Thursday, July 31, 2014

Satan's Mummy vs. Teenage Frankenstein

Satan's Mummy Vs Teenage Frankenstein(Mummy Horror # 2)Satan's Mummy Vs Teenage Frankenstein by Henry Price


Professor Vergerius, aka Satan's Mummy, wants a new body and finds Jake Beaufort, a teenage Frankenstein descendant, to build it for him. However, Kyle, the brain inside the patchwork body, wants only to be reunited with his girlfriend, Sarah. Can he fight off a crocodile, a dwarf, and Beaufort's army of ravenous stitched-up sex salves to find her?

This is the thirteenth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

Satan's Mummy is back and his grindhouse horror-inspired rampage continues. This time, he teams with a teenage made scientist to get a new body. Too bad things don't go as planned for him. There's even more sex in this one than in the last one. Lots of monster on monster action, for the most part.

I didn't quite enjoy this one as much as the first installment. For one thing, it didn't feel like a complete tale, just the first half of something larger. There wasn't much in the way of resolution. Secondly, so much necro-rape. Poor Kyle's junk must have been like raw hamburger by the time he escaped Beaufort's sex dungeon.

Still, it's fun in a nasty, sleazy gorefest kind of way. 2.5 out of 5 stars. When's the next Satan's Mummy come out?

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Satan's Mummy: Mummy Horror #1

Satan's MummySatan's Mummy by Henry Price


Suzanne Waterman and her buxom friend Angelica are invited by the lecherous Professor Caswell to a retreat at his estate and attend lectures by Professor Vergerius. However, Vergerius is really Thoth Sekhmet, a mummy that eats human hearts to survive and his eyes set on Suzanne and Angelica. Can Suzanne's cop boyfriend Vinnie arrive in time to save them?

This is the twelfth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

Satan's Mummy is an homage to the dirty grindhouse horror movies of the 1970's and it shows. It reads like an Italian horror movie, complete with horror movie cliches, only with more sex. The plot is pretty simple. Some college kids are lured to a mansion and carnage ensues. There's a ton of gore but there's even more sex. Girl on girl, girl on girl on dwarf, dwarf on girl, and mummy on girl. And those are just the encounters that involve the main character.

It's a pretty slim book at only 54 pages but packs in a lot of sex and violence. And there was a nice twist at the end, even though I suspected it was coming since Satan's Mummy vs. Teenage Frankenstein: Mummy Horror 2 is already queued up.

Satan's Mummy is a quick dose of sleazy good fun. 3 out of 5 stars.

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Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling

Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede WrestlingPain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling by Heath McCoy


Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling is the story of Stampede Wrestling, from it's beginnings in the early days of professional wrestling to its demise, and the Harts, the family that ran it.

This is the eleventh book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

Up until a few years ago, I watched quite a bit of professional wrestling. My favorites for most of that time came from the Stampede territory so I was pretty excited to read this.

The books starts with the Hart family moving to the Canadian prairie to homestead in the 1920's. What a rough way of life? It's like the American midwest, only much much colder. Once Stu Hart is born, things get cracking. Stu meets Toots Mondt and becomes a wrestler and eventually comes back home to start a wrestling promotion.

Stampede sure must have been a rough territory to work back in the day, with a thousand miles between some towns, unreliable transportation, vicious ribs by the other wrestlers, and the colliding egos of the Hart brothers.

In fact, the more I read about the Hart family, the more I wish I hadn't. They're portrayed in the media as the Kennedys of the wrestling world but act more like a bunch of white trash assholes for the most part. Lots of bickering, backstabbing, and money-grubbing.

The road stories and the parts focusing on the British Bulldogs and Bret Hart were my favorites. Keeping the Dynamite Kid out of trouble on the road must have been a full time job. All the tragedy surrounding everyone who came out of Stampede and made it big were hard to read but not as hard to read as the eventual decline of the promotion and the Hart siblings fighting like pigs at a trough for any money coming into the family because of Owen Hart's death.

Heath McCoy has a journalism background so this was much better written than most wrestling books. Even though there's a morsel of fanboyishness creeping through every once in a while, he keeps things pretty objective, showing the good with the bad. As with most wrestling books, I would have traded some of the non-wrestling bits for more road stories.

3.5 out of 5 stars. It wasn't my favorite wrestling book but it's way ahead of most of the rest of the pack.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Death House Doll

Death House Doll (Prologue Crime)Death House Doll by Day Keene
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When Mike Duvall promised to look in on his dying brother's wife and son, he had no idea he'd find her on death row. Can he clear Mona's name and find out where the diamonds are she supposedly stole?

This is the tenth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

Daye Keene put out one of my favorite early Hard Case Crime offerings, Home is the Sailor, so when I found this as part of my Kindle Unlimited Experiment, I had to try it. With the covers, Prologue Books looks like the Hard Case Crime of e-books, right?

Not if this book is any indication. This was one of those books where I didn't much care what happened by the halfway mark. The main character and his insta-love for his dead brother's wife didn't wash with me, making the rest of the book have to work hard to redeem that first impression. It didn't. It's like when you've made up your mind to dislike someone and they couldn't redeem themselves if they created a time machine and offered to let you test it out.

The writing itself was good and pulpy, though. Keene knows how to turn a phrase, even when his plot is a cliche-ridden yawnfest. By the end, though, I didn't care about what really happened with Mona and the jeweler.

I'm not giving up on Prologue Books but this was really average. It was about as good as one of the weaker books in the Hard Case Crime series. Two stars.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Kindle Unlimited - Day 11

So, today is the eleventh day of my Kindle Unlimited trial experiment.  My savings is nearing $50.  However, my enthusiasm for the whole experiment is waning.  The selection is still the issue.  I'm finding that it's more stuff that I'm willing to read rather than stuff I'm dying to read.  It's like going to a buffet and finding nothing you hate but none of your favorite foods either.

I made an oath to do this damn experiment so I'm going to keep pushing forward.  However, also like a buffet, I feel comfortably full and am not sure I want to fill another plate just to maximize the experience.

It doesn't help that I've been suffering from reading burnout the past few months.  Since joining Goodreads, I've read more books per year than I ever have.  Maybe it's time to cut back to one book per week and focus more on writing and other pursuits.

Jack & Mr. Grin

Jack and Mr. GrinJack and Mr. Grin by Andersen Prunty


When Jack Orange's girlfriend Gina goes missing, he soon gets a sinister phone call from a man that sounds like he's constantly smiling, Mr. Grin. Mr. Grin has Gina and Jack has 24 hours to find them. In the mean time, Mr. Grin is going to have some fun...

This is the ninth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

This is my fourth Andersen Prunty novel and my favorite so far. Jack & Mr. Grin is a psychological horror novel about a man racing the clock to find his girlfriend and the psychopath that is holding her hostage. Complicating things is that Mr. Grin seems all-knowing and people who Jack encounters wind up with a brand on them and get possessed with psychotic rage and try to kill him. Not to mention Mr. Grin repeatedly calling him.

Around the halfway mark, the book was so hard to put down it was as if it was stapled to my hands. Jack manages to figure out where Gina might be held and things get pretty bizarre. It reminded me of the story of Orpheus a few times.

I wanted to love this book but I only wound up liking it quite a bit. Jack had a case of the stupids a few times, like wondering if Mr. Grin had supernatural powers late in the book despite all the supernatural things that had already occurred. Also, there were a few too many unanswered questions about Gina and Mr. Grin. Other than that, it was an easy four star read for me.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian HighwayClaire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When her ex-boyfriend is murdered, Claire DeWitt goes on the case. But what does it have to do with the other case she's working on, The Case of the Missing Horses, or one from her past, The Case of the End of the World? And is there enough cocaine in the San Francisco area for Claire to find her ex-boyfriend's murderer?

This is the eighth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

In the second book in the series, Claire DeWitt continues being the world's greatest detective. This time, Claire's mission is a much more personal one. As she digs through Paul Casablancas' past, she also confronts her own, when she and Tracy were looking for a missing girl in Brooklyn when they were teenagers.

As with the previous book, Claire uses unconventional methods like dreams, tarot cards, and copious amounts of cocaine to keep things going after she exhaust conventional methods. Who knew clues like a missing guitar and poker chips could snowball like they did. Once again, Claire proves she's the World's Greatest Detective.

She also proves she's just barely skating along the border of genius and insanity, getting more self-destructive as the case progresses with her cocaine and pain pills. The case from the past in Brooklyn gives us a glimpse of how Claire got to where she is today.

The second book leaves a lot of questions unanswered, paving the way for the third and final book. Who is the one leaving copies of Detection for people to find? How was it Claire and her friends were the only people to read the Cynthia Silverton books when they were kids? And who was it that cliffhangered Claire's ass at the end of this book?

The writing, as with the previous book, is superb. It reminds me of Megan Abbott and George Pelecanos writing a Nancy Drew mystery. I enjoyed this one slightly less than the first Claire DeWitt book but it was still a great read. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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