I was not sure what to think when I picked this book up, I am a huge Stephen King fan and the fact that he co-wrote this with his son Joe made me haveI was not sure what to think when I picked this book up, I am a huge Stephen King fan and the fact that he co-wrote this with his son Joe made me have to have it. I was unaware that they were rewriting a book based on a movie called duel. The premiss of the book is that a crazed truck driver takes it upon himself to either enlist his own brand of justice and use his truck as the judge, jury, and executioner, or he is a blood thirsty serial killer who travels the book roads of America preying on innocent victims who take the scenic route. Not only was it an engaging story line but the art work is incredible, for those of you who happen to be graphic novel fans along with Stephen King fans pick this book up. It is a quick easy read with some amazing art work!...more
I won this book a few months back, and I have not had a chance to pick it up until recently. However, once I picked it up, it was only a few hours befI won this book a few months back, and I have not had a chance to pick it up until recently. However, once I picked it up, it was only a few hours before I returned it back to my shelf because I had read the entire book in one sitting. While it is obvious that this book is written for a quite younger audience then myself, I still enjoyed it. A great book for kids that are preteen to teen, easy read with some illustrations. The story reads well, and has mild suspense, a story I could read to my 7 year old without her getting to scared. ...more
**spoiler alert** Well, I have yet to pick up a book by Darren Shan that I have not absolutely loved, this book is no exception. Everyone in the story**spoiler alert** Well, I have yet to pick up a book by Darren Shan that I have not absolutely loved, this book is no exception. Everyone in the story has aged a little bit, and grown apart. Grubb's has found a new set of friends in school, which in turn has left Bill E kind of a loner, not really fitting in with Grubb's new crew. This book, introduces the return of Juni, Dervish's love interest from slaughter. However, it is pretty clear that Juni's return is going to lead to something bad. Shan does a great job of leading the reader to believe that Juni's return is genuine and she is there to help, but one cant help but think there is something sinister afoot. This series has already trumped the already spectacular Cirque du Freak series, I can not wait to get my hands on the rest of the books and see what is going to happen next!...more
**spoiler alert** I was a little disappointed when I started this book when I realized it was introducing a whole new set of characters. I have grown**spoiler alert** I was a little disappointed when I started this book when I realized it was introducing a whole new set of characters. I have grown really fond of Dervish and Grubbs, I didn't want to here about any one else. However, I put my disappointment aside and tore in to the book. I was wrong! This book is every good if not better then the previous book. Kernel Flecks story is phenomenal, I could not put this book down.
The Demon Thief follows a young man named Kernel Fleck, a bit of a loner, a bit suicidal, a bit magical! From the day Kernel was born he has witnessed lights, not like orbs but all shapes and forms of light. One day while loathing over his friendless life Kernel starts to manipulate these lights and putting them together like a puzzle, which he soon finds is a window to the other side... to the Demonata!
After Kernels returns from his suspicious disappearance his family decides to pack him and his brother Art up and move out of town in the middle of the night. The family finds a nice cozy town called Paskinston. Kernel has been able to acclimate back into school and finally make some friends where his light seeing stigma has never been revealed.
One day while heading off to school with his brother Kernel is confronted by the town witch, a creepy old lady who up until this day Kernel had never had any contact with. Cursing at Kernel she professes that he will watch her die. A few days after her words left her mouth that is exactly what happened. However, Kernel not only watched the witch die he watched a slue of his class mates being torn apart by the hands of a demon whom the witch opened a window from the demonata for.
The Demon in a fit of rage tore apart many of Kernels class mates before laying his eyes on Kernels little brother art. Snatching art up the demon slips through the window and disappears. Kernel in a moment of adrenaline followed the demon in to his world in hopes of recovering his brother. In this parallel realm Kernel soon meets up with other humans who are hunting down demons, and agree to help kernel retrieve his brother in return for his talents with lights. Kernel has tapped in to his magical abilities and is able to manipulate the lights to open windows to different windows.
After losing contact with his cohorts, Kernel in desperation opens a window back to earth where he meets up with none other then a young Dervish.
Up until this point in the book it was great, the book was moving at a good pace and I was learning to love these new characters. However, once Dervish was reintroduced back into the story the book went from great to fantastic. The story really picks up from here on out, even though it was moving along a great pace before. Also like how Shan dives deeper into Dervish's secretive life and how he came to be who he is.
Kernel along with Dervish and his buddy shark return to the Demonate to once again meet up with his former party. From here the group presses on chasing the demon who snatched Kernels brother, that is until they follow in to a world that they were unprepared for. Through this window they meet up with the Demon Master none other than lord loss who offers Kernel a deal. If Kernel can survive the 64 worlds of a chess board and catch the actually demon thief in three guess of less, Kernel will be free to leave with his brother. However, if he guesses wrong, Kernel and his friends will be stuck inside the board for the duration of their human life succumbing to the tortures that Lord Loss has planned for them. Over the course of what seems like days Kernel and his friends finally catch and reveal the true Demon Thief...but who is it?
So as I have already gave away so much of the book, I will close this review with this! I have completely and utterly fell in love with this series. Ever character, has been so well constructed and thought out that I can relate and feel for them. Darren Shan keep up the great work my friend you are a masterful words smith, Cheers! ...more