I like Joe Hill and all of his books/stories so far. With a premise that, on the front, sounds weak (a man wakes up with horns - now people tell him tI like Joe Hill and all of his books/stories so far. With a premise that, on the front, sounds weak (a man wakes up with horns - now people tell him their darkest secrets), he manages to write an interesting, fast-paced novel on Satan, God, and human nature. Along the way, he does give us a horned person who is slowly turning into the Devil, complete with all the fire-based powers and abilities one would assume the Devil possesses.
Not as good as Heart-Shaped Box or 20th Century Ghosts, the sophomore slump for Hill's second novel isn't that big of a drop-off from Heart-Shaped box and I'll look forward to his next work....more
Wow! An amazing book! Keeps the vampire mythos cemented by Bram Stoker and expands on it, bringing it into the present. Some surprises and plenty of cWow! An amazing book! Keeps the vampire mythos cemented by Bram Stoker and expands on it, bringing it into the present. Some surprises and plenty of creepy mood to keep you feeling freaked out if you're reading this at night. The best compliment I can give it is this: The best vampire book I've read since Stoker's Dracula. That includes all of Rice's Lestat novels AND Stephen King's Salem's Lot. Not an easy feat......more
Oops. Let me rephrase that. What if...Walmart was run by a demon.
The Store comes to bumblefuck, AZ and puts all thBasically, what if Walmart was evil.
Oops. Let me rephrase that. What if...Walmart was run by a demon.
The Store comes to bumblefuck, AZ and puts all the local businesses out of business by offering more goods at lower prices (just like Walmart!). It destroys the town by lowering everyone's income and then offering them cheap goods as the only things they can afford (just like Walmart!). Then it kills people who revolt and steals their souls (well, one can argue that Walmart DOES suck your soul dry).
Only in "The Store", The Store itself is evil. It's built with blood and staffed with supernatural beings called the Night Managers. People who try to fight the Store end up dead, missing, or unwillingly become soulless members of the Night Manager crew.
It's an okay book. Like a modern day "Needful Things" or "Something Wicked This Way Comes" using a stand-in for Walmart as the purveyor of tainted/haunted goods that drive people to be evil. The problem I have with it, is 425 pages paint the hero into a corner against the unbeatable entity of The Store and its CEO Newman King. Then, in the last 5 pages, the hero finds a loophole to beat The Store and King. The only problem is this "loophole" is TOTALLY UNFATHOMABLE based on events that preceded the deus ex machina. If you're gonna create "rules" for your world, STICK TO THEM. Do not change them at the last minute to provide an out.
I got this from a list of 5 Recommended Books From Stephen King. I think he recommended it because he finally found someone who is worse at ending horror novels than he is....more
Okay, more like a 3.5 star book, but you still can't give .5 star reviews yet. Started off with a short story that I liked, and then went downhill froOkay, more like a 3.5 star book, but you still can't give .5 star reviews yet. Started off with a short story that I liked, and then went downhill from there for 2 or 3 stories. I was seriously starting to have my doubts about Mr. King and his prowess for writing the short story. It seemed like Joe Hill had sucked up all the good short story writing ability for 20th Century Ghosts. But it got a LOT better. My breakdown:
Willa: Good. Nice, new take on subject matter that's been done before. The Gingerbread Girl: Ugh. Think Dean Koontz's "Intensity" compressed into 50 pages or so. Harvey's Dream: I think Outer Limits or some show did a half hour ep on this (or a similar) pretense that King himself had written. Felt tired and old. Rest Stop: Think King's "The Dark Half" but with George Stark as a good guy and only 20 pages long. Stationary Bike: This is where the book starts to skyrocket, although I had read "Bike" in another collection (not SK collection though) when it was first published. The Things They Left Behind: Wow. Excellent. One of my favs. And dealing with such an emotional subject too. Graduation Afternoon: Better than I would have imagined if you told be the subject matter prior to reading. N.: WOW. Best of the bunch. His notes at the end of the book didn't mention this at all, but I TOTALLY pictured a Lovecraftian monster with the helmet-head. The Cat From Hell: Another good one. Now I know why I'm a dog person. The New York Times At Special Bargain Rates: Idea of the "phone call" mixed with the "Harvey's Dream" premonition is what that Outer Limits was like. This didn't feel stale though. Mute: Very, very creepy. Good, even though I figured something weird would happen at the end. Ayana: Didn't see the extended unnatural parts coming in advance. Liked it. A Very Tight Place: Ok. Would have been better if he was a witch....more
**spoiler alert** Wow. This book SUCKED. Totally NOT AT ALL about vampires, which I thought it would be about. Also, after 450+ pages of plot twists,**spoiler alert** Wow. This book SUCKED. Totally NOT AT ALL about vampires, which I thought it would be about. Also, after 450+ pages of plot twists, what's-going-ons, and double- & triple-crosses we find out that the most powerful "Other" in all of Russia did everything because he loves some chick who is trapped in an owl's body. THIS ISN'T FUCKING TWILIGHT!
Not finished yet, but if anyone sees me reading this and decides to give it a shot, I would like to say to you: PLEASE, give it until page 200 or so.Not finished yet, but if anyone sees me reading this and decides to give it a shot, I would like to say to you: PLEASE, give it until page 200 or so. PLEASE. The book starts off slooooow. If it started off any slower, I would have burned my copy, rather than merely throwing it across the room in disgust. But! But, once Marty Strauss is settled in at Whitehead's place, the story picks up and gets GOOD! And I mean good in a scary, somewhat-gory way. So please! Keep reading!
Finally finished. Good story. Creepy. Gory. Evil. Don't know if it's one of the best horror stories of all-time (I got this book from a list of top 50 or 100 best horror novels) but I did enjoy. Like I said...Don't give up on it!...more
A fine, well-crafted scary novel. Not as good as Fahrenheit 451, but definitely solidifies Ray Bradbury as an excellent author in my opinion.
TerrifyinA fine, well-crafted scary novel. Not as good as Fahrenheit 451, but definitely solidifies Ray Bradbury as an excellent author in my opinion.
Terrifying and dripping with atmosphere, Something Wicked is one of the better horror novels I've read. And, as Ray says in his afterword, you can picture each scene playing out as he describes it. I have to go back and watch the movie now....more
I gave it a bland overall rating because the book was, overall, a letdown. I got the idea to read it on a horror novel kick that led me to Horror WritI gave it a bland overall rating because the book was, overall, a letdown. I got the idea to read it on a horror novel kick that led me to Horror Writers Association's Horror Reading List. Brite's Lost Souls was on said list, and one of the newer titles to make the grade (quite a few books on the list are old and out of print). So I picked it up.
The cover looks quite scary and vampires, when done right, can make for terrifying reading. So I had high hopes for a good, scary horror novel. But for 300 of 355 pages, it was nothing more than your typical, growing-up, coming-of-age novel. Only this time, the boy becoming a man was a vampire boy. A vampire boy who doesn't know he's a vampire, who flees his adoptive parents and goes on a trek to find himself, his family, and his past. Boring.
Until the last 50 pages, when events culminate with all the major characters arriving in New Orleans and vampires do their vampire thing. Then there's danger and drama and stuff happening that is GOOD. But by that point, it's too little too late....more