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DOLLS by Matt Shaw

From Matt Shaw – the author behind the black cover books – comes a terrifying story of lost love and mental illness. Expect twists and turns as he takes you on a dark journey into the depths of a broken mind.

“He understood why she did it. She had lost her own baby – one conceived by the unwanted advances of a sexual predator – and hated thinking of them out there in the cemetery, alone and cold. She had to bring them into the warm. She had to give them the life they’d otherwise never live. It was her mission. But with each new doll brought home, her yearning for a living child of her own continued to grow. Yes, he knew why she did it but – even so – he wasn’t able to stand by her and he knew she was going to get a lot worse before she got better. But how do you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? And how do you turn your back on your own sister?”

☆☆☆☆☆ /☆☆☆☆☆
Another 5 Stars For THE Matt Shaw

IDK what stopped me from reading this title earlier, (published February 2, 2016), but I’m happy that I finally did read it! DOLLS feels like one of Matt‘s older titles – it’s not a black cover, not an extreme extreme horror, and the story totally sucked me in. I was 100% invested in the story right from the beginning.  Now, as embarrassing as this might be, I gotta tell ya… I didn’t see the ‘oh holy shit’ moment until about 5 words before it was revealed to us! I love that Matt can still do that after all these years, and all these books.

I’m trying to catch up on a lot of Matt‘s titles that I haven’t’ read and/or reviewed before now, so stay tuned for a couple more ‘not-too-extreme’ extreme story reviews, and for some with the buckets of blood & gore that I expect to be dumped on me very soon ::winks::

Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥

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5 Signs You’re Reading a Bad Book

Original post written by Will Floyd for Bookstr
Published September 23, 2016

We try to avoid’em, but we know they’re out there

5 Signs You're Reading a Bad Book

Is there anything worse than a bad book? I mean I know we try to keep things light around here, and write about what we love in books, rather than what we hate, but it can’t be denied that trying to plow through a bad book, whether it’s a school assignment, or just something you’re committed to taking down, a bad book REALLY gets under your skin. Ideally, you wanna approach all art with an open mind, but what happens when you open your mind as wide as it can go, and the book just won’t fit? Well, that’s a tell tale sign that you might be reading a bad book. Here are the 5 ways you know you have a bad book on your hands. 


You’ve reached the 100 page mark and it’s not clicking

The 100 page mark is like the 3rd date. If you and your date haven’t shared a special moment by that point, there might be nothing there. The same goes for books. If we’re talking about an average book of say 300+ pages, then we should really be of to the races by the 100th page. If you still feel yourself making a heroic effort to enjoy a single sentence of the thing, then YOU’VE got a bad book.

You haven’t connected with any characters:

The best books have memorable characters of emotional depth. If you aren’t invested in a couple of them by a certain point, or you just plain don’t believe that they are real, then YOU’VE got a bad book.

You aren’t buying the plot

Plot= character interacting with environment. If you aren’t buying that the characters in the book are making realistic decisions, or you have a sense that the author is lazily manipulating plot, then YOU’VE got a bad book.

You don’t like the author’s tone

There’s a human voice behind every book, and if you aren’t liking the cadence that’s coming across, then chances are you’re really going to struggle through 300+ pages of it. Going back to the dating analogy, if you’re really not digging your date, you’ll be at pains to listen to them drone on for hours about something. If you find yourself grimacing at word choice and metaphors, then YOU’VE got a bad book.

You’re rushing to the end

A good reading experience is one where you lose yourself in the language, forget where you are, and become completely entranced by the author’s world. If you’re loving a book, you appreciate every page and every word, and you certainly aren’t begging for it to be over. If you find yourself begging for sweet relief half way through, YOU’VE got a bad book.

You think you could have done better

A well written book says “Sit back, relax. I’ll take if from here. I know what I’m doing”. A reader wants to feel taken care of, and be able to rest assured knowing the author has delivered the product of their best possible efforts.  A poorly written book causes the reader the be highly conscious of themselves and the author.

If you find yourself taking issue with the creative decisions made, and hypothesizing alternative decisions, YOU’ve got a bad book.

I used to force myself to finish every book, but one day I realized that life is too short, and my TBR list is too long to endure the pain of getting to the back cover. Sometimes the actual story may not be the problem though. I’ve picked up unfinished books at a different points in my life only to realize how amazing they truly are – I just wasn’t ready for them the first time.

I’m curious about what other readers do in this situation. What do YOU do?

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