I'm going to try to write this with out gushing about this author, but I can't make any promises.
Is this the most real book I've ever read? Yes, in so...moreI'm going to try to write this with out gushing about this author, but I can't make any promises.
Is this the most real book I've ever read? Yes, in so much as people are all strange inside. Even the most normal people have weirdness in them, and so this books cast of slackers, screw-ups, Otaku(I think thats the word for Fanboys, but I could be wrong), vampires (ancient and young), Goths (all posers, cause come on...where were they when rome was being sacked?), and all the rest; this cast just made me laugh. So for making me laugh like nothing but the strangeness of everyday existence can, these characters seem outrageously real to me.
This is a funny and very good continuation of Moore's book "Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story". I thought you couldn't get a much better title than that, but "You Suck" topped it.
I know I'm probably going out on a limb here by making this comparisson, but I have to do it. Christopher Moore is by far the closest I've come in American authors, to Terry Pratchett. He has a similar sense of humor, all be it based off of American life not British. So the emphasis of his lampooning is slightly off from the center of Pratchett. Which is not saying much, as both authors have a very wide variety of targets to be roasted over the coals in a good natured sort of way. So that comparison being said, let me move on.
I found the most fun part of this story to be its send up of Goth movement. The journal entries by one of the primary characters, a Goth (though I'd say a poser Goth, but I say that about alot of these little sub-groups of society), are pure genius and had me laughing so hard it hurt my sides while also frightening some of my coworkers.
This book has laughs, it has vampire AND vampire-hunter action, its got romance, heck it even has bronze plated turtles! Its got it all, so check it out if you want to release some major laughter endorphines. (less)
This was actually my first time exposed to either of these stories, and let me tell you that this audio format is excellent. The reader had the perfec...moreThis was actually my first time exposed to either of these stories, and let me tell you that this audio format is excellent. The reader had the perfect voice for portraying these erie tales of horrors from beyond our world. I can't wait to try volume 2.(less)
This is an excellent start to what I hope will continue to be a really good series. Though the opening of it is not wholey original (I think either 28...moreThis is an excellent start to what I hope will continue to be a really good series. Though the opening of it is not wholey original (I think either 28 days later ripped this story off, or vice versa. I'd have to look at the production dates), it chose a path I hadn't seen in zombie movies/books yet. Combined with real characters and the focus on the humanity that this disaster brings out in everyone, this makes for a very deep narative.(less)
To fight a Devil, become a devil yourself. That's my final thought after I finished this book. Here is the story of a man wounded in WWI, who encounte...moreTo fight a Devil, become a devil yourself. That's my final thought after I finished this book. Here is the story of a man wounded in WWI, who encounters vampires and is started on a long and dark path. On this path and at different times, he encounters three men whom he befriends and shares part of his encounter with the darkness. Most of the book is spent telling the tales of how each of these men met Lord Baltimore, and what happened to them in their own lives to make them open to believing his unbelievable story.
I found all three of the tales the men shared, both of encountering Baltimore and of encountering the supernatural, to be very interesting. They seem to escalate, both in length and intensity, with each man. All 3 of the characters of these men are also very interesting. Each of their encounters with the supernatural has the feel of a true folk/ghost story. It is this level of authenticity that Mignola has always brought to his writing. Every time I read a Mike Mignola story, I can tell that the seed of that story started from a myth or legend or folktale he encountered at some point, and then he expanded from there. It gives everything he does a kind of eerie veneer of reality, as if I'm being privy to some crones tales of the old country.
The illustrations also add a nice flavor to the book, though I personally just kept wishing for more and more. I couldn't help but want the book to transform into a graphic novel. All in all a very enjoyable book. About the only negative thing I could say about it is that I wish we had seen more of Baltimore's trials and obsessive hunting of the vampires.(less)
This has been on my list of things to read for a long time. The premise listed on the back sounded awsome. A horror story in which the monster is both...moreThis has been on my list of things to read for a long time. The premise listed on the back sounded awsome. A horror story in which the monster is both hunter and hunted? Sounds great. And in some respects it was.
I personally like the "every town" approach. I don't like it for everything, but I find it can be cool for horror. It puts you into the story. I'm always a big fan of horror writers that let me fill in the blanks sometimes, to creep myself out more than they ever could. So the begining of this book is cool and very intriguing. Also let me state, that throughout the book, its one of the easiest reads I've had in a long time. Not that its overly simple, but Partridge does have a somewhat minimalistic writing style that just flows write off the page and into your imagination.
Also, the monster's creation is really great. Very unusual and just a little tense. Its actually one of the coolest horror momments in the whole book as far as I'm concerned.
So we come to the middle of the book. At this point I'm like, wow..this is really interesting and things are being revealed to be more complex than I first thought, which is good. Of course given that this is a minimalistic and short type of story, by the middle you see where things are going to end up, and pretty much just about the entire path you are going to take to get there. I'm usually a pretty "its not the destination but the journey that matters" kind of guy, but thats asking a bit much even from someone like me. Still, its a good book. Its not the super creep-fest I was hoping for, but its taking me on an interesting ride that I haven't really been on before.
So at this point I'm describing the book as a cross between "Pumpkinhead" and "Battle Royale", if pumpkinhead was at all sympathetic.
And then bam, lighting quick you are at the end. And its not a bad ending, and its not even a forced ending. Its the ending you knew had to be there, that you saw coming. Yet I couldn't help but be slightly disappointed. What? Thats it? Are you sure I'm not missing pages? Oh, ok. Well that makes sense, but damn...I was really kind of hoping for something less sensible and real, and something a bit more out there. But ok, thats not bad. I would sum up the style of this book as a narrative in reverse. Or at least it is a narrative tempoed in reverse. It starts off small and quiet, coming from a shadowy sunset. Then Wham! Some very interesting and crazy things are thrown at you, not to mention some excitment. And then it kind of just coasts along, and splutters out. And thats about the best I can describe this book, without giving anything away. Try it if you like creative writing, cause it really is some well crafted writing. Also try it if you want some horror outside of (at least for me) the normal vein.(less)
This is a good book. After having read it I see now how many things have descended from it. Its tone is not unlike that of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road...moreThis is a good book. After having read it I see now how many things have descended from it. Its tone is not unlike that of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road". I found it interesting that one of the early focal points of the movie is the mans struggle with having no female companionship despite natural biological urges. For some reason that just never occured to me. I guess I always thought that the overwhelming horror of such a situation would just override such urges. Now I'm not so sure, one CAN get use to alot of things. Check this out, its go alot to say and has influeced many current smart and thoughtful books.(less)
I really enjoyed this. I know folks who didn't, but I'm not sure I understand why. It exposed me to aspects of Lovecraft's shared mythos that I'd neve...moreI really enjoyed this. I know folks who didn't, but I'm not sure I understand why. It exposed me to aspects of Lovecraft's shared mythos that I'd never seen before, and I'm very much looking for the 2nd installment of this series in TP.
The story shares some broadstroke similarities with "The Call of Cthulhu" story. The art is good, and changes when ever the main character takes a trip into the dreamland. Gives the book a nice extra something. I'm starting to be very impressed with Boom!'s lineup of titles.(less)