Like Dandelion Dust review

  bookshelves: religious, intellectual, serious-issues, we-need-diverse-books Recommended to Dustin by: mama Brenda and Tanya Recommended for: Ruth Rating: 3/5 stars   Tragedy, she remembered hearing a newscaster say, is the open door to finding faith. My wife and I saw the 2009 film adaptation a few years ago, and since then, I was curious about the novel. I had to read […]

Lucifer’s Star (Lucifer’s Star #1) review

Bookshelves: science fiction, grimdark, space opera, favorites, intellectual, kindle My private notes: it’s like Star Wars, only different.👍 Rating: 5/5 stars DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own. The sight of the burning starships around me was like a galaxy of […]

Grimdark Battle Royale, III: the Finals

One of Facebook’s best kept secrets, in my opinion, is the Grimdark Readers & Writers group. I *think* the Battle Royale is thrown quarterly, although it’s the first I’ve actively been involved with. Here’s the link if you’re interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/grimdarkfiction/search/?query=battle%20royale&epa=SEARCH_BOX Ultimately, my vote goes to Smile of An Empress. Having said that, I thought I’d briefly […]

Pet Sematary review

bookshelves: classics, horror-aficionados-group,mythology-folflore, re-read, favorites, coming-of-age Rating: 4/5 stars I’d wanted to revisit Pet Sematary for decades, but I had to work up to the courage. I knew the emotional toll it could take, and I feared that toll would be exponentially harder as a parent. Come what may, I’d decided to reread it sometime this year, but the release of the […]

The Night of Long Shadows (review)

Albie Robles and I’ve known each other for a couple years, thanks to the advent of social media and mutual friends on Facebook. He’s the owner of a great group, dedicated to Stephen King, specifically IT. Time lapsed, and I came to learn that we also share a fondness for writing. I’d like to think […]

Philanthropic Ways (a review)

bookshelves: inspirational, philanthropic-ways-group-read, religious, spiritual, kindle, coming-of-age Recommended to Dustin by: The Queen of Extreme Horror [aka, Angel] *3.5 stars* DISCLAIMER: I hadn’t heard of Philanthropic Ways prior to the author’s gracious invite to the group read. She provided free e-copies to the participants, for which I’m incredibly grateful, as I probably wouldn’t have taken a chance with it otherwise. Providing it wasn’t contingent upon […]

The Terror (review)

bookshelves: historical-fiction, horror, the-2019-tbr-challenge, challenging-literature, the-2019-a-z-challenge, mythology-folflore, favorites, sai-king-recommends  Recommended to Dustin by: Bondama Recommended for: Holly Torres Rating: 5/5 stars “A brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror. Being marooned in arctic ice with nothing to eat but your shoes (or — gulp — a helping of shipmate stew) is bad enough; the unseen white monster stalking the nights is worse. Put a […]