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review 2016-01-31 08:26
Waking Gods
Waking Gods (The Enigma of Twilight Falls Book 3) - Mike Robinson

In this ultimate chapter of the non-linear trilogy The Enigma of Twilight Falls we meet Adrian Foster, a young and reclusive Los Angeles man with an extraordinary gift that has informally brought him the nickname “The Human Master Key.”

When a new victim of a vicious serial killer turns up in the woods by Twilight Falls, California, Adrian reunites with eccentric detective Derek Adams in probing the occult lore surrounding the town — the town in which Adrian was born and raised, the town in which he left behind many a ghost, the town whose dark central spirit will force him on a harrowing journey through the rugged bottomlands of another’s psyche … as well as his own.

Waking Gods completes the terrifying and surreal panorama previously established by The Green-Eyed Monster and Negative Space.

 

In my review of The Green-Eyed Monster I stated I would like to have some more closure on the whole Martin Smith and John Becker thing. I also wasn't completely sure what to expect of Waking Gods as the previous two books were quite different from each other. However, I wasn't expecting this.

 

I was a little bit disappointed really. I was completely prepared for something that was different, strange and chaotic, and while the story certainly had all that (I don't necessarily mean those things in a bad way though) I never got into the story. This might have been due to the extensive time-hopping, which made it at times unclear as to who we were following and where it fit together with the rest of the story.

 

Besides, I got really annoyed by all the references to the earlier stories. I mean, I understand it all takes place in the same town and universe, and I can believe some reference, but it was too much. There is not a single character who is not affected by Smith's and Becker's books, and a lot of other things, which I won't mention so I don't spoil everything, get a lot of attention as well, even if it doesn't always make sense. The story, at times, gets drowned in those references.

 

While this trilogy certainly is unlike anything really that I've read before, and some of the ideas and writings were truly great, I look back at the series with some mixed feelings. I haven't always enjoyed reading it, but I think in a while I will look back and be glad I did. If that makes any sense at all.

 

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

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review 2016-01-30 07:54
Negative Space
Negative Space - Mike Robinson

Continuing the Twilight Falls series with Negative Space.

 

And, frankly, at the start it felt like I was reading something completely different. The premise of this book was even better than the last. A promising LA artist uses the faces of missing persons in his paintings, as to give them some kind of place. However, when he recognizes one of 'his' faces in the street, things are about to change.

 

It started of really good, but soon it got crowded with lots of different characters and story lines that didn't always seem to make sense. (Did the lawyer one really need to be included?) And that was before all the Neo-Naturalism things and before the very long passages on art that just weren't that interesting.

 

I was however, to some extent captured by their wild goose chase, even though it was not that realistic. It also took me ages to figure out the book was set 20 years ago, oops. Much like its predecessor, The Green-Eyed Monster, Negative Space gives up story for style, which didn't always work for me, although at times I really enjoyed reading it.

 

All in all some mixed feelings. It is certainly not something you read every day and a good concept but in places it became very chaotic and too crowded.

 

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

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review 2016-01-29 07:30
The Green-Eyed Monster
The Green-Eyed Monster - Mike Robinson

Two best-selling authors, born minutes apart, only meters apart in the same hospital in a quiet northern Californian city, Twilight Falls. Although they never become friends, with each other or with some one else for that matter, they are creepily alike not only in mannerisms and appearance, also in the stories they write. This continues into adulthood, until one of them, right at the start of the novel, kills the other.

 

Although the story is more of a background on Martin Smith and John Becker than it is a murder mystery, it is told from the perspective of people from their periphery, a school teacher, a peer. It is obvious these people are influence by the two, although not really in a good way. 

 

This is one of those stories that you're not able to catch in a single, or even two or three, genres. At times, I would even consider calling it paranormal or horror, due to all the creepiness that surrounds it. Then why only three stars, I hear you ask. Well, it is not something easily explained but I will give it a try. While I like experimental kind of books, I often find that they give up some parts of the story for the sake of style. I feel this sort of happened in this story. The 'original' murder mystery is perhaps 10% of the book, the rest is flashbacks and at the end it feels like there is a rush to close everything asap. During most of the book, Martin and John are almost not there at all. Their names are being dropped, but as they don't have a lot of contact with anyone really, it feels like they are not present at their own party. This made that I was not as invested in the story as I could have been, and sometimes I had to really tell myself to pick the book back up.

 

As The Green-Eyed Monster is part of a 'non-linear' trilogy about Twilight Falls, I'm continuing with the other books, Negative Space and Waking Gods.

 

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

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review 2013-05-20 00:00
As Twilight Falls
As Twilight Falls - Amanda Ashley I love vampire stories! This is my first Amanda Ashley book and I have a feeling that there is going to be more to come.
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review 2013-05-10 00:00
As Twilight Falls
As Twilight Falls - Amanda Ashley review pending
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