Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what the...more
In terms of charac...more
I was not at all sympathetic to Dean or his relationship with Taylor, or for that matter with the plight of people who, for no or at best ill-explained reasons, continue to stay in such a highly-localized place of...I'm not sure what you would call these events, which was the other major point of contention: (view spoiler)[the especially dissatisfying p...more
The use of photography turned out to be an interesting device. The narrator is an aspiring photographer, and not only is the subject a strong part of the narrative, chapters are frequently interspersed with textual descriptions of photographs. Apparently the autho...more
What mild character growth was introduced was left dangling and ignored in areas. The "concept" of the novel often took center stage and refused to share the spotlight with plot, development and logic. Characters would...more
Something's rotten in the state of Washington. More specifically, the city of Spokane has gone bad - disappearances and violent, bizarre acts in the city garner attention in the public eye, and the military has stepped in, walling off Spokane from the rest of the world under constant guard. Even with the military quarantine, news still trickles out from Spokane - rumors of unimaginable, supernatural horror are backed up by nightmarish images that cannot p...more
The first few pages (about 4 on my kindle) are good. Creepy. Intriguing.
Then we slip into the First Person Narrative of Doom. From a college dropout. Who used the tuition money that his dad thought was go...more
(Note: This reviews is based on an ARC provided by NetGalley)
I’m speechless – and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. Richard Gropp’s Bad Glass was…something. It was repugnantly addictive, but it lacked all the other attributes that make a good book. The characters were flat, boring and unlikable. The plot – I think it was a plot – was bland, uninteresting and, in the end, muddled.
And yet the appalling, grote...more
I enjoyed this horror novel based in Spokane although the ethereal presentation means that you're pretty much left to come to your own conclusions about what happened. Each chapter is introduced by a description of a photograph, usually taken by the not-very-reliable narrator Dean (he's stoned to the gills on Vicodan & alcohol most of the time plus his grasp of reality isn't,...more
I’m a bit on the fence on how to review this book. While I found the premise intriguing – something has gone wrong in the city of Spokane, strange things are happening, odd horrifying things are seen in the streets etc., and the military has cordoned it off – I found my attention wandering. I’d pick the book up, read a few pages and then put it down again for days. Normally this would be a sign that it should have been a DNF type of book but it had won an award and I kept trying to dete...more
This book frequently strongly reminded me of Haunted. The main character goes into a dangerous, screwed up situation seeking fame. It's the possibility of fame and his own naivete that keeps him there despite the horrors he sees. (view spoiler)[The thing that distinguishes this book from Haunted is that eventually Dean stays because he can't leave his friends behind. (hide spoiler)]
The actual explanation for what's happening is interesting but doesn't make a whole lot of sense in that t...more
Received my copy and hope to start soon. I have 1 other plus my current read in front. 10/5/12
Just started 10/11/12
don't remember what day I finished.
I am not going to give a summary of what happened in the book first, because I am not really sure what happened. I didn't care for the book at all. There didn't seem to be a point or plot or anything really. To give it a fair shake, I do not like apocolyptic type sto...more
Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spre...more
Dean Walker has one last chance to pursue his passion and make it as a photographer, bef...more
The basic plot uses a trope of dark fantasy–a creative outsider comes to a town where bizarre things supposedly happen then starts to document them happening. The twist here is that the creative type is a photographer, so the art form being used is photography. This...more
His goal is to sneak into the city to document it's slow decline, but Dean has no idea what awaits him. He doesn't know about the madness that has consumed the population and that there's no way of escaping it....
So, I have discovered that it's not wise for me to read too much in...more