A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, April 12, 2013

88. Island of Doom by Arthur Slade

Island of Doom by Arthur Slade
The Hunchback Assignments, IV

Rating: (5/5)

(US) - (Canada)

Jul. 9, 2012, Harper Trophy Canada, 272 pgs
Age: 12+

Borrowed a copy through Inter-Library Loan.

"Modo is stationed in Paris, and is directed to follow the trail of a mesmerist and illusionist. In the course of his explorations Modo discovers that he is French and was born near Notre Dame. The revelation makes him question his allegiance to the very British Permanent Association.He forsakes his mission attempting to find his parents. The final scenes will be played out in the cathedral of Notre Dame, where Modo will learn his true origin. (Or is he merely manipulated by the illusionist?)"

The final book in this series is a splendid, rollicking adventure.  Almost every kind of derring-do meets our favourite team of 'Tavia and Modo as they travel from Montreal, Canada to France then London and end up on a South Pacific Island.  A mixture of steampunk and Frankenstein meet with the horrid collection of human and steel warriors vs super creatures sewn together from parts of corpses and enlivened by the maternal blood of Modo.  Even though it has been a year since last reading about Modo, I jumped straight into this volume and was hooked from chapter one.  This is one of those books that you wonder why you are reading so slowly then all of a sudden your brain just can't keep up with your hand's eagerness to turn the pages.  I'm very pleased with how everything has been finished off.  There is a satisfying final end but various threads are left to quietly dangle and any one could easily be picked up to start anew somewhere else down the line.  In fact, I've seen the work for the new Graphic Novel that will be coming out as a standalone story and can only say "Thank God" this really isn't the end for Modo!


  1. How nice to discover a series that actually had all the books out already. Sounds like I've been missing out! I'll have to give this a try. Thanks!

  2. Hi Darla! Yes, I think this series will be right up your alley! Enjoy!

  3. I really need to find time to read this book!! Sad this series is over!

  4. I know Kelly! I managed to hold off a year! But did you see the graphic novel? It looks fantastic and at least we get more Modo :-)