"The Scarlet Gospels" is beautiful. Granted, Barker's got some grisly segments; but those make me wince more than they make me nauseous. I think that"The Scarlet Gospels" is beautiful. Granted, Barker's got some grisly segments; but those make me wince more than they make me nauseous. I think that between his initial blunt, stomach churning horror details and his later lavish, almost indulgent fantasy descriptions, heMs managed to merge the two styles into a form that made his horror writing both squirmingly effective and profoundly lovely for me. Also, with D'Amour against Pinhead as the basic concept, I am happily satisfied with the story.
As to his treatment of the Cenobites? Well, I'm confused. At first I thought that they were devotees of Leviathan, the Lord of the Realm of Order. I haven't been following the mythos closely enough to know when and how that officially got tossed out the window, but now the realm is officially Hell. I adjusted quickly, but some die-hards may not.
I admit, this story contains a trope called "a Magical Negro", and it would not pass the Bechdel Test if filmed as is. Barker tackles some big concepts, but this time manages not to put himself in the place of a narrator whose job, as it appears to me, is to answer my resulting questions.
Minor criticisms aside, it exceeded my expectations. I'm so happy that Barker is well enough to produce such lovely horror that I gave it a full five stars because I found it beautiful and, even as a piece meal reader, I couldn't put it down....more
I got this audio book as part of the rear for backing Project Fedora, funding for the latest Tex Murphy game. I never did finish the actual "Pandora DI got this audio book as part of the rear for backing Project Fedora, funding for the latest Tex Murphy game. I never did finish the actual "Pandora Directive" game because, well, I seem to suck at video games. However, I adore Chris Jones's voice - I hear him in my head when I read Harry Dresden novels - and decided to give the audio book a listen
This is the first not-quite professional audio book I've listened to. I don't use that media much, so I wasn't used to hearing pages turning, the occasional outside noise (beeps, tones, somebody knocking), flubs during the reading, unclear changes in character voice, or even exasperated sighs from the reader that have nothing to do with the story. I thought Jones did a fine job, as these were rare oopses, but I do wonder about the post-production work. Then again, given that this was basically a perk I'm pretty stunned by the quality. I'm going to guess they needed to rush at the end and call it even.
The story was entertaining. It didn't have quite the sense of humor as "Under a Killing Moon", but Tex was snide and self-depreciating enough that I felt comfortable reuniting with the Private Eye I know and love.
As to the story. I was surprised by some of the character's fates, pleased with the Rosewell theme, and happy that the puzzle aspects of the game were treated well in fiction. The book actually makes me want to give "The Pandora Directive" another try....more
I'm really glad that I got the Kickstarter edition of this book, because I think I've been waiting for it for almost seven years. I'm not sure if thisI'm really glad that I got the Kickstarter edition of this book, because I think I've been waiting for it for almost seven years. I'm not sure if this installment is meant to finish the series, but it well could. Nicely played....more
This was cute, but more supernatural erotical than a paranormal thriller. It's a personality piece about Anita Blake, Jason - one of her lovers and thThis was cute, but more supernatural erotical than a paranormal thriller. It's a personality piece about Anita Blake, Jason - one of her lovers and the name sake of the book, and the complexities of polyamory. These books are rapidly becoming the print equivalent of Gaia Consort / Bone Poets music, complete with household arrangements, visits from lovers, offspring, metamours, etc.
There is some serious character development and personal progress in this book for Anita, and some ground set for future development for other characters like Jason and J.J., Jade and Domino, and Nathaniel. I will say that sort of like in Mark Twain novels, the book is called "Jason" but it's not centered on him.
If you long for the days of violence, disgusting crime scene descriptions, and unconsummated sexual tension, this is not your book. Also, if you're new to the series DON'T START HERE - the relationships and connections, loving or adversarial - are cumulative so starting with the first book, Circus of the Damned, makes sense. However, if you're already a fan and are invested in the characters, this is one of those stories that seems like it'd be covered briefly in a hurried denouement. I think I'd like Hamilton to write more of these novellas that take place between her books. That could become an interesting omnibus in its own right....more