The fact that it took me over a year to finish this book doesn't necessarily mean it's bad: I was reading other things on the side or didn't read much...moreThe fact that it took me over a year to finish this book doesn't necessarily mean it's bad: I was reading other things on the side or didn't read much at all, but mostly this book is from an era in the show that I couldn't get excited about - and the book reflects that era perfectly.
Dean is living with Lisa and Ben - trying for a normal life for the first time. He misses his brother, though, trying to raise him from Hell where he was sent with Lucifer, but keeps failing. Then one more struck of brilliance takes place, and it's off to a fake vacation in Salem, to seek for Necronomicon - a witch book that might just be his ticket to getting Sam back.
Unbeknown to Dean, Sam's already been raised from hell, but he is merely a shell of his old self. Hunting monsters with his resurrected grandfather Samuel, they tackle Salem from another angle - to keep Dean from accomplishing his task.
The story itself takes place in two times; the real-time events of Dean searching for the book and a witch to use it, and an old journal of another Campbell family fighting witches in Salem, generations before the Winchesters were born.
I expected a bigger correlation of the past and present, but the end was fairly satisfying - save for some convenient last-minute heroics from a bunch of "strangers" in both times, and the way some characters did not, in the end, serve a purpose in the climax.
The book started a little slow, picking up the pace closer to the end. A far cry from the glory days of the first books - and the start of the series.(less)
I've read this book before in Finnish, at least a couple of times. I remember the premise quite vividly; skinned animals and people, although the "ski...moreI've read this book before in Finnish, at least a couple of times. I remember the premise quite vividly; skinned animals and people, although the "skinning" method seems to elude even our favorite FBI agents, Mulder and Scully.
Caught between a sheriff with a secret and a reservoir of Native Americans who are not very welcoming of outsiders poking into their lives, it's time to solve yet another x-file.
The plot progresses nicely, painting a very clear picture of what is going on, and it delivers a genuine X-Files experience. Definitely worth the read!(less)
I know I've probably read this book before in Finnish, years ago. If you've enjoyed the X-Files tv-show, then you're bound to enj...moreStrong 3½ or 4 stars.
I know I've probably read this book before in Finnish, years ago. If you've enjoyed the X-Files tv-show, then you're bound to enjoy this book as well; it reads like the show.
Mulder and Scully (and their "babysitters") get to solve a case with strange murders. "Hands coming out of trees and walls" seems like the only clue, although the statements are not entirely credible. This ought to, and does, capture Mulder's attention, and leads him and his fellow agents down yet another perilous path of ill-kept secrets.
All in all, the book progresses nicely, even if the end seems to come a little abruptly. Not my favorite in the series of books, but definitely worth the read for anyone who enjoys the show!(less)
As much as I like Supernatural and the Winchester brothers, I have to admit that my feelings regarding this book are starting to run along the same pa...moreAs much as I like Supernatural and the Winchester brothers, I have to admit that my feelings regarding this book are starting to run along the same pattern as my thoughts of the show; I'm getting sick of all the demon action, and the drive to find an even bigger villain for their next stunt. (Can you really top Apocalypse without getting really ridiculous?)
The plot was fairly eventful, but I couldn't help a feeling that it was dragging a bit as well. Sam and Dean, in their struggle to find a way around the Apocalypse that Sam started, take a trip to the past to avoid saying "yes" to certain Archangels - and end up searching for a battle plan that ought to put a stopper on Big S himself - Lucifer.
I tried to enjoy this book - and that's all that really needs to be said. It was okay, but not amazing. I was left disappointed. Something important was missing, and I think it could be creativity and a fresh breeze instead of the stale stink of repeating the same thing over and over again.(less)
Not among the best novels written about the TV show "Supernatural".
There was a lot going on, without many pauses, but somehow it was hard to...more3½ stars.
Not among the best novels written about the TV show "Supernatural".
There was a lot going on, without many pauses, but somehow it was hard to get inside the writing. While the pace, the action, and the writing style were all the type I usually like, I just couldn't devour this book like I've devoured some of the others in this series.
Once again, demons are involved. I'm beginning to think that is the big downfall of the entire show, because with all the monsters roaming around, it's demons (and spirits) that they are fighting against most of the time. And it does get boring.
In this particular book, Civil War enactors start dying in rather bizarre ways: killed by fake weapons as if they were real. That's the clearest moment in the whole plot, because after that, it is sometimes a bit hard to follow what exactly was the point of the whole thing.
Not a bad book, but it started to feel a bit heavy in my hands, and I just wanted to be done with it. Sure, I'll probably read it again more than once, but I guess the same light sensation of disappointment will still be hanging in there somewhere.(less)
This book is much different from the other ones - not because it has demon activity and a ghost/damned soul business (we've seen almost too m...more3½ stars.
This book is much different from the other ones - not because it has demon activity and a ghost/damned soul business (we've seen almost too many of those in the show) - but because it was divided into three very separate parts, all taking a piece of history involving the Heart of the Dragon, Doragon Kokoro; a Samurai's spirit taken by the demons and twisted for their use - only with a small bump in the road.
We get to follow Samuel, Deanna and Mary (Dean and Sam's mother and grandparents) on their hunt. This is followed by John Winchester's account.
It's been a while since I saw any of those characters (other than Samuel) on TV, and it was hard to remember especially Mary and Deanna. That took away from the effect of their stories and scenes, and although those first two "decades" were interesting, it just doesn't measure up to the good old stuff: Dean and Sam.
While it was interesting to see how their whole family was involved in this same case, which gave the whole thing more depth and perspective, both from the point of view of the hunters and the villain, the Campbell family or John just don't measure up to the attitude, spirit and chemistry and Dean and Sam.
It felt like the end of the book came very abruptly after all the hassle before it. Very quick, very clean, and all over very fast. I was actually surprised by that, clearly not paying attention to the fact that I was running out of pages to read.
Not a bad book, though. Simply something to get used to. Definitely a different Supernatural book.(less)