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review 2018-11-09 14:39
Firestarter ★★★★☆
Firestarter - Stephen King,Dennis Boutsikaris

There is a lot to like in this story. The concept has always fascinated me, especially given the veneer of plausibility as the US government does have a well-documented history of unethical human experimentation and has had programs investigating psychic phenomena. So the setup, and the description of Charlie and Andy McGee’s wild talents, the psychological manipulations, and the action scenes are wonderfully entertaining. The characters who people The Shop are fantastic.

 

But the book is not without its problems. The pacing is awful, dragging endlessly in spots until the final third of the book. This is also very much a book of its time, with now cringe-inducing stereotypes toward race, gender, and sex. Charlie, who is only 7 years old, behaves with a maturity and critical thinking ability far beyond her years, even for a child who has spent all her life having to conceal her essential self and years on the run from deadly government agents.

 

Audiobook, via Audible. The performance by Dennis Boutsikaris is excellent.

 

I read this for The 24 Tasks of the Festive Season, for the Guy Fawkes Night door; the book task: Set in the UK, political thrillers, involving any monarchy or revolution; books about arson or related to burning.

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text 2018-11-07 12:23
Firestarter - 26%
Firestarter - Stephen King,Dennis Boutsikaris

Oh dear, this story has gotten so dated. 

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text 2018-11-06 12:58
Firestarter - 0%
Firestarter - Stephen King,Dennis Boutsikaris

It's a re-read, but I've never actually written a review for this one, so I decided to use it for the Guy Fawkes Night book. Obviously, there is arson, both intentional and accidental. 

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review 2018-10-21 15:43
Kill Creek ★★★★☆
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark

How many ghost stories have I read where a group of people are invited to spend the night in a supposedly haunted house? Well, I don’t know, but it seems like about a gazillion. This one, though, was just different enough to thoroughly enjoy the modern twist where the guests are all horror authors – although each of very different and distinct styles – and the host is a celebrity producer of viral internet marketing schemes. While each character is a Type, they are not caricatures, and even the most dislikeable ones are still sympathetic in some way. The story is a bit of a slow burn, where there are merely hints of the unexplainable through the first half, but there will be plenty of graphic blood and gore by the end, with a final twist that took me by surprise.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000. Kill Creek was published in 2017.

Audiobook, via Audible. I really enjoyed the narration by  Bernard Setaro Clark.

 

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review 2018-10-21 14:29
Lullaby ★★★★☆
Lullaby - Jonathan Maberry,Scott Brick

Entirely predictable haunted house story, but still very enjoyable. The author does a fine job of creating the spooky atmosphere and mood and imagery, even if the plot and characters were a little thin. I think Scott Brick's excellent narration elevates it. 

 

Audiobook short story, free for download as part of their new 2 freebies/month Audible Originals perks for members. 

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