Apt Pupil: First half, incredible. Second half, um...
The first half of Apt Pupil was creepily and absolutely compelling. King has a way of presenting...moreApt Pupil: First half, incredible. Second half, um...
The first half of Apt Pupil was creepily and absolutely compelling. King has a way of presenting the twisted and horrific in a way that urges a reader to keep reading, keep reading, keep reading--like watching a mangled body being extracted from a smashed car. You can't look away no matter how grotesque it is.
Sadly, also in true King form, somewhere in the middle of the book, the story took a turn, and the soft porn and profanity that King is prone to lean toward finally came out. Hey, if that's your thing, that's your thing. But I personally can't stomach it much anymore.
I do grant that it fits the character around which it surrounds, showing his stark change in personality as he gets deeper and deeper into the darkness of his soul. If we wanted to give it the old "serves the story" logic, yes, I can see that. The profanity, the sex, the violent fantasies--it all drives deeper and shows clearly (view spoiler)[Todd's spiral into (hide spoiler)] the state of psychopath. However, one has to wonder: is there a better way to write this that isn't so graphic?
King is a masterful storyteller. I read his books growing up, and I still acknowledge that he is an unsurpassed suspense and horror novelist. No one can tell a story like he can. I only wish he could do so (and truly, he has the talent to find a way) without riddling his novels with the blackness of profanity and explicit sex scenes.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Quite cleverly written, though you can tell that this is Mr. Browne's first novel. He falls back on a lot of the same funny phrases and jokes to steal...moreQuite cleverly written, though you can tell that this is Mr. Browne's first novel. He falls back on a lot of the same funny phrases and jokes to steal the laugh, when in reality, there are a great number of darkly hilarious situations that he delivers uniquely and with much wit. So the repeated jabs for a chuckle get a bit tiresome because they just aren't needed.
That said, Mr. Browne has great potential, and I would be interested in reading whatever he publishes next.
CONTENT WARNING: I do warn sensitive readers that there are two chapters and a smattering of lines in this book that come within spitting distance of soft porn. There's a bit of profanity as well, but it is of the sort that makes sense...if that makes sense.
OVERALL: If you're interested in dark humor and zombies, Breathers is an absolute must-read. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments that will leave you looking around and wondering why in the world you found that funny.(less)
How can I possibly give a proper review to such a masterpiece as this? I admit that when I first considered reading Dracula, I had no idea whatsoever...moreHow can I possibly give a proper review to such a masterpiece as this? I admit that when I first considered reading Dracula, I had no idea whatsoever what it would be like. I was surprised to find that the entire novel is written in journal entries, newspaper articles, and telegrams.
I was even more delighted to find that each character who writes these journal entries had a distinct voice. (And Bram Stoker quite appropriately captured the female voice of the day.)
Bram Stoker is a masterful writer with a way of putting deep emotion into mere words on a page. I found it so easy to slip into the mind of Jonathan Harker and all the characters following.
I enjoyed the many phrases of the time period in which this, the original rendition of Dracula, was written. Each character too had his or her own way of speaking which was unique and made reading it all the more exciting.
This is a classic which should not be missed by those who love vampire stories or classic horror. This is where it all began.(less)