Book Reviews

Review: Chuck Tingle special

Pounded in the Butt by My Own Butt by Chuck Tingle
Genre: Erotica | Humour
Length: 38 pages
Published on 19th March 20145 by Chuck Tingle
Purchase: Amazon
Chuck Tingle: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy borrowed on Amazon

Synopsis:
Kirk is a scientific researcher on the leading edge of cloning technology, but his team has reached a standstill. In an effort to stabilize rapid clone growth, researchers have been taking DNA from various parts of their bodies and combining it with small amounts of animal DNA.
But when the scientists combine samples from Kirk’s butt, brain, and a hawk, the resulting effect is a handsome, living ass who immediately sweeps Kirk off of his feet over a candlelit dinner for two.Kirk has finally found a lover that truly understands him at his very core… his own gay ass!This erotic tale is 4,000 words of sizzling human on gay ass action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies and sentient butt love.

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ARC Review: Stake Sauce, Arc 1 by RoAnna Sylver

Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver
Series: Stake Sauce #1
Genre: Paranormal | LGBT | Vampires
Length: 193 pages
Published on 31st October 2017 by The Kraken Collective
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
RoAnna Sylver: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
ARC 1, IN WHICH: A cute punk-rock vampire and a disabled firefighter-turned-mall-cop with a dark past join forces to battle the forces of evil.
Jude used to leap out of helicopters to rescue/protect people from terrifying infernos. Now, by day, he protects the local mall from rowdy teenagers who ride their skateboards inside. By night, he protects the the parking lot, and the rest of Portland, from undead, bloodsucking creatures of the darkness. Or would if he could find them.But he’s just about ready to give it up (living with PTSD and pain from the traumatic event that cost him a leg, a friend, and a lot more is hard enough), when something crashes into his life. And his window.

It’s one of these creatures of the darkness – and he’s a lot less scary than expected. More cuddly, with dark fuzzy wings, and neon-bright hair.

His name is Pixie, and he refuses to bite anyone. Assault/murder/draining fluids isn’t punk, even if being a vampire really kind of is. He’s very hungry by now, and the much bigger, meaner, deadlier vamps kick him around on the nightly. Jude would love to find and fight some actual undead bullies. And Pixie could use some help staying… ‘alive.’ Time to make a deal.

Together they fight crime. And maybe even heal.

Of course, life still sucks when you’re a vampire who refuses to suck blood. Fortunately, there’s a really interesting new barbecue restaurant in the mall, with an intriguing new recipe. (We hear that the secret ingredient is… love. No, really.)

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ARC Review: Project Semicolon by Amy Bleuel

Project Semicolon by Amy Bleuel
Genre: Nonfiction | Short Stories
Length: 352 pages
Published on 5th September 2017 by HarperCollins
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Copy requested via @Harper360UK on twitter.

Synopsis:
For fans of PostSecret, Humans of New York, and If You Feel Too Much, this collection from suicide-awareness organization Project Semicolon features stories and photos from those struggling with mental illness.
Project Semicolon began in 2013 to spread a message of hope: No one struggling with a mental illness is alone; you, too, can survive and live a life filled with joy and love. In support of the project and its message, thousands of people all over the world have gotten semicolon tattoos and shared photos of them, often alongside stories of hardship, growth, and rebirth.Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over reveals dozens of new portraits and stories from people of all ages talking about what they have endured and what they want for their futures. This represents a new step in the movement and a new awareness around those who struggle with mental illness and those who support them. At once heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, and eternally hopeful, this collection tells a story of choice: every day you choose to live and let your story continue on.Learn more about the project at http://www.projectsemicolon.com.

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Graphic Novel Review: POS by Pierre Paquet

POS by Pierre Paquet
Series: NA
Genre: Nonfiction | Graphic Novel
Length: 256 pages
Published on 21st November 2017 by Lion Forge Comics
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Pierre Paquet: Goodreads
An eARC was provided thanks to NetGalley

Synopsis:
A young man struggles to build a publishing company, find love, and discover who he really is, with his one true trusted companion being the dog who truly seems to understand him. In the end, he realizes that for far too long he has been a self-absorbed piece of sh*t.nA touching autobiographical story by Swiss BD publisher Pierre Paquet, the spiritual sequel to Paquet’s Eisner-nominated A Glance Backward, which recounted his experience dealing with the death of his father at age 11.

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DNF Reviews: Outlander, Blackbird, and Tempting the Best Man

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Genre: Historical Fiction | Romance
Length: 864 pages
Published on 19th February 2015 by Arrow
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Purchased from Amazon for Jenny’s annotated birthday present

Synopsis: 1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

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ARC Review: Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon

Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon
Series: N/A
Genre: Thriller | Mystery
Length: 400 pages
Published on 2nd November 2017 by HQ
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Copies received via Harper Insider #proofparty and NetGalley (oops).

Synopsis:
‘So you liked Irvine Welsh? Read Carnivore’ Cosmopolitan
Meet Leander: lover, fighter, liar.He learnt a long time ago that nothing is as intoxicating as blood. But whether it’s his or someone else’s doesn’t matter any more. There’s a mysterious pain in every muscle of his body – and it’s got so bad that he’ll do anything to escape it.

Up to now, it’s been his secret. But it’s hard to remain invisible when you leave a trail of destruction everywhere you go. So, when he comes to the attention of one of London’s most infamous criminals, Leander decides to put his appetite for violence to the ultimate test.

Let the villain win.

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Book Reviews, Travelling Books and Tea

Review: Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy
Series: Hemlock Grove #1
Genre: Horror | Fantasy
Length: 318 pages
Published on 1st March 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Brain McGreevy: Goodreads
Received from Charlotta for this years travelling book project

Synopsis:
A charismatic young writer reinvents the gothic novel, bringing a fresh energy to our darkest myths and deepest horrors in an expectation-defying tale of adolescent deception, ravenous violence, and rumors of werewolves.

The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where some suspect that biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable highschool classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late J. R. Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly, sexy control freak of a mother, Olivia.

As the crime goes unsolved and the police seem more and more willing to believe any outlandish rumor, Peter and Roman decide the only way to save their own skins is to find the killer themselves. Along the way they uncover local secrets and designs that are much bigger than some small-town murder.Hemlock Grove is an exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares. At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.

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Graphic Novel Review: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen

Darth Vader, Vol 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen, Illustrated by Salvador Larroca
Series: Star Wars Disney Canon Graphic Novel Darth Vader #1
Genre: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction
Length: 160 pages
Published on 20th October 2015 by Marvel
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Kieron Gillen: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Salvador Larroca: Twitter | Goodreads
Copy got for free due to Amazon Prime

Synopsis:
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture’s most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own solo adventures — showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor’s secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don’t want him to learn the truths he seeks! Guest-starring Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and more!
Collecting DARTH VADER #1-6.

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Graphic Novel Review: Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples
Series: Saga #1
Genre: Graphic Novel | Fantasy
Length: 160 pages
Published on 23rd October 2012 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Brian K. Vaughan: Goodreads
Fiona Staples: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy bought for myself

Synopsis:
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.Collecting: Saga 1-6

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Review: Clutch by Lisa Becker

Clutch by Lisa Becker
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Length: 140 pages
Published on 26th October 2015 by Author
Purchase: Amazon
Lisa Becker: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook
Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

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