1) It had a cool cover. 2) There was a brief but positive review of it in Rue Morgue Magazine. 3) It was pretty...moreI picked this book up for three reasons:
1) It had a cool cover. 2) There was a brief but positive review of it in Rue Morgue Magazine. 3) It was pretty short, and looked like a quick read.
Needless to say, I wasn't expecting too much from it - nothing more than a quick little distracting read. As it turned out, this is one of the best horror titles I've read in a long time. I was right about it being a quick read - I finished it in one night. But what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in creativity, as this was one of the most original story ideas I've come across in some time. I know this isn't the kind of praise that literary snobs would enjoy, but I really want to see a movie made from this book. The October Boy is an amazing character, and - with the right script and director - could be brought to amazing life on the big screen. Anyone looking for a fun monster tale (sorta) who is also short on time should definitely take a look at this one.(less)
I suppose it is tempting to call Mister B. Gone the long-awaited return of Clive Barker to horror, as many are doing (hell, even the inside jacket say...moreI suppose it is tempting to call Mister B. Gone the long-awaited return of Clive Barker to horror, as many are doing (hell, even the inside jacket says so). But, after reading it, I'm not sure that's 100% accurate. Sure, it's about a demon, and has quite a few gruesome moments. But, overall, it's never really terrifying, and its whimisical nature actually has more in common with Barker's more recent fantasy work than with his Books of Blood days, in my opinion. That's not a criticism, though - just an observation. Mister B. Gone is a fun, undemanding read, with a nifty concept. The idea that Mister B. is actually trapped within the pages of the book, pleading with the reader to burn the book, adds a unique element to the tale...although the sequences where he does talk directly to you start to get a bit tiresome about halfway through the book. My only other complaint is the book's climax, which never feels quite as epic or interesting as I think Barker believes it is. Still, it is nice to see the man writing about some truly nasty stuff again, and the fact that you can finish it in about 2 days is also a plus. Hopefully this was just Barker gearing up for a REAL return to horror, but until then Mister B. Gone will suffice just fine.(less)
In a moment of sheer dorktitude (I don't care if it's not a real word...I like it), I took this book out from work and read it over the span of three...moreIn a moment of sheer dorktitude (I don't care if it's not a real word...I like it), I took this book out from work and read it over the span of three days. I enjoyed it well enough - probably more for the memories of how awesome ECW used to be that it envoked than the actual quality of the book itself. Don't get me wrong, it's a fairly well-done book - very well-researched...even if the publishers did allow some glaring grammar mistakes to get by. All in all, it was a fun and interesting read for wrestling fans, and particularly those who loved ECW (and how could you not?). If nothing else, it should be read for its final chapters, which do a great job painting the picture of just how clueless Vince McMahon is, as the book goes in-depth into the string of stupid decisions that guaranteed McMahon's ECW relaunch would be nothing more than an embarrasment.(less)
Yeah, right...like I wasn't gonna like this book. My only complaint is the uneven nature of it - some films get overly lengthy entries, while others a...moreYeah, right...like I wasn't gonna like this book. My only complaint is the uneven nature of it - some films get overly lengthy entries, while others are only given a little over a page (a few films don't even get that). Also, the fact that different writers contributed to the different films' entries is a nice touch, but it also ends up preventing the book from having a very consistent feel. For instance, one film will be discussed in a very serious manner, but the next film will simply be made fun of, with no attempt to adress its historical or cultural context. Still, at the end of the day IT IS just a book about Italian cannibal and zombie movies, so I guess that kind of stuff can be overlooked. I'd recommend it for anyone as obsessed with these kinds of films as I am, particularly if you're looking to find some new films to track down and watch.(less)
This was the first Doctor Who media tie-in book I've read, despite being a fan of the show for years now. The knock against them (or at least what I'v...moreThis was the first Doctor Who media tie-in book I've read, despite being a fan of the show for years now. The knock against them (or at least what I've been told) is that they are written in a "younger readers" tone, and therefore only hold interest to the show's younger fans. But since I love the Weeping Angels and could tell that I could probably finish this is about a day or two, I decided to give this one a whirl. It certainly wasn't bad, and I didn't really get the "young readers" vibe from (it's not the most complex writing, but nothing struck me as purposely dumbing down the text, either). But there was just something missing. A large part of it is that The Doctor is simply a character who isn't quite as fun when you're not actually watching someone like Matt Smith perform him. Morris tries hard to capture Smith's frantic delivery style, but it just doesn't really feel alive on the page. And while this story is OK, I think it's actually hurt by being a Weeping Angels tale. Every time the Angels have shown up in the show, it has been in episodes written by the brilliant Steven Moffat, and they have been some of the best time travel stories I've ever seen. Morris has a couple nice ideas about time travel up his sleeve, but he really can't compete with Moffat, and since the Angels in the book are a slightly different breed than those on the show, it just further highlights the difference and makes you wish you were watching the show instead. I definitely don't feel like I wasted my time with this one, and Who fans could certainly find worse ways to spend the few hours it will take to blow through this. But it's one of those books that I started forgetting about almost immediately after putting down, and did nothing to inspire me to read any further Doctor Who novels anytime soon.(less)