Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

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The topic is about favourite novellas and short stories. My choices are prequels to series and stand alone titles.

1) Kelley Armstrong-Framed (WOTO #7.1)
Nick is framed and blackmailed over a dead body in his bed and decides to deal with the world's worst blackmailer himself. Funny and entertaining. If you love the werewolf Pack and Nick, you'll love this! 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10417455-framed

2) Hunter Shea-Just Add Water (Mail Order Massacres #1)
Two boys buy a grow your own sea serpents kit but are disappointed with the results and dump it in the sewers. Then they really start to grow and the town is under threat...great horror story from a favourite author.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34440426-just-add-water

3) RJ Spears-Forget The Alamo (Forget The Zombies #1)
A group of people find themselves trapped inside the Alamo, surrounded by a zombie horde, and time is running out for a way to escape before the military destroy the area. I enjoyed the way this was written.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17855774-forget-the-alamo 

4) James R Tuck-That Thing At The Zoo (Deacon Chalk #0.5)
Prequel to the excellent Deacon Chalk UF series, and Deacon helps a zoo whose animals are under threat from a deadly form of vampire. Perfect introduction to the characters and highly recommended!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13182622-that-thing-at-the-zoo 

5) Sarah Dalton-My Daylight Monsters (Mary Hades #0.5)
Mary is put into a psychiatric unit with troubled teens but she uses her talents to discover something evil killing people in the next ward. I liked Mary and her abilities, and enjoyed her interaction with the other teens as she tries to stop the killer.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18626145-my-daylight-monsters 

6) Quent Cordair-Sheltered
An obsessed prepper is stuck alone in his nuclear shelter after an explosion. With his supplies dwindling and curiousity growing, after a year it is time to come out, but what will he find? This was entertaining and I loved the ending!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13615750-sheltered 

7) Jude Michael Connors-What Waits Through The Trapdoor
Tom is a church monster hunter and investigates the missing children in the area. Are they runaways or is there something evil lurking in the basement of a corner store...I liked this and I keep meaning to see if there are more in the series.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19232766-what-waits-through-the-trapdoor 

8) Keith C Blackmore-The Hospital (Mountain Man #0.5)
It is the zombie apocalypse and Gus decides that he has to raid the hospital for supplies. Once inside the dark building, he starts to hear strange noises and makes the mistake of investigating. This was a good introduction to the series.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16123747-the-hospital

9) Richard Schiver-Enter Night
Six friends seek refuge from bloodthirsty beasts in the forest by taking refuge in a deserted farmhouse-but what is inside may be much worse. I enjoyed this short horror tale.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17128589-enter-night 

10) Leonard Little-The Turning Of The Spit
Wade awakes from a hangover and heads for the slaughterhouse for his shift, unaware that demon pigs with AK 47s are taking over the place. Short, funny and entertaining!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20544604-the-turning-of-the-spit

22 comments:

  1. I'd forgotten Kelley Armstrong did short stories!

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    1. There are sooo many for her Otherworld series though most of the best ones are in her Otherworld anthologies. Her mixed anthology is also very good with a lot of stand alone stories in it.

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  2. Of course we would both have a Shea novel huh? Man, I don't know how I ever missed demon pigs but I'm rushing off to locate a copy now.

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  3. I haven't heard of any of these! But I see a few I want to add to my TBR.
    Here's our TTT: http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2018/07/top-ten-tuesday-novellas.html

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    1. I could probably do quite a few lists on this topic-maybe I'll do more in the future!

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  4. These sound really weird. The demon pigs one seems pretty awesome, though. If I was a demon pig, the first thing on my to-do list would be getting revenge on the slaughter house that killed me. :)

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Yeah that would be on my to-do list as well! The pig story is short-I'd love to see a longer version of it.

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  5. oh I would love to read that Kelley Armstrong's short story!

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    1. There's a lot of good short stories and novellas in her Otherworld series.

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  6. I haven't heard of any of these, I might have to check a couple of them out!
    Happy Tuesday!
    My TTT: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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  7. Just Add Water sounds pretty awesome! I love the idea of dumping something in the sewers (kids would SO do that) and then having it grow into something horrendous! Ha ha i may have to get that.

    That Thing at the Zoo sounds great too!

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    1. That Thing at the Zoo is a great prequel to an excellent urban fantasy series with a kick ass male MC, great supporting characters, lots of were animals and not heavy on the romance. Hunter Shea's three Mail Order Massacre short stories were great!

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  8. I have to go check out That Thing At The Zoo and Forget The Alamo. I liked The Hospital too. Need to see what's happening with that series.

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    1. I do enjoy a short story that gets me excited for a series!

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  9. I checked on Amazon and can't find That Thing At The Zoo except on audible. I had the book marked as want to read on Goodreads.

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    1. Weird-it's usually free on Amazon UK. It is also available in an anthology of three short stories from the series called Blood and Nightmares if you can get that cheap.

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    1. I have a lot of these so picking just 10 was tough and I decided a mix of genres was the way to go!

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  11. I still need to take the leap and read Hunter Shea!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I love his books! I think Swamp Monster Massacre is still my favourite but his short stories are also a fun place to start. My dad loves The Montauk Monster and Tortures of the Damned which I haven't read yet!

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