Coolthulhu Reads: January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Banner for the Bi-Monthly Reading Check In January is over? Wow. January is over already. It’s safe to say that 2017 is flying by. My reading basically crawled to a halt in the past couple of weeks. For some reason, I’ve been majorly off my game and suddenly not getting through books nearly as quickly as I’d like. GracieKat has, at least, been plugging along!(The weekly check-in meme was started by Sam at Taking on a World of Words )

As usual, covers link to Goodreads.

January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

What We’re Reading

Book cover for Mutationem by Phoenix Jericho

Mutationem by Phoenix Jericho

This is a Netgalley review book. Publication date is March 7, 2017.

“Decades after World War III, nuclear war is decimating the planet. Amidst the turmoil and destruction lies one last drop of hope: the most ambitious space mission ever planned, to be executed by the largest earthly spacecraft. The goal? For the crew aboard IWSA-24 to be the first to colonize Alpha-64, located 100 Earth years away. The clock is ticking, with the launch only a few weeks out. But when the war takes a calamitous turn only minutes before the shuttle’s first flight simulation, suddenly the crew on board realize they are the planet’s only survivors. With minimal provisions, equipment, and astronauts, a new set of questions arise for Captain Kriss and her all-female crew: will IWSA-24 have enough fuel to make it to Alpha-64? Will they devise a plan to secure male DNA in time to save humanity? What mysteries and unknowns lurk on this faraway planet? What starts as an unlikely community of lovers, enemies, scientists, and spies evolves rapidly as the crew approaches Alpha-64.” – Goodreads


Book cover for Hellfire

Hellfire by John Saul

This is a random pick horror read for the 2017 Horror Reading Challenge. Published Jan 1, 1986.

<sThe old mill has been silent for a hundred years, its dread secrets locked from view Still, the people of Westover, Massachusetts, remember …and whisper of that terrible day when horrifying flames claimed eleven innocent young lives The day the mill’s doors slammed shut – forever.

But now, the last of the once-powerful Sturgess family is about to unlock those doors again…and unleash an elemental fury. For behind the padlocks, deep within the dark, abandoned building, a terrible vengeance waits. A vengeance conceived in…HELLFIRE



Book cover for Skin Deep Ordinary Monsters

Skin Deep/ Ordinary Monsters by Frank Martin

This is an author-provided review copy. Published Sept 1, 2016.

“What happens when an overbearing family drives a teenage girl into the arms of a mysterious, pale stranger? How can a high school junior explain having strange dreams of a Nazi concentration camp after being bitten by his neighbor’s monstrous dog? And who will win when two iconic creatures of the night clash on a desolate WWI battlefield? Dive into a world of werewolves and vampires with SKIN DEEP and ORDINARY MONSTERS, two standalone stories featured in a dual novella from author Frank Martin. And don’t forget to check out the bonus comic short HORRORS OF WAR found in both ends of this double-sided work of pulp and terror.” – Goodreads



Book cover for The Haunting

The Haunting by Ruby Jean Jensen

This is a self-purchased book. Published Feb 1, 1994.

“The abandoned house in the woods is exactly what real estate agent Katie Rogers has been looking for. Thrilled with her find, she moves in with her sister and young niece and nephew — blissfully unaware of its gruesome history of bloodshed and murder. — Soon bizarre dreams begin… nightmares in which Katie is a small child again, running in terror. Then come horrifying visions of a woman wielding a gleaming butcher knife…

Of course, Katie doesn’t believe that any of it is real. Until her niece and nephew disappear. Now only Katie can put an end to a savage evil that is slowly awakening… to unleash a fresh cycle of slaughter and death in which the innocent will die again and again!” – Goodreads


What We’ve Read (Mid-January to Month End)



What’s Up Next?

To reduce loading time because- let’s face it- this post is always packed, I’m going to list our next 5 immediate reads only.

Book cover for Ubo by Steve Rasnic Tem
Review copy provided by Solaris
Book cover for Killing Gravity
Review copy provided by Tor
Book cover for Nightmares
Review copy provided by author
Book cover fro The Devil Crept in by Ania Ahlborn
Review copy from Netgalley

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