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review 2017-10-16 10:06
Dead Sea
Dead Sea - Tim Curran

by Tim Curran

 

This was wonderfully atmospheric.

 

From the Prologue:

"Shut your mind down, shut it right down or they will hear you thinking and if they hear you thinking they will find you."

 

How many children have hidden under their blankets in the dark thinking just this? Invoking our childhood fears from the start, the story goes on to trigger other fears, including fog, darkness and most notably, the vast open sea.

 

Several members of a construction crew have never been out of sight of land before, but they needed this job. What awaits them goes far beyond fear of a sinking ship or natural disasters when the ship enters an eerie fog in the vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle. Everything seems wrong. Watches and radios don't work properly and sea creatures unlike anything even the seasoned sailors have ever seen before add to the otherworldly feeling of being somewhere unknown, where all the rules have changed.

 

This book could do with a technical edit as there are periodic words missing or shoved together, but the writing is exquisite and the characters develop into very distinctive personalities, some of them sensible and others so irritating you want to just shoot them for the good of the group. The eerie atmosphere is very well done and keeps the pages turning to the point of losing sleep over 'just one more chapter'.

 

I loved the way the author got inside the minds of men who are trying to hang on to sanity in circumstances that test their limits more and more as time goes on. Sometimes I've had to stop reading just to get out of that world for a little while myself! I wanted a book with monsters. Well, I definitely got it with this one. It took me unequivocally into another world where nothing is as it should be and the rules become clear only when it's too late.

 

As if that weren't enough, we get some theoretical Physics! One of my great interests and the reason I love time travel books. It was sensibly done, going just far enough. My only complaint besides the typo errors is that an aspect of the ending was a little too convenient for something untried, but by then reality was fully suspended so I didn't care too much. Despite my little criticisms, this one gets a full 5 stars for the amount of enjoyment it gave me.

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text 2017-10-09 18:51
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Dead Sea - Tim Curran

Well, I wanted monsters. I'm drowning in them!

 

Great story. Badly in need of a technical edit though.

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text 2017-10-03 13:38
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Dead Sea - Tim Curran

This is wonderfully atmospheric!

 

The art of the monster that you cannot see, though we have seen a couple of pretty weird things between being lost in the fog of the Sargasso Sea.

 

This book is over 500 pages when I'm reading two others of similar length, but it's definitely worth it!

 

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text 2017-09-22 10:32
Monsters Square
Dead Sea - Tim Curran

This one is from my A-list. It's 538 pages, but I don't care. I've waited long enough and I want to read it.

 

Those who have followed me a long time will know I have a process for finding really good stuff to read.

 

1. A book gets my attention, whether it's a good cover or someone mentions how good it is or whatever, it comes under my radar.

 

2. I order a Kindle sample. Eventually I read it. If something is on a special sale I might fast track that stage, but usually samples collect and I get to them in batches. For example, I'm not spending the time reading samples during Bingo but I did read one that was on .99 yesterday. It failed.

 

3. If the sample makes me feel I want to read the book, I decide how much. How much am I prepared to pay? I put it on my ereaderiq.com list.

 

4. A price drop occurs and I get an email from ereaderiq to tell me about it. If I don't remember reading the sample, I might revisit it. I have a folder on my Kindle for samples that passed vetting. In most cases, I buy it. The really intriguing books get added to A-list to get to sooner.

 

5. Eventually I read it.

 

So, when Bingo came up this year, I looked at the Monsters square and immediately thought of this book because sea monsters! Monster Horror is one of my favourite sub-genres and I love a good sea story.

 

I got a start on this story last night and the atmospherics are amazing! I've seen Tim Curran's name highly praised by the Horror readers here on BL and now I can see why. Even at 1%, I'm expecting him to attain favourite author status as a result of this read and I'll be looking out for more of his.

 

Some authors are just that good. Plus this square intersects two rows that each have three squares called. The further I get on those 538 pages, the better position I'll be in if one of them completes, including this square getting called. :D

 

Also it's good to have something really good to read while getting through a few lesser reads to fill squares.

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review 2017-08-13 20:05
Corpse Rider - Tim Curran
Corpse Rider - Tim Curran

Christina was visiting her mother's grave when a nearby headstone surrounded by weeds caught her eye. It saddened her that it wasn't taken care of and kept up like all the others. She decided to clear the weeds and tidy it up. It all seemed so innocent. A good deed, really. But there was more to that grave site than the surname of CHARLES SLICK overgrown by foliage. The Slick family isn't known in these parts by many anymore. Except Frank, the cemetary's custodian. He knows about the family and the dirty secrets they harbor, even after all these years. Poor Christina. All she was doing was a good deed for a family she didn't know. Too bad that good deed would unleash the Slick's family secret on her and her life would never be the same.

 

 

Corpse Rider is a fun, fast-paced tale that keeps the pages turning at a blinding speed. Curran weaves a bit of gothic horror mixed with 1980's B-horror movie fun. The obvious comparisons to the early 80's movie, Basket Case, permeate the story. However, it is not a soulless derivative. Curran constructs a great story mixed with some memorable characters that breathes new life into an old classic. Very much worth your time.

 

 


5 Belials out of 5

 

 


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https://kenmckinley.wordpress.com

 

http://intothemacabre.booklikes.com

 

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5919799-ken-mckinley

 

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