I’m Still Alive…. :)

Hey there folks.

I know, I know, it’s been ages since wrote anything here on The House of 1000 Books.

So, let me make some excuses up for my lack of existence around here.

First off, for the lack of book reviews.  I have picked a book to read that I have been stuck on. I have been slowly trying to grind my way through it.  I just don’t feel it, and when that happens, I read one or two pages a day.  The book is over 700 pages, so that means, it’s going to take me about 700 days to read.  Yup, two years.

My lack of writing.  I have been working on some writing.  Just hadn’t posted any.  I actually wrote a few flash stories, and I’ve also been working on a novel.  *blink* What? A book, you say?  Yes, I said a novel! OH, A NOVEL!

I’ve also been getting back into my old fish hobby, and currently, have three tanks up and running. The most recent one is still cycling. I have some plants in there that seem to be doing ok, but its’ no, so they are pretty thin so far.  I have no idea what I’m going to put in it.  Either more shrimp, dwarf crayfish or Corey’s or maybe some type of small fish like Least Killifish.   The tank is small, so I can’t keep them all, so I have to pick what I want.

Then between all that, I’ve been working and dealing with health crap.  The health crap, I’ve finally come to the decision that I’m going to ignore it as much as I can.  Headaches are still kicking my ass, so let’s see what that develops.

Other than that nothing much is happening in my life.  Wich had me thinking over the last week, but I will save that for another rant.

Short Story Review: Alfie and The Dead Girls by Jamie Stewart

Books-ahoy book my book people!

I just got finished reading the newest short story by the mighty author Jamie Stewart, and for some reason, and now I can’t get the melody of “Oops!… I Did It Again” out of my head.

Ooops he did it again, wrote a story not so long, I never wanted it to end! Oh baby, baby!

So first ladies and gentlemen and all you people from the jury, let me share with you the synopsis as it is clearly written on amazon!!

Synopsis

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The car continued to keep pace, trailing her.
It was unlike any other car she had ever seen. It was old and well maintained, its coat a brilliant aquamarine that gleamed in the sun’s rays.
‘Do you like my car?’ asked Fred, catching her admiring gaze.
Emma’s cheeks burned.
‘Most people do,’ he said, chuckling, ‘it’s a great ride’.

Emma Woods, a quiet, bookish, eleven-year-old is about to start her first day at secondary, which means new classes, new teachers and new classmates.

Emma is terrified and in her terror-stricken state she reaches out to her new school’s social media page to make friends. That’s where she meets Alfie.

Alfie is joining Radcliff Secondary School as well. Alfie likes the books she likes and most importantly he wants to be Emma’s friend. However, now there’s a strange car driven by a strange man trailing Emma with a promise to take her to Alfie.

What follows next is a story that is every parent’s worst nightmare. Alfie & The Dead Girls is perfect for fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, John Grisham, Shirley Jackson, and Harlan Coben.

How do you like those beans?

Well, like you already know if you had ventured onto my blog before, that you are going to hear the thoughts about this story.   So, without further ado, I now lay before you, my insights, my feelings, and my most inner curiosities of Alfie and the Dead Girls.

From the Mush in my Head

This is the third short story that Jamie has given me the pleasure to read, and by far, this one is the best.  Now, now! Settle down, I didn’t say that the other two are crappy by any means, but I do say, I see a lot of improvements as Jamie has been developing his skills as an author!

Special blogger note: Don’t’ believe me when I say that the other two stories are also great? Go ahead, check them out for yourself… Insular and Trick or Treat!

There are overall improvements in the mood of the story,  character creation, plot and structure.

The Climate Between the Covers

Mood.

First the mood of the story.  The book was suspenseful.  You find yourself intrigued by the relationships in the book.

The Construction the Plebeians

Character creation.

Let me start with this.  The people in this book were not plebeians.

In fact, they were well created and rich. Maybe not in the money sense, but definitely in their development.  You could see what was going on in each of the characters heads.

Sometimes I find when you read some stories, characters are all blended together and you don’t get a feeling of their age.  This story could have easily had all the characters feeling the same.  It didn’t.  Emma was clearly a teenager with teenager thoughts of being left out,  Adam unquestionably had father concerns, and Fred was a middle-aged creep.

Creepy Green Cars and Little Girls

The plot.

This page was short. I wish it was longer because personally, I think this could be a full-length book.  It sure was a page-turner.

I loved the structure and how it jumped back and forth.  It was done tactfully and smooth and well marked.

The story itself was original, and believable and wasn’t too far out.

Conclusion

So the bottom line of this story.

The story was a short suspenseful and enjoyable read.  It had strong characters who let you into their heads.  It lured you into the turning-pages craving for more.

Do I recommend this story?  Yes, I do.  This is by far the best story by Jamie.

Do You Want to Know What’s in my Pipeline?

Poke-a-roo book-a-roos!

I thought I would take the time to share with you what is in my upcoming pipeline.  I mean, not that you want to see my pipe or my line.  Not to mention that you probably don’t to see my circles, squigglies, or my cracks!

But regardless, here’s what’s I have planned at the moment!  And I use the word planned lightly.  This is more of an update I guess than anything because I know there are some of you that probably think I gave up on them and have taken my love someplace else!

With that…

Book Reviews and Short Stories

I plan on writing up a couple of book and short story reviews.   One is called Alfie and The Dead Girls written by Jamie Stewart. I have almost all written up. (Probably posted by the time you read this, but if not, then sorry about that, I’m slow!)

I have read NOS4A2 and have some insights and thoughts about that feaking wonderful piece of writing! Damn now that little she’s all grown up, she’s a freak’n bag of dirty hotness, well at least in my mind’s eye.

Get My Slow Self Caught up On Reading

I have to catch up on my reading.  I have two books by G. Edward Smith that I have to read.  The first is called The Collection: Flash Fiction & Short Stories.

And I want to start reading Dragons in the Clouds by David Blair! 

I am also in the middle of Dune which is a book thicker than a phone book unless you live in a remote village in the middle of nowhere and you don’t actually have that many houses.

Of course, I will be writing reviews to match!

Blogger Note: For you young people, a phone book was a book that kept numbers of everyone in your town.  It was arranged in alphabetical order, and it was made out of paper.  You may be able to find one in your local heritage museum.

Other Projects

I will also be posting random things as usual on here Things that don’t actually fit in here, but hey, it’s my place on the intertubes!

Writing contest.  I am going to write a flash story and submit it. I know my writing isn’t up to par like the wonderful people above, but I am going to give it a whirl!

Goals

I have a feeling this month is going to have its ups and downs, health-wise and mentally, but hey, let the sunshine in, and everything will be ok!  So, as far as goals go, I have no goals.

Conclusion

As usual, I have bitten off more than I can chew.  I haven’t forgotten any of you, and I’ll slowly but surely make my way through my pipeline.  If I pick up more things to get too, sorry about that. 🙂

So, what do cats have to with this anyways? Nothing.

DAILY CHALLENGE: Say hello to a stranger.