Living the Good Life, Episode 91 (July 21, 2018): Buncha scary stories!

VERY nice week, my friends! Both fun and productive, I hope I have more like it, as always! Here’s the lowdown…

WATCHAN:

Not much this week :p Now that Darling in the Franxx is done, I guess I can get to my backlog, but we’ll see.

 

EATAN:

TIMAN:

Nothin this week either. Maybe I’ll get in touch with Sky and Star…

PLAYAN:

A lot of Stellaris. Man, it’s fun…I’m having a blast with the spaceship creator, I love those 😀 Sometimes the interface can be a little annoying, but there’s soooo much stuff to do–politics, diplomacy, ship design, the works! It’s like my 8th most played game on Steam 😀 😀

 

READAN:

Walking Alone: A collection of short stories by Bentley Little I got on Kindle for 5.99. As always, I’m a huge Bentley Little fan, and these weird tales gave me what I was looking for. Some of them refer to his other work: Fans will recall “Milk Ranch Point” from The Revelation, one seems to be a side-story about The Store, and the detective guy from “Bumblebee” from The Collection shows up as well. Pretty much all of them are classic Bentley Little–weird stuff happens for no apparent rhyme or reason, unfortunate folks whose cars break down (that happens a lot in Little-verse) get sexually assaulted and/or torn apart, and so on. I should note, though, that some of these stories are pretty disturbing, even for a Little veteran with a strong stomach like me. A couple have pedophiliac villains (though nothing explicit, thankfully), and the imagery in the story about the art gallery is *extreme.* But for some folks, that would be a bonus, haha, so I’ll give this 5 stars 😀

Sacculina by Phillip Fracassi. A young man and his father and brother, along with his brother’s friend and a grizzled old sea captain, go fishing in the ocean. Foreboding weather tells them they should turn back, but of course, they don’t, at which point they get attacked by a bunch of creepy barnacle creatures, and things go downhill from there.

I know it sounds flippant, but that’s all there really is to this story. I like some of Fracassi’s other writing, but this one is just…OK. He does a good job illustrating his characters (the father sad over the death of his wife, the troubled older brother, etc.) but the plot isn’t unpredictable and the barnacly gore-fest not that astounding if you’ve read other stories of this type. I got what I paid for so I’ll give it 4 stars, but you may wanna give it 3 if you’ve read a lot of these sorts of tales before 😛

WRITAN:

Again, can’t say much about it, but I did make a lot of progress on my secret project, and I should be able to move on to the next phase next week. I’ll tell ya how that goes…See ya next time 😀

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