Mr. Death (short story review)

bookshelves: short-stories, urban-fantasy, favoritesRecommended to Dustin by: Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ Rating: 5/5 starsFrom the award-winning and best-selling author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January comes a powerful short story called Mr. Death, published in January 2021 by Apex Magazine. In just over five thousand words, Alix E. Harrow explored the everyday existence of a reaper named Sam Grayson, as he’s tasked to making […]

Columbiano (review)

bookshelves: challenging-literature, historical-fiction, war, kindle, netgalley, we-need-diverse-books, buddy-read, coming-of-ageRecommended to Dustin by: Havelock & Baker Publishing At its core, Columbiano was a story of revenge, and how one young man navigated the world– in many ways a brand-new world– without the unyielding love and protection of his father. I’d never heard of the book or its Australian journalist turned author, Rusty Young, so naturally, when I […]

Untapped Potential (memoir assignment #3)

In this exercise, I chose to write a brief memoir (not exceeding two pages,) about a non-family member from my childhood. Explore my perspective both as a child and as an adult. This one stumped me. I thought I had an idea of what I wanted to write about, but nothing really felt right. I […]

Memoir Writing Assignment #2

*This suggestion asked me to write a two-three page description of a specific time that I struggled with a personal insecurity. I was instructed not to hold anything back, to be very specific. For instance, who was I with when the incident occurred? What made the experience significant? What did my thought processes look like? […]

The Walking Dead, “Find Me,” 10×18 (review)

Earlier in the week, a sneak peak of Find Me was circulating online, and it hinted at an unfamiliar name, simply known as Leah. My curiosity piqued, I clicked on the link and after watching the sixty or ninety second clip, I was baffled because it seemed out of place with the current storylines. Who […]

The Walking Dead, “Home Sweet Home,” 10×17 (a review)

Due to the pandemic restrictions, filming of season eleven was delayed, but all was not gloom and doom. For one, the previous season was extended by six, full-length episodes, making a total of twenty-two instead of the typical sixteen episodes. On the cusp of that, we soon learned that season eleven would be their last. […]

The Whole Town’s Sleeping (review)

bookshelves: short-stories, nostalgic, horror, psychological, suspense, favoritesRecommended to Dustin by: Carrie Chi Lough Rating: 5/5 stars The hot blue-glass eyes of the mannequins watched as the ladies drifted down the empty river bottom street, their images shimmering in the windows like blossoms seen under darkly moving waters. Thankfully, my grandmother was spared the horror and devastation of 9/11, having passed away in […]

Knight in Paper Armor (review)

bookshelves: contemporary, kindle, arc, sci-fi, dystopian, political-intrigue, paranormal, social-issues, jewish, mythology-folflore, coming-of-ageRecommended for: fans of dystopian fictionThis was my first Nicholas Conley, but I’d heard of his other work before. Pale Highway and The Cage Legacy had been on my TBR for years. Needless to say, I was equally thrilled and surprised when he kindly afforded me the opportunity to read an ARC, in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my […]