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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing. I DO NOT accept review requests but only review books I choose to read and I don't post reviews on Amazon. I'm also persnickity about genre and plot.

Currently reading

Belinda Bauer
Progress: 23%
Ecstasy: A Novel of Alma Mahler
Mary Sharratt
Progress: 9%
Her Name Was Rose
Claire Allan
Progress: 30%
The City of Brass
Suman Chakraborty
Progress: 36%
Unnatural Creatures
Maria Dahvana Headley, Neil Gaiman
Progress: 55%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 64%

October Roundup

Ghost Story - Jeff Brackett A Halloween Tale - Austin Crawley Synchronicity: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence - Chris Mackey Stinger - Robert R. McCammon The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Graphic Novel) - Bo Hampton, Tracey Hampton, Washington Irving Stolen Hours - Michelle M. Pillow The Banished of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood Book 1) - Jeff Wheeler Voices of the Damned - Barbie Wilde

Well, I finished 7 books this month and before the night is over, I intend to finish 1 more!


My best reads of the month were two relatively short ghost stories, Ghost Story by Jeff Brackett and A Halloween Tale by Austin Crawley. Both had excellent writing and some pretty scary stuff happening. The Austin Crawley book would make a good Horror Christmas read, as it's about a group of women conjuring up the Christmas ghosts from A Christmas Carol.


I finished two Netgalley books. Synchronicity by Chris Mackey, which is non-fiction, and The Banished of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler, which is pretty decent Fantasy. Good enough that I requested the two sequels.


I also finished Stolen Hours by Michelle M. Pillow, another ghost story but the less said about it the better, and Stinger by Robert McCammon which was a group read. It was fairly interesting scifi aliens invade small, depressing western town. Then there was Voices of the Damned by Barbie Wilde, which was a little too hardcore horrific for my tastes and last, I will be reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, giving a Classic pride of place as my Halloween read. It's only 62 pages so I have no doubts about finishing it before the night is over.


Not a bad month's reading for me. I still have 4 Netgalley books to finish off, but November is going to bring another attack on the sample pile. It's up to nearly 200 again! I want to clear the deck, and some space, for some Christmas reads in December.