Monday, July 21, 2014

Hiatus

Got the sad news that my Grandma just passed away. While dealing with all the planning and chaos Bibliognome will be on hiatus until at least July 28th. 

Thanks for understanding.

Review - White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

4 out of 5 gnomes

I just love this series so much because it has such a unique yet awesome take on zombies. The main character is also someone who you can seriously root for.

She’s trying really hard to improve her life but man there are plenty of obstacles besides the whole being a zombie part.

Angel goes back and forth a lot on whether Marcus is the right guy for her. It is not always easy for them and there are real problems there. I not so secretly hope that she ends up with somebody else.

I’m very happy that Angel’s relationship with her dad is improving. (Even though after the first book I was kind of wondering why she still even spoke to him.) There is some real growth there and hopefully he and Angel continue to try to be better.

Another reason I like this depiction of zombies is the zombie mafia/family that Angel continues to discover more about. The regular mafia is scary but the zombie mafia can be downright terrifying.

Angel’s getting in deeper and well sometimes it’s hard to see the good in the good guys. There is also plenty of ambiguity/lots of characters fall in the not a hundred percent good/not a hundred percent bad category. She also has an interesting effect on someone else that I can’t wait to see explored further.

If you haven’t checked out this series and like dark humor and or zombies than this series is definitely for you.

Sentence Sneak Peek - White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

The first sentence from each chapter of White Trash Zombie Apocalypse, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

Spoilers are highlighted like so :)


“Rain.”

“Angel!”

“Five days and counting,” Nick said with a smile.”

“I raced home, showered and changed, even spent about twenty minutes on my hair and makeup and was mostly pleased with the result.”

“I quickly dug the bag of brain chips out of my purse and stuffed them into my jacket pocket, then did my best to put on an exasperated expression.”

“I’d actually planned ahead for once, and swapped part of my eight a.m. to four p.m. shift with Jerry, the other full-time van driver, so that I didn’t have to come in so early in the morning after the late night out with Marcus.”

“The autopsy of Brenda Barnes went quickly, though Dr. Leblanc remained puzzled about the cause of death despite knowing what had killed her: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which was a condition where the heart muscle got too thick to pump blood properly, he’d explained.”

“The rain came down again in a light but steady fall.”

“It was only a little after one a.m., which seemed weird.”

“The minute my shift ended I got the hell out of there.”

“I woke with a headache, which was weird since I hadn’t had a true headache since becoming a zombie.”

“Babe.”

“I told myself I’d study until eleven which would give me enough time to get ready so I wouldn’t be in a frantic rush before Brian picked me up.”

“Our route to the lab had been almost entirely back roads and seldom-used highways, though I wasn’t sure if that was the only way to get there or if it was on purpose to keep me from finding the place again.”

“Brian walked me around the corner and down a hallway.”

“To my relief, my dad’s truck wasn’t in the driveway when Brian dropped me off.”

“A sound woke me, a dull thumping, but without any particular rhythm or cadence.”

“It didn’t seem right that it could only be ten a.m.”

“The Tucker Point High School gym was one creepy-as-hell place at night.”

“Hungry, I detoured to the small fridge in the coach’s office where I’d stashed my bottles.”

“To my surprise, I managed to get back to sleep without any problem.”

“Once again I found myself grateful that I lived in a small town.”

“As the body fell, Philip dropped into a crouch, tore the man’s skull apart, and began to stuff chunks of brain into his mouth.”

“I expected Brian to head to the same lab I’d visited the other day, where I’d seen Kang’s head and met Dr. Nikas, but instead he stopped after about two minutes of driving and pulled up to a loading dock behind an old brick warehouse.”

“I gave a pint of blood to Jacques, accepted a packet of brains in return, then checked on Philip.”

“I half expected some awkwardness in the morning, but Marcus was already cooking eggs when I woke up and shambled into the kitchen.”

“You sure this is a good idea?”

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

“Well, lifelike dolls are creepy as hell,” I agreed.”


“Surely my parasite would keep me from exploding, right?”


“Perfect noses. Perfect breasts. Perfect bitches.”


“He’d earned a choice spot on my shitlist.”


“I have a shitty attitude,” I offered. “That’s my best weapon.”


“I was reformed, but I’d never be perfect, and that was okay with me.”


“Sometimes life was pretty damn funny.”


“Props to stubborn-bitch-willpower for saving the day.”

“Maturity sucked.”

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Read - The Girl With All the Gifts

This book is really interesting so far because I can only guess what exactly is going on.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Egg-cellent Trilogy - check out the adventures of Egg

Blue Sea Burning by Geoff Rodkey

5 out of 5 gnomes


I adore this series. It’s one of those series where I really would love to know the whole story and what exactly the future holds for these characters. This trilogy was so well done and I would recommend it to anybody who loves adventure stories with a strong cast and of course anyone who’s a fan of pirates.

Holy carp there was just so much awesomeness/plenty of surprises in this final book. Some of this craziness includes a little bit more about a certain Captain and some pretty interesting information about Egg’s mother. Also last but certainly not least I have to say that now that, that was one superb way to take out a villain.

I love how much Egg has changed over the course of the series and yet is recognizable is being still a kid too. His decisions may be questionable at times but when he does something great that makes it even better.

There is plenty of family drama, intense issues, and definite danger. Also the inclusion of a polite Adonis and a misbehaving monkey are pretty darn hilarious.

Guts with his guitar playing and swearing is one of my favorite characters. What the reader does know about him is already intriguing. Then there’s the ending where you find out there might be even more to discover.

Burns Healy really makes this book shine. He is a surprising role model but yet in the world Egg lives in Healy isn’t always the baddest guy. I think I would love to read a whole book that was just his origin story.

I like where the story ended but would definitely be interested in a book about how the character’s futures turned out. Saying that though I am glad that there wasn’t a corny epilogue or anything. I personally am just hoping to learn more about what happened to these characters and what other adventures they had.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sentence Sneak Peek - Blue Sea Burning

Blue Sea Burning by Geoff Rodkey

The first sentence from each chapter of Blue Sea Burning, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)


BURN HEALY”S PIRATE SHIP was sinking.”

“WE CAUGHT UP with Adonis on the lower deck.”

“THE FOUR OF US stood in the warm light of the setting sun, our backs against the wall beside the poop deck ladder.”

“I HADN’T MISUNDERSTOOD anything.”

HEALY TURNED AWAY from the deck rail and walked back to his spot in front of the crew.”

STATIONS!

“THINGS HAD CHANGED at the ugly fruit plantation since we’d been away, and not for the better.”

“SORRY I SLUGGED YE, thanks.”

“AFTER CHECKING THE GRIFT’S STORES against the list of supplies Quint gave him, the purser sent Guts, Kira, and me off with a handful of silver coin to buy extra lumber and nails from Port Scratch’s only store.”

STATIONS!!

“BUCKETS DOWN!”

“I TOOK THE COMPANIONWAY STEPS two at a time.”

“MY UNCLE WAS SHOUTING orders even before he’d reached the bottom of the quarterdeck ladder.”

HEALY’S PLAN WAS to intercept Ripper Jones at the mouth of the bay and finish him off, then turn around and come back to sink the beached man-of-war.”

“FIRST, QUINT TRIED to talk me out of it.”

“I SULKED FOR MOST of the next hour as we paddled back through the fog.”

“THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE walking up a busy street in the company of eight terrifying pirates, even if the most infamous of them insists on calling himself “Commodore Longtrousers.”

EGG!

“I WENT TO SEE Burn Healy alone.”

“I WOULD’VE HEADED straight back up the hill to Mr. Dalrymple’s house, but my uncle insisted I have a bath and eat lunch first.”

“WE WERE SITTING at a corner table in a little pub on the edge of town.”

“EVEN THOUGH I HATED Percy’s guts—as a tutor, he’d been lazy, cruel, and shockingly incompetent—he was as good a liar as anybody I knew.”

“TELL ME SOMETHING, old boys . . .”

“THEY’RE PIRATES,” Millicent was saying.”

PLEASE, EGG!

HEALY LED ME UP a winding series of streets into the hills above the fortress, where the houses were set back from the road and so far apart that it was more forest than town.”

“WE SPENT THE NEXT two days getting ready—buying supplies, sewing slings, lashing bundles of long oars to the deck of Cyril’s sloop—and even considering the dread and uncertainty over what we were about to do, it could have been a very pleasant two days.”

“IT’S TOO DARK to maneuver—we’ll break up on the rocks.”

“WE ALL FROZE in place.”

“HOW MANY WERE THERE?”

“WHERE ARE STAIRS to ship?”

IT’S NEVER GOING TO WORK.

“NOT BAD.”

“THE FOUR OF US staggered into Blisstown just before sunset.”

“DOWN THE STEPS.”

“MOVE!”

“I WOKE UP.”