More filters. Sort order. Dec 21, Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror , friends-books. This collection really is a Christmas treat for those of us who like something darker than A Muppet Christmas Carol with which to salute the season of good cheer and overdrawn credit cards. The four short stories and three amusingly sinister little poems make for a balanced meal of the funny, the tragic, the gross and the nostalgic. While reading A Little Distraction it occurred to me that it might make an alternative to Dr.
Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas for reading to kids on Christmas This collection really is a Christmas treat for those of us who like something darker than A Muppet Christmas Carol with which to salute the season of good cheer and overdrawn credit cards. In his notes at the end of the book, the author notes a similarity to that story, but I think this story has its own unique charm. It made me smile and chuckle quite a few times. Walking in a Winter Wasteland on the other hand made me cry. This is a dark and disturbing tale which reminded me of a couple of Ray Bradbury's more dystopian stories.
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Think of It's a Wonderful Life. You know from the title Frog Nog that this will be a tale to approach on an empty stomach. I love a good gross-out, and Laney lays it on thick and juicy. But beyond that the story has a powerful emotional core and some terribly creepy imagery. And, finally, in It Came From Beyond a Midnight Clear we have a simple but haunting tale of childhood, set in and filled with period detail and nostalgia.
The story unfolds in a leisurely manner, but it really takes us into the mind of its young hero, which is a pleasant place to linger, and leads to an ending which is just the right mix of the sweet and the sinister. Roger Boyes rated it it was amazing Jan 24, Jennifer Smith added it Dec 26, Kristen marked it as to-read Dec 23, Lezli marked it as to-read Jul 25, Michael Mcparland marked it as to-read Aug 06, Kat marked it as to-read Jan 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Laney is a near lifelong resident of Central Florida, also having lived several years in Northwest Missouri, and he writes stories that are mainly set in both these regions. His oldest son, Alex, attends school out of state. We also meet Moses as a baby, as Medusa was there when he was found in his basket in the reeds. I greatly liked that Hines incorporated these small asides into Medusa's travels, and it gave the reader a little something extra to hold on to.
I've already compared Medusa's story to that of Odysseus, but they aren't exactly the same. The epic journey that Hines writes is written in a way that's a lot clearer to follow with plainer language, making it an easier read than "The Odyssey". Although there are some points that got a bit too descriptive at times making the story drag a bit, it still wasn't difficult to get through.
Medusa in this story is the epitome of a good person, however we know her as anything but. Hines also finds a way to deal with this change of perception. While we get to see Medusa and how she really acts, we also get to hear the rumors that surround her on her travels since rumors travel faster than any horse. Her deeds and battles and the things she are a part of get twisted and skewed like a game of telephone, and the rumors that spread are usually a far cry from what really happened.
I always like reading about the Greek gods and myths, and "Medusa" was not an exception. I loved that Hines took a different way of looking at the character and made a new story out of something we all thought we already knew. Even though at times, it could be a slow read, it was still enjoyable and I would recommend it. Jun 17, Kyra Dune rated it liked it. As suggested by the title, Medusa is the tale of the classical Greek creature of myth. But in this exciting and heart wrenching version of the story, we meet Medusa the woman.http://soilstones.com/wp-content/2020-03-04/3917.php
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Medusa, who was attacked by a god and then forced to flee for her life for fighting back. Medusa, brave and strong and doomed to die by the hand of the only man she ever loved. From the island temple in which she was born, to the distant land of Ethiop, Medusa's travels bring her in contact with numerous figures of Greek m As suggested by the title, Medusa is the tale of the classical Greek creature of myth.
From the island temple in which she was born, to the distant land of Ethiop, Medusa's travels bring her in contact with numerous figures of Greek mythology, as well as the mythology of Egypt. Medusa is a story of love and vengeance, of two people who come together time and again, only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control.
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Medusa the character is an amazing woman who retains her grace and selflessness despite the cruel hand life has dealt her. A warrior and a healer, Medusa sacrifices all she holds dear in order to protect innocent lives from the wrath of Poseidon.
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It's nice to read a story that speaks of Medusa as something other than a monster. Her story is a sad one, but not without its triumphs. There were times when the transitions between scenes were a little choppy, and some scenes could have been better fleshed out to be more immersive, but for the most part I found this to be a very entertaining story.
It held my attention and in the end left me feeling more than a little distraught at the way things turned out. But not every story can end with Happily Ever After, and though the conclusion of the story is in most parts a sad one, it fit the story perfectly.
Apr 15, Joan rated it it was amazing. Romance and action under new personas in Greek Mythology. I was ten years old when I read my first book of Greek mythology and it fascinated me. The author has taken the names of a few of these characters such as Medusa, Perseus, Andromeda, Posiden, Himoncles and the Amazonians and created an entirely new fairy tale of romance in a sci-fi action world. The Romance and action under new personas in Greek Mythology. The author brought new emotions to these characters, making them more real than the original myths portrayed them.
This tale would be intriguing to the YA genre and even younger teenagers. It may also appeal to older adults who still like to relax in this other world. Sort by. Top-rated Most recent Top-rated. Filter by. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars All formats Format: Kindle Edition All formats Text, image, video Image and video reviews only Text, image, video.