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Book Review: Forbidden Knowledge: 101 Things No One Should Know How To Do
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Forbidden Knowledge
101 Things No One Should Know How to Do
Hardcover | Kindle
By Owen Brooks
Publisher: Adams Media
Release date: October 8, 2019

Since the beginning of time, humans have had an insatiable thirst for forbidden knowledge, and even though history has shown we’ve gotten into a lot of trouble for it, still our quest to learn more continues. That’s probably why Adams Media has continued to release new installments in their Forbidden Knowledge line of books for over a decade now.

This time around, author Owen Brooks has compiled instructions for 101 Things No One Should Know How to Do, which is basically a simplified survival guide for unlikely and/or preposterous scenarios, several of which are also dangerous and sometimes criminal. Some is stuff you shouldn’t have to know, but just in case, it tells you what to do.

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$1.99 Kindle Deal: ‘The Lady From The Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and The Lost Legacy Of Milicent Patrick’
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I’ve been wanting to read The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara ever since it was released in Hardcover earlier this year. With my birthday coming up in a few weeks, I went to Amazon to add it to my Wish List and saw that the Kindle Edition is only $1.99 right now!

I immediately bought it (I read my Kindle books through the app on my iPad Mini). So, if this book has been on your to-read list, I suggest you do the same immediately because I do not know how long this sale will last.

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Book Review: Half Way Home By Hugh Howey
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Review by Andre H.

Half Way Home
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Hugh Howey
Publisher: John Joseph Adams | Mariner Books | HMH Books
Release date: October 1, 2019

Half Way Home is only halfway there. Hugh Howey writes a strong and gripping first part that starts out as a raw social commentary that questions the motivations of humankind and touches on issues such as class, race, colonialism, sexuality, religion, politics, Artificial Intelligence, self-determination, pro-life vs. pro-choice, science, and ethics.

With an intense introduction and gripping early chapters, Howey builds an intriguing world where we are forced to consider the limitations of our own species and wonder what would happen if we encounter life elsewhere in the universe and what would happen if we have to survive on our own.

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Book Review: The End Of The World by Don Hertzfeldt
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The End Of The World
Hardcover | Kindle
By Don Hertzfeldt
Publisher: Random House
Release date: October 1, 2019

With a title like The End Of The World you’d think I’d know what’s to come, yet somehow, I was still blindsided by this book. Perhaps it was the whimsical hand-drawn stars that lined the top of the stark yet classy hardcover that gave me a glimmer of hope. Or maybe the back cover’s humorous blurbs, boasting “Full of pages, from cover to cover…” and “This is practically a book” that lulled me into a false sense of security. Or possibly that the unexpected heft I felt as I removed the book’s shrink wrapping led me to believe that a product of this outward aesthetic must surely have a matching interior. But after opening the book, I realized I was in for something completely different.

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Book Review: MacTrump: A Shakespearean Tragicomedy Of The Trump Administration, Part I
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MacTrump
A Shakespearean Tragicomedy of the Trump Administration, Part I
Paperback | Kindle
By Ian Doescher and Jacopo della Quercia
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: October 1, 2019

MacTrump, the new President of the United Fiefdoms, has come to rule much to the distress of supporters of the former President, Banquo O’Bama. He thinks it will be a simple job, and that the people will beg for his legacy to continue. His first 2 years are not without bumps as he fires many people, like Stephen Bannox, causing Spicero to hide behind potted plants. He even ends up being investigated by Sir Robert of MacMueller! Whatever shall the greatest President of the United Fiefdoms to have ever lived do or tweet? One hopes he will listen to Banquo’s ghost or the spirits of the other presidents. Do you think he will?

More below on MacTrump: A Shakespearean Tragicomedy of the Trump Administration, Part I by Ian Doescher and Jacopo della Quercia.

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Book Review: The Necronomnomnom: Recipes and Rites From The Lore Of H. P. Lovecraft
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The Necronomnomnom
Recipes and Rites From The Lore Of H. P. Lovecraft
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Mike Slater
Edited by Thomas Roache
Illustrations by Kurt Komoda
Publisher: Countryman Press | W.W. Norton
Release date: October 1, 2019

“In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming… about tasty food and drinks.” Or so you would think when you read The Necronomnomnom: Recipes and Rites From The Lore Of H. P. Lovecraft. Apparently, when the Great Old One awakens, he’ll have a hankering for some Cthus-Koos, aka Tuna Couscous. Thankfully this tome contains Cthulhu’s own secret recipe, which serves four, so it should be suitable for a lovely reunion.

If tuna’s not your thing, mix up some Tsathogguambalaja (seafood jambalaya), a favorite of the Old One, Tsathoggua (another sleepy dude). Or if any shoggoths stop by, serve them the Shogghoulash (beef and tomato goulash). For the vegetarians (like me), construct the Atlach-Nachos (nachos) without the layer of meat or summon up some Mi-Go To Go portobello sandwiches. For the young ones, the Lovecraft Macaroni and Cheese is sure to hit the spot. Then finish it all up by invoking The Ring That Should Not Be (Jell-O ring) and The Cake In Yellow (angel food cake) for dessert. Whoever (or whatever) your guests are, don’t forget the libations: Gin and Miskatonic for the adults, and At The Fountains Of Madness (gummy bears frozen in cherry syrup) for the kids.

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Book Review: How To Survive A Horror Movie By Seth Grahame-Smith
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How To Survive A Horror Movie
All the Skills to Dodge the Kills
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Seth Grahame-Smith
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: September 24, 2019

Released by Quirk Books, one of the best publishers of fun and original genre literature, Seth Grahame-Smith’s How To Survive A Horror Movie is a love note to the “poor bastards” who inevitably get killed by the psychos, slashers, and madmen of cinema. Grahame-Smith originally wrote this in 2007 when he was struggling to pay rent, and has since gone on to become a New York Times Best Selling author with books like horror-parodies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2010). He wrote screenplays for the latter as well as The LEGO Batman Movie before producing the amazingly successful IT: Chapter I (2017). With over a decade of success in and around the horror industry, Grahame-Smith updated the book with new sections, artwork, and over a decade’s worth of horror films to glean from as he advises us faithful horror fans in the art of surviving our favorite genre.

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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Black Spire By Delilah S. Dawson
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Black Spire
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Galaxy’s Edge – Book 2
Written by Delilah S. Dawson
Narrated by January LaVoy
Publisher: Del Rey | Random House Audio
Release date: August 27, 2019

In the second book of Disney’s new Star Wars series related to the Galaxy’s Edge theme park, Black Spire focuses on spy Vi Moradi’s attempts to resuscitate a flagging Resistance in the days immediately following the eighth film, The Last Jedi. With the New Republic’s central government destroyed by Starkiller Base and their forces all but defeated, Vi is sent by her mentor, General Leia Organa, to seek promising new worlds on which to re-kickstart the Resistance. To help her, Leia sends along Archex, a man with an intimate knowledge of the First Order. You see, he was not only a former Stormtrooper Captain known as Cardinal, but he and Moradi have a history all their own… Cardinal tortured Moradi after capturing her. During their torture sessions, though, Moradi discovered a weakness in Cardinal/Archex and exploited it. This allowed her to not only escape the clutches of the First Order, but also rescue a Stormtrooper was now able to see the error of his ways.

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Amazon To Publish Collection Of Guillermo del Toro Horror and Dark Fantasy Short Stories
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Guillermo del Toro at the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery

A collection of short stories written by the two-time Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and much more, Guillermo del Toro, is on the way.

The announcement comes from Amazon Original Stories, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, which reached a deal with del Toro to publish the short story collection. You can find more info along with a quote from del Toro below.

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Book Review: Violet By Scott Thomas
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Violet by Scott Thomas

Violet
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Scott Thomas
Publisher: Inkshares
Release date: September 24, 2019

In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Kill Creek, author Scott Thomas brings us a much more deliberate and slow-building terror in Violet. Kris Barlow, in an attempt to escape from the platitudes of friends, family, and strangers after a car accident claims the life of her husband, takes her daughter to a house on Lost Lake that has been owned by her family for decades, and that she hasn’t visited since she was about her daughter’s age.

Unfortunately, the best of intentions rarely go as you’d expect and the same happens here. Kris has forgotten that the reason why she hasn’t visited the house is because of things that happened to her family so many years prior. While she hasn’t thought about them in decades, those “things” never left the lake house. They’ve been lying in wait for Kris. And now they’re about to make themselves known again.

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