This early excerpt from the novel tells you the general story:
"Time is running out, and we need to work fast." "Work fast at what?" "We have to kill theThis early excerpt from the novel tells you the general story:
"Time is running out, and we need to work fast." "Work fast at what?" "We have to kill the university." Gifford's blue eyes stared unflinchingly into his own. "Before it kills us."
Bentley Little presents a tale of a University (actually several universities) which turn evil and then turn the students evil (or is it vice versa?). If you like horror fantasy, you'll probably like this book. ...more
The first part deals with Bob's first real, and heavily mundane, job. He gradually fades from view, as mProbably my favorite Bentley Little book yet.
The first part deals with Bob's first real, and heavily mundane, job. He gradually fades from view, as more and more people fail to notice him when he's around. Except for his boss, who is constantly ragging on him.
In the second part of the story, Bob finds out that there are other "Ignored" people, and joins up with them, wreaking havoc on society. This part suffers, though, from a lack of character motivation: specifically, what is the character Philipe doing when he runs off, and why?
In the final part, Bob finds a whole city of the Ignored. And Bob finally feels like he has a home. At least for a while. At this point, the book (much like what happens in Dispatch) takes a dive into dark fantasy, a la H. P. Lovecraft or Clive Barker. (So if you're a fan of that kind of horror, then you'll probably enjoy the ending.)...more
I've always thought the Hellraiser mythos was interesting. So an anthology of tales from that universe sounded promising. And I have to say, the editoI've always thought the Hellraiser mythos was interesting. So an anthology of tales from that universe sounded promising. And I have to say, the editors/authors really delivered. Unlike the movies which focused too much on the puzzle box (which makes an appearance in a few of these stories) and Pinhead (who makes NO appearance here--unless you count the afterword by Doug Bradley), these stories focus on the elements of human nature which lead people to seek out the Cenobites and their world. ...more
**spoiler alert** Star Wars + Zombies!! What could go wrong?
Okay, the book was enjoyable. Not as enjoyable as I was hoping, but after some analysis, I**spoiler alert** Star Wars + Zombies!! What could go wrong?
Okay, the book was enjoyable. Not as enjoyable as I was hoping, but after some analysis, I realized there probably wasn't much more the author could do.
After reading a few chapters I started to wonder if this really was a Star Wars book. Sure the Empire is mentioned and there are Wookies on the prison barge, but for this to really be a Star Wars book, you're going to need to throw in a familiar character like Obi-Wan or Han, or add in a character that has the ability to use the Force. Personally, I would have loved to see zombies battling with a Jedi or Sith.
Schreiber went with the first option. And what better way to create Zombies than to make it the result of evil experiments? Which means you probably have to place it somewhere during the reign of the Empire and thus ruling out any Jedi. Oh well.
A post-apocalyptic tale of a guy who wonders around aimlessly. With no purpose. I don't remember much about the tale since it was remarkably forgettabA post-apocalyptic tale of a guy who wonders around aimlessly. With no purpose. I don't remember much about the tale since it was remarkably forgettable. ...more
CHRISTopher Moore addresses some of the religious issues/questions about the life of Jesus (or Joshua, if you prefer the less Greek translation; or YeCHRISTopher Moore addresses some of the religious issues/questions about the life of Jesus (or Joshua, if you prefer the less Greek translation; or Yeshua if you insist on getting all Hebrew): What happened to Joshua between the ages of 12 and 33? Did Joshua have any close friends? What if Joshua knew kung fu?
And as risky as it is, retelling the life of Christ in a comedic setting, it works. It works well. It's hilarious, but it's also some downright interesting bit of philosophy. Kudos to Moore in writing a humorous story and on doing some actual research to try to make the background accurate.
And now, some highlights.
Don't let anyone tell you that the Prince of Peace never struck anyone. In those early days, before he had become who he would be, Joshua smote me in the nose more than once.
I began improvising what I thought was a good funeral song. "La-la-la. Oh, we are really, really sad that your mom is dead. Too bad you're a Sadducee and don't believe in an afterlife and your mom is just going to be worm food, la-la. Makes you think that you might want to reconsider, huh? Fa-la-la-la-la-la-wacka-wacka." (It sounded great in Aramaic. Really. [...:] "Fa-la-la-la, don't feel bad--she was old and had no teeth left, la-la-la."
How could you, at thirteen, know anything? I'm eighty-four and I don't know shit.
"I think Lao-tzu is correct. Kindness precedes justice. As long as you seek justice by punishment you can only cause more suffering. How can that be right? This is a revelation!" "I learned how to boil down goat urine to make explosives today," I said. "That's good too," said Joshua.
It's very difficult to stay angry when a room full of bald guys in orange robes start giggling. Buddhism.
"It's a yeti," said Gaspar from behind me, obciously having been roused from his trance. "An abominable snowman." "This is what happens when you fuck a sheep!?" I exclaimed. "Not an abomination," Josh said, "abominable."
The Kama Sutra sayeth: When a woman winds her small toes into the armpit hair of a man, and the man hops upon one foot, while supporting the woman on his lingam and a butter churn, then the achieved position is called "Rhinoceros Balancing a Jelly Donut."
"Blessed are the meek, for to them we shall say, 'attaboy.'"
Meanwhile the chief priest droned on: "A man dies and leaves no sons, but his wife marries his brother, who has three sons by his first wife...[and on:] The three of them leave Jericho and head south, going three point three furlongs per hour, but they are leading two donkeys, which can carry two...[and on:] So the Sabbath ends, and they are able to resume, adding on the thousand steps allowed under the law...and the wind is blowing southwest at two furlongs per hour...[and on:] How much water will be required for the journey? Give your answer in firkins." "Five," Joshua said, as soon as they stopped speaking. And all were amazed. The crowd roared. A woman shouted, "Surely he is the Messiah." "The Son of God has come," said another. "You guys aren't helping," I shouted back at them. "You didn't show your work, you didn't show your work," chanted the youngest of the priests. ...more
**spoiler alert** Torn between liked it and really liked it. It wasn't quite what I expected. I expected the main(ish) character Neal to do more of th**spoiler alert** Torn between liked it and really liked it. It wasn't quite what I expected. I expected the main(ish) character Neal to do more of the body-riding, but after his experience with Elise he becomes this incredibly passive character. All of a sudden, the waitress Sue is the main character and doing all of the riding. Having said that, the ending was quite clever. So I'll go with "really like."...more
Christopher Moore's take on King Lear, from the point of view of the fool, who now has a name: Pocket. Is it funny? Of course it's funny--it's ChristoChristopher Moore's take on King Lear, from the point of view of the fool, who now has a name: Pocket. Is it funny? Of course it's funny--it's Christopher Moore. Hell, even the footnotes are funny! ...more