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Mostly just my books, but also some reviews (they might contain spoilers, they're imported from GR and don't parse).

I'm an avid reader of all types, but be warned that I mostly enjoy: horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romances and M/M erotica.

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner - James Dashner 2.5...ish.

The book was alright. I think if I'd been a loooooot younger, like maybe 10, I would have liked it a lot better. as it happens I'm not 10 and so I didn't get to enjoy it the same way.

The characters were bland, Thomas spent an awful lot of time saying how Smart he thought he was (but doing nothing smart); one thing the characters had in their favor though was that they actually acted perfectly the role of teenagers: they were all just as annoying and infuriating.
I can't say I cared for many of them. Literally. Characters died and I did not give a damn. Newt and Minho were okayish. Alby was an idiot.

The idea of the maze was interesting, but that it was "unsolvable" and the only way out was so... dumb, that no one thought to compare the sections was unbelievable, and it made it really bad. I'm not sure why they're building up to, but right now I fail to see how having the kids through any of that will solve anything. Interesting concept, doubtful way to get results.

Will read more and see how it goes.

Evil Origins: A Horror & Dark Fantasy Collection

Evil Origins: A Horror & Dark Fantasy Collection - J. Thorn Most boring thing I've read in a very long while. I started all 3 of the main novels to see if any caught my interest, but none could.
Could not relate/did not like any of the characters, did not care what happened to them, did not even mind where the story was going and it was so boring that I even got tired of skipping to reach the end and see if anything of interest happened there.

Also did not like the repetitive way in which people's faces were described. ("His eyes sat (...)", "His hairline sat (...) ")

Don't get me wrong, I can see where a certain crowd would like it, but I'm clearly not part of it.

Dirty Fighters

Dirty Fighters - Kyle Adams It's a nice short story, nothing bad, but not really amazing either. Would I recommend it? *shrugs* If you're into the whole fight-for-dominance, a short story, and don't expect much, then yes, I suppose.

My African Prince

My African Prince - Vona Logan I'm... not entirely sure what to rate this, because my enjoyment of it was all over the place. I ended up rating it by my feelings at the end of the story, and by then I wasn't too into it anymore.

So, the first half or so of the book was good. The sex was hot, the characters I liked, the idea behind how they came to be what they are was weird, but interesting, and it was a nice bit of fluff on the rest. The relationship didn't seem to have much going besides sex, but I could overlook that. I could even overlook the random usage of another language (I don't mind a few words or a phrase now and again; I understand, you want to be realistic about it, but honestly when: a. the rest of the book they speak English and b. you're going to provide a translation of what they say anyway, then you really don't need to put entire pieces of dialog in the original language your character is from, you can just say "he said in (whatever language of your choosing)" - this is a personal pet peeve though.)
Anyway, I should have stopped reading when they became mates.

After that, I felt the story just got worse and worse. It could have been good, but it wasn't. And then, it almost completely lost me on "walla". No. Just no. That's not how you spell it, and if you spelled that wrong, I have no trust that you spelled any of the other foreign words right. Don't get me wrong, anyone can have typos. But "walla" is not a typo.

And then the little bit at the end with the fight off, and the real lions coming, and just bleh, no. So not cool.
So, ready for a 4 stars at the start, dwindled to a 3, and left it at 2 to be kind, because I enjoyed the first half, but disliked the last half.

Indian Summer

Indian Summer - D.C.  Williams 2.7

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected - Lou Sylvre 3.5

Festival in My Heart: Poems by Japanese Children

Festival in My Heart: Poems by Japanese Children - Bruno Peter Navasky I'm usually not into poetry, but this was really nice.

Locke, Stock and Barrel

Locke, Stock and Barrel - Devon Rhodes I want to say 4.7, I really enjoyed it like the previous two, but the other two couples I liked better... even though I really enjoyed the way all three books came together in this third one. :)
For such short reads, they were very, very nice!

Golden

Golden - Joyee Flynn What did I just read??
Whut

Yakuza Pride

Yakuza Pride - H.J. Brues I was all set up and ready to give this book a 5. I really loved the writing style, the story, the characters, everything (even if at first I had my doubts with all the Japanese words thrown around; there is, after all, a fine line between rightful tossing of foreign words and sounding like you're writing fanfic, but I feel the author managed a good enough balance, all things given). Anyhow, it was a pretty awesome book, in all.
What finally made me drop one star was the whole kidnapping thing. It wasn't that I hated the idea or anything, I think it was a good bit of drama to throw in and make things interesting, but it felt like it went a bit overboard with the whole torturing thing. While I can understand the motivation behind the bad guy's reason for all the rape torture, I do feel it was kind of exaggerated and didn't fancy reading the way it was handled when he was finally rescued. I do have to say though, I really enjoyed Kenshin not being a wimp and actually trying to do things for himself.

Perdón, imposible

Perdón, imposible - José Antonio Millán Excelente libro. Es simple, va al grano y lo más importante de todo, es divertido: esto hace la lectura muy amena y fácil de entender y recordar. Un libro como este explica y se recuerda mejor que un libro de texto común.

What's Wrong With Eating People?: 33 More Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles

What's Wrong With Eating People?: 33 More Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles - Peter Leslie Cave Was it me or were most of those puzzles neither puzzling nor perplexing? Maybe I'm just not cut out for philosophy... Anyway, it wasn't a bad book, and the writing style was in between annoying me and trying to be funny (and sort of not managing, thus falling back on 'annoying me').

The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy

The Strain - Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan I really wanted to get into the story, because there were parts in which it seemed honestly interesting... but it was just so boring to read, I just had to give up.

The Poodle Apocalypse

The Poodle Apocalypse - John Inman Perhaps I'd give it a 1.5, because I neither liked nor disliked it. It was fairly evenly in-between, and if it'd had more funny moments I might have upped it to a 2, maybe 2.5.

I wasn't fond of the writing style (or the first person narrative), which always makes it a lot harder for me to get into books. Even though it was only 60-some pages long, I found myself skimming through (And perhaps because it was only 60-some pages was the only reason I finished it).
It had some moderately funny moments (none to laugh out loud, but enough to make me smile a couple of times, but nothing like what I expected from the title and cover), I liked the idea of the story behind it but the ending ruined it for me, and the characters I didn't really care much for (also part of why I skimmed through). Just when I was starting to care a little about the characters, the story was ending/ended.
Lovely cover, though.

It was, in brief, quiet a letdown and one of those "Don't judge a book by its cover" moments.

Dark Horror (Horror, Dark and Lite)

Horror, Dark & Lite Volume One - Anel Viz That was... interesting.

"Val" was really weird. I'm not sure I really understood it, but it was interesting.

"Slasher" was pretty cool, not very out there, It did have me doubting for a bit on who was the bad guy, the ending seemed a bit disappointing though, maybe because it was just so fast and easy.

"The Matador" I didn't really like that much. It wasn't bad (the general idea of it), but the whole coming and going of the relationships made me uneasy about it, and plus I kept reading it in my mind with a Spanish accent and that annoyed it (yes, I annoyed myself lol I just couldn't get the accent out of my mind).

Horror Lite (Horror, Dark and Lite)

Horror Lite (Horror, Dark and Lite) - Anel Viz I liked this one better than volume one.

"A Layover at... " was simple, to the point and cool.

"Coffee and Aftershave" kind of weirded me out. I wasn't satisfied with the ending, but the story was still cool, and I liked it well enough.

"Bryce Olson is Pregnant" I was so glad this one didn't end up as mpreg. The ending made me laugh (I'm not sure if it was the point of the story, but I laughed anyway).

"The Stray" was just super cute in a weird kind of way, though it was kind of mean that Farkas didn't tell his lover what was going on.