This book, holy sh@t this fantastic-all-around book, what a phantasmagorical trip it takes readers on. Along with great characterization of less-than-This book, holy sh@t this fantastic-all-around book, what a phantasmagorical trip it takes readers on. Along with great characterization of less-than-perfect individuals, more like wholly dysfunctional (vast understatement to boot), who will most certainly tug at your heart strings. And while this behemoth clocks in around 700 pages, I can honestly say that not once did boredom grab ahold of me, not once did the story lag, not once did my capricious attention wander. The story was that delicious!
Calling all contemporary fantasy fans, those looking for a unique yarn, and everyone else, this novel is a must read! ...more
Not sure what to say other than Psycho is a must read for Hitchcock fans and for horror fans alike and for those looking for a quick horrorific read.Not sure what to say other than Psycho is a must read for Hitchcock fans and for horror fans alike and for those looking for a quick horrorific read. While Psycho's not jam-packed with chills and thrills galore, it's definitely creepy. That, and the story did absolutely nothing to assuage the fear I have of L-shaped one-story motels situated in the boondocks. My car would be a more viable option. Just saying.
I'll end with this- A newfound appreciation for Alfred Hitchcock has bloomed within me. The man was a creative genius. I'm left with a need to read more of the books that inspired him. ...more
Little known fact about yours truly: the Exorcist movie was a childhood favorite of mine. Let's just say my mom was very lax on telly viewings. My chiLittle known fact about yours truly: the Exorcist movie was a childhood favorite of mine. Let's just say my mom was very lax on telly viewings. My childhood best friend and I would watch it and even laugh during certain parts. (Not your average kids, I'm aware.)
With that confession out of the way, it should come as no surprise that I'm a horror buff (slasher films exempt. Can't stand gore). I don't frighten easily. While the movie version of The Exorcist failed to send a chill dancing along my spine (except for the Ouija board part in the beginning with the creeptastic Captain Howdy making his introduction), the book certainly did just that. This novel is fantastically creepy and totally scratched my wanting-to-be-horrified itch. If you're a fan of the movie; or a horror buff; craving an unputdownable, page turner; or just want a good scare, I'd totally recommend that you read this novel. You won't regret it. ...more
Angel, Spike, Eric Northman, Damon Salvatore, Michael (The Lost Boys), Louis de Pointe du Lac (played by Brad Pitt). What do all these men have in comAngel, Spike, Eric Northman, Damon Salvatore, Michael (The Lost Boys), Louis de Pointe du Lac (played by Brad Pitt). What do all these men have in common? They are all lustworthy, over-the-top sexy vampires. That’s what I love - sexy-as-hell, smoldering, make-me-weak-in-the-knees, dangerous, I-could-rip-your-throat-out-at-any-moment-but-let's-make-sweet-sweet-love-instead vampires. And then we have the vampires more like the übervamps from BTVS. They kind of vamps that are hella nasty, have been beat with the ugly stick, and basically evoke a sitting-in-a-corner-sucking-your-thumb-whilst-rocking-to-and-fro type reaction at their mere presence. My friends, The Strain trilogy is comprised of the latter. Add in tentacles that shoot out of the vamps' mouths and there you have it.
In the past, I have shied away from these types of monsters. Not really even enjoying movies featuring them. Why? Well, I think I’ve gone over that. And also, I've been obsessed with the smoldering kind of vampires since the age of five. The lusting came later, but still. My favorite vampires were always human looking. With all that said, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Strain books, homely vampires aside. I particularly enjoyed The Fall, more so than The Strain, because nonvirus vampires fight alongside humans to rid the world of the un-pure vampires. The ones who’ve fallen prey to a virus. Not true vampires. It was this aspect that made for an even more action-y read.
Speaking of action, it starts from the beginning and doesn’t let up. Kelly is hellbent on turning her son Zack. Eph is hellbent on protecting his son from Kelly. Setrakian’s history is revealed. I must say, I enjoyed the flashbacks. Learning more about this man of mystery. Readers are introduced to a book that uncovers the history of The Ancients (true vampires). All factions are seeking out this tome. Add in a few more interesting characters and there you have it.
To sum up, The Fall was unputdownable from the start. ...more
First of all, I love me some vampires. I love the sultry bedroom eyes, lustful, sex-crazed vampires. The Angels and the Spikes (with or without a soulFirst of all, I love me some vampires. I love the sultry bedroom eyes, lustful, sex-crazed vampires. The Angels and the Spikes (with or without a soul). And this should go without saying, but I prefer my vamps not to be Bedazzled. I'm crazy like that. So the fact that I was thoroughly enthralled with The Strain struck me as a bit odd. The vampires within this novel are not what I described above. Nope. A big fat negative with the sultriness and the lust. Not in the least. You get the hint. The vamps within this novel are all grrr, hella scary. I'm talking the "can't wait to rip out your throat" type vamps. However, I couldn't put this book down. It was fast-paced and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. So much so that I can't wait to read The Fall. And I must say, it doesn't help that I'm already enthralled with Guillermo del Toro. This man is amazingly creative. Pan's Labyrinth, need I say more? ...more
I read this in high school and instantly became a fan of Poe. I cannot describe in words what it was about this story that mesmerized me. But it definI read this in high school and instantly became a fan of Poe. I cannot describe in words what it was about this story that mesmerized me. But it definitely impacted me. I remember it to this day. ...more