Books I Want to Read; Part #330

  1. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  2. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
  3. Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar
  4. Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell
  5. Shiverton Hall: The Creeper by Emerald Fennell
  6. The Feast by Margaret Kennedy
  7. Letters to My Sisters; edited by Andrea & Deanne Thornton
  8. Amelia Gray Is Almost Okay by Jessica Brody
  9. Blood on the Tracks, Vol. 1 by Shuzo Oshimi
  10. A Helping Hand by Celia Dale
  11. A Dark Corner by Celia Dale
  12. The Innocent Party by Celia Dale
  13. Sheep’s Clothing by Celia Dale
  14. Which Way? by Theodora Benson
  15. Stuck in the Middle with You by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  16. Evening News by Marly Swick
  17. Paper Wings by Marly Swick
  18. Johnny Kellock Died Today by Hadley Dyer
  19. Citizens of Shadow: A Vampire Tale by Nicole Eigener
  20. Creep: A Love Story by Lygia Day Penaflor
  21. The Snipers We Couldn’t See by Karen Comba
  22. Lemon Belly by Brad Harris
  23. Good Morning, Dinah by Emily Holyoak
  24. Becoming Ted by Matt Cain
  25. The Queering by Brooke Skipstone
  26. Godkiller by Hannah Kaner
  27. It Rides a Pale House by Andy Marino
  28. In Limbo: A Graphic Memoir by Deb JJ Lee
  29. Figure It Out, Henri Weldon by Tanita S. Davis
  30. The Gray by Chris Baron
  31. Give Me a Sign by Anna Sortino
  32. Wolfpack by Amelia Brunskill
  33. Unexpecting by Jen Bailey
  34. I Am Not Alone by Francisco X. Stork
  35. Northranger by Rey Terciero
  36. The Melancholy of Summer by Louisa Onome
  37. An Appetite for Miracles by Laekan Zea Kemp
  38. The Night Fox by Ashley Wilda
  39. Good for Nothing by Mariam Ansar
  40. Wolfwood by Marianna Baer
  41. What the World Doesn’t See by Mel Darbon
  42. Brainwyrms by Alison Rumfitt
  43. The Words That Remain by Stenio Gardel
  44. Bellies by Nicola Dinan
  45. Juno Loves Legs by Karl Geary
  46. The Windeby Puzzle by Lois Lowry
  47. The Beast You Are: Stories by Paul Tremblay
  48. The Village at the End of Noon by Darya Babyleva
  49. All That’s Left to Say by Emery Lord
  50. The Call-Out by Cat Fitzpatrick
  51. To Be a Trans Man by Ezra Woodger
  52. I Choose Darkness by Jenny Lawson
  53. Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H

Books I Want to Read; Part #329

  1. Zia Erases the World by Bree Barton
  2. Suicide Thursday by Will Carver
  3. Aesthetica by Allie Rowbottom
  4. Body High by Jon Lindsey
  5. Did You Read That Review?: A Compilation of Amazon’s Funniest Reviews by Amazon Reviewers
  6. Attend by West Camel
  7. Down Station by Simon Morden
  8. The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter
  9. Untypical by Pete Wharmby
  10. Poguemahone by Patrick McCabe
  11. Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly
  12. Running the Light by Sam Tallent
  13. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino
  14. Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino
  15. The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy
  16. Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy
  17. The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
  18. The Innocent One by Lisa Ballantyne
  19. Liar, Dreamer, Thief by Maria Dong
  20. What Remains of Elsie Jane by Chelsea Wakelyn
  21. Meet Me at the Intersection; edited by Rebecca Lim & Ambelin Kwaymullina
  22. Notes from a Sickbed by Tessa Brunton
  23. Everything Is OK by Debbie Tung
  24. Side Effects by Ted Anderson
  25. All Princesses Die Before Dawn by Quentin Zuttion
  26. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg John Barker
  27. Dear Sophie, Love Sophie by Sophie Lucido Johnson
  28. Sleeping While Standing by Taki Soma
  29. Lord Fear: A Memoir by Lucas Mann
  30. Fierce Attachments: A Memoir by Vivian Gornick
  31. Bad Cree by Jessica Johns
  32. The Evolving Truth of Ever-Stronger Will by Maya McGregor
  33. Gus and the Starlight by Victoria Carless
  34. The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
  35. Chester Keene Cracks the Case by Kekla Magoon
  36. Arthur and Teddy Are Coming Out by Ryan Love
  37. The Garden of Eve by K.L. Going
  38. This Last Adventure by Ryan Dalton
  39. Strega by Johanne Lykke Holm
  40. Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
  41. The Boy and the Dog by Seishu Hase
  42. Up Jumps the Devil by Michael Poore
  43. The Man with All the Answers by Luke Smitherd
  44. Friends Like These by Meg Rosoff
  45. Tilly in Technicolor by Mazey Eddings
  46. Don’t Look at Me by Charles Holdefer
  47. The Night Animals by Sarah Ann Juckes
  48. On Earth as It Is on Television by Emily Jane
  49. Chrysalis by Anna Metcalfe
  50. Shark Heart: A Love Story by Emily Habeck
  51. Tell the Rest by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
  52. Ozark Dogs by Eli Cranor
  53. The Insatiable Volt Sisters by Rachel Eve Moulton
  54. The Things We Do to Our Friends by Heather Darwent
  55. How Can I Help You by Laura Sims
  56. Fireworks Every Night by Beth Raymer
  57. The Melting by Lize Spit
  58. To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose
  59. Ex Libris by Matt Madden
  60. Drip Drip by Paru Itagaki
  61. Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chunked and Spewed by Lance Carbuncle
  62. A Snowflake in My Hand by Samantha Mooney
  63. The Merry Dredgers by Jeremy C. Shipp
  64. Hide by Kiesten White
  65. Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

2-in-1 Book Review: This Is Where We Talk Things Out & Magnum Opus by Caitlin Marceau

Title: This Is Where We Talk Things Out

Author: Caitlin Marceau

Genre: Horror Novella

Number of Pages: 114

Rating: B+

Recommended?: Yes

Batshit crazy mother. Isolated locale. Impending snowstorm. What could possibly go wrong?

This Is Where We Talk Things Out is an engaging psychological horror novella about a woman, Miller, drawn back into a toxic relationship with her mentally disturbed mother Sylvie. Miller’s girlfriend Florence warns her against getting sucked back into Sylvie’s drama, but she reluctantly decides to give her one last chance in a long series of last chances. But when Sylvie’s behavior gets more and more out-of-control, Miller finds herself fighting for her life.

The big reveal of this story was… not surprising. I didn’t mind, though. The predictability didn’t get in the way of me enjoying the book. I liked that even though Sylvie’s homophobic attitudes towards her daughter are touched upon there wasn’t a huge focus on that aspect of the story. The mother-daughter relationship felt very realistic and very uncomfortable. It only jumped the shark a bit and allowed the situation to become borderline cartoonish in the last 10 pages or so. Still, a fun read with some genuinely spooky and disturbing moments.

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