My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a breath of fresh air, laughing fresh air.. hah.. if you read the book you will giggle a little too. When you live underground to avoid the Dust… Dust you say? Not zombies?? Not vampires? Not a pandemic? Nope.. DUST! Oh me oh my but this dust is more than just the maid wipes down off the piano on Tuesdays, this dust drove whole cities underground. Wait, it does have a dragon and scary spider monsters.. no clowns though!
Written in first person and in a journal style story, this had to be really good. I am not a journal style story fan, but I do love love love love first person point of view. But even if you are not a fan, and don’t want to read someones journal… I want to stress, really stress, you should take a chance. Half the time I would forget I was reading Janelle’s journal. This was her story, the communities and the worlds. Was it a memoir? No! Goodness, it was just wowzer!
Janelle was an incredibly well rounded, three-dimensional real character. Her voice was loud and because of this amazing ability for character development, Michelle was able to bring along the rest of the “cast”. I fell in love with them and also developed an extreme desire to curb stomp a couple of the characters. After reading this the bar was raised. I have had to take a break from reading because the last three books after this were so poorly written to me, I am wondering if she possibly ruined me
Oh sex, yes there was sex lots of lovely sex! Oh wait, it was not erotica or messy or gratuitous. It was beautiful, cathartic and (dare I use it again) wow! Oh and there is nothing missed here, no orientation, no judgments just hey, this is how it is. Without any discrimination, this is how it is. Janelle’s best friends get engaged and are so excited to have children in the home. She has inbetweens (bisexual) and uses the new genderqueer label of xer/xim/xe. I find it rare and refreshing.
OK… let’s see… character development, great sex scenes, oh did I mention I love the cover.. what else could make this even more amazing? Her world building!! Yes guys you can have it all, and a drink right along with it.. and some great food (hydroponic potatoes rock apparently). I could go on and on and on… and on but I guess I should stop… maybe!
But why read it, other than I told you too? Well do you like stories about after an apocalypse? Well there is that! Do you like realistic sex scenes that are not written by a man but someone who is writing an important part of the story? (There are only a few but they are so touching I wanted to squeal and say thank you thank you thank you over and over again, those get 6 stars!). This was one! Could there be more… NO CLOWNS!!!!!! Oh, wait… seriously this book is so well rounded, clean and well written it should be on the top of the top of all the lists! Up is a mess, people breath in the dust and become disorientated and hallucinate. Which is when things start being seen in the tunnels usually sends folks to the clinics to be tested for Dust exposure… but when the hallucinations start attacking back?? We have nightmares coming to life and the party is on, baby!
In a nutshell, again wow! Clean, crisp no nonsense an No WGAS* descriptions. Everything that is in this book is needed and nothing extra to muddy this amazing story. My biggest critique? A little to much of a “Happily Ever After”, but I’m cynic who doesn’t mind not having one so I don’t count. The last scene? Our lead in to the next book? Perfection and I don’t say that lightly. And she can write sex better than most romance and erotica writers I know. it’s real and made *looking around and whispering*…my girly parts tingle.
Five Breathing Regulators
My rating: 1 of 5 stars (on GOODREADS, 2 on Amazon because their rating systems are different. I DID NOT LIKE IT)
Nothing special and utterly disappointing
Utter disappointment. I don’t care if there is a second book or what happens to ANY of these characters. No real character development took place so I never grew attached enough to care. I read some of the reviews and really was expecting this to be something fantastic and new. I am wallowing between a one and two star and the only reason it is getting two ON AMAZON on is because of the cover, here on GOODREADS a two means I thought it was OK, it is not OK to me, I did not like it, so GR is a harder rating curve. It is getting a one star because of a somewhat interesting concept (slow burn) and the clever title. Anything more would be
to much love unfair and dishonest of me and how I felt. I am not trying to be mean, but I do not get how wonderful this supposedly is!?? Mind boggling. I bothered to write this review for a reason.
This is one book I judged by the cover, and the reviews and I regret it, totally regret it! I also learned a lesson, read on.
This was a fast read and I am still shocked it was over 200 pages since I read it so fast. Perhaps it was because I wanted to get to the great part everyone found which caused them to rate so high. I wanted, hoped that all the reviews I read were true. Apparently people have not read good zombie books because this is not one of them. It presented nothing special to be added to the zombie genre. A somewhat interesting concept with nothing to back up other than some speculation and .. it was just bad. Again a great cover but nothing close to a WOW or even a meh. I LOVE this genre, I read anything I can in it. I grabbed it because a friend shared the link because they know I read anything with zombies. I even like bad ones, the ones that do not take themselves to seriously that is. HECK I am a person who likes watching bad movies (as in Uwe Boll… ) as well as b-books because I love this genre so much.
Specifically, the character development is flat and almost missing entirely. I never really got emotionally attached nor did it make me want to know what happens next. I won’t be buying the next one and am glad I didn’t buy this but got it on an Amazon free day.**
It is a zombie book! I am suppose to care for survivors, not LIKED them but care what happens. Have some kind of reaction emotoinally to them. Whether it be wanting them to be the next to be ate or to survive! Of the two most developed characters they were still flat and lifeless (and not in the good aka undead way ) If the main character (
stupid –redact.. how about beyond cliche and a direct pop-culture reference to the point of meme– name of Zed * rolling eyes*) was killed, I probably would breath a sigh of relief.*** Sorry I just would not waste your time especially if you are a zombie reader!
If I had paid for this I would not have any problem returning it.
** (added a week later) I was informed by one of the editors of the book, after she attacked me over on my Facebook PAGE, that it was perma-free. So every review is a verified purchase, I was also informed I should expect much character development for a book under 300 pages. I beg to differ, I expect it in a flash piece with thirty words).
*** NOT because he started off a mooch who was only needing rent money because he did not make enough as a barista or whatever else he was doing, but because even if he is suppose to be becoming the hero… it never happened, he never was able to make it BELIEVABLE no matter what cute girl he saves!! I really wish I had liked this, it would have me a world of hurt. But when a book has over 80 five star reviews, I felt compelled to give my own critical review because it fell FLAT for me.
((I want it noted that I have been bullied, harassed and attacked from Goodreads to Amazon, my main blog and FaceBook because I DARED post an honest review. Hence why I felt I needed to fill in some of confusing parts on why I did not like the story. I also re-read the book AGAIN to see if I maybe missed something, nope! I will also no longer accept any new review requests from here on out.))
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s an 11 paged blow to the gut causing you to reach for your nearest child or pet—exactly what a short story is suppose to deliver. Eric Carney dips his quill into the mud puddles in the rainstorm and wreaks havoc with your emotions. Everyday items and moments remembered from our own past become riddled with darkness only imagined in our nightmares. I used to love the idea of handing down my son’s old Spiderman pyjamas to his son, but this story has ruined that dream forever.
STICK A SOCK IN IT FUCKERS – MOVE OUT OF YOUR MOTHER’S BASEMENTS and STOP THINKING YOUTUBE IS YOUR LIFE.. OMG!
This is my review of the trailer on Amazon -” I can only review from what I saw from the April 17th trailer… since October’s pilot was removed and since the 24 reviews are mainly from people complaining about the 12 second COMING SOON AD, so truthfully people stop reviewing and Amazon REMOVE the bloody link that says there is a pilot there. (I watched the pilot way back when I swear but have no recollection.. I think.. or .. maybe I did not so I am ….. not going to say a thing) BUT from the trailer it’s OK. Its funny, nothing special YET, nothing BAD, nothing OUTSTANDING, sure! NOT the original cast, but I mean COME ON do you guys REALLY think Woody Harrelson is going to go back to TV, on Amazon for that matter, after years of being the stoooooopid idiot on Cheers after his success on the silver screen to play a KICK BUTT zombie killing side kick? And Jesse Eisenberg,after being in “The Newsroom” “Rio” “30 Minutes or Less” etc would do a ONLY ON AMAZON show?? and the OMG HOT Emma Stone??? Who was already a cult classic geek babe fanboy pinup girl with “Superbad” and is a regular in Robot Chicken.. you guys are high! PLUS she has jumped the fence and is is is in the the big sandboxes with the big boys. 2011 she was in Oscar award winning “The Help” and is currently filming the next amazing film by Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” She has moved on to films with Auteurs! Because Alejandro is amazing, funny enough though, a trilogy of some of his most influential films have themes of death (wicked grin) We own a lot of his stuff before he came to Hollywood… anyway back to the trailer for the pilot.
I will be watching this puppy because I am a fan of anything and everything zombie! AND I love the premise of the original movie AND!!!! I think that the Zombieland franchise would not have given it to Amazon, or sold if they did not think the concept pitched was going to be screwed up royally. I believe it was delayed because there were problems. I am glad it was delayed and not thrown up and bad! Like a good gaming girl knows, it is better to wait for a game then to get it all buggy and have to wait for patches, this is even more true for a TV show.. so get off your high horses oh one star reviewers of 12 seconds of advertising.. how in Hades can you write 20 words or on 12 seconds of a screen flashing COMING SOON is BEYOND me… keep your panties on!”
IT IS NOT AVAILABLE (the pilot) despite what other news sources are stating, so again KEEP YOUR PANTIES ON!!
Good advice… I do not have a good hand today.. I think I will sit back and wait to see how other are going to play their cards… Hope everyone is having a good Monday!
“Live is not a matter of holding good cardsm, but of playing a poor hand well”
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sometimes an erotic story is not an erotic story, at least how we think of as one of ‘those’ stories. This is definitely one of them, no actual peeking under anyone skirts, no actual bow-chicka-wah-wah… This story is reminiscent of elegant and classic Gothic romances. Though labeled as Lesbian Fantasy, it is a story about learning to love and to accept that some people’s truths will never be your own and embracing yours as not only acceptable but truth. It is simply a stunning short story.
Again, the story is not just romance, or erotica, it is not masturbatory material under the waste line but above the nose in the frontal lobe. It is a beautiful and dark story about breaking through what one believes and accepting what is on one’s heart.
Heart wrenching, heart warming and beautifully written. A Witch Sea is a lyrical piece full of complex and wonderful allegory with a dark hidden treasure within the foam coating the edges of the driftwood on a beach full of common seaweed.