Video Night was a ton of fun crammed into a lean, mean page-turner! A new take on a 'body snatchers' type of story, Cesare had me hooked from the veryVideo Night was a ton of fun crammed into a lean, mean page-turner! A new take on a 'body snatchers' type of story, Cesare had me hooked from the very beginning with really great characters and just the right twists to the story to keep it fresh and exciting. In particular, I really enjoyed how the 'invaders' ability to integrate was severely limited by the quality of the host they were entering... their personalities melded... so that an alien taking over the body of a crazy person, would end up as a crazy alien. Brilliant, fast, fun... and highly recommended!...more
I have to admit, when I first heard about this book, my initial thought was "how the hell do you turn aFantastic Cult-Movie Action From Jordan Krall!
I have to admit, when I first heard about this book, my initial thought was "how the hell do you turn a car race movie into a novel?"
Well, Krall has totally pulled it off, making it every bit as speedy and action-packed as the movies that inspired it, while also adding a whole new level of character development that you don't always see in those source movies.
The story takes place post-apocalypse, and involves a group of drivers in fully armored and weaponized vehicles that have been entered into a cross-country road race to the death... not all willingly.
The story is told through action sequences (accompanied by a sort of tv-show announcer), and punctuated with flashbacks into each of the main characters lives, including how they came to be entered into the race.
A super-fun read, there are all sorts of delightful things to be found in here, including the rise of R'lyeh, lots of tentacle action, a tooth-tornado, and a driver with a glass skull who drinks gasoline...
If you like tentacles and movies like Death Race 2000, you will love this book!
In my life I have read and watched many dark and terrible stories... stories of abuse... stories of addiction... stories of personal horror. This bookIn my life I have read and watched many dark and terrible stories... stories of abuse... stories of addiction... stories of personal horror. This book is all of those, and still managed to leave me with a sense of hope and redemption. The authors make it clear from the get-go that they have suffered the worst depths of addiction, and that they aren't going to pull any punches with the material in the story, which focuses on two main characters: a drug addict, and a very lonely stalker. I really don't want to speak of much that happens in the story, as I think it would misrepresent what the story really has to offer. Don't get me wrong, there are many terrible terrible things that happen, but the story to me is really much more about recovery, redemption, and rebirth. As a former alcoholic and drug addict myself, it was very obvious to me that the authors were writing from personal experience, and not just keen observation. And it was further obvious that they had learned much from overcoming these experiences. The story, by itself was very powerful, and left me happy with the resolution, but feeling a little battered. This was quickly remedied by two short notes from the authors, describing both the manner in which the story was put together, and Jeremy Robert Johnson's personal reasons for writing it so darkly. For me, this made the book a complete package, and really made it clear that it was a sort of redemption experience for the authors as well as the main characters. It helped give me positive closure to a dark story. Highly recommended to those of you who know you can handle it. And thanks to Jeremy Robert Johnson and Alan M. Clark for giving me another reminder why this period of my history remains in me not as who I am, but of how I became able to move towards the person I have always had the potential to be. ...more
This book was excellent... a collection of Bizarro flash fiction... 66 stories in 126 pages... The thing that surprised me the most was the consistencThis book was excellent... a collection of Bizarro flash fiction... 66 stories in 126 pages... The thing that surprised me the most was the consistency of the quality of these little stories... Pretty much every one is just as unique and curious and entertaining as the rest... good work, Andersen!!!...more