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review 2017-09-13 03:47
The Grave by Charles L. Grant
The Grave - Charles L. Grant

The cover blurb for this book (on my edition anyway) is from Stephen King. He says:


"Jolting Terror...Scary, Dreamlike, Wonderful."


I will give him dreamlike. As in, this book, like your dreams, is entirely devoid of plot.


There was an effort towards a creeping, moody build to the last ten pages. Until that point, I sort of enjoyed what was happening but never really could figure out what was happening? I assumed that it would all be made clear. When those final pages hit, I was just sort of underwhelmed with the conclusion. I needed him to tie all the threads together and that didn't happen. 


Josh Miller, a pop archeologist (which sounds like the coolest profession, btw) is being watched. As things get weirder in his hometown and his nightmares become more real, he finally becomes convinced that he's been chosen by sinister supernatural forces and it's a race to find out why before it's too late for him and those he loves. 


My main problem is that no less than four fairly significant plot points are either forgotten, unresolved, or unexplained - and that really takes the shiver out of any tension that was built. The writing for effect just feels like a ruse, a facade to get you to the weak ending. Blah.


This is apparently one of the many books Grant wrote in a series about a fictional New England town called Oxrun. They stand on their own, but I don't think I'll be trying any others.


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review 2017-09-12 05:11
Bird Box - review
Bird Box - Josh Malerman




Malorie stands in the kitchen, thinking.

- first sentence


This book is soooo creepy and claustrophobic. I loved every minute of it. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to walk around outside blindfolded, let alone rowing down a river. The feeling of something unknown standing right next to you, practically breathing on you... Imagine the willpower it would take not to rip the blindfold off??


The story is very original and creative. It jumps back and forth in time between the time when Malorie is pregnant and 4 years later. Malorie is a very strong woman and determined to find a way to survive in the new reality. She finds a group of people and together they try to do more than just survive, but every time they step outside or let a person in, they are taking a huge chance.


The idea of "creatures" that make men go mad at the sight of them brings a new horror to the end of the world as we know it. When people go mad, they kill not only themselves, but the people around them. Survivors are forced to live in houses with locked doors and blankets covering all windows. Even opening the door, can lead to death. Any time a person goes outside, they must be blindfolded or take the chance of seeing the creatures. The worst part is, no one alive actually knows what the creatures look like or if they mean harm or making people insane is just an unfortunate side-effect of their exisitence. 


Here's a quote that helps give an idea of the claustrophobic feeling:

It feels like a cage was lowered over them all. A cardboard box. A bird box. Blocking out the sun forever.

- Chapter 41


I loved this book and highly recommend it to horror fans. :)


I'm using this for the Genre:Horror square on my bingo card. I was going to use it for In the Dark, Dark Woods, but I decided to read Suicide Forest for that one.



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text 2017-09-09 16:58
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Boy Who Drew Monsters - Keith Donohue

Huh don't know what to think. The ending was a bit of a letdown. I think it was because it was so abrupt. 


I didn't care for the dad (Tim) but did like the mother and how she found allies with the priest and his housekeeper. Have to think on this more.


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text 2017-09-09 15:07
Reading progress update: I've read 36%.
The Boy Who Drew Monsters - Keith Donohue

Curious about things. Interesting story. I feel bad for the parents and I'm now realizing this book could fit the Chilling Children square too.


I guess we will find out if monsters are real or not. J.P. (the son) creeps me out. 


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review 2017-09-09 00:30
Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard
Carter & Lovecraft - Jonathan L. Howard


Carter & Lovecraft is an imaginative novel based on characters that are the descendants of H.P. Lovecraft, (real author), and Randolph Carter, (a fictional character created by Lovecraft.)  I liked it!


I read this as a buddy read and this story makes for a lot of fun discussion. There were some intriguing character deaths that kept the reader engaged and there were also quite a few mysteries to puzzle out. 


My one complaint is the cliffhanger ending-I hate that! Plus, not only did it leave the plot of this story unresolved, it also opened up all kinds of new questions and now, of course, I need to read the next book! 


Overall, this novel was fun and you don't have to be a walking encyclopedia of Lovecraft knowledge to understand or enjoy the story. However, I think a rudimentary knowledge of the man himself might not hurt. Recommended to fans of horror and of Lovecraft!

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