There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.
Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteri...more
It was always wrong when the pest got so big you could hear them walking.
Now I can't be the only one having goosebumps over the thought of giant roaches making those skittery noise in the kitchen, can I?
Show of hands, who's a fan of LOST?
Okay, who's a fan of LOST because of the Jack-Kate-Sawyer storyline? Or maybe Boone. Remember Boone, Losties?
Yeah, this might not be for you.
On the other hand, if you're a fan of The Dharma Initiative, the giant foot, Penny's boat and tried 4 8 15 16 23...more
Nate is an average guy, with an average job - something that is becoming more and more prevalent in horror novels and it's a damn good thing. There's nothing worse than the main character turning out to be either a) ex-Army/Navy/Black-Ops; or b...more
Somehow the story of Huck Finn came to mind as I read this book. There is no obvious connection, but like a programmed response, the various aspects of the story triggered Huck recollections. Perhaps, it was the unpredictability of the story, or the sheer helplessness I felt as the author took me to realms strange and mysterious. In any case, I am compelled to write this review as a Huck Finn parallel. So ...
The book starts out as a mother lode of ideas and unforced thrills recalling how Huck h...more
It is an absolute nod to Lovecraft. I...more
I am a hypocrite. I recently pledged to persevere through any book, no matter how much I want to put it down. This book made me break that promise.
I'm a very patient reader. Even if nothing much seems to be going on in the book, I'll still finish it, just out of curiosity (I'm looking at you, Crossed). I want to see how it ends. That wasn't the case for 14. The plot seemed to drag on and on a...more
This book has being compared to the TV series Lost and I can understand why. Because as I have said earlier, this is one of the tautest mystery/horror thrillers I have read in a long long time.
So, I would try to review this book without revealing even the mundane details which I think might hint towards the mystery of this book.
Nathan (Nate) Tucker is our down-to-earth protagonist who has...more
The idea of a house with secrets I thought was quite refreshing and I enjoyed the other-worldly element that Clines mixed in. The references to Lovecraft and pop culture had me chuckling, especially the very indiscreet way of name-dropping Walter Bishop in the middle of a sentence. I know not everyone will know who Walter Bishop is but I do and I found it funny.
The set-up was done...more
I kept seeing this book reviewed highly in Audible but did not consider it because I'm not a fan of the horror genre. When "14" was included in a recent Audible promotion, I considered it again, this time reading reviews on Goodreads and Amazon which convinced me to give it a shot. I'm so glad that I did!
First off, I have no idea why anyone would categorize this story as horror. It's simply a good mystery/suspense tale with some fantasy t...more
The story itself was very strong. Characte...more
Too silly for me or maybe I just didn't 'get' it.
Just read some other reviews and mine is in the minority view. I also note that '14' has been likened to 'Lost' the tv series which I couldn't stand. Possibly explains why I didn't get on with this one. Obviously a clever and complex plot which is 'lost' on me.
As for Peter Clines and "14", I onl...more
By Peter Clines
Narrated by Ray Porter
Length 12 hr. 34 min. 48 sec.
Let us start with the narrator. This is a professional. From the get go the reader was absolutely sure who in the book was busy speaking at any given moment. His pacing and his cadence was expertly done and intrigued and never ever bored or annoyed. Brilliant. 5 * job.
I buy books based on covers or known authors. I fell in love with this cover and only read the blurb while I was already listening to the audio boo...more
Even though I enjoyed the start of the novel and the idea behind it, it started going downhill for me after one third or so.
The first problem: the characters are just a few cliches glued together,...more
This book came to me at the right time. It's like a Girl Talk mashup of House of Leaves, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, LOST, and Joss Whedon.
I wish I could tell you mo...more
I quite enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book. I was fascinated with the descriptions of the apartment building. I wanted to know what was up with the cockroaches and the secret behind why each apartment was different an...more
I loved the story and the characters; the deliciously slow build-up and discovery that was still so damned intense and exciting. I enjoyed reading every last word of this, and felt tinges of regret when real-life responsibilities kept me from the story. Few stories captivate me this well.
But... Without spoiling anything, there are a couple of huge, unanswered mysteries that have no plausible explanat...more
By Peter Clines
Summery courtesy of goodreads.com
Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.
Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.
At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbo...more
A great mystery, interesting characters, breezy writing and an intriguing plot unravelling at a brisk pace. Comparisons to Lost are apt, but without that show's padding & sometimes meandering subplots and sprawling cast.
Most importantly, at least to me, the choices made by the characters in the book make sense; something that's not always a given in fantasy and horror fiction. No one wanders off on their own. No one refuses to believe what's in fr...more
I was not quite sure what to expect from this book, but I was looking for something a little different for a summer read. From the very beginning I knew that something was up as Nate “finds” an apartment in LA that was so cheap that even he could afford and I knew the “if it looks too good to be true – it probably is.” But then Nate’s life is in shambles and he is barely surviving and he know – “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” As Nate seems to be naturally...more
"The specific ideas that eventually became 14 were kicking around in my mind for about five years, but the truth is I've wanted to tell a story like this since eight-year-old me first realized that Enik wasn't the descendent of the feral Sleestaks in the Land of the Lost... he was their ancestor.
How's that for a geek referenc...more
The first chapter had me laughing. I instantly enjoyed the character banter and the easy discussions. Peter Clines has a way of describing what is going on, every day mundane events, in such a way that they are interesting. Even while Nate was talking about needing to rent an apar...more
There are some part that shown some real...more
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He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and--inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons--started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth(unreleased).
He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper, and at t...more