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review 2018-12-14 19:59
The Listener by Robert M. McCammon
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

I have had a terrible and stressful few weeks (months, really) and am having a difficult time focusing or finding the energy to write a review so this will be much shorter than it deserves.

 

First off, I have to say that The Listener has an opening scene that will cement the villain as one of the worst of all time in my mind. He is truly one of the vilest, evilest, most selfish of monsters that my eyeballs have come across in quite a while. Be warned, be warned, beeeee warned! If you can get through that scene you are good to go.

 

Anyhow, without spoiling things, that vile creature sets off to do more evil and pairs up with a lady who is just as monstrous as himself. Together they plot to hurt innocents for their own selfish gain. But what they don’t expect is a little supernatural twist between the innocents caught in their twisted little plan.

 

This story is disturbing and horrifying and 100% captivating. McCammon is one hell of a beautiful writer and he draws you into his world of villains and innocents and prejudice and pain and kindness and if you don’t root for the good guys to win after all they’ve been through, you might just be a monster as well.

 

The writing in this novel is simply beyond compare. My heart broke time and again and all of my emotions were engaged. This is a story that I will never forget and I say that about almost nothing because things no longer stick in my brain unless they engage my heart.

 

I don’t know what else to say besides READ THIS BOOK. I do not think that you will regret it.

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review 2018-12-14 19:00
Deadpool does Christmas
Deadpool (2018-) #7 - Skottie Young,Nic Klein

And it is fabulous.   It's pretty much everything you'd expect, but just hilarious.   Violent, angry, potty-mouthed... and he tries to ruin Christmas for everyone. 

 

Love this author, this illustrator and this series!

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review 2018-12-14 18:36
Not that impressed
Uncanny Inhumans (2015-2017) #1.MU - Paul Allor,Brian Level,Michael Walsh

Got this in a grab bag.  Wasn't horrible.   It just wasn't great.   In fact, it pretty much made me feel like I was right to decide not to jump on the Marvel events. 

 

 

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review 2018-12-14 18:30
WINTER'S BONE by Daniel Woodrell, narrated by Emma Galvin
Winter's Bone: A Novel (Audio) - Daniel Woodrell,Emma Galvin

I'm not feeling like a full review today so I'll limit this to only a few comments.

 

*The Ozarks in which this book takes place seem to have nothing in common with the OZARK Netflix show.

 

*I have no doubt in my mind that life in some areas of the Ozarks is as brutal as it's depicted in this book. Poverty, drug use, tight family units, and long-held multi-generational grudges are just part of the miserable lives examined here.

 

*I couldn't help but feel for 16 year old Ree who just wanted to join the army and get the hell out of there. Due to her mother's mental illness and her two young siblings, her hands were tied. It's hard to escape family.

 

*I thought this book was savage with sharp, vivid prose-sometimes so sharp it stabbed me right in the heart.

 

*I enjoyed WINTER'S BONE, as much as one can enjoy a story this violent and merciless. I look forward to sampling more of Daniel Woodrell's work in the future.

 

*Recommended for those with the wherewithal to stomach the brutalities of this rural, mountain life. You have been warned!

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review 2018-12-14 18:23
Fantastic follow up
All-New Fathom Vol. 6 #2 (of 8) - Marco Renna,John Starr,John Starr,John Starr

Turns out Aspen can't do all that and keep her identity a secret.   What happens to her now that the world knows who she is, what she is, and what she can do? 

 

I'm hoping to find out, but I bought the first two issues on sale and apparently nothing past that...

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