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)
I was glad for the opportunity to review this book. Its not my normal read so I was unsure but really got into the story once I started. The character...moreI was glad for the opportunity to review this book. Its not my normal read so I was unsure but really got into the story once I started. The characters are well written as is the difficult situation that Alloran finds himself in. On the run, betrayed by his best friend out of spite and jealousy and with dead bodies piling up he has to face his situation instead of continuing to hide from it.
The relationship between Alloran and Gisayne felt right and Ciara sure made us hate Ladanyon. The demons described were great and I kept picturing the confrontation at the end in my head. Wonderful visuals created. This is a good story, entertaining and well paced. The characters are well written and the story of jealousy, betrayal, demons and magic is highly fascinating. I enjoyed it and recommend checking out this high fantasy tale.
The bonus story at the end was quite the interesting bonus which I also enjoyed. Less fleshed out for obvious reasons a short story not a novella but more magic gone awry and jealousy. A great little extra.(less)
This is my favourite tale by Steven to date. Sword and Sorcery is not a genre I would have gone for had it not been offered for review, I’ve discovere...moreThis is my favourite tale by Steven to date. Sword and Sorcery is not a genre I would have gone for had it not been offered for review, I’ve discovered a fine character because I took a chance which is why I encourage readers to branch out. While Sword and Sorcery are not my main genre of choice this however peaked and held my interest beginning to end. Gorias is a fascinating protagonist and Steven clearly loves this man he has created.
The stories Gorias recounts are from his birth with much emphasis on Gorias’ father and many throughout Gorias’ teens which I enjoyed a great deal. Gorias was quite headstrong from an early age. Barbarian gentleman if that is possible who has James Bond like irresistibility to the ladies.
The tales are tall as are the giants and monsters lurking in Gorias adventures. With severed limbs a plenty, evisceration galore and a great deal of heroics this one is the Gorias tale I will refer people to because it allows one to get to know Gorias the man, the legend, the noble barbarian.
I highly recommend checking this one out. Its a short read and allows a reader to try out Sword and Sorcery, get to know Gorias and for those Gorias/Steven Shrewsbury fans its a must read.(less)
I’ve read some great books recently but this one seriously stands out. Its a smart, entertaining read that delivers. Its my first book by David Wellin...moreI’ve read some great books recently but this one seriously stands out. Its a smart, entertaining read that delivers. Its my first book by David Wellington and while I’ve wanted to read his others the TBR mountains has somehow prevented me from doing so. I ignored it this time and am delighted I did because I’ve discovered an author who’s other books I will make sure now I do get to.
The blurb interested me and Harper Collins was so generous I couldn’t say no. Chimera starts out with an event at a military facility and everything has gone to shit. Mega. Fence down, perimeter compromised and the detainees free.
Who are the detainees? I’m not telling because that would give all the fun away, suffice it to say oh so interesting and scary because you know someone is attempting something like it.
Jim Chapel is a war veteran, an amputee and now an office grunt who is called in to go on a mission to recover the detainees.
It’s a great story that had me hooked. The characters were well written, relatable and you stood behind the protagonist Jim Chapel the whole way cheering him on and saying to yourself wow how did he do that. The baddies and they are there, Laughing Boy who I hated the most and wanted to gut like a fish you hated just as the author wanted you to.
Your feelings for characters changes along the way so the reader is well played by David, those you think are baddies you come to sympathies with. You have a well written and interesting story. Great characters that keep your interest and emotions tied to. I read and enjoyed and read some more.
If I had to find a gripe it would be to say that in some way it was a little formulaic, having said that its one that works and works well.
Finding an author who’s work you enjoy, a character you want to read more about and a story that entertained you and had you in its grips well that to me is a great read. I’d recommend this one to thriller fans, it also has some sci fi and military elements that work very well for those who enjoy that in their reading. Chimera check it out its one hell of a good read. (less)
When I read Chevy Steven's first book Still Missing I was instantly a fan. That book would ensure that I would be on the look out for any book Chevy w...moreWhen I read Chevy Steven's first book Still Missing I was instantly a fan. That book would ensure that I would be on the look out for any book Chevy wrote in the future. I have read her two other books Never Knowing and the most recent one Always Watching.
Still Missing and Never Knowing are book that revolve around the protagonist relaying her story to her psychiatrist. The shrink is never named but is clearly an important part of the story. In Always Watching things change, the psychiatrist is the central character the one who's story we get to enjoy.
Nadine is a complex character with her own difficulties in life. She now works at a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit instead of her own private practice, here she meets a young woman who has attempted suicide where the woman has recently been opens up memories of the past for Nadine.
The first book by Chevy I loved. It was easy to read and I know I use that a lot but what I mean is you start reading and next thing you know 50 pages have flown by. Some books you just read and reread a page or passage to get it to register not Still Missing I devoured it. I loved the protagonist, the story I just loved that book period.
I liked Never Knowing and Always Watching, I didn't love them though. Maybe its that magic is hard to replicate but they didn't feel the same. Good yes but not great. The protagonists were much harder to like. I thought they were okay, in Always Watching Nadine a shrink sure said the wrong thing a lot of the time when it came to her daughter. This made it frustrating at times however mothers tend to try too hard and push too much with their children its the nature of things but it and other moment those were not the only ones would make me put the book down often.
I didn't sit there wanting to turn the page and turn the page. I did pick it up and continue on but stopped and putting it off often. I highly recommend Still Missing it is a great book and if you read it then you'll want to check out the second and third book by Chevy, if you'll like them as much is the question. (less)