Werewolves can be boring

Wolf MoonWolf Moon by Cullen Bunn
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The story was very generic, run of the mill werewolf lore, adding nothing to the genre.

The larger, full-sized pages have nice artwork. The actual artwork of the story is ok, but not great. Anatomically so-so and I wasn‘t always sure what I was supposed to see. A bit sloppy and indistinct at times.

The underlined words in the text bubbles irritated me quite a bit.

I started skimming a third into the story. Not recommended, unless you are a fan of B-movie-level horror-trash. Which is ok and can be fun, but in this case it was not my cup of tea.

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Ghost story about a ghost story. Meta ghost?

Uncanny Magazine Issue 25: November/December 2018Uncanny Magazine Issue 25: November/December 2018 by Lynne M. Thomas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review for “The Thing About Ghost Stories“ by Naomi Kritzer, 22 pages, ★★½☆☆

“The most interesting thing about ghost stories is that almost everyone has one.“

A story about a woman collecting ghost stories. Meh. A bit rambling, not quite boring but nothing interesting for me. Her mother‘s Alzheimers and her changing relationship with her was the only redeeming feature, but it was too little to matter.

Can be read for free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/t…

Review for “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher, 1.885 words, 4 pages, ★★★½☆

“There was a land of elven halls and hollows, … there was a campfire, and around it sat a half-dozen men, and a great bull selkie, and a horse the color of night..“

Normally humans fall for the fey and pine after them…

It was ok. Not sure what makes it so special that it gets nominated for a Hugo award.

Can be read for free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/t…

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Conspiracy, politics and zombies

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)Feed by Mira Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We’re the all-purpose opiate of the new millennium: We report the news, we make the news, and we give you a way to escape when the news becomes too much to handle.“
I thought this was epistolary fiction, with the bloggers telling the story solely via a collection of blog posts. Which is the main reason why I didn’t pick up this book sooner. Not a fan of that type of story telling. I was positively surprised that this is a more conventional novel.

The book is set after the apocalypse, in a world where we have somewhat adjusted to living with zombies and managed to carve out livable spaces. No eventual triumph over the dead in sight. Instead we take a look at how society develops with zombies as part of life, in a world that functions despite the thread.

I would have liked to read more about the effect the outbreak had on everyday life. How society coped or didn‘t, what the world looked like. More background, more details, maybe more interaction with normal people. I guess that would have been a different novel altogether. Instead this is a political conspiracy novel, with some zombie action thrown in.

A little too repetitive. I don‘t need an explanation how the body weight impacts the amplification of the virus several times. I understood it the first time.

World building was ok, I had hoped for more. Character development was ok, a little too cardboard template, but not bad. Mostly believable, as type casting goes. One surprising plot twist. The bad guy/conspiracy stuff was predictable and not terribly suspenseful.

Summed up: Good entertainment, something to read on the beach, nice amount of action.

I am pretty sure I will pick up the next book of this series. ★★★★½

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Meanwhile, on Laconia…

Strange Dogs (Expanse)Strange Dogs by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A goodreads friend mentioned that this story made a lot more sense after reading Tiamat‘s Wrath. So here I am. I think you should avoid reading this before Tiamat.

Set on Laconia. The ship building platforms have just come online. And something else…

I find it eerie, how human and mostly nice Winston Duarte comes across here and in Tiamat‘s Wrath. Other than him nobody of the main storyline makes an appearance. It‘s an unrelated story, except for the pink elephant in the room… Enjoyable. A little creepy. Strong Pet Sematary vibes.

Only two-thirds of this ebook are the actual story, the rest is previews and first chapters of two novels. That means Strange Dogs is maybe a little over 60 pages long.

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 21: March/April 2018Uncanny Magazine Issue 21: March/April 2018 by Lynne M. Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review for: And Yet by A. T. Greenblatt, 4.620 words, ~10 pages, ★★★¾☆

A Haunted House. Or rather a house with doors leading to parallel universes. Lovely ending, but generally not my kind of thing.

2018 Nebula Award Finalists / Short Story

Can be read for free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/a…
Author‘s website: https://atgreenblatt.com