Must Love Dogs (And Cats): Cassie-la Reviews ‘The Maiden Poodle’ by S.G. Browne

The Maiden Poodle: A Fairy Tail by S.G. Browne
Format: Galley provided by the author
Release Date:
June 27, 2017
Genre
: Fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, children’s, humor, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary: Once upon a time — that time being now — the kingdom of Felinia was taken over by the nefarious King Griffen, an anthropomorphic cat who spends all his time in bed. Determined to free Felinia from his evil clutches is a group of dogs set on deposing the king and restoring the just Prince Atticus to the throne, all while freeing the Maiden Poodle, a renowned sorceress and revolutionary from the castle dungeons.

Author S.G. Browne’s adult novels are known for their intriguing premises and biting satire, but his latest story is a complete departure from all that.

Written for children, and children at heart, Browne’s independently published novella is set in the fictional kindgom of Felinia, where once upon a time royal cats and peasant dogs lived together in harmony.

That all changed however when the evil King Griffen stole the throne from his Uncle, relegating dogs to a life of servitude and stale kibble. Now it’s up to a group of rebellious pooches to dethrone King Griffen and restore order to Felinia — if they can stop chasing the mailman long enough to do it.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Strange Weather’ by Joe Hill

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a brand new short story collection from Joe Hill, horror author and son of horror legend Stephen King: Strange Weather.

The four novellas individually center around a Polaroid that steals people’s memories, a skydiver who finds himself trapped on a solid cloud, the potential start of the apocalypse involving clouds that rain nails, and a mall security guard who after stopping a mass shooting is himself about to go postal.

Looking for something creepy to get your hands on in October? Strange Weather hits shelves just in time for Halloween: October 24, 2017.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2016 Wrap Up

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (★★★★½)

I can understand why people feel lukewarm toward The Grownup. Aside from the ridiculous price point, we were promised a ghost story and we weren’t given a ghost story — not exactly. Instead, what we got was a well-written psychological story with one hell of a twist. And I for one can’t really complain about that.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (★★★☆☆)

This creepypasta turned novel could have been great. Unfortunately, a non-linear narrative, way too many descriptive elements and all the filler made what could have been a superbly creepy horror story way less creepy. While I ultimately liked it and some of its chilling turns, Penpal has plenty of falts. Still curious? Read the shorter online version — which makes way more sense structurally — instead.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (★★★★½)

In this modern day exorcism story, a teenage girl and her family become the subjects of a reality television show called The Possession. Named for a Bad Religion song, and partially inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper — with a dash of We Have Always Lived in the Castle thrown in — A Head Full of Ghosts will leave you with more questions than answers.Read More »

My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Enjoy looking at books as much as reading them?

Welcome to the world of Bookstagram/Instabook, a special corner of Instagram where bibliophiles come together to share bookish photos.

This month was the most wonderful time of the year: October! Meaning: time to read and photograph all the spooky books.

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