12-13-14/366: The-Automat-God & A Podcast

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I am beyond ecstatic to share with you the things that have been keeping me busy the past few days, but all on my own time, of course. Presenting to you three books and one incredibly awesome horror podcast!



The Healer's Pact
Rating: 1/2

The Healer's Pact by Nigel Henry left me wanting more, though not in a way you'd expect. In this case, I felt like the author rushed the whole setting of the story and the characters - there was no time to take a breather or get intimate with the hero and heroine of the novel. In some cases, this serves a good purpose, but with this one, it didn't help the book's impact.

Story-wise, the world Nigel Henry created had a lot of potential. It seemed like the setting was thriving with history, something that was left (disappointingly) unestablished. We start off with the two main characters alone together, followed by an event that springboards the whole thing. I usually have no problem with these type of intros, but the way the setting up of the situation was handled wasn't the best.

I really wouldn't mind spending a few more hours investing myself into the characters and the world they lived in. That's the point of a book, right? To jump into a new world and feel the characters breathe. Sadly, this was a novel that I found too short and underdeveloped.


The Automat
Rating: 

If there was a book I would reread on my off days, something short but quite warming, it would be this. It was a lot shorter than I expected (I finished a few hours after I started it - and I was at work!), and I'm not too fond of "novels" that turn out to be just tips of a pencil. But yes, as disappointed on the length as I am, I was still taken with the story.

The hero's history/background was laid out just enough for the readers to get a view of his life before and after events within the book took place, and you can't help but relate to him somehow, even though you haven't experienced the exact events in his life.

Surprisingly, The Automat started slow and steady but ended too soon. Imagine traffic just starting to move faster and faster until you realize you're already at your destination.

I had mixed emotions at the end of my read, although this was a sad, sad story. On one hand, you already have the feeling you know where the tale was going, but on the other, you're still quite clueless about how far the author (Cristina Martin) will continue teasing you with "what's next" or others. In general, this book was a solid 4 stars.


God Is Disappointed In You 
Rating: 

No amount of words will ever accurately describe my feelings for this book, though it wouldn't hurt to try and convey them to you, as I will be doing now.

You see, God Is Disappointed In You is not your ordinary humor, nor is it something made to "enlighten the spirit". In fact, it's a truly offensive, brilliant product. If someone is ass-drunk and filled to the brim with Biblical musings, with a heightened love to interpret what the Bible wants to talk about as brutally as possible, he would be named Mark Russell. The best part is that we'll find this perfectly adorable (I did, anyway.)

While most Christians would look down on me for enjoying this book, I'm taking it as it is - pure fun. It literally stripped down the Bible into short stories, not taking into account the core of its teachings and what it really stands for. You can't argue that it's still the Bible, can you? It's more... representative of it, but not exactly a mirror of it. At any rate, I'd often find myself bursting in laughter from a part I'm listening to (in Audible) and my brother looking at me questioningly. Since then, I have *defiled* my brother and have won him over to my side. We now thoroughly enjoy this book and laugh like hyenas together.

There's so much more I could tell you about this book, but the best part is experiencing it yourself. Describing it wouldn't give justice to it at all.




Tales From Beyond the Pale - Podcast
Rating:  x infinity

Okay, I went over-the-top with the rating - but if you're a horror/mystery fan like me and have been dying to find a podcast that is both well-written and wonderfully narrated/voice-acted, you'll be geeking out just the same!

Discovering Tales From Beyond The Pale was an accident, and the best one so far. I was randomly reading an article on a website about female murderers and upon scrolling, I saw this included in their article database. I figured I might as well read another boring write-up about the Top 10 Podcasts for Horror fans. This wasn't included on the list (since it wasn't a free podcast) but was so fortunately mentioned by the author in his introduction. I felt the need to click on the link and since then, I have been on my knees just listening to samples and buying full episodes/chapters in Audible. This all happened after lunch today.

If my words aren't enough to convince you, you can check out two of their full-length episodes (shown on at the image above) and listen in HD on this link. I guarantee that even non-horror fans but book/audiobook lovers in general will find their podcast very entertaining. The voice actors did an incredible job acting these out and the writers did as well.

I have a number of their books saved on my Wishlist at Audible for future purchase, and I've finished two episodes from my library already. Good thing we're getting paid at work tomorrow. Yes! Haha.


I must apologize for crunching all these incredible things in one post. They really deserve a more in-depth review I'm sure, but it just happens.

Thanks for reading this post and hope to see you on the next one! Ciao!


28 comments

  1. Cool books! They are all seem interesting :)

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    1. They are! You should check them out :) Won't regret it. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. I don't usually read a book, but except in horror story i really i like specially when I'm on travel ! :)

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    1. Great! You should definitely try "Tales from Beyond the Pale" podcast (reviewed in the post). They have THE BEST horror stories, narrators, voice actors, effects EVER!

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  3. I'm not fond of horror books or films but sometimes I watch or read to give myself a good scare haha.I wonder if listening via podcast is scarier than reading.

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    1. Hi! Perhaps the podcast I reviewed above will start your love for horror-themed audiobooks/podcasts? In the right setting, they can truly be scarier than reading it off paper. :)

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  4. God Is Disappointed In You --- checking it out on goodreads, looks like a very unconventional retelling of the Bible. Definitely reading this! Thanks for the reco! ;D

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    1. Happy you find it interesting! I discovered it while browsing on Audible, and I have to tell you, get the audiobook. The book is great, but the narrated version is priceless. Haha. I can't count the number of times I've erupted into laughter while listening. :)

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  5. I'm not into book but the artwork are great!

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  6. I'm not a pure-blooded bookworm but i have read a few novels and books (it took me forever to finish one because I easily get bored reading the texts LOL). As far as the horror genre is concerned, I have read few Stephen King books and enjoyed it (I enjoyed it more than the movie adaptation actually). Thanks for sharing

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    1. Hehe, there ARE some books that take the life out of me too! I love Stephen King! I grew up reading R.L. Stine books and have since gone from one horror author to the next. I also enjoy the books more than their film counterparts. It's not the same, ever.

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  7. Your review about "God is Disappointed In You" is quite riveting and I would like to have a copy of it. Even though I'm a devout Christian, my doors are still open in reading books like this. It's intriguing and I'm excited on what I will find out.

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    1. Hi! Don't get me wrong - when I first saw this listed on Audible, I felt offended. As a Christian, that would be the natural reaction right? However, I have not regretted reading this, and I've repeated it over 3 times already. Each read/listen is just as entertaining. :)

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  8. I'm a book lover but not in this type of reading. hehe I tried once but I easily got scared and my imaginations will ruin all my nights. haha so yeah. Great post though, since you were able to show how much you really loved reading these books. :)

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    1. Hehe thanks! :) Let's just say the reason why I started to love horror/thriller movies and books is that I was once a real scaredy-cat as a kid. My defense mechanism of watching horror to become numb turned into an interest/hobby. :)

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  9. Wow another book lover i knew here in the web. Horror books actually scares me. I am afraid ill dream of them. Hahaha. So i settle for fiction, romance and little suspense. Yeah. "Little". Hahaha.

    -aika

    aikaloraine.com

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    1. Hello! :) I only got into horror because I was so terrified of it as a child! It turned into a hobby and an *addiction* hahaha. I'm not much of a romance novel type but there are few books that I consider an exception. Thanks for the comment!

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  10. I'm no bookworm, but I find interests in audiobooks/podcasts, as it's a productive or entertaining way to kill time while driving. What's with the God is disappointed in you book? What exactly is it making fun(?) of? Or its just a creative way of narrating bible stories w/o mockery?

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    1. Haha, well that book isn't actually making fun of anything exactly, but it's the Bible being told strictly through its stories. It's not for devotional purposes or anything - just like if a fairytale got a modern (and hilarious) retelling. Now that i think about it, there ARE portions where mockery is quite blatant.

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  11. These books are quite unique but I haven't tried reading anything dark except when I was a teenager.

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    1. Don't worry, these books aren't particularly dark... just a bit melancholic and/or humorous. :) The first one was more for YA readers.

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  12. I haven't read/heard any of this but the way you write about them makes me want to get myself some copies :) Very nice artwork also! Keep it up

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    1. Thank you so much! They are after all my recommended reads :) Let me know what you think if you decide to read them?

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  13. Interesting :) though I am more of a rom-com type but hey, if you say it's kind of melancholic and humorous, why not? :)

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    1. Hahaha The Automat can be taken as a sad love story... :)

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  14. I'm not a fan of this book genre but the God is Disappointed in You really got me interested. Haven't tried a horror podcast but since your review about it is quite intriguing (esp with the infinity rating), will give it a try.

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    1. Thanks! The podcast IS highly recommended. :) It's rare to find horror podcasts that are really executed well. If you search for them in Audible, you'll find more titles that are even better :)

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