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Eighth Grade Bites #1: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
The problems I have with this book are the same problems I had with I Am Number Four : the characters are fairly idiotic and the story is riddled with...more
May 18, 2011
May 16, 2011
Titus Andronicus
I can't decide if Titus Andronicus reads better as a grimly humorous tragedy or a sick, sick comedy. The violence is overblown and grotesque, but is s...more
Nov 22, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
Rare is the book that still has the power to move after years of being parodied, copied, and filmed. Carrie is compulsively readable and, in today's s...more
Oct 28, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
Flesh and Bone (Benny Imura, #3)
An excellent, exciting entry into what has become one of my favorite series. Maberry once again dazzles with inventive zombie mayhem and genuine human...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
The Time Machine
I have always known The Time Machine to be a genre-sparking science fiction novel, but I did not expect it to also be a chilling horror story or a pro...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire
This may be the most frightening depiction of vampires I have ever read. Brutal, bloody, and extravagantly violent, Baltimore is a top-notch story of...more
May 06, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
I really don't enjoy this book, but I respect it. As a genre-starter, as a philosophical dissertation, as a creepy classic, I respect it. But it's jus...more
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
What a weird little book. The story has occasional bursts of brilliance, but most of it is repetitive and clunky. The whole book is narrative-heavy, w...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Dust and Decay (Benny Imura, #2)
A great successor to Rot & Ruin . Maberry's teenagers are not always believable, but his action sequences are top-notch and his manipulation of zo...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
Maniac Killer Strikes Again!
Maniac Killer Strikes Again! is overflowing with foolish detectives and clever criminals, insane scientists and floozy chanteuses, birdmen and cat-peo...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
Zom-B (Zom-B, #1)
Sick, twisted, disturbed, grotesque, and completely original. It takes several chapters before the mayhem starts (several chapters of existential angs...more
Oct 21, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Alice in Zombieland
How this dreck survived an editor's desk is beyond me. Instead of writing an all-out adaptation, Cook just inserted the words "zombie" and "dead" will...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
I was mainly interested in this one for the details of "historic outbreaks", and was disappointed to find that section to be less than half of the ent...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
How to Survive a Horror Movie
Clever but slightly repetitive, there is more gristle than meat on this corpse. Grahame-Smith explores the horror movie tropes we all know and love wi...more
May 08, 2011
May 07, 2011
Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story
I was ready to dismiss this book as a cliched hack job, but its gravitas and depth snuck up on me! More than halfway through, I suddenly and unexpecte...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
Zombie Tales Vol 3: Good Eatin'
A fun, disgusting, twisted, laugh-out-loud funny collection of stories with something for everyone. For pathos and unexpected endings, read "Lucky Dog...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
Fire & Ash (Benny Imura, #4)
A wonderful conclusion to the series, with as many heartbreaks and teary eyes as explosions and bloody limbs. The book dragged at first, but around th...more
Oct 02, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth
Hmmmm... grotesque and gruesome, but full of mythological allusions and intriguing character reinterpretations. I'm sure it's very rewarding to reread...more
May 24, 2012
May 24, 2012
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
So King takes an idea for a short story, swells it to novel length, and adds in some quasi-spiritual mumbo-jumbo and we're supposed to be impressed?
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 14, 2011
The Long Walk
I want to love this book, but it is just too full of profanity for me to recommend it. And that's all I have to say.
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
Okay, this book rocked. I don't know what I liked best: the sarcastic-yet-vulnerable heroine, the funny-hardcore love interest, or the ridiculously ov...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
The Radleys
By turns stupid, weird, clever, stupid, fascinating, and stupid, The Radleys is long on ideas and short on substance. The major theme of the book app...more
Dec 02, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)
Fresh, exciting, inventive, funny, and really really good. This book adds some much-needed nuance to the zombie genre. The last third of the book gets...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Dec 08, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
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