My friend is the biggest Wolverine fan in the Milky Way solar system. He loaned me his Weapon X comics to read and to share the 'Wolverine' love. It wMy friend is the biggest Wolverine fan in the Milky Way solar system. He loaned me his Weapon X comics to read and to share the 'Wolverine' love. It was very good. I admit that Wolverine isn't my favorite X-Men (that's Gambit), but he's a very intriguing character with a dark side that I find appealing mixed with this desire for justice. What can I say? I love my antiheroes. The man has had his share of tragedy, and seeing how he gained the adamantium helped me to see him in a deeper light.
Thanks, Mike, for giving me the opportunity to read these.
PS. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie was a pretty lousy substitute for the real thing (and we won't even go into how they ruined Deadpool). If you are a fan of Wolverine from the tv shows and the movie, please take this opportunity to read about the real character from the comic books....more
Thanks so much for writing this book, Ms. Michelle. Finally a Silhouette Nocturne that delivers on the action, the world-building, and the romance toThanks so much for writing this book, Ms. Michelle. Finally a Silhouette Nocturne that delivers on the action, the world-building, and the romance to an equal level. If you don't like high octane, action-driven romance, do not read this book. The first 1/4 of the book felt very much like a action/horror/science fiction movie, yet with a very sexy hero, and a heroine who was way out of her depth. I was loving it. It had me thinking of The Terminator, Underworld, and Blade all rolled into one. Maybe a little bit of Blade Runner and Ultraviolet, too. There are some great scenes that really bring these movies to mind in a very visually-stylistic way.
Jachin is a serious bad-ass. This is established from the first scene. I was like, "Aw, yeah." He really reminded me of Blade (except cuter than Wesley Snipes and looking nothing like him or Blade), but the aspects of him being a hard as nails, kickass, hunter-assassin who happened to be a vampire. He is sexy as all get out, and initially has a bit of an attitude (I like my heroes a little grumpy). But I could understand why. He got kicked out by his brethren, was on the run from various people and vampires who wanted him dead, and spent most of his time in a state of borderline starvation for sustenance from blood. Human blood had become poisonous, so he had to take jobs as an assassin to be able to afford to buy specially-processed blood from a scientist to stay alive. I think Ms. Michelle did a great job writing Jachin. There are nuances that sort of reminded me of other paranormal heroes, but at the same time, Jachin really had a unique feel for me. He was one of those heroes you can drool over, but really respect for being tough as nails. I'm as much an action-adventure fan as I am a romance fan, so I love when I can find characters that fill both shoes equally well.
Ariel is not the kickbutt kind of heroine. She's more of a damsel in distress. That's okay. The kicking butt and taking names kind of heroine is great, but it gets stale when every book has that sort of heroine. Initially she was bugging me with her intolerance towards Jachin. But then I had to put myself in her shoes. Shouldn't she hate vampires, since her family was brutally wiped out by them? Shouldn't she be wary and desirous to escape from those who inspired fear in her? She didn't know Jachin, so how could she instantly bond to him and trust him. So, I came to the realization that Ariel is authentic in her initial reactions to Jachin. She is soft and sweet, but she has a fortitude that comes through, considering what she is put through in this book. Talking about beat up and bashed around. Good thing Jachin's saliva is healing. And he's more than willing to lick all her wounds healed, and he discovers her blood is not poisonous like other humans in the process. Ariel comes to play a very pivotal role in this book, and I like that she comes to the conclusion that she has a responsibility in the world that Jachin inhabits, and embraces him and this role. I came to like her very much.
The worldbuilding was intriguing and involving. It is set in the future, which is clear through the technology available. I like how Ms. Michelle established this withough committing the info-dump writing sin. There are enough elements of a futuristic setting to be appreciated, but not so out there that it's distracting.
In this series, vampires were genetically engineered by humans. As with any toy, humans tired of the vamps, and decided to wipe them out. The vampires, called Sanguinas or scions, rebelled and started hunting the humans. But over the years, the humans' blood became poisonous, and the scions had to go into hiding.
The Sanguinas actually created the werewolves, called Lupredas, to hunt for them and to play part in their ancient rituals. Over time, the Lupredas and the Sanguinas became mortal enemies. This part reminded me of Underworld. In this book, the Lupredas play a minor role, although Landon, a Lupreda, is a sometimes ally to Jachin.
There is a bit of inter-breed politics related to Jachin's being ousted from the Sanguinas, and the prophecy that Ariel unwittingly reveals in her book that she wrote about vampires as a sort of therapy. Hearing that Ariel wrote this book about the prophecy is the impetus that causes Jachin to kidnap her to take her back to the Sanguinas leader as his mate to fulfill the prophecy. They are on the run from Sanguinas who want to get her there first, and also from human vampire hunters, called Garroters. The politics part is good for fans of the vampire society type storylines prominent in movies like Blade, the tv show, Kindred: The Embrace, and the Underworld films. But it doesn't drag the storyline down, as this book stays pretty action and romance-oriented.
Which brings me to the romance. You feel the heat between Jachin and Ariel build over time, but in a compelling way, practically from their first scene together. This book has some steamy love scenes that have you turning the pages, but all the interactions between Jachin and Ariel help to show the connection and the chemistry between the pair. It's not long before you're hope that Ariel will start to see Jachin in a different light, and that Jachin will realize that she belongs with him instead of Braeden.
I don't want to give that much away, so I won't prolong this review, but I definitely want to say that book left me completely satisfied. It has great romance, sexy and fiery love scenes, awesome action, and fantastic, creative worldbuilding. I'm definitely a new fan of Patrice Michelle, and I can't wait to read the next books in the series. I'm excited to see if she wrote stories for Mira, Jachin's sweet sister, and Landon. Thanks to my sister for recommending this book. She is very particular about books, so I pay attention when she really likes one (and she's the one that got me into paranormals, which I owe my eternal gratitude to her for doing). I'm glad I did read this book. And I am happy that I found another Silhouette Nocturne that I really, really liked. This might be my second favorite (Enemy Lover by Bonnie Vanak is my all time favorite although this book has better action scenes).
I'd give this book 4.5/5.0 stars. Check it out if you're a fan of paranormal romance!
This was a book my sister shoved at me and told me to read. Boy am I glad she did. This was a really awesome book. Grace is not just a little plump. SThis was a book my sister shoved at me and told me to read. Boy am I glad she did. This was a really awesome book. Grace is not just a little plump. She's a big girl, and once Noah actually starts looking at her, he likes everything he sees. The love scenes were very hot, the hottest I think I had read at that time. I don't tend to find too many of the very erotic type romances as romantic, but this one was. More on the modern romance side, where it's not so much "We're married" at the end of the book, but "I think I want to marry you. Here's a ring." Although there is a good epilogue that put me at ease.
Noah was quite the forceful, demanding-type lover, but Grace seemed to enjoy that aspect of him. She was a virgin, but was definitely going to educate her in the joys of making love. It was funny that he really let himself go after he had gotten betrayed and closed the door of his life on his ex-fiance. At first I was worried that he was just using Grace as a solace from his heart, but it was very clear how fast he came to fall in love with her. Grace had loved him so long, that she really had no resistance to him. It was fortunate that at heart, Noah was a good guy and wouldn't take her heart and step on it.
This book is a good reminder to the larger women out there that there is a man for you, who will find you as irresistible as an hot fudge sundae. Just don't give up on him....more
This nifty collection of stories by Daniel McGachey is just what a fan of old school horror stories deeply in the vein of Montague Rhodes James (who hThis nifty collection of stories by Daniel McGachey is just what a fan of old school horror stories deeply in the vein of Montague Rhodes James (who has rightfully been called the master of the ghost story) would clamor for once they have exhausted all the MR James out there on offer, or just as an adjunct to their classic horror reading. My tastes in horror are definitely in the old school vein, and I love when I am able to find newly written stories and novels that showcase the old school styles. My friend was kind enough to lend me her copy of this book, and I have spent the better part of this week and last reading and enjoying the stories on offer.
It goes without saying that this wouldn't appeal to readers who don't like the old school way of telling a story, and a reader who gets bogged down with antiquated description and language. However, if you are a big reader of classic horror, as I am, I think that you will find it enjoyable.
Admittedly, there were a couple of stories that were a bit on the dry side, and I found my attention wandering. But the truly scary, atmospheric, and just downright disturbing stories made up for it. I didn't try to read this one at night, except for when I read it one night on the elliptical at the gym. Yeah, that gave me a few creepy moments on the way home. Honestly, I would avoid reading this one at bedtime, because McGachey manages to get you where you live. For instance, he gave me that squirmy feeling of guilt at my penchant for loving tales of the macabre. Some might think it unsuitable reading for a 'good Christian'. I don't really think that intellectually, but there is a story that makes you wonder if you really should spend so much time looking into the dark, unless you want the dark to pay you a visit. Yeah, that's a disturbing thought. Not enough to put me off these types of stories, though. Just enough to raise some goosebumps.
I definitely have to give Mr. McGachey an A for his ability to write in the classic horror vein very authentically. I have read many stories from the Victorian and Edwardian periods with exactly the same language and style. He also develops atmosphere flawlessly. And I love his deft skill with a frame story, and how his stories seem to tie together in this volume. I liked Dr. Lawrence as his intrepid occult detective character, who reminded me of a more scholarly Kolchak. With the only negative being that some stories were a bit dry, I can't help but give this one a solid four stars. I will be looking for more of his stories to read in the future....more
Blood in Electric Blue is a well-written novel, a journey that is steeped in surrealism. This is one of those books where you don't quite know what isBlood in Electric Blue is a well-written novel, a journey that is steeped in surrealism. This is one of those books where you don't quite know what is real and what isn't. Is Dignon really being preyed upon by a siren, or has years of physical and psychological abuse, and a hopeless, lonely adulthood broken his sanity? You don't really know. As I read this story, I came to my own conclusion, and it made me sad. I would like for lost and lonely Dignon and his brother Wilma (who is a transsexual) to have an optimistic future... Alas, it doesn't seem likely.
I thought that the writing was evocative, highly visual, and emotive. I found myself being pulled into the narrative, and cared about Dignon, feeling deeply for him. The sadness that enveloped him in his normal life, also infected me. I felt his sense of disconnection and loneliness deeply. He was like a person looking inside through the glass, trapped outside in the cold. As a cat lover, I appreciated his close bond with Mr. Tibbs, his beloved feline companion.
This struck me as a very sad story. It was also effective as a dark fiction/horror novel, even though the horror elements are somewhat ambiguous. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy dark fiction with horror elements, written in a fashion that feels 'literary.' As a person who dislikes genre snobbery, I rather dislike using that term. However, I do feel that readers who enjoy character-based stories that plumb the depths of speculative fiction and horror would view this book as a more literary-oriented novel. As such, I'd put this forth as a recommendation to reader with these tastes. If you are like me and prefer upbeat stories, you won't find that here. However, it was worth a read for its exploration of the emotional and psychological effects of abuse and isolation on a person. Essentially showcasing characters that are definitely of the walking wounded variety.
Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars
Thanks to Jeannie for loaning me her copy and recommending Greg Gifune as a writer to me....more
I read this when I was staying with my aunt in a very small town in Alabama (Anniston). She was recovering from a serious illness, and needed some helI read this when I was staying with my aunt in a very small town in Alabama (Anniston). She was recovering from a serious illness, and needed some help. It is a book that I had very little trouble reading from cover to cover. All the stories were well-written and helped to while away the time in a very small town. I have to say that I found most of them on the depressing side (hence the four and 1/2 instead of five stars). I would like to see more books about the African American experience that are on the positive end. Yes, history has not been kind to us overall, but fiction should be about celebration, as well as mourning and reflecting on the trials of life.
This was a most enjoyable spy romance. Lighthearted but also convincing in the spy dynamics (bringing to mind a bit of the James Bond meets ScarecrowThis was a most enjoyable spy romance. Lighthearted but also convincing in the spy dynamics (bringing to mind a bit of the James Bond meets Scarecrow and Mrs. King vibe). Even the villain brings to mind the iconic super-villains of the Bond world. I liked Paige's realization of what she was capable of, and that David truly did love her. I also liked that he realized that he had underestimated Paige in his desire to keep her safe and secure in a crazy world. Paige really comes into her own. I also liked that David was a nerd, and a very sexy one! I loved the young French boy, Henri, who becomes a part of the OMEGA family. Paige does exactly what I'd hoped she would do as far as Henri. Maggie, David's partner, has a strong role in this book, and I expect that sparks will fly between her and the head of OMEGA, Adam.
This one earns a healthy four stars and a thumbs up from a fan of the spy genre. Spy + romance.....even better!
This is my favorite antebellum-set historical romance hands down. It's safe to say I don't like this time period, and typically I try to avoid it. ButThis is my favorite antebellum-set historical romance hands down. It's safe to say I don't like this time period, and typically I try to avoid it. But this book sounded to interesting to turn down. It was worth the read. I love a good marriage of convenience story, and this is one of my favorites.
In some ways, it reminded me a little of Dark Torment by Karen Robards, which has long been a favorite of mine, in that the heroine is a plain Jane spinster, and the hero is more or less an indentured servant that her stepfather buys off the auction block. Other than that, it goes in a different direction than Dark Torment. In this case, they marry almost immediately, at the behest of her stepfather.
This is a book about strangers becoming spouses, lovers, and friends. I was pleasantly surprised at the passion in this book. Meredith thinks herself unattractive, but it is clear that Jeremy feels a passion for her, although he doesn't want to be married to her or love her. However, they make the best of their situation.
I liked the way this book dealt with the slavery issue. Meredith family owned slaves, and she wasn't particularly happy about it. When Jeremy takes over running the plantation, his goal is to free all the slaves. He has some opposition from people in the community, but he is determined and comes up with a workable solution to the slavery issue. That was a bonus for me, as the slavery issue is a painful subject for me, and it undermines my ability to care about a hero/heroine who owns other people and doesn't feel angst or realize that human bondage is wrong.
What I loved about this book was the passion and the love between Meredith and Jeremy. It wasn't expected, but it was powerful, and it changed their lives and united them much deeper than their marriage of convenience did. Each scene between them showed the current of intense feeling running between them, even long before they actually consummated their marriage.
Meredith and Jeremy where characters I liked and admired, and wished well for. Even after this book ended, I could imagine them having a good life together, raising their family, and running their plantation with honor, and not on the backs of enslaved labor.
This was a sure keeper for me. Unfortunately I read it from the library. But I hope to find my own copy someday....more
I don't know quite what to say about this book. I read it years ago when I read just about every book I got my hands on. I probably wouldn't read it tI don't know quite what to say about this book. I read it years ago when I read just about every book I got my hands on. I probably wouldn't read it today because of how cruel the people are in this book.
I certainly don't think Sean is a model hero. He's a very angry, obsessed, bedeviled man and did some awful things to the heroine because of it.
I'm a bit of a sexist. I think men should fight their wars and leave women and children out of it, unless the women are warriors too. If they are civilians, I think only a coward would hurt them. Well the hero and Catherine (the heroine)'s father don't subscribe to this point of view.
It was an ugly situation and a lot of wrong things were done. Having said that, it was a very well-written book, if you could stomach it. I remember not being able to put it down. Let me say that I started reading historical romances for the history and the adventure. I was twelve and I didn't care about the mushy stuff. I think I read this when I was fourteen. This book is from the heydey of the bodice ripper era where all bets were off as far as what a hero could do to a heroine. I remember being pretty wide-eyed when I read this book. Nowadays I care about the love relationship and the history and the adventure. My tastes have changed where I have ideas about what I will tolerate in a hero and a heroine, and what they do and my feelings about it depend highly upon the execution and how their behavior is dealt with.
I wouldn't judge anyone who wanted to read it, and I certainly wouldn't judge a person who didn't want to read it. But I'd say if you have heard lots of things about it, but are not sure what to think, you can read it for yourself and make up your own mind. But go into this book prepared. It's very, very dark!...more
This is a book that would probably not get published today because of the un-PC content. There is a (in my opinion) fairly violent rape scene, becauseThis is a book that would probably not get published today because of the un-PC content. There is a (in my opinion) fairly violent rape scene, because the heroine was being flirty and the hero didn't like it, and because he thinks she is a spy for her native French countrymen, which are his enemies. I cringe when I think about it.
I enjoyed this book as a fiction book because it's really a great adventure book, and it really immerses you in the history of that time. It's been so long since I read it, so I'm not sure it's a great romance, from what I remember. I think it's more of a saga in which you see a spoiled young woman go through some really tough circumstances and mature into a woman who can take care of herself, no matter what life throws at her. Because I love reading about different parts of the world in a fiction setting, this book also found favor with its vivid descriptions of traveling/living aboard ship and on the various Caribbean islands. The villain (who is the heroine's stepbrother and is completely lusting after her the whole book) was memorable and I felt a little sympathy for him in some parts, although at the same time he deserved what he got.
I don't think I liked the hero very much (probably because of his actions toward the heroine), and the fact that they spend a good amount of time apart.
So I give this a higher rating because it was a very interesting historical book. The romance wasn't the highlight in this one....more
I read the MaryJanice Davidson story and maybe the Alice Gaines story. Neither had anal in it, so I was okay. I loved the MaryJanice Davidson story, "I read the MaryJanice Davidson story and maybe the Alice Gaines story. Neither had anal in it, so I was okay. I loved the MaryJanice Davidson story, "Love's Prisoner." It has forced seduction in it, so it's not everyone's cup of tea. The hero is the alpha of the Wyndham pack, Michael. He gets trapped in an elevator with a woman who is ovulating, and it's near a full moon. He cannot resist the urge to mate with her. It was the first story I read with this theme and I was blown away. He felt bad about what he did, but biological urges took over. A month or so later, he tracks down this woman who is his mate, and she's pregnant, so he kidnaps her to go live with the pack. From there it gets even less PC as he makes her go naked until she submits. There's another forced encounter because as alpha, Michael has to show dominance or lose the respect of the pack. He felt awful and she felt awful, and she stops eating. Michael comes to realize that he has to make sure his mate's emotional needs are met. Even with the questionable events, I still enjoyed this story. It was very well done, and it showed the animal nature of werewolves, which often overrides human feelings, although Michael comes to realize that his very human mate needs tenderness and understanding. I'd like to get a copy of this one, one day....more
**spoiler alert** This one was way over the top for me. Too much in one book. Let's list off the eye-raising events:
1)Hero is marrying a lesbian (in t**spoiler alert** This one was way over the top for me. Too much in one book. Let's list off the eye-raising events:
1)Hero is marrying a lesbian (in the closet but is doing a very poor job of hiding her sexual orientation) who is clearly having an affair with her physical therapist, but he is clueless about it.
2)So he marries the in the closet lesbian (even though he clearly has feelings for his wedding planner the heroine), who runs off with her lover on their wedding day.
3)He then sleeps with the heroine on his wedding night while he is still married to the closet lesbian who ran off on him with her lover who was her physical therapist
4)They decide to wait until their oldest child is five years old to finally get married.
Maybe I'm too conservative for a storyline like this. I'm not here to judge anyone's lifestyles, but this is not really what I'm looking for in a category romance. I could have handled one or two of these aspects in the plot, but not all of them on top of each other. Miranda Lee loves to push the envelope in the Harlequin Presentsland. I think she pushed it a little too much in this one for me. ...more
Kiernan can write, no question about it. She is excellent at painting a surreal picture ripe with menace. This collection of stories was beautiful yetKiernan can write, no question about it. She is excellent at painting a surreal picture ripe with menace. This collection of stories was beautiful yet keenly disturbing. Reading it is like that feeling when you know someone is right behind you but they haven't announced themselves yet. The longer the feeling lasts, the worse it feels. Dancy is a very unusual protagonist, one I grew quite fond of. I'm not sure she's completely sane, but the things she's faced, who can blame her. Take a plunge into the frightening worlds that Kiernan has created, but I'd read it during the daytime if I were you....more
This collection has some really weird stories in it. The weirdest and most disturbing one is a story called The Throwing Suit. I don't remember the auThis collection has some really weird stories in it. The weirdest and most disturbing one is a story called The Throwing Suit. I don't remember the author's name. The unlucky protagonist is offered a goodly sum of money to spend the night in a haunted place and to wear a suit that is found therein. The suit is cursed and haunted. Gosh, that story gave me the weebies. I don't really remember the stories that well, but I do remember the sense of unease reading these stories gave me....more
This was a really cool book, one of my sister's First Love From Silhouettes. My favorite, in fact. Although The Personal Touch is a close second.
TheThis was a really cool book, one of my sister's First Love From Silhouettes. My favorite, in fact. Although The Personal Touch is a close second.
The heroine is about 14 years old, and she becomes a wealthy woman, well girl. So she decides to set up her own independent household, and she builds a house in her parent's backyard. I thought that was so cool growing up (the thought of being an independent woman always appealed to me). I liked that the hero was attracted to her even though she was her own person and a tomboy.
If my sister had not remembered the title, I would forever be missing this book from my Favorites shelf on Goodreads....more
Good book and very imaginative storyline. Adrian really developed a unique concept of vampirism and vampire society. Although the warriors remind me oGood book and very imaginative storyline. Adrian really developed a unique concept of vampirism and vampire society. Although the warriors remind me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, they are not carbon copies, and the Midnight Breed series is claiming its own place in the paranormal romance genre. I love warriors, and these guys are definitely creme de la creme. One thing that bothered me was the casual indifference about humans being killed by the Rogues. The Breed warriors did protect humans, and that was clear, but the ones that died in this book didn't seem overly mourned by the warriors. It seemed a little callous to me. Perhaps this due to many, many years of seeing humans dying and savagely killed by the Rogues. Lucan is a hard man (vampire), who doesn't open his heart. It was great to see Gabrielle sneak into his heart. For a young woman who felt isolated and drifting in her life, I was happy that she found her home in Lucan. I am curious about the warriors that fight alongside Lucan, and I can't wait to read their stories....more
HP Lovecraft's volume The Thing at the Doorstep and other stories is pretty good. Lovecraft has quite an imagination. However I am quite sure that oneHP Lovecraft's volume The Thing at the Doorstep and other stories is pretty good. Lovecraft has quite an imagination. However I am quite sure that one cannot read too much Lovecraft at one time. His writing style is so unique and in some ways taxing, that it is best to break up reading him.
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward was surprisingly a real page turner. It is about the possessing of an inquisitive youth by his nefarious wizard ancestor. It is written almost like a report and you are the reader. You believe initally that the hero is Charles Dexter Ward but it turns out to be his doctor and old family friend. He shows truly brave actions to save the young man from himself and his horrid ancestor. Despite not understanding most of the words used and the intricate writing style, this story really sucked me in.
I'm glad that Lovecraft leaves a lot to our imagination. That's actually more scary. I also really enjoyed Beyond The Wall of Sleep and Pickmen's Model too. Beyond the Wall of Sleep features a psychiatrist who is intrigued by the case of a hill-dwelling man who is seemingly possessed by an otherworld entity. The story is disturbing but very poetically written. Pickmen's Model was so clever. It's told by a man who is relating his experiences with a painter to another fellow. This painter makes the most disgusting and bizarre imagery that repels most people. The narrator continually asserts his open-mindedness until he comes to the knowledge that the horrendous paintings the artist makes are a glimpse of reality. It totally freaks out the narrator, and when you read the story, you share in his horror.
The Tomb is also a good story. The narrator is a German naval officer, and is about the most unlikable protagonist imaginable. He watches his whole crew succomb to a supernatural force and denies to the end the power of it, until he rationalizes his own demise. You don't really mourn him. Not after all the atrocities he commits within the course of the story. Instead you want to say good riddance. But at the same time, you're wondering what calls him to his demise, and it does the rest of his crew. The door is open but you don't get to walk through. You just watch the narrator leave.
Another standout story is The Dunwich Horror which is definitely weird fiction. In a word, tentacly. Yes there are lots of tentacles. It is the visceral kind of horror that shrinks your stomach. Not so much fear for your life, but fear of abomination. Fear of unspeakable depravity. To understand what I mean, you have to read the story, or I would spoil it.
Unfortunately it is clear that Lovecraft was deeply prejudiced against rustic, country-reared people. This is especially clear in reading The Dunwhich Horror and Beyond the Wall of Sleep. I like how the editor ST Joshi posts footnotes as reference to what Lovecraft is talking about as far as references to other stories and places and historical figures. I must add that it was necessary to look up a lot of words as I was reading.
I got stuck on The Mountains of Madness and ended up having to return this to the library. Maybe someday I will get to finish this one, or read the other stories in this volume in another book....more
It's been a while since I read this one. So out of fairness, I'm taking away the starred rating until I can do a reread and objectively evaluate thisIt's been a while since I read this one. So out of fairness, I'm taking away the starred rating until I can do a reread and objectively evaluate this book. As I told my friend just recently, I read this book while I was in vet school, which was a generally craptastic time of my life. It could be vet school yuckiness overflowing unto this undeserving book. We shall see....more
**spoiler alert** I think I blocked out this book. I can't even imagine Koontz coming up with some of the things the villain did. Poor Mary. No wonder**spoiler alert** I think I blocked out this book. I can't even imagine Koontz coming up with some of the things the villain did. Poor Mary. No wonder she had emotional issues. Pretty good, but too disgusting for me in some parts....more
I just realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed this book. I read it several years ago.
To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. The writing had an iI just realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed this book. I read it several years ago.
To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. The writing had an inescapable pattern to it: Introduce character, character gets killed or in some horrible way or eaten by a dinosaur. I hate collateral damage in books, movies, or tv. Big turn-off. Plus, I don't like the creation of sacrificial lambs to be killed, paper-thin to the point of having no personality practically.
The science part was a little too detailed (yes, even for a biological scientist). I think that if I want to read a textbook, I can easily do so. But, for fiction, I like the plot to have nicely-integrated factual information, and the focus to be on the characters and the unfolding storyline.
Between those two issues with this book, I gave up on it. It is a horrible, horrible thing for a bookworm to say, but I liked the movie better. :(
I found Nightmare at 20, 000 Feet and Other Stories at my excellent public library. The titular story is the basis for The Twilight Zone episode withI found Nightmare at 20, 000 Feet and Other Stories at my excellent public library. The titular story is the basis for The Twilight Zone episode with William Shatner. Well if you like the show, read the book. Your heartbeat stays erratic the whole time. I love the detail in which Matheson describes the harrowing experience the protagonist has. He knows the gremlin is there but the darn thing disappears when he tries to point him out. The flight crew gets more and more convinced that the protagonist is off his rocker. But he knows he's sane. He is frightened out of his wits, but knowing that he's the only hope for the plane. The reluctant hero comes up with a plan to save the plane because the gremlin is steadily and I must add gleefully, tearing it apart. The climax is short, quick, wonderfully executed.
You heave a sigh of relief when the story ends. This volume has other classic stories. Another truly affecting story is Slaughter House. Two very close brothers buy and lovingly restore a Victorian house which is possessed by a spirit with nefarious intent. The spirit slowly drives a wedge between brothers and ends up causing a tragic end for one of the brothers. As usual you can see Matheson's skill in writing. He takes his time to build things up to an exquistive level of terror. You feel the pain of the older brother as he fights to save his sibling. I felt it more intensely because I am very close to my sister and I can imagine how much anguish it was causing the protagonist to watch his brother turn into a stranger. For me the end was satisfying although tragic. I won't give it away. But suffice it to say you walk away with a poignant feeling that will stay with you for days.
Another memorable tale is about a young boy who so intensely identifies with the tale of Dracula by Bram Stoker that his life goes in an interesting direction. This story leaves you with almost an upset stomach.
As I read more and more horror, I realize how conventional I am. I think this is the power of horror, that it can drive home how settled we are into our normal, nice worlds blithely unaware of how ugly the other reality is. Matheson definitely seems to understand this. He uses the tools available to him to craft this into his stories. It could be circumstances that are horrible. It could be the protagonist that is the real horror, or it could be the fate of the protagonist. And even in the case of one story where a guy murders his wife and then is subsequently haunted by her ghost, you still feel shocked at the comeuppance his wife's spirit delivers to him.
In some of the stories you find yourself thinking, that's not fair. And maybe that's the real kind of horror that we face everyday, that bad things happen to the normal, everyday person, the not especially good or bad, person. I think that Matheson really impresses me in his skill with the short story because writing a short story is such an art. I haven't read anything from him longer than a novella, but I will definitely look forward to reading a full length novel by him. However, I know I'll have to gird my loins because it will be a very bumpy, if satisfying ride....more