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review 2019-10-21 12:25
Contrast and conflict
The Ghosts Of Sleath - James Herbert

An idyllic town plagued by darkness. A perfect woman with a terrible secret. Ash arrives to investigate paranormal phenomena at Sleath. Before he arrives in the village the sceptic encounters the first of many ghosts. Figuring out what is happening in time may be the difference between life and death.

 

It's a fast-paced book, full of disturbing scenes. The characters are rarely simple and the secrets stretch back for centuries. Having read this one I have ordered the prequel and the third book in the series. So yes, I definitely liked it. 

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review 2019-09-11 23:09
The Rats ★★★★☆
The Rats - James Herbert,Neil Gaiman

I feel so conflicted, because I loved this unrepentantly cheesy horror story about a mutant rat colony swarming up from the depths and taking over the city on so many levels, and yet the slightest critical scrutiny makes the whole thing fall apart. It’s a classic case of good storytelling over structure and substance. As an eventually very accomplished author’s first attempt at a novel, it’s very good, and I forgive it most of its flaws. I mean, how can I give a book fewer than four stars when it prompted me to talk about it to my dogs as I read, saying things like, “Oh, good, here’s a new character, is he going to be rat-food or rat-conqueror?”, and “A train! Are they going to eat a whole train-full of people!?!”.

 

 

I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Creepy Crawlies: Books with bugs, snakes, spiders, worms and other things that slither, scuttle or crawl, includes viruses and other parasites.

 

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text 2019-09-09 18:59
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The Rats - James Herbert,Neil Gaiman

I've been looking forward to this one! It's the first novel by a classic horror writer that I unfortunately discovered too late. I'm reading this for the Creepy Crawlies square: Books with bugs, snakes, spiders, worms and other things that slither, scuttle or crawl, includes viruses and other parasites. I think hordes of rats crawling out of the sewers and subway to take over a city definitely counts!

 

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text 2019-08-07 16:25
Favorite Halloween Bingo Authors
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy - Charles M. Schulz
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
A Christmas Tale - Austin Crawley
White Lies - Jeremy Bates
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell
The Moonspinners - Mary Stewart
The Magic Cottage - James Herbert
High Moor - Graeme Reynolds
Dead Sea - Tim Curran

This is kind of repetitive from favourite books of past Bingos but these are some of the authors I either discovered as a result of Halloween Bingo or watch for possible new books for the next Bingo.

 

No doubt I'll be discovering more new ones from trying to fill whatever squares I get. :D

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text 2019-08-04 17:13
Halloween Bingo Reads from Years Past
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves
Dracula and Other Stories by Bram Stoker. (Complete and Unabridged). Includes Dracula, the Jewel of Seven Stars, the Man (Aka: The Gates of Life), the - Bram Stoker
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
Cabal - Clive Barker
End Times: Rise of the Undead - Shane Carrow
White Lies - Jeremy Bates
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
The Magic Cottage - James Herbert

Now I'm glad I kept shelves for Bingo these past 3 years because I can just look at them and mention the ones that really stood out for me.

 

I managed to slip some Fantasy books in 2016 but I'll stick with the Horror/Mystery/Suspense criteria.

 

Rise Headless and Ride was an interesting take on the Sleepy Hollow theme. The subsequent books got too complicated, but I really enjoyed the first one.

 

2016 was the year I finally read the original Dracula! It was sooooo atmospheric!

 

It was also the year I discovered a new favourite author, Austin Crawley. Still watching to see what he comes out with next.

 

2017 stand outs included Faerie Tale by Feist and Dead Sea, making Tim Curran another new author for me to watch! I read a few Classics that year and finally read the book that was the source material for one of my favourite movies, Cabal by Clive Barker.

 

2018 I found another zombie book that didn't suck, Yay! White Lies by Jeremy Bates was another stand out by an author I've enjoyed many books by now. Two books have really stayed with me from that year: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan and The Magic Cottage by James Herbert. Those who have read it will know who Rumbo is and why I look at squirrels differently now.

 

 

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