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I managed to read 10 books in July, so this is going to be a two-parter. I’m pretty happy with 10, actually, and I’m currently on track to hit 100 sometime soon. As of the time of writing this, I’m on 85. I’m going on a trip at the end of August too to see family, and it’s four and a half hours each way, so it’s likely I’ll get a bit more read then, too.
Survivor Song – Paul Tremblay
Link to review currently unavailable as website has moved and archived posts are in process of being moved over.
Survivor Song is about two women, making their way to the hospital during a pandemic. One is pregnant. The illness portrayed here is brutal, and it makes for a good zombies-not-zombies story. The characters are realistic, the plot engaging, and it moves at quick pace. I really liked this one.
Preludes & Nocturnes – The Sandman, Volume 1
The introduction to Dream/Morpheus, captured by a strange cult-like group when they attempt to capture death. This is one of those graphic novels I’ve been meaning to read for years, was excited when I finally did, and my expectations were still exceeded. Definitely worth checking out if, like me until recently, you haven’t yet done so.
When Punk Rocked – Andy Francis
This is a really good book if you’re interested in an overview of British punk in the late 70s/early 80s. It’s a timeline, illustrated with newspaper articles, ticket stubs and posters. It contains key events relating to the bands, including gigs, album and single releases, and important events happening in the UK at the time, including noting the Yorkshire Ripper attacks, strikes, and political changes. Very useful.
The Sin Eater – Megan Campisi
This was an interesting take on the idea of sin eaters, and I changed my throughout about whether it would be a three, four or five star book. I settled on 4 – there were just a few things about the book I disliked, but it’s still a good read. It falls into ‘Historical Fantasy’, but don’t expect magic here.
Castaways – Brian Keene
Review coming soon on Dead Head Reviews
It’s hard to go into this too much before the review comes out. But Castaways is about a group of people competing in a reality TV show, each desperate to be the last on the island. I listened to this via Audible, and the narration is really great. The characters are decent, and it’s a gory story. I liked it, but some elements stopped it quite reaching that 5 Star mark for me.
Part 2 coming soon!