Gabriel's Watch is unlike any book I have ever read. The premise is entirely original - a refreshing turn of events in today's literary world of zombiGabriel's Watch is unlike any book I have ever read. The premise is entirely original - a refreshing turn of events in today's literary world of zombies, vampires, and werewolves. It is a well-balanced blend of post-apocalyptic and sci-fi with a dash of (what else) Greek mythology. While the religious overtones can be somewhat overbearing at times (as a non-religious novel) the story itself is delightfully overpowering and reveals a spectacular read.
Both the main characters, Miles and Alice, are relatable while retaining a good deal of mystery, much of which is uncovered throughout the novel. The relationship between the two tends to be a little confusing at times, but ultimately left me satisfied. My one complaint (view spoiler)[is the unrealistic notion that it took the two ten years to "get together," though they've lived side by side in the same small space for the entire duration. (hide spoiler)]
Despite a burst of action in the first pages, Gabriel's Watch begins rather slowly with introductions and backstory, but once it picks up the pace it's ripe with action-packed twists and turns and is complete with an ending that would make Shyamalan proud. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
When I first grabbed an audiobook copy of The Amityville Horror, I was pretty excited about reading (listening to) it. I'm a huge horror junkie and I
When I first grabbed an audiobook copy of The Amityville Horror, I was pretty excited about reading (listening to) it. I'm a huge horror junkie and I really loved the movie (2005) based on the book, even if some of the details were totally different. Of course I'd really enjoy the book, right? Well, this is one of the few times I can honestly say the movie was better.
I feel like I should preface the rest of this review with a kind of disclaimer. Yes, I know the book was presented as non-fiction when it was first released in 1977 and no, that doesn't bother me. I'm not a believer in ghosts and poltergeists and I'm very aware that this is, in fact, a work of fiction that is based on real events. This doesn't offend me as it seems to have some other reviewers. I'm totally okay with fiction "based on true events." Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, I'm cool with it. That isn't why I didn't love The Amityville Horror.
This book just didn't work for me. The writing style (perhaps because it was marketed as non-fiction) was very dry and "factual." The things that should have been terrifying, like an invisible marching band or a moving lion statue, were not nearly as frightening as they could have been. What really disappoints me about this book is the missed potential. This story could have been the kind that would keep me up late at night with the lights on! Instead, I was able to listen to this while getting ready for bed and then go right to sleep. The only truly scary scenes in this book had to do with the pig. Because... um... humanoid pigs? Nope.
The characters were fine, no real issues there. I could definitely feel the slow creeping insanity that came over George and Kathy as the book went on. I only wish the rest of the book was written in such creepy detail as the development of the characters as they discovered more and more things going wrong in their house. That being said, these characters are dumb. A normal person would leave a house as soon as basically anything in this book started to happen. But I can't really blame the author of this book for that since this seems to be the theme in most haunted house books and films. Father Mancuso seemed to be the only one with any common sense.
I really wanted to love The Amityville Horror! I chose it as my first Horror Challenge read of the year for a reason. Unfortunately, it was a total let down. I would definitely point others away from this book. There are way better horror novels out there. But the movie is still near the top of my list!...more