Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thrill Ride Questionnaire (Blog Hop)

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Thrill Week II

The weekend Thrill Ride/Blog Hop officially starts off The Thrill Week. Thanks for participating, I hope you enjoy all the networking and adding to your TBR list. Good luck with the Daily Giveaways.

Thrill Ride Questionnaire – all responses relating to Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense and or Horror

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1) Introduce yourself

I am 36 and have been blogging for 3 years.  Today is officially my blogoversary. I decided to start this event as a celebration for my blogoversary and to find more bloggers in the genres I love.

I have a 5 year daughter, born and raised in Bermuda.  I am a Human Resource Specialist.  I love to travel, some of my favourite places have been Capri in Italy, Boston, Vegas, Wales in UK, Philadelphia and Nova Scotia in Canada.

I have had a Kindle for over 2 years and I LOVE it, prefer to read on it then an actual book but of course I still love books, they are what makes the perfect bookshelf.

2) What has been your top 3 reads this year? Link your reviews

Department Thirteen by James Houston Turner
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, got me out of a grieving period which caused reading slump

3) What are you currently reading during Thrill Week?

The Boy in the Suitcase, see cover on my sidebar

4) Do you have an all time favourite cover in the genres above?

I love covers on books but have to say in the genres I love I don't think covers are memorable but here are 2.

The Graveyard Series covers are gorgeous........


Cut Short - See the man in the eye and the writing all over the book, very specific to story, so well done overall.

5) What debut author(s) or new to you author(s) have you read within the last 12 months that have impressed you?

Ohhhh James Houston Turner, fabulous, his Thriller was top notch and he is such a personable author that liaises with his fans.  He will be featured next week.

Another is Dan Wells, his characters and creativity blow my mind.  The perfect books that go with my Thrill Week visual Button.  He also will be featured next week.

6) Favourite trilogy or series you recommend to others to read in the genres above?

I am a stand alone fan so I look forward to other bloggers answers.  I would go with Amanda Stevens Graveyard series and Dan Wells I am Not a Serial Killer trilogy.

7) What popular author(s) have you NOT read but is on your Wishlist?

Sue Grafton, Jefferey Deaver, Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner and Lisa Jackson - what would be your recommendation by them?

8) Other than blogs, share with us what other tools you use or subscribe to in order to keep up with the latest news on authors, new releases, book tours, etc?

Mystery Tribune - this website, WOW, overload of amazing information, it has all the latest which I love.

Mystery Tribune is on an aggressive growth path to become the premier online mystery magazine on the web providing leading outlet for mystery news, commentary, and reviews of the notable books, movies and video games in the genre.

Other than that blogs, Amazon, Goodreads and Librarything.

9) What current book is hyped among the blogosphere that you want to read or are not interested in? Why or why not or link your review if you have read it.

Gone Girl was my most anticipated book this year and I was let down, I gave it a 3.  I am definitely in the minority. 

Also, when I see books with author recommendations on a book I didn't like I won't pick it up. And when I get a review request stating it is the next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I immediately decline, I couldn't get past the first 100 pages, and I tried 3 times to continue, just not my cup of tea writing style.

10) What is most important in these genres to you? Plot, characters, location, dialogue, red herrings, narrator or what mix of them?

I love the plot the most, trying to figure things out, all the twists and turns and an unreliable narrator always adds that extra touch.  If it is a mess with your mind Thriller, Psychological Thriller, I am all over it.

Characters are more important to me when it is a series or trilogy as that is what will keep me engaged to continue.

11) Recommend a book made into movie you thought both were good?

Hands down, Silence of the Lambs.  I enjoyed the book but the movie is seriously visually amazing, talk about scary, love love love.  I was impressed with the book but the movie is my #1 love.

12) Recommend a book you would like to discuss with others and possibly the author? Note – I will do a poll with participant’s choices at the end of Thrill Week and then we can agree on a date for Q&A. I will try and arrange the chosen author to participate.

I have never read a book by Laura Lippman, go to her site here.  I would choose a stand alone.

Thank you for participating in Thrill Week II.  I will visit everyone, hope that you find new bloggers to follow and lots to add to your Wishlist.

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  1. Silence of the Lambs was a great one. I had forgotten about that choice! I have not read the Graveyard series yet, but it looks interesting. I typically read stand alone books too.

  2. Thank you for hosting. I am really excited to be able to participate this year. Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite female authors in this genre. I know you would enjoy her books.

  3. I see we share an interest in Rebecca. For me, it's one of the best books ever written. I try to read it every year. I'm going to check out the others on the link list now.

  4. Thanks for the link to Mystery Tribune; I'll be visiting there often.

    For Lisa Gardner, I love her DD Warren series

    I had a hard time with the movie question. I loved the movie Silence with the Lambs but haven't read the book yet. I actually own all the Hannibal books and will get to them someday. {sigh}

    Laura Lippman is fantastic. Her standalones are awesome! I'm not into her series much; it's a bit fluffy. But her standalones are completely the oppostie!

    I also gave Gone Girl a 3/5. I didn't think it lived up to her previous two books at all!

  5. I'm going to check out Mystery Tribune! I loved SOTL movie, but have never read the book. I'd have to think I'd be disappointed at this point.
    Even though you aren't a big series reader I'd still start with Bone Collector by Deaver. It can be a standalone. No cliff hangers, so if you want to stop after that one you won't miss anything!
    Happy blogiversary and thanks for hosting!

  6. Thanks for doing this Marce! I'm looking forward to what will be going on this week and visiting other blogs : )

    The one Lisa Jackson book I read, Whispers, was just meh. I've not read Silence, but boy that movie was just fantastic. So many either LOVE or hate Dragon, the movie was so good I've been tempted to read but haven't tried yet. Thanks for that link I'm gonna check it out : )

    Oh and can you fix my linky, I wrote toes instead of tomes ; ) darn iPad :p


  7. I love Jeffery Deaver! I think you will too. My favorite is The Bodies Left Behind. SO suspenseful!

  8. I was out of town today but will visit everyone tomorrow :)

  9. Thanks for creating this blog hop Marce. I am excited to go play.

  10. Thanks for the link to the Mystery Tribune Marce. I love Sue Grafton's Alphabet series and Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series as well - you will enjoy either I am sure.

    I did think the Silence of the Lambs was a great movie but I never read the book. Of Amanda Steven's Graveyard series I loved the second book the most.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  11. I got here a bit late but better late than never!

    I am gonna enjoy finding new blogs in this genre! Thanks!

  12. You do an awesome job with Thrill Week! Happy blogversary :)

  13. Oh I didn't know you didn't like Gone Girl - been seeing so many positive recommendations of it! Guess I'll find out later if I like it or not!

    Yeah def agree about plot!


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