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Lauranahe

Lauranahe

Joined January 2019

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Ghostland by Duncan Ralston
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Pressure | Jeff Strand
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This. Was. TENSE. The Pressure just builds and builds, and it‘s great. It starts out as kind of a YA story: Alex is 12 and at boarding school he meets Darren. Darren is…not ok. Then later in college they run into each other, and things slowly spiral into extreme-ish horror from there. The pressure never lets up, through the years and the gore and the torture.

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Parasyte | Hitosi Iwaaki
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Ok, last one (for a bit). Loved this! Loved the story of aliens taking over human bodies, the social commentary, the gore, the weirdness…I have the next one on hold at the library!

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Today is graphic novel day! I‘ve read about Nellie Bly before, so I was excited to read a graphic novel about her stay in an insane asylum. She was a bad-ass woman!

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Joe Hill's Rain | Joe Hill, David M. Booher
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I read the short story a while ago, so don‘t remember too much. I found this graphic novel to be beautiful; the artwork was gorgeous, and the story was great. Very quick read. I want more!

DimeryRene Love this comic! 3d
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The Collector | John Fowles
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The book is…a lot. A man stalks Miranda, an art student, and eventually kidnaps her. He keeps her in his basement, in a room he specially designed for her. We read from his viewpoint for part of the book, and from her view in an epistolary form. At times it dragged, especially her diary section, but the whole of the book is incredibly chilling. He‘s so evil. There‘s also a study in social classes and a power struggle between the two characters.

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Mehso-so

I feel like I‘m in the minority, because I thought this was only meh. The writing felt a little self-published to me, like it could be cleaned up. There would be scenes between characters, then someone would talk and I was like “that person been there the whole time? Where‘d they come from??” There were jumps in time and action that were very abrupt. But I did laugh a few times, and I appreciated the French jokes. And I did not guess the end!

TheKidUpstairs The series definitely gets better as it goes, as she develops her groove with it! 1w
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Sinner | Sierra Simone
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Y‘all…this had me 🥵🥵🥵😳🥺🥺🥺😭😭🥺🥵😩😃🥵🥵🥵 Read it. Oh man.

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Just Like Home | Sarah Gailey
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This was a wild ride! It had some turns I genuinely didn‘t see coming, and was super tense in several places. Vera is a woman who‘s father was a serial killer. When Vera‘s dying mother calls her to go home, she has to go and confront her past. Definitely not was I expected, but two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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My son and I are starting Goosebumps now, which Im enjoying so far more than other stuff we‘ve been reading. I haven‘t read this probably since I was in junior high, so it was fun revisiting. So many times he was like “no! You can‘t stop there! One more chapter!”

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The Depths | Nicole Lesperance
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I really like this! A girl goes on a vacay with her mom and stepdad to an island, where she encounters ghosts, birds calling her name, and a mysterious boy. I liked the gothic horror feel to it. If you liked Mexican Gothic, I think you‘ll like this!

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I Found You | Lisa Jewell
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I liked this a lot! We get three perspectives: a man who has amnesia is found on a beach, a woman is searching for her lost husband, and in the past a crime takes place. Some of the plot I guessed, some I didn‘t. Quick read, good pacing, fun mystery.

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The Cannibals of Candyland | Carlton Mellick
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Mehso-so

This was…interesting. It‘s my first foray into bizzaro fiction, and it wasn‘t awful, just different. The back says it‘s erotic horror, but I didn‘t think it was very erotic. Mostly gross, but I was here for it. However (I didn‘t like this):trigger warning for eating children/babies.

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So, I had he Stolen Tongues beat out Razorblade Tears, but I kept thinking and thinking about Razorblade Tears. Just the emotions from it and how much I loved it, so I switched it out. It definitely wins for the best book I‘ve read this year, with The Nothing Man in 2nd place and Stolen Tongues in 3rd.

Bookish_AF Definitely spotted some of our book club books in there! Including the winner! 😊 1mo
Lauranahe We have pretty good taste in books! 1mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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The book I just finished isn‘t on litsy, but ima review it anyway. It‘s self-published, so it has typos, but the writing is so good it‘s easy to pass over the mistakes. The story is basically a zombie-like virus outbreak, but grosser. Zombies are gross, but this is another level, and I‘m here for it. I would read more by this author.

Lauranahe Also, there are two places where a female character pees after having s€x, and the way it‘s written the author clearly thinks that women have s€x and pee from the same place. That bothered me a lot, and I did discuss that in a review I‘m pretty sure he‘ll see. If men (or women, I guess) are going to write about female anatomy, I feel like they should educate themselves and be accurate. 1mo
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Finally! I‘ve been reading this at work and in between other books, so it‘s taken me forever. I definitely like the first one best (Callum 😍), but really any big, buff highlander is good times. And Gordain has some…interestingly placed piercings…👀 Love this series!

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Raising Lumie | Joan Bauer
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Mehso-so

I finished this a couple nights ago with my 10 yr old. He still enjoys being read to, and we‘re (my husband and I) happy to oblige (though I think it‘s more the prolonging of bedtime. But whatevs.) We chose this off the Mark Twain nominees, and it wasn‘t my favorite. It‘s cute, it has dogs, but not a lot of substance. I‘m glad it‘s over. Next we‘re reading a goosebumps, which I at least will enjoy more.

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Any Way the Wind Blows | Rainbow Rowell
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Mehso-so

I recently finished reading this with my 13 yr old. I loved the first Simon Snow book, the second one was fine, but this was…long. It was ok. There are some fairly graphic sex scenes that I skipped over; who wants to read smut to their teenage daughter?? The end came together too quickly, and I wasn‘t very satisfied.

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This was so much fun! After slogging through Leech, this was like a breath of fresh air. A disappearance, possible murder, clues and twists…I absolutely recommend!

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Leech | Hiron Ennes
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Mehso-so

I should‘ve bailed early on, but I had read such good reviews that I kept going, thinking it‘d get better. It did in some places, but overall…meh. It‘s kind of a mess of a story, could‘ve been a lot creepier. I guess it‘s gothic horror? 🤷‍♀️

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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Finally getting around to posting this. Took me a while to read, since I had strep and didn‘t read much. I‘ve read this before, and remember liking it, and I was right. Didn‘t remember any details, so it was almost like reading it for the first time. It‘s fun, gory body horror/disease story; while not scary, it‘s creepy.

IamIamIam I've had this on my Bookspin list for a while & it just hasn't come up, lol... going to have to take the leap! 2mo
Lauranahe It‘s a wild ride! 2mo
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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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Interesting month of books, but House of Hollow was my fav.

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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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There was less of everything than I expected; I thought Gage‘s return would be…more. I enjoyed the book, though it dragged on and rambled in parts. I think I prefer the first film.

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Dark Harvest | Norman Partridge
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I put this book on hold in early October, and it finally came in from the library a couple days ago. Ah well. On Halloween night every year teenage boys of the town have to face a monster with a pumpkin for a head. It‘s a short book (just under 200 pgs), and super fun, and apparently will be a movie. 👍👍

Reggie I like this horror journey you‘re on. Lol 3mo
Lauranahe 😂 I put a bunch of horror books on hold at the library at the beginning of October; I didn‘t realize they would take so long to come in! I‘m almost done I think, maybe 2 more. Then I‘ll have to read other stuff. I can only read one genre for so long! 3mo
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The Rats | James Herbert
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Although it read like it has never seen an editor, this was great. I mean, who doesn‘t enjoy mutant rats attacking London?? I think I‘ll put the sequels on my tbr. Recommend!

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Blood Countess | Lana Popovic
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I‘m iffy on this one. I liked the premise of a girl going to work for Elizabeth Bathory. But, it was a little long, and the epilogue has me like 🤔 with how old the characters were.

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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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After going missing with her sisters as children, iris doesn‘t remember what happened. 10 yrs later her oldest sister is missing again, and iris has to unravel the mystery of her past. This was dark and twisted and I really liked it! Kind of a modern day fairy tale.

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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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I forgot to post on Monday!! I got an AWESOME package from @LibrarianRyan ! I look forward to this swap every year, and it was awesome as usual. Thank you thank you thank you!! I‘m already reading House of Hollow and it‘s so good. Also I ate the candy and started coloring in the coloring book. 😃 @wanderinglynn #hhs #hhs22 #hauntedhollowswap

LibrarianRyan It is probably because I‘m sick but did you have a different screen name? I know I sent that package but for some reason the screen names isn‘t clicking. I blame the Sudafed. 3mo
LibrarianRyan Glad you liked it by the way. My fave time of the year too. 3mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃 3mo
Lauranahe No, I‘ve always had this screen name. 😂 My last name is Beers, so maybe you‘re thinking of my actual name? 3mo
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Priest | Sierra Simone
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The ONE book I read in October that wasn‘t horror ended up being my favorite of the month. Oh man it was 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶!

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Mindbend | Robin Cook
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I didn‘t hate it. The mystery was ok. But Adam, the main character, is an asshole. The whole plot could‘ve largely been avoided if he had communicated with his wife instead of yelling at her and “insisting” she obey him without question. And honestly, I doubt even in the 80s nobody walked into an Dr office and said “I‘m so-and-so and I‘m here for an abortion.” 🙄

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The Slob | Aron Beauregard
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Um. Ok. So…I decided to try this one, since it was nominated for a splatterpunk award and I‘ve seen people talking about it. But like…wow. Ok. I feel a little dirty after reading it. I did laugh a couple times, but then the author uses#d the “r” word and I was upset. But then…just the sheer audacity of the sexism and homophobia was…a LOT. Not sorry I read it, but would not recommend.

Reggie Kudos to you for trying something outside your comfort zone. I love horror but splatterpunk and extreme horror is not my jam. 3mo
Lauranahe Yeah, it was my second foray into extreme horror, but my first into splatterpunk. I think I‘m going to write more of my thoughts about it on goodreads, because I have things I want to say. I don‘t think I‘ll be reading more of Beauregard‘s books tho. 3mo
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The Exorcist's House | Nick Roberts
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In 1994, a family moves in to a house that was previously was occupied by an exorcist. And scary stuff starts to happen. Nothing super original or a shocking twist, but still a great time. (Also a few typos, which takes me out of the story, but that‘s easy to fix).

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Deep | Nick Cutter
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I like The Troop and Little Heaven better, but this was still fun. It‘s basically a haunted station at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, so isolation, darkness, claustrophobia…plus some genuinely squirmy gross-out moments. Two thumbs up!

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Priest | Sierra Simone
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I loved this. I maaaaay have laughed at a couple parts, but overall 🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶

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Halloweentown: Witch U. | Juliet Giglio, Keith Giglio, Max Enscoe, Annie Young
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Package is officially in the mail! #hhs #hauntedhollowswap #hhs22 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
wanderinglynn Have you received your #HHS package yet? 3mo
Lauranahe Yes I have, I‘m sorry! 3mo
wanderinglynn Thank you for confirming! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
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Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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This was so different than I was expecting! I liked the Old Hollywood aspect of it, and the magic was just vague enough to feel surreal. It‘s beautifully written.

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This was a fun, quick read! YA ghost story during the 1918 flu pandemic. Fairly predictable, but great for spooky season.

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Book Loft | Columbus, OH (Bookstore)
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While in Columbus for Obsessed Fest, my daughter and I went to The Book Loft, an indie bookstore. 32 rooms of books!! And yes, we got turned around once and slightly lost. It was AMAZING.

Scochrane26 I love that place, but I‘ve only been once (it‘s 3.5 hrs from me). 4mo
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I just sat down and read this straight through. It was…a ride. TW for…everything, I guess. What have you done to deserve your eyes today?

Reggie Yeah this was crazy. But in my 20‘s I knew those girls. And then very quickly stopped hanging out with them. Lol 4mo
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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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In college, Hannah‘s roommate April is murdered. 10ish years later, the man who went to prison for the murder is dead, and new suspicions are coming to light. Did Hannah send the wrong person to prison? Fun book, good twists, but about 100 pages too long.

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House At The End Of The Lane | Angel N Van Atta
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I enjoyed this one! It definitely needs to be picked up by a publishing company and cleaned up; there are lots of grammar mistakes. But the story itself is good, the creep factor is there, and it would make a great movie or tv show!

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Not what I was expecting, but in a good way! Travis has a knack for finding people, so he‘s hired to find Maggie, who‘s been missing for 5 years. His search leads to him into the woods…where he disappears. A couple years later, Theo, Calla and Bee are questioning their life in the secluded community of Pastoral, and they start to find clues about Travis and Maggie…very good mystery, some fun twists, definitely recommend!

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Halloweenies | Dan Fiorella
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My Halloween vibe. Slashers, haunted houses, horror films, Hocus Pocus, nightmare before Christmas, scary books (that‘s Little Heaven by Nick Cutter). I LOVE Halloween! #hauntedhollowswap #hhs22 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 🎃👻🖤🙌🏻 5mo
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I loved this! I was 8/9 in 1989, so I do remember that time. I appreciated all the throwbacks, and the song titles as chapters. The gore was good enough to make me squirm a few times. Highly recommend, and looking forward to the film!

LitStephanie Ooh, that sounds fun! 5mo
Reggie Oof, if anything had happened to Abby and Gretchen I would have died. I loved this book so much. 5mo
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Halloweenies | Dan Fiorella
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1. It‘s a toss up between a wolf and a bat. Can I have both??
2. I don‘t actually have one…but I love all horror…
3. I‘d be the one watching and laughing.
4. This Is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas
5. Either Halloween: Season of the Witch or Hocus Pocus

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wanderinglynn 🎃🙌🏻👻 5mo
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Well. This was gross and exactly what I was hoping for. Roaches and centipedes, semi-extreme horror. 🪳😰

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Stolen Tongues | Felix Blackwell
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July and August were battle of the horror books!

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The Girl Who Survived | Lisa Jackson
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I don‘t know what was wrong with me, but I had a hard time getting into this one. Kara survives a horrible Christmas when, as a child, her family was murdered. Now, twenty years later, her brother who was convicted of the killings is out of prison, Kara is getting cryptic messages, and people start dying again. I think I was in a funk, because I should have enjoyed it more than I did.

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Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? | Eric Powell, Harold Schechter
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What an interesting and disturbing book. We all know who Ed Gein was, and generally his crimes. But this graphic novel is really well researched, and the art is good (and creepy!). Very much like My Friend Dahmer.

vivastory I thought it was very informative! 5mo
Lauranahe It really was! I didn‘t know the specifics of his family at all. It was horrible. 5mo
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