Summary From Goodreads:
19 amazing tales by the masters and rising stars of speculative fiction.
Includes all new stories by Piers Anthony, Jeff Strand, Joe McKinney, Lisa Morton, Jeremy C. Shipp, Gary McMahon, Aric Sundquist, and many more!
You don’t want to miss this staggering collection of horror and dark fantasy!
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
Singing purple raisins, teddy bears that come alive and robotic dogs that once could flip are just a few of the wonderful, yet quite creepy characters you will discover in the short stories of Attic Toys. Similar to the Attic Clowns stories that Jeremy C. Shipp writes, Attic Toys takes different objects, in this case obviously toys of some sort, and twists them into something that we might fear. It does something else quite interesting as well, Attic Toys takes mundane objects around the house, not just the toys themselves, and forces the reader to imagine them as if they were alive. An example of this is a lightbulb hanging in the attic in A Little Terror by Phil Hickes saying “In the attic, a solitary bulb flickers feebly, its life slowly ebbing away as it dangles from its black wire noose.” The thoughts you start having once you go down that line of thinking, well you might end up just as twisted as some of the characters in Attic Toys!
I would recommend this for any horror lover that, pardon the similarities to The Adams Family, are creepy, spooky and a little bit cooky. You will be forced to reexamine things you took for granted, things you might even have cherished in your childhood and see just how frightening they can become when they set their minds to it. I loved Attic Toys and I think you will too. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 25!
Summary From Goodreads:
This creepy collection features three twisted tales by Bram Stoker Award nominee Jeremy C. Shipp.
The stories include:
Spider Clowns from Planet X
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work, short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I always enjoy reading the insane brand of humor that is unique to the dark recesses, or perhaps in his case the lighter ones, of Jeremy C. Shipp’s mind. There is probably a deeper message behind each of his tales but the clowns never let me see them fully, and maybe it is better that way. If anyone reading the Attic Clowns stories does understand the hidden meanings then their minds are probably just as warped as the clowns inside of them, so it’s better off if you just enjoy the ride, as long as you aren’t strapped to a couch. I enjoyed Volume Three just as much as I did with the others and I have no doubt that if you read anything by Shipp you’ll enjoy it immensely. You may laugh, you might become confused, or perhaps you’ll find yourself checking your attic just in case, though I don’t recommend it, but regardless it is worth the read! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Day 2: Always Remember to Tip Your Ninja: And Other Maxims for the Clinically Absurd by Jeremy C. Shipp
Summary From Goodreads:
What is the secret of happiness?
Can the laws of attraction help you to cheat death?
What’s the best way to get rich during the zombie apocalypse?
How do you fix your life with nothing but a spork and a DVD box set of “Charles in Charge”?
Why do you see evil clowns every time you close your eyes?
These are just some of the questions this book won’t answer for you.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR NINJA contains 99 absurd maxims that will change your life forever, or at least make you chortle.
For this particular book I thought it would be fitting to pick out my top 10 favorite absurd maxims to give you a little taste of what is inside this hilarious piece by the always amazing (and bizarre) Jeremy C. Shipp. So without further ado, here’s my top 10 in reverse order:
10. If you wake up and smell the coffee, you need to find out who broke into your house.
9. Rubber chicken soup is beneficial for the clown’s soul.
8. Juggling babies is almost always wrong.
7. You can tell a lot about a person by what he screams in his sleep.
6. Evil twins are people too.
5. The best part about being in a pickle is eating your way out.
4. If you’re feeling stressed out, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and imagine a world without the Star Wars prequels.
3. Imitation is the sincerest form of copyright infringement.
2. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. But leave the mimes out in the cold where they belong.
1. Kill zombies for the rush, but eat their brains for the irony.
I hope you enjoyed them and make sure to check out the entire collection for yourself if you did! Jeremy C. Shipp quickly became one of my favorite writers last year and each time I read something he wrote I’m only more impressed. Thanks as always for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 3! ^.^
Feature and Follow
Feature and Follow is hosted by the amazing people over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and is basically a way for blogs to gain new followers and to find some cool new ones to follow as well. If you do get followed please be courteous and follow them back via their preferred method. If you would be so kind as to follow me, and I of course will follow back, you can do so via email, Linky or Networked Blogs, I do not have a preference and thank any of you who do follow. Also let me know how you follow me too! 🙂
This week’s question is: “What book do you think would make a great Halloween movie? Please explain in graphic detail of goriness…
For me this was a no-brainer! I would go with the Attic Clowns volumes written by Jeremy C. Shipp! They are an amazing mix of creepy, gorey and humor filled with a variety of odd but oddly intriguing types of clowns. I love each volume and would recommend reading them too! You can check out my mini review of the first two if you would like here to get a gist of what I am talking about. As always thanks for reading, I really do appreciate it and leave a comment either about what you think of the Attic Clowns books or your own FF post, I read every one! ^.^ Enjoy your Friday and your weekend! 🙂
Stacking The Shelves
A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.
This week I again have a plethora of books to share! Most of these are the eBook variety, but I’m pretty excited to read them all (if I ever find the time).
The Freebies (eBooks)
Attic Clowns: Volume One by Jeremy C. Shipp
Attic Clowns: Volume Four by Jeremy C. Shipp
Always Remember to Tip Your Ninja by Jeremy C. Shipp
Aberrations: Horror Stories by Jeremy C. Shipp
The Sun Never Rises in the Big City by Jeremy C. Shipp
Here Be Monsters – An Anthology of Monster Tales by Multiple Authors
H10N1 by M. R. Cornelius
Zombified by Lyra McKen
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Whispers In Autumn by Trisha Leigh
SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks by Chris-Rachael Oseland
Innocent Little Crimes by C.S. Lakin
Her Sweetest Downfall by Rebecca Hamilton
Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade
Fearless by Tawdra T. Randle
Dying To Forget (The Station) by Trisha Marie Dawson
Cadman’s Gambit (Shader) by D.P. Prior
Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer
Won in Giveaway (eBooks)
Laiden’s Daughter (The Clan MacDougall Series) by Suzan Tisdale
Janus by John Park
The Selkie Spell (Seal Island Trilogy Book 1) by Sophie Moss
Pretty When She Dies: A Vampire Novel by Rhiannon Frater
Pretty When She Kills (Pretty When She Dies #2) by Rhiannon Frater
The Last Degree by Dina Rae
Won in Giveaways (print)
The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain
In Exchange For Review (eBooks)
The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman
Yet again it has been a very good week for my book haul. ^.^ A big part of the freebie section was obviously Jeremy C. Shipp’s books so a big shout out and thank you go out to him for putting them for free the last week. Even though I did technically buy Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer it was done so with a 10$ Amazon gift card so it was basically free which is always awesome and it arrived yesterday just in time to add it to this post!
Now to break down all of the giveaway wins, oh boy. Laiden’s Daughter was from the Highlander Giveaway Hop and though that isn’t my usual genre by any means I thought it would be a good opportunity to expand my book tastes so I’ll give it a shot soonish. I won Janus courtesy of Suzanne Johnson over at Preternatura, she does a crazy number of giveaways each week and I finally won one from there, I can’t wait to dive into it! The Selkie Spell was from The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl blog and I’m looking forward to trying that one out too. Both books by Rhiannon Frater were won thanks to a giveaway by Book Loving Mom and I’ll be reading those in the next few days thanks to being part of Fraterfest, those had scary good timing. o.o The Last Degree was won from a giveaway on Full Moon Bites Book Blog, I’ll be expanding my reading horizons with this one too. Finally, The Red Serpent Trilogy was won from one of my favorite blogs, Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and I’ll be doing a review of that one either this week or the next.
I also got an ARC eBook of The Reanimation of Edward Schuett thanks to Derek J. Goodman in exchange for an honest review which I’ll be doing this coming week sometime. That was possible thanks to twitter, if you follow enough awesome bookish people stuff like that will just fall in your lap! ^.^
As you can see I’ve got a ton of books to read from this week, and a few of those which I’ll be reviewing. The horror ones I either have or will be reading almost all of during the next few days while I participate in Fraterfest so that will be pretty fun combing through that part of my TBR pile. That’s all from me for now, look for my Sunday Post tomorrow with next week’s schedule and a recap of what I did this week, and if you would like to please check out my other posts including my last review and the challenges I am participating in this weekend for Fraterfest! You can also follow me via the usual methods if you like what you see so you don’t miss any cool posts. As always thanks for reading and let me know what you got in the comments, I read every one! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂
Attic Clowns: Volumes 1 & 2
I found both of these volumes for free on Amazon in eBook form thanks to the kindness of Jeremy C. Shipp.
The Attic Clowns volumes each include four tales about a variety of different kinds of clowns. Each twisted short story takes you on a different journey through your own fears and the genius of Jeremy Shipp. You will find yourself laughing at the absurdity of a story and then just as quickly shaking your head as you try to grasp the hidden message behind the deranged characters. If you enjoy short, witty stories that will give you a little jolt of fear now and then look no further than Attic Clowns.
I decided to read the Attic Clowns books mostly because I follow Jeremy Shipp on twitter and he seems like a cool guy. Then I decided to join Fraterfest and they fit in perfectly with that theme (horror/bump-in-the-night for those who don’t know). I knew he mentioned the odd clowns in some of his tweets, but nothing could have prepared me for the variety of “clowns” that Jeremy Shipp created. They are twisted, some are deranged, all seem to be a bit off their rockers in one way or another. However, that is where the similarities end with these clowns. Each one has their own unique personality and exhibits a different semblance of what “clown” could mean.
To be honest, there really aren’t any accurate words to describe the characters in the Attic Clowns volumes. Jeremy Shipp is an amazing writer, and despite some of the gut-wrenching things that are covered in some of these short stories I was entertained the entire time. If you would like to check out Jeremy Shipp’s work for yourself then please go here http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Jeremy%20Shipp&search-alias=digital-text.
My recommendation: If this sort of stuff intrigues you I definitely suggest you purchase the Attic Clowns volumes as well as the rest of Jeremy Shipp’s works. Volume Four of Attic Clowns is free today as of the writing of this review and the rest are very cheap and well worth the price.