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review 2020-07-04 00:02
The Bright Lands by John Fram
The Bright Lands - John Fram

'The Bright Lands' hit me in some unexpected places. This is a supernatural horror novel, but the foundation of it is a rural, working-class town with not much else going for it except "the good ol' days" and the success of its football team. The novel is set in Texas, but I saw parallels with my own town in Vermont.

 

The plot involves Joel, a successful financial wizard, getting a strange text from his younger brother Dylan that leads him to flying back home for the first time since he was publicly outed and humiliated at the end of high school. He's flown his family to him in New York rather than return to that place.

 

The night he returns to town his brother, the star of the football team, vanishes. Joel's ex-girlfriend is on the police force and, while working out their differences, they investigate the disappearance and uncover a lot more than they expected.

 

I can't go further into this without revealing too much, but on top of the supernatural dread, there were some real gems of small-town, homophobic existence. I want to say so much more, and I CAN'T, urghh. The most outlandish parts of this book are so real. As a gay man I often can only look on  bemused and sad at the knots a community will twist into, even in this day and age, around an obvious truth. 'The Bright Lands' is about many things, but its mostly about the cankers that form around secrets and the cost paid to maintain them.

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text 2020-07-01 20:28
Attention: Booklikes

To the ghostly or non existent person behind Booklikes.

 

I have been here for years now, as well as on many other book related sites. 

What you have here in this community is very special. 

Why, oh why, are you wasting it by doing nothing? 

 

You answer no requests for help here or on Facebook. 

 

You ignore the spammers joining this site by the hundreds, every single day, thousands per month. This is not an exaggeration.

 

Some of those spammers are posting ads for escorts and other goods and services that are not legal in the U.S. and at the very least, are distasteful. 

 

The community here is dying and you have no one to blame but yourselves.

 

I'm officially giving up on Booklikesopoly because I don't have all day to wait for posts to load. It took 5 minutes for this new text post to load up, for God's sake. That's longer than it's taking for me to type it!

 

I will keep posting reviews here, if I am able, until my site is up and running, which I don't expect to do until the fall, at the very least. At that point, I will abandon this place altogether.  

 

I hope your advertisers sell a lot of product to all of your spammer accounts:

keto diets, prostitutes, escorts and generic substitutes for Viagra. There soon will be no one left here other than them. If that's what you were shooting for? Well done!

 

Well fucking done. 

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review 2020-07-01 16:37
Wytches: Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, Art Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, and Clem Robins
Wytches Volume 1 - Scott Snyder,Jock

Title: Wytches

Series: Wytches #1

Authors: Scott Snyder, Art Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, and Clem Robins

Publish Date: June 24, 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 192 pages

Source: Library

Date Read: June 24-26, 2020

 

Review

 

I needed a horror book to fulfill a SRP prompt. I figured reading a graphic novel was the quickest way to get this prompt filled. It took me a while to warm up to the story, but what really influenced my rating was the author's notes/essays at the back of the book. 

 

For the most part, I liked the art but there were times that the art could have cleaner to make the story clearer. Sailor is the teenage daughter of a comic/graphic novelist and a doctor. She was bullied by another teenage mean queen, but something happened to the teen mean queen when the two confronted each other in the woods alone. Then dear old mom is in a car accident and loses feeling/control of her legs. Sailor and the parents move to a new city to get over what happened to teen mean queen and find new employment for the mom. Yet something is hunting them, Sailor in particular. Dad and Sailor work to figure out and put that something away for good. I liked the story and it was creepy but not gory so I could deal with it. It did take me a while to get into the story. The story was confusing at times and I got a bit bored by the some of the flashbacks, but eventually it made some sense in the overall storyline.

 

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review 2020-06-30 20:53
The Last Life of Prince Alastor, Prosper Redding #2
The Last Life of Prince Alastor - Alexandra Bracken

Prosper Redding has obtained a fragile understanding with the demon inside him, but now he has to rescue his sister from the demon realm. The second book in the 'Prosper Redding' series is as convoluted as the first volume, with less grounding.

 

The demon realm seems to have suffered and changed during Alastor's centuries away. The old order has been shaken up under his sister's rule and status is no longer based on birth or form. Alastor is horrified. To him, only slightly worse is the fact that the realm is falling to the Void. His home world is slowly dissolving into nothing after having squandered its magical resources. Prosper and Alastor must team up with friends old and new to rescue Prosper's sister and perhaps save the demon realm from collapse.

 

The book did its job, and a younger reader may enjoy it, especially the humor. For me, though, it lacked spark.

 

Prosper Redding

 

Next: '?'

 

Previous: 'The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding'

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review 2020-06-29 19:24
Cheerleader The Second Evil
The Second Evil - R.L. Stine

Ahh, I do love returning to Fear Street. A place that I still say is the inspiration for the Hellmouth on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "The Second Evil" I found to be too short and also it doesn't give you a chance to mourn any characters that we lose. Of course the ending leaves open another book (which I am so reading).

 

"The Second Evil" follows some months after the events in the first book. Corky is left mourning her sister Bobbi who was murdered. She's left the cheerleading squad and is now dating Chip. Yeah that Chip. Chip who has gone from dating another member of the squad (Kimberly) and then Bobbi and now Corki. I was not a fan of Chip. When Corky starts seeing things and one of the squad keeps intoning the evil has returned, she starts to worry that what they all did a few months ago didn't vanquish the evil for good. And she's right to worry.

 

Corky is definitely a MC you can root for. I do miss Bobbi, but Corky has more of an investigative spirit I thought. She starts trying to run down leads with Chip and then some of the girls on the squad. I have to say though there's not much development of anyone else really in this one besides us getting more information on Sara Fear. I definitely loved the more information on the Fear family and wanted to know even more about them. When I was a pre-teen and later teen reading these books I would get so freaked out about the whole idea behind Fear Street. A few blocks down from my home was a cemetery that sat besides the railroad tracks. We would go down there during the summer and picnic and play touch football or tag, but we were always taught to be respectful of the graves and people visiting. In the daylight there was never anything that was too scary about the place, but as soon as dusk came around 7, 8, or 9 (depending on the time of year) the place felt lonesome and you felt like someone was out there wanting to touch you. Stine at times makes me recall how I felt the first time as a pre-teen reading this (I was 12 when this book was published) and that alone was enough for me to give this 4 stars.

 

The writing was solid, but there's not a lot of scares (at least for me) in this one. We do get some gruesome scenes here and there, but Stine quickly moves along as if he is afraid of freaking out his readers. The flow is a bit stop and start in a few places too, but since this is a fairly short book (180 pages) it doesn't hamper things.

 

The setting of Shadyside and Fear Street still resonate with me and I so wish that Netflix or someone else would consider picking up this series. You can easily update these books and I think would be a fun horror series to sink your teeth into.

 

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