I adore Dracula. The main villain isn't a suave, romantic, and tragic hero. Oh no, no, no. Dracula is ruthless - a monster in every sense of the word,I adore Dracula. The main villain isn't a suave, romantic, and tragic hero. Oh no, no, no. Dracula is ruthless - a monster in every sense of the word, who kills without the slightest bit of remorse. Believe me, he is far from a sparkly sex-on-legs sort of character.
The novel's format is also wonderful, written through a series of letters and diary entries by the protagonists, and the pacing makes the book feel a lot shorter than it actually is. It's also such fun to see into everyone's minds as the supernatural events unfold. Sure, some of the "good guys" are a little too naive and goodhearted to be believable at times, you've an evil vampire to balance things out. ;)
Sadly, it's been ages since I've read the book, and writing a more involved review wouldn't be feasible. I think it's time for a reread in the near future....more
Night Shift is a collection of short stories written by the famous novelist Stephen King. These stories vary in their characters, plots, and settingsNight Shift is a collection of short stories written by the famous novelist Stephen King. These stories vary in their characters, plots, and settings but each of them contain a taste of the macabre. While I wasn't a fan of some of the stories, this book was still worth reading. I adore the supernatural, and King's collection really appeased my imagination. My favorite story of the bunch was Jerusalem's Lot. A Dracula fan, I adored the historical style and tone along with the letter-format. Not to mention, the story scared me half to death! I'd recommend this collection to King fans and to readers who enjoy horror. As for the faint of heart? They're better off steering clear!...more
This book took me a week to read. I'm not even kidding - I couldn't put the bloody thing down, which really didn't help me much on My Quest To Ace A FThis book took me a week to read. I'm not even kidding - I couldn't put the bloody thing down, which really didn't help me much on My Quest To Ace A Final Exam, but no matter!
This book was suspenseful, filled to the brim with character development, and sprinkled with such a feeling of dread that the reader just knew that life in the New England town wasn't going to end well. The pacing was perfect. Although it took awhile to get into the gruesome stuff, I wasn't bored for even a second.
King's novel was also a pleasant surprise, because, you see, I avoid vampire novels like a plague. Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of my favorite books and to see vampires (evil, bloodthirsty, and ruthless creatures of the night) portrayed as "emo" sex symbols makes me wanna gouge my eyes out. King remained true to Stoker's portrayal and honestly, there was NOTHING redeeming about the vampires in this book. Nothing. To put it nicely, they were nasty customers to deal with and I loved 'em that way.
My only complaint was Salem's Lot had a ton of characters. Seriously, there was a ton and while some of them, uh, didn't last very long, it was still a pain in the neck to remember all their names and their traits and their jobs....more