I tend to enjoy just about everything SK writes, so I'm easy when it comes to his stuff; there are very few books of his I dislike. I'd place this boo...moreI tend to enjoy just about everything SK writes, so I'm easy when it comes to his stuff; there are very few books of his I dislike. I'd place this book firmly in the middle of the pack. Since it's a sequel, I probably should have gone back and re-read The Shining, but I didn't. I don't think that hurt me much, as the book really stands alone in that regard. There were some nice dovetails with his son's book, NOS4A2, but mostly they were just tongue in cheek references that probably made them both chuckle a little bit over beers.
I thought the story itself was well told, and it was good to finally know what happened to Danny Torrence after all these years. I'll never look at an RV the same way again, I know that.
I know that's not much of a review, but he managed to mostly avoid the annoying King-ism where he grabs ahold of one phrase and beats you over the head with it repeatedly. (I want to talk to you…up close; bad gunky; the past is obstinate; you nasty man; etc.) As a huge fan of Peter Gabriel, I found myself with this song stuck in my head almost the entire time I was reading this. You'll know why once you start. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt87b...(less)
I will admit upfront to being a huge lovecraft fan, and I will read just about anything that has HPL elements in it, both good and bad. That said, thi...moreI will admit upfront to being a huge lovecraft fan, and I will read just about anything that has HPL elements in it, both good and bad. That said, this book took some basic lovecraftian elements and wove them into a decent Cthulhu mythos story with a contemporary spin. While some other authors' attempts to bring the mythos into the future fail miserably in both novels and movies (although I love Whedon's movie, Cabin in the Woods. I know, I know. But I am a B-movie fan), Hornor did an admirable job here. Recommended for all the HPL fans out there. (less)
I enjoyed this one a lot. I chose to listen to it rather than read it because I figured it would be a nice long book for my daily commute, and I didn'...moreI enjoyed this one a lot. I chose to listen to it rather than read it because I figured it would be a nice long book for my daily commute, and I didn't want to fork out the wad of cash for the hardcover. It was read by none other than "Captain Janeway" and her narration was a unique and somewhat tiring experience. You know how normally at the beginning of an audio book it says "read for you by so-and-so?" Well, this one said "Performed by Kate Mulgrew" and holy hell it was a performance all right. She turned every single character into a buffoonish caricature. I will never buy another audio book with her narrating again. That said, this is a review of the story and not the narrator. I just had to get that off my chest, and perhaps warn others.
The story though...the story itself overcame any problems I had with the narrator, and really sucked me right in. It's been a while since I spent every spare second I had with earbuds glued to my ears because I couldn't stop listening. As a Stephen King fan, I'm extremely glad his kid didn't decide to be an accountant. If this book is any indication of what we can expect from Joe Hill, I will certainly be reading whatever else he decides to publish. Some of the science might be iffy, but overall an enjoyable read. (listen)(less)
Odd book. Koontz can be hit or miss, and this wasn't his best. Some of the characters were decent, but the story itself didn't have much substance. As...moreOdd book. Koontz can be hit or miss, and this wasn't his best. Some of the characters were decent, but the story itself didn't have much substance. As for the ending, well...it was sort of anticlimactic. I will leave it at that. Not recommended.(less)
I read this book back in the early 80's when I idolized Skipp and Spector -- they were in all the small horror mags I read, and desperately wanted to...moreI read this book back in the early 80's when I idolized Skipp and Spector -- they were in all the small horror mags I read, and desperately wanted to appear in. They wrote horror flash fiction, and basically created the genre called "splatter-punk."
I recently stumbled across the audio version so I picked it up for my commute and to see how well it held up. I guess sometimes wine turns to vinegar if you leave it sitting for too long. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy it all that much. There's just some not-so-good writing, and some really, really dated material since it was written in the early 80's. I think what annoyed me most was the constant use of odd similies that seemed like they were stretching for ideas. "He ran into the street like Richard Pryor free-basing cocaine" and such.
Some books hold up well, and some don't, and this one didn't, in my opinion. There was some pretty bad dialogue, and a surprisingly strong undercurrent of homophobia which I'm still not sure belonged to the characters, the authors, or a little bit of both. Or maybe it was just the way it was back then. Faggot this and queer that and not just in dialog, sometimes just in descriptive sentences. I don't remember noticing it at all back then. Maybe it's because I now have friends who are gay, or maybe it's just because I'm older and things are more PC these days. Anyway, it's there and slightly distracting at times.
It wasn't all bad, and it's still a pretty good time capsule of a vampire story, since it happens back when vampires didn't sparkle and talk about their feelings so much.
One of the interesting things about it is the lack of technology. No cell phones, so the characters/vampire hunters had to do all their coordination by pager and pay phone. It was pretty funny really. It's amazing how fast technology changes. And vampires.