After listening to the incredible book "Let the Right One in" I had high hopes for "Harbor." Unfortunately the book was very slow and brooding; like a book on benzodiazepines under water (maybe that was the idea). Even the suspenseful moments were flat. The idea behind the story is a good one, but this one of the few times I felt a book could have used some pruning (usually I feel just the opposite). Toward the end of the story I found myself waiting for it to be over. Never the less I will still read or listen to more books written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
This book is like a fine Churchill cigar. Long, rich, complex, and satisfying. I've listened to this book twice and would go back in for a third visit.
Cronin takes the world we know and slowly shows us the consequences of government and science pushing their discoveries and its greedy uses to a catastrophic, nightmare end. Their results being vampiric monsters where we humans are the prey. These are not your garden variety vampires, so fans of Anne Rice or the Twilight Saga beware.
Cronin's well crafted characters of the present and the future are well developed and complex. His prose are superbly written. These attributes are sometimes difficult to find in the Horror Genre. Here you are treated to someone who know what he's doing.
I you are a fan of The Stand, Swan's Song, or The Strain trilogy I highly recommend this book.
I'm a huge fan of post apocalypse fiction. (Could be the long winters here in Wisconsin.) Hugh Howey's Wool is a superbly written story of life in an underground survival silo after a global catastrophe. But life is a preprogammed, elaborate lie. Howey's expertly crafted characters discover the lies and chaos shakes the silo's society as the truth is slowly unveiled.
This is a book I had a hard time putting down. I'll be tuning in on the rest on the series.
Excellent, well written story with well great characters and character development. Vampires, werewolves, Lovecraft-ian Cthuhlu mythos and more spun into a superb novel. This book took me by surpise. I can't wait to start the next book. Highly recommened!
I remember reading the on the internet the question "where are all the great new horror writers." Thankfully Joe Hill is here the fill a much needed void. He hasn't disappointed me yet.
"NOS4A2" is an original take on the fantastical murder horror tale. It's twisted and quirky as a Mr. Bungle album. Its got a dark and sick scene of humor that can make you laugh and cringe at the same time. There are also literary homages that will bring a smile to your face.
Joe Hill's books are not only great, but they make me want for more new stories from this great writer.
Something else very noteworthy is Kate Mulgew's narration. She brings out the emotion and twisted sense of style needed for this audio book.
4.5 is my star rating!
As an audio book it ranks in the upper ten percent of it's catagory of murder mystery and all around just great story-telling. And I have listen to countness audio books over the last twelve (or so) years.
Gillain Flynn's story telling style makes me think of an American version of Kate Atkinson. It's always difficult two compare one book with another when you're good authors, so Case Histories by Kate Atkinson isn't a bad comparison.
Like any good narrater, she puts the listener in the souls of the charaters she's acting out.
There are moments in this book that made me feel anxious for the main character when she put herself in situations of danger.
As with any really good audio book, I'll be revisiting this one again.
More character development is needed to enrich the story. Less cheap one-liners and Scooby Doo references. Dialog needs help. The idea behind this book is pretty good (an extention of the Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos) but the excecution is aweful.
No. I doubt he is capable of making that jump from a barely competent writer to a good writer.
Good enough for the what he had to work with.
Again, I really like the idea behind this book, it's just to bad it couldn't have been in more capable hands.
I will still continue to go out on a limb to try out new writers (new to me at least). I'm still batting 500. Not bad.
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