"At Least Most of the Way, This Is One Hell of an Awesome Read."
I need to re-read it before I consider the following to be my final opinion, but, when"At Least Most of the Way, This Is One Hell of an Awesome Read."
I need to re-read it before I consider the following to be my final opinion, but, when I read it the first time, I thought it was a wild, extremely creepy and hugely atmospheric novel...with a sudden, weird, and just plain silly punchline.
The final reveal was treated as such within the story by the characters, but there's just something a little too silly about...well, once I finally read about what the actual behind-the-scenes schtick was, I flinched and shook my head and said aloud, "Are you kidding? Oh come ON..." It wasn't exactly a Scooby Doo ending (no it's-Mister-Hollis-from-down-the-street-and-he-would've-gotten-away-with-it-too-if-it-hadn't-been-for-those-meddling-kids kind of twist, in other words), but when extremely creepy and occasional violence is on the buildup, a flimsy motivating quality really does unhinge the rest of the charm of all that buildup.
But again: THIS WAS ONLY FROM THE FIRST TIME I READ IT. Maybe I'll think differently once I re-read it sometime; this book was mostly fantastic, and well worth the time spent for at least the first three fourths or so - and so I know that when I read it again, at least most of the way, this is one hell of an awesome read....more
I read this book over ten years ago - more like fifteen - and I couldn't really tell you a whole lot about it, except I remember some truly eerie scenes of creatures creeping in the shadows of the subways.
I really need to re-read this sometime. Nothing like good subway-set horror fiction! (See also: 'Reliquary' by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child - but only if you read their amazing 'Relic' first!)...more