The fifth in the Missing 411 series by David Paulides, this is possibly the most disturbing of these books, due to the fact that there really is no waThe fifth in the Missing 411 series by David Paulides, this is possibly the most disturbing of these books, due to the fact that there really is no way to discount the connections between these cases. Again, the author does not reveal his theories as to what is happening here, he just presents the facts of each case, calling the reader's attention to the relevant details. I'm hopeful that this book will spur new ways of investigating these "accidental drowning" cases, specifically with the testing for GHB in the bodies. Something very strange is going on -- this time in cities and on college campuses. It's time for us all to start paying attention. As with all the Missing 411 books, highly recommend....more
I'd like to rate this one higher, simply on the basis of there being so few books available on the subject. It's written decently well, and the author
I'd like to rate this one higher, simply on the basis of there being so few books available on the subject. It's written decently well, and the author includes numerous cases, apparently gleaned from his website on the subject.
The very nature of this subject somewhat necessitates the use of anecdotal evidence -- I'm not sure there are any scientific tests to measure spiritual or psychic activity of this nature -- but the stories included were a bit . . . less than believable. Which is not to say that I don't think the people involved believe these things happened. I just have a lot of trouble believing people who claim to interact with demons, see ghosts, and tell the future are entirely all there.
My apologies to these folks, of course -- I don't mean to belittle anyone's experiences, and I do wish I found them more believable.
Just OK, and I'm still on the hunt for another book on the subject that suits me better.
Usually don't review books I haven't finished, but I know without a doubt that I will not be finishing this one, EVER -- and the problem (unlike many Usually don't review books I haven't finished, but I know without a doubt that I will not be finishing this one, EVER -- and the problem (unlike many books I don't finish) isn't simply because I couldn't get into it.
Sometimes I run into a problem with reading a book at the wrong time -- for whatever reason, it doesn't grab my attention or I want a different genre or whatever. Unfortunately this wasn't the problem here. I really actively disliked this book. It's . . . dour. Unrelentingly grim. A little dull. And far too graphic for my taste.
Great premise, but didn't live up to my expectations....more
This one was more like 2.5 stars for me -- probably would have been higher if I was a major fan of horror, as there are plenty of re**spoiler alert**
This one was more like 2.5 stars for me -- probably would have been higher if I was a major fan of horror, as there are plenty of references to other works that I think someone more familiar with the genre would have enjoyed more.
My favorite parts were a couple of references to the author's own works, as well as a character's name that even I recognized as a contemporary horror writer.
The story follows Merry Barrett as she recounts her family's experiences while filming a reality show focusing on her possibly mentally ill, possibly possessed older sister. We alternate between events set at that time (which are Merry's recollections while being interviewed by an author writing a book about those experiences), the older Merry interacting with the writer, and blog posts deconstructing "The Possession" (the reality show featuring the family.)
The most effective, in my opinion, were chapters written as blog posts -- I really enjoyed the analysis of the TV show, and the tone is immediate and somewhat cheeky.
I also liked the parts where Merry is an adult, looking back at her life -- these parts were somehow more frightening to me than the flashbacks to when Merry was a child living within a disintegrating family. I think because we're seeing Merry at a time that we understand to be unfolding, rather than already established via recordings/recollections, these moments felt dangerous to me -- like Merry could do or say anything to blow the whole thing apart. I'm sure that says more about me than it does about the book . . .
There were a few things that kept me from really enjoying the book, however. I found eight-year-old Merry to be annoying. The author includes a lot of traits that should have made the character more childlike and real, but it read more like a jumble of quirks rather than pieces forming a coherent personality.
The family interactions are uncomfortable and disjointed -- probably intentionally, as the family depicted is fractured, but still made for unpleasant reading.
The handling of the older sister -- age 14 -- during her "episodes" was grotesque. I think these types of depictions must be a standard for the genre that I'm just not aware of, but (particularly as the parent of three teen girls) I didn't like them at all.
I didn't buy the father as both religious fanatic AND skeptical debunker.
Some things I did like: the brief examination of men who kill their families, the blog posts dissecting the show and reality television/horror tropes in general, the revelation of the family's ultimate fate. I would have rated this book much higher if the author had allowed the analytical and yet more playful part of his brain free rein. Not sure if anyone else would have enjoyed it, but I really loved the more cerebral aspects of this book.
As a whole, I didn't really understand the meaning here -- and perhaps there isn't some big revelation that the author is striving for? But I would have preferred for there to be a bigger picture to the whole thing.
I will probably regret burning through this series so quickly -- hopefully David Paulides is hard at work on the next Missing 411 book.
This book conta
I will probably regret burning through this series so quickly -- hopefully David Paulides is hard at work on the next Missing 411 book.
This book contains a couple of more well-known disappearances, such as that of Keith Reinhard, who went missing in Colorado in 1988. Mr. Reinhard moved to Silver Plume, Colorado, after taking a sabbatical from his job as a sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. He was primarily interested in working on a novel, as well as running a small antiques shop, but after renting a storefront that had been formerly leased by a man named Tom Young (WHO DISAPPEARED MONTHS EARLIER!?!) Reinhard became interested in investigating Young's disappearance. Same town, same building, same landlord . . . same fate? There are various theories as to what happened to Keith Reinhard -- as well as Tom Young -- which the author explores in this book.
Another odd case is the disappearance of Megumi Yamamoto -- she became separated from her boyfriend during a hike in the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico. Ms. Yamamoto was able to use her cell phone to dial 911 for help -- however, her calls were routed SEVEN times to the nonemergency dispatcher, who was incapable of triangulating her cell signal in order to find her. After her calls were finally routed to the correct dispatcher and they were able to locate her, emergency services sent a helicopter to pick her up -- which was then hindered by various events, such as rescue team members refusing assignments and the necessary permission for landing in the Santa Fe National Forest not receiving approval from forest managers. By the time rescuers reached her, Yamamoto was in poor condition, and snow has begun to fall. During liftoff, the helicopter crashed, killing Yamamoto and one of the two rescue personnel on board. From start to finish, this poor woman seemed doomed.
There are more cases of people being found alive recounting seeing "bad people" hiding in bushes -- so strange and chilling -- as well as stories about searchers hearing people calling for help, but being unable to locate them. (Some people are then found deceased in a different area -- so this isn't an issue of someone being lost down a hole and remaining hidden to searchers.)
One of the more perplexing stories was that of Joe Carter, who disappeared on Mount St. Helens, Washington, in 1950. A member of the National Ski Patrol, Carter would have been an experienced skier and outdoorsman. While on a ski trip with a group of friends, Carter went ahead of the party in order to take photos of the other skiers. When no one saw him on their way down the mountain, they assumed he had gone ahead to the bottom. After the group realized he wasn't there, a search party was formed. Here is the description (from an article in the Longview Washington Times) on what they found:
" . . . Carter evidently took off down the mountain in a wild death-defying dash, 'taking chances that no skier of his caliber would take, unless something was terribly wrong or he was being pursued,' says Lee, who was the first searcher to reach Carter's ski tracks. He jumped over two-three large crevasses and evidently was going like the devil. When Carter's tracks reached the precipitous sides of Ape Canyon, the searchers were amazed to see that Carter had been in such a hurry that he went right down the steep canyon walls. But they did not find him at the bottom of the canyon as they expected. 'We combed the canyon, one end to the other for five days.' "
Joe Carter was never found.
The author includes several interesting charts at the end of the book, analyzing many of the common elements throughout this series.
More baffling stories about disappearances, this time including some outside of North America. Here are just a couple of highlights:
On May 17, 1951, 9
More baffling stories about disappearances, this time including some outside of North America. Here are just a couple of highlights:
On May 17, 1951, 9 year old Roger Shaddinger disappeared while on a family fishing trip to Adler Creek in Truckee, CA. After a 28-hour search, a S&R volunteer found the boy (alive) -- Roger said he had been hiding from "The People" who he thought were going to hurt him. While some articles at the time implied the boy was hiding from searchers, this is a theme that has been mentioned in other cases when missing persons are found. Very peculiar.
Linda Arteaga (age 53), who disappeared from a wooded area near St. Joe, AR, on September 22, 2012, while out walking with her brother, was missing for 5 days. When finally found, an article on her disappearance had this to say: "She claims that she wasn't the only one out there. I would see people. I'd ask for help and they'd act like they didn't even hear me, says Arteaga. She says she remembers them looking right at her and not saying a thing. These people were hiding in bushes. They were weird people, very weird, Arteaga says. I supposed she could have had some toxic ingestion that may have caused, a hallucinogen, in other words, but you know, she's been very consistent with that story, and today in her mental examination, she seems very oriented and appropriate in conversation, says Dr. John Sorg of North Arkansas Medical Center."
I found this story particularly disturbing, especially after reading the two previous Missing 411 books -- it brought to mind the young woman who went missing while hiking the Appalachian Trail who claimed that she was hiding because men who meant her harm were chasing her.
Perhaps these are all cases of people hallucinating after eating berries or mushrooms while lost? But perhaps there is something much stranger happening out in the woods than we are aware of . . .
I would also like to address reviews of the authors' other books that take him to task for his analysis of the facts in missing person cases -- one mentioned that it was "obvious" Mr. Paulides was not Search and Rescue personnel, based solely on his interpretation of common factors such as people being found partially or completely nude, or being without one or both shoes. Mr. Paulides mentions in this book that he was invited to speak at the North America Search and Rescue Association (NASAR) conference in South Lake Tahoe in June 2012 -- it seems unlikely to me that Search and Rescue personnel would be interested in hearing him speak if they disagreed with what he had written in his books and on his website, and it seems as though the reviewers making those statements have probably not actually read these books.
Another thought provoking book in the Missing 411 series -- I have no theories on what is happening in these cases, but it makes for a very interesting read....more
This is somehow even MORE bizarre than the Eastern U.S. & Canada book I recently reviewed. Although a very few of the disappearances listed in thi
This is somehow even MORE bizarre than the Eastern U.S. & Canada book I recently reviewed. Although a very few of the disappearances listed in this book seem to have what could be a fairly mundane explanation, the vast majority are so strange that you wouldn't believe them in a work of fiction.
Here are two of the more peculiar listings:
On July 4, 1955, 2 year old Ida May Curtis disappeared from a logging camp within the Kootenai National Forest in Libby, Montana. Her 9 year old brother claimed that a bear took Ida from the tent where she was sleeping, carrying the toddler with one leg while running away on the other three. Unbelievable, right? But the children's grandfather stated that he had in fact chased a bear that did appear to be running on three legs while carrying something with the fourth! As if this wasn't strange enough, when they did locate the little girl (alive, thank goodness) -- inside a shelter of cedar slashing -- she told her parents that she was held by a "mother bear" that comforted her throughout the night and kept her warm. Really?! A BEAR?? Having read Night of the Grizzlies a while ago, I'm finding that idea extremely hard to believe!
05/15/1934, Moosehorn, Manitoba -- 4 year old Betty Wolfram vanishes after being put down for a nap. Five days of searching produced no results, then a farmer in the area "took a walk, hoping to find Betty". Which he did.
Now, certainly there would be questions about this farmer -- and the RCMP did interview him extensively, but no details were released. (He was apparently not believed to be responsible for Betty's disappearance.) A newspaper article published about the story had this to say: "Furthermore, when queried by the newspapermen on the scene Monday, he [Rosin] admitted that he had not told all. He did say that when he went on his successful quest for Betty, 'I did not expect to come back alive, or if I did come back I would be all broken up.' "
But wait, there's more!
"A neighboring farmer..., told authorities that the last three days prior to Betty being found, one of his cows had returned from deep in the bush MILKED on each of those days. He stated that this had never happened before but that it was obvious to him that someone had been milking the cow."
Now, don't get all excited -- the parents confirmed that 4-year-old Betty was not able to, nor did she ever learn to, milk a cow.
After Betty returned, she told her parents that she had met a "mother and daughter while she was gone". Presumably she was with them while she was missing, as she said that "on the morning she was found, a man had pointed for her to walk in the direction that would lead to her farm, which she was doing when she was found." Bear in mind that this was an extremely rural area, where the locals all knew each other. A family living in the woods that was unknown to the community must have been unsettling, I would imagine -- let alone a family where one would be concerned about meeting an unpleasant fate if confronting them . . .
As truly bizarre as that is, there are other stories like this in both the Western and the Eastern U.S./Canada Missing 411 books. I really don't know what to make out of any of this, but I can say that I doubt I will be going into the woods any time soon. One thing I WILL be doing is reading David Paulides next book!
Apparently the second of David Paulides four "Missing 411" books, didn't realize I was reading out of order -- however, because I'd already listened t
Apparently the second of David Paulides four "Missing 411" books, didn't realize I was reading out of order -- however, because I'd already listened to many of the author's interviews I didn't have any trouble understanding the ideas and details presented in this book.
Primarily a listing of information in specific missing persons cases, this sort of book could be very dry, but this one isn't. The strangeness of the disappearances Paulides highlights in his works are compelling, even as you see the same scenarios repeated -- part of the weirdness in these cases is how the same bizarre details show up over and over again.
The author -- a former police investigator -- presents the facts of each case, sometimes stopping to raise questions about the various details or in the handling of the search and rescue operation. He doesn't really speculate on exactly WHAT is going on in these disappearances. Obviously, I would love to have him state outright what he thinks is going on, but Paulides leaves room for the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.
When I bought these books, I wondered if the repetition of facts would prove a bit dull, but I'm excited to read the rest of the series -- even if it is all much the same as this book, I find it interesting enough to read more.
Just as a side note, a previous reviewer mentioned how expensive these books are -- not so. They are only expensive if purchased through a well known large online retailer. The author's own site sells them at a reasonable price....more
Not gonna lie -- this book is a brutal read. I had to keep putting it down, and even grabbed another book to alternate with whenever this one got too rough. But I believe it is essential reading.
There is no doubt that sexual assault is under-reported and under-prosecuted. While there are the very rare occasions where someone is falsely accused of rape -- and even more rarely convicted -- the vast majority of victims do not receive justice for the crimes committed against them. As a society we are naturally reluctant to "ruin someone's life" by pursuing a judgement against them, too often forgetting that those victims have had their lives ruined. The punishment inflicted on the perpetrator is a result of his own actions -- those dealing with the aftermath of those actions must be our only concern.
Krakauer explores these topics in depth, interweaving the often heartbreaking accounts of women assaulted by men they knew. (Men can also be victims of sexual assault, although the author focuses on women in this book.) Reading about these women, and how they are often victimized again during the criminal investigation and trial, made me ill.
I can only say that there is a small glimmer of hope that police response and criminal prosecution might be changing for the better in terms of how victims are treated -- although public response to victims is truly horrifying. Not surprising, I suppose, given what we know about how women have been treated historically, but shocking nonetheless, and disheartening.
Throughout the book, I kept wondering what prompted the author to pursue this story -- in the final chapter he does address that issue, and the answers are not surprising, but still very sad....more
The problem is that this is one of those books where nearly anything you say about it could be a spoiler. Wha
Okay. Where to start with this one . . .
The problem is that this is one of those books where nearly anything you say about it could be a spoiler. What's a girl to do? I want to rave about this book and explain in minute detail why you should be reading it RIGHT NOW -- instead of reading this review -- and yet, I so desperately do not want to ruin it for you so I can't say anything!
James Renner -- who, full disclosure, sent me this book -- is kind of scary, in that I'm pretty sure he literally looked into my brain and wrote this book using all that twisted information. And geez, how lucky is that?! So I finally get to read a book that combines all of the kooky nonsense I love, combined with alternative history -- which is my favourite kind of history -- in a big ball of unputdownable craziness. The only thing it needed was some sasquatch -- oh wait, there's that, too.
Seriously. The man is a genius. A frightening, mind reading genius.
And the references -- all the lovely lovely references, so much fun! Some of them are just little throw away nods to other books and writers. Some of them are deeper references that give your brain a little push, a "hey what do you think about this" kind of thing. And some are super gigantic enormous plot spoilery things that might make you a bit emotional. And it's all awesome.
I want to shift gears here just a bit to address the women in the book. There are two main female character -- there are others, but they're not as involved throughout the story -- Sam, the former love interest, and Jean, the sister. Writing it that way makes them seem very peripheral to the story, but they really aren't. What I found very interesting was that the author resisted the temptation to make them saintly. These are flawed characters, but ultimately . . . heroic. (As an aside, you could say the same about all of these characters.) Renner had me worried initially, as he described Sam's hair as "cinnamon" -- and I thought, here we go, another gorgeous woman who is more dream than human, when will you men stop doing that?! And then we find out that Sam has done some not so nice stuff, the biggest one being leaving our man Jack for his best friend -- and that simple fact kept me guessing about where her loyalties really were and whether or not I could trust her. Eventually we're given some more information that helps us see Sam in a different light -- I thought it was all very clever. Jack's sister, Jean, has a similarly troubled past, and battles her demons throughout the story as well. I wasn't really sure that Jean would be there for the group when she needed to be.
The author's book The Man from Primrose Lane: A Novel is one of my favourites -- I've read it multiple times. Pretty sure I'm going to be re-reading this one several times as well, just to catch all of the details I missed the first time around.
Final word -- you need to read this book! Highly recommend!
This book is an odd one, in that it makes it very clear that the protagonist is a despicable person -- he'**spoiler alert**
Wow -- what a page-turner!
This book is an odd one, in that it makes it very clear that the protagonist is a despicable person -- he's not killing "bad guys" or people who "deserve" to be killed, he kidnaps and kills women. He's every woman's nightmare. And yet the author makes him likable -- not just charming in a facile way, but truly likable. So is he a horrible person who sometimes does nice things? Or a nice person who sometimes does horrible things? Even after finishing the book, I'm really not sure! But against my own better judgement, I was still hoping everything would work out for him in the end.
There are some really great, strong female characters here, too -- somewhat surprisingly.
Definitely recommended for fans of twisty stories with a creepy vibe....more
I seem to spend a lot of time in my reviews saying that whatever book I've just finished was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be. May
I seem to spend a lot of time in my reviews saying that whatever book I've just finished was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be. Maybe I'm not reading the descriptions thoroughly? For whatever reason, we will be continuing with that theme, as Delicious Foods was absolutely nothing like what I thought it would be. I thought -- wrongly -- that this would be whimsical! Magical! Not brutal, searing, and heartbreaking! I blame the cover.
This book is . . . Brutal. Searing. Heartbreaking.
Also amazingly well written and compelling, but so gut wrenching that I had to literally force myself to read it, marking out each chapter as a goal to finish. Invariably, I would get caught up in the story and read well past my goal, but every single time I put this book down, I had a hard time picking it up again.
I'm a bit of a Pollyanna. I'm naive. I'm optimistic. This book threw a bucket of freezing, filthy water over all of that. It made me feel . . . hopeless. And sad. And enraged. It made me want to change the entire world and take those in power to task for creating such a miserable, screwed up system where those at the bottom cannot even dream of making their lives any better, where "better" doesn't even begin to look as good as the WORST day I've ever had in my life. And then it made me despair of ever being able to change even the slightest thing.
So where does that leave me? In life, still trying to figure it all out. With this book . . . conflicted. It probably deserves 5 stars, for the beautiful writing and the characters who will stick with me, perhaps for a lifetime. But did I "like" this book? No. And I feel so unfair even saying that. But my tastes run towards whimsical and magical. I read to escape everyday life, not to examine it. To fault the author for that doesn't seem right, somehow -- I'm just not the right reader for this book. Having said that, though, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who -- strike that, I'll just recommend this book to everyone. It really is worth the read, and those who don't mind a sharp dose of reality will probably rate it much higher than I did....more
Extensively researched, but with a few typos and other errors.
The author analyzes the mauling death of Diane Whipple, the events leading up to that ev
Extensively researched, but with a few typos and other errors.
The author analyzes the mauling death of Diane Whipple, the events leading up to that event, the background of the dogs' owners, and the bigger picture elements, including the purchase of the dogs involved in the attack to use for breeding fighting dogs for the neo-nazi Aryan Brotherhood.
This book paints a very clear picture of the elements that go into making a dog unstable and dangerous, including keeping a breeding pair of dogs (unspayed and unneutered), and although they were kept as pets before the attack, both dogs were unsocialized and chained outside for much of their lives prior to that time. None of the caretakers/owners of these dogs disciplined them appropriately, and they were allowed to escalate their aggressive behavior through the years, eventually leading to Ms. Whipple's death.
The only complaint I have with this book is the author's use of the phrases "left-wing liberal" and "bleeding heart liberal" to describe the defendants in this case. Although Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel were public defenders who offered their services pro bono to the disadvantaged, and may have considered themselves to be "liberal", at heart it appears that they were interested only in themselves rather than being of any particular political leaning. To use a disparaging term to describe them as liberal is inappropriate, and it's hard to believe the author herself truly believes in that characterization. I found the comments to be distasteful and unnecessary.
Although I remember hearing about this attack when it happened, I'd never heard anything more about it (my primary interest in reading this book was based in my interest in dogs) -- there is information in this book that seems nearly impossible to believe, and much of it is very hard to stomach. If you are more familiar with this case, perhaps you won't be overly shocked by these details, but please be warned -- some of the allegations are extremely bizarre and disturbing.
I so desperately wanted to like this one -- and there are some parts that hint at what it could**spoiler alert**
Ugh. What horrible wasted potential.
I so desperately wanted to like this one -- and there are some parts that hint at what it could have been. But I just cannot get past all the stupidly unnecessary -- and easily researched! -- factual errors.
Please, men -- and women who haven't had children -- PLEASE, do some research about pregnancy and childbirth. Seriously. I'll bet you actually know people RIGHT NOW who have gone through this. Possibly you have an actual mother you could check with? Possibly not, but surely you know SOMEONE who could let you know that a woman who is three months pregnant with her first pregnancy will absolutely NOT be obviously pregnant to ANYONE, let alone complete strangers who will interrupt your conversation to inquire as to when your baby is due. I mean it -- that is ridiculous.
Likewise, the baby birthing expert of your choice might also inform you that labor and delivery takes HOURS, especially with a first pregnancy. (Please don't leave a comment about how your first baby came in 30 minutes -- you're a freak and nobody likes you.) And I don't care how urgent anything outside the delivery room is -- trust me when I say that the mom-to-be neither notices nor cares, even in a potentially life threatening situation.
Wolves do not claw you when they attack, not like a large cat might. They also do not "bark".
Blech. I'm just sick of the whole damn thing at this point.
This is one of those books that I am EXTREMELY torn about how to rate. On one hand, the author presents some very interesting hypotheses that I had neThis is one of those books that I am EXTREMELY torn about how to rate. On one hand, the author presents some very interesting hypotheses that I had never really considered before -- and I absolutely love when someone can make me look at things in a whole new light. His arguments are very well thought out -- at least initially -- and seem to be exhaustively researched. On the other hand, there are some controversial (and arguably offensive) sections. I'll touch on these just briefly, as I think one would need to read these sections to determine for oneself how offensive they might be. In one section, the author speculates on the possibility of humanity being interbred with some "alien" life form -- although alien wouldn't be accurate in his view, because he theorizes that these creatures possibly pre-date humanity, so "alien" simply as compared with modern humans -- then continues his speculation to include genetic diseases, questioning if these could be construed as proof of this (detrimental) hybridization. Don't get mad at me -- I didn't write the book! There is another brief chapter discussing the origins of a certain religion -- which religion is left for the reader to speculate and/or research on his own. Granted, to a non-believer (of any religion, regardless of which one you choose), the origins of particular belief systems can seem a bit . . . peculiar. I was personally unfamiliar with the story he was referring to -- after researching, I believe he is referencing Islam. The tone of this chapter comes across as very negative, and I was disturbed by it. I think I would have felt the author was being a bit more intellectually honest had he applied his same analysis across the board -- which I can guarantee would have offended most readers. At least then it would have seemed to be less of an attack against one particular faith. The final few chapters become more and more religious in tone (fundamentalist Christian), to an unpleasant degree. If there was any mention in the book description of this viewpoint, I would have probably not picked this one up. The author is certainly entitled to his beliefs, just as I am entitled to my own -- I'm simply not that interested in reading about them. As for more technical considerations -- although beginning strong, there are more typos throughout the second half of the book. My copy says "Third Expanded And Revised Edition" on the cover, leading me to wonder if those are the sections that perhaps were not proofread thoroughly. Another problem with the book is that, although there is a wealth of information, the author does tend to repeat himself -- quite a lot. I'm not sure the repetition adds anything to the discussion -- several chapters read as though they were written without thought to what had already been presented. Again, it's possible these portions were part of the new and/or revised material in this edition. I would have loved to give this one a much higher rating, and based on the sheer audacity of the ideas presented I would have rated it higher. But, ultimately, the flaws for me were too great to ignore -- so I'm settling on "just ok". I will probably look at some of the author's other works to see if the views he explores at the end of this book are present in all of his books -- I'm very curious to see if this is perhaps common knowledge that I somehow overlooked. ...more
In general, I love the Cabal books -- the author can't write fast enough, IMO. So I was very excited last fall to see that there was a new story cominIn general, I love the Cabal books -- the author can't write fast enough, IMO. So I was very excited last fall to see that there was a new story coming out to tide me over till there's another book.
So . . . In terms of having something Cabal, ANY Cabal to read, this fits the bill. My issue with the last book, The Brothers Cabal, was that there wasn't enough Johannes in it. This story is all Johannes, and has a seductive spider devil thrown in -- full disclosure, a spider devil would be one of my worst nightmares.
But . . . I think the problem for me was the villain, a sorcerer hiding within the depths of hell who REALLY doesn't want to be bothered. He's fairly one dimensional, which I could probably deal with, but there was a real emphasis on his being a eunuch. I'm not sure why this bothered me so much -- it just seemed like his character flaws were because of this. Perhaps that wasn't the author's intent, but it just didn't sit well with me.
I also found the devil tedious after a certain point. We get it, she uses sex as a weapon -- ho hum. I would have liked Cabal to team up with a female character who could really hold her own with him in a way that was separate from her sexuality.
Still, a decent read, and I'm still crazy about Cabal. ...more