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review 2018-03-27 11:05
Through Hell and High Water by echoes_of_another_life
Through Hell and High Water - stir_of_echoes
The sequel to 'The Fire in Which we Burn' takes us through the court case against Ava. Plus Jensen's pregnancy progresses.
Source: archiveofourown.org/works/9107161
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review 2018-03-23 16:28
Vor der Abrechnung kann sich keiner drücken
Keine Menschenseele - Faye Hell

Die Gäste eines Hotels haben eines gemeinsam: sie haben in ihrem Leben richtiges Glück gehabt. Ein Moderator, der zum Liebling aller Zuschauer geworden ist, ein Mann, der als Kind die unumstößliche Zuneigung eines Tieres gewonnen hat, eine Frau, die ihrer großen Liebe begegnet ist und eine Autorin, deren Bücher sich wie von selbst an die Spitze der Bestsellerlisten aufschwingen. Doch alles hat im Leben seinen Preis und den bekommen sie mit ihrer Hotelrechnung präsentiert.

Dieser Horror-Roman basiert grundsätzlich auf fünf Kurzgeschichten, die sich zu einem furchteinflößenden Hotelaufenthalt verdichten. 

Als Gäste checken sie in diesem Hotel ein. Manche wissen gar nicht so recht, wie sie da überhaupt hingekommen sind, nehmen das aber als gegeben hin. Augenscheinlich sind sie sehr glücklich und wurden vom Schicksal verwöhnt. Doch in jedem dieser Leben hat sich ein unfassbares Grauen ereignet, von dem sie während ihres Aufenthalts eingeholt werden.

Neben schrecklichen Episoden in der Vergangenheit ist das Zimmermädchen des Hotels eine weitere Gemeinsamkeit. Allesamt werden sie von diesem Dienstmädchen betreut, das meinem Gefühl nach aus dem Schlund der Hölle gekrochen ist. Sie ist kühl, äußerst distanziert und berechnend. Äußerlich habe ich einen androgynen ameisenartigen Körper vor Augen, der in ein steriles Dienstgewand gekleidet ist.

Thematisch geht es wohl darum, dass man stets von der Vergangenheit eingeholt werden kann, auch wenn man scheinbar mit ihr längst fertig ist. Man sollte zu seinen Taten stehen und stets daran denken, dass man mit den Konsequenzen leben muss. Alles hat seinen Preis und vor der Abrechnung kann sich keiner drücken. 

Die Geschichten der Hotelgäste sind atmosphärisch und schön-schaurig erzählt! Es geht unter anderem um gefolterte Tiere, monströse Menschen und leidende Monster. Dabei verschwimmen Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, wobei das Grauen aus jeder Seite spricht.

Die Einzelgeschichten mochte ich extrem und konnte kaum genug davon bekommen. Sie sind fesselnd, grauslich und schrecklich exzellent!

Leider habe ich mir mit dem Rahmen des Hotels sehr schwer getan. Diese Intermezzi waren mir zu abgedreht, teilweise obszön und richtig wirr erzählt. Die Übergänge zwischen Vergangenheitsbewältigung und Hotelgeschehen sind kaum merkbar ineinander geflossen. Das hat starke Konzentration erfordert und meinen Lesespaß gebremst. 

Diese Abschnitte haben mich an Stephen Kings "Shining" erinnert, waren mir aber inhaltlich sowie sprachlich zu orientierungslos und wirr erzählt. In kurzen Sätzen, manchmal nur einzelnen Wörtern, wird eine Flut von Emotionen transportiert, die mich lesetechnisch überfordert und mir das Lesevergnügen gekostet hat.

Wenn dieser Rahmen um das Hotelgeschehen nicht so konfus gewesen wäre, dann hätte ich "Keine Menschenseele" sogar zum Highlight erklärt! Denn die Einzelschicksale sind außergewöhnlich und meisterlich erzählt. 

Daher spreche ich allein wegen der intensiven Hotelgast-Geschichten eine Leseempfehlung für Horrorfreunde aus, weil man diesem Buch bei Interesse unbedingt eine Chance geben muss.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2018-03-06 20:31
HELL HOUND Review
Hell Hound - Grady Hendrix,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton

Ken Greenhall’s long-forgotten horror masterpiece, Hell Hound, is finally getting the recognition it deserves, thanks to a recent reissue. This was my first novel by this author, but it certainly won’t be my last.

 

This tale — one of a psychotic and cunning Bull Terrier — is bloody and mean and aims for the throat; told in precise prose, this is a terrifying hellraiser not concerned with sentimentality or sympathy. The obvious comparison is to Stephen King’s Cujo, though these stories are wildly different. Of the two, Cujo is perhaps better written, but something must be said for this book’s heartlessness.

 

This is a novel more horror readers should be aware of. The length of a long novella, this is a quick, effective read: one that is finally getting its due.

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review 2018-03-04 02:58
Audio Book Review: Hell's Rejects
Hell's Rejects (Chaos of the Covenant Bo... Hell's Rejects (Chaos of the Covenant Book 1) - M.R. Forbes

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The powers of the Republic will do about anything to stop the Outworlders after their latest attack. They destroyed a station with many powerful and elite captains present then stole of the two powerful space ships that were the only thing strong enough to fight the Outworlders. On a secret order, Captain Olis Mann is to do anything to kill who killed their people and stole the ships. Captain Mann feels creating a crew of ex-military and now prisoners with nothing left to lose is the answer.

Jeff is one of the most entertaining voice actors I've listened to. And I will continue to listen to him. He has a voice for every single character, no matter how large or small the part. When we have more than one character responding, we hear more than one character responding. Jeff truly brings the story to life when he tells it. This book is no different than I'd expect from Jeff.

So I know I enjoy M.R. Forbes's books. I know I love listening to Jeff Hays. And I absolutely love this title and description. How could I go wrong when I see it up for review? I HAD TO HAVE IT!

Forbes dives right in with events that shows us the Republic is struggling with Outworlders. There is a real battle between them in the universe. And being in space, it's life or death, and they are fighting for life.

We do get a large cast of characters. Each is in a different place or side of the battles. In doing this we get to see all that is happening, giving the story and world a large feel.

In getting these many different characters views, a few of them are lives that are extinguished with the battles they fight. Sad, but gives us a great view without giving away the "bad guy" and their full intentions. It also gives us the information that another character is sent to investigate while we follow our main characters. There are views from solid characters we follow through the book. Abigail Cage is one of these characters. She's severely wronged. Then someone wants to use her. But she's stronger than them - mentally. She outwits them. Though, because of that she almost gets overlooked when Captain Olis Mann going about fixing things (so we think) is looking for help. Captain Olis Mann is a man on a mission. He's to do what it takes to stop the Outworlders. The Republic have given him free rein to find the ships stolen, and kill who took them and killed so many people in the process.

It's mentioned by a few characters of how the Republic is corrupt. We start to see that with some of the actions being done to and with a few characters. There really is something more than meets the eye with the Republic that's to be good. I'm guessing the Outworlders have very good reason to fight them. But it's sad to see so many lives lost. We also see the Outworlders are not the innocent side either. But in the end we see there may be a third option here. Who are these people and what side are they on? If they are even on a side.

The universe is large. We get many different beings in this book. There are many different aliens (and I'm including humans as we are a being in a vast space system) in this world. I love it! It adds diversity to the cast but also adds to their personalities. Who they are and what they believe makes a huge difference in how they react.

I enjoyed this story. The crew too. A bunch of misfits, or rejects as the title says, that are brought together. But they make an awesome crew with some conflicts mixed in. The crew has a feel like the crew on the tv series Dark Matter. I enjoy this blend of personalities.

This story is all science fiction, though not heavy in the way of trying to understand technology. It's in space, on spaceships, with neat things they all can do. But! There is an element of something more. You get a paranormal feel at the very end of the story. Is it divine or is it alien powers? I don't know, and that's an added curiosity to keep me coming back for more!

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review 2018-03-01 14:41
Hell House
Hell House - Richard Matheson
Well, that was not what I had expected. I didn’t expect all the sexual and passionate aspects of this novel. I did enjoy this novel though and I thought the historical elements and the characters in the novel complimented each other. All the while I was reading this novel, I kept thinking “Vincent Price”, this novel had his name written all over it.
 
When Barrett is asked to investigate the Belasco House in Maine, I, myself was intrigued to find out the secrets that this house possessed. Being sealed up tight for thirty years, would the mysteries that this house once possessed still be alive after all this time? The history of this house, it’s owner and the guests that once walked through its front door was quite the story. The house became more like a fortress, the occupants choosing their own fate.
 
Barrett had a week to complete his mission and once inside the house, I didn’t feel like a week was long enough for him. I liked how the house was interacting with its new guests. Accompanied by his wife and armed with a few individuals who might be able to help the physicist, the doctor realizes soon that, they are not alone.
 
I liked how everyone in the house has their own story. They all have their own point of view of the mysteries that are surrounding this house. The events that are occurring are not repetitive and routine but they spark curiosity and imagination. The character of Florence, she was the most fascinating and interesting one of all. I just never knew what she would do. I’m glad I finally got around to reading this. 3.5 stars

 

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