Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-02-07
ISBN 10: 0698197690
ISBN 13: 9780698197695
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hungry Ghosts Book Review:

Stephen Blackmoore's dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts. Necromancer Eric Carter's problems keep getting bigger. Bad enough he's the unwilling husband to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, but now her ex, the Aztec King of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli, has come back -- and it turns out that Carter and he are swapping places. As Mictlantecuhtli breaks loose of his prison of jade, Carter is slowly turning to stone. To make matters worse, both gods are trying to get Carter to assassinate the other. But only one of them can be telling him the truth and he can't trust either one. Carter's solution? Kill them both. If he wants to get out of this situation with his soul intact, he'll have to go to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead, and take down a couple of death gods while facing down the worst trials the place has to offer him: his own sins.

Dead Things

Dead Things
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-02-05
ISBN 10: 110163524X
ISBN 13: 9781101635247
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dead Things Book Review:

Stephen Blackmoore's dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts. Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with. He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course. When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him. But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why. Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him. Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay. As long as they don't kill him first.

Ghost Money

Ghost Money
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-04-28
ISBN 10: 0756412978
ISBN 13: 9780756412975
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ghost Money Book Review:

The fifth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts. The Los Angeles Firestorm killed over a hundred thousand people, set in revenge against necromancer Eric Carter for defying the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. Carter feels every drop of that blood on his hands. But now there's a new problem. Too many ghosts in one spot and the barrier separating them from the living cracks. And when they cross it, they feed off all the life they can get hold of. People die. L.A. suddenly has a lot more ghosts. But it's not just one or two ghosts breaking through: it's dozens. Another mage is pulling them through the cracks and turning them into deadly weapons. Eric follows a trail that takes him through the world of the Chinese Triads, old associates, old crimes. And a past that he thought he was done with. Carter needs to find out how to get things under control, because if more ghosts break through, there's going to be even more blood on his hands.

Fire Season

Fire Season
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-04-16
ISBN 10: 0756412951
ISBN 13: 9780756412951
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fire Season Book Review:

The fourth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts. Los Angeles is burning. During one of the hottest summers the city has ever seen, someone is murdering mages with fires that burn when they shouldn't, that don't stop when they should. Necromancer Eric Carter is being framed for the killings and hunted by his own people. To Carter, everything points to the god Quetzalcoatl coming after him, after he defied the mad wind god in the Aztec land of the dead. But too many things aren't adding up, and Carter knows there's more going on. If he doesn't figure out what it is and put a stop to it fast, Quetzalcoatl won't just kill him, he'll burn the whole damn city down with him.

Broken Souls

Broken Souls
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-08-05
ISBN 10: 0698175328
ISBN 13: 9780698175327
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Broken Souls Book Review:

Stephen Blackmoore's dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts. Sister murdered, best friend dead, married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. Necromancer Eric Carter's return to Los Angeles hasn't gone well, and it's about to get even worse. His link to the Aztec death goddess is changing his powers, changing him, and he's not sure how far it will go. He's starting to question his own sanity, wonder if he's losing his mind. No mean feat for a guy who talks to the dead on a regular basis. While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte's hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone's form, powers, and memories. Identity theft is one thing, but this guy does it by killing his victims and wearing their skins like a suit. He can be anyone. He can be anywhere. Now Carter has to change the game -- go from hunted to hunter. All he has for help is a Skid Row bruja and a ghost who's either his dead friend Alex or the manifestation of Carter's own guilt-fueled psychotic break. Everything is trying to kill him. Nothing is as it seems. If all his plans go perfectly, he might survive the week. He's hoping that's a good thing.

City of the Lost

City of the Lost
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-01-03
ISBN 10: 1101563133
ISBN 13: 9781101563137
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

City of the Lost Book Review:

Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing.

Assassins Dawn

Assassins  Dawn
Author: Stephen Leigh
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2013-05-07
ISBN 10: 1101620005
ISBN 13: 9781101620007
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Assassins Dawn Book Review:

Neweden is a world whose gods are death and fate, and it’s here that the Hoorka have arisen: a guild of assassins, whose single law is that the victim must always retain a tiny but finite chance of escape. If the victim can survive until dawn, they may go free. But the rich and powerful don’t care to have their will thwarted, and so the Hoorka must deal with the consequences of their own ethics. Gyll, the leader of the Hoorka, also has dreams of taking the guild offworld into the growing society of the Alliance, which is trying to reconstruct a shattered, worlds-spanning empire. Is that dream a genuine possibility, or will exposure to other cultures doom the Hoorka entirely? Gyll must confront internal struggles within his own people, the dangerous politics of Neweden, and the twinned threat and promise of the Alliance. The Hag of Death dances around them, mockingly. Can the Hoorka survive to see the dawn of their own success, an Assassins’ Dawn?

All Bad Things

All Bad Things
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 109
Release: 2014-03-04
ISBN 10: 9781941210000
ISBN 13: 1941210007
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All Bad Things Book Review:

Luke Samson survived the apocalypse but when he found faith things really went to Hell. "Join or die." That was Samson's sermon, and he delivered salvation from the business end of a sledgehammer. His army of God-fearing maniacs marches toward Los Angeles and a war that will bring the heathens to their knees. But every war has a secret. And when the truth behind this crusade gets out, Samson will wish he'd never been saved at all.

Gaslight Grotesque

Gaslight Grotesque
Author: Charles Prepolec,J. R. Campbell,Leslie S. Klinger,Stephen Volk,Lawrence C. Connolly,William Meikle,James A. Moore,William Patrick Maynard,Hayden Trenholm,Neil Jackson,Robert Lauderdale,Leigh Blackmore,Mark Morris,Simon Kurt Unsworth,Barbara Roden
Publsiher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-10-15
ISBN 10: 1894063708
ISBN 13: 9781894063708
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gaslight Grotesque Book Review:

THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON BAKER STREET! Between the shadowy realms of fear and the unforgiving glare of science lies a battleground of unspeakable horror. In vile alleyways with blood-slick cobblestones, impenetrable fog, and the wan glow of gaslight, lurk the inhuman denizens of nightmare. CAN REASON PREVAIL WHEN ELIMINATING THE IMPOSSIBLE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION? Faced with his worst fears, Sherlock Holmes has his faith in the science of observation and deduction shaken to the core in 13 all-new tales of terror from today's modern masters of the macabre!

Unclean Spirits

Unclean Spirits
Author: Chuck Wendig
Publsiher: Abaddon Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-05-08
ISBN 10: 1849975426
ISBN 13: 9781849975421
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unclean Spirits Book Review:

Life begins when your boss is killed. Five years ago, Cason Cole walked away from his wife and son and became a chew toy to an actual god. Now, as the being he both loves and hates lies dying at his feet, the explosion still ringing in his ears, Cason is finally free. For the past thirty years, gods and monsters have walked among us, making us their pawns and playthings. But mortals aren’t the poor things they were in aeons past. It’s time for payback. Includes Bonus Novella Drag Hunt by Pat Kelleher Someone has stolen Coyote’s penis. His quest to retrieve it—his latest victim, Richard Greene, in tow—will drag him into a terrifying conspiracy. Saving the world is going to take everything in his bag of tricks—and he’s suffering from the ultimate performance anxiety. “Ultra-twisted.” Charlie Jane Anders, io9 “A grittier version of American Gods... Unclean Spirits is a lesson in how to write godpunk.” Starburst Magazine “There is a powerful edge to Wendig’s writing, a unique voice that stands apart. This voice is dark, gritty, dirty almost, but elegant and rich and absorbing.” SFBook Reviews

Hungry Johnny

Hungry Johnny
Author: Cheryl Minnema
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 9780873519267
ISBN 13: 0873519264
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hungry Johnny Book Review:

"At the community feast, observing the bounty of festive foods and counting the numerous elders yet to be seated, Johnny learns to be patient and respectful despite his growling tummy"--

Merrick

Merrick
Author: Anne Rice
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2001-01-02
ISBN 10: 9780375412707
ISBN 13: 0375412700
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Merrick Book Review:

In this mesmerizing new novel, Anne Rice demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of myth and magic, as she weaves together two of her most compelling worlds? those of the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair witches.

Black Swan Green

Black Swan Green
Author: David Mitchell
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2006-04-11
ISBN 10: 158836528X
ISBN 13: 9781588365286
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Swan Green Book Review:

By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize Selected by Time as One of the Ten Best Books of the Year | A New York Times Notable Book | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post Book World, The Christian Science Monitor, Rocky Mountain News, and Kirkus Reviews | A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist | Winner of the ALA Alex Award | Finalist for the Costa Novel Award From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys’ games on a frozen lake; of “nightcreeping” through the summer backyards of strangers; of the tabloid-fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll; of the cruel, luscious Dawn Madden and her power-hungry boyfriend, Ross Wilcox; of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck, an elderly bohemian emigré who is both more and less than she appears; of Jason’s search to replace his dead grandfather’s irreplaceable smashed watch before the crime is discovered; of first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran LPs, and first deaths; of Margaret Thatcher’s recession; of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire; and, even closer to home, of a slow-motion divorce in four seasons. Pointed, funny, profound, left-field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life, Black Swan Green is David Mitchell’s subtlest and most effective achievement to date. Praise for Black Swan Green “[David Mitchell has created] one of the most endearing, smart, and funny young narrators ever to rise up from the pages of a novel. . . . The always fresh and brilliant writing will carry readers back to their own childhoods. . . . This enchanting novel makes us remember exactly what it was like.”—The Boston Globe “[David Mitchell is a] prodigiously daring and imaginative young writer. . . . As in the works of Thomas Pynchon and Herman Melville, one feels the roof of the narrative lifted off and oneself in thrall.”—Time

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
Author: Matthew Hutson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-04-12
ISBN 10: 1101561734
ISBN 13: 9781101561737
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking Book Review:

In this witty and perceptive debut, a former editor at Psychology Today shows us how magical thinking makes life worth living. Psychologists have documented a litany of cognitive biases- misperceptions of the world-and explained their positive functions. Now, Matthew Hutson shows us that even the most hardcore skeptic indulges in magical thinking all the time-and it's crucial to our survival. Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, Hutson shows us that magical thinking has been so useful to us that it's hardwired into our brains. It encourages us to think that we actually have free will. It helps make us believe that we have an underlying purpose in the world. It can even protect us from the paralyzing awareness of our own mortality. In other words, magical thinking is a completely irrational way of making our lives make rational sense. With wonderfully entertaining stories, personal reflections, and sharp observations, Hutson reveals our deepest fears and longings. He also assures us that it is no accident his surname contains so many of the same letters as this imprint.

Blackbirds

Blackbirds
Author: Chuck Wendig
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2015-05-05
ISBN 10: 1481448668
ISBN 13: 9781481448666
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Blackbirds Book Review:

The first book in the Miriam Black series: “A sassy, hard-boiled thriller with a paranormal slant” (The Guardian) about a young woman who can see the darkest corners of the future. Miriam Black knows how you’re going to die. This makes her daily life a living hell, especially when you can’t do anything about it, or stop trying to. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides. She merely needs to touch you—skin to skin contact—and she knows how and when your final moments will occur. Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But then she hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, and she sees in thirty days that Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and Miriam will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try. “Think Six Feet Under co-written by Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk” (SFX), and you have Blackbirds: a visceral, exciting novel about life on the edge.

Sapiens

Sapiens
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2014-10-28
ISBN 10: 0771038526
ISBN 13: 9780771038525
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sapiens Book Review:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. 100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

A Book for All Readers

A Book for All Readers
Author: Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2020-08-11
ISBN 10: 3752422831
ISBN 13: 9783752422832
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Book for All Readers Book Review:

Reproduction of the original: A Book for All Readers by Ainsworth Rand Spofford

Cursed City

Cursed City
Author: William Massa
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2018-05-09
ISBN 10: 9781981057610
ISBN 13: 1981057617
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cursed City Book Review:

My name is Mike Raven. I hunt nightmares.Demons murdered my parents when I was eight. Turns out my folks were paranormal investigators and Hell always settles its scores. Naturally I decided to join the family business. For two decades I've studied the occult and traveled the world fighting monsters. Vampires. Shifters. Demons. Ghosts. I've faced them all. But my biggest challenge lay ahead... From the moment Celeste stepped into my office, I knew she was in trouble. Black magic trouble. Her father had promised her soul to a powerful demon on the day she was born. Now, twenty-one years later, the forces of darkness were gathering to collect their long-awaited prize. Guess who's about to pick a fight with the Devil himself...

Sealskin

Sealskin
Author: Su Bristow
Publsiher: Orenda Books
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2016-12-20
ISBN 10: 1910633615
ISBN 13: 9781910633618
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sealskin Book Review:

What happens when magic collides with reality? Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous ... and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence? Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape, the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize-winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider, and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is, nonetheless, a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable. For fans of Angela Carter, Eowyn Ivey, Alice Hoffmann and Geraldine Brooks.

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
Author: Julian Jaynes
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 508
Release: 2000-08-15
ISBN 10: 0547527543
ISBN 13: 9780547527543
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind Book Review:

National Book Award Finalist: “This man’s ideas may be the most influential, not to say controversial, of the second half of the twentieth century.”—Columbus Dispatch At the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes's still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion—and indeed our future. “Don’t be put off by the academic title of Julian Jaynes’s The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Its prose is always lucid and often lyrical…he unfolds his case with the utmost intellectual rigor.”—The New York Times “When Julian Jaynes . . . speculates that until late in the twentieth millennium BC men had no consciousness but were automatically obeying the voices of the gods, we are astounded but compelled to follow this remarkable thesis.”—John Updike, The New Yorker “He is as startling as Freud was in The Interpretation of Dreams, and Jaynes is equally as adept at forcing a new view of known human behavior.”—American Journal of Psychiatry