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I want all of these stories animated.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-2020

This audiobook is broken into four novellas featuring comedy and supernatural themes. The volume contains strong course language, strong sex themes, gore, violence and crude humour. It is also extremely funny. Cal Wembly narrates, Demon Load, It Came from my Buthole, Slow Ride, Put your Hand Up my Ass, and Terror on Hypo Beach. Cassandra Myles narrates Slaughter on Giggletime Mountain. Individual stories: ‘Terror on Hypo Beach’ is written by Robert Bevan and follows one horny dumb kid going to a toxic landfill of a beach. The real comedy starts when a shark eats a drugged-out idiot. It is a strong start to the volume and gives the audience a good idea what's coming. In ‘Put your Hand up my Ass’ the MC is a talentless teen who wants to become famous. He finds a cursed ventriloquist dummy in the attic. I admit, the story isn’t for me, but a lot of people love it and ask the author for a sequel. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments. ‘Demon Load’ as an Electric Dreams situation going on. The MC is a technophobic and freaks out when his washing machine gains sentience. After reading this I have to say, Skynet might have had the right idea. ‘Slaughter on Giggletime Mountain’ is the most horror inspired book in all the Shingles series. You have a supernatural killer, hunting other serial killers and horrible people. Less laughs but good horror. What can I say about ‘It Came from my Buthole’? Two words, Robert Bevan. If you are not offended, grossed out, laughing and horrified in the first five minutes of this story, then there is something wrong with you. ‘Slow Ride’ is a Christine inspired story where a car comes to life and jealousy kills people. The ending is just perfect.

Pretty much the same MC different place.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-2020

This is the sixth book of the Destiny's Crucible series. Here we get away from Joseph character and follow another survivor of the doomed flight. We also get some world building. This follows the story of Mark, a navy engineer who got sent to the alien world of Anyar. The book is book feels like it is broken into segments and is focused around one man's exploits across several years. I can’t go into the passing without spoiling the book. If you already read the first books you know about Thorensen's style, plot structure, and the world of Anyar. This book adds to the world of Anyar and gives us a different hero to cheer for. While Joseph and Mark start off very similar to one another. But since both men landed on different parts of Anyar and you see how something as simple as geography changes their personality. Seriously. At the start, I thought we were doing a recap. That is how close Joseph and Mark are as main characters.

The Disney princess we need.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-2020

This is an honest surprise with the Gualtieri library. The comedy-horror author has gone outside of his comfort zone on this one. He delivers a whimsical tale utilizing Asian demonology and mixing it with some Lovecraft ideas, such as higher gods. This I feel is a contender for best book I have listened to all year. And while Rick has restrained his usual humor for this novel, older fans should enjoy it. I also suggest that people who didn’t enjoy his previous works give this a shot. And if Rick doesn’t make a tiny tiger wearing a kimono and holding a sword. And doesn’t market the hell out of it, I will not be happy. Plot: Kisaki is a product of a forbidden co-mingling of deity and human. For the crime of existing, her mother, Midnight, locked Kisaki to protect her from the other gods. Locked in her room, the Disney princess is taught by her magical kitty demon. Kisaki escapes her room and makes it to Earth. This triggers a series of events that force her to become the hero. What I like: This is a good book overall. If you like most of the Disney princesses than this is the book for you as it follows the same tropes and similar obstacles. But don’t think this is for little children. I would say it is classified as PG.

Worth the price

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-2020

Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Army of Golems Books 1-2 by L. G. Estrella This is one of my most favourite series. Humour is spot on, the characters are unique, good world building. This is also one of the first books that I have ever read from the kindle library. This is a short book and it works. Buy it, seriously. It's good. Plot: Timmy the necromancer is tired of being one of the most wanted men in his country and so goes about being legit wizard. With problems increasing between his country and the local empire he is sent to recruit a group of bad guys to the cause. The audiobook adds the first two stories together where Timmy, the main protagonist recruits a few more individuals for his suicide squad. It also includes some short stories so this more than makes up for buying it. Characters. Timmy the Necromancer decides to work with the local kingdom, not because he is a good guy but because he is getting tired of the countless assassins who want to kill him. He is not just trained in magic but martial arts, being a necromancer he has a small army of zombies, (as much good as they are when dealing with overpowered psychos) and he is the first MC who isn't a dumbass. Katie is Timmy's 10-year-old apprentice. She loves the colour pink, make friends with ninja rats, and has the power to manipulate shadows. She takes the occasional sneak attack on her master in order to usurp his office. A really precious child. Gerald is a bureaucrat who is in charge of making sure that Timmy earns his pardon. He is often described as cowardly but he seems to be the only one with any common sense in this book. He is not used to zombies, being blown up, or being anywhere near danger. The Elf She has several names and I don’t want to mess up the spelling and have her swear to burn me alive. Crazy pyromaniac with OP levels of magic. Think DC comic book level of power. What I like: I like everything about this book. Everything works. The author made a short story that worked and she turned it into a series. Fred Berman has done a lot of work for some of my most favorite books including doing a lot of work for A. Lee Martinez. Good confidence, great range of voices, What I don't like: There are a lot characters in it that get shoved onto the reader very quickly. The characters are also extremely over powered, which adds to their charm but the author has to constantly toss out more ridiculous characters and end of the world events.

Not a complete dumpster fire

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-2020

The book is mostly bland and the author is completely scattered. The author keeps adding things into the story for seemingly no real point. Going from mystery, to sci-fi, to adventure, then they throw in some romance for no reason, and then they suddenly remember that they needed a villain. The male character is incredibly incapable. He is supposed to be a logical person who is trying to find the truth, but in reality, he is more like a bumbling side-kick who is unable to take a piss without being constantly instructed through each step. The female of the two IRS agents is the strongest character in the story, and I feel that the reason the author chose to make Alfred the MC is to illustrate how capable Nancy is. Nancy can shoot, comes prepared, has inspirational flashes, understand quantum theory, time travel. And it comes off like she is being forced to help this autistic child. The antagonist in the story, not counting the main character, is a special kind of idiot. The author has made it a point to not reveal the character until the very end. But let me try to sum up their motivations and personality. There is a scene where at the middle of the night, Nancy comes up to the MC and unleashes this torrent of disjointed non-sensical theory at a person who is half-asleep. That is what the bad guy feels like. A 3 AM rant.

Good horror

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-2020

I recently finished reading Rick Gualtieri's Bigfoot Hunters book and this might sound a little controversial but I enjoyed it more than his Bill the Vampire and Get Bent books. There is a lot of visually inspiring words and it makes for a good horror story. Plot: The first act of the book has a group of camping university students go camping and get attacked by bigfoot. Things escalate quickly in third act and I can't go too into without giving away the spoilers. What I like about this book is the visuals the author throws at the reader. There is some decent action in it and the author isn't afraid to pull punches with the kills. The voice actor does also have a good range of voices and you can feel the barely contained rage in their bigfoot voice.

Good start to a series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2020

The book follows the typical Dan Harmon Hero's journey. The main character being screwed by his brother, enters a game, high stakes, high survival mode. The author is probably planning long series. The book is written pretty well, good characters. But I feel that the author has fallen into the habit of heavy Isekai and light on the game elements. More guy goes to fantasy world with specks of a game system. Menus are used twice in the entire book, There is no levelling, The author could have cut the game elements and it wouldn't have changed anything. Despite this being marketed to GameLit readers, I suggest that readers who enjoy Isekai and slice of life will mostly enjoy this book.

Decent narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2020

Roberto Scarlato does a great job narrating the the books. The series is about a gamer that gets tricked and goes to a fantasy land universe where he battles the forces an empire. The main character a game system and placed everything in the luck characteristic.

Give the man an award

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-2020

I only have high praise for this book. The author has put a lot of love, energy, and research into making this novel and has put in a lot of thought into the world building process. For all of you who don't know Shad Brooks is a Youtuber who specialises in explaining medieval societies. And it really tells in this story as he uses reasoning to describe his universe. Plot: Daylen was once a tyrant and warlord who planned to conquer the world but was stopped. Having survived the fall of his own empire and spent years living a life in seclusion he attempts suicide, but he doesn't get off the hook for his crimes that easy. This is not a story of redemption. Daylen knows that is impossible for him. Instead he seeks a way to finally kill himself for his crimes, but that doesn't mean that he can't try to make up for past sins. Characters: Daylen has lead a hard life. From a man trying to save his family, to a revolutionary, to a monster, and then to an exile, he has done and seen things that few others have. He is the greatest villain of his own story, and seeks and end to his own suffering. What I like: Daylen is a great main character because he is for all terms a bad guy. Shad has thought out his little universe and has tried to make it his own. I see some Diskworld and Wheel of Time references. I have only listened to the audiobook and the narrators do a fantastic work. The author tries to play with the hard and soft magic ideas. Indicating that the population thinks that some principles are written in stone, however, Daylen doesn't destroy those rules but builds upon them. This does feel like a hard magic system, it's just that most of the people in it have misconceptions about those rules. Notes: So, reading the other reviews I can see a lot of mentions to some technical and logistical problems. The typical nuts and bolts of the world building that requires far more than a single novel's worth of pages to explain. I feel that this the author built an entire world and through the series he will explain more of the universe that he has built. This is just book one and we could expect anything from a trilogy to ten novels.

Book 2 is the stronger novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-2020

I want to start off with this book being the first mystery novel that I listened to. The majority of mystery novels that I have read mostly includes horror as the major theme, so I might be mistaken in a lot of my misconceptions about pure mystery books. My main problems with the first book are featured around the main character’s motivations, including why she agrees to get involved in the case. The author seemed to go everywhere trying to touch on thriller, romance, mystery, but unfortunately the first book was a bit of experiment. I don’t know if I would call this a mystery. It has more romantic and thriller elements. I do think that some more stalking elements in the middle chapters would have made the book stronger. The second book of the volume, Dim Sum, Dead Some is the stronger of the two novels. Unlike the first book this seems to be a better structured mystery novel with actual clues and better planning. My only real issue with the book was during the big reveal but I could see where the author was going with the ending. This is only my second mystery novel so I am unsure if the pacing and tone is correct, but I found it mostly enjoyable.