This comic was really everything that makes Sleepy Hollow a good show.
The story was quickly paced and exciting, the dialogue extremely entertaining,This comic was really everything that makes Sleepy Hollow a good show.
The story was quickly paced and exciting, the dialogue extremely entertaining, and the tone at once light and deliciously creepy. It hit the correct balance between humor and horror that makes for good reading and fun watching. The artist, in turn, did a marvelous job creating a unique style that added to the supernatural weirdness that was afoot. All in all, I can't complain.
This comic was enough for me to make me want to read the rest, which I will be doing shorty. Thanks, Mallorie, for introducing me to it. :)
Also, the short story at the end of it was utterly perfect and had me laughing. I really do love how the writers manage Ichabod and Abbie's dialogue. It's really everything I could've possibly wanted out of a Sleepy Hollow comic....more
From the very outset of this book Patrick Süskind holds back few punches. He effortlessly constructs the olfactory framework of 1738 Paris until the
From the very outset of this book Patrick Süskind holds back few punches. He effortlessly constructs the olfactory framework of 1738 Paris until the reader is nearly gagging from the scent of filth and fishes. It in this disreputable district that he deposits Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the gifted child capable of scenting out the smallest odor - but incapable of smelling himself. What follows is already clear from the title itself - it's no great spoiler that Grenouille ends up killing, no great mystery at all where his path leads him. The brilliance of the book lies in the telling of it, the why and in some cases, the very lack of explanation of such.
It's strange to call a book with such an unsavory subject beautiful, but Patrick Süskind manages to make it just that. The focus on scent above all else is a fascinating one, as olfactory descriptions tend to elude most writers. Grenouille is a surprisingly compelling protagonist, however confusing his own mind tends to be. The scenes in the cave, in particular, are a beautiful depiction of fragmented thinking and imagination. When, scent-drunk, Grenouille falls into his own memories it's a confusing bouquet that overwhelms the reader as much as it does the protagonist.
I think this book thrives the most in what it's created. The film, trailer can be seen here, is a truly gorgeous piece of art. The music that has been borne from the book (notably Nirvana's "Scentless Apprentice" and Rammstein's "Du Riechst So Gut") is also surprisingly evocative in its own way. There's something inherently arresting about the idea of someone using our basest of senses in a predatory manner, and being able to control and seduce in a way that we scarcely comprehend.
The concept is fantastic, and the execution painfully good. It's a book so well written that in spite of its length (over 200 pages) can easily be consumed in a single sitting. The concepts within it, the characters, the setting, the sheer physicality of it - will linger in your mind like the very perfumes it describes. It'll send a chill down your spine at least once, if you've a strong constitution - if you don't handle your horror well expect your skin to crawl far more often.
And, yes - see the film. This book and it's film are strong enough to both recommend one another in a huge way....more
Reading the books from start to finish in the matter of just two days was a bitThe end of Joe Hill's Locke & Key.
Wow. This has been a crazy ride.
Reading the books from start to finish in the matter of just two days was a bit of a roller coaster. I mentioned in my previous review how Clockworks had dragged a tiny bit, if only for breaking up the maddening pace of the main plot. Alpha & Omega makes up for that by delivering a plot in spades. The pace is insane, the action rapid-fire, and the plot explosive. Very little is held back.
I love how Joe Hill ties it all together. I love how even the smallest throwaway remarks come into play. Subtleties abound, and it's just great. Nothing is really left to chance.
Like previous reviewers on the book itself, though, I feel cheated. I want more. I want to delve back into the characters, check in on them once in a while... I know they'll be fine, but man, it's hard to leave the Keyhouse itself behind. ...more
Clockworks was a fascinating, and rather unexpected read.
This volume took us back to the origins of the Keys that make Keyhouse such an interesting Clockworks was a fascinating, and rather unexpected read.
This volume took us back to the origins of the Keys that make Keyhouse such an interesting place to explore. The bulk of the action takes place in the past, adding much needed meat to the mythos of the world the Locke family inhabits. Questions are answered, not only about the fashioning of the keys but also about what happened to Rendell when he was young, how the magic works, where things are heading...
It can be a bit jarring jumping into this volume after the high action of Keys to the Kingdom but I think Clockworks still managed to hold its own admirably.
Joe Hill is a truly fantastic writer, and Welcome to Lovecraft shows off his skill beautifully. The story is crafted so well it hurts. I've not read the whole series yet, I've only gotten to book four, but rereading the first volume after getting that far it's obvious how well plotted the whole of it is. Hints are dropped for future issues, allusions are made to back story that we don't get until later... the world of the Keyhouse is rich and vast, and this first scrape of the surface is downright masterful.
Locke & Key is a must for any fan of comics....more
This is a delightfully creepy short story, and my first introduction to the writing of William Faulkner. While it carries some of the hallmarks of his writing - disjointed time, strange narration - it is a far cry from what he normally writes. This is arguably one of the earliest examples of the Southern Gothic genre and a fantastic example of it.
An easy read, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the genre in general. If you don't mind some Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho level creepy in your day....more
I'd be very curious to see how a person's reaction to the book and the ending itself changes as they grow older. This book was surpWell.
This got dark.
I'd be very curious to see how a person's reaction to the book and the ending itself changes as they grow older. This book was surprisingly creepy, surprisingly sad, and surprisingly troublesome when it comes to the ending. I've heard good things about the film, but I'm uncertain how they treat the final scenes in it?
I'd read this book to my children, should I have any. I'd watch them not sleep for months. But that's true of most Roald Dahl stories, innit?...more
This collection of short stories is a fascinating one.
I would venture to say that most of those reading this book are doing so for the Lovecraftian mThis collection of short stories is a fascinating one.
I would venture to say that most of those reading this book are doing so for the Lovecraftian mythos - if that is the case for you, these are the stories you need to read: THE REPAIRER OF REPUTATIONS THE MASK IN THE COURT OF THE DRAGON THE YELLOW SIGN THE DEMOISELLE D'YS
The remaining stories are primarily war stories and love stories and not deeply connected to the mythos. Those are the primary reason the book lacks a full star rating for my review, as they're a bit boring when it's the Lovecraftian bit that one is after....more
I love this edition. I bought it at Poe House in Baltimore maybe a decade or so ago... and got it signed by a wonderful Poe impersonator. What a greatI love this edition. I bought it at Poe House in Baltimore maybe a decade or so ago... and got it signed by a wonderful Poe impersonator. What a great birthday that was. :)...more
I swear I originally heard of Wool through a fantastic review that it got on GoodReads. Or maybe someone had mentioned it briefly in another revieHuh.
I swear I originally heard of Wool through a fantastic review that it got on GoodReads. Or maybe someone had mentioned it briefly in another review? Either way, it looked interesting and the concept intrigued me. The comparison to The Passage truly drew me in, as that book is one of my all-time favorites and certainly one of the best books I've ever read. I didn't happen to see much of a comparison there once I did read it, aside from the superficial likenesses that could be drawn from the social arrangement in the silo and the social arrangement in Justin Cronin's last holdouts for civilization. Both authors seemed to have done a decent amount of historical research there, though perhaps Hugh Howey's class distinctions and analyses come from a more personal place due to his maritime history.
As a book, I found Wool to be incredibly entertaining. I didn't form any terribly close attachments to the characters themselves, but I was interested in what was going to happen to them. The bigger interest for me came in the world that Hugh Howey created and the way that it worked. I wanted to learn more about the silo, the world beyond, and what choices were made there and why. The revolutionary plot didn't hold my interest as much as past choices did. I wanted to sink into more of the history, more of the technology, more of the structure of things than what was happening in it.
The actual plot, characters, and other such features struck me as something a bit hurried. The pacing was good, and reminded me a great deal of the Mystery Shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Lost. At times it was as dry as the failed FlashForward, but at least it didn't halt right when it got interesting.
What drew me in more, made me finish the book and will see me reading the other two collections in the series was the way the book was written. A serialized novel is an interesting beast, and shouldn't be as harshly judged as other works. Looking at it through that lens you could see where the author responded to criticism, how the writing changed and the focus was altered. It's fascinating watching an author transform in that way, and Wool was all the more interesting for it. I'll probably see the inevitable film or mini-series, will read the other books and watch where the story goes.
So for me? It was nothing worth comparing to The Passage but something interesting, quick, and worth a bit of a dig into. It just very much isn't for everyone, and is very much a product of the way it was written....more
The illustrations bumped it to a two star book for me, but the writing is unfortunately just one star territory. Each entry cThis is such a fun idea!
The illustrations bumped it to a two star book for me, but the writing is unfortunately just one star territory. Each entry consists of just a number and a brief sentence such as "Karaoke". Nothing more, nothing less. You're just reading a list of silly ideas with no real elaboration to make it more entertaining. Worse, several ideas are repeated multiple times which makes the list just redundant and ridiculous...
So, it's taken me a while to get to writing a review about this one for good reason. Sharp Objects was a wonderful book. It was quite well written, aSo, it's taken me a while to get to writing a review about this one for good reason. Sharp Objects was a wonderful book. It was quite well written, an exciting story, engaging mystery - it had very memorable characters, and a great deal of the imagery within it will stick with me for a long time. While the very premise of the book sounds like it's just trying to be edgy for the sake of being edgy Gillian Flynn avoided that trope very well, instead creating a harrowing protagonist and a town just bristling with hypocrisy that's far too easy to envision.
All of that being said, I'd feel deeply uncomfortable recommending this book to anyone. The book is dark, it's gritty, it's replete with a hateful stickiness that's difficult to get out from under your skin. While it was easy to put down Gone Girl once I finished it and shrug the protagonists off, Sharp Objects is nearly impossible to let go of. It stays, and it settles with an uncomfortable nauseating weight low in your stomach.
Gillian Flynn has a gift for writing about terrible people doing awful things, and I believe that Sharp Objects is the best example of that talent so far. I'll happily read just about anything she releases, but I'll do so with the greatest of caution....more
Apparently Arthur Machen was quite close to Aleister Crowley and that is reflected in his writing. Not knowing much about Crowley beyond the fact heApparently Arthur Machen was quite close to Aleister Crowley and that is reflected in his writing. Not knowing much about Crowley beyond the fact he practiced strange carnal magic and boasted himself the Evilest Man in England, I can't really comment on that. I can say, however, that I was shocked to learn just when The Great God Pan was written. It is indeed rather purple prose for the time period, and carries with it a distinct tinge of gynophobia that would likely insult many. It's rather obviously an influence on H.P. Lovecraft and his strange misogyny and that host of writers like him. Fear of the unknown, evil women, frightening sex, etc.
The Great God Pan is a bizarre story. It inhabits that weird world of horror that alienates a lot of modern readers. It isn't wonderfully written, suffering many of the same tedious descriptions that Lovecraft engenders. It relies upon coincidence to an annoying degree. All the same, it's unnerving in its own special way and paints a worrisome picture of The Other.
I enjoyed the story, though I acknowledge its manifold faults. It's creepy, atmospheric, and ultimately effective. There's just a lot of better horror out there....more
I love mysteries, and other painfully obvious declarations.
Stephen King is a personal favorite of mine. His books tend to deny genres, but this (as thI love mysteries, and other painfully obvious declarations.
Stephen King is a personal favorite of mine. His books tend to deny genres, but this (as the publisher indicates) is at its heart a good ole murder mystery tempered by coming-of-age and other such King staples. There's a ghost in there, too, and a touch of the shining... but neither really matter in the end, as they're both (while important to the plot) easy throwaways.
The book was a very quick read for me, and it went down easy. It was fun to solve the mystery, and very possible to do so before the protagonist. Not Nancy Drew easy, mind, but fair play to the killer. Good misdirection, too.
Now and then one comes across a writer whose every word titillates and entices. ReadinHarlan Ellison, I have the deepest of writing crushes upon you.
Now and then one comes across a writer whose every word titillates and entices. Reading their stories, regardless of what they are, is a pleasure: even their 'just ok' writing makes you think, makes you wonder, makes you hungry for more. I've a handful of authors I can think of that do that for me. Unquestionably, Mr. Harlan Ellison is one of them.
Spider Kiss is a rock and roll fable, effortlessly splicing together the various stories of a down and out kid and his meteoric rise to fame. Where Spider Kiss differs from other stories of this nature is not only the fact that it predates the now cliche trope becoming trope... it also is nowhere near the heartwarming story one is used to hearing. Real life often isn't that way, and Ellison certainly doesn't shy away from depicting real life.
Character flaws are abundant, and for that the character's come off as rather more human. The fable is a fable, and as such the stereotypes do exist within the text. All the same, the stereotypes reinforce what audiences have been sold for ages now. It's incredible to think that this book was written in 1960, and it's more incredible that this book isn't better known.
Music fans? You gotta read this, if only for how well it mirrors the stories we all know so well....more
I picked it up on a whim, finding the title rather hilarious, and kept it as more of curiosity than anything else overI really didn't enjoy this book.
I picked it up on a whim, finding the title rather hilarious, and kept it as more of curiosity than anything else over the years. Finally sitting down to read it.. well, it was about as good as the title indicates. The male lead was Doctor Nick Necrophiliac and the female lead was Ms. Naive.
The lyrics included the wondrous phrase "Draculame, you don't scare me."
This free story was incredibly amusing. As a previous reader of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic, I have been acquainted with the more humorous rendition of aThis free story was incredibly amusing. As a previous reader of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic, I have been acquainted with the more humorous rendition of a tentacle monster's life. This short story, however, dealt more with the... dramatic aspects of living with such a condition. Oh, Kip doesn't know what to do about his tentacles. Especially after the man of his dreams calls him a tentacle monster.
At 26 pages (on Kindle) this story was just long enough, and focused more on the emotions than any steamy scenes. Personally, I was a bit thankful for that, as tentacles aren't my thing. Still, the story was free and it was amusing. It was a bit sweet, as others have mentioned, but I would've preferred a bit more to it in general.
Why did his parents leave? Did it have to do with the tentacles? What made people change their minds about the tentacles? Is this a genetic condition or... what?
Conversations with people who are fascinated by serial killers are 70% more interesting than conversations with those who aren't. Really.
This graphicConversations with people who are fascinated by serial killers are 70% more interesting than conversations with those who aren't. Really.
This graphic novel about the early years of Dahmer's life, written by Derf Backderf who actually went to high school with the fellow, is a fascinating one. The artwork is stark and troubling, and the story is the tragedy one would expect it to be. While I don't necessarily agree with the premise that the school and Dahmer's parents are to blame for what he became, I do believe that his isolation contributed to his madness.
Who knows.Dahmer's life wasn't easy, and it wasn't going to end well either way.
All in all, this book was good and an interesting primer for people who are into this sort of thing. Well done, and a perspective that differs from the norm. ...more
Well, this installment was every bit as good as the last one. The initial story was probably the best, though. The humor died down, and while the horrWell, this installment was every bit as good as the last one. The initial story was probably the best, though. The humor died down, and while the horror wasn't really grade-a or anything, it was still pleasant to read. I enjoyed the artwork more, and the consistent rendering of triptychs was decent.
So, all in all, a good distraction but not by any means a must-read. ...more
These stories exceeded the first volume in the series, and brought Steve Niles of 30 Days of Night fame into the mix. The humor turned to a far darkerThese stories exceeded the first volume in the series, and brought Steve Niles of 30 Days of Night fame into the mix. The humor turned to a far darker tone, and the stories increased in length. The artwork was far less Love and Rockets stylized and more dramatic, adding some linework and watercolor additions that I was surprised to see. All in all, I enjoyed this volume more and hope the next continues in this vein.
Also, the final story in the collection with the call to Dagon was quite surprising. I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork and thought it was a pleasant change from the Cthulhu love that is so very common. ...more
This collection of stories published by Boom! takes the icons and motifs of H.P. Lovecraft's writing and turns them to horror and humor. The tales areThis collection of stories published by Boom! takes the icons and motifs of H.P. Lovecraft's writing and turns them to horror and humor. The tales are unsettling, the artwork beautiful and intriguing, and altogether I found the collection to be quite inventive. While I enjoyed the previous volume I read from Boom! The Fall of Cthulhu more than I did this one, this still fell into the same sweet spot of storytelling that The Fall of Cthulhu hit.
I believe that anyone who is a fan of small press comics would find something to like between this volumes covers, and indeed, I look forward to reading more out of Boom Studios in general.
"The Art of Noises" "Happy Little Boy" and "Are You There Cthulhu, It's Me Margaret" would be the stand-out stories in this collection, as previous reviewers mentioned....more
"I got you a present." My boyfriend said. "It's The Walking Dead game."
Yeah, he never was too great at surprises. Well, I thought to myself, I guess i"I got you a present." My boyfriend said. "It's The Walking Dead game."
Yeah, he never was too great at surprises. Well, I thought to myself, I guess it's time to whip out the old Zombie Survival Guide for tips. When is a better time to look over the advantages of rural fighting to urban, of machetes to semiautomatic (or fully automatic) weapons, or the ever present knowledge of just how many undead may be forzen in the tundra?
Correct answer: Now is the best time. If a Class 3 or Class 4 attack is happening and you're only just picking up this book... it is already too late....more
I first learned about this book through the release of the films (Let The Right One In, and Let Me In.) There was a good deal of buzz regarding the moI first learned about this book through the release of the films (Let The Right One In, and Let Me In.) There was a good deal of buzz regarding the movies, as culture had been saturated with the Twilight phenomenon, and along comes yet another vampire story...
The writing is fluid, and the characters as thoroughly developed as those in Stephen King's best stories. The historical grounding in the book (Sweden, 1981) adds to the tension in the story, as politics are discussed in passing time and again. The vampire mythos is thoroughly delved into without it being overdone - mixed with the cruelty of children, and the deviant desires that pass in and out of characters... well, this is a recipe for a horror book unlike any other I've experienced.
This book frightened me most genuinely, it disturbed me, grossed me out, repelled me, and drew me back in. Oskar is not a lovable main character at all, but he is one that is easy to understand and surprisingly his actions are believable for someone of his age. Eli, as well, ends up being quite believable and sympathetic time and again.
I will say that having finished the book I'm a bit uncertain as to whether or not I want to see the films... the images in my mind of some of the less savory points in the book are bad enough, don't know how well I'd deal with it on screen. Then again, it could be a bit like A History of Violence but somehow I doubt any blows will softened.
This is hardcore horror, and a wonderful, wonderful ride....more
I received this book for free from the author through the GoodReads first-reads program in exchange for an honest review.
Matt Archer: Monster HunterI received this book for free from the author through the GoodReads first-reads program in exchange for an honest review.
Matt Archer: Monster Hunter was a true delight. Kendra C. Highley has written a fantastically funny and quick-paced YA novel that never loses sight of its plot. The main character, from which this series derives its name, is a surprisingly forthright hero. He accepts his fate with open eyes, and dives into his destiny with a refreshing abandon that is commonly lacking in books of this genre. This makes for a grin-inducing ride, full of action and suspense (and appropriately grotesque monsters) that reminded me of all the excitement I used to get from Goosebumps, though minus a fair bit of the now groan-inducing cheese.
This book would be an excellent purchase for any young teen, and stands a very high chance of being just the thing that would encourage a reluctant boy to read. After finishing it, I happily handed it over to my nephew in hopes he'd enjoy it as much as I did. I certainly would like to see it in school libraries. A book this fun and exciting would be shame to miss....more
I won this book through the GoodReads first-reads program, and I have to say, I'm rather happy that I did.
At first I was a bit skeptical of this storyI won this book through the GoodReads first-reads program, and I have to say, I'm rather happy that I did.
At first I was a bit skeptical of this story. Borrowing the evil child montief from, say, The Bad Seed or The Omen it would be easy to become, well, cliche. This book did border on cliche a number of times, but did so in a way that I found comforting rather than annoying. The classic 'possession' was done in a rather interesting way, the sort of story being told that you'd expect from a dark summer night around a campfire.
Ania Ahlborn has a skill that I really do want to see more of. The shoe-tying scene, the dog scene, and the scene in the gas station are all ones that will stick with me for rather a long while. This story falls finely into the oral tradition that few authors seem to fall to these days.