Sunday, September 10, 2023

{Sunday Post} — Dawn of the Dead, Holly, and The Rainbow Trail

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits * 

  • I think I've got a nasty cold or a new "variant" that's going around. It started with intermittent sneezing and sinus congestion for three days. Then, on Friday night, the headaches, exhaustion, and vomiting started; my temperature never rose above 99. I slept through Saturday morning and most of the afternoon, wrapped in an electric blanket. I did go out later to grab some nasal spray, cough drops, and Kleenex. As of this writing, my congestion problems appear to be improving. 

  • Below is a photo of my Star Trek birthday cake. 

  • The Kansas City Chiefs lost their season opener. I hope this isn't a sign for the rest of the season. 

What Am I Currently Reading? 

A cold and reading don't seem to mix for me. I finished The Exorcist Legacy, have written 3/4 of my review, and hope to post it sometime tomorrow, depending on how I feel. My current read is Firestorm by Taylor Moore; I think I'm on Chapter 14. Today, I'm planning on starting Chain Saw Confidential by Gunnar Hansen. More books on my reading queue are Ricochet by Taylor Moore and After That Night by Karin Slaughter.

Recent Reviews

The September House

What's in the Mailbox?

Tuesday was a big "book day" in the mail for me. I received review copies of Tom Clancy's Weapons Grade by Don Bentley and A Life with Ghosts by Steve Gonsalves with Michael Aloisi.

Next, I got my Hamiton Books order of Dawn of the Dead by George A. Romero and Susanna Sparrow and Alien: Colony War by David Barnett.

Lastly, I got my used eBay book order: Star Trek: The Lost Years by J.M. Dillard, Star Trek: A Flag Full of Stars by Brad Ferguson, Star Trek: Recovery by J.M. Dillard, Star Trek: Crucible: McCoy: Provenance of Shadows by David R. George III, Star Trek: Crucible: Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering by David R. George III, and The X-Files: Antibodies by Kevin J. Anderson, and The X-Files: Fight the Future by Elizabeth Hand. 

Did I Get Any Birthday Gifts?

I've never been a "birthday" person. If my memory serves me correctly, my last birthday party was when I was either five or six years old. Nobody in my family celebrates birthdays; they don't even send cards, not even for holidays. The only birthday card I got was from my parents; they also gave me a Star Trek cake, Star Trek: Picard: The Final Season on Blu-ray, and Holly by Stephen King.

Belated, but a day earlier than expected, was a gift (more like gifts) from a friend from North Carolina: The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia, After Death by Dean Koontz, and the "I Have No Shelf Control" bookmark. She must be following my Amazon Wishlist because I added these not too long ago.

What's New on the Shelf?

The exact day forgets me, but sometime earlier in the week, I bought Lion & Lamb by James Patterson and Duane Swierczynski.

Salvation Army was surprisingly open on Labor Day— and of course I couldn't stop myself from stopping by and picking up a few titles: Superman: Last Son of Krypton by Elliot S. Maggin, A Dark Matter by Peter Straub, The Family Plot by Megan Collins, and The Defense Lawyer by James Patterson and Benjamin Wallace. 

I know what everyone is thinking. Yes, I already have a copy of IT, but it's a paperback with a tie-in cover for the television miniseries, but I've never owned it on hardcover until now. It's a like-new 1986 first-edition hardback that I only paid 20 cents for. (There was a fill-a-bag for $1 on books.)

I donated a small box of books and ceramic bookends to the local Humane Society thrift store. I purchased a few books while I was there: Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler, Fire Ice by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos, Shadows by John Saul, The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey, Betty Zane by Zane Grey, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The latter three are $4 "antique" books and are all first-editions. And they need some repair work, especially on the Rainbow Trail. Eventually, I will buy some bookbinding stuff (archival tape, glue, etc.), which isn't cheap.

The only new book on my Kindle is The Night Prophets by Paul F. Olson.


  1. Hope you're feeling better. I keep hearing there are new variants out there. Love the Star tRek video. I always had a fondness for the Animated Series and seeing M'ress was a treat. :)

    Yay for the Zane Grey's too.

    Love that cake!


    1. The sneezing has returned today!

      "Skin a Cat" is the first of a new animated Star Trek Shorts series.

  2. Everyone seems to be getting sick this week! I guess the changing of the seasons is possibly taking its toll! I'm hoping to avoid that mess myself. Our temps were lower this week as well, but it seems to be happening gradually. Your cake is awesome! I never watched the show but the design is still very nicely done! Hope it tasted just as good!

    Nice new reads too! These are all new to me ones but I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

    Here's my StS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. It's cooled off a little over the last few days, but still too hot for September. I wish Fall would hurry up and get here.

  3. I've really enjoyed the last couple S King books so am looking forward to Holly - the wait list is LONG at the library. Your review of Sept House is the second I read this weekend - both positive, so I'll definitely be reading that one. Have a terrific week.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    1. I am behind in Stephen King's books. Though, I did read If It Bleeds. I can't wait to read Holly, but there are a few ARCs I need to read first. The September House was a good read.

  4. Cool cake. Hope you're feeling better!



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