Sometimes when I’m between books, or just need a break from novels, I’ll pick up a comic book to cleanse my palate. I saw Creepy Presents Richard Corb...moreSometimes when I’m between books, or just need a break from novels, I’ll pick up a comic book to cleanse my palate. I saw Creepy Presents Richard Corben and thought I’d give it a shot.
I am so glad I picked this book to read. Dark Horse Comics has published a collection of Richard Corben’s works. They’re from the ’60s and ’70s, so while true they are dated, they are really great in that old Twilight Zone kind of way. Some of the stories are ones he wrote, and all of them (I think?) are his artwork.
The artwork was great. I enjoyed the Edgar Allan Poe stories the best, but the whole book was an entertaining read. The section of comic book covers was so much fun to look at.
If you don’t like horror in particular, then this isn’t for you. But if you do like horror, especially bite-sized Twilight Zone-ish stories with a bit of humor, give this book a go. You won’t be disappointed. Plus, it’s an amazing value. It’s 300 pages of horror goodness for less than $30. It would also be a really cool gift for the comic book/horror nerd in your life. (less)
I’m shocked to admit it, but I liked this book. It was fast paced, the vampires weren’t all dramatic, and there wasn’t really a love-interest. It was...moreI’m shocked to admit it, but I liked this book. It was fast paced, the vampires weren’t all dramatic, and there wasn’t really a love-interest. It was straight action from beginning to end.
The vampire, Cade, swore a blood oath to serve and protect the president of the United States (he swore this oath to Andrew Johnson) and has worked for all the presidents since. Wacky premise! I liked it. It was very matter-of-fact. The vamp is used to fight against other dark forces who try to harm the U.S. so he doesn’t fight people. He fights monsters.
At the beginning Cade is introduced to his new handler, Zach Barrows. Zach is a pain at first but he gets into the part and by the end we’re all friends. The book was fast, had a sense of humor, and best of all it had vampires who weren’t all high school, teeny-bopper bullshit. It was blood and guts and laughs.
I’m certain we’ll see more of these characters soon. (less)
This is the best fiction book I’ve read all year. I loved the Freya character, as well as Fulla and all the rest. Usually I’m not good at reading fant...moreThis is the best fiction book I’ve read all year. I loved the Freya character, as well as Fulla and all the rest. Usually I’m not good at reading fantasy fiction, there’s always too many characters and too many things to remember, but this book was written very well, and the author totally sucks you in. You care about the characters and what’s happening to them. you even care about the landscape in this book. It’s amazing how Ms. Tobin uses the landscape in this book. It becomes a character too. Wonderful!
If I try to describe this book I’ll just screw it up. It takes place in Iceland in 1000AD. Some of the characters are human, dwarves, the Aesir (Norse gods), and giants. There are several story lines but they all connect together.
While reading it I kept thinking of Nicola Griffith’s Aud character. I’m not sure why though, because Aud is very kickass and take-charge while Freya is not as kickass and not as self-assured. But somehow there seemed to be some similarities. Perhaps it was the voice of the character.(less)
I finally finished book four. I won’t talk about the plot so as not to post any spoilers.
This book was terrible. You know how the whole thing about th...moreI finally finished book four. I won’t talk about the plot so as not to post any spoilers.
This book was terrible. You know how the whole thing about the other books is “Will Edward turn Bella into a vampire?” and then it was all, “When will Edward turn Bella into a vampire?” By book four I was thinking “Just do it already!” almost bored with the idea. Apparently the author was too.
I was talking to Laura about this book and we both agree that this book jumped shark…like at least twice and maybe even a third time. In one book. THAT’S WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU MAKE A BOOK 750 PAGES.
A word of warning, the first part of the book is so gross. It made me queasy, and I would have to put the book down for a day before I even wanted to get back into it.
The whole thing was so ridiculous that I wonder how the real fans of the series feel about it.
I can’t believe I read the whooooole thing. I’m not really going to go into the plot because I don’t want to get involved in any spoiler issues.
It wou...moreI can’t believe I read the whooooole thing. I’m not really going to go into the plot because I don’t want to get involved in any spoiler issues.
It would be easy to tear this book apart and talk about how teenie-bopper, melodramatic, redundant, trite, insulting to the intelligence, as well as insulting to female teenagers across the planet, and… gosh, where was I going with this? I wanted to say something positive.
I want to say something like, even though Bella is one of the most annoying literary characters I’ve ever encountered, and I’m talking more annoying than Ignatius J. Reilly, Kay Scarpetta and her inflated ego, and Ashley Wilkes combined, that the story was still enjoyable and the other characters are still likeable. BUT I CAN’T. BECAUSE IT’S NOT. AND THEY AREN’T.
And to make matters worse? This book is probably 150-200 pages too long. It was a whopper and it dragged on and on. The author writes well enough that she could have written a much shorter book that told the same story and nothing would have been compromised. There, that’s nearly a compliment, isn’t it?
I don’t understand why these books are so popular, especially among young women. Bella is one of the most repulsive, goopy, immature, whiny- my god her whining, selfish, one-track-mind, pathetic, d-bag, contemptible, broken record, irritating females ever written. Even Anne (she of the Green Gables) isn’t as annoying as Bella, and make no mistake, Anne was a pain in the ass who would NOT S.T.F.U. (or that’s how I remember her. in the books, not the miniseries as much.)
It’s just not right, Bella is really responsible for a teen, right? Makes good grades, takes care of her dad, makes dinner every night, cleans house, drives sensibly, and yet, when it comes to Edward/Jacob she becomes a complete twit. And yes, I can see how that could be very much like a teenager. But she’s a twit for 98% of the book. So it feels like the author is betraying every teenage girl who has/will read her book.
I can see how the teens and ‘tweens could be all, “oh Edward is soooo dreamy.” and, “oh Jacob is soooo dreamy.” but that holds their attention for over 550 pages? I don’t buy that. So just what makes this series so popular?
I've never read any of Clive Barker's stuff, and I think I've only seen one of his movies. (I've never seen any of the Hellraiser franchise, but I did...moreI've never read any of Clive Barker's stuff, and I think I've only seen one of his movies. (I've never seen any of the Hellraiser franchise, but I did see the first Candyman movie. It's the only scary movie I've ever watched at an actual "sleepover". Oh, the cliches I've lived. Oh, wait, I just IMDB-ed him and I'll also admit to seeing Lord of Illusions, at the theater no less. My friend Nola had a huge tv crush on Scott Bakula at the time, and that's the ONLY reason we sat through that piece of shit.) Anyway, Barker has written tons of stuff, and I'm always surprised by how much he's written every time I'm putting away books at the library. Still it was never enough for me to want to actually read any of his books.
Then, a couple of weeks ago a patron returned his latest book, Mister B. Gone (and are you also thinking of Mr. B. Natural? because you know I am.) and the patron said that it was SO SCARY that she couldn't read past the first page. Now this patron, she reads a lot. She usually reads only good stuff, and she's made several reccomendations lately all of which have been good. So she says this book is terrifying... I gotta believe her. But I got curious. So I thought I would read the first page to see if it was, in fact, terrifying.
It wasn't. In fact, it was kinda corny. It was insisting that you should burn the book because the evil within the book was so evil that it should be burned immediately without reading the book because EVIL! Like I said, corn. So I read the whole thing because it's not very long and it's easy to read. The narrator is a demon, and he's telling his story and begging you to burn the book to put him out of his misery because he's been bound to the book. It's a neat idea, but the parts (and there are MANY) where he pauses to beg/insist/threaten you to burn the book become SO TIRESOME AND BORING that it kinda ruins the book. Really.
I did like the book though. I really liked the story. I just wish there had been more time spent on the story instead of all those pleas and threats to burn the book. Do you see how annoying it is for me to keep mentioning that the demon wants you to burn the book? Yeah, well multiply that times 20 and that's what it's like to read the book. Like I say, the story is great. It's about this demon and the invention of well, the invention that will bring about the End of the World. I don't want to give too much away because even though I could see what was coming I was happy about the invention and the story. Seriously, I LOVED the story.
It never got scary, and I told the patron that she should give it another go, because I don't think she'd get scared reading it. Annoyed maybe, but scared? Nah.
This was a fantasy book that I checked out basically because I liked the cover. Look, I know. Seriously... I know. You are preachin' to the choir. I d...moreThis was a fantasy book that I checked out basically because I liked the cover. Look, I know. Seriously... I know. You are preachin' to the choir. I don't read a lot of fantasy (or sci-fi) because I hate the parts where the author makes you learn about a whole new world with crazy politics, magic, and words that look strangely celtic-egyptian. This book wasn't so bad.
Since I don't read many of these books I'm not sure if the plot was cookie-cutter for the genre or not. However, the names of the characters were quite, um, I don't know how to put it. I'll let you decide: Sara Deepwell Bandylegs Archer Blackcloak Tess Birdsong to name a few. I mean, hello? Deepwell? Is that her porn name? (less)
This was a good novel but I didn't really enjoy it. The characters are pretty good, except William, I didn't like his character, too milktoast. It's a...moreThis was a good novel but I didn't really enjoy it. The characters are pretty good, except William, I didn't like his character, too milktoast. It's a continuing story of a brother and sister who become the Protectors of Albion (England) when their grandfather dies. They're kinda thrown into the whole thing and have to learn magic and talk to ghosts and save the world.
I liked the whole part about how the ghosts of famous people helped the duo. But I don't really enjoy the Victorian Age very much, and I think that was the major turn off for me. The writing was good, the story was interesting, but I just don't like reading about manners and protocol. I would read another one if it took place in another time.
This book was just as good as the first one, however, I must pick on one thing because it's one of those things that COULD SO EASILY BE CORRECTED BEFO...moreThis book was just as good as the first one, however, I must pick on one thing because it's one of those things that COULD SO EASILY BE CORRECTED BEFORE PUBLISHING THAT IT DRIVES ME CRAZY.
It's redundancy...I hate it.
How many times do you think it should take to get the point across that the heroine, Kate, loves her family and wants to protect her family from the demons that she has to hunt? Hmm? How many times do we need the character to get mad and say something like, "Demons? At my daughter's school? NOT ON MY WATCH. THEY BETTER STAY AWAY FROM MY FAMILY. I LOVE MY FAMILY. I'LL DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT THEM. EVEN IF I HAVE TO LIE TO THEM. BLAH BLAH BLAH."
She says this like, three or four times...IN EACH CHAPTER. Does no one proof read for things like that? Or am I an idiot and books are supposed to go throught the Department of the Redundancy Department? Hm? Just me? My own pet peeve? I'm the only one going insane from having to read the same sentence over and over throughout the book? Okay.
Other than that one little thing, the book was very enjoyable. The way Kate has to juggle her family life around killing demons and keeping it all a secret is hilarious. And the way she deals with missing her first husband (who was murdered) and how she loves her second husband is a really interesting, um...thing? Sorry, I can't think of a word.
I really liked this book even though I'm not very fond of the fantasy genre. The only thing about this book thatI really didn't get was the Pick chara...moreI really liked this book even though I'm not very fond of the fantasy genre. The only thing about this book thatI really didn't get was the Pick character...the stick that talked? It was a stick. A wooden stick. And he talked. Boo.(less)
This book was really long. It could've been shortened really. I won't spoil it for you by talking about it or anything. Just know that it drags in pla...moreThis book was really long. It could've been shortened really. I won't spoil it for you by talking about it or anything. Just know that it drags in places, but stick with it cos it's a good book.(less)