• Erotica Book Reviews

    The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy

    My Thoughts This one’s from the vault, one of the earliest ARCs I had ever read. The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy are two short stories in which two women find themselves the unknowing participants in secret pleasure groups, making all of their fantasies and so much more come true. I liked the first story, The Cost of Pleasure, just a little bit more. I thought the rumors of the company founder and the intrigue of the office worker’s activities made for an interesting concept. With just the slightest touch of BDSM, this story is fun with a narrator who is comfortable in her sexuality, and it was refreshing to…

  • Horror Book Review

    Brief, Horrible Moments: A collection of one sentence horror stories

    Warnings: Gore, Cannibalism, Violence, Self Harm My Thoughts I couldn’t resist a unique idea when I stumbled on this little book, a collection of one-sentence horror stories that are meant to leave the reader wondering what happens next. I didn’t have very high expectations given the concept, but I figured it’d be an amusing short read and it was at first. Some of the earlier stories were not bad, and could easily work as a writing prompt. The vast majority unfortunately were utterly forgettable. “If you didn’t count the doll’s face and the fact that it was the size of a truck, it was a regular looking spider.” There were…

  • Historical Fiction Book Review

    This Telling

    Warnings: Discussions of abortion My Thoughts This story took my breath away! This Telling is a bittersweet short about the difficult choices that young expectant mothers face with pregnancy; do you keep the child, abort it, give it up for adoption? How does this alter her path in life, can she be happy becoming a stay-at-home mother after a gunshot wedding? Geraldine contemplates about each of these questions as she finds herself pregnant for the first time at the age of eighteen, freshly graduated from high school with an unreliable boyfriend who has no interest in becoming a father at the cusp of adulthood. “She looked at her parents, clear-eyed…

  • Horror Book Review

    The Sleep Tight Motel

    Warnings: Violence, Sexual Content, Relationship Abuse My Thoughts I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this little novella and whether or not I really liked it. It had its good points, some decent characters, and a somewhat unexpected romance. However, despite being listed as a suspense story I didn’t actually find this story to be all that suspenseful. The characters were too one-dimensional, they were either all good or all bad and the direction of the story can be guessed fairly quickly. The main issue I took with the story was the comparisons between nice guy and bad boy relationships. The main character’s best friend is an…

  • Horror Book Review

    Zoo

    Warnings: Violence, Gore, Death, Domestic Abuse, Chlid Abuse, Animal Death My Thoughts I enjoy Otsuichi’s stories because he is unafraid to take risks, his stories are always a breath of fresh air. This collection was a delight because of the many genres included, and it showed Otsuichi’s range as a writer. From grimdark fairy tales to science fiction, black comedy to spine-chilling horror. I didn’t find the leaps in genres to be disorienting at all and enjoyed having something new and unexpected with each story. “I hope you don’t mind my asking, miss, but are you familiar with the prophecies of Nostradamus?” While not every story was an instant hit…

  • Science Fiction Book Review

    Diary of an AssCan

    My Thoughts I honestly don’t really know what I expected with this short prequel story to The Martian. I loved Watney and his struggle to survive on Mars after ending up stranded. The story has captivated both book readers and movie audiences alike and it is completely understandable. Diary of an AssCan is a short the follows Watney as he prepares for the doomed Mars mission. “I wish there were a way to spend more time on the surface. But oh well. 31 sols will have to do.” Perhaps this story might have been better consumed as a bonus at the end of the original book, but going back I…