I read this book based solely on the fact that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. It was a "let's see what the kid can do" choice. While horror is not myI read this book based solely on the fact that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. It was a "let's see what the kid can do" choice. While horror is not my favorite genre, I have been a King fan since he first began publishing. No matter what he wrote way back in the beginning of his career, I never thought of his work as strictly horror, which is why I kept reading him. He has a gift for making the characters in his books based in reality so that I never feel like any of them are too far out there to be believed. Joe Hill does not have that knack.
The first half of the book was interesting enough to keep me going to the end. But then, I do have this thing about having to finish any book I start, so that did enter into my decision to continue. The second half of the book was flat out ridiculous. By the last quarter, I was laughing most of the way through it. It seemed to me that this was written by the little boy who wanted to be daddy only he had no clue how to go about it. Stephen King's are big shoes to fill, and little Joe has a long, long way to go before he even comes close in the horror genre....more
The author does a good job of portraying her characters even if they are all a bit trite. There's nothing new, different, or even original about thisThe author does a good job of portraying her characters even if they are all a bit trite. There's nothing new, different, or even original about this story, but it is well told, and I enjoyed reading it even though I could have bet money on how it ended and been right on target. Penny is somewhat of a throwback to how women once were but aren't supposed to be any longer. Louise is the long-suffering best friend who, it seems, will always take a back and saner seat to Penny's stage full of drama. If I were Louise, and thank God I'm not, I would be rethinking my choice of best friend. But I'm going deeper into these women than I think the author probably intended. This is a well written short story, and after I finished it, I wondered if the author was thinking of doing a book of short stories, or expanding to a novel. If she does, I would be interested in reading more of her.
I read this book at Book Shout where I received a free copy. I had no prior knowledge of what Anna had written before, nor did I know she'd written about these characters previously. That doesn't change the content of my review, but hopefully it minimizes my ignorance about what this author has written previously or since....more
**Fade To Black** by *L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain*: The Grobnagger Chronicles #1.
First, there's someone who appears to be just an ordinary kind of guy,**Fade To Black** by *L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain*: The Grobnagger Chronicles #1.
First, there's someone who appears to be just an ordinary kind of guy, but he gets seizures in which he dreams he's hanging upside down in an alley with a rope attached to his foot and no idea how to get himself out of this position much less return to his real life where he doesn't have to undo knots and figure out how to get to the ground without breaking a limb or falling on his head. Once he's met this challenge and overcome it, he is not prepared for what's next which is a brute who begins chasing him down this alley with the sole intention of strangling him to death. After repeating this scenario a number of times, our hero, Jeff Grobnagger, does get better with the knots and the running away, but he still ends up dead until the seizure ends and he returns to the present. Then the story expands to include a new found friend named Glenn who has a cat with digestive problems and a missing daughter. At first Jeff is somewhat wary of Glenn, but after Glenn takes Jeff home and cooks him some of the best food he's ever tasted, Jeff starts to become less paranoid about what Glenn's motives might be.
There is more to Glenn than meets the eye, however. He does have an agenda of his own concerning a missing daughter, and he does know more about the dreams Jeff has during the seizures than he admits to Jeff at first. However, neither Jeff nor Glenn could possibly prepare themselves for some of the occasions they experience together that defy logical explanation. There are very few dull moments once these two men hook up and begin meeting others who appear to have some stake in what Jeff's dreams are all about. The most entertaining parts for me were when Jeff gave his take on either what was happening at the moment or what had previously happened. I laughed out loud more than once at the way in which Jeff perceives his situations and circumstances, even when he's being strangled. Which is why the pages flew by and I didn't want to stop reading until I had all the answers to all the questions -- or at least the answers the authors were willing to give up in this, the first book of Jeff Grobnagger.
The last third of the book was the best part for me. That's when we got to see who Jeff Grobnagger is all about. It was obvious to me that the authors gave a lot of thought to each of the main characters we came to know. There was a lot of humor in this book, but as it came to a close, there was also a lot of heart. There is a maturity in the writing that made me stop and think about what I'd read more than once. There were also a couple surprises I never saw coming. Vargus and McBain have written something quite unique, and I highly recommend it to those who like to read books a little out of the mainstream and who appreciate a fresh look at material that really hasn't been done quite like this before. I'm looking forward to the next installment of the Grobnagger Chronicles as well as anything else these talented writers give us. I'm telling everyone I know about this book, and not only because I thought it was such a good read. It's because it's fun to say Grobnagger over and over again!...more