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review 2017-12-17 16:03
The Hungry Moon - Ramsey Campbell
The Hungry Moon - Ramsey Campbell

Somewhere in the 360 pages of The Hungry Moon is a good story. I just know there is. Actually finding it is the problem. At his best, Campbell is an English version of Charles L. Grant with a smattering of King and Lovecraft thrown in, for good measure. Other times, he feels like a rambling Alzheimer's patient trying to find his way around in the dark. The atmosphere is creepy and captivating. The character development? Yeesh. Not so much. I like to pride myself with being able to keep a firm grasp of the characters I'm reading and visualizing the settings, situations, etc. In The Hungry Moon, you'll swear that the American teacher is also the bookstore owner, the bitchy mom is another bitchy person, etc. All throughout the story, you'll find yourself rereading something and asking "Now, who was that again?" Why Campbell can painstakingly describe the moors to the point where you feel you're walking across it yourself, but vaguely puts each of his characters in a vague shroud of homegenization, I'll never know. It's really too bad. A story about a village overcome by religious hysteria caused by a Celtic monster sounds intriguing. You'll get so frustrated with the religious nuts, that you'll want to be the one to throw the first punch. Unfortunately, you'll have to wade through the endless drivel and blah to get there. And then after all of that, you think that after the steady crescendo towards the end there would be a big payoff. Nada. The ending is so anticlimactic and unsatisfying, it feels like a cop out. The Hungry Moon has just enough to keep you turning the pages, but not so much that you'll be glad that you did.

 

 


2 1/2 Roads That Lead to Nowhere out of 5

 

 

 

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review 2016-08-12 23:11
The Hungry Moon Review
The Hungry Moon - Ramsey Campbell

This was my first experience with Ramsey Campbell and a buddy read with the ever-patient Thomas Strömquist. I came to the 80's and 90's English horror game late in life, somewhere in the ass-end of my twenties. While everyone was reading the Ramsey Campbells and the Brian Lumleys and the Clive Barkers, I was over here reading Richard Laymon, Bentley Little, and Dean Koontz, back when Koontz was considered a horror author because of such successes asPhantoms and Strangers. I think the only 80's-90's horror author I read in the 90s was Stephen Laws, and I remain a fan of his to this day, even though I don't think he's writing anymore. If that's accurate information, that's a real shame. Laws is/was terrific. Look him up.

The Hungry Moon does some things right and others things that are not necessarily wrong but whacky as fuck. I think the biggest disappointment I had while reading this was a significant lack of character development. If I'm to spend 300+ pages with a group of characters, I want to feel something for those characters. In this book, I couldn't tell half of the characters apart, and those I could pinpoint upon seeing their names were very one dimensional. I can tell you with 100% certainty who Diana and Nick were, and Mrs. Scraggs and Godwin Mann, but everyone else was basically a toss off. We have the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker... I kid, but there is one character who is called the butcher throughout the book. The guy's a literal butcher, as in a cutter of meat for the public, and he has a pretty good size role for a toss off, but he is only ever called the butcher. I love how the dude's not worked in days and Campbell describes him as always smelling like old blood. Does anyone in this town shower after work?

Other than the character development, the writing is fantastic. It's atmospheric as hell, too. Several times Campbell managed to give me goosebumps, which isn't easy to do. The descriptions of scenes in the dark were nerve wracking and some of the best I've read in any genre, in any decade, period. (I wonder if this book was Tim Curran's inspiration for Blackout.) Ramsey has some serious chops and is, in my personal opinion, easier on the eyes that Clive Barker's bloated prosaic meanderings. Campbell seems to say twice as much with half the words as Barker. If I were to have to choose a novelist, English or otherwise, to compare Campbell to, I don't think I could. No one comes to mind. I've never read anyone who writes quite like this guy. For that reason alone, I'll be sampling more of his work.

The ending is a total and complete copout, though. Campbell takes the easy way out and just makes some shit up on the spot. I know what you're thinking. This is fiction. Of course he made something up. But that's not what I mean. The ending is very Stephen King. But we'll discuss all that in the spoiler discussion, because the ending isn't the only thing Campbell seems to borrow from King.

In summation: Whenever I set this book down, I was never drawn to pick it back up, but I wanted to know what happened, so I forced myself to. When I did jump back in, I could only read about 20-30 pages at a time. Not sure why. It wasn't a difficult read, and I loved the writing style, but something was off. I chalk it up to me not having anyone in the book to care about. *shrugs*

Final Judgment: A well-written scary book about some faceless folks.

Spoiler Discussion: There are spoilers for some Stephen King books in here too.

How many things did Campbell borrow from Stephen King? Lemme count the ways...

1. Shapeshifting spider creature. Even though IT is not a spider creature, only a shapeshifting creature stuck in the form of a spider, it's still odd that another author would recreate the idea only a year after King's book was published.

2. Dumbfuck psychic bullshit that comes out of nowhere. I think I go back to Under the Dome for this one, where a character is suddenly given a vision of where the bad thing came from and is suddenly psychically linked because reasons. I know King has done this a lot in his career, but that's the most recent use of that bullshit that I can think of.

3. Main character just gets lucky in the end with how to kill the monster even though there no fucking reason for them to be doing what they are doing. Diana start chanting some shit because... well, because I don't fucking know why. She just suddenly thinks it's a good idea and starts belting something. We don't know what because Campbell doesn't tell us, even though he spent the majority of the book drafting entire songs word for word. ("Harry Mooney" anyone?) Why couldn't he write something for Diana to sing? Fuck if I know.

One thing Campbell sure as shit didn't borrow from King is the character development, but I guess he had to stop somewhere.

Thanks for joining me. If you would like to continue the Spoiler Discussion in the comments below, be a friend and use spoiler tags.

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review 2016-08-10 01:47
Hungry Moon: Quicksilver
Hungry Moon-Quicksilver - Claudy Conn

Title: Hungry Moon: Quicksilver
Author: Claudy Conn
Publisher: C.C.
Series: Hungry Moon #1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Hungry Moon: Quicksilver" by Claudy Conn

My Thoughts...

What a beautiful magical world that this author gives us with some amazing characters [Ravina, Quinn, Arthur] that will keep you attention to the end. The two main characters will take you on one wild ride where there will be 'lots of action along with passion and romance. Be ready for a ride with 'werewolves, fae, druids, demons, prophecies, wizards,dark magic, shape-shifters and lykens.' I loved the HEA ending as the reader will see there will be other series. So, if you re into a paranormal reads with lots of action with lots of twist and turns you have come to the right place for a good read
that I would recommend to you.

I received a copy via Insta-Freebie for an honest review.

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review 2014-03-12 00:24
Book Review Hungry Moon-Quicksilver by Claudy Conn
Hungry Moon-Quicksilver (Volume 1) - Claudy Conn
Hungry Moon
Quicksilver
 
by Claudy Conn
 5 Stars !
Reviewed by:Angels
Format:Kindle
Published by : Claudy Conn  Source:Purchased Copy
                Gene: Paranormal Romance

Blurb
  
 
Ravena MacAllister doesn’t want to admit what she is. She wants to continue pretending she’s just human … only human, like her mother, like her friends. 

But she isn’t human.

Heartbreak and betrayal send her off rushing to Scotland, to a familiar haven where she has spent so many summers with her father, but she soon discovers that everything has changed.

From the moment she meets Quinn MacValdane, shock waves travel through him to her and back again, wrapping them in a tide of passion she had never dreamed possible. But if they are to have a future together, she must confront who and what she is, for she will need to call on the powers within her as she becomes embroiled in an adventure that will alter her life forever.
 
 
Our Review

Lets start off by saying this is one awesome author. Since the first time I picked up one of her novels I was hooked. Claudy's novels are so engaging and filled with tons of romance and adventure. Love her books and they only kept getting better and better.

Wow ! What a way to start off this new series with a serious bang.This novel was a page turner from the being to end !What a great plot to keep you engaged right from page one.

The story is about Ravena MacAllister who is always been different from others but, never really wanted to admit she was different  with very special abilities.She wanted to be human so never really explored her special talents . A broken heart takes her off to Scotland to spend the summer with her father but, once there never realizing that she will be asked to participate in and adventure where she will have no choice but to acknowledge her powers and put her powers to the test.

Then we have the sexy shape-shifter who was cursed and sent back in time
Quinn MacValdane and no other can bring him forth but ,Ravena MacAlister. Evil forces are at work and time is an issue making it a life and death situation.

I have to say that the characters in this story were all great loved them all even the bad ones ! (LOL)

There was really a tie for the most likable character but I loved Ravena and Quinn both equally. Just love reading time travel novels a lot so I was so glad to get to read about Ravena and Quinn's adventure.Quinns grand-father confides in Ravena that he needs her help to release Quinn from the curse that has plagued him and his family.


Quinn MacValdane had left his guard down seventy-five years ago and the evil Andrew MacPoole managed to send him through the Quicksilver portal where he couldn't get back to his castle due to a curse.The prophesy says there is one one person who would be able to release Quinn from this curse and Ravena seems to be his chosen mate and the one who would be able to end his entrapment and return him to the future.

Love this adventure. There was so much intrigue going on in the now and its past. The story kept you so engrossed never knowing what would happen next.There is danger lurking and every turn. It seems that the one who put the curse on Quinn may be dabbling in black magic as well and is a Royal Fae to boot.Andrew MacPoole has a story of his own making him and even more intriguing and more dangerous than any of the others.A dangerous Fae with many faces...

Loved the descriptions of the beautiful lands of where Quinn was living.Secrets are unfolded and rhymes and poems are deciphered in order to help Ravena with her quest. The first moment she sees Quinn through the Quicksilver glass she is drawn to Quinn and is having and overwhelming attraction to him like no other.Quinn feels the same for Ravena but, one thing he knows about Ravena from the beginning is she is his life-mate and the only thing he will need to do is convince her of it and in the same breath find a way to be able to carve out a future and hope to break the curse while doing it.

The romance between Ravena and Quinn was a sweet one. Ravena coming from a recent breakup is not wanting a romantic involvement.But, Ravena's hormones are dancing to a different tune!Quinn was a clever handsome fellow and just a down to earth sweet guy who had a sense of humor and new to tread carefully with Ravena giving him the patience of a saint . Ahhh ....Not So easy for a Highlander and a shape-shifter wolf to do as they are bossy and protective all of the time even more so when there instinct takes over knowing that you will die to protect your mate and loved ones.

There were quiet a few surprises I did not see coming but, did have one pleasant surprise  and that was that Prince Breslyn found his way into the story as he is definitely a favorite character of mine from Claudy's other novels giving me a huge smile !.

This novel goes into the keeper pile for me as well as Claudy others books. You know you have written a great book when you have the reader looking forward to reading the story all over again.This novel had all the things that make a great book good plot, lots of surprises that keep you own your toes, secrets coming to light and a great romance that forms between two great characters ! This novel will make you laugh and cry and say OMG what next ?

Claudy Conn has done a fantastic job in introducing us to her new characters and up and coming series !

A recommended read to all !


  
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review 2013-11-20 00:00
Hungry Moon-Quicksilver
Hungry Moon-Quicksilver - Claudy Conn Book: Hungry Moon Quicksilver
Publication Date: 11/24/2012
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne
Date Reviewed: 11/20/2013
My Rating: 5 Stars
Blog Post: http://booknooknuts.blogspot.com/

REVIEW:
There is a prophecy to be fulfilled and it will take Ravena Macallister to break it.
Ravena has been living her entire life so far as a human. Although she is anything but. After a huge heartbreak by her boyfriend and best friend Ravena decides to go to Scotland to stay with her father as she has always loved Scotland. Ravena has been asked by their long time friend and neighbor Arthur MacValdane to assist him in breaking the prophecy. In order to this Ravena must go through a Enchanted Mirror aka QuickSilver to another dimension . In this dimension we have Quinn MacValdane beloved nephew and heir to Arthur. He is a werewolf who has been spelled into this dimension by his evil cousin Andrew MacPoole. Arthur and Quinn are wizards and of White Light Magic where evil Andrew is of Black Magic. There is a ton of page turning passion and yes some hot steamy scenes as well . We also have action between those in the other dimension . Can Ravena let go of her past of heartbreak and mistrust long enough to realize she has found her true love and mate in Quinn MacValdane? Can they save Arthur from the dark magic of Andrew? Ravena knows she will fight to the death for those she loves .
Claudy Conn has done it again . The story pulls you in and doesn’t let go.
We have Fae, Shifters, Wizards, Druids, Demons and more !!!

Review copy provided by: I purchased this kindle edition through Amazon
Buy Links
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1asKd2A
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hungry-moon-quicksilver-claudy-conn/1113839132?ean=2940015770230
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