Holy. Crap. Read this goddamn book. I saw it on a Borders endcap a long time ago, read the title and said 'well, that was anti-climactic,' then promptHoly. Crap. Read this goddamn book. I saw it on a Borders endcap a long time ago, read the title and said 'well, that was anti-climactic,' then promptly forgot about it. Fast forward to last year and my discovery of Cracked.com. When I saw their editor, David Wong, was the mastermind behind it, that was all it took to get me to give the book a go.
For me, this was a five star book. The Cthulhu Mythos is often imitated, but rarely duplicated, and Wong basically throws out any of the pretense of Lovecraftian hallmarks in favor of exploring the genre through the eyes of two slackers from the sleepy (or not so sleepy) town of Undisclosed. After a random encounter with a drug dealer peddling a new drug called 'Soy Sauce,' John and Dave become attuned to the supernatural and existential threats to reality as we know it. Hilarity ensues.
Seriously. This book is funny. Really, really funny, but unless you're internet people, you might find it to not ring true with you. And that's fair. America is a big country, and everyone is allowed to be wrong if they want. But, if you're a regular to Cracked, of you like heroes who are a little off-beat (okay a lot off beat), a little crazy (okay, batshit crazy), and who fight the most unusual horrors from out of space and time, go for it. You need to read this. Right now....more
After a long, long hiatus, I returned to the Dresdenverse and resumed my reading of Full Moon.
Having finished the book I can say that Butcher's got aAfter a long, long hiatus, I returned to the Dresdenverse and resumed my reading of Full Moon.
Having finished the book I can say that Butcher's got a lot of ideas - maybe a few too many to cram into the covers of the book. I liked the story in principle. It was executed well, but perhaps was too immersive in its lore. Apparently there's a lot of different kinds of werewolf in this book, and by the time you're done, it seems Butcher was intent on using all of them.
The novel picks up a couple of months after Storm Front and Karrin Murphy is in a jam. She's got a few dead people tied to some interesting people and no idea how to explain their mutilated corpses. The crime scene indicates something that shouldn't be though - a paw print that simply shouldn't be there. Harry takes on the case with much trepidation as Murphy is still angry with him from the first book's events, and he proceeds in standard Dresden fashion to put his nose where it doesn't belong. The body count rises as more wolves come in from the edges of the mystery and catch him up in multiple werecreature related conspiracies.
The book is a little tighter than Storm Front, but suffered from trying to do too much at one time I felt. It's a solid three. It advances the overall story of things and keeps you going, it just tried to do a little to much to get it up to a four star rating. I'll continue to read the Butcher books as they evolve and change....more
Now, bear in mind, it's derivative. It channels two novels heavily: Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend' and Stephen King'sThis was, really, really good.
Now, bear in mind, it's derivative. It channels two novels heavily: Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend' and Stephen King's the Stand. Right down to vampires whose reflections make them sad and a black woman who's older than God who gets visions sometimes.
If you can get past this, the Passage will grab you and take you along for the ride.
After a make-a-wish cancer trip emerges in South America days after they are expected, it is discovered that the surviving members have come out in the peak of physical health. It is short lived however as all of the members thereafter die, seemingly from strange causes. After the Military isolates the cause, a virus that had been undiscovered previously, they begin tweaking it to see if they can perfect it so that it doesn't kill the recipient, and, as a result, the US creates vampires. Mean vampires. Glow-in-the-dark, chew your head off, lightning fast, practically-flying vampires.
Vampires, who when they escape, that take over the world as we know it. Humanity is in ruins within months. And that's where the story starts... after maybe 200 pages of build up to instill in the reader how much bad news these creatures are.
And they are fantastic pages.
I don't want to get too much further into the story, but it seems like there's going to be a lot of ground to cover, and this is the first part in a series. I am eagerly awaiting the next, and I recommend this to anyone who likes a good monster movie as well as an epic. This series is shaping up to be both....more