This was the worst pairing of a narrator to a tale that I've come across. It literally seemed like a joke, like someone had given Casey Kasem the least appropriate script possible just for shits and giggles. What were they thinking?
Keene crafted some stunning gory and grotesque visuals in this piece, but without a story or characters to back it up they were wasted. I wanted to take the imagery, the element Keene delivers best, and write a better story around it! There was a tremendous amount of potential in this tale but absolutely no follow through. Also there were a handful of poorly edited pieces in the prose. If you just said that the dude's skull exploded like a watermelon, you can't follow it with a description of a mallet head the size of a watermelon. Really Keene? Were you sitting at a picnic when you were writing this?
Reminiscent of Heinlein, this deals with the personhood of the genetically engineered. A bit dated and heavy-handed, but good solid work in the genre. I'm surprised it's a jumping off point for a series, it didn't have that feel to me.
I found this book to be philosophically resonant in a manner that I was certainly not expecting from the genre. There is a story, yes, but the elements that really stayed with me when I finished were not plot based but thematic. Life and death and everything in between.
How rare it is to cry, laugh and be legitimately aroused all over the course of one narrative! What a rollercoaster and I enjoyed every minute of this peculiar Hollywood ghost story.
This book made me question my decision not to breed. A multi-generational journey into the sociology of genius.
There are so many quality true crime works out there that do not have audio versions; I'm certainly perplexed why such a mediocre one was recorded. You can learn more about this case - which *is* quite compelling - with an afternoon of perusing crime library sites online. This work doesn't assemble the story in a fulfilling or worthwhile manner.
Those of us who have shared lifetimes of reading and re-reading Stephen's The Shining have eagerly awaited it's long overdue sequel, Doctor Sleep. The Shining was written when Stephen King himself was suffering with addiction problems and is often seen as an allegory for substance abuse. Doctor Sleep, written by an author many years sober, casts The Shining's protagonist, now grown, as a recovering addict who has to deal with the demons of his drug-addled past while he faces the demons that King pens for him. This book was worth waiting for, and the audio version features an explanation and insight read by King that is most certainly worth the price of admission.
The premise of this novel nears the precipice of my suspension of disbelief but that doesn't spoil the story; those who are familiar with neuroscience and psychiatry might enjoy certain aspects of this novel for their plausibility alone. It's not a horror novel, but a thriller based on the self-deception our minds can be capable of spinning. Koontz writes psychiatric conditions skin-crawlingly well; if you've seen or experienced severe phobias or obsessive compulsive processes you'll recognize that right away. The conditions woven throughout this book are real, and that alone reminds you that horror is all around us.
The wonderfully crafted dark beauty of the setting in this book may inspire you to channel your inner tortured artist and paint the Christmas Town of your own nightmares. A five star horror novel for sure; Joe Hill has just ensured that I will pick up everything he pens from here on out.
Joe Hill does not disappoint with this one. It's a bit of a ghost story trope, not a unique premise, but the oldest tales, told well, have longevity for a reason. I was particularly impressed with the fact that the protagonists were realistically flawed to the point where I didn't *like* any of them (just as in real life... if we knew one another's inner selves there'd be a lot more misanthropes) and I had to wonder what I'd do next in their unfortunate, haunted shoes.
Without putting forth any spoilers, I will say that this was almost an awesome book, and had it gone the direction I'd hoped, I'd be raving. For the first two-thirds, I was genuinely impressed, but after the 'insanity or for-realsies or supernatural' plot resolved I was wickedly disappointed. That said, I'd read another contribution from this author, just to see what he had kicking around in his head. Also, itchy.
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