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review 2015-03-11 14:15
Midnight Rain by James Newman
Midnight Rain - James Newman


This was a coming of age tale that was compared to Boy's Life on the cover. That's a bold statement.

A young boy, Kyle, witnesses a murder. ( Very Boy's Life-ish so far.)

" Do you remember the exact moment when your childhood ended? I do." 

So begins the mystery and the rain. This is a fine tale of growing up the hard way. Kyle is discovering that all is not what it seems to be. Not the sheriff, not his mother, and not even his older brother, Dan. He's trying to do the right thing, but that isn't always easy.

I was expecting a horror novel, but that's not what this is. It is a coming of age novel, but what's different about it is that Kyle has no friends. I can't think of any COA novel where the protagonist didn't have any friends. I found that a bit strange. 

Even though this wasn't really a horror novel, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The pacing was steady, the story compelling, and the characters believable. I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to fans of coming of age tales.


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text 2014-11-03 18:04
Salem's Lot by Stephen King-Back in the Hands of a Storyteller!
'Salem's Lot - Stephen King

I just started a re-read of Salem's Lot. I'm so excited I can't even tell you!

I loved this portion of King's intro, written in 2005:


" Of course, the writer can impose control; it's just a really shitty idea. Writing controlled fiction is called "plotting". Buckling your seatbelt and letting the story take over, however...that is called "storytelling." Storytelling is as natural as breathing; plotting is the literary version of artificial respiration."


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review 2014-11-02 22:49
The Hanover Block by Gregor Xane
The Hanover Block - Gregor Xane

To quote Dorothy Parker:

What fresh hell is this?



I have no idea, but I know I liked it!


Now, as to what to say. I'm not sure. This is a little bit of a drug and alcohol infused Hunter S. Thompson-ish narrative, (well, not quite that far), in which Giorgio Tsoukalos shows up and George Romero pukes in the backyard. In case you don't know who Giorgio is he's this guy:




This was a crazy novella, that just sucked me in and before I knew it, I looked up, looked around and said WTF did I just read? And you know what? That's all I'm going to say about this novella other than it was a BLAST!


Highly recommended for fans of bad sci-fi movies, creature features, aliens and/or conspiracy theories, the unexplained, and the unidentified. Bravo!

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review 2014-11-02 17:05
The Unhinged by David Bernstein
The Unhinged - David Bernstein

This was an intense read! Here is the set up:


Under the control of a madman...with no way out.

Aaron Dupree has turned his life around. After serving six years in prison for his part in an armed robbery, he’s released on parole. He’s gotten a job and met a girl. Things are looking up...until he’s pulled over for speeding—a parole violation—and blackmailed by the officer. He’s forced to do terrible things to avoid going back to prison.

Aaron soon learns how truly deranged and sick the officer is as he’s dragged under a tide of ever-escalating horror. He thinks he’s seen the worst the cop has to offer until he meets the man with the scar, a vicious and twisted monster who lives only to deal pain.


I enjoyed the first half of this book the best, even though it wasn't the most original premise. I knew what I was getting into from the description. 


However, the second half of this story was a bit too much for my personal tastes. As a horror fan, there isn't much that surprises me. The depravity of certain torturers/killers, in real life and in fiction, is something I have gotten used to over the years. In stories like "The Girl Next Door" by Jack Ketchum and "The Summer I Died" by Ryan C. Thomas, the worst of humanity is on display. The same is true for this book-plus some.



 I was able to deal with this depravity more easily in the two books that I mentioned because one was a true story, and the other had a bond between the characters that made the story rise above. This story lacked that in my opinion. It morphed into something that I was no longer interested in reading. It was mostly well written, the editing was fantastic and the imagination and creativity were off the charts, but this just wasn't for me in the end. I did finish it and I have rated it three stars for the above reasons. 


If this story sounds interesting to you, please-go for it! It will deliver all of things you enjoy-and deliver it in spades. My rating only represents my opinion, and you know what they say about those.  (Like assholes, everyone has one!) I will continue to read the work of Mr. Bernstein, because I believe he is one of the up and coming horror authors of today. 


Recommended for fans of torture and revenge stories!


I was provided a free copy of this book by Mr. Bernstein in exchange for my honest review. This is it. 

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review 2014-11-02 16:39
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Narrated by Elijah Wood
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain,Elijah Wood

I "reread" this book on audio, narrated by Elijah Wood.


I haven't read this since high school and I thought it would be fun to listen to, and it was. Elijah's voices were true to the story, and brought an additional level to the depth of this tale.


I'm happy to report that this book held up to my memory of it, and then surpassed it.

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