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review 2017-09-19 19:05
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

Some quick thoughts about this one, because I still can't make my brain write anything resembling a full review and, honestly, I don't really want to force it.

 

* The beginning was solid, and the Long Walker is a great creation! I almost felt like if he would have just stayed a mystery, like in the beginning, it would have made it more terrifying overall.

 

* The characters were all fairly great, although I wish there had been more time for more of their backstory. The fact that I felt so strongly for them, after only a few chapters, says a lot.

 

* The middle of this book was an uphill battle. At some point it became all about blood, gore, and as much dismemberment as possible rather than sticking to that original tension that was built. I found myself sighing and hoping people would just hurry up and die so we could move on.

 

* The ending was GOOD. Really good. Not quite as wrapped up as I wished, but it still definitely pulled this story out of the mud for me. If only that middle hadn't been so rough...

 

* I think Dan Simmons' book, since I'm reading it at the same time, ruined this a bit for me. His writing is so much more atmospheric, so much more realistic, that the paranormal aspect of Little Heaven was more difficult for me swallow. I wanted MORE.

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text 2017-09-15 18:01
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

This is getting kind of monotonous. I normally love Nick Cutter's visceral writing, but this time around it feels like he let go of the tension that he normally builds in favor of endless gore and gratuitous violence. I'm not even afraid anymore. Just bored. And ready for them to kill the evil out there so that I can be done with this. :/

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text 2017-09-12 00:36
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

I am horribly behind on reading. I did barely any reading at all this weekend, instead choosing to binge watching movies and do a lot of cross stitching. I did, however, make it through another hour or so of this book on audio.

 

Nick Cutter is just evil. Brilliant, sure, but in that villainous way that makes you want to punch him because everything he's writing hurts your heart or is scary beyond belief. This book may not be as atmospheric as Summer of Night. It's also missing that special connection of being told through the eyes of children. Still, it has it's own draw. It's dark, visceral, and addictive.

 

I'm now reading three separate books and I need to focus on one and knock it out, so it'll probably be this one. Hoping to finish it by the of the week.

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text 2017-09-06 18:46
Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

Okay, how does Nick Cutter keep figuring out EXACTLY how to get under my skin. Argh. I'm listening to this on audio and the first 30 minutes was just totally horrific and nasty as all get out. I don't want to spoil at all, but the creature that he builds within those first few chapters is the stuff of nightmares. Seriously. I'd be surprised if I don't dream about that tonight. 

 

And yet, I'll keep listening because I'm now hooked. The fate of three people that I've only just met, yet somehow totally care about, hangs in the balance. This nameless, shapeless thing lurks in the shadows and moves the characters around like marionettes. I'm equal parts terrified and fascinated.

 

Nick Cutter's writing always drives right to the core of me, and I don't know why. I'm scared.

 

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review 2017-07-14 01:26
The Troop
The Troop - Nick Cutter

Oh, I so loved this novel. I enjoyed the bond of the scouts and their leader Tim as they ventured onto Falstaff Island. They’d been together for quite some time, Tim being their leader but also their friend and the boys, a diverse handful. Tim realized there probably wouldn’t be many more outing, the boys were growing out of this group and soon they would go their separate ways. These scouts and their leader were not prepared for what awaited them on this camping trip.

 

A man stumbles in upon Tim and his scouts on their island camping trip. The man is hungry yet the looks of him have Tim questioning exactly what is wrong with him. The flesh of this man is falling off his bones and Tim, a doctor himself, wonders what disease this man possesses. I found it funny that this hungry, disgusting man is polite and had great manners as he inquiries about food. Tim contempt’s how he going to keep the scouts’ safe while keeping this man happy and away from them. Tim begins feeding the man some of their provisions. This man is beyond hungry and Tim realizes they are in deep trouble. Tim steps out and tells the scouts that they should go on their hike without him. There is some arguing but reluctantly they go. On this hike, we begin to see who these scouts really are. When the scouts return, things have taken a turn for the worse at the cabin. I can’t put the novel down now as Tim tries to keep the scouts out of harm’s way but everyone wants to see what has got Tim all excited. Tim, you tried…..you really did.

What a fantastic novel to keep me up all night! It was entertaining, exciting and fun to read. Very graphic details made the story come alive and made each of the characters unique. I loved the infection and how it thrived. I could feel the adrenaline of the individuals on the island as push came to shove, as individuals fought for survival and as they fought for their own voice. Highly recommend for those who like to read a great thriller.

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