I’ve read one book by Stephen Zimmer that one being Crown of Vengeance book one in his epic fantasy series. I wanted to try something else by Stephen...moreI’ve read one book by Stephen Zimmer that one being Crown of Vengeance book one in his epic fantasy series. I wanted to try something else by Stephen and having recently released a couple of books featuring short stories I thought it was a good way to see what else Stephen has written. He and I are big Clive Barker fans and as I was in the mood for some horror, his book Hellscapes seemed like the perfect fit.
At about 130 pages and featuring 5 short stories it is an excellent way to enjoy that horror fix. As I started it I was instantly reminded of the famous Books of Blood.
Tale one Blood Dreams awakens something frightful and takes our protagonist on a journey very different from one she is used to. Endless, barren, frightful her journey to realisation is bleak.
The Grove is all about indulgence and how delightfully self righteous some are only to have the table turned and to be consumed by the very deeds you’ve sown.
The Smallest Fish is an unnerving city so similar to what our business tycoon knowns yet in shambles and the rats are out for blood.
Drowning Tears was quite the creepy tale. All about how love can be distorted and so quickly becomes obsession and consumes you.
Lords of War, those with power quake so quick when having to face something out of their control. How quickly they forget the impact they have on the lives of so many. Stephen reminds here that you may not be able to out run what is waiting for you.
These short tales had me hooked and make me hope that Stephen will write more just like it. The antsy creepiness was ever-present and created that welcome mix of read because you must know what happens and omg what kind of messed up world is this. My one issue that I have would be the similar nature of some of these stories the head in the sand I have done no wrong finds out that judgement comes to find you. I still enjoyed myself and I would love to read Hellscapes Vol 2 once released. A job well done and highly recommended for those who enjoy a bit of creepiness in their reading.(less)
**spoiler alert** This read rocks. Yes rocks. It’s my first by the author and talk about hooking me in. I was sure I knew what was happening throughou...more**spoiler alert** This read rocks. Yes rocks. It’s my first by the author and talk about hooking me in. I was sure I knew what was happening throughout only to be totally throw with each turn of the page. I didn’t even realise something right in front of me the whole time till it was pointed out to me after I was finished. The Protagonists name isn’t given at all and I totally didn’t notice. This doesn’t detract from the story, as I mentioned I didn’t even realise until after it was pointed out and it just added to the mystery. I love the attachment created to the main character and her friend for that matter. I loved that I was sucked in and how odd things were the never knowing what was real and what wasn’t. I appreciate when a short story is able to capture me so much in such a short time. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy mysteries and a good short story.(less)
Ahh authors and your making me fall in love with figments of your imagination. Hank Palace is such a wonderful character I may have fallen head over h...moreAhh authors and your making me fall in love with figments of your imagination. Hank Palace is such a wonderful character I may have fallen head over heals for him. Hank is good, he is a man who does good when it is so easy to not do good. I was eager for Countdown City the sequel to The Last Policeman and am just as desperate for the final book in the series. I say that but I know that once this series is over I will be sad at the loss. These feeling that Ben H. Winters has created within me are what I admire. That work that he put in created a deep attachment for someone who doesn't exist. I care what happens to Hank. He continues being well Hank in Countdown City. When an old friend approaches to ask for his help he says yes. He helps. People are giving up, a big giant astroid is coming and will soon kill off 99.99% of the population then hunger or cold will kill off the rest. Dead - everyone, but Hank he's a cop and he can't stop taking care of those around him. This new puzzle he has to solve has him assisted by people he does not want to turn to anarchists are not his friends, his dog I worried about Houdini and those kids and that plastic sword. Read the book is all I can say. Read the series and fall in love with these characters, come to care about Hank so much that you realise that Ben has sucked you in for good. Well written, great characters and an amazing story. Read it otherwise you are missing out. Book three I must have you!(less)
I wrote quite the gushy review of book one in the Lunar Chronicles series Cinder. An excellent start to a series, it was a sci-fi, YA read with a fair...moreI wrote quite the gushy review of book one in the Lunar Chronicles series Cinder. An excellent start to a series, it was a sci-fi, YA read with a fairy tale spin. Cinderella like it was but also weaving quite the futuristic tale with excellent characters.
I was looking forward to Scarlet, what kind of sequel was I in for I wondered. A good one, this however was more Little Red Riding Hood focused. While enjoyable it was no Cinder a hard one to top for sure.
Scarlet has rather slow pacing and being a rather long book it was some time before anything happened. At first I kept wondering who this Scarlet was, where is my Cinder I want to know about her. The perceptive would switch between between the two and in time Scarlet came to grow on me. Her love for her grandmother who had gone missing and then love interest Wolf coming into the picture but again with the pacing I did not blaze through this one.
Cinder was busy escaping from prison and had a new sidekick, Scarlet was trying to figure out where her grand-mere had disappeared to and this happened over about 400 pages. The last 50 or so was finally when the two met up and we got to know exactly how it is that Scarlet was relevant to Cinder's story.
I enjoyed this one and naturally want to know how book 3 will turn out. Due to the pacing of this one though I shall wait for book 4 which I believe will be the last in the series and then reread the first two followed by book 3 and 4 as the long gaps between sequels makes for the occasional confusing moment.
Marissa Meyer has created an excellent series and I am hooked on the story. Book two is not as good as book one but I shall see the series through because Cinder is a character who's story I must know. (less)
I haven’t read any bizarro in a while so when Danger offered I wasn’t going to pass the offer up to review. What a nice sweet trio of freakish braingi...moreI haven’t read any bizarro in a while so when Danger offered I wasn’t going to pass the offer up to review. What a nice sweet trio of freakish braingina juice smeared onto a page I’ve read in some time. I haven’t gone down bizarro road in about a year so when I started reading the first of three stories I just sat there shaking my head omg did he really write that, it’s so wrong I thought while giggling to myself in manic glee.
Book one about a high school teacher who’s invention goes um screwy and well white castle goes stone age or fantastically freaky or straight up crazy. Whatever your view it will make you scratch your head and chortle along to the freaky fun.
Book two about a guy who “sleepwalks” and doesn’t recall a thing he does while sleepwalking is just wow. In this awesome world he ends up worshipped, is Will Smiths love interest, steals world famous art works, becomes a terrorist and dismembers family. Seriously entertaining but to not give more spoilers than I have well you’ve just gotta read it.
Last but not least is a book that just made me go omg you just had sex with your own finger dude yes you are alone in space and you reanimated it into a life size being of sorts but still wtf and then it became touching in a weird bizarro way. I suspect Danger is one of those mushy touchy feely guys. Plus he uses big words in it so yeah go Danger. It’s really quite well done with a world that is getting to the point of not being habitable so you test tube genius baby that we raised to go into space to save us all well good luck out there alone for ages till you find the promised land.
Great job done by Danger on these stories and sucking me in to his mad, mad world. I enjoyed myself immensly and look forward to more Danger by Danger. (less)