Stupid Internets



On Wednesday, my internet provider had all their workmen out in our neighbourhood , doing general maintenance. But somebody did something really bad and now my entire street is having problems. *grumble grumble growl* Not having access to the web is throwing our whole family into confusion, I didn’t realize how much we depend on the internet for daily things, like banking, ordering dinner, doing homework and a fun distraction.





9thCircle_1024x768 Luckily the kids are hyped up about Halloween, the hubs is working all night and I have lots of books to read – If I can pull myself away from the super awesomeness of the new Guitar Hero World Tour game. I’m completely hooked, my hands are cramped up and my fingers will probably be blistered but I love it. The Guitar Hero games are amazing fun for the whole family. I would recommend them to anyone – if you’re video gamer or not.

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Review – Low Man by T.J. Vargo

low man Synopsis

Robbed at gunpoint while working the nightshift at a convenience store, Benny Assissi takes stock of his life. His good-paying factory job is gone—outsourced overseas. His wife sits in a hospital emergency room with his dying son. And there’s a gun under the counter, one he never saw until now.

Determined to gain control over his life, he grabs the gun and runs after the thief. One bullet later, he finds out how precious life is and how far he must go to keep it, even if it means walking straight through Hell.

In the fog of death, he discovers that life isn’t about what you have, but how much you love—and how far you’ll go to see your love again.


Benny Assissi is the kind of character I love to encounter in books. He is a good man, as simple as it sounds, a character like this is hard to find. Benny is a hard-working, family man. A supportive husband and devoted dad, Benny has been struggling to overcome life’s obstacles. Laid off from his good-paying job, he must now take on any job that will pay the bills. This is how he finds himself working the overnight shift at a convenience store. But not willing to settle for this type of life, he spends his days taking college courses in order to better himself and open up more career opportunities. The downside of Benny’s work and schooling is that it leaves him little time for his family and household responsibilities, and even though he tries hard to keep up with it all, tension and weariness start to build a rift between Benny and his wife. Pretty normal things for lots of young families nowadays, but one night at work, Benny will experience something that will shift their lives into utter abnormality and chaos.

As Benny is sitting behind the counter a man will enter the store and demand that Benny empty out the safe. Benny is doing this, as the phone rings, it’s his wife pleading with him to come to the ER, their son is very ill. As the robber walks out Benny realizes he has had enough, with a sick child and wife depending on him, he cannot let this man walk away and leave him jobless. So grabbing the gun he spotted under the counter he chases after the man. Running after him, into the park, he will end up in a confrontation with the man that will end up changing his life forever.

Low Man seems, at heart, to be a simple story of how desperation affects Benny, and what choices and chances he is willing to make just to keep his head above water and his family together. But it has so much more going on beneath the surface. Benny’s wife will experience firsthand, the utter inhumanity that people can show one another while she sits waiting in a hospital where no one seems concerned that her son is ill, because she does not have proper medical insurance. The man who robs Benny, the reason why ends up being a subplot of it’s own, comes to see that his actions have terrible consequences, when he realizes that Benny is not merely a nameless convenience store clerk, he is also a husband, a father, a person. Benny’s boss, the owner of the convenience store, is the perfect example of humanity at it’s lowest form. Greed, selfishness and power come together in this man to create a character that is evil walking.

But, even with all these other things going on, the reader can never stop hoping that Benny will make it through the night. Benny’s determination, faith and love are all he has to help him survive, as he faces the greatest horrors and makes the hardest decisions. What is he willing to give up and how far is he willing to go to protect his family?

Low Man is a story about one man willing to travel the darkest paths of Hell in order to keep the ones he loves alive. It is told with an amazing sense of reality, with characters that are so vivid that they could be your next door neighbours or the shifty men you see standing in dark alleys. T.J. Vargo is a skilful writer that brings his characters emotions alive on the pages. Low Man is a fast-paced story that keeps the reader intrigued and the pages turning. I found myself completely ensnared and unable to stop reading until the conclusion.


About The Author

T.J. Vargo is a marketing and public relations professional. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and is currently living in Ohio. When not writing he plays guitar, does graphic design work and paints.

Author Website

Published by Leucrota Press

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Book Giveaway Carnival


Book Giveaway Carnival

Hosted by BookRoom Reviews

November 3-8, 2008

The Book Giveaway Carnival is coming up soon, and lots of bloggers have signed up to participate. If you are planning a giveaway or contest head over to BookRoom Reviews for all the details and the sign up information. If you aren’t having a giveaway, but are interested in entering for the chance to win some prizes, remember to mark your calendars for the week of Monday November 3rd to Saturday November the 8th

And don’t forget to check out my blog, as I will be participating with a few giveaways of my own! Hope to see you soon.

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Mailbox Monday ✉

mailbox monday

This will be my first time participating in Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. It seems like a great way to keep track of what books are coming into my house each week. I try to enter things into my LibraryThing library quickly, but I tend to procrastinate (or more often I just get too lazy errr I meant busy)

Now before you start thinking all I do is sit around reading and eating bonbons (I wish!!) here is what my not-so-lovely mail-lady (I need to blog-rant about her someday) brought me this week!


Random Cool Book Snags 

roads to quozA few weeks back I won a fabulous Hachette Box O’ Books from the equally fabulous Dewey at Hidden Side Of The Leaf but one of the books - Roads To Quoz by William Least Heat-Moon -went AWOL. But it ended up finding it’s way to me today. oval office occult
Oval Office Occult: True Stories of White House Weirdness by Brian Thomsen was what I snagged this month from LibraryThing ER. Perfect read for Halloween!
how to talk about books
From MiniBookExpo I received How To Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard. This very cute book takes a humorous look at how people read or don’t read.
This awesome looking new  paranormal romance entitled Red was a great surprise that I won from the author Jordan Summers giveaway.

ARC Arrivals (I see reviews coming)

Bargain Bin Buys

So what books did you welcome into
your home this week?

Enquiring minds want to know … and besides at this point my TBR pile is a lost cause so I may as well drool over your finds too!

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Review – Isolation by Travis Thrasher

isolation Synopsis

A family on the edge …

A house with too many secrets …

A relentless killer …

James Miller is a burned-out missionary whose time on the mission field in Papua New Guinea left him exhausted and disillusioned. His wife, Stephanie, feels like she's losing her mind. After moving to North Carolina, Stephanie begins seeing strange and frightening things: blood dripping down the walls, one of her children suffocating. Premonitions, she's sure, of what's to come. As the visions and haunting images intensify, Stephanie asks her brother to come for a much-needed visit--but he's hiding secrets of his own that will prove more destructive than Stephanie can imagine.
Nine-year-old Zachary sees his family's move as an adventure, and as he explores the new house, he discovers every young boy's dream: secret passageways and hidden rooms. But what seems exciting at first quickly becomes altogether frightening. When a snowstorm traps the Millers, the supernatural dangers of their new home will test everything they thought they knew about each other, and about their faith.


James and Stephanie Miller are a missionary family, with two young children, who have just returned from New Guinea, where they were helping out a small village. But their return is not a peaceful one, they left New Guinea under mysterious, but horrible circumstances. Upon their return to the US, they decide that they need to get away from it all for awhile. They receive a generous offer to stay at an out of the way, mansion-sized, log cabin that was recently donated to be a retreat for missionary families. Along with another, older missionary couple they plan to relax and take stock of their lives, their faith and their experiences in New Guinea. But a terrible blizzard leaves them cut-off, scared and truly re-evaluating their faith.

Isolation contains many mysteries, about Stephanie’s past, the horrors they faced in New Guinea and the massive log cabin they find themselves trapped in, not to mention the history involving the previous owner/builder. All of these mysteries are slowly unravelled throughout the novel with everything tying up neatly in a rather horrific and dramatic ending. There are plenty of tense and creepy moments and lots of suspicions cast about, there is no doubting that Thrasher is a great storyteller.

Although a horror/thriller, Isolation is a Christian fiction novel, and faith plays a major role throughout the story and amongst all the characters. From a man who believes his faith is lost, a man who feels religion is not dependable or responsible thing to have in your life to a child who shows that true faith is the faith you have in yourself and can never be lost. There is a lot of religious thought to be found throughout, but it is very evenly balanced within the story.

Travis Thrasher is a fan of Stephen King, and gives thanks to him for the inspiration he provided him as a writer. This is noted in the acknowledgements section at the end of the book, but without  knowing this, it seems obvious while reading Isolation. As a huge fan of horror novels and a reader of Stephen King, this is the one thing that bothered me a bit with Isolation. There are a few aspects of Isolation that made me automatically think of certain books by Stephen King. Family isolated in a giant building, during a snowstorm – The Shining? Person waking up and seeing their feet are muddy – Pet Semetary? But this may just be me and my slight tendency to overanalyse things.

My final thoughts, even with that one snark of mine, Isolation was well-written, with intriguing characters and an interesting plot. I recommend this as a terrific, creepy read. Travis Thrasher appears to have a great deal of talent in creating an eerie atmosphere and I am looking forward to reading his next novel, Ghostwriter (coming May 2009)

About The Author

Travis Thrasher is the author of nine previous novels. In third grade, while attending a school in Munich, Germany, Travis decided he wanted to be a writer. He wrote his first novel in ninth grade when he lived in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in a suburb of Chicago. Travis has written novels in several genres including suspense, adventure and drama. He strives not to be put into an artistic box, both with his faith and with his stories. Having worked in the publishing field for over thirteen years, Travis is a fulltime writer and speaker.

Author Website

Published by Faith Words

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

The Sunday Salon – Share the Love (or the only time I like pink)

proximidade AwardChris from Book-A-Rama recently gave me the Proximidade Award!

To translate the gift from Portuguese to English, it means: "This blog invests and believes, the proximity" [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy]. They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.

This is a very cool award, thanks Chris! Here are 8 blogs that I read and have chosen for the award that begin with the letter B:

The Bookworm 
Bookgirl's Nightstand 
Bookish Ruth
Bart's BookShelf 
Books I Done Read

heart blog Maree from Just Add Books has given me the I Love Your Blog Award! which is totally awesome because I love her blog too!

These are the rules:
1. Add the logo to your blog. ✔
2. Link the person you received your award from. ✔
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs. ✔
4. Put links of those blogs on yours. ✔
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated. (to-do)

Okay that wasn’t too hard, now onto the blogs that I love. Here are  7 blogs that I read and love that begin with the letter T:

Tripping Towards Lucidity
Things Mean A Lot
Traci's Book Bag
Tammy's Book Nook
Thrifty Reader
Tree Swing Reading



And last but far from least, Naida from       The Bookworm passed on to me her totally awesome Gone With The Wind themed Addictive Award!

Thanks so much Naida, your blog is rocking addictive too!





© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Review - The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

uncommon reader Synopsis

When her Corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J.R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Comptom-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.



While walking about one night, the Queen’s dogs, who it would seem are disliked by almost everyone, see a mobile library and go at it barking and yapping. The Queen goes to the driver to apologize for her pets obnoxious behaviour and discovers the purpose of the van filled with books. But after hearing about the library service she feels as though she should probably borrow a book. So begins her journey into reading.

I enjoyed reading about the Queen of England discovering books, changing her perceptions of the world and coming to the realization that she had missed out on so much by not reading beforehand. But the main thing I enjoyed about The Uncommon Reader was that you could very easily replace the Queen’s character with any other person and still receive the same message from this novella.

The basic idea here seems to be the importance of reading, not just to be seen as worldly, but for personal satisfaction. Although the Queen has been to every corner of the globe, she comes to see that by reading about the world she discovers many things she never knew. This is also the case, when she reads memoirs and biographies of certain people she had met. I really like that The Uncommon Reader has an underlying message that words in a book can sometimes explain things or represent experiences in a whole new way.

The Uncommon Reader is a very short, but very fun book that I recommend to anyone who enjoys hearing of a person’s introduction to the world of reading. Below is one of my favourite passages from the book:

It happened, though, at a reception for the Canadian cultural notables the Queen got talking to Alice Munro and, learning that she was a novelist and short-story writer, requested one of her books, which she greatly enjoyed. Even better, it turned out there were many more where that came from and which Ms. Munro readily supplied.

‘Can there be any greater pleasure,’ she confided in her neighbour, the Canadian minister for overseas trade, ‘than to come across an author one enjoys and then to find out they have written not just one book or two, but at least a dozen.’

About The Author

Alan Bennett has been one of England’s leading dramatists since the success of Beyond The Fringe in the 1960s. His work includes the Talking Heads television series, and the stage plays Forty Years On, The Lady In The Van, A Question Of Attribution, and The Madness Of King George III. His most recent play, The History Boys, now a major motion picture, won six Tony awards, including best play, in 2006. In the same year his memoir, Untold Stories, was a number one bestseller in the United Kingdom.

Published by Picador

Other Reviews
Things Mean A Lot

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Booking Through Thursday – Literary Love @ The Movies

Booking Through Thursday

“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”

Lately I have been getting very excited about knowing that books I have enjoyed will be coming to the big screen. So for this week’s BTT topic I have chosen couples from two books I have loved and the related movies I cannot wait to go see.


blindness couple

The Doctor and The Doctor’s Wife

by Jose Saramago

Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore



time travellers wifetime travellers wife 

Claire Abshire and Henry DeTamble

Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffennegger

Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

100 Shots of Short Challenge

100 shots of short

100 Shots of Short
is a no-time-limit reading challenge that only requires that you read 100 short stories. For full details check out the challenge home page at RobAroundBooks.

Below is my progress towards this challenge including short story info and a link to my review.


Progress = 62/100


Title Author Collection
001 W.S. L.P. Hartley Book Of Ghost Stories
002 Harry Rosemary Timrperley Book Of Ghost Stories
003 The Corner Shop Cynthia Asquith Book Of Ghost Stories
004 In The Tube E.F. Bensen Book Of Ghost Stories
005 Christmas Meeting Rosemary Timperley Book Of Ghost Stories
006 Elias And The Draug Jonas Lie Book Of Ghost Stories
007 Playmates A.M. Burrage Book Of Ghost Stories
008 Ringing The Changes Robert Aickman Book Of Ghost Stories
009 The Telephone Mary Treadgold Book Of Ghost Stories
010 Ghost Of A Hand Sheridan Le Fanu Book Of Ghost Stories
011 The Sweeper A.M. Burrage Book Of Ghost Stories
012 Afterward Edith Wharton Book Of Ghost Stories
013 On The Brighton Road Richard Middleton Book Of Ghost Stories
014 The Upper Berth Marion Crawford Book Of Ghost Stories
015 Willa Stephen King Just After Sunset
016 Gingerbread Girl Stephen King Just After Sunset
017 N. Stephen King Just After Sunset
018 Harvey’s Dream Stephen King Just After Sunset
019 Rest Stop Stephen King Just After Sunset
020 Stationary Bike Stephen King Just After Sunset
021 Things They Left Behind Stephen King Just After Sunset
022 Graduation Afternoon Stephen King Just After Sunset
023 The Cat From Hell Stephen King Just After Sunset
024 Mute Stephen King Just After Sunset
025 Ayana Stephen King Just After Sunset
026 A Very Tight Place Stephen King Just After Sunset
027 NYTimes At Special Rates Stephen King Just After Sunset
028 The Bees Dan Chaon Poe’s Children
029 Cleopatra Brimstone Elizabeth Hand Poe’s Children
030 The Man On The Ceiling M & S Rasnic Tem Poe’s Children
031 The Great God Pan M. John Harrison Poe’s Children
032 Voice Of The Beach Ramsey Campbell Poe’s Children
033 Body Brian Evenson Poe’s Children
034 Louise’s Ghost Kelly Link Poe’s Children
035 Sadness Of Detail Jonathan Carroll Poe’s Children
036 Leda M. Rickert Poe’s Children
037 In Praise Of Folly Thomas Tessier Poe’s Children
038 Plot Twist David J. Schow Poe’s Children
039 The Two Sams Glen Hirshberg Poe’s Children
040 Notes On The Writing Horror Thomas Ligotti Poe’s Children
041 Unearthed Benjamin Percy Poe’s Children
042 Gardener Of Heart Bradford Morrow Poe’s Children
043 Little Red’s Tango Peter Straub Poe’s Children
044 Ballad Of The Flexible Bullet Stephen King Poe’s Children
045 20th Century Ghost Joe Hill Poe’s Children
046 The Green Glass Sea Ellen Klages Poe’s Children
047 The Kiss Tia V. Travis Poe’s Children
048 Black Dust Graham Joyce Poe’s Children
049 October In The Chair Neil Gaiman Poe’s Children
050 Missolonghi 1824 John Crowley Poe’s Children
051 Insect Dreams R. Palermo Stevenson Poe’s Children
052 Grand Stand-In Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
053 Blowing Up On The Spot Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
054 Dead Sister Handbook Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
055 Birds In The House Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
056 Mortal Kombat Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
057 Tunneling To Center Of Earth Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
058 Shooting Man Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
059 Choir Director Affair Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
060 Go, Fight, Win Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
061 Museum Of Whatnot Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
062 Worst-Case Scenario Kevin Wilson Tunneling To Center Of Earth
063 A Haunting John Connolly Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
064 Church Services Kevin J Anderson Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
065 Starlets & Spaceboys Joseph V Hartlaub Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
066 A Nasty Way To Go Ardath Mayhar Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
067 The Flinch Michael Boatman Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
068 Children Of The Vortex Simon Clark Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
069 Mist On The Bayou Heather Graham Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
070 In The Mix Eric Red Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
071 How To Edit Richard Christian Matheson Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
072 Resurrection Man Axelle Carolyn Dark Delicacies 3 Haunted
Progress = 62/100

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Tuesday Thingers – What’s the Plural of Series?!

tuesday thingers Today's question: Series. Do you collect any series? Do you read series books? Fantasy? Mystery? Science fiction? Religious? Other genre? Do you use the series feature in LT to help you find new books or figure out what you might be missing from a series?

Oh boys what a question! Short answer: yes I collect and read series of books. Lots and lots of series. From all different genres, although paranormal romance seems to be the ones I collect the most of. Here is a taste of what series I have been reading the most:

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but there are tons more. I also collect alot of horror short story collections like The Hot Blood series by Jeff Gelb, The Shadows series by Charles Grant and of course The Dark Tower series by Stephen  King.

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Review – Arsenic Soup For Lovers by Georgia Z. Post

arsenic soup for lovers Synopsis

In a world where few people laugh at themselves, Arsenic Soup For Lovers is the perfect blend of short stories guaranteed to make you step back and look at the world from a different perspective. In this tart and wickedly amusing collection by author Georgia Z. Post, ordinary life situations unfold in a myriad of quirky moments. For ex-wives who want to get even, widows who wish for marriage at any cost, and couples on the brink of divorce, malice is suddenly a very useful tool. Then there are the daily challenges of the perfect couple (who hate each other), the husband with the midlife crisis, the guy looking for the ideal woman, and of course, the man with the fetish for touching women’s knees. Whether you’re on your morning commute, relaxing after a day at the office, or in the mood to delve into the peculiar side of human nature, Arsenic Soup For Lovers offers entertaining, unorthodox, and creative solutions to tickle your funny bone.


Arsenic Soup For Lovers - When Chicken Soup Doesn’t Work – Very Very Short Stories for Very Very Busy People, quite a title for such a short book, is a funny look at the unusual side of life and human behaviour. This is a collection of 25 very short stories, stories that would be perfect for when you only have a moment but would like a tale with some quirks.

Most of the stories found in this collection have a very noir feeling to them, some seem to be teaching the characters a lesson and others point out the things we take for granted. The Perfect Couple is a perfect example of black humour in it’s shortest and most morbidly funny. Email is a classic cautionary tale, best reflecting that old saying “Curiosity killed the cat”. Valentines is a touching tidbit on how people that don’t share their feelings are often missing out on so much. My favourite stories were The Widow’s Deception, in which a woman trying to shake her kids over-attentions ends up with attention of another, better kind; and Assisted Living, which features a spunky senior who still has the fire of life and sneakily bucks the system to share it with others.

Arsenic Soup For Lovers was a quick, enjoyable read and even though some of the topics were repetitive, the stories were staggered in a way that made them fun to read. A good mixture of dark humour, sweetness and believable characters. This is a book of stories that sometimes presents people in a way that exposes their nastier sides, but in real life people do act in not so nice ways. Arsenic Soup For Lovers gives us the opportunity to laugh at these things, and really if you can’t laugh at human folly, what’s the point?

About The Author

Georgia Z. Post is a retired administrator of a sponsorship program for children overseas. Her first book, With Malice Toward Some, addresses the issues of love and hate with quirky solutions to ordinary problems. She lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida, with her husband of fifty-two years.

Author Website

Published by iUniverse

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.

Review – Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories

roald dahl Synopsis

Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre or bizarre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. As he relates in the erudite introduction to this volume, he read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. "Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story," Dahl writes. "It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts." For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favourite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton.


Short Stories (with my rating of 1 to 5 ★’s)

W.S. by L.P. Hartley
Writers of fiction must have some talent for creativity, but what happens when an author is too talented and inventive. ★★★★

Harry by Rosemary Timperley
Imaginary friends are common playmates for lonely children. Harry is a little bit different and a lot more rare – at least I hope so. ★★★★

The Corner Shop by Cynthia Asquith
In any town you are bound to come across at least one of those musty old antique shops. Have you ever wondered though, what else you may find besides bric-a-brac and hidden treasures. ★★★★★

In The Tube by E.F. Benson
Contemplations on time, space, responsibility and remorse take place between two friends sitting before a roaring fire. But there is an over-powering chill in their bones. ★★

Christmas Meeting by Rosemary Timperley
A lonely, older lady spending a solitary Christmas with nothing but memories for company, receives an unexpected visitor to share some tea. ★★

Elias and the Draug by Jonas Lie
Seamen have always found boats and oceans to be a welcoming home away from home, but for Elias, a dedicated sailor, the sea and what really lives there will become his worst nightmare. ★

Playmates by A.M. Burrage
Everton, an well-off older bachelor, takes on the care of an orphaned child. More as a social experiment to examine the development of children, than out of any feeling of compassion. But he quickly learns to care for his ward and her unusual playmates. ★★★★★

Ringing The Changes by Robert Aickman
A couple go on holiday to a seaside hotel, but they arrive to the sound of non-stop ringing of bells. And although they can smell the fresh sea air, it is nowhere to be found. ★★

The Telephone by Mary Treadgold
Being a second wife can be a difficult experience, but being the second wife to a widower presents a whole different set of problems. ★★★

The Ghost of a Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Tile House is haunted by a ghostly hand, connected to a phantom that for some reason goes to elaborate measures to ensure he exposes nothing but his hand. ★★

The Sweeper by A.M. Burrage
Miss Ludgate is a very well-to-do lady in her eighties, who is a bit of a penny pincher. But when it comes to beggars and vagrants she is all too charitable. What is the reason for her strange behaviour and why does the changing of the leaves in Autumn cause her such upset. ★★★★

Afterward by Edith Wharton
For the married couple who move into a haunted house, there is some disappointment that their ghost is said to only becomes apparent afterward. ★★

On The Brighton Road by Richard Middleton
A homeless traveller meets up with another, younger, but more seasoned nomad who after falling ill assures the man that he will meet him again. But the traveller does not expect to see him again on Brighton Road. ★★

The Upper Berth by Marion Crawford
When travelling it is sometimes a fact that you may have to share a cabin with a stranger, but the man in the upper berth of room 105 is just a bit stranger than most. ★★

About The Author

Kids and adults alike love Roald Dahl's deliciously wicked books. Loved for their gleefully evil villains and their often mischievous sensibility, Dahl's books introduce us to fantastic creatures and bizarre places -- and encourage our imaginations to run wild.

Published by Jonathan Cape Ltd.

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.