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The series I loved at 12 .. The first step in recovery is to admit you have a problem…

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Authors, Books, Cabin Commentary | 8 comments

Stephen King Books

Hello my name is Kriss and I read… no.. not ready yet, yes I can admit  I have a problem, the problem is I am haunted by a series of books I loved when I was 12. (I will get there I promise) My mother let me read them, so I guess we can blame here right? Of course young adult horror books were obviously more healthy than those “…horrific psychologically damaging books that awful Stephen King writes! End of the world? Pigs Blood? Kristine Louise, NO! I will not buy The Shining! Here read this nice one by Judy Blume!” (swallowing back the bile)

Wait, before I tell you, I have to finish the tale. I need to work up to this because, frankly I am horrified I loved these and still feel the need to pick them back up when I see them in the pile at Value Village.. maybe, ohh they are only a quarter for each… *tapping toe*… *chewing fingernail* … no.. NO! I will resist. OK Here, is my long winded  tale of how the addiction began…

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Can Max and his Sailboat get me to Quiddity? ‘The Great and Secret Show’ by Clive Barker

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Authors, Books, Cabin Commentary, Hero Worship, Musing Mondays, Reviews | 11 comments

Musing Mondays {March 26}

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be ReadingEach week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This week’s musing asks…

Have you ever found a book out of the blue, read it, and then had it be surprisingly good — one that stuck with you for years? If so, what book was it?

This was a difficult one. I have been reading on my own since I was 3-years old. I have memories of my mother reading me to sleep with Where the Wild Things Are. I remember the day I read on my own for the first time, with the help I probably knew most of it by heart. The hours and days spent dreaming about reigning over my own tribe of monsters at my beck and call. (This probably is the source of my imaginary friend my own personal George my Mutant Polar Bear).  I think Wild Things planted the seed of my love for horror and fantasy.

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Musing Mondays {March 19} Would you judge a book by it’s cover?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Books, Cabin Commentary, Fun, Musing Mondays, Writing | 10 comments

This week’s musing asks…

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

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Would you choose to review a book if its description sounded interesting but the cover was terrible?

I have this memory of kicking a piece of gum stuck to the indoor outdoor carpet sample I was sitting on in my elementary school Library afraid to look up because the scary lady just yanked a pretty book out of my hand and made all of us 1st grade children sit down and listen to a lecture.

Artondale Elementary School in Gig Harbor, WA had an evil librarian. She would not let you choose a book because you thought the cover was pretty, in fact she even covered books up with plain book covers so we would choose them because the content looked good, the story, NOT the cover. I still hear that woman’s voice in my head:

Never judge a book by it’s cover!!

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‘Latter-Day of the Dead’ by Kevin Krohn (review of zombie-licious book)

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Authors, Books, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Reading, Reviews | 4 comments

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Earlier this month I was approached by the author, Kevin Krohn and asked to review his book. At first I thought, “Dang it why this month! I have no time…” then I opened the e-mail and read this:

“…It is horror/thriller…and I saw you have a Zombie section!  A brief description would be that it is a zombie-type outbreak on a polygamist compound in rural Utah…”

He had me at polygamist zombies.. the idea of a zombie outbreak on a polygamist compound! I was floored, it would mean families with children and I thought “Wow! OK I am making time for this book.” Anyone who is serious about the sociological implications of unique cultural structures will appreciate the amount of research that was obviously done to present this book as factually as possible coming from someone who is not a Latter-Day Saint. In fact I had to ask him if he was because it was so full of facts and colloquialisms that I did not want to offend him by asking a few questions after I finished reading.

“If I had to describe staring down that hallway in two words I would probably use: extra and creepy”

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