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
I have a book shelf named "what the bleep" for books that unexpectedly shock my delicate sensibilities, blow my mind, and/or turn it into a pretzel. Sometimes the "what the bleep" is shouted in disgust or disappointment (as in -- this book sucks and the weirdness cannot save it). Other times, I shout it with glee for books that break my brain or tickle it so deliciously I can't help rubbing my hands together and cackling like a villain ripped from the pages of a Marvel comic.
I am delighted to r...more
This was not improved upon arriving home to find my boyfriend sleeping on the couch. I want to sleep, da...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
Fourteen is often compared to LOST, and I agree with this assessment to the extent that -- like LOST -- it raises and ultimately fails to answer innumerable questions that only exist to make the mystery seem deeper and more complex tha...more
I'd like to start this review off with some background information. So for the past year, I've been playing a massively multiplayer online role-playing survival horror game called The Secret World. The developers' description of it as a "dark fantasy" MMO is quite apt, due to its paranormal setting and the creepy mysteries-of-the-unexplained nature of the story and quests, heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. S...more
I'm going to praise this book for its great characters. 14 features a set of unconventional heroes. The main protagonist, a 30-something nobody stuck in a dead end job, Nate finds what he was meant to do over the course of the story. The quirky, spiky and delightfully dry Veek, a low-level computer geekette of Indian origin is so brilliantly written you c...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
14 is a Science Fiction Mystery Weird Horror SteamPunkish Historical Dooms Day Suspense novel that somehow manages to work on every level. It kept me guessing throughout and tied up things very nicely at the end.
One of the things that always bothers me about some Weird Fiction is that there is no explanation for the Weird Happening. "It's like real life. Sometimes weird shit just happens." No, sorry. I'm not reading non-fiction, I'm not...more
This book blew my imagination out of my head and into space.... OK slight exaggeration, my brain is still intact but there is some sizzling going on in there now.
The story begins with our main character Nate looking for a new place to live and having the good luck to be recommended an extremely reasonable pla...more
Both start off very interestingly by presenting a mysterious locale -- an apartment building with suspiciously cheap rent, an island with vague magical properties -- and slowly spin out their mythology through the interaction of a bunch of archetypal characters.
14 edges out Lost by...more
Standing at the end and looking back, you can legitimately complain that the p...more
This is actually my first book by Peter Clines even though I first heard of him through his zombie/superhero series starting with Ex-Heroes. In Stephen King-like fashion, Clines puts together a team of apartment-dwellers who have a mystery to solve involving the apartment complex they live in (including the mysterious door 14). There's the protagonist who's relentlessly curious, the expert who is able to answer...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
There's nothing in this book that hasn't been done before. It's well-paced, and the first 3/4 of the book are intensely fun, as we probe into the mystery of a very strange apartment building.
But you can't have a cover-to-cover horror/thriller mystery. It's part of the genre that at...more
How the heck do you even begin to explain 14?
I was lucky enough to attend Crypticon 2012 with several of my fellow Permuted Press authors, and to my right was Peter Clines, a man of whom I am a big fan. His zombie novels Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots were two of the best Permuted book I'd ever read (and it seems a lot of readers agree with that assessment). So when he gifted me a copy of his novel 14 at Crypticon, I was thrilled. I subsequently devoured the entire thing and...more
14 is a fun supernatural horror light novel that takes place in an unusual apartment complex in Los Angeles California. The book has a very typical setup and builds up in tension as the mysteries of the building keep piling up. There is enough action and suspense to make this a page turner.
14 is a very similar to other novels out there, like Apartmen 16 by Adam Nevill. The first three fourths of the book are very good. It is towards the ending that things go quite strange, and then wrap u...more
Lost begins with a plane crashing onto a mysterious island. The individuals who survive the crash don’t know one another, but they band together as they encounter a series of strange occurrences. There are several clues given to the TV viewer as to the nature...more
Seriously fun characters in the book as well. The characters are so normal that like the story, I kept waiting for their secret past to come up and bite me (thankfully, with one character...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
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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