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review 2017-11-07 04:14
Little Heaven
Little Heaven: A Novel - Nick Cutter

Why, why, why, does someone like me, who is terrified of horror movies and books, keep choosing these books from NetGalley? To be fair, I have not chosen a lot of them, and they all have one commonality — they were all written by Nick Cutter (or Craig Davidson, who uses this name as a pseudonym.) I don't know what it is about these books, but I've said it before (here) and (here), I just find Cutter's writing completely compelling. This time, I didn't even tell my husband about it, I just went ahead and read it without the horror-shaming that usually comes first from him. And guess what? I loved this one too, more than The Deep, and a teensy-bit less than The Troop. Maybe next time I'll try a Davidson book, so I won't have to sleep with the lights on for a week after I finish.

 

Honestly, that's all I'm going to say about this, you don't need anything else from me. Get the book and read it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. Freaked out, confused and sleepless, but definitely not disappointed.

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review 2017-10-07 05:51
The Deep – DNF @ 44%
The Deep - Nick Cutter

I’m not sure why, almost half way through, I still simply cannot fall into this book. It’s not as though it suffers from lousy writing, and it’s action-packed, and it’s giving plenty of information about the primary characters and their personalities and histories. And maybe that’s the problem – the problem of Too Much. Whether the MC is interacting with other characters or reflecting on past events or dreaming of his son or wife or strange other things or actually doing and experiencing something, it’s all horror. Awful things in his mind, awful things in his dreams, awful things in real life. This book is giving me horror fatigue. And there’s waaaaaay too much exposition.

 

Anyway, I’m DNFing at 44% after 5 ½ hours of listening, but I’m not going to give it a one star rating, as I ordinarily do for DNF books, because it’s possible or even likely that I’m just not in the mood. It’s not you, book, it’s me. We need time apart with others.

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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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