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text 2019-02-16 01:31
Alien series from Audible Originals
Alien: Out of the Shadows - Tim Lebbon
Alien: River of Pain - Christopher Golden
Alien - Sea of Sorrows - James A. Moore


Out of the Shadows - 

I really enjoyed this performance; the story, characters, sound effects, and music all came together perfectly. I felt like I was listening to a movie. The atmosphere is amazingly scary and claustrophobic. And as others have said, the woman who voiced Ripley was perfect. I liked how they created a brand new story that took place between Alien and Aliens (the movies) and I liked the explanation for it. Overall a very entertaining listen that will be fun for any fans of the Alien universe.


River of Pain - 

The overall production of this one was great with the same claustrophobic, scary atmosphere as the first. But I didn't love the story or the characters as much.  Still entertaining, but just not as original or interesting. 


Sea of Sorrows - 

This was my least favorite of the three. I just didn't buy the distant descendant of Ripley having a psychic connection to the xenomorphs. I also didn't like any of the characters. I didn't connect with any of them and found myself waiting for them to die.


All that being said, I flew through these books. I found myself always wanting to listen to them, even though they are all basically the same formula:


- Humans go where they shouldn't or mess with things beyond their understanding

- The humans are somehow connected to Weyland-Yutani (which is greedy for money, power, or both, without regard for human life)

- An android works against the humans in service of Weyland-Yutani or in rare cases helps them

- The xenomorphs come and the humans underestimate them

- There is a lone survivor (or maybe a select few)


Anyway, if you are a fan of the Alien movies, these stories are a fun revisit to the universe - and might make you want to watch all the movies again (like I did last weekend).

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review 2018-10-30 02:41
100 Fathoms Below - audiobook
100 Fathoms Below - Nicholas Kaufmann,Steven L. Kent





Without a doubt, the most insidious dangers were the ones that hid in plain sight, camouflaging themselves inside the minds of rational men.

- first sentence



At 100 fathoms, sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. This book combines the tension of being in a US submarine inside Russian borders during the cold war and being trapped in a submarine with deadly supernatural creatures.


I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The audio is well done and I spent most of my spare time this past weekend listening to it. The tension starts early and doesn't let up. The worst (best) part is, the reader knows there is something creepy hiding on the sub while the crew is clueless and just thinks a couple people are sick or maybe someone is losing it.


I read this one for the Fear the Drowning Deep square.

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review 2018-10-26 02:34
Revival - audiobook
Revival - Stephen King




In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies.

- first sentence


During the first three-quarters of this book, we get to know the characters, especially Jamie. I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. Reverend Jacobs is obsessed with electricity; okay, but what's going to happen next. I enjoyed following the characters and feeling their emotions through the ups and downs of their lives, but I was hoping for something... more. Then, when the more finally came, I was surprised, to say the least. I know this book has been out for a while, but I try to avoid spoilers as much as possible so I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I had recently read a couple of reviews that claimed this was his scariest book (at least in recent years). I think I was expecting the scary to be woven throughout the book, but it wasn't - it just hit you in the face during the final part of the book.


I don't know how I feel about what the ending says about life and death, but I wasn't especially scared or impressed by it. I'm giving it four stars because Stephen King has been my favorite author for more years than I can count, and because I appreciate his writing and ability to scare us in so many ways. The audio was very well done and I was anxious to see what would happen next. I listened to this every night instead of reading a print book, in addition to listening during my walks and driving time.


I read this book for the Modern Masters of Horror square.

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review 2018-05-21 00:51
The Witch with No Name - Kim Harrison


I'm glad this series is over because with this last book it ends on a highish note. There was the constant fugue state Rachel was in, with people shaking her, clearing their throats, etc. to get her to either wake up or pay attention. And I got real tired of her constant second guessing whether she was good for Trent. Ugh! Either stay or go - this back and forth was exhausting for me and I'm not a fictional character this is happening to! In addition, there was constant second guessing that went on with practically every decision Rachel had to make so put that on top of my other complaint. I thought the ending put a few toes over the mooshy marshmallow sweetness happy-ever-after ending, but the author drew herself back before I got dizzy from rolling my eyes. I'm giving it a generous (to me) 3-1/2 stars, which I didn't ding down further just because it was the last book in the series.

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review 2018-05-21 00:10
The Undead Pool - Kim Harrison


I am probably the only one who still has not forgiven Trent for what he did to Rachel when she was a mink (or whatever it was) in the first book. That was beyond mean, and went to cruel. 

Also, I think a mom has just as much right to a child as a father and so believe in 50/50 custody. You'll have to read the book to figure out what I'm talking about. 

Other than that, one of my favorite series.

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