Fiction faking as non-fiction. That's why it got 2 stars only. I need a plot, man. When it comes to zombies: I need a serious plot and a kick-ass heroFiction faking as non-fiction. That's why it got 2 stars only. I need a plot, man. When it comes to zombies: I need a serious plot and a kick-ass heroine (ok, hero might do as well).
Not that this book is bad, quite the contrary, it's sharp, witty and well thought out. But it is a one big 250-pages-long joke and I prefer my jokes short. Thank you....more
Ladies and gentlemen, Carrie Vaughn is back. I must admit I was a bit weary of this book, the last two installments were mediocre at best (if you inteLadies and gentlemen, Carrie Vaughn is back. I must admit I was a bit weary of this book, the last two installments were mediocre at best (if you intend to read the series I advise you skip books 5 & 6), the plot hectic. But Kitty's House of Horrors is nothing like that. There's tension, the pacing is perfect, the dialogues snappy. The premise is simple and something that's been done before, but that's not necessarily a wrong thing. Vaughn takes the standard horror movie formula and works it to the bone. There's not one dull moment. Bodies left and right. And in between you get the famous Kitty smackdowns, you know, where she engages unsuspecting victim interview guest just to pounce on him/her at the very first chance. Overall it was a highly entertaining read. The one weakness: the bad guys weren't scary enough for my taste, but I guess that's more a personal preference than an inherent flaw.
And then there's the epilogue. Make sure you read it, if you like me have been following the series from the very beginning, and are still rooting for Cormack after all this time, then the last few extra pages will really make you look forward to the next book. ...more
It's bumming me out. 50 pages in and I'm giving up. I don't think I can take this much gore any longer. It's disturbing. I need at least one likable cIt's bumming me out. 50 pages in and I'm giving up. I don't think I can take this much gore any longer. It's disturbing. I need at least one likable character - someone to root for, only then I can take in gore, serial murderers, pedophilia and such. Without somebody to identify with, suffering through one violent description after another is no fun. This was no fun.
And now I'm fighting this urge: I want to crawl in under the table, wrap myself up in a blanket, stuck a thumb into my mouth and rock back and forth, hoping all the bad feelings will go away. Not a reaction long for to an enjoyable read....more
So much potential, so much good in this book, and yet I ended up resenting it. The zombies were scary, the setup interesting (small enclosed communitySo much potential, so much good in this book, and yet I ended up resenting it. The zombies were scary, the setup interesting (small enclosed community in the middle of the woods, constantly fending of bloodthirsty undead, come on! doesn't this sound appealing?), the tortured love was tortured indeed, the characters fleshed out surprisingly well, the tension and the pacing just right, and the concept couldn't be better. Everything suggests I should love this potent mixture of horror and romance with all my heart, but unfortunately...
It was all too much, all to intense and over the top to my taste. I'm not sure if I'd be reading the sequel. I know I'd get sucked right into the story again, the book is like crack - addictive and detrimental to my well being. It almost gave me ulcers. And yet despite the unhealthy soap opera ridiculousness, give me the sequel, and surely I'd grind my teeth and keep on turning the pages.
PS. The rave reviews and hoards of goodreaders eagerly anticipating the sequel are not helping. Not at all....more