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review 2017-05-17 21:07
Dead Man's Song (Pine Deep #2) by Jonathan Maberry
Dead Man's Song (A Pine Deep Novel) - Jonathan Maberry

Whoa. What is a solid three-to-four star book starts to kick it up at the halfway mark and then hits hyperdrive in the explosive last act. I read the first book for Halloween bingo last year, and while I enjoyed it a lot, it wasn't a series that I felt that I HAD to return to immediately. I happened to catch a copy of the second book during a sale on BootOulet, and sort of casually picked it up, and while I liked the first half of the book, though that it was slow, that perhaps was a little too much bridging between books. I had started to doubt anything would happen in this book.

 

How wrong I was. I loved the addition of Newt, and I liked that Val feels more like a real character (though still venerated by men and women alike to a degree I feel distasteful.) And it breaks with modern convention of trilogy format by not ending with any more of a cliffhanger than the first did, and actually being somewhat... I don't want to say upbeat, but, yeah, compared to other 'part two's? Yeah.

 

I am now much more anxious to finish the trilogy. Hoping to get that done this Halloween!

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text 2017-05-10 16:48
Reading progress update: I've read 186 out of 466 pages.
Dead Man's Song (A Pine Deep Novel) - Jonathan Maberry

So I read the first Pine Deep book Ghost Road Blues (<---- my review) for Halloween bingo, and have been looking forward to picking up the second since, though this was a bit sooner than I'd expected, mostly because I found it on BookOutlet during a sale, LOL! And it's... fine? It feels like the worst kind of middle chapter of anything, where it's just a lot of in between stuff, finishing stuff up from the first book and setting it up for the third. But I like the characters. And keep hoping that something's gonna happen. Anything. Please?

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review 2017-03-17 23:20
Not bad, just not groundbreaking
Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #1 (of 4) - Jonathan Maberry,Laurence Campbell

All in all, I liked the slow buildup, I liked the way the characters realistically try to figure out what's going on, I like the way that Wolverine decides where the line is and when he's going to step over that line. 

 

My main problem is that zombies as an infestation have been done and this doesn't add anything that feels new to this.   Within other Marvel Zombies, the exploration of Deadpool as Headpool felt new - I wasn't sure he could sustain himself as a head, at least - and the relationship between a zombified Wanda and Vision was deliciously creepy in a way that I've yet to see in any other comic with them.   In other words, even if the zombie threat wasn't new, something new was done with this world when combined with zombies. 

 

Wolverine's thoughts about how innocent Piotr is and how he should be spared from this didn't feel new, groundbreaking. or something that Wolverine wouldn't think about Piotr or a handful of other characters in the Marvel universe.   And somehow, him and Piotr are explored here, as best friends, which wasn't only done before, it was confusing.   (The Elf is just as much of a best friend to Logan; if you were going to choose between the other waves of X-Men, in fact, I'd choose Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler as Logan's best friend.   Not that Wolves and Colossus didn't get along, but I was always under the impression that Logan was closer to Nightcrawler.)

 

So all in all, as much as I enjoyed this, I couldn't give it a full five stars, not without something new being said about the characters added to the lack of originality as far as zombies go.    Another freebie, although I'm not sure if this was via Comixology or via the Marvel codes.

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review 2016-12-20 04:44
Conclusion to the Pine Deep trilogy
Bad Moon Rising (A Pine Deep Novel) - Jonathan Maberry It has been so long since I've been able to post a review. Between being busy and Booklikes being down... Oh well. I guess a few will be pretty short. I loved this series. It was creepy and scary and twisty. Another gem from Jonathan Maberry. Highly recommended.
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review 2016-11-21 02:09
Pine Deep gets creepier
Dead Man's Song (A Pine Deep Novel) - Jonathan Maberry

It was October when it happened. It should always be October when these things happen. In October you expect things to die.

- First paragraph

 

The terror continues in Pine Deep and I am scared, nervous and excited to see how this ends. I love the characters and can't wait to see others get what they deserve. This series is written by Jonathan Maberry who I love. I first enjoyed his writing in the Rot & Ruin series. I was excited to find that he has written other books and I love them just as much.

 

This book is part X-files, part Stephen King and all enjoyment.

 

I'm now moving on to book 3. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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