The Mountains of Instead

Championing fiction as an escape from pandemics, politics and bad TV.

The House Of Woe (Review: The Dead of Winter; C. Priestly)

The Dead of Winter Chris Priestly Bloomsbury 2010
Michael Vyner recalls a terrible story, one that happened to him. One that would be unbelievable if it weren't true! Michael's parents are dead and he imagines that he will stay with the kindly lawyer, executor of his parents' will ...Until…

Winner of The Enemy and The Dead

The lucky, lucky winner of both The Enemy and The Dead by Charlie Higson is.....drumroll.... Ashley of Books From Bleh To Basically Amazing.
Ashley's answer to surviving the zombie apocalypse was: 
"Probably hide out somewhere really fortified with lots of strong people who I've made beli…

Mama Love

As a long time Harry Potter fangirl, I was delighted to find out that the lovely Jennifer of Reading With Tequila (surely the only way to read) was looking for guest posts on characters from the books. I've written about my love and respect for the fabulous Mrs. Weasley and you can read my post…

How Do I Love Thee? (Review: Torment; Lauren Kate)

Torment
Lauren Kate
Headline 2010

This review may contain slight spoilers if you have not read Torment. If you have not read the first in this series – Fallen - then the spoilers are HUGE. You have been warned.
How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the afterma…

IMM (#20)

In My Mailbox is a meme created and hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren with inspiration from Alea at Pop Culture JunkieAll book titles link to further info at Goodreads.


I've been absent from IMM for a few weeks due to being pretty busy and re-thinking how I present the post. I've de…

Howling At The Moon (Review: Raised By Wolves; JL Barnes)

Raised By Wolves Jennifer Lynn Barnes Quercus 2010
Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to …

Work In Progress (Review: The Carrie Diaries; Candace Bushnell)

The Carrie Diaries Candace Bushnell Harper Collins 2010
Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation? The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie's senio…

Thank You For The Zombies

Well, I don't know about you, but I am heartily sick of zombies.  Nah, not really - who could get ever get sick of those lumbering, hungering corpses? Not me. Having given it great consideration this week, I think that when it comes to the zombie apocalypse, I'm going to cast my lot with th…

Sad Sayonara, Haunting Haiku

We've reached the end of Week of The Living Dead.  To see you on your way - a way now far safer for all the information you have gleaned here - are two haikus.  Thank you Jeff and Paul, who prove with their simple words that the imminent zombie apocalypse may bring not only great horror, but po…

Surviving The Zomb-pocalypse

It's one of life's great questions, isn't it?  Were the zombie apocalypse to befall us, what would we do to escape the ravenous hordes?  I think that, if nothing else the past week has proven that it is indeed an ever present possibility. Here are some suggestions from the far-sighted f…