That Dreaded TBR #26

More of this today, while I’m also working on getting more reviews up for you all and finishing off reviews from books I read in 2020. One thing I’m hoping to do this year is make a start on some of the oldest books on my Want to Read that I’ve kept on, so fingers crossed with that!

Part 25


Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5/10/however many books. If done again, start from where you left off.
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: should it stay or should it go?

Pariah – Bob Fingerman

Zombies? Check. New York? Check. Band of survivors? Check! The only thing I can really see different in this one is that it’s apparently a ‘frightening, darkly comedic look’ but the blurb doesn’t give me any hope for that, and the ‘genres’ list doesn’t really indicate humour either. This is like a lot of the other books I apparently wanted to read at the time. Glad I didn’t now, as I think binging a lot of these same-same books would have turned me off zombies forever.

Status: Gone

Dust – Joan Frances Turner

This…actually sounds interesting. Definitely gives off a stronger ‘not like other zombie books’ vibe without saying “this is the most original zombie book you’ll ever read!” then having a blurb that sounds like all the others. Dust, rather than focusing on a plucky band of survivors, is about Jessie, a woman who had a family, who was human, until a car crash, and now survives as a zombie. I’m definitely still intrigued by this.

Status: Keep

A Requiem For Dead Flies – Peter N. Dudar

That is a long blurb that doesn’t really say much. If I’m honest, it makes me uneasy seeing a book by a man that starts with “After their mother’s miscarriage…” Not that men can’t write on these topics, but I’ve seen too many clumsy attempts by cis men to touch on issues like this to have any faith in how it’s dealt with. Maybe this is an amazing version, but this isn’t something I want to dedicate time to.

Status: Gone

Magic Bites – Ilona Andrews

Okay this sounds good. It sounds fun in the same way the original Anita Blake novels were. Apparently this is quite a lengthy series, but I’ve been keeping an eye out for another series like this for a while, especially as I kind of lost interest in Anita Blake years ago. This seems like something I could really sink my teeth into.

Status: Keep

Asylum – Madeline Roux

Even before reading the blurb I knew I’d want to keep this one. I’ve read some of Roux’s stuff before (yep, you guessed it – her zombie novels) and the knowledge that she’s an excellent writer combined with the premise of this, and the inclusion of photographs…I am totally sold.

Status: Keep

So there we have it! More keeps on there than there have been for a while, but 2 out of 5 gone is still pretty good. There really are some interesting looking ones I’m coming up to now, ones which I would honestly love to read fairly soon, which is definitely a good thing. As always, let me know what you think of my choices and if you agree/disagree!

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