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review 2018-01-17 06:35
Creeping Fear
Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow - Jonathan Stroud

I adore this series. I always look forward to the newest book. And I have to get these on audiobook because the narration is always excellent. I was not disappointed. At the end of "The Hollow Boy", Lucy leaves Lockwood and Co for what seems like good reasons at the time. She becomes an independent contractor ghost hunter and she's good at her job. But she's not happy, even with her glass jar skull for company. She misses the camaraderie of Lockwood and Co.: George, even Holly, and of course, Lockwood. But she left to keep them safe because her newer abilities to communicate with ghosts might cause her to make a mistake and get one of her friends hurt.

Lockwood shows up at her new digs and asks for her help with a case, and she agrees to help them out. It's one of their tougher cases, and Lucy finds her life in jeopardy shortly after, and realizing that she's more safe sticking with Lockwood and Co. until they fi

gure out who's trying to kill her. That's when their biggest case comes their way, a whole haunted village. They end up in a small town with serious ghost problems a conspiracy that will shake the foundations of the ghost hunting community.

I love how Stroud steadily builds on the foundation of the last book and the previous ones. The story just expands beautifully and he doesn't leave any plot elements dangling. While he turns a few things on their heads, it's organic as the reader realizes that things weren't as the characters thought or believed. The characters are very well developed and layered. While the main characters are all teens, they have a maturity that is realistic considering the world they live in and the dangers they face every day. Let's face it. The children are the ones on the frontline, confronting and dealing with the ghost Problem.

These books are delightfully eerie and downright chilling at times. Also, there's plenty of human menace. I mean, grownups trying to kill kids. How sick is that? While the paranormal elements are integral to the story, the heart of it is the characters. Everything is told from Lucy's point of view (it's 1st person), but the characters don't suffer from being seen through the typically narrow 1st person vantage point. Instead, they are richly described, with dialogue and action that shows you everything you need to know about them. Lucy also grows as a character as she faces significant challenges and comes to realizations about what she is and how to deal with the troubles she and her friends face. And that they are stronger together.

As with the last book, this has a nice conclusion but it also leaves the door open for the next book. Things are about to get even more intense, and I'm here for it.

Another book I'd love to see made into movies. And I just checked and it's going to be optioned for a tv series in the UK. This pleases me. Sadly, the next book is the last book. But all good things come to an end.

Highly recommend!
 
 
 
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review 2016-10-22 22:14
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy And Horror 2016
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 Edition - Paula Guran

While I think this was a strong anthology which contained some really good short stories, there were also some stories that disappointed. I always find it difficult to rate an anthology, especially when the quality, or at least my enjoyment of the stories, differed quite a lot.

I finished this one some time ago, but because of the above mentioned reason I've put off the actual writing of the review. It would seem that many of the stories, while entertaining at the time of reading have already slipped my mind, being not very memorable. Two stories however, stand out until today. One features dolls (this is said to be a horror collection after all) and the other Jack the Ripper.

The Dolls aside, do not expect just plain old horror stories. Many of them are more subtle and I indeed think that the term Dark Fantasy suits best.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-07-10 10:58
Aeon Of Wonder Carey L. Henderson
Aeon of Wonder: Stories of gods, angels and men Volume I - Carey Henderson

 

From the ancient Sumerians to the Egyptians to
Rome. From the Hebrew Semitic peoples and more.
This book encompasses fiction as mythos and
mythos as Truth played out over a Grand Stage:
the one we call Life. These works are the result of
wonder and awe, looking at the world through an
old lens, one that has not been so hampered by
ones and zeroes and modern nomenclature. It
seeks to prove nothing, only to invoke a moment of
thought and, perhaps, wonder and awe at the
world around us, this Grand Stage called Life.

 

 

 

 

This was an absolute pleasure to read. Very well written this book consists of six short tales, each about different aspects of Angels, Humans, demons and other spooky things!

I would definitely buy more stories from this author as his written style and ability to weave a tale is flawless. I won't go into the storylines as I don't want to spoil anything but honestly, it was a delight to read this book and I highly recommend it :)

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review 2014-10-30 00:00
Evil Origins: A Horror & Dark Fantasy Collection
Evil Origins: A Horror & Dark Fantasy Collection - J. Thorn Most boring thing I've read in a very long while. I started all 3 of the main novels to see if any caught my interest, but none could.
Could not relate/did not like any of the characters, did not care what happened to them, did not even mind where the story was going and it was so boring that I even got tired of skipping to reach the end and see if anything of interest happened there.

Also did not like the repetitive way in which people's faces were described. ("His eyes sat (...)", "His hairline sat (...) ")

Don't get me wrong, I can see where a certain crowd would like it, but I'm clearly not part of it.
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review 2014-09-28 00:00
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2013 Edition
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2013 Edition - John Shirley,Mike Carey,Caitlín R. Kiernan,Theodora Goss,Laird Barron,Joe R. Lansdale,Joseph Bruchac,Tim Lebbon,Jeffrey Ford,Terry Dowling,Ellen Klages,Melanie Tem,Sarah Monette,Stephen Graham Jones,Marc Laidlaw,John Langan,Peter S. Beagle,Peter Bell,Paul "The stories in this collection run the gamut from Neal Gaiman's The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury to Jim Butcher's hilarious Big Foot on Campus, touching on points in between. I won't even attempt to review every story here so I'll focus on what I consider to be the true gems in this collection.

The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury is a horror tale for our times. The narrator opens his tale with the line I am forgetting things, which scares me. With this simple sentence Gaiman takes us by the hand and leads us through the thoughts and fears of someone going through Alzheimer's or dementia, or maybe something else -- we are never really told -- but that's far from the point. Having your past wiped from your brain, memory by memory, is perhaps the scariest thing a person can face. Our past defines us, our memories make us who we are. If we lose those things where does that leave us? This story is no fantasy - what it describes is all too real, all too common, and that is what scares the crap out of me.

Big Foot On Campus - I don't want to give anything away here, so just let me say Harry Dresden is back and in fine form as his usual smart-alecky self.

Perhaps one of the creepiest tales in this collection is Robert Shearman's Bedtime Stories for Yasmin. There is nothing more innocuous than a story told to a child as she's being tucked into bed for the night, right? Not in this story. Enough said. You'll have to read it for yourself.

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2013 lives up to it's title. Recommended.


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