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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

One Blood
Qwantu Amaru
Progress: 30%
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel
Ben Aaronovitch
Progress: 80%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 47%
Lava Storm In the Neighborhood (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories) (Volume 1)
Paul D. Scavitto, Sharon Willett, Stephanie Baskerville, Robert Tozer, Shae Hamrick, Christian W. Freed, Rebecca Lacy, Douglas G. Clarke, Mike Boggia, Sylvia Stein, Gail Harkins, Glenda Reynolds, Lynette White, Randy Dutton, Joyce Shaughnessy, Amos Andrew Parker, Laura S
Progress: 76%

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.