I read Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash right after another "monsters put all in the same place" novel by Alan Spencer "Protect all Monsters" whichI read Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash right after another "monsters put all in the same place" novel by Alan Spencer "Protect all Monsters" which is basically all the similarity between the two that there is. That being said, I was kinda hoping that Monsterland was also similar to the previous story mentioned. Of course I knew it wasn't, but I am a sucker for a good monster story of almost any kind. But reading the synopsis, I thought it was similar enough to capture my interest. And in a way it did and didn't.
Where as Protect all Monsters took place in a government sanctioned unknown island located far away form anything and was tended to by unwilling citizens, Monsterland takes place within the confines of a specially built park built to hold real life werewolves, vampires and zombies that have been either co-existing with us in the shadows, or have been created by a mutation virus or even a species found by accident out inthe wilds. All by one man Vincent Conrad, millionaire, entrepreneur and research scientist all in one. By creating this "amusement park" of captured mythical creatures, it also gives this scientist the place to study and understand and find out what has caused this aberrations in the world. All of this and a amusement park but also with a somewhat mysterious agenda for himself.
When teenage friends Wyatt Baldwin, Howard Drucker and Melvin find out about the :monster park: that is going to be opening up not all that far away from their town, they are in monster heaven thinking about the fun they will have going there. Wyatt also has his sights set on the lovely Jade, who seems to be in a relationship with the school jock and bully Nolan.
A seemingly random chance of luck finds the group of them with free admission tickets to the opening night of Monsterland. Wyatt's stepfather, Carter White also happens to be on guard duty there as the President of the US and other foreign dignitaries are there for opening night and is also not happy that Wyatt and his friends are going tot he same opening night. Mostly because he doesn't trust Dr. Vincent Conrad.
Just think, a whole theme park dedicated to Vampires, werewolves and zombies. What could possibly go wrong.
Ok without revealing anything more and spoiling the story, I will say that as short as this novel is just 200 pages, it took me longer to read it than I thought it would. First I did like the story, it had a few twist and one real twist that made it worth reading. That being said, I think my biggest problem was pacing in the book. tis all my own opinion of course, and I'm sure there will be those that don't agree with me, but I had a hard time wanting to read too much non essential interaction between Wyatt and his friends. It got repetitious after a while and I found myself skipping to paragraphs and then pages just to get to the things that were much more interesting.
It did seem to take them all forever to get to monsterland in real and in the story as well. Once they got there, it still seemed to take a while for it to get going, though the story concerning the vamps and werewolves got more interesting and faster paced.
Finding out about what was really behind MOnsterland took a while but when it did happen, the story opened right up and got going. The surprises that took place were well received and it help to make the book continue on to its conclusion. Its not easy writing teenage characters, to get the right balance. We all remember our own history as teenagers I'm sure as very different than what happened to them in this story, and you might find yourself asking yourself if you would have done that in each instance. That might be part of the fun of Monsterland.
I rated this a 4 star rating though it is a weak 4 stars. Still overall, if you like monsters such as are in this story all grouped together with multiple situations happening to each, you'll definitely love this book. I didn't hate it and I kinda liked it, but I'm sure that if I rad this book before reading "Protect all Monsters", I think I would have found I liked it a lot more. The gates to Monsterland are huge, which harkens to the line: "what do they have in there; King Kong?" ...more
Don't Look Inside. The title reflects what we have heard in so many numerous horror flicks, only to be so true. Well, in this book of the same name, iDon't Look Inside. The title reflects what we have heard in so many numerous horror flicks, only to be so true. Well, in this book of the same name, it ends up being true for people in oh so the wrong way.
After seeing the cover for this book on Amazon, where I seem to discover a lot of my reading titles, the title just seemed to stick out. Reading the synopsis, it grabbed me right away. A book entitled "Cat's Curiosity", containing rhyming limericks about a young girl named Cat, and the dangerous mischief she got into. But when the cover title disappearing and was replaced by a deep scratched into the leather cover saying: Don't Look Inside, it lead to nothing good for anyone that ignored the warning. The book itself passes from hand to hand, as too police officers try to find the book and stop what is happening.
Its such a simple premise. An evil book. But it is much more than that. There is a presence as well that is part of the book, it goes hand and hand with it. There is a fairly limited cast of characters involved that make this a fast read. There are a few moments that slow down a little while Officer Graham enlightens his partner officer Della about the aspects of his life with his wife Miriam. he does take a while to relate the story, much inthe way that most English people do when they tell tales. You might feel yourself wanting to skip lines during it here and there, but don't because it is essential.
Overall, this is a creepy little book to read. It is horror for sure but not totally horrific. But it is creepy and that's a good thing....more
MEG was a book that I had looked at for years. And despite the fact that I love horror and underwater creatures and monsters for a vast majority of myMEG was a book that I had looked at for years. And despite the fact that I love horror and underwater creatures and monsters for a vast majority of my life as well as reading my first edition of Jaws a number of time, MEG was a book I looked at time and again and never bought. I was on the verge of finally purchasing it when my best friend Erin sent me a small care package of books that we had talked about and MEG was one I wanted to have. OK so finishing my last book and starting MEG right away, I wasn't disappointed. Steve Alten is an more than credible writer and I didn't get that "beginning of the book" drag that can happen with a lot of novels. SO that was a good thing. His characters were explained and fleshed out more than enough and not too much where it became a burden. Sometime I just don't really want to know about a certain character.
There was no question about the amount of research Alten did to prepare himself for explain the existence of a prehistoric Megalodon in todays world. I am surprised that Alten's novel was never made into a full blown special effects laden film. I do know that the option to make one was there though. Maybe the time is now.
MEG is the story of Jonas Taylor, a 42yo paleontologist, who 7 years earlier was on a top secret naval deep sea mission in the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, came face to face with a horrific monster long thought lost to the annals of history. After that, Jonas had ended his diving days to concentrate on prehistory and how a prehistoric predator might and could have survived for countless millions of years without ever being seen. Now that ancient and deadly creature has some how found its way to the surface intending to resume its reign of the oceans. Now with the addition of human food being present and added to its food chain, She has an unlimited amount of for her to survive on. Jonas and his team, must somehow find a way to either capture or if necessary destroy this piece of living prehistory.
This is a relatively fast paced book and quick read, but that doesn't make it a book that's now full of fact and fiction. If knowing that a great white shark, one of the deadliest living creatures on the planet is what the Megalodon had eventually turned into, then imagining a creature that looks almost the same but is 65 feet long and weighs more than 45,000lbs should scare the living crap out of you, and it does. The scenes that Alten composes in this novel are exciting, scary and entertaining. IF you have looked at the cover of this book several times and haven't read it yet, do yourself a favor and do it. If you liked Jaws, then this is the natural progression for great white readers and lovers....more
Hunter Shea is one of the best at bringing good old fashioned horror back to books. There are a number of great writers that are also accomplishing thHunter Shea is one of the best at bringing good old fashioned horror back to books. There are a number of great writers that are also accomplishing this, But Hunter Shea is at the top of the list as well as at the top of his game. And he isn't losing any speed either. HE writes supernatural stories as well as great creature features. His is actually a person after my own heart, referencing different classic monster and horror movies and TV shows thru out his stories. Almost as Easter eggs to those slightly older fans of horror out there.
They Rise is yet another great creature feature to come form Shea's mind. Because its one fo his shorter novels, I hate to call it a novella, it goes quick. I gave it four starts only for the reason that it was too short, and I wanted to keep reading more of it. I know he could have made a much longer and more in-depth novel, but this one is a great fast paced and quick read story. Im sure there might be a sequel to it sometime inthe future.
They Rise is the story of an ex husband and wife, both with occupations dealing in aquatics of different natures. When several small boats are attacked by vicious, ugly and extremely long prehistoric fish that have some how been released from below the oceans crust, a former husband and wife team together to fight and find out how to deal and destroy these living killing machines. Just one bite or puncture form one of its long spines or teeth are enough to melt flesh and organs within minutes. Putting their differences aside, they must work together and with a small team of scientists to figure out how to kill these beasts from another time.
This is once again a fast and fun read. You almost want to take your time and slow down because you know the faster you read it the sooner its over. The Characters are fleshed out enough to make them as familiar as they need to be within the stories context. And that works more than enough.
I can recommend reading this because, One its Hunter Shea and two, its a monsters novel. That being said, those reasons alone are enough to want to read it. One of his best novels as far as I'm concerned is "The Montauk Monster". This takes a good chapter from that. And if you haven't read and of Hunter Shea's work, then you really need too. ...more
Author Brian Keene said, "BIGFOOT BEACH is the most fun you'll have this summer with a book."
Well, its not summer but I did read it during December,Author Brian Keene said, "BIGFOOT BEACH is the most fun you'll have this summer with a book."
Well, its not summer but I did read it during December, and whether its cold out or a hot blazing day, this book delivers action, suspense and horror all rolled into one. This is one of those books that we all like to think of as "movie books". As in, the type of book that almost reads like a movie, but doesn't. All the way thru it, you can feel it unwinding off a reel in a cinema somewhere, showing all these images in full blown glorious bloody color.
In actuality, this book would make a great high budget film, or maybe even a really good B-movie, which I'm ok with too. It is a fast read if you let it be that way, so it almost doesn't let you get to really sink your teeth into a few of the characters, and yet, when things happen to them, you know them enough to feel their angst, sadness or elation. You get their back stories and its enough for the rest of the books main story to use that to fine tune the whole thing.
The sleepy little coastal town of Seashell Cove, has been the spot for of all things Big Foot sightings. Seashell cove had nothing going on for itself except its exceptional beach, the but town being so small and almost off the map, needed this sighting to happen. Tourist flocked there thru the whole summer to get a look of a misplaced Big foot. The Mayor would indeed do almost anything to make sure that those sightings kept occurring, kept bringing visitors to their little community and with it tourists dollars to help it thru the long fall and winter months. With the arrival of Paul Thompson and his family and his new job of being a deputy to his bigger Brother Howie, who happens to be the local Sherriff, things begin to happen quickly. Break-ins and property damage as well as missing teens and some not so missing bodies horribly mutilated begin to show up. With a young smart and sassy female would be journalist asking questions and unexpectedly becoming an in the way obstacle for the brothers, the unexpected becomes the normal as things begin to wind up fast.
I really loved this book. It was one of those books you didn't have to learn to like at all. It is the kind of book that will keep you reading if you let yourself do it, though not good if you got a lot of things to do.
I have read a few Big foot adventures in the past, that were ok. I mean how many compelling Big Foot stories can you write without repeating itself. Well this one doesn't do that. Its fresh take on the Genre. Its a book that leaves its own comfort zone to give us something a little different.
We like to read because it give us the chance to be somewhere else without buying a ticket to get there. But also, reading books shouldn't be like drinking wine. You shouldn't have to learn to like the book, it should just come naturally, flittering with out mental taste buds and giving us a thrill each time we read. And isn't that what its all about? I haven't read any of Kristopher Rufty's aside of this novel, But I know that I will be checking out more of his stuff inthe future.
Bigfoot Beach, isn't War & Peace, and thankfully, it isn't. Its just a good old fashioned read about monsters both human and cryptid. What more could be want?...more
Protect All Monsters. It was a title I had I seen on amazon, where I get most of my books, again and again. Each time reading the synopsis and thinkinProtect All Monsters. It was a title I had I seen on amazon, where I get most of my books, again and again. Each time reading the synopsis and thinking, it sounds different and maybe even good, but the cover art, which for some of us is a huge attraction for me. Not that I base every book by its cover mind you, but there was something about this cover that, well, looked like it was composed by a Photoshop drop out. Myself being pretty adept at Photoshop kept thinking of a hundred different things I could have done myself to improve the cover. But that aside, I finally took the plunge and ordered it.
I have a love of reading horror and monster novels. I usually go for the underwater monster ones. But the idea of this novel, Protect All Monsters by Alan Spencer, took a lot of the classic monsters we know and love as well as a few other monsters and threw them all together like an antipasto and placed them all into one location. A habitat for all of the creatures of the night; vampires and werewolves and zombies and a few other creatures unheard of. A habitat made to keep them incarcerated, but happy. A habitat made to feed them and give them basically anything they want, to care for them and give them what they need to keep them in a good mood, all in the name of keeping the rest of the population safe.
Right there, the synopsis got me. What a novel idea. Something I hadn't read before. Almost like a sanctuary for monsters. Really, the idea isn't that new, But the way it was presented here was. It was a grabber from the beginning.
Addey Ruanova was working as a maid for a motel complex, when her down on his luck Brother Deke ended up creating a situation that resulted in several deaths there. Addey calling the police to come down and take care of the matter takes her for questioning to a place that wasn't an actual police station. Its there that she is informed that she is being enlisted into a secret government service, where she whole identity is completely erased and she is being transported to a secret island located for from anywhere. On the ship she meets several other people that have been taken the same way as her to be inducted as a worked on an island.
Once there they are given a brief tour and have their jobs described to them. they're jobs are all in the service of taking care of monsters. Addy and a few others is given one of the worse jobs, but not THE worse job, of shoveling human entrails and remains into a pit that slides down a chute into a deep underground pit feeding level 2 zombies. Everyone that is kidnapped by the government is forced to work here for the rest of their lives. The island has a huge entertainment complex though, restaurants and theaters for off duty times. But that isn't enough to keep Addey very happy.
Addy finds out that this island has been in existence for the past 50 years. But Addey uncovers a plot my the monsters, that has been decades in the making. A plot to escape. Addey has to figure out who she can trust and who she cant to help stop this plot from happening, all while working inthe lowest and most disgusting of environments imaginable. The clock is ticking and time is running out.
I will have to say that Alan Spencer lives in a B-movie world. This is the type of story that you could see only in that type of film. But to read it, to feel the plot unfold, you realize that this is something a lot more. its been crafted in a way to be able to bring all of the elements of a B-movie to the written page and make the reader realize that this should be made into a full blown big budget film. Everything about this book was done well. Characters were fleshed out. The ones you wanted to hate you hated even more and the ones you cheered for you had no idea how they would end up. It was crafted to make you feel tired along with he character. that wasn't a bad thing, it was all psychological for sure. But it was good. Everything that happened in it, happened for a reason, and not just to fill in or for a shock value. Scenes of action and violence were well crafted. As a mater of fact, everything about it was done really good. It was a fun book to read. And not every book is like that.
I gave this book four stars, and really I wanted to give it five, maybe I still will. But its only because I didn't want what happened at the end to happen. But it was still a great and fantastic ending.
This is a book for anyone that is into the not only horror but the fantastic as well. Anyone liking vamps, were wolves and zombies and other things. Something for everyone as they say. I highly recommend it!
Once again Hunter Shea dives into the modern urban myths and creates his own story around another famous cryptid story. This time it revolves around tOnce again Hunter Shea dives into the modern urban myths and creates his own story around another famous cryptid story. This time it revolves around the Massachusetts town of Dover. The sighting of a strange creature what has all the appearances of the typical description of an extraterrestrial alien. Sam Brogna runs a small comic shop in town. His son Nicky helps out. He has stocked his shop with copies of a book called the Dover Demon written by one of the only people wiling to put their memories down on paper. After some troublesome marital problems Sam finds himself alone with his son Nick. Taking up drinking as a side hobby Sam begins to get messages form an old girl friend also inthe same town but one that he hasn't talked to since the 70's. He contacts his best friend Tank to tell him about it and it soon reopens old wounds and memories of an incident that four close friends committed to never speak about again. Now, with physical and threatening proof that what happened on a late summer night is bringing those memories to light, and with the involvement of his son Nicky and his girlfriend Christine, Sam and his group are dropped down into the rabbit hole, to face a threat to their lives and the lives on their loved ones. To face the horrible and dangerous truth of the Dover Demon.
to once again say more than that about this horrific cryptid tale would not be of any assistance to anyone wanting to read it. This is the second in an unofficial series by Hunter Shea piggybacking on the urban tales of another famous creature myth. For any that already have read anything by Hunter Shea, then you know what to expect form this author that loves to bring shock and awe to his stories which for the most part have a very supernatural basis for a lot of his story telling. In this case, with tales of cryptid creatures, he grabs the bull by the horns and rips them right out of the bulls head.
Like a lot of his novels, he starts with a very strong premise and then goes for the slow burn. its not really that slow, but he believes in fleshing out characters that need it, that's important to the story. But once that is done, he starts in like a very hungry fat man with a sharp knife in front of plate of thick hot juicy steak. And like most of his stories, if you think you have it all figured out, you really don't. The Dover Demon is a really disturbing and scary book. its very scary of you are into what the subject matter is and it can stay with you. I still like his first cryptid novel The Montauk Monster better and highly recommend it to anyone. But The Dover Demon and a good and worthy follow up book. I hope he has a few more urban cryptid stories banging around in that demented head of his....more