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review 2017-09-24 10:49
The Day of the Triffids
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

by John Wyndham


I didn't really know what to expect from this one apart from evil plants, so enjoyed the thrill of discovery as the plot slowly unfolded in the early chapters. It surprised me that there was so much of the plot focused on the issue of everyone going blind from an unrelated source before it got to any significant story about the carnivorous plants.


It did help set up the end of the world situation though, and showed much of the moral dilemma involved with deciding how much to help others in an unprecedented situation and whether your own survival would be compromised.


I'd class this as a Dystopian novel, though the man-eating plants do lend a Horror aspect. More of the plot involved survival in difficult circumstances long before the plants feature significantly.


There were times I wanted to shout at the characters "Why don't you..." or "Why haven't you..." and get them to do a few obvious things to improve their situation. I even wondered why it had become such a classic of Horror because much of it was more tame than I had expected. It wasn't what I expected at all, but it still made for an enjoyable read.

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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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