Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Get 'Em 'Orf The Shelves Month!

This month is going to be all about the paperbacks, trying to read as much as I can and get books off the bookshelves in my room which are under a bit of pressure at the moment! I'm doing this is conjunction with my clearout challenge which is tackling the non fiction books that have been breeding, and now will be heading to charity shops! I'm still doing my series catch up with the Morganville Vampires as well to move that challenge along.

Here are the books I planned to read this month:

1) Christopher Whittle-With Hope in your Heart: Hillsborough (read)
2) Stephen Homewood-Zeebrugge (read)
3) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Hell Divers
4) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Orbs 
5) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Edge (read)
6) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Age (read)
7) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Evolution (read)
8) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction End (read)
9) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Aftermath
10) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Lost
11) Rachel Caine-Fade Out
12) Rachel Caine-Kiss of Death
13) Rachel Caine-Ghost Town
14) Rachel Caine-Bite Club
15) Rachel Caine-Last Breath
16) Rachel Caine-Black Death
17) Rachel Caine-Bitter Blood
18) Rachel Caine-Fall of Night
19) Rachel Caine-Daylighters
20) Rachel Caine-Midnight Bites
21) Chesley B Sullenberger-Sully
22) Michael Ashcroft-Well you did ask? (read)
23) Walter Bonatti-The Mountains of my life (DNS)
24) Reinhold Messner-The Naked Mountain
25) Bill Leckie-Endless Love (DNF)
26) Jack Kilborn-Trapped
27) Jack Kilborn-Endurance
28) Jack Kilborn-Haunted House
29) Michael Stephen Fuchs-Carnage
30) Sarah Miller-The Borden Murders (read)
31) Lyle Blackman-The Beast of Boggy Creek
32) Richard Rex-The Tudors 

I declare this month to be an epic fail really. I started off well with the non fiction but I got distracted by rewatching Game of Thrones and taking a whole week to read the first book A Game of Thrones. Loved the book but it threw my challenge off badly! I have recovered by getting stuck into the Nicholas Sansbury Smith zombie series which has been excellent and I'll finish Extinction End tonight. I plan to get the last book and novella read staight after that so at least that will be something.

Hopefully next month will work out a bit better!

Chuckles Chat #19 Publishing Dates

Welcome to Chuckles Chat where great blogging minds unite to discuss the topics of the day mainly in the book and blogging world. I'll be sharing my thoughts on a topic and then inviting you all to share your thoughts. It's ok to disagree but PLEASE be respectful of each other's views! All of the comments on my blog are moderated and offensive posts ie racist, bigoted will not be published! 

This week I'm going to look at publishing dates. And there may be ranting!

OK here we go. I always buy paperback books as hardbacks are often more than double the price and they take up too much space on my overflowing bookcases. I read in my bed, lying on my left side propped up on pillows so trying to hold a heavy hardback and turn pages is pretty awkward! All things considerd, I like the humble paperback. So it does kind of drive me nuts that I have to sometimes wait a YEAR to get the paperback version after the hardback release! A prime example is the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series. Everyone is buying the hardback of book ten at the start of this year when I was only getting the newly released paperback of book nine! So unfair! I'm being picked on for not wanting hardbacks!!! I HATE having to wait so much longer to read the book! *stamps foot* I'm always happy when the option of paperback is there at the same time as hardback.

Then we have the ever changing publication date. I pre-order books quite often so they are sent to me when available and I don't have to remember to order them nearer the time.I get that some things can change but when I see the publishing date moving around like a jumping bean in the months leading to it arriving it can get annoying. Especially when the date keeps getting pushed back. I can't imagine what it has been like for Game of Thrones fans with the massive wait between each book and never knowing when it is going to be out! That would've driven me mad. I have only just started with the series this month and I hope that The Winds of Winter might be out by the time I catch up. Maybe...

On that Game of Thrones subject, I hate waiting for the next book in the series I'm following too. Who doesn't?!! We are an impatient breed and we want the book NOW, not in a year's time! We want authors to forget other projects and stop having a life to get our next book written! They should be chained to the computer until they get it done!!! How selfish are these authors to want to do things like eat, sleep, spend time with the family when we want the next book from them? *grins* Mainstream publishers seem to churn things out in 1-2 years each time (with the exception of short novellas which can be more frequent and are obviously there to appease our impatience). Or in the case of George RR Martin 5-7 years!!! Arrgghh! Now I'm one of the anxious waiters having come late to the party...

But the utter joy of following Indie authors is that they tend to be much quicker in getting the books churned out. Darrell Maloney is a good example of this. He has six apocalypse series that I'm following and every few months there seems to be a new book coming out in one of them which is great! Of course I'm way behind on actually reading the things but that's not the point! Frequent new shiny books to feed my addiction are the main thing! I shall worship at the Altar of the New Release! Yes, Indie authors can be great at getting those new releases out quicker and I have quite a few expected over the summer which is exciting.

Why is it that the books we most want seem to be so far away from coming? In October I ordered a paperback that I wanted to get on its release and it has felt like an unbearable age for the date to arrive. I'm not a patience kind of girl y'know? Why do we need to wait so long to read the same words in a different binding??? The joy of realising that it is going to arrive TOMORROW has me so excited now!!! Sometimes it can be good to discover a great new series AFTER all the books have been published and you can then just binge read at your leisure to catch up. That's what I'm doing with the Morganville Vampires series and a few other urban fantasy series. At least I won't have to wait for the next one. I often see the ebook becoming available ahead of the paperback which sets my teeth on edge. Just give me my books NOW!!!

Do you hate waiting for the next book in a series you love? Does the gap between hardback and paperback releases bug you or are you a hardback buyer? Do publishing dates frustrate you? Do you think The Winds of Winter is EVER going to be published???

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Book Review: Zombie Apocalypse by Eric S Brown

Bigfoot War: Zombie Apocalypse picks up in the rebooted universe of the cult hit Bigfoot War series shortly after the event of Redneck Apocalypse. The dead have risen and they are very hungry, in the war between man, beast, and zombie there can be only one winner. Carnage, gore, and all-out action explode from the pages as the fate of civilization and the very Earth itself is decided.

My Review: 
Recent calls to the police in Sylva about dead animals are increasing and the police go to investigate another report but instead find a dead human covered in bite marks. Puzzlement turns to terror when the dead start to rise and attack them. Now Sylva is about to face two problems-the living dead and the hairy monsters!

Dave is the IT guy at the police department in Sylva and meets up with a frightened Larry there. They decide that keeping on the move is their best plan. They join forces with Charlie and the girl he has tagging along with them and decide to head for Asheville which is when they come face to face with the Sasquatches.

This book takes place directly after Redneck Apocalypse, running sort of parrallel to the events in the first two books in the Bigfoot Wars series. Again I can't really say much about this without spoiling it but basically, another town is facing utter ruin having to deal with two lots of monsters. Another fun addition and quick read in the Bigfoot Wars series! Read April 2017.
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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!  

I'm not one for really noticing what new releases are coming up so this week, the topic doesn't greatly interest me. Instead I'm doing...Ten Monster Books I want to read this year!

1) Matthew Scott Hansen-The Shadowkiller 
When a group of careless campers set fire to the forest, Bigfoot becomes very angry and starts to take revenge on the humans...Well I just LOVE anything connected to Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch etc so this one sounded ideal. And who doesn't love that cover! 

2) Mike Kraus-Prip'Yat 
Mysterious disturbances around Chernobyl cause Russian special forces to go and take a look, just as a couple of cousins decide to go and explore. But something is stirring in the dark...I loved the idea of the setting as something different and I want to find out what is stirring in the dark! 

3) Hunter Shea-They Rise 
In the Bermuda triangle, chimaera fish have escaped their icy prison and are chomping on anything that moves. I've been a fan of all things sea monster since I first saw Jaws and Pirhana so anything described as Jaws on steroids is ok by me! 

4) Ezekiel Boone-The Hatching
In the jungles of Peru a black skittering mass devours a tourist and other incidents around the world are linked to an global epidemic eight legged menace. Now spiders scare me crapless but for some reason I love reading about the things and I'm very curious about this one! 

5) Eli Constant-Dead Trees 2 
The beasties are back and the virus meant to stop them has turned them into rippers, beasties on steroids. Can humanity survive? Oh I loved the first book about humanoid cannibal monsters attacking the living and if this is 'beasties on steroids' then I must get to this soon! 

6) Ken Greenhall-Hellhound 
Baxter is a sociopathic bull terrier who wants to murder his owner to free himself up to find a master more suited to his bloodthirsty whims. Right, as soon as I heard about this book I just had to grab it! Getting the dog view on things was a clincher! 

7) Jack Kilborn-Trapped
It was meant to be a camping trip to give troubled teens a chance to heal in peace. But when something hungry drags Martin off into the jungle, stories about cannibals on the island don't seem funny anymore. I love reading stories about psycho cannibals stalking the living. It just appeals to me in a twisted kind of way and as I loved 'Afraid' I have to read more of the author. 

8) Anthony J Melchiorri-The Tide 
A biological weapon that turns people into zombies spreads across the world. OK do I need to say more about this? Zombie type monsters, CIA trying to cover up its involvement and a team of soldiers trying to stop the monsters. It was described as being similar to Nicholas Sansbury Smith's zombie series which I love so I had to grab this. 

9) Ricky Sides-Claws 2 
After an attack by genetically mutated cats the world is falling apart. See, that's what happens when you trust cats! I read the first book which covers the cats escaping from a research facility so I'm really keen to see where the story goes from here! 

10) Mark Wheaton-Flood Plains 
A monster rises from the sea to attack New Orleans during a hurricane. OK that was enough to catch my interest! I'm intrigued by this one and check out that cover! Beastie alert! 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Book Review: Outbreak by Eric S Brown

In Bigfoot War II, the dead rose. The war between man and beast became a battle for survival. Hordes of zombies attacked both humanity and Sasquatch alike. Bigfoot War: Outbreak returns to that time period in the Bigfoot War saga and tells the story of what occured in Asheville, North Carolina as the events of Bigfoot War II: Dead in the Woods unfolded. Prepare yourself for a wildly different kind of zombie apocalypse.

My Review:
This book looks at the events unfolding in the town of Asheville as other towns fall to the Sasquatches and the dead. Pat has finally got the publishing deal that he has been working towards for years and is enjoying the chance to brag about it on social media when he is distracted by the arrival of the undead at his home. Zack has survived Babble Creek and is the hospital in Asheville with a federal agent guarding him, watching the town of Franklin fall to the undead live on TV. Now his only thought is to escape the hospital and the area.

Brook and Paul are supposed to be having a date night but she is left alone when Paul has to stay at the police station because of weird calls coming in. At first Brook thinks the traffic congestion is normal until she sees the screaming people running from an angry Sasquatch. Paul is now manning a police barricade as a stream of the dead are heading his way. Now he has to stay alive and locate his wife and child who are in different locations.

This was a look at a different town in the area and the carnage caused by the dead and the hairy beast army. These are short but gory entertaining reads. 

Read April 2017 
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Game of Thrones Gossip #18 Season One Deaths

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I did a few spoiler free posts about the series last year but I found that there were other bloggers out there who were also itching to talk more freely about favourite characters and events without spoiling things for those visiting the blog. So I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you nor do I take responsibility for any mistakes on the pages I link you to.

This week I'm looking at the deaths of season one and there were plenty! These deaths below were the most significant in the series.

The first major death takes place off screen with the murder of Jon Arryn, Hand of the King and father figure to King Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. He was one of the leaders of Robert's Rebellion and married Lysa Tully, sister of Catelyn Stark, living at Court with her and their sickly son Robin. His death prompts Robert to ask Ned to replace him and Ned is reluctant to leave Winterfell and go to the politics and intrigue of King's Landing. His mind is changed when a letter arrives for Catelyn from Lysa claiming that her husband was murdered by the Lannisters and that they are plotting against the King. It leaves Ned no choice but to go to the capital and investigate Jon's murder, while watching for plots against the King. 

Through the series, it seems as if the Lannisters are the killers of Jon but we discover in a later series that Lysa plotted with her lover Petyr Baelish to kill Jon and send the letter to Catelyn to start trouble between the Starks and the Lannisters, which Littlefinger wanted for a power grab of his own, and no doubt to get revenge on Ned for marrying Catelyn. It was Littlefinger's meddling which causes the war and then leads to the death of Catelyn at the Red Wedding.

Ned discovers the same information that Jon uncovered-the children of Cersei were fathered by her brother Jaime, not her husband Robert, meaning the true heir to the Iron Throne is Stannis Baratheon, not Prince Joffrey. Ned warns Cersei to take her children and flee as he is obliged to tell Robert the truth. In the aftermath of Robert's sudden death, Ned then informs Stannis of the truth and tries to stop Joffrey taking the throne, leading to his arrest and execution, and the start of the War of Five Kings. The irony here was that Ned was trying to protect his King and keep peace in the realm yet his actions began a bloody conflict that was to kill many people including his wife and two of his children. So far...I always felt that Ned's death was inevitable as the series progressed as he was too honest and merciful for his own good while his enemies were much more ruthless. 

The most heartbreaking death for me in season one had to be poor Lady, Sansa's wolf. Killed to appease Cersei's twisted notion of justice, Ned insisted on doing it himself so that Lady's fur did not fall into Cersei's hands and she was buried back at Winterfell. I never forgave Robert for just sitting back and letting Cersei demand her death, nor did I forgive Ned for being spineless enough to do it. He should have resigned and indicated that he was taking everyone including the wolves home to Winterfell and Robert would eventually have backed down. I sobbed for poor Lady when she was killed.

Robert Baratheon turned from the warrior hero into a drunken lech who neglected his family and was more interested in dropping bastards around the kingdom. His death was no great surprise nor was the manner of it. It seemed rather fitting that the King got drunk and was gored by a wild boar during a hunt. Robert may have saved the kingdom from the Mad King but he was certainly not a good King, plunging the realm into massive debt, neglecting his duties as husband and father and not caring much about running things. His sudden death led to Ned's murder and a new war for the Iron Throne.

This was the character death that I wasn't expecting. I imagined that Drogo was going to lead the dothraki into Westeros with Dany. I did not think he was going to die in season one! When he got injured slightly in the fight with Mago, I was shouting at the TV when Dany allowed the witch to treat him. Why Dany??? I knew at that point that no good would come of it and Drogo becomes seriously ill with her meddling. Dany was so naive in agreeing a blood price to save him without asking more questions about who would die in his place or what condition Drogo would be in. It was incredibly sad to watch the scene where Dany puts him out of his misery. I've chatted about this death in a previous post and as Barb pointed out, Drogo really needed to die so that Dany could become a leader in her own right and I agree with that.

If Drogo's death was unexpected, then the death of Viserys was the most satisfying! He was a violent bully to Dany and I enjoyed the way she gradually found the confidence to stand up to him. The whole death scene was brilliant, seeing him get the crown he so much deserved! I thought the actor did a great job of playing him as the petulant child and violent bully, and I was cheering Drogo on when he poured the molten metal over his head!

Syrio Forel was Arya's dancing master who was teaching her how to fight and, more so in the book, giving her life lessons which help her during her escape from King's Landing. He stops her from going with the Lannister guards, saving her from Sansa's fate and is last seen fighting the guards to buy her time to flee. Part of me still thinks he might be alive in a King's Landing dungeon as we don't see his death but maybe that is wishful thinking. There is a fan conspiracy theory about this figure behind The Waif...looks like him huh? Are Syrio Forel and Jaquen H'ghar the same person? Check this out!


So what did you think of the deaths in season one/book one? Which did you expect and which shocked you? What death affected you the most and which did you enjoy?

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Book Review: Redneck Apocalypse by Eric S Brown

Return to the beginning of the Bigfoot War series with Bigfoot War: Redneck Apocalypse!

In the deep south, a mysterious accident sets in motion a chain of events that tie directly into the storyline of the original Bigfoot Wars book.

A darkly humorous, gore filled tale of horror and action as a small town faces an army of bloodthirsty Sasquatch in a desperate battle for survival.

My Review:
Harold is driving home when he has a car accident involving a Sasquatch which the police decide to cover up. His only friend Danny is determined to prove that Harold was not at fault and clear his friend's name. He decides to sneak to the crime scene to explore...

The novella starts in dramatic fashion in the small town of Sylva with the last moments of poor hapless Harold who loses a fight with a Sasquatch. The rest of the town are happy to blame him for the accident, taking what the police say as fact but Danny remains unconvinced. He has heard the stories of what could be lurking out in the woods but is unsure whether there is any truth to it. To be safe, he decides to take his stepfather's gun and persuades ex-veteran Richard to join him. The pair are sneaking past a police roadblock to where the accident happens when they see for themselves what lives in the woods.

Their intervention starts a chain of events in the town as the Sasquatches are not very happy with the situation and decide that Danny and Richard need to be dealt with. If that wasn't bad enough, the crooked Sheriff is also toying with the idea of what to do with these two local troublemakers.

I don't want to spoil the plot by saying anything else but it is another brutal, gory Sasquatchfest! 
Read March 2017
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Around The Blogs With Chuckles

We all enjoy snooping and lurking on other people's blogs right? Why not share those entertaining things you found with other readers and bloggers too! Welcome to Around the Blogs with Chuckles, where I take time out to show you some of my favourite blog posts from the previous seven days and link you up so you can check them out.

This Week!

1) New Photos from Game of Thrones Season Seven!
Do you want to see some photos taken from the filming of season seven! Oh yes you want to! One of the photos really excited me for what is coming and I don't just mean winter! 

2) Scene by Scene Breakdown of the new Game of Thrones trailer! 
More excitement! The trailer flashes by really quickly but this gives several pages with freeze frame shots from the trailer, explaining what you see. Very useful and I'm itching to see the new series now! 

3) Why rating middle grade is do darn hard! 
An excellent post by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction on how difficult it can be for an adult to review middle grade books as she is not the target audience. I really enjoyed this topic and could relate to the issues. 

4) Book Review: The House of Binding Thorns
Mogsy at The BiblioSanctum writes about her thoughts on this book and how the second book in the series did not improve upon the first. Well written review that explains her thoughts and feelings. 

5) Top Ten Tuesday-A Different Kind of Summer Read!
Check out the alternative to fluffy summer beach reads and put some horror into your life with Barb over at Booker T's farm! 

6) Book Review: Sex With The Queen 
AJ at Read All The Things shares her thoughts on the non fiction history book that is a fun trashy tabloid read...

7) 20 Medicinal Herbs for your garden
Ready Nutrition have given this handy list of the best herbs to grow in the garden for treating some common issues. 

Haven't had much time to really browse blogs this week. I need to hunt down some new blogs to follow...I'm looking for others who read apocalypse, horror, urban fantasy, zombies, maybe some bloggers who enjoy politics and Game of Thrones too! Recs would be welcome!

Chuckles Cover Love #27

If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all. 

This week I'm taking a look at books I read back in March and will be reviewing this week. It is Eric S Brown's cult series Bigfoot War! These are some of the books in the series in no particular order, most of which I have and have read. A few are currently unavailable though. I love these cartoon covers!





Saturday, 27 May 2017

Chuckles Weekend Roundup

Welcome to my new feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do! 

Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my blog! Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!
A bit of a mixed week overall. We are in the middle of a heatwave which has set off my insomnia AND I've torn something in my neck which means I can't get comfortable sitting or lying down. It's all driving me a bit nuts. I hate summer as these warm spells really suck the energy out of me and make me grumpier than usual! I have, however, managed to get some decent reading done which cheers me up a bit. It's been zombies this week! I'm working my way through a Nicholas Sansbury Smith zombie series and I love it! In book three they rescue a military dog called Apollo, a German Shepherd and he's adorable!

On the book buying side of things it has been quiet with books I ordered last week arriving. One is a paperback copy of a book I enjoyed earlier this year-Swamp Monster Massacre. Plus a Tudor colouring book, Game of Thrones guide for seasons 3 and 4, more Game of Thrones journals AND a T Shirt featuring Steve Austin wrestling the Cookie Monster! There is nothing like the arrival of those Amazon boxes! On Thurday a pile of pre-orders are going to arrive so that is something to look forward to. Fun!



Chuckles Blogging World: 

Blogging didn't go too badly this week. I'd have preferred to get a few more reviews up but overall it was a decent week. I got most of my regular posts done and I was able to do a decent amount of blog hopping. I would like a bit more time on that, find a few new blogs to follow with similar interests, more time on Pinterest...but I'm pretty busy with stuff and spare time isn't forthcoming! I'm going to take a blog break at some point for a few days to recharge my batteries if I can get ahead this week and schedule some posts! Click on the link provided to go to each blog post if you missed it during the week and feel free to stop by and leave a comment!

 Book Reviews:

A couple of Retro Reads for you this week on the subjects of reapers, zombies and Greek mythology. The other reviews are all from books I read back in March this year.

Eric S Brown-Bigfoot War

Eric S Brown-Bigfoot War 2 Dead in the Woods

Eric S Brown-Bigfoot War 3 Food Chain

Ray Garton-'Nids

Catt Dahman-Louisiana Saturday Night

Stephanie Jackson-The Reaper Within

Ken Mooney-Godhead

JW Vohs-Zombie Crusade

JW Vohs-Zombie Snapshots

Regular Features: 

No funny election post this week as the campaign was suspended in the light of the Manchester bombing. Hope to do one this week though.

 Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Winter Books

Chuckles Cover Love-Rhiannon Frater

Around the Blogs With Chuckles

Discussion Posts:

Chuckles Chat-Horrible MCs

Game of Thrones Gossip-The Lannisters

Special Features: 

This week I did a special post on the Manchester terrorist attack.

Book Challenge Updates:

  My Goodreads Challenge total currently stands at 113/250

TBR total of books I own but haven't read yet stands at 806.Not bad considering the big horror splurge I had!

That's all for this week! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog and leave comments. You guys are great!