Book Bind ~ Zombie Island


13004927A Shakespeare Undead Novel

by Lori Handeland

Pages 265

started april 9

finished  29

I don’t remember how I acquired this but I’m sure I got it at a thrift store, dollar store or something like that. Considering it said Shakespeare on it, I guess him as a character in a book interested me, oh and I guess the fact he’s a vampire in it helped as well!  Funny he doesn’t look like he would be, not even n the book cover does he have the physical characteristics that tell me one is a vampire. (takes one to know one 😉  )

Anyway aside from the two mentioned, the story interested me for some reason. I guess maybe I thought it sounded like a cross between Romeo and Juliet, and Walking Dead meets Lost?…

 

Back Cover Plot summary

In order to rid the love of his life the Dark Lady Katherine Dymond from the embrace of the encumbrance of her husband, Will concocts a plan to make her sleep the sleep of the dead. Once everyone is convinced she has passed, he plans to awaken her, then spirits her away to London where she will assume a new identity and they can live happily ever after. What could go wrong?

But of course as often is the case with true love, all does not go smoothly as planned. When the two are shipwrecked on an island ruled by a Wizard and a Nymph, and is infested with zombies, Will and Kate must stop an even larger plot aloof, one that leads to the royal palaces of Queen Elizabeth.

a Sorcerer, Vampire, and Zombies  OH MY! Oh,  and an Elf too!

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Book Bind ~ Ghouls just Haunt to have Fun


I took into consideration how long it took me to read (and give up on) the last book I read. So with that I wanted something that was familiar and I enjoyed once before, so first I thought to read a Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich, but I’d have to dig through my pile (and I was too tired from the past two nights as I couldn’t sleep) So I thought to choose something that was on my to-read shelf.  I had a few choices but this book I thought would be the one I could most likely Hopefully finish in a week or less.

 

See the source imagepages  310 (not including an excerpt from next book)

Started- April 1st

Finished- April 7

I’m not sure if I mentioned it in the previous book of this series I read but I do love that Victoria Laurie mentions what inspired her or gave her the idea for the story.

This story not only covers a living mystery (or 2) but a paranormal one, and the two are connected! One deals with the death of a resident guest,  another is the appearance of a dagger and the spirit attached to it.

M.J.’s partner Gilley has set up a gig without speaking with her first (a running gag and very bad flaw of his). So M.J. and her team go to San Fransico for a ‘Haunted possessions’ show, that she was heavily against figuring it would exploit her abilities even though she’s the real deal.   There are three other mediums that will be on the show, sadly not all are real. There is Heath Whitefeather and 2 others. Of all places, they have to do it in the VERY haunted Duke hotel.

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Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout


Dog Gone, Back Soon (Cyrus Mills, #2)    Fiction, Animals, Humor, Romance

Wait how did a fish write a book?!?!!

Mom has one of those Reader’s Digest large print  book subscriptions. She had a few laughs at this and told me a couple of them. At the start (just a chapter or so in) a big Mastiff comes in, the kid Stu made brownies tells the vet its that chocolate toxicity when in fact it was pot brownies! The dog ate the plate of them!

Being as the book large print books mom gets are 2 in one and therefore condensed, when I got to the end of the book I was just like that’s all? That’s the end? I enjoyed reading the book but wasn’t happy with the ending as it felt like it was someone brushing lint off their shoulder.

I do think it would be cool as a movie tho (maybe a tv movie would end up on Hallmark or some girly station that would be awfully written and acted.

I’d say get the real book, as this just felt like it was missing something but I’m guessing it was just the filler.

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Maggie’s Plan


2015  R  1:38  Romantic Comedy Drama,

** Greta Gerwig, Travis Fimmel, Ethan Hawke,Bill Hader,Maya Rudolph,Julianne Moore

Maggie’s plan to have a child on her own, is derailed when after choosing her sperm donor she meets the man of her dreams.

Ethan Hawke plays John, the married man she falls in love with, whose own marriage to Julianne Moore’s Georgette (I forget what she does as far as work) but she’s colder than the Arctic on a winter day, and is a busy body, hardly any time for the kids let alone paying attention to them. No wonder why he’s straying.

Maggie’s plan in itself was a waste of time in her life as she ends up marrying John, has his kid, and the marrige starts to mirror he old one!  She gets bored  and falls out of love with him and gets him back with his wife. There’s a nice twist at the end during the ice skating but you do need to listen for it and the one she should have been with all along shows just in time! Sequel?? it’s open enough for one. If so I think there will be more of Travis Fimmel which yes I watched only to see him play this pickle entrepreneur. Which was you could say quirky I guess. If Travis weren’t in it I wouldn’t have even bothered watching it.

 

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Addition by Toni Jordan



Bought this book from my cousin before she moved to New Zealand years ago. Though I don’t think its part of a series, I’m still reading it, as when I’m not sure what series to read, I pull a slip of paper from my little trinket box, to help me decide what sort of book to read. I don’t remember what it was

Started this on  January 16th

Finished February 11

Yes I started off slow

As I mentioned on Goodreads …

Welcome inside the mind of Grace; a counter, she counts everything and some of it in an obsessive compulsive way! Where if there’s poppy seeds on her Orange cake she counts them and the number of those is the number of bites she must take to finish the cake!!! Counts the numerology of peoples names, that counting on a base of 60 is a pagan tendency.. (never heard of that.. 9 is normally the number)

Not all that great for my anxiety but I am staying with it just to test myself! Though there are times I can only read a page or 2 at a time.  There are times it makes me want to scream but most definitely need to read in a quiet environment to keep up with all the counting babble, and her panic attacks (if you want to call them that.) She counts her steps from bed to door, the length of her fingers, and so much more. She started doing this as a young child. She’s now or was a math teacher,  and tutor  and does all this un-needed counting.

Oh and nightmare twin (well sort of) her love interest  drops he used to have nightmares about snakes under his bed  and they would come out at night and crawl over him! Thankfully mine did not get so bold and go as far when I was little and dreamed there were some under my bed, and had to go to the bathroom so bad I was screaming cause I was afraid if I put my feet on the floor the snakes would get me. I woke my parents to carry me to the bathroom. To this day I see a snake and my feet reflex onto the bed!

There were a few parts of the book, that I, having delt with  depression and anxiety..and still do have felt.

For instance in my copy on page 235 Grace our Protagonist asks us to consider the number of times you see your body. In the mirror, windows as you walk, or your hands as you are typing or washing something. Your legs in bed and so on. All these times to be confronted by the sight of someone who is not you-not-your hands at the end of not your arms can fill you with a sense of dislocation each second of each minute of the day.

That is similar to how I feel only it’s not my whole body, it’s when I look in the mirror. This has only been a problem since 2011 when I has to go to the emergency room as that;s the ONLY place you can get the help you need when you are depressed! (And so the reason why many likely end up killing themselves when they are)  Since then I look at myself and I wonder who it is in the mirror. Certainly it’s not me, I feel the same inside in the sense that I am me but I have changed. I want the me that I was before 2011 back, and sadly I don’t think that will ever happen.

There’s a good thought she had that made me snicker…the ‘IDIOT’ conference

International Dickheads In Overpriced Ties

The character also explains how everyone may know E=MC2  because they heard it in school or was game show quiz answer but they don’t know what it Really means.  That being

“Matter and energy are the same  thing and everyone and everything is connected by a mathematical formula

In the back of the book there are questions for (I guess a book club) discussion!

 

  1. How would you describe the character of our protagonist, Grace Lisa Vandernburg? Did your Impressions of Grace change throughout the novel?
  2.  Grace can be considered an unreliable narrator, though perhaps not willfully so. How do Grace’s views on Jill her mother and Seamus differ from the views you formed as an objective reader
  3. What Parallels and differences did you discover betwen Graces life and the life of her idol Nikola Tesla?
  4. Do you think the novel is successful in presenting the perspective of someone with obsessive compulsive  disorder? Has it changed your perception of the condition?
  5. How is humor used in the novel?
  6. How and why does the tone of the novel change when grave is undergoing treatment?
  7. One one level Addition is a romantic comedy. How does it deviate  from the typical romantic comedy?
  8. Did the novel end the way you expected? Why or Why not?
  9. Is there a difference between eccentricity and insanity? Why or why not?
  10. Addition is a celebration of small things. What does this mean? What small things might you celebrate in your own life?