Coolthulhu Reads: Mid-February 2017 Reading Update

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Well, hopefully everyone had an adequate if not awesome Valentine’s Day yesterday. I took my rugrat to a chocolate store and we each had one piece of chocolate, then we got a bag of Bertie Bott’s style beans and did random selections on the way home. In regards to books, it’s been a pretty good month, but I haven’t read as much as I should have because I’m scrambling to get a massive editing project done. (Which got put off by a full week because I was sick. Argh.)

(The weekly check-in meme was started by Sam at Taking on a World of Words )

As usual, covers link to Goodreads.

Mid-February Reading Update

What We’re Reading

Book cover for Pushing Ice

Pushing Ice by Alistair Reynolds

This is a self-purchased audio book. It was published on October 27th, 2005.

” 2057. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. But when Janus, one of Saturn’s ice moons, inexplicably leaves its natural orbit and heads out of the solar system at high speed, Bella is ordered to shadow it for the few vital days before it falls forever out of reach.

In accepting this mission she sets her ship and her crew on a collision course with destiny-for Janus has many surprises in store, and not all of them are welcome…” – Goodreads



Book cover for Ubo by Steve Rasnic Tem

Ubo by Steve Rasnic Tem

This is a Netgalley review book. Publication date is February 14th, 2017.

“Daniel is trapped in Ubo. He has no idea how long he has been imprisoned there by the roaches. Every resident has a similar memory of the journey to Ubo: a dream of dry, chitinous wings crossing the moon, the gigantic insects dropping swiftly over the houses of the neighborhood, passing through walls and windows as if by magic, or science.  The creatures, like a deck of baroquely ornamented cards, fanning themselves from one hidden world into the next.

And now each day they force Daniel to play a different figure from humanity’s violent history, from a frenzied Jack the Ripper to a stumbling and confused Stalin to a self-proclaimed god executing survivors atop the ruins of the world. The scenarios mutate day after day in this camp somewhere beyond the rules of time. As skies burn and prisoners go mad, identities dissolve as the experiments evolve, and no one can foretell their mysterious end.” – Goodreads


Book cover for Zombie Bigfoot

Zombie Bigfoot by Nick Sullivan

This is an author-submitted review book. Publication date is September 1st, 2016.

“Bigfoot is real. That’s what Sarah’s father told her before his academic disgrace and untimely death.

Now, primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop is eager to restore her father’s good name. Survival show host Russ Cloud is just as eager to boost his plummeting ratings. They’ll both have a shot at redemption when they find themselves hired by eccentric billionaire Cameron Carson. After a series of his publicity stunts end in spectacular failure, Carson has a plan to redeem his tarnished image: capture a live Sasquatch.

Sarah and Russ join an expedition with an eclectic crew: an Afrikaner safari hunter, a ‘roided out former wrestling star, a Shoshone master tracker full of surprises, a heavily tattooed Russian warrior woman, a pair of wise-cracking nerds, and a cute gum-chewing intern with some hidden skills. Will they find Bigfoot?

There’s something in the woods… but it’s not what they’re expecting.” – Goodreads


Book cover for Nightmares

 Nightmares edited by Ellen Datlow

This is a Netgalley review book. Publication Date is November 1st, 2016

“Unlucky thieves invade a house where Home Alone seems like a playground romp. An antique bookseller and a mob enforcer join forces to retrieve the Atlas of Hell. Post-apocalyptic survivors cannot decide which is worse: demon women haunting the skies or maddened extremists patrolling the earth.

In this chilling twenty-first-century companion to the cult classic Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, Ellen Datlow again proves herself the most masterful editor of the genre. She has mined the breadth and depth of ten years of terror, collecting superlative works of established masters and scene-stealing newcomers alike.” – Goodreads



Book cover for Human Again

Human Again by Christian Santos

This is an author submitted review book. Publication Date is July 28th, 2016.

Something evil has come to Eden Springs, Pennsylvania.  Familiar faces are luring their loved ones to dark corners. Severed limbs flood the streets. And a tall figure in a dark suit and tie is preparing for one final, grand feast.

It all traces back to English Teacher Gabriel Torres, whose perfect life collapses after his wife, Zoe, is murdered in a random attack. When a mysterious elderly woman offers him a chance to see Zoe again through a process called “dream manifestation therapy”, Gabriel doesn’t hesitate. But shortly after he traverses back to reality, he learns something else has crossed over with him.

Navigating through a town engulfed in chaos, Gabriel’s only aid comes in the form of a troubled adolescent skateboarder, a tattooed gas station clerk on the run from her abusive husband, and the gun-toting blind ghost of Zoe’s favorite country singer, Connor Vaughn.

Time is slipping. The lives of Eden Springs’ remaining survivors are in jeopardy. Now Gabriel must conquer the dark force he helped summon, even if it means letting go of the only thing he’s ever loved.” – Goodreads

What We’ve Read Since February 1st:

What’s Up Next in February 2017

Only the next 4 are being listed. (5 apparently formats a bit oddly.)

Publisher Submitted Review Book
Book cover for Wicked Witches
Netgalley review book
Book cover for Bound
Author Submitted Review Book
Book cover for Killing Gravity
Tor Book for Review

Wrapping up December 2016’s reading

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It’s time for the first of Coolthulhu’s Bi-Monthly Updates, where you get a chance to take a peek at some of what we heathens here at Sci-Fi & Scary are reading a couple of times a month.  (This is technically the monthly wrap-up for December 2016.) Links go to Goodreads.

What We’re Reading:

Book cover for In the Days of the Comet by H.G. Wells

In the Days of the Comet by H.G. Wells

This is the first book on the Decades of Sci-Fi list. In the Days of the Comet was published in 1906.

” In the midst of a world war, the tail of a comet brushes the atmosphere of earth, causing everyone to lose consciousness for a few hours. When the world awakens, everyone has an expanded understanding of the meaning of things. The war is quickly ended; a new utopia is created; even crime is reduced to near zero. What caused the transformation–or was there one?” – Goodreads




Book cover for Ararat by Christopher Golden

Ararat  by Christopher Golden

This is an Advanced Review Copy. Ararat is due to be published on April 18th, 2017.

“When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snowfall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah’s Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses. The artifact tempts their professional curiosity; so they break it open. Inside, they find an ugly, misshapen cadaver—not the holy man that they expected, a hideous creature with horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain…but they are not alone.” – Goodreads

Book cover for The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven

The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven & Jerrry Pournelle

This was first published in 1974. I’ve got it in audiobook format. I’m reading it for the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club’s A New Hope challenge.

“In 3016, the 2nd Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to faster-than-light Alderson Drive. Intelligent beings are finally found from the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud. The bottled-up ancient civilization, at least one million years old, are welcoming, kind, yet evasive, with a dark problem they have not solved in over a million years. ” – Goodreads

Book cover for The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias

The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias.

This is a review copy given to me by the author for review consideration. It was published in 2016.

“A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.  | In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.  | As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors. | And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it. | Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?” – Goodreads

Book cover for Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by Paul Kane.

This is a self-purchased copy. It was published in 2016.

“Sherlock Holmes faces his greatest challenge yet when he meets the Cenobites, the infamous servants of hell. | Late 1895, and Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate a missing persons case. On the face of it, this seems like a mystery that Holmes might relish – as the person in question vanished from a locked room – and something to occupy him other than testing the limits of his mind and body.| But this is just the start of an investigation that will draw the pair into contact with a shadowy organisation talked about in whispers and known only as ‘The Order of the Gash’. As more and more people go missing in a similar fashion, the clues point to a sinister asylum in France and to the underworld of London. However, it is an altogether different underworld that Holmes will soon discover – as he finds himself face to face not only with those followers who do the Order’s bidding on Earth, but those who serve it in Hell: the Cenobites… ” – Goodreads

What We’ve Read:

Book cover for Transmission by Ambrose Ibsen
Review copy provided by narrator
Book cover for Serengeti by J.B. Rockwell
Review copy provided by author
Book cover for Dawn, Xenogenesis 1, by Octavia Butler
Self-purchased, re-read
Book cover for Proof of Concept by Gwyneth Jones
Review copy provided by Tor
Book cover for 5 Nights at Freddys
Christmas Gift.

Read in December, but not listed by cover: Emerging by Thomas S. Flowers , Atavus Falls by Jack J. Carroll, Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, The Two Faces of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance, 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson, Patriarch Run by Benjamin Dancer, The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror by John Llewellyn Probert, We Are Legion, We Are Bob by Dennis E. Taylor, The Devil You Know by Mike Carey, Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor, The Last Machine in the Solar System by Matthew Isaac Sobin, First Contact by Kat Green, Sarah by Teri Polen, Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats, Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement

What’s Up Next:

Book cover for Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Review copy provided by Doubleday
Book cover for Ubo by Steve Rasnic Tem
Review copy provided by Solaris
Book cover for When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie
Christmas gift. For Wired Into Sci-Fi Challenge
Book cover for Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Self-purchased. For Decades of Sci-Fi Challenge


This is a derivative of WWW Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Feel free to leave your links to WWW Wednesday or This Week in Books below.

What Are You Reading in December?

It’s time for the mid-month check in. I can’t believe it’s December already! I do the mid-month check ins on Wednesdays so it serves as my This Week in Books / WWW Wednesday, which are two separate but similar memes both hosted on Wednesdays.

December has been a slow month for me, and I can’t say I think that’s been a bad thing. I tended to binge read a lot this year, and for 2017 one of my goals is to downshift a bit and take things slower.

My December Reading List

What have you read?

As evidenced by the fact that I’ve only read six books in the last 14 days, December has been slow for me.  Lagoon was a painfully slow read for me. It just didn’t appeal at all. The Last Machine in the Solar System was a quick read (39 pages), and while it wasn’t entertaining it was very thought provoking. First Contact was a good read, but nothing outstanding. So “fire-and-forget” that I honestly don’t remember what I wrote in the review, and I just wrote it a few days ago.

Teri Polen’s Sarah was a good read. A clean, young adult horror with some salient points on sexual assault and the way we’re raising young men. Shadows of Tomorrow was a great audio book that would have been better served by a different narrator. Mission of Gravity was in it’s own realm of special. It’s a classic sci-fi that few have heard of, and the main character is a fifteen inch long caterpillar that runs a trading business on a planet with severe gravity fluctuations.

What are you currently reading?


What’s up next?

I’m going to finish the 5 books on my TBR. Literally, there’s only 5 books on there, so that’s my goal for the rest of December. Finish those five piddly books so I can start fresh in 2017! I want to open back up to review submissions, but I’m not doing it until that list is completely wiped out!

What about you? Feel free to link your This Week in Books, WWW Wednesday, or any variation thereof!

Have you read any of the books on my list?

This WWWeek in Books: Mid-November Check In

WWWeekinBooksIt’s time for the mid-month check in! I don’t do these every week, so most of the time the content you see is going to be all new! Check what I’ve been reading in November.

(I’ll give you a hint: Lots of Sci-Fi. And not a lot that I thought too fondly of.)

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Monthly Wrap Up: October 2016 Books, Movies, and Other Things


This post serves as both my This Week In Books/ WWW Wednesdays entry, as well as my Monthly Wrap Up for October 2016. It is a listing of all books I’ve read during the month of October, as well as the books I’m currently reading. I also link to movies I’ve reviewed, and guest posts that appeared during October 2016.

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This WWWeek in Books: Mid-October Check-In.

WWWeekinBooks As usual, WWW Wednesdays and This Week in Books are very similarly themed memes on Wednesdays, so this post serves as a three-fer. One for each of them, and also as a mid October reading check in. I don’t have a lot of time today, so it’s going to be brief and without a lot of links to Goodreads, sorry!

What Are You Currently Reading?

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A lot of these are progressing slower than usual, but that’s because I’m reading them with a certain ginger, so we have to go at her speed. Tales from the Arabian Nights is beautifully illustrated, and interesting to read. I’ve never read the adult version, so we’re discovering the stories together. Children of Eden was a publisher request. It’s fairly interesting , but hasn’t hooked me yet. This House is Haunted was SUPPOSED to be for September book club, but I just got it a couple days ago. Blackwater Val is one I requested from a publisher. It’s a bit slow going, but I’m expecting it’ll get good soon. Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge is a kid’s educational book I requested. Its interesting, definitely not for younger kids, and quite enjoyable. The Mute and the Girl of Many Parts is…rough going. I’m struggling, and may end up DNFing it. Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories is good. The first story (which we’re almost done with) is an examination of Julian’s character (the antagonist in the first book.) Lots of discussions with Miss L about bullying, how it’s not okay, and what the proper response to things should be.

What Did You Finish Recently?

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A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor, and Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight are definitely my favorites from this lot. Laura Monster Crusher was an entertaining middle-grader read.

What’s Up Next?

This is not a complete list. Just the next week or so. But I’m very easily distracted right now.



WWW: The Mid-September Check In


Hey, look, it’s the middle of September already. …….. How in the world is it the middle of September already? Crap! I’ve got to get my October stuff organized! Time is going wayyyy too fast. Anyways, I hope y’all have been reading like nuts. I’ve been reading at a pretty decent clip so far this month. Unfortunately, I’ve been reading everything but what I should be reading, which means I’m making little progress on my TBR. (How many of my fellow bookworms just nodded in sympathy, knowing exactly what I meant?) As usual, WWW Wednesdays and This Week in Books are very similarly themed memes on Wednesdays, so this post serves as a three-fer. One for each of them, and also as a mid September reading check in. This is everything I’m reading/read for September only.

What are you currently reading?

The Kraken

The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarkedaughter-of-smoke-and-boneThe Nature of BalanceLeviathan WakesThe 13th Contiuum





To be completely honest, I’m very close to DNFing several of these. The Nature of Balance isn’t bad, but it’s a tad weird and unfortunately its weirdness just isn’t appealing to me. Leviathan Wakes – well, I’m halfway through that and have zero desire to keep listening. The 13th Continuum has nothing in it that makes it stand out. Its ‘yet another dysto-fic’. So my ‘Currently Reading’ September Reading is, er..not going great, you could say.

What Did You Finish Recently?

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Just One Damned Thing… was probably my favorite read of the September ones so far. I listened to it as an audio book, and the narrator is pretty perfect for it. I haven’t written my review yet, because I’m waiting for my best friend to finish listening to the book so we can discuss it. Anyways, its followed closely by Chills. That book had this Lovecraftian horror thing going on that was excellent. Its not a perfect book, but it’s a bloody fun read! Through the Woods really surprised me because I’ve never encountered a graphic novel I really LIKED before, and I liked it. My least favorite was probably Ninth City Burning. That book was pretty much pure torture to read.

What’s Up Next?

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This WWWeek in Books: August 17th, 2016


This Week in Books: August 17, 2016

What are you currently reading?

Well, as you might see from the following list, I’m suffering from a severe case of Book ADD. I can’t help it. It’s not like I’m not reading any of these for days at a time or something. I read 20 pages of one, 25 of another, 10 of another, etc, every day.

Transcendental The Automation The Fireman

Mirror Image The 13th Contiuum Wonder

What did you finish recently?

Since this is my half-month update, you’re going to see everything I’ve read from August 1 to now. I admit, it’s not much. I’ve been prepping the site for some changes on the 18th.

Medicine For the Dead The STEM Club Goes Exploring Bloodwalker

The Lathe of Heaven 1 Emerge Rise of the Chosen

Guns Gods and Robots Chiral Mad 3 Moving In And Darkness Waits

What’s up next?

Finishing one of the gazillion books I’ve got going at the moment, that’s what!

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WWW: July’s Horror and Sci-Fi Reads (So Far)

WWWeekinBooks This is a combination for both WWW Wednesdays by Sam at Taking on A World of Words and Lipssy’s This Week in Book.

What I’ve Read – July Books

The White Night The Dark Man Review The Girl from the Well Review Ghost Camera Review Can You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Review The Dead Lands Review Zombie Park Review Tau Zero Review Analogue Throne of Glass Review Impact Winter Review





















I felt kind of disappointed at how many books I’ve read so far this month – until I realized I was still doing about 1 per day. So, there’s that. Want a mini yay/meh/nay pre-review? Here you go, in order of books from top to bottom.

Yay. Yay. Yay. Yay. Yay. Meh. Nay. Yay. Meh. Nay. Yay.

Looks like it’s been a pretty good reading month so far, right? Then why do I feel so ‘meh’ overall about what I’ve read??

What I’m Reading – July Books

Fringe Runner Marionettes ReviewThe Archived Oy Yew Review




Sker House












Except for The Archived, I’m really struggling with these books. They’re not bad – any of them – I just can’t muster up any interest in them. So authors, if you’re reading this and wondering why I don’t have your book read yet – this is why. It’s not your book, it’s me, and it’s not fair to the books if I push through this right now and end up just feeling negative about the book when that might not be what’s true. You know?

What’s up next – July and August Books

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Now, to be fair, I’ve dabbled in almost all of these books, but haven’t made any appreciable progress, so I haven’t counted them on my What I’m Currently reading. I just feel like I’m in a ridiculous slump right now. Nothing is igniting any bookworm passion in me.

So, what are you guys and gals reading? Is there a book you’ve read recently that you absolutely can’t help but gush over? Leave me a link to the review and I’ll check it out. Maybe it’ll kick-start my bookwormy heart.  I need something to poke me in the butt to get my interest rekindled. This is seriously driving me nuts.

WWW: June’s Horror and Sci-Fi Reads (So Far)


How is it the middle of June already? Wow. Time is flying. So, it’s time for a check-in on what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what’s up next. This is a combination for both WWW Wednesdays by Sam at Taking on A World of Words and Lipssy’s This Week in Books. I feel like I’ve read more sci-fi than what Goodreads was showing me lately, but probably not. Anyways…

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