, a lot, but it never seemed to become its own entire story. Maybe because that book is just so fresh on my mind, but I find myself wanting to go back and listen to that again (I’ve already listened twice), but it would feel pointless to listen to this book a second time.

And How Did I Feel About That…

I liked this story, despite the bad. King’s writing alone and incredible ability to set a scene and a mood really carries this beyond just being rehash of another, superior novel. If you read it, you’ll like it, but you’ll appreciate it more if you read it before 11/22/63.

Until Revival comes out later this year, why not download a copy of Where the Monsters Are? Only $0.99. And hop onto the Facebook page for Axe to the Face.

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Another Review for Where the Monsters Are #rzp #bookplugs #bookworm #iartg #kindle

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It’s been at least a month since I looked for any new reviews on this and I was surprised that there have been two since I last checked. One 5-star, one 4, but both are fantastic. Read for yourself and download a copy!

One of the first things I read by Gerald Rice, who is a horror author living a couple of towns over from me, was a flash-fiction story called “Sparing Change.” It rivaled Joe Hill and Stephen King, I swear! It was the coolest, creepiest short-short story I head read in a long time.

Since then, Gerald has put out a lot of stories, and I’ve read some of them. They’re uniformly interesting and compelling. Where the Monsters are is one of those stories that leaves you with more questions than answers, which I love.

Are the monsters real? or is Gerald having some kind of mental break? Or a combination? I haven’t re-read it, like one of the other reviewers suggested, but I think I will, to see if any of those questions get answered. Frankly, I hope they don’t. It’s much more interesting to put your own imagination to the task of deciding.

And even if you’ve already enjoyed this little gem, why not check out some of my other books?

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Odd Thomas Audio Review #iartg

I just finished listening to this book last week and enjoyed it. I haven’t read a ton of Koontz (Mr. Murder, Tick Tock, and the one with that guy who had to scale a building to escape a couple killers come to mind) and his style was pretty refreshing.
Okay, so I’m about a decade late on this one. I also didn’t pick up the Dexter series until last year. I’d always passed any of the Odd books by

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Interesting Review

I don’t know who this particular reviewer is or what the endgame is behind posting reviews of books on Amazon I’m guessing he hasn’t really read, but I thought this was interesting. Anyone know what’s behind this?

Pick up a free copy of 30 Minute Plan or The Butterman Cometh (The Zombie Archives) and review for yourself!

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Great Review of The Dogs of City Hall #amreading #horror

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When the cardboard cut-out dogs of City Hall come to life, no one is prepared, except for the imaginative Gary, and even he has no idea of the carnage that’s in store. A suspenseful and viciously quick read, it’s a page turner and unique in the world of horror fiction. Gripping and well thought out, it’s amazing how Rice can create a believable charcater in such a short piece. Most def. worth a read.

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Fantastic Review of Fleshbags: #Zombies Executed Perfectly

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http://www.examiner.com/review/fleshbags-by-gerald-dean-rice-zombies-executed-perfectly

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Where the Monsters Are #giveaway Winners

In celebration of the six 5-star reviews Where the Monsters Are received on #amazon, I did a giveaway for the best under-the-bed and in-the-closet monster encounters. Here are the winning entries.

Kya Aliana

I have a vague memory from when I was 3… I’m not sure if it’s real or was some sort of prank. My parents claim it was real. So, for what it’s worth:
I was three or four, and I remember trying to sleep but I couldn’t because there was this loud music coming from the living room. Every time I snuck out of bed to open my bedroom door the music would stop the instant I twisted the doorknob. It wasn’t the music I was used to either… something was different… it was classical: like the music that would play in old fashioned balls. I heard laughing and lots of voices, but no one was home except my parents. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well at all that night. The music didn’t stop until the sunrise. It was around sunrise that I stepped out of my room and walked down the carpeted stairs. As soon as I set foot on the hardwood, I felt something wet and icky. I looked down to see the entire floor was covered in green slime. I wasn’t scared, but excited. I ran back upstairs to wake my parents and told them “the ghosts had a party last night!” They seemed puzzled by the weird slime that seemed to evaporate when you touched it or tried to save it in a plastic bag. My grandmother left the house earlier that morning for work and said there had been no such thing on the floor… The memory – although vague – still haunts me.

Tina Rooker
My worst childhood encounter with an under-the-bed monster: I was 8 yrs old and turned off the lights fast, running for the bed so that ‘he’ couldn’t get me. I was careful to wrap myself tight like a burrito so that nothing of skin was available over the edge of the bed or on the bed but somehow during the night I awoke from a nightmare so fierce that I had to get up. The problem was that I couldn’t! I was so frozen with fear that I was unable to move, barely able to breathe and most definitely unable to scream for my mom. I tried so hard but it was as if my windpipe was being cut off from the monster standing at the foot of my bed. I have no idea how long I was frozen like that but it seemed an eternity! He was staring at me with huge fangs , claws and breath that I swear I can still smell to this day from the foot of my bed and I was completely and utterly catatonic! I have never gotten over the experience and still sleep completely wrapped neck to toe like a burrito in case he comes back, no matter how damn hot it gets in summer (I’ll pay extra for the electric bill to cover the A/C).. I just know he’s not done with me yet.
Steve Chaput
When I was about 12 my father, who put up outdoor billboards for a living, told me that he would let me choose a billboard that I could use in place of the flowered wallpaper in my bedroom. There was a great automobile ad that showed a family picking up pumpkins to put in the back of their station wagon. A great, colorful Autumn scene. My dad put it up and on the second night I woke up and saw what looked like the face of the devil staring down from the corner of my room. I screamed and my mother came in. Apparently the leaves of one of the trees, shadowed and partially showing sunlight took the form (in my mind) of a demon’s face. I had to live with that for the next three years, because my father told me I was ‘being childish’.
RJ Kennett
Pfft. Childhood schmildhood. My worst monster-under-the-bed moment came as an adult, having a bad reaction to medication that caused hallucinations. Visual, auditory, and TACTILE. I actually felt the clawed hands grab my ankles and wrists, saw the red-eyed, white-furred werewolf and heard an odd, but loud, buzzing moving around the room.

Now, fortunately I’m an adult, so I figured it was all in my mind and went to sleep anyway – but it was still freaky and I didn’t sleep well!

Michael Noe
One of the coolest things that happened was in a house I used to live in. My ex-wife and I are were coming home from grocery shopping and I happened to look into the kitchen window and was quite surprised to see a dog sitting by the refrigerator. Problem was we didn’t own a dog. Scared the hell out of me. In the same house I was looking in the bathroom mirror and suddenly saw a man standing in the doorway. He didn’t look menacing just stood there like he belonged. I turned around and there was no one there. Loved that house and all of the activity was always fun to encounter.
Susan Pigott
My encounter is not so much of a childhood encounter as it is now. I apparently have a spirit in my house that has a sense of humor. ‘He’ likes to turn lights on after I turn them off . I can hear conversations when it’s only me in the house and he likes to move things around. And I can hear him moving around and on occasion I have caught a glimpse of him. And yes, I realize this sounds crazy, but it’s the truth.

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