An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
I pray this isn't Kings Swan Song novel of his career - because this is his BEST work of the past 15-20 years from King. This has the aggressive, bold storytelling of the Younger Steven King that put him on the map. I will divulge nothing of the story in this review but I will say If you're a King fan who's on the fence because of some recent works that are just 'ok' - have no worries - This one delivers. Be prepared to binge this novel - it's a real keeper.
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Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death. But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries' worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.
This is a fun fantasy story sequel, and well worth the read because it is very creative and fresh. I mean - the main character is a Mimic that is becoming a player character - how cool is that. That being said -its merely four stars instead of five because of gratuitous sex (seriously, I'm no prude but some of it was unnecessary wtf stuff) and excessive LITRPG blather about meaningless stats going up that no reader gives a crap about hearing about. So if you're a seeker of good Fantasy, LITRPG, and Fantasy Roleplay Adventure stories who scours the books for something good - pick this up. Despite its weaker points - its a very creative and engaging story and you'll be glad you read it.
What is masculinity? Ask ten men and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the overregulated, overcivilized, politically correct modern world.
The Author fails to address today's modern condition and challenges of Masculinity in civilized western society, and instead focuses militaristic/gang and "alien and zombie" apocalyptic, standards of hunter / gatherer conditions.
When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.
This story starts off strong with interesting characters and captivating writing - but the actual mystery never satisfactorily explains or resolves, and becomes some sort of watered-down version of "burnt offerings" In the end when I found out this never resolves "WHAT IT IS" I stopped caring and felt a bit ripped off.
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Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house.
Great Story telling at the very start, and amazing Narration - but very unrealistic behavior and thin on any actual "horror" that made me feel for the characters Yes, lots of subtle supernatural bad things happen, but for some reason I wasn't surprised, and didn't feel any empathy towards these characters. I liked the cast at start of the story, but they behaved so stupidly and made so many unrealistic actions in peril, that by the end I lost empathy with them.
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The first title in a new Forgotten Realms series focusing on the popular Dungeons & Dragons game character class of Fighters. Each title will feature characters with a different exotic style of fighting.
This is quite possibly one of the worst narrated and written Novels. The story contains quite possibly the Dumbest character behavior and writing i've ever heard. I really can't believe this was ever published.
The Narrator was also a new low. The mispronunciation of "sarcophagi"- was pure literary torture. I truly couldn't take it.
If a novel could wind up in Mystery Science Theater 3000 - this would be ringer. Its BAD on all fronts.
Lolth - patron deity of the drow, Spider Queen, regent of the Demon Web Pits - has once again stirred the dark elves into roiling aggression against the rest of Faern, reveling in the chaos born from her dark schemata. This is the Rise of the Underdark. In Iltkazar, the last subterranean kingdom of the once resplendent dwarven realm of Shanatar, King Mith Barak faces a siege of drow soldiers, spies, and assassins looking to seize the powerful city and the ancient magical artifacts hidden there.
This story and it's audio sample started out promising, but the cast of characters expanded beyond a manageable cast, and became whiny and genuinely dislikeable. Worse, their behavior and actions seemed forced and dishonest, as if the author wanted some kind of interaction between juxtaposed characters, but could not think of how to bring them together. The story became plodding and rather stupid until I just wanted this mess to stop.
Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.
The story is simple pulp fantasy - think Zoro meets Conan. Nothing really new here to hold my interest. This book is a simple power fantasy that offers so few ideas, that it went from a guilty pleasure, to just plain boring.
Many of the main characters from the first novel became tedious and I began to genuinely hate them. In the end, I was glad this story concluded and I could put it away secure that it nothing to offer.
Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.
This author pens a good story, one you won't want to put down even though he stinks at dialogue and descriptive action. It is absolutely worth reading if you can forgive childish use of adjectives and simple, repetitive cliches. You will hear the same descriptive adjectives used over in a pattern like they were paper words tacked on a spinning wheel going round and round. Ugh. Authors like HP Lovecraft immediately come to mind, penning creative masterpieces that are nevertheless, full of laughable dialogue attribution and prose that belongs in a pulp comic.
Yet somehow despite all of this, it's a MUST READ. Fair enough. No Mark Twain or Stephen King prose here, but maybe a Robert E Howard fan might find a comfortable joyride within these pages..
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This is a collection of the third six short stories in the Caverns and Creatures series.
Maybe not Robert Bevan's best "Cavern and Creatures" short stories - but this is still great fun and worth the wait. Crude, Amusing and more immature fun thumbing its nose at cliche' fantasy novels.
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