Log in

Little Willow [userpic]

Dead Ringers by Christopher Golden

November 3rd, 2015 (08:00 am)

Current Mood: impressed
Current Song: The X-Files score music by Mark Snow

Hey horror fans: Pick up a copy (or two) of Dead Ringers by Christopher Golden. Here's the premise:

When Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband Nick on a Boston sidewalk, she's furious at him for pretending he doesn't know her. She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discover that he's in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. But if Nick's in New Hampshire...who did she encounter on the street?

Frank Lindbergh's dreams have fallen apart. He wanted to get out of the grim neighborhood where he'd grown up and out of the shadow of his alcoholic father. Now both his parents are dead and he's back in his childhood home, drinking too much himself. As he sets in motion his plans for the future, he's assaulted by an intruder in his living room...an intruder who could be his twin.

In an elegant hotel, Tess will find mystery and terror in her own reflection. Outside a famed mansion on Beacon Hill, people are infected with a diabolical malice...while on the streets, an eyeless man, dressed in rags, searches for a woman who wears Tess's face.

Dead Ringers was released November 3rd, 2015.

If you're new to the world of Golden books, check out my post Where to Start: Reading Christopher Golden.
My favorite standalone novel by Golden is The Boys Are Back in Town.
His latest releases include Tin Men and Inheritance.

Little Willow [userpic]

Dead Ringers Contest

November 2nd, 2015 (07:37 pm)

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Shallow Love by Gabrielle Aplin

deadringers       DEAD RINGERS cover 2

Christopher Golden just unveiled a cool, creepy new contest to accompany his cool, creepy new book DEAD RINGERS - Here's an intro to the contest and to the book in Golden's own words:Time to get your evil on! (And your PhotoShop skills!)

In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson said "in each of us, two natures are at war - the good and the evil." For the DEAD RINGERS Photo Contest, I want to see both of your natures on display. As the novel opens, Frank Lindbergh is assaulted in his home by a man who wears his face and Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband on a Boston street...which is impossible, because her ex is out of state, on vacation with his new girlfriend. You can read more about the book here, but what you really want to know about is THE CONTEST!

WHAT YOU DO: Create a photo of yourself or a friend being menaced by your (or his or her) evil twin! Subtle or very unsubtle, quiet or bloody, however you want to compose it. If you're a real life twin, all the better for you (no PhotoShop required). Post the photo at the contest announcement at Christopher Golden's blog, and then the judges get to choose the best and creepiest of the lot!

WHO GETS TO JUDGE: In addition to Christopher Golden, the judges deciding the winner will be author and actress AMBER BENSON (The Witches of Echo Park/Buffy the Vampire Slayer), authors JONATHAN MABERRY (Joe Ledger series/Rot & Ruin series), SARAH PINBOROUGH (The Death House/Mayhem), BRIAN KEENE (The Rising/King of the Bastards), and ANGELA BETTIS (actress, star of May, The Woman, and Drones)!

An All-New Kindle Paperwhite (valued at $119-$139)!
TWO Hardcover, Signed, Personalized copies of DEAD RINGERS (one for you and one for the evil twin of your choice, natch)!
A character named after you in Christopher Golden's next novel!
And, of course, eternal glory!

DEADLINE: All photos must be posted by midnight (Eastern time) on Tuesday, November 10th.

What are you waiting for? Take a picture and enter it in the contest!

Little Willow [userpic]

Best Books of October 2015

October 31st, 2015 (08:00 am)

Current Mood: cheerful
Current Song: Ref by Pentatonix

October 2015: 15 books and scripts read

Recommended for Teens
Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel
Amity by Micol Ostow

Recommended for Kids
Louise Trapeze is Totally 100% Fearless by Micol Ostow, illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Little Willow [userpic]

Poetry Friday: Unbidden by Rae Armantrout

October 30th, 2015 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Apologies by Jillian Edwards

The ghosts swarm.
They speak as one
person. Each
loves you. Each
has left something


Did the palo verde
blush yellow
all at once?

Today's edges
are so sharp

they might cut
anything that moved.


The way a lost

will come back

You're not interested
in it now,

in knowing
where it's been.

- Unbidden by Rae Armantrout

View all posts tagged as Poetry Friday at Bildungsroman.

View the roundup schedule at A Year of Reading.

Learn more about Poetry Friday.

Little Willow [userpic]

Amity by Micol Ostow

October 28th, 2015 (06:42 pm)

Current Mood: grateful
Current Song: Sing by Pentatonix

Looking for a book to give you goosebumps this Halloween? Check out Amity by Micol Ostow. Inspired by the house on 112 Ocean Avenue - the Amityville Horror - this work of fiction follows two teenaged protagonists who moved in the same house ten years apart. Gwen and Connor narrate alternating sections in first person, making readers privy to their innermost thoughts as they begin to see and hear things which are out of the ordinary: faces in mirrors, dirt and blood on their own hands and faces, whispers in the night. Objects appear and disappear from different rooms in the house; the air thickens and chills. Yet no one else seems to see and hear these things. No one, except...

Each protagonist has a sibling that is (or was) close to them: Connor has a twin sister, while Gwen has a brother who is barely a year older, a brother who has become more distant and hostile since they moved into the house. Meanwhile, ten years earlier, Connor had a similar temperament, giving into dark thoughts and violent urges, seeming to feed on the evil energy of the house while simultaneously it fed on him.

The parallels between the two stories grow more evident as the story continues, and then things begin to line up, overlap, and explode.

The dual narrative definitely works in this scenario, with Gwen's fear that she is going crazy (again) contrasting effectively with Connor's unapologetic enjoyment as he embraces his darkness. Gwen thinks she's pathetic, but readers will find her sympathetic; Connor is twisted, and he likes it that way. It is interesting to note that both characters are trying to be happy in their own ways and both are pretending to be something they're not.

With short, unnumbered chapters - sometimes no longer than three-quarters of a page - the action moves quickly, and the format and plotting of the story should attract and intrigue horror fans, even those with shorter attention spans.

Little Willow [userpic]

Louise Trapeze Is Totally 100% Fearless by Micol Ostow, illustrated by Brigette Barrager

October 24th, 2015 (09:55 am)

Current Mood: productive
Current Song: Avalanche by Duncan Sheik

Louise Trapeze performs with her parents in the Sweet Potato Circus, but only her parents are allowed to fly from one trapeze to another, while Louise has to do her tricks on one low bar that doesn't swing. Louise's mama and daddy have always said that she'll be allowed to perform on the real flying trapeze when she's nine years old - which seems so far away when you're six-almost-seven years old - but the night before her seventh birthday, they tell her they are going to let her perform on a higher-than-usual trapeze now instead of later! Finally, her dream is coming true!

...except the thought of getting on that new trapeze, which is so high in the air and so far above the net, makes Louise just a little bit nervous. She realizes she might be just a little bit scared of heights! She doesn't tell anyone - not her parents, not her best friend, Stella - and she doesn't want to admit it to herself, because she wants to be a big kid and an awesome performer. But how can she do that when even the thought of getting on that so-high-up trapeze makes the butterflies in her stomach flutter so, so hard?

Louise Trapeze Is Totally 100% Fearless, the first book in a new series for young readers, is sure to delight youngsters who can't wait to be a "big kid" and want to do "grown up" stuff, but are a little nervous, worried, or scared about growing up or feel like they are not physically or emotionally capable to do the things they want so badly to do. Think of the kid who wants to ride a bike but is scared to take off the training wheels.

Written by Micol Ostow, who also writes young adult novels, this sweet story is accompanied by Brigette Barrager's black, white, and pink illustrations. Barrager's style perfectly compliments this story and setting, and it's lovely to see a wide variety of characters, people and critters alike, that are big and tall, short and small, all different shades and sizes. It also must be said that Stella's hair is enviable! Look closely at the illustrations for a nod to Uni the Unicorn, a book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal which Brigette Barrager also illustrated, as well as a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ([Spoiler (click to open)]One of the characters in the Sweet Potato Circus shares a name with a beloved pet from Sunnydale!)

Louise Trapeze Did NOT Lose the Juggling Chickens, the next book in the series, will be available in 2016.

Little Willow [userpic]

Poetry Friday: Epilogue to the Breakfast Table Series by Oliver Wendell Holmes

October 23rd, 2015 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: sick
Current Song: But You Won't by David Cook

A crazy bookcase, placed before
A low-price dealer's open door;
Therein arrayed in broken rows
A ragged crew of rhyme and prose,
The homeless vagrants, waifs, and strays
Whose low estate this line betrays
(Set forth the lesser birds to lime)

This is the opening stanza from Epilogue to the Breakfast Table Series by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Here are two of my favorite stanzas from the poem:

What have I rescued from the shelf?
A Boswell, writing out himself!
For though he changes dress and name,
The man beneath is still the same,
Laughing or sad, by fits and starts,
One actor in a dozen parts,
And whatsoe'er the mask may be,
The voice assures us, This is he.


And his is not the playwright's page;
His table does not ape the stage;
What matter if the figures seen
Are only shadows on a screen,
He finds in them his lurking thought,
And on their lips the words he sought,
Like one who sits before the keys
And plays a tune himself to please.

Click here to read the Epilogue in its entirety.

View all posts tagged as Poetry Friday at Bildungsroman.

View the roundup schedule at A Year of Reading.

Learn more about Poetry Friday.

Little Willow [userpic]

Savage by Thomas E. Sniegoski

October 16th, 2015 (03:59 pm)

Current Mood: creative
Current Song: Once Should Be Enough by Jillian Edwards

Savage by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Hot on the heels of his latest release, A Deafening Silence in Heaven, and the announcement of his next series, The Demonists, there's another Tom Sniegoski book on the horizon: Savage.

Sidney and her friends must race to find the origin of a storm that has hit their small island home - turning every animal into savage weapons - in this suspenseful thriller from New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Sniegoski.

The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore as she as she gets ready to leave the small island of Benediction behind for one of Boston's top veterinary schools. Only a few small bumps in the road to navigate before she can go - her father's recovery from a debilitating stroke, and her own guilt for ending her relationship with her high school sweetheart. But she's always been strong willed, and she's not about to let anything stop her from achieving her goals.

Now a storm is bearing down on Benediction, a hurricane that will bring devastating winds and rain, rising tides...and something else. Something deadly; something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl, and flutter into instruments of terror and death.

The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore...if only she can survive the storm.

Savage by Thomas E. Sniegoski will be published on May 31st, 2016 by Simon Pulse.

Little Willow [userpic]

Poetry Friday: Week-night Service by D.H. Lawrence

October 16th, 2015 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: satisfied
Current Song: The X-Files score music by Mark Snow

The silver moon
That somebody has spun so high
To settle the question, yes or no, has caught
In the net of the night's balloon,
And sits with a smooth bland smile up there in the sky
Smiling at naught,
Unless the winking star that keeps her company
Makes little jests at the bells' insanity,
As if he knew aught!

- selected lines from Week-night Service by D.H. Lawrence

View all posts tagged as Poetry Friday at Bildungsroman.

View the roundup schedule at A Year of Reading.

Learn more about Poetry Friday.

Little Willow [userpic]

Poetry Friday: Make Them Gold by Chvrches

October 9th, 2015 (06:00 am)
Current Mood: inspired
Current Song: Make Them Gold by Chvrches

We are made of our longest days
We are falling but not alone
We will take the best parts of ourselves
And make them gold

We are made of our smallest thoughts
We are breathing and letting go
We will take the best parts of ourselves
And make them gold

- from the song Make Them Gold by Chvrches

If you can't see the video player embedded above, click here to listen to the song on YouTube.

View all posts tagged as Poetry Friday at Bildungsroman.

View the roundup schedule at A Year of Reading.

Learn more about Poetry Friday.