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review 2018-01-03 16:30
Confessional review
Clive Barker's Nightbreed Vol. 1 - Clive Barker,Piotr Kowalski,Marc Andreyko

For a Clive Barker fan, I've just never gotten into the whole Nightbreed franchise: it just never spoke to me.   This, however, did.   Maybe it was the gorgeous art, maybe it was just that I love graphic novels, or maybe it was because this felt so very human.   This is intertwining stories of the Nightbreed before they find Midian, of a mother trying to save her stolen child, of a man who might be their savior, of a priest who kills sinners - and now has his sight set on the 'monsters' of Midian.    It's the story of a runaway slave turned by another of the Nightbreed.  


And it's all utterly compelling.  I forgot I had so little left, so when a story was promised - and then it was to be continued in volume two, I nearly swore out loud.   


I guess I'll have to continue with this series, then.   Maybe after I knock out some more Humble Bundle graphic novels.

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text 2018-01-03 14:00
Reading progress update: I've read 99 out of 114 pages.
Clive Barker's Nightbreed Vol. 1 - Clive Barker,Piotr Kowalski,Marc Andreyko

Really, really loving this.   Like so much.   But I have to head out now, because library returns, comic books, yarn store, getting books for my mom, then to the hospital again. 


I tend to stay about eight hours a day on a day when I have nothing else going on, and on other days I either work/leave when I'm ordered to leave.   Because as I'm told, I have to have a life.   (Some days I'd rather just sit and read, though, sighs.)


Anyway, yeah, I'll pick this up at the hospital. 


ETA: I'm very attentive at the hospital, but I've been told I'm one of the most welcome guests because when things get tiring, I sit and read instead of forcing anything.   There's a lot of time to sit and read, sadly. 

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review 2017-09-07 09:36
Cabal - Clive Barker

by Clive Barker


This story was the basis for the movie, Nightbreed, which I've seen many times. Normally I don't like serial killer stories, but the emphasis that interested me is the 'monsters' of Midian.


The story started out with the same premise as the movie; Boone is seeing a psychiatrist who shows him pictures of grisly murders and eventually Boone accepts that during his blackouts, he's committing these murders. But there is a supernatural aspect to it, a quest to find a place called Midian, where the monsters dwell. In a mental asylum, Boone meets another inmate who knows about Midian and gives him clues how to find it.


As I hoped, the book basically followed the same story as the movie, though the later parts were expanded and the book was able to better explain what happened underground. There were a couple of unexpected sexual scenes that didn't really advance the story, but most of it focused on the conflict between Midian and the local town police.


Towards the end there is some wonderfully contrasting prose, showing the beauty of the world of 'monsters' as opposed to the ugliness of the serial killer and the motivations that drive him. I think the ending was basically the same as the movie but the book allowed more explanation, so now I want to see the movie again with this deeper level of understanding.


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text 2017-08-31 14:30
Serial/Spree Killer Square
Cabal - Clive Barker

Cabal by Clive Barker is the source book for the movie, Nightbreed.


I've seen the movie many times but never read the book. It's been high on my want to read list for years!


Normally serial killers would have been top of my squares to omit list, but because it fits this story, I kept it. The serial killer aspect is integral to the plot, but what I find most interesting is the supernatural 'monsters' of Midian!


So, I've started reading and if the book is much like the movie, I've passed the worst of the gross parts. It should get to the most interesting (to me) part of the story very soon. I hope it expands on what the movie gave me, as books often do.


It reads quite smoothly and promises to be a fast read. It's my first Barker, apart from samples! I may become a fan.

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review 2016-01-12 00:00
Young Blood: The Nightbreed Saga: Book 1
Young Blood: The Nightbreed Saga: Book 1 - Phillip Tomasso² Spending the evening at the carnival seemed like a fun idea but for Madison it was the night everything changed. She was found later that night with her throat torn apart. She woke up in the hospital with no memory of what happened. She feels hungry but not for food, she wants blood and controlling her hunger isn’t easy. Her memory starts coming back to her and she remembers the carnival they visited was run by vampires and they had children trapped in a trailer.

Madison soon learns that her family has a few secrets and she has a destiny that she has to fulfill whether she likes it or not. As one of the undead, Madison may be the only one strong enough to save the children and put an end to the vampires that took her life. She must also figure out how she can live as a vampire and keep her humanity.

Young Blood: The Nightbreed Saga by Phillip Tomasso is actually written by a father son team and I think you could best describe it as a coming of age vampire story. There are lots of vampire books out there but to me this sub genre never gets old because every author puts a fresh spin on an old idea. In Young Blood the character of Madison is your normal girl next door but by the end of the story she is a completely different person. You feel for her because she is just a high school girl who wanted to have a fun night with friends and then her world was torn apart. We also see that she comes from a broken home and she has several issues with her mom’s new boyfriend.

Madison is a character you can easily relate to because she has a lot of the problems that normal teenagers have. You care about this girl and you want to see her get a happy ending. I love how the character goes from a happy normal kid to a warrior and along the way she thinks to herself how she is going to keep her friends and protect the ones that she loves. Madison puts everyone’s needs before her own and despite her noble deeds nothing seems to work out for her. She is a tragic character but she never stops trying and I couldn’t stop reading because I had to see what would happen to her.

Despite liking the story I did have some issues with it. There is a spirit that accompanies Madison and we never find out a lot about him until the end. There is a lot going on in this book and I think it could have used another 100 pages to explain everything, but I think this was done on purpose. This is the first book in a series and it felt like the authors were just trying to lay down the groundwork for future stories. Also some of the action scenes needed to be a little better. With Madison being a new vampire she should have had more problems dealing with the older vampires in the carnival. That being said I found Young Blood to be an entertaining read that held my interest to the end and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Madison in future Nightbreed books.
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