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review 2018-09-15 00:19
The Siren And The Specter
The Siren and The Spectre (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Jonathan Janz

David Cane has made a living exploring haunted houses. He has yet to find proof that the supernatural exsists but that may soon change. His latest project is to write about the Alexander house, a place that has a horrifying history for both Daid personally  and for the community surrounding it.

 

The Alexander House was built in the 1700's by a land baron. He used it as a home for his son who practiced black magic and murdered several people in the town near by. David is haunted by the home because 20 years ago he broke up with his girlfriend  who committed suicide in the house. Now his former friend Chris and his wife want him to research the house but they may have an agenda and David may find that the supernatural is real and he has to pay for his past sins.

 

The Siren And The Specter by Jonathan Janz is a haunted house story that rises above other haunted house stories. This book starts simple with a paranormal researcher spending time in a haunted house. Then it builds on that by adding layers with complex characters, plot twists and sub plots. What was really interesting was how every little detail adds to the whole story. For instance at one point we're introduced to a dysfunctional family and after that a love story. When we first got into it I wondered how does this add to the ghost story but it does and it makes the book better. 

 

My favorite part of this book was when David reads from a diary of a paranormal researcher who visited the Alexander House in the 1800s. The diary excerpts show how good of a writer Jonathan Janz is. The way the diary is written is in a style that makes it feel like it was from a different era and then we hear David's findings from the present day. Jonathan  uses two different writing styles and it adds a lot to the book.

 

The characters are brilliant also, they aren't all good or all bad, they have layers and come across as real. For instance the lead character  David is self-absorbed but as you get into his bacstory you see why he is that way. Then you have his ex-friend Chris who is a jerk but you see how he acts and knows he has a sympathetic side.Though some of his acts are unforgivable I found I could relate to him. The Siren And The Specter isn't just a good horror novel, its a good novel period. You don't  have to be a horror fan to like this one, if you love great writing you will love this book.

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text 2018-08-28 18:45
Halloween Bingo Pre-Read!
The Siren and The Spectre (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Jonathan Janz

 

I started two books over the weekend that would be eligible for Bingo this year, so I was thrilled to discover that we had permission to start one read for the game!

 

 

I've decided on Jonathan Janz's The Siren and the Spectre which comes out next week! 

 

For now, I've decided to use it for the Supernatural square. 

 

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review 2018-06-12 00:00
In/Spectre, Vol. 1
In/Spectre, Vol. 1 - Kyo Shirodaira In/Spectre, Vol. 1 - Kyo Shirodaira Completed Series Rating
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review 2018-03-11 02:28
SPECTRE Review
Spectre - Stephen Laws

This book was dumb as dog feces, but I had a helluva time with it. It’s gory and over-the-top in that glitzy, shameless way only good bad horror fiction from the 1980s can be.

 

The story of seven friends (six guys, one girl) haunted by an unfortunate happening in their younger years, this is a horror thriller that should not feel original but does. Sure, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel; but it isn’t a thoughtless hack job, either. If it hadn’t come out the same year as Stephen King’s It I would assume this was a cash-in on that novel’s gargantuan success, but it did come out in 1986 and it makes for an interesting snapshot of where horror literature was in the mid-80s.

 

Though not particularly scary (and just so goofy), I do feel this novel is a success and I am now interested in reading other releases by Stephen Laws. It is a shame he isn’t more known amongst modern horror fans.

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url 2017-05-09 19:50
43 Books in series releasing today
The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel - Jo Nesbø
The Vinyl Detective - The Run-Out Groove: Vinyl Detective 2 - Andrew Cartmel
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone
In/Spectre 4 - Chasiba Katase,Kyo Shirodaira
Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Owl Series) - Kristi Charish

See full list at https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar 

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