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The Return of the Monster Movie Marathon was a great success, in my opinion. A ton of great contributions from a diverse crowd. Thanks again to everyone who participated. I’ll try to bring all the links together in a single post soon.

For now, however, it’s time to announce some winners.

The winner of the audiobook copy of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is: Anthony J. Rapino!

 The winner of the trade paperback copy of Cthulhurotica is: Mark Devery!

 The winner of a monster book of their choice via Book Depository is: Darlene!

The winner of a signed trade paperback of The New Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn is: Maegan Morin!

And the winner of the digital edition of The New Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn is: Christine Davis! 

I will be contacting all of the winners shortly. Thank you to everyone who entered, and hopefully I’ll be able to offer you at least one more giveaway before Christmas. Fingers crossed. Until then, I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween!


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Monster Movie Marathon Giveaway #3

I was hoping to give away a DVD during the Monster Movie Marathon, but I’m unaware of any online stores that offer free worldwide shipping. So I’m giving away another book. What book am I putting up for grabs this time around?

I’m already offering Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Cthulhurotica as prizes, which are pretty out there as choices, so I needed to go even further out there with this third giveaway. But what book do I choose? Do I go with Norman Partridge’s Dark Harvest with its Pumpkin-headed demon, the October Boy? Perhaps China Mieville’s Kraken and its giant squid. Or maybe go with a zombie or two in Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Maybe one of the books mentioned in the Monster Movie Marathon posts, even.
Well, I can’t decide so I’m leaving it up to you.
Whoever wins this giveaway will get to choose any book they want via Book Depository (up to $15 US) … but with a catch: the book has to have a monster of some sort in it.
Maybe the monster is the villain, maybe even the hero, or maybe it is used as a minor character in the story. So long as the book has a monster of some kind, you’re good. F.Y.I.: ghosts and robots don’t count. I’ll be saving those for next year.
If Book Depository delivers to your country, you’re eligible. You don’t have to be a follower of my blog, but if you are I’ll give you an extra entry. Simply fill out the form below between now and the end of Halloween, then I’ll announce the winner on November 1st.
Don’t forget to enter the other two giveaways by clicking HERE and HERE. And watch out for a fourth book giveaway to appear next week as part of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. The fourth book won’t be a monster book per se, but it’ll have a monster or two in its pages–and it’s authored by one of my new favorite horror authors.


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Chasing Tale for August 31st, 2011: Emma Donaghue, Richard Kadrey, Lucy A. Snyder …

There is something wrong with Canada Post. That’s the only conclusion I can come to, because an unusually high number of books addressed to me are not showing up in my mailbox. I ordered a book from Book Depository back in April and it never arrived until this month. Book Depository had to mail the book three times before I got that one copy. As you’ll see, I received a few books in the mail, but there are even more that I should have received by now. And it seems I’m not the only one having trouble with Canada Post, because all you have to do is search #canadapost on Twitter and you’ll see a litany of similar complaints from people and businesses.
Now, I don’t blame the postal workers. I blame the people signing their paychecks, because they’re the ones that locked those workers out in June and basically brought mail delivery to a screeching halt across the country. Then, once the postal workers were brought back on the job, they were left with the task of making up for lost time and weren’t permitted sufficient overtime–I don’t think they received any overtime at all, frankly. There are a ton of packages and letters sitting in some kind of limbo now, and there’s no real guarantee those items will ever get to their destinations.
I remember Canada Post touting how it was a profitable and efficient business. This year, I’m left to wonder how that is possibly true, as I take each successfully mailed book to be its own small miracle.
Bah, enough of my bellyaching. Let’s see what book actually did appear in my mailbox:
King Maker by Maurice Broaddus – I won this from Bryan Schmidt who oversees Twitter #SFFWRTCHT, which is a sci-fi/fantasy chat for writers/readers every week on Twitter. I’ve already read and reviewed the sequel to this book, King’s Justice, and despite enjoying the book I felt like I’d appreciate it better if I read King Maker. Now I’ve got a copy at my disposal.
Room by Emma Donoghue – I’m hard-pressed to think of a book that was talked about more in literary circles last year as Room. While I am an unabashed genre fan, I do enjoy the literary side of things, and there is enough quirkiness to the premise of this book to intrigue me. So I consider myself fortunate to have won this copy from Redneck Girl.

Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith – I entered a trivia contest at the start of July, hosted by the podcasts, I Should Be Writing, SF Signal, and Adventures in SciFi Publishing. And, hey, I won something from Pyr Books. It’s an alternate history tale with some sci-fi, fantasy, and horror elements thrown in, and it looks really promising.

Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey – I have been looking forward to this one ever since I read Sandman Slim. The first book offers a great blend of urban fantasy with horror, and I suspect an equally rewarding experience with this novel. I talked about it a bit in Wish List Wednesday #88, and I have a strong feeling the third book in the series, Aloha from Hell, will be on my wish list in due time.
Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder – I took Book Depository three tries to mail this book to me, but it finally arrived. Nobody bats a thousand, I guess. Anyway, I mentioned my interest in this book back in Wish List Wednesday #83, and it’s nice to finally have it added to my to-be-read pile.
Cinema of Shadows by Michael West Seventh Star Press has been branching out with a few new authors and novels over the last year, but this is the first instance I can recall where a novel has been all-out horror. Michael West’s novel about a haunted theater and the paranormal investigators who skulk through it one night ought to be a fun read, as I’m a big fan of ghost stories.
And those are the books that arrived in August. What gems did you find in your mailbox this past month?


Filed under Book Depository, book shopping, books won, Chasing Tale, Emma Donaghue, Lucy A. Snyder, Maurice Broaddus, Michael West, Richard Kadrey

Chasing Tale (August 4th, 2011): Alex Bledsoe, Christa Faust, Gary McMahon …

I found out in July that my favorite online bookstore, The Book Depository, was bought out by Amazon. Since then, book prices at Book Depository have been going up. If they get rid of the free worldwide shipping and Paypal payment method … well, I think Amazon will have effectively quashed their competition, not just acquired it.

And Amazon, despite their best efforts, ain’t the only show in town. Not yet, anyway.

While I got a couple of bargains from Book Depository, I also won a couple books over the last couple of months that turned up in my mailbox.

The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe – I won an ARC copy of this book from Alex, a promising fantasy/horror novel coming out in October through Tor, about a Iraq war veteran who returns to her hometown in Tennessee, followed by an ominous spirit, and receives dire omens. I’ve got one of Alex’s novels on my wish list, a vampire tale called Blood Groove, so until I get my hands on that one, I’m pleased to have a chance to read his newest work.

Money Shot by Christa Faust – After reading a couple recommendations for a book called Chokehold, I did some Googling and discovered it was a sequel to this book. After checking out the cover and the pitch for it, I couldn’t resist. A porn star out for revenge? Yup. I’m gonna get a kick out of this one.

Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock – Teresa wrote a guest blog post in July titled, “Wicked WomenRule,” as part of her blog tour to promote this novel. I’ve since received a signed copy for review and will be diving into it very soon.

The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon – I won this book via a giveaway hosted by The Lucky Ladybug. Considering the good reviews this author has gotten for previous works, I am very interested to see how good this one is, which is supposed to be the first in a trilogy (or series).

Mistification by Kaaron Warren – Every once in a while a story about a magician will captivate me. Peter Straub’s Shadowland and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter being to prime examples. So, when I heard about this book, which was released earlier in the summer, I put it on my wish list and was fortunate enough to win a copy from Ruth over at My Devotional Thoughts.

Loss of Separation by Conrad Williams – At the start of the year, I highlighted five anticipated horrornovels for 2011, which included this one. As it stands, this will be the first of those five that I’ll get to read. Conrad Williams is an author whose work gets recommended now and again, but is also one of those authors that doesn’t get any real estate on the shelves of bookstores in my neck of the woods.

So, that’s what came in this month.

Where do you go online when you shop for books? Are there any websites you refuse to buy from?


Filed under Alex Bledsoe, Amazon, Book Depository, book shopping, Chasing Tale, Christa Faust, Conrad Williams, Gary McMahon, Kaaron Warren, Teresa Frohock

Chasing Tale in June: Victor Gischler, Duane Swierczynski, Kaaron Warren …

There was a postal strike in June up here in Canada so my mailbox collected nothing but dust for the last three weeks. I got a hunch the next Chasing Tale blog post will have a lot of books due to what’s out there in mail room limbo still trying to find its way to me. Before the postal workers got locked out by management though, I did get a few books to add to my to-be-read pile.

Shotgun Opera by Victor Gischler – In Wish List Wednesday #92, I mentioned a novel by Victor Gischler called Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. The title says it all. Well, I haven’t added that one to my shelf yet, but I did manage to snag a copy of this crime novel about a man and his nephew warding off a slew of assassins on his farm. If I like this book half as much as I love Gischler’s flare for book titles, then I’m gonna love it. Available via: Book Depository and Amazon.

Off Season by Jack Ketchum – I won this paperback courtesy of Martha’s Bookshelf. I’ve read three Ketchum novels so far (She Wakes, The Girl Next Door, The Woman), so when a chance arises to get my hands on another one, for free at that, I’m happy.

Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow Donna Freedman hosted a big giveaway on her blog a while back, in which she was giving away a slew of prizes from sponsors. I entered and wound up winning a signed hardcover edition of this Kate Shugak novel. I’ve never read Stabenow’s work before, but the cover and premise for this book are enticing. And, considering she mailed it all the way from her neck of the woods in Alaska, I will certainly make it a point to read this book sooner rather than later, as well to share it with any mystery lovers in the family. Available via: Amazon and Book Depository.

Severance Package by Duane Swierczynski – I mentioned this novel back in Wish List Wednesday #46, and after I was wowed by Swierczynski’s Fun and Games which I reviewed a few weeks ago, I knew I had to read more of his work. I first became aware of his work when Brian Keene listed this novel as one of his favorite novels from 2009. A good enough recommendation for me, and wouldn’t you know I managed to finally get myself a copy. Available via: Amazon and Book Depository.

Slights by Kaaron Warren Wish List Wednesday #94 had me expressing interest in this title. I got it and was a bit surprised at how hefty it is, weighing in close to five-hundred pages, but that’s of no consequent really since the premise is so damned intriguing. I’m not one who normally expresses any kind of brand loyalty towards publishers, but like Chizine Publications and Belfire Press, I’m consistently impressed by the quality of stories coming from Angry Robot Books. I suspect this one will be no exception. Available via: Amazon and Book Depository.

So, what have you added to your book collection lately?


Filed under Book Depository, book shopping, Chasing Tale, Dana Stabenow, Duane Swierczynski, Jack Ketchum, Kaaron Warren, Victor Gischler

Chasing Tale in May: China Mieville, Tom Piccirilli, Kalayna Price …

About a week ago I highlighted the e-books I’d acquired in May. Those weren’t the only books I got, though. I ended up receiving a bunch of paperbacks that are now on my to-be-read pile. Maybe I should preface this blog post with a voice-over like: This week on Hoarders. Ah well, I make no apologies. I mean, whoever heard of such a thing as too many books. And it’s terribly easy on the wallet when the books come courtesy of giveaways and markdowns. The economy ain’t out of the woods yet, so cheap books are more than welcome.
Serial by Jack Kilborn & Blake Crouch – This is a signed limited edition chapbook in won in a giveaway through The Man Eating Bookworm, courtesy of Peter Leonard’s Blake Crouch Week event. It even came with four pieces of artwork by Jeroen ten Berge associated with the book, which was an added treat.
Available via: Amazon
The Beardless Warriors by Richard Matheson – I won a book giveaway courtesy of the Lucky Ladybug a few weeks back, where I got won $10 worth of books via Book Depository. The book I chose was a preorder, and I had a little over four bucks left, so I went fishing for familiar names and found a couple of Matheson titles published by Tor. I dug the idea of this revamped edition of an early novel, which had apparently been edited terribly back in the day, and this was a renewed edition. If nothing else, it’s still Matheson.
Available via: Amazon / Book Depository

Kraken by China Mieville – What’s a good hook for a novel? How about a giant squid? I mentioned in Wish List Wednesday #70 how I wanted to read this book, based almost entirely on that fact alone. It also helps that I’ve read and heard nothing but praise for Mieville’s novels, so I’m quite interested to see how this book shapes up. Thanks to Melinda at Single Country Gal for mailing this one out to me, as well for sending me …

Available via: Amazon / Book Depository

Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli – The second book I received from Melinda is this heavily touted novella from Chizine Publications, which I mentioned in Wish List Wednesday #97. One draw is that it’s Piccirilli. Another is that the protagonist has a pet bulldog named Churchill. I love dogs. ‘Nuff said.
Available via: Amazon / Book Depository

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price – It was only a month ago that I had mentioned this novel in Wish List Wednesday #96, so it might be record time that I add this book to my shelf. I’m not sure what other horror aficionados think of the urban fantasy genre, but I kind of dig it. Jaye Wells and Nancy Holzner have entertained me with their UF tales, so I’m interested to see what Kalayna Price brings to the dance.
Available via: Amazon / Book Depository

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson I reviewed Ronson’s The Men Who Stare at Goats last year and found it to be a funny and surprisingly in-depth read. Now, he has a new book out this year, and Celia over at Adventureswith Cecelia Bedelia was kind enough to send me her advance review copy–thanks, Celia! If he tackles psychopaths the way he did psi-ops training in the military, this should be really good.
Available via: Amazon / Book Depository

And that’s what’s on my shelf. What cool reads have you snatched up lately?


Filed under Blake Crouch, Book Depository, book shopping, Chasing Tale, China Mieville, Jack Kilborn, Jon Ronson, Kalayna Price, richard matheson, Tom Piccirilli

Chasing Tale in September: Bentley Little, Ekaterina Sedia …

How much do I love books? Well, this past month marked the first time I ever went book shopping during what was technically a hurricane. How’s that for a rabid reader? Truth be told, Hurricane Earl was a big dud at the beginning of September and amounted to little more than a rain cloud’s equivalent of a temper tantrum around my neck of the woods. It’s experiences like that, with the media hyping it up and salivating over the chance of calamity, that cause people to take the next hurricane less seriously. It’s sad when a natural disaster gets turned by weather reporters into a voyeuristic circle jerk.

But I ramble. Let’s see what books I scooped up this past month.
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – I scooped this up during the latest library book sale. I beelined it towards the trade paperbacks as soon as the doors opened, nabbed a couple titles on my wish list and got out of there. The doors open at those sales at 9 AM. By 10 AM the tables and shelves have been picked clean by the crowd of anything of merit.

Killshot by Elmore Leonard – The local drugstore had a whole table full of marked-down paperbacks and out of the dozens on display, the majority of which were multiple copies of a few historical romance titles, I spied this little gem by Elmore Leonard. If you haven’t read an Elmore Leonard novel yet, by god you should.

The Collection by Bentley Little – I found The Collection during the so-called hurricane. Little is one of the renowned horror authors whose work I’ve yet to read. And I’m all for some quality short fiction, so I thought this was a good find. 
The Straw Men by Michael Marshall – I remember seeing the name Michael Marshall on a list of recommended horror titles one time about a year or so ago. I think it was for The Servants. Anyway, this is his debut novel so I thought I’d throw it on the pile since it was only a couple of bucks. 

Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural edited by Henry Mazzeo – My other hurricane find. This is an anthology from the mid-sixties that was tucked away and collecting dust on a shelf. I’m one of those weird readers that doesn’t care for the smell of old books, but the table of contents was too good to resist. H.P. Lovecraft, M.R. James, Robert Bloch, Henry James, William Hope Hodgson, Arthur Conan Doyle, and a slew of other famous authors.
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie – This is the other book I snagged at the library book sale. It’s been one of those famous titles that I’ve always meant to read, but never put forth the effort to search out. Well, now I’m one step closer. It’s sitting on my to-be-read pile now where it can taunt me every morning.

Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia – Book Depository came through quite well with this book order. Only about three weeks waiting time between its publication and it arriving in my mailbox. I’m still waiting on some books from them that were ordered for me back in June, though. Patience is key, and they’re books I won in a giveaway, so it’s not like I’m out any cash if they never show.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis – I still don’t read a helluva lot of science-fiction compared to horror and fantasy. I spied this well-worn paperback tucked away at a shop and remembered Willis’ name from io9‘s list of anticipated reads for this year. I guess she’s written a sequel to Doomsday Book called Blackout. Since this involves time travel, I think there’s a fair chance I’ll enjoy it. Like I am for haunted houses, I’m a sucker for a good time travel story.


Filed under Book Depository, book shopping, Chasing Tale, used-books