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Another Great Zombie Book!

Dead Tide

I am currently reading Dead Tide by Stephen North.  This is a really good book.  For $5.99 on my Kindle app it’s a GREAT book!

This is a fast read.  The apocalypse is happening as you read.  So not as “post apocalyptic” as I usually like, but still great all the same.

If you like zombies, and/or apocalypse books, this will pleasantly surprise you.

Sure there are the clichés and tough guy/creepy non zombie guy, but hey.. what would a zombie book be without them. 

This is written very well.  I was reading another one called The Risen Dawning by Marie F Crow, but it got WAAY too wordy for me.  It was like a zombie Twilight.. no, no, no.  I’m sure it’s good, I just can’t handle it.  I want my zombies raw, and the people even more raw. 

Give it a sample read.  I bought it before my sample ran out, that’s how much I liked it.

The character’s are likeable, and some you just want to strangle them yourself, which is a great character if you ask me.  If the character ACTUALLY pisses you off, then the writer hit the nail on the head.

I’m not finished yet, only at 23% of the book, but I have to force myself to put it down so I sleep.

It’s definitely an all “nighter”!

Happy zombie reading!

Seriously… Unicorns?

I enjoy reading about bugs. Yep, insects. I LOVE bugs, and anything venomous. My favorite books growing up were “Venomous Animals” by Robert Burton M.A., and “Master Snickup’s Cloak, by Alexander Theroux”, more about why I was reading about the Black Plague at 5 years old in another blog..my mom had strange interests and didn’t think twice about leaving disturbing illustrated books laying around. I was going to get cultured whether we had the money or not!

I also love to read about rocks. Yep, rocks. Pretty interesting stuff actually..sounds bad now that I’m writing this. Well, a lot of my books are more like “text books”. I am also into the weather and cloud formations, so I have a lot of weather books also. I know everything about rain, EVERYTHING! That’s usually good conversation with someone for ..ooohhh..about 30 seconds. Then they just look at me funny as I point out an anvil cloud, or how cicadas and black widows have moved into our neighborhood, or “WOW, don’t move, you are stepping on a rare form of iron quartz!” ..so I just lie to people and tell them I am reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I’m sure that is a great book, but I found it to be too disturbing to read. I’ll watch the movie. No, I am not reading 50 Shades of Grey..not doing it.

When my daughter was little I read bug books to her every night! Then, one night as we were getting ready for bed, I pulled out a bug book and my daughter said “Mommy, can we read about something ELSE tonight?” mortified, I replied “But baby, you LOVE bugs!!” She said “No mom, YOU love bugs.” I started to sweat..teeth clenched, I said “OK, sweetie, what would you like me to read about?” ..here it comes..she said..

“UNICORNS!” I almost cried. Unicorns?? I didn’t even read about those at her age! I mean mermaids, sure, princesses and frogs no problem but UNICORNS? I was actually upset. It was then that I realized I was taking the time of reading to her to selfishly read what I wanted to read, not what SHE wanted to hear. I felt like a horrible mother. Then I found a big book about unicorns. The first couple of times I read it, she could tell I wasn’t having a good time because I kept getting distracted and skipping pages on purpose hoping she would fall asleep and I wouldn’t lapse into a coma.

I used to read true crime novels all of the time. I am friends with Ann Rule, the well known author and former police officer. Her son, Andy used to bring me her newest books, she would write to me in the book and I am in awe of this woman. She writes like people paint a picture. There is no doubt at all about what she is trying to convey in any of her books. So, naturally, during one of her books I had the worst nightmare I have ever had in my life. It was 5 years ago, I haven’t forgotten a single detail of that nightmare. Needless to say that ended my true crime reading spree.

Right now I am enjoying books by Jonathan Kellerman, specifically the Alex Deleware novels. I am currently reading The Murder Book, by Jonathan Kellerman. I enjoy crime, but not real crime. It can’t be too real. I have lived that and I don’t want to read about real stuff before bed. The only exception to that would be the bugs, weather and books about rocks and minerals. Those are real, but really cool. To me anyways.

My daughter just read White Oleander. Apparently I learned to just leave books laying around from my mother. My daughter thought the book was “Great, but really disturbing. I couldn’t put it down mom, it was like a train wreck, and who the heck would write something like that!?”, so she picks out her own books now…carefully.

I feel like I need to apologize for not being more interesting, but for now instead of watching grass grow, or paint dry, I’ll continue to read about rocks, bugs and the occasional murder mystery that isn’t real.

Did you know that rainbows are actually FULL CIRCLES? Yep! See, that book paid off! I bet you didn’t know that..

Em

Brain Candy

I love to read.  Reading is one of my only “Me” times.  Taking a ten to fifteen minute shower twice a week is my other “Me” time – I’ll explain in another post.  I read for one to two hours early in the afternoon during my toddler’s nap and then at night, after she’s fallen asleep, while waiting for my husband to come to bed, so I can go watch “Lost” reruns with my older daughter for an hour or two.  We co-sleep with our toddler.

I did my share of heavy reading in college: genetics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, etc.  And I still do some heavy reading when I’m researching curriculum for my kids.  So when I want to “get away,” I like to read about zombie apocalypses and fantasy realms where magic exists.  I love that in either world it is perfectly legal – and normal! – to kill or beat down any bastard that does you wrong.  Ah, if only outlawry was still around.

If you are looking for reviews on novels like the next 30 Shades of Whatever, or self-help/ historical/ political look-I’m-an-intellectual type books, then you’ll have to go to another mom blog.  I tried to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and only finished the first chapter or so.  I felt stupid.  I thought to myself, “I can understand the intricacies of genetics and not this?”  Maybe if I had trudged through, it would have gotten more interesting, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  I honestly don’t see what the hubbub is about, but I’ll watch the movie because I like Daniel Craig.

I also can’t see what everyone loves about the Twilight saga either.  Try reading 13 Bullets by David Wellington.  Now there’s a proper vampire book – where vampires are savage monsters that will eviscerate a body before drinking the blood.

I know everyone loves “The Walking Dead” on AMC.  I was SO incredibly disappointed by the end of the first season.  I don’t watch it now.  The books were outstanding, and I wait with anticipation for my pre-orders from Amazon to arrive.  Sorry.  I can’t stand the show; the characters are beyond irritating and the writers strayed too far from the books.

So just to give you a head’s up, these are the type of books that will be reviewed here – if I’m the reviewer.  I will have my teens review books as well, as they are also avid readers.  I will also review children’s books that I read with my toddler.  We already have amassed quite the library of board books.

If you’re interested in seeing the other books I have already read, you can swing by my Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/abbyandgrr.

MJ