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review 2018-04-14 03:26
Sandman Review
Sandman - William W. Johnstone

Source: Netgalley

 

Sandman is a hard book to review, because it's a good book in certain ways. On the other hand, it would be easy for me to write an absolutely scathing review of it. Sandman is the very definition of a book that's so bad it's good.

It is not well-written. Some of it I feel might have been been deliberate. For example, the choppy sentences. Those can be used for dramatic purposes quite easily. However, I can't think of a good reason for the author to constantly reuse certain descriptions. The little boy's voice is, past a certain mark in the book, sounds like a 'deep well-hollow'. You are never given a chance to think otherwise, as the phrase seems like it was used at least 20 times!

It is, however, a fine example of cheesy 80s horror. It's awesome in that respect. Paul is the perfect 'evil little boy'. If over-the-top ridiculousness is your cup of tea, you'll love it for the drama of it alone. There's also no way you can read this book and not laugh your butt off at it. There lines that were so bad/good that I kept stopping to read them aloud to my partner. We were both groaning and snickering. It's one of those books that, if you go into it with the right expectations, you might love. 

Overall, I definitely enjoyed myself reading this book. However, unless I'm completely off the mark, I probably wasn't supposed to be quite as amused as I was. I wish I knew exactly how the author intended this book to be written, as it would make it much easier to review. As it is, I'm judging it on the assumption that it is actually supposed to be a horror book.

As a horror book, it fails. As a horror-comedy? It's absolutely awesome. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for review consideration.

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text 2017-10-07 23:41
Halloween Bingo: 80's horror
A Crying Shame - William W. Johnstone

 

The missing link may have been found in a swamp in Louisiana.

And they need women.

 

A mercenary hired to wipe them out finds himself without a boss and falling for the ex-boss's sister.

Love blossoms among the blood, guts and gore.

But this is not a romance.

 

 

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review 2017-03-19 08:11
Rockabilly Hell by William W. Johnstone
Rockabilly Hell - William W. Johnstone

Rockabilly Hell by William W. Johnstone is an intriguing horror/mystery that has well-drawn characters: Deputy Jesse “Cole” Younger and a reporter named Katti Baylor together are investigating the death of her brother ten years prior, and all the roadside clubs that have random "hauntings". I gave it five stars.

 

It was filled with evil people and their repulsive deeds. While it advanced the storyline, there were parts that were difficult to read and left me feeling as if I needed a brain shampoo.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Rockabilly-Hell-William-W-Johnstone-ebook/dp/B01BRFLI4I/

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text 2016-11-27 11:13
November wrap-up
The Feast of All Souls - Simon Bestwick
Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars: A Novel - Miranda Emmerson
Caramel, Caramel & More Caramel!: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Creative Caramel Cuisine - Ivana Nitzan,Michal Moses
Don't Fear the Reaper - Michelle Muto
The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
Bats - William W. Johnstone
The Spy - Paulo Coelho
The Other Einstein: A Novel - Marie Benedict

A little early, but I've finished all the books I'll be finishing for the month and all my current reads are in early stages.

 

I finished all my Netgalley books, Yay! Now all I have to do is resist perusing the site for a while and get some books read from my Kindle!

 

I started two buddy reads and finished one, The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. The other one is Don Quixote, which is likely to go on beyond December as it's a long one and I'm reading a chapter or two at a time.

 

So, wow, that's 7 Netgalley books and one buddy read finished in November. A lot for me!

 

I may not get as many done in December as I plan to relax and read randomly as mood takes me, enjoying some of the books I've been wanting to get to and maybe some Christmas books to get in the holiday mood. I've also downloaded all the backlog of samples from my cloud and hope to eliminate a substantial amount of those over time. I did get some read in November, but I didn't keep up the two a day plan. If I can read more than I collect, I'll be making progress!

 

 

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review 2016-11-24 00:00
Sandman
Sandman - William W. Johnstone Sandman is a hard book to review, because it's a good book in certain ways. On the other hand, it would be easy for me to write an absolutely scathing review of it. Sandman is the very definition of a book that's so bad it's good.

It is not well-written. Some of it I feel might have been been deliberate. For example, the choppy sentences. Those can be used for dramatic purposes quite easily. However, I can't think of a good reason for the author to constantly reuse certain descriptions. The little boy's voice is, past a certain mark in the book, sounds like a 'deep well-hollow'. You are never given a chance to think otherwise, as the phrase seems like it was used at least 20 times!

It is, however, a fine example of cheesy 80s horror. It's awesome in that respect. Paul is the perfect 'evil little boy'. If over-the-top ridiculousness is your cup of tea, you'll love it for the drama of it alone. There's also no way you can read this book and not laugh your butt off at it. There lines that were so bad/good that I kept stopping to read them aloud to my partner. We were both groaning and snickering. It's one of those books that, if you go into it with the right expectations, you might love.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed myself reading this book. However, unless I'm completely off the mark, I probably wasn't supposed to be quite as amused as I was. I wish I knew exactly how the author intended this book to be written, as it would make it much easier to review. As it is, I'm judging it on the assumption that it is actually supposed to be a horror book.

As a horror book, it fails. As a horror-comedy? It's absolutely awesome.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for review consideration.

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