June 2nd, 2011

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First Two Books for June

What it's about:
A collection of 20 stories by award-winning author Scott Nicholson, including "Scarecrow Boy," "Dog Person" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." From the author of THE RED CHURCH, THEY HUNGER, and the story collections FLOWERS and THE FIRST, these stories visit haunted islands, zombie churches, disturbed families, and a lighthouse occupied by Edgar Allan Poe. Exclusive introduction by Jonathan Maberry, author of THE DRAGON FACTORY and GHOST ROAD BLUES. The afterword explains where the ideas for the stories came from.
My Thoughts:
I don't have much to say about this one. The stories were too tame and not at all scary. On top of that, there were like maybe four different plots that kept getting repeated in all of them. So if you like horror story collections, I would recommend just passing this one. It's not really worth the time it takes to read it. There are far better collections out there.
Number of Pages: Kindle Book, not sure.
Stars: 2..just because I liked 3 of the stories.

What it's about:
Ben Alderman and his sister Casey discover a portal to a world of magic, a world discovered, shaped, and settled by wizards. It is a world where elves and dwarves are locked in mortal combat against a witch who is trying to free the last wizard from exile. The witch has been defeated once before but with the combined power of the wizard, no one will be able to stand against them.
My Thoughts:
I thought The Thirteenth Unicorn by W.D. Newman was a very cute fairy tale that I believe any child would enjoy reading. The book is flawed and the writing isn't the greatest but it's a great book if you are a fan of fairy tales and just want a quick story to read. As far as I know, The Thirteenth Unicorn is currently only available via e-readers but if you own a Kindle, you can get it for free. So really, you have nothing to lose if you don't like it and decide not to finish it but it is worth a try.
I believe Newman is currently writing the sequal to this book called Black Dragon.
Number of Pages: Kindle Book
Stars: 4