I picked this book as a Halloween read, thinking it would be a guilty-pleasure read. But it was a little more than that. A good horror story with someI picked this book as a Halloween read, thinking it would be a guilty-pleasure read. But it was a little more than that. A good horror story with some decent sci-fi elements. ...more
Okay, so Dexter keeps changing; in the name of "character development" I suppose. But it just never feels right. (Either in Lindsay's series or the ShOkay, so Dexter keeps changing; in the name of "character development" I suppose. But it just never feels right. (Either in Lindsay's series or the Showtime series.) In this book, it's a 50-50 split:
On the good side, we see Dexter pondering leaving his family to go off and be happy. (Okay, I mean good in the "This sounds like what I would expect of an empathy-lacking serial killer with a moral code" sense.)
But on the bad side, why is Dexter getting a crush on a movie star? Or anyone, for that matter. Come on, Dex, you're smarter than this!
Although, in this book, he's not that smart. He totally mis-guesses what's going on in Robert's secret life. He's always behind the curve on figuting things out. This is really not the same Dexter that we saw in the first book....more
This was a fun read. It's set up as a science fiction novel, but it's really a mystery.
The backdrop involves a disease that "traps" people in their bThis was a fun read. It's set up as a science fiction novel, but it's really a mystery.
The backdrop involves a disease that "traps" people in their bodies; their minds work fine, but the body is paralyzed. Up steps technology, and behold: mechanical bodies for the locked in, allowing them to go about their daily lives in some approximation to normality. How does this affect society? Good question, but Scalzi doesn't want to write about that. (Well, he does a little, giving some of the history of the disease and the government's reaction.)
The real story is about corporate shenanigans. The government is going to stop providing finding and assistance to the locked in. And that sets off a chain of murder and suspicious goings-on, all of which is told through the first-person account of the locked in Chris Shane.
If you like mysteries set in a sci-fi environment, then you have to read this. ...more
Before beginning, two disclosures. First, I received this audiobook through Goodreads First Reads. Second, I was so excited to see that there was a giBefore beginning, two disclosures. First, I received this audiobook through Goodreads First Reads. Second, I was so excited to see that there was a giveaway of Scarlet Gospels that I entered before realizing that it was an audiobook instead of an electronic or dead tree book. But that’s okay. I haven’t listened to an audio book since graduate school, and now I remember why I enjoyed it. And since I tend to spend more time driving now, it’s a perfect way to make it through a book.
The Scarlet Gospels are the revelations of the Hell Priest—the tale of his conquest of … something. I don’t know that we ever get to glimpse his final goal.
The story begins with the Hell Priest (which I’ll call HP because it’s shorter and because he doesn’t like “Pinhead”) collecting the secrets and sources of magic, and killing the practicing magicians. This doesn’t sit well with the Cenobites, and HP is excommunicated. To which he responds by destroying the Cenobitic monastery and all of its practitioners.
When HP first runs across Harry D’Amour, he tries to have him killed. But since Harry survives, HP draws him into Hell to bear witness to his plan. In Hell, HP uses his knowledge of magic to eliminate many of Hell’s warriors. With them out of the way, he can go to the Wastelands, where Satan is located. Or, as we find out, Satan’s corpse. Satan committed suicide long ago, finding it too painful to live outside the presence of God.
HP removes the armor from Satan’s corpse, deciding to wear it himself, which has the effect of resurrecting the Devil. And this sets HP against the Devil in a clash for the ages. HP, in a fit of fury, kills Harry’s friend Norma, and blinds Harry. And Satan, now revived, slays HP and sets in motion the destruction of Hell.
In a nut shell, this is the Scarlet Gospel: the Hell Priest’s death which gives rise to Satan’s resurrection and return to Earth.
This book was read by John Lee, who has a lot of experience with audiobooks. His deep British voice is a good fit for a story like this. (Although it is a bit distracting when he has to do a voice like a female southern accent.) ...more