When we last left Reggie, she had been taken by the Vours to a mental institution, where they experiment on her and her ability to enter the fearscapeWhen we last left Reggie, she had been taken by the Vours to a mental institution, where they experiment on her and her ability to enter the fearscapes of those possessed by Vours. Reggie’s best friend, Aaron, has been searching for her, training to fight the Vours and rescue her once he finds her. Aaron must also team up with Quinn, an ex-Vour that Reggie helped to rescue. The Vours are up to something, and the three of them need to figure it out before Sorry Night, when the Vours will take advantage of human fear to inhabit more people, making the world a much scarier place.
Fearscape is the final book in the Devouring series. It wraps up the story, and ties up loose ends for the reader. It also takes advantage of the concept of the fearscape to plunge Reggie into more and more nightmares, as well as upping the ante on what’s really at stake. Reggie gets answers about the nature of the Vours, and why she alone has been able to fight them without needing to kill the victim, as well as answers about why her mom left.
Reggie’s relationships with Aaron and Quinn grow even more complicated in this book. I can’t say I’m too happy about how it ended up, but Holt leaves it a bit open ended so I wasn’t tooooo disappointed.
Of the three books, the first book, The Devouring, was definitely my favorite, since it was the first to introduce the concept of Sorry Night, the Vours, and how to swallow your fears. I felt satisfied with how Fearscape ended things, and liked the series overall. I recommend it for people who love walking through haunted mazes at Halloween, or love the Nightmare on Elm Street movies....more
Okay, you kind of need to be living under a rock to not have heard of Stephen King’s The Shining. And there was a super scary movie made of it by StanOkay, you kind of need to be living under a rock to not have heard of Stephen King’s The Shining. And there was a super scary movie made of it by Stanley Kubrick. Plus, who doesn’t know that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? The Shining was originally written in 1977, so how could we not all know how it goes? Well, I had never read the book, and although I’ve seen the movie a dozen times or more, I have realized that I didn’t really know The Shining after all.
I picked up the audiobook after my mom kept insisting I read it. She absolutely loved the book, and told me over and over again that it was so scary she couldn’t sleep. I didn’t have that problem, personally, but I did start thinking I was seeing stuff out of the corner of my eye while thinking about the story. Showers were definitely more interesting, thinking I was seeing a person–maybe with a roque mallet?–outside the shower curtain.
Jack’s alcoholism is really put on display in the book. We get an insider’s look at what it’s like to be a recovering alcoholic. He’s been sober for two years since alcohol helped to ruin his life, yet Jack still yearns for a drink every single day. We learn much more of his and Wendy’s back stories, and the family histories that lead to their dysfunctions. King’s insights into the human condition are often striking, and I don’t think his critics give him enough credit where that is concerned.
As for the audiobook, Campbell Scott does a great job narrating. He doesn’t try to copy Jack Nicholson’s performance as Jack, even though that seems like it would be really easy to do. Instead, he treats each character as the person they are in the book, rather than in the movie, and does justice to King’s prose.
The bottom line is this: if you have seen the movie and liked it, but haven’t read the book, you should read the book. The book and the movie are VERY different, and you will not know how the book ends. Danny is a different character, as is Jack, and the hotel is much more of an actual character in the book. What’s better? It’s a toss up. As lame as it sounds, the book is very effective as a book, and the movie is effective as a movie, and they should be judged separately because they’re so different from each other. But really, read the book....more
Three manuscript notebooks describe horrors witnessed by a twelve year-old monstrumologist's assistant in late nineteen-century New England. OrphanedThree manuscript notebooks describe horrors witnessed by a twelve year-old monstrumologist's assistant in late nineteen-century New England. Orphaned Will Henry works for Dr. Warthrop, a driven, half-mad scientist who studies what the rest of us would call monsters. Late one night, a frightened grave-robber brings the corpse of a nightmare he discovered during his dark work, leading to a story of the discovery of and fight against an ancient man-eater, the Anthropophagi--a creature with no head and a mouth in its chest, believed by most to be a mere myth. Horror ensues as the doctor and his assistant become both hunter and prey.
I was surprised that the story revolved around this single monster from ancient literary sources, one that most people don't even know nowadays. Yancey does not shy away from grizzly scenes and bloody violence. At times, the story dragged to me, but I think it was due to the gothic literary genre in which he is working, so I found it forgivable. This is a dark adventure that probes the depths of human evil and morality. ...more
To me, this book was a blending of several other stories: The Stand, Salem's Lot, Dracula, I Am Legend, and The Cobra Event. It wasn't very original,To me, this book was a blending of several other stories: The Stand, Salem's Lot, Dracula, I Am Legend, and The Cobra Event. It wasn't very original, but it was still entertaining. The vampires in this book are caused by a parasitic bacteria that turns its host into a physiologically new creature altogether. When CDC directors don't listen to the warnings of the hero, Ephraim, the disease quickly spreads throughout New York City. An unlikely group of heroes emerges to try to halt the inevitable apocalypse that looms on the horizon.
The book reads like a movie. If you like action/horror/adventure films, this is the book for you. If your taste is high literature, or handsome vampires who sparkle, I'd skip it....more
This was a fun, quick read. I think the graphic aspect made many of the stories easier to read and enjoy than if I'd picked up the actual story. It'sThis was a fun, quick read. I think the graphic aspect made many of the stories easier to read and enjoy than if I'd picked up the actual story. It's a perfect pick for those times when you want something slightly spooky, slightly silly, and light....more