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2. A Nightmare On Elm Street #1:
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5. Angels & Demons
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8. The Alienist
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1. Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman
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Asin: 0380789019
Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
Publisher: Avon
Sales Rank: 2551
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Richard Mayhew is a plain man with a good heart -- and an ordinary life that is changed forever on a day he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. From that moment forward he is propelled into a world he never dreamed existed -- a dark subculture flourish in abandoned subway stations and sewer tunnels below the city -- a world far stranger and more dangerous than the only one he has ever known...Richard Mayhew is a young businessman with a good heart and a dull job. When he stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations below the city. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a bloody marvelous novel!
I had the pleasant encounter with Neil Gaiman himself at the DreamHaven bookstore in Minneapolis, MN. As well a large number of people turning out to see him in person. Before seeing him in person, I've read his first major novel, "Neverwhere". Wow, it's truly the best modern fairy tale novel for adults since "Alice in Wonderland"! London came really alive to me, the above world never knew about life hidden in the under world. Literally I mean way under the above world. The characters are so fascinated and I love those two crazy killers acting like some english nobles with perverse sense of humors. Neil Gaiman is very inventive and creative with the story and based on his past stories he'd written for the comic book industry, this man is destined for greatness. I've sweared that Neil Gaiman is the modern William Shakespeare! No one have ever write the stories as well and marvelous as Gaiman...not even since James Joyce and William Shakespeare. I told Neil this and he was rather flabbergasted but it's the truth! Read the novel, then read "Stardust", then read every story Neil has ever written and you'll know that we may have a William Shakespeare for the 21st century! Oh, by the way..."mind the gap!"

4-0 out of 5 stars Gaiman is a Pro at Weaving Worlds You Get Lost In
I read American Gods last year and loved it, eager to read what else the author of the fabulous "Sandman" graphic novels has written, I picked up Neverwhere and read it in a day.

Here, Gaiman takes the real life "London Underground" system of subways and tube stations and adds a twist, a magical world beyond the underground, London Below where pockets of lost time and places are filled with the forgotten people of the world.

London Below is a world of Baronies and Fiefdoms, of angels, beasts and killers. Richard Mayhew, a securities analyst gets drawn into this secret, invisible world when he helps what appears to be an injured homeless woman. Because of his contact with her and some of the people from her world, he slowly disappears from his own reality. It seems that most people aboveground cannot deal with the reality of London Below so they conveniently can't see them or anything they do.

A classic quest follows with an interesting cast of characters. Richard and The Lady Door, together with a reprobate Marquis and a bodyguard head off through danger to find answers. You enter the world of rat speakers, sewer dwellers and secret societies. It's all very interesting and funny as well as giving the reader the occasional scare. Below is a world where nothing is what it seems and danger lurks everywhere and yet, its inhabitants seem to derive pleasure from their lives despite that.

As with Gods, Gaiman weaves his mythical world into the tapestry of the "reality" of every day life and there are times when you aren't sure if what is happening is just a manifestation of Richard's insanity or not. It's a nice tension.

This book will please the fantasy reader as well as those who love a good mystery. It's a worthy read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sorry about the confusion
this a good book. it is reaeally good fool. It is like fantasy, but not really. it is good. it is a good book that is good and it is a book, see, it is a good book and i liked this book beacuse it was a book that was a good book that was good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely dark fantasy
Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman finds himself mixed up in the weird alternate reality of "London Below" when he rescues a strange girl named Door. He joins her and a few other denizens from London Below --- such as the (ah, hell, why not?) irrepressible Marquis de Carabbas and the rather intense Hunter --- in her search for the Angel Islington, whom Door's father told her she could trust right before he and the rest of Door's family were murdered by two henchmen named Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar (who were hilarious, by the way).

Gaiman obviously had a lot of fun with names of tube stops and prominent places in London and with the possibilities for parallels between London Below and London Above. I loved the sense of wonder and the sense of humor in Neverwhere, though both were balanced by the sense of darkness in the story. Quintessential Gaiman. A wonderful and imaginative book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great novel from Gaimen.
From author Neil Gaimen (Sandman, Good Omens) come this enchanting novel about a world underneath London where magic and violence reigns. The novel's hero, Richard Mayhew, is a simple man with a simple life until one day he sees a bleeding girl lying in an alley. The choice he makes to help the girl opens a whole new world to him. The very next day, Richard's life, as he knows it, has drastically changed. No one seems to know who he is. All records of his life have disappeared. His only hope is to find the girl (called Door) again and see if she can offer any explanations on why his world has turned upside down. His search for the girl leads him to a whole underground world beneath modern London where nothing is at it seems.

This novel was much better than I anticipated. Full of action and a great storyline, Neverwhere will stretch your imagination to its fullest. Great characters round out this superb story of love, vengeance, magic and escapism. ... Read more

2. A Nightmare On Elm Street #1: Suffer The Children
by David Bishop
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Publisher: Black Flame
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When six teenagers volunteer to test a new anti-insomnia drug, all they expect is cash and a good night's sleep. However, they are now the plaything's of Freddy Krueger, the bastard son of a hundred maniacs¨ ... Read more

3. The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book 7)
by Stephen King
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At one point in this final book of the Dark Tower series, the character Stephen King (added to the plot in Song of Susannah) looks back at the preceding pages and says "when this last book is published, the readers are going to be just wild." And he's not kidding.

After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, King's Constant Readers finally have the conclusion they've been both eagerly awaiting and silently dreading. The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal. The body count in The Dark Tower is high. The gunslingers come out shooting and face a host of enemies, including low men, mutants, vampires, Roland's hideous quasi-offspring Mordred, and the fearsome Crimson King himself. King pushes the gross-out factor at times--Roland's lesson on tanning (no, not sun tanning) is brutal--but the magic of the series remains strong and readers will feel the pull of the Tower as strongly as ever as the story draws to a close. During this sentimental journey, King ties up loose ends left hanging from the 15 non-series novels and stories that are deeply entwined in the fabric of Mid-World through characters like Randall Flagg (The Stand and others) or Father Callahan (Salem's Lot). When it finally arrives, the long awaited conclusion will leave King's myriad fans satisfied but wishing there were still more to come.

In King's memoir On Writing, he tells of an old woman who wrote him after reading the early books in the Dark Tower series. She was dying, she said, and didn't expect to see the end of Roland's quest. Could King tell her? Does he reach the Tower? Does he save it? Sadly, King said he did not know himself, that the story was creating itself as it went along. Wherever that woman is now (the clearing at the end of the path, perhaps?), let's hope she has a copy of The Dark Tower. Surely she would agree it's been worth the wait. --Benjamin Reese

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Over 30 years in the making, spanning seven volumes, Stephen King's epic quest for the Dark Tower has encompassed almost his entire body of fiction. Find every volume of this fantastic adventure, an interview with the master himself, and much more in our DarkTower Store.

Authors on Stephen King
Mystery writer Michael Connelly thinks Stephen King's "one of the most generous writers I know of." Thriller author Ridley Pearson says "King possesses an incredible sense of story..." Read our Stephen King testimonials to find out what else they and other authors had to say about the undisputed King of Horror.

The Path to the Dark Tower
There are only seven volumes in Stephen King's Dark Tower series but more than a dozen of his novels and short stories are deeply entwined with the Mid-World universe. Take a look at the non-series titles, from Salem's Lot to Everything's Eventual. Can you find the connections?

History of an Alternate Universe
Robin Furth, an expert on Stephen King's Dark Tower universe if ever there was one, has created a timeline of Mid-World, the slowly crumbling world of gunslinger Roland Deschain. Read it and get up to speed on a world of adventure.

Hail to the King
Fans applauded and critics howled when Stephen King was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Service to American Letters. In typical fashion, King accepted the honor with humility and urged recognition for other "popular" authors. Listen to a clip of his acceptance speech, then order the entire speech on audio CD. ... Read more

4. Monster
by Frank E. Peretti
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
Publisher: WestBow Press
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Miles away from the hectic city, Reed and Rebecca hike into the beautiful Northwestern woods. They're surrounded by gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and hundreds of acres of unspoiled wilderness.

But something—or someone—begins closing in on them. Something no human has ever seen. And it's killing everyone in its path without remorse.

Best-selling author Frank Peretti has sold more than 12 million novels about angels, demons, and dragons. That was just the warm-up.

From the master of suspense and supernatural thrillers comes the season's hottest page-turner.

Be warned: this monster's got teeth.

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5. Angels & Demons
by Dan Brown
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Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code comes the explosive thriller that started it all.

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy -- the Catholic Church.

Langdon's worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican's holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown's remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, Angels & Demons marks this hero's first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A true barnburner!
Next to Britt Gillette's "Conquest of Paradise", this is the best book I've read in a long time. I'm a first time Dan Brown reader but I'm hooked! I stayed up all night and didn't quit until I finished, blurry eyed and sleepy. I found myself believing every word and had to stop and remember that it's just fiction! I was amazed at the inside information about the Vatican (especially the library), and I finally got out a map and books from my trip to Rome to see if I could find all the churches. Anti-matter, illuminati, choosing a pope - all of it was fascinating. When I finished, I had to laugh thinking about the fact they never ate, slept or made comfort stops and neither could I. The ending was a total surprise! Anyone who enjoys non-stop action and information shouldn't miss this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Dan Brown!
I read the "DaVinci Code" first and decided to read "Angels and Demons".This is another excellent book.A Phyisist Leonardo
Betra is killed and his eye is cut out. He is also branded.Our
heor Robert Langdon is flown to CERN headquarters on a jet the travels 15,000 miles per hour.Langdon discover that the brand is used by an ancient cult called the Illuminati.Langdon,the director of CERN Kohler and Vittorio Vetra discover that a container of antimatter has been stolen from the facility.The antimatter is hidden within Vatican City and set to explode.All
of this takes place while a conclave is taking place to elect a new Pope.The four leading candidates for Pope are kidnapped by a
hired killer called the Hassassin.The four candidates for Pope are killed and branded with four seperate brands used by the Illuminati.In the meantime Langdon and Vittoiro are searching the Vatican hunting for the antimatter.This book is exciting from start to finish.The ending of the book will shock you as well.This is another excellent book from Dan Brown. Buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love all of Brown's books. Great reading!
I had to laugh at the few low ratings by raving zealots. If you are a person, that has always asked "too many questions," this book is for you! Whether you are a Philosopher, Theologian, or Agnostic, this book is a welcome addition to your fiction collection. This book makes you think, so Fun-dam-entalists should probably skip this one. Right or Wrong, this book will get your wheels turning...which is all that really matters, right?

As a voracious reader, I have read the best. "Angels and Demons" is a heart-stopping thriller that keeps you turning pages until you arrive exhausted at the end. You're truly "in on the chase." Improbable as it seems, Dan Brown has combined nuclear physics and antimatter with Renaissance art, old Rome and the Vatican. You conjure up the images in your mind, but the icing on the cake is Brown's Web site, which shows you the CERN facilities, the plane and then the exquisite artwork of Bernini and others as well as a peek inside the Vatican. It's a book that teaches, makes you think, and entertains, all at the same time. Few authors can accomplish that.

If you are open minded and looking for those books begging for its pages to be turned...look no further. Read 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail,' and ANYTHING by Ken Follett! I just read a copy of Edgar Fouche's 'Alien Rapture,' which also blew me away. Fouche was a Top Secret Black Program 'insider', whose credibility has been verified over and over. Another fun book is Brad Steiger's 'Werewolf.' I also really liked Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons.' Want to be shocked, check out Dr. Paul Hill's 'Unconventional Flying Objects' which NASA tried to ban.

For those who say this book goes against their beliefs and their dogma, consider this: The tip of the iceberg: Numerous authorities who had noted the errors in the K.J.V. such as William Kilburne (1650's) 20,000 errors, John Wesley (in 1755) 12,000 changes in the New Testament alone, the Revised Version of 1881 consisted of 36,000 errors and on and on. The NIV, RSV and The Living Bible are also replete with thousands of errors. Do some research!
Buy this book, you will love it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Incredible, yet incredulous
"Angels and Demons," although incredibly fast-paced and action-packed, lacks plausibility. The protagonist, a Harvard symbologist whose intellect and intuition rival those of any figure in all of history, flies to Geneva to assist in the investigation of the murder of a renowned physicist (who also happens to be a Catholic priest). Furthermore, the murder occurs at the global headquarters of everything scientific, or so the reader is led to believe, known as CERN. The Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is taken into a world of historical satanic cults, Vatican controversy, scientific breakthrough, and the classic aura of the "whodunit?" genre.

Although absurdly implausible, Dan Brown manages to write this novel with his readers in mind. I simply could not put it down. I highly recommend that everyone reads this, so long as they do not intend to be blown away with historical fact and believability. Final verdict: 4 well-earned stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars As good as "Da Vinci Code"
Well if you liked "Da Vinci Code" I think you'll like Angels & Demons. Robert Langdon stars, once again, as a Harvard prof on the run in Europe. Fast-paced, interesting story, good characters, page-turning -- it's a great read. I look forward to more Robert Langdon stories from Dan Brown! ... Read more

6. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night
by Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
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7. Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
by Christopher Moore
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: Perennial
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Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more -- except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jesus H. Christ: The Lost Years
What does the H in Jesus H. Christ stand for? I'll give you a hint--it's a family name. Beyond that, you'll have to read the book and discover it for yourself.

I interviewed Chris Moore for my writing ezine. At the time, he was in the throes of writing Lamb, and had been instructed by his publisher to keep the project hush-hush, lest a bad B movie rendition torpedo the whole thing. I remember him saying that this book would certainly "piss off more people" than any of his previous works--and from the looks of the reviews cropping up here, the process has already begun.

I've read every one of Christopher Moore's books--I'm a devoted fan. Every time I read Chris Moore in bed, I find myself laughing so hard that my husband refers to me as "the human equivalent of Magic Fingers." I have to believe that someone whose writing can evoke such a reaction has a true gift. Christopher Moore's writing is both funny and deeply humane--he pokes fun at the world with tenderness and benevolence. That style shines through in Lamb, a story retold by Jesus' life-long friend, the irrepressible Levi, who is called Biff.

At first glance, it might seem Biff is an archetype--the guy whose exterior reflects "a--hole," (to quote the angel, Raziel), but who actually possesses a heart of gold. But on further examination, Biff's more than that. He's intelligent (incidentally, the first to theorize that the world was round, and the first to speculate on the existence of gravity), kind and selfless. Sure, he has his faults, but that brilliant combination of jerk/gentleman is what makes him so intriguing.

Those who scoff at this book for religious reasons (and there will be many, I'm sure) are missing the bigger picture. As Moore relates in his afterword, the book was "not designed to change anyone's beliefs or worldview." But, for me, it did. I'm a Christian, and after reading Lamb I came away with a new understanding of Jesus (called Joshua in the book--Jesus is the Greek translation of the Hebrew, Yeshua, which is Joshua) as a human being. The fact that Jesus became human to redeem the world is the core of the Christian faith, and Christopher Moore brings that belief home with an almost magical tenderness. I found it moving to think of Jesus as a real person, and not some mystical, unreachable Godhead. Regardless of Moore's own religious beliefs--it's difficult to determine whether he views Christ as the Son of God, or a fascinating historical figure with a 30-year hole in his life story--Lamb meant something to me, and I know I'll read it more than once.

Is Lamb a perfect book? No. Some of the humor was a little too slapstick to really work. But as a whole, it's a bright spot in a world that has grown far too serious and cynical. Lamb was painstakingly researched; it's poignant and real; and, oh's incredibly funny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Happily Devouring Another Moore
Nearly everytime I enter the bookstore I head instinctively to the M section just to see, if perchance, possibly, there is another Christopher Moore book to read. I still remember the delight I found when I read his first book so long ago, Practical Demon-Keeping, and now I can hardly contain my exclamations of delight when I happen upon a new book.

I haven't even finished the book and I've recommended it to everyone I think will enjoy it and have even promised my copy as first dibs to a close friend of my parents. I let him read the prologue and was concerened I might not get it back.

Okay- the book. Oh my, it's hilarious. Imagine The Hitchhiker meets Monty, raised on early (the good stuff) Saturday Night Live. I have laughed out loud with this book more times than all of the others. If I thought Mr. Moore delightfully witty and talented before, I now think him a brilliant god or incarnation of some divine figure of words and speech. I am looking forward, already, to re-reading this book. "Two Jews walked into a bar"- that's JC and Biff. So some of the humour is the one-liner type? It's the fresh perspective that gives it the extra punch. Joshua (Jesus) and Biff discussing bacon, among other no-no's is akin to considering the Pope discussing fine mountain chilled brews. Biff's adoration of Mary, his troubles with his own mother (did he mention she was troubled by demons?) and his infatuation with Mary Magdelene are the earmarks of youth. Jesus had to have one and this book reminds you that kids are kids. Even divinely inspired ones.

I fear that many people will mis-understand this book and just gleaning over the negative reviews proves this. There are some people in this world who cannot take humour, especially directed at God and/or our relationship with said. Luckily, this book is about Jews- Jews not only make jokes with and about God, but argue with him as well. They keep him up late at night. I can only think that God would be most delighted with this book as well. The comment someone made about Joshua (Jesus) being depicted as a little bit less than sharp is a genuine mistake: simplicity is the key to complexity.

Jesus did have friends right? He sat down and ate, probably grumbled about the weather from time to time- this book only encourages that perception of his humanity while at the same time unleashing time warped humour (a la Briscoe County Junior) that will have you holding your belly. I won't spoil anything about where the book goes but the span is one that actually is proposed and belived by scholars, one I believe myself- so there is an air of reality and seriousness to the book. Enough to spark an interest I think, in many who read it. And isn't that what a book should do? Spark a fire? I'm lit, so loosen the mind strings and join me on this one, it really will set your mind to thinking all while giving your mind a good (no doubt much needed!) tickling.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book was so much fun to read!
It was interesting, bizarre, easy to follow, (one does not need to know the bible inside and out to understand it, just a sense of humor) you really grow to care about the characters and much more...

Not only did I literally laugh out loud during certain parts, I got choked up with a lump in my throat during others. I think Moore did an excellent job at bringing out the human side of Joshua as well as the Divine. And then there's Biff... What a great friend he is and what halarious & wonderful adventures the two of them have together while Joshua is on his quest for knowledge.

I highly recommend this book and will deffinately be reading this one again.

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish this book were true!
The weirdest part of my experience with Christopher Moore's LAMB is that I was browsing the bookstore shelves in search of absolutely nothing in particular, when the cover of this book caught my eye. Another Gospel? Who is Biff? Christ had a childhood pal? I certainly wasn't sure what to expect, nor was I too keen on having someone I'd never heard of tell me all these lies and preach to me about Chist.

Was I in for a treat! This book is hilarious, with original humor that never ceases to both shock and excite you. Rarely are books published anymore that will make you laugh out loud while still managing to bring you to tears. Moore manages to capture Christ's human side, thus making him easier to relate to. He also introduces you to Biff, a character who is so amusing and so honest that you cannot help but fall in love with him. Biff's love for women, especially Maggie, and his undying loyalty to Joshua, as well as his obnoxious yet lovable humor, build a characater that you have to meet. I wish the story were true.

5-0 out of 5 stars Go ahead and read it!
This book is a best seller because everyone who reads it passes it on then buys another copy. I have bought five so far. Read it, pass it on, buy another copy. Every person you give it to will come back and tell you it is the best book he has ever read. They will also tell you they passed it on and bought their own copy. Trust me, it's a never ending cycle. Christians will be so glad to learn, finally, what happened to all those missing years from Josh's 12th birthday until he started His ministry. All scripture is inspired by God. Christopher Moore just got inspired 2000 years after all those other guys. Mel Gibson should have consulted Moore before filming. Biff was there. ... Read more

8. The Alienist
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Asin: 0679417796
Catlog: Book (1994-03-15)
Publisher: Random House
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating grotesque
Caleb Carr has written a plot-driven novel with a strong setting and reasonably complex characters. The industrial New York setting comes across as seedy and gritty without being too overblown, and the narrator's somewhat modern perspective and voice allows the reader to feel somehow more familiar with this past time. I can't vouch for the historical veracity but it felt real enough to me.

Like Crichton, Carr allows the reader to be taken on a thriller journey that includes bits and pieces of knowledge (NY underworld, psychology in the late 19th century) so the book feels less like brain candy. Unlike Michener, Carr avoids drowning out his sense of storytelling in order to share his wealth of information.

Two weaknesses affect the story. First, the narrator seems a bit of a buffoon--the old "why would the rest of these characters bother tolerating him." Second, Carr seems to think a dramatic denouement requires including every character who's appeared previously and providing them with a weapon. A few pages of overblown drama are quite forgivable though in an otherwise well-researched and skillfully told novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars What a pageturner!
I read The Alienist with my face-to-face bookclub this month and was immediately excited for a couple of reasons. First, we needed a change, having focused on "issue" books primarily, and second, I love serial killer mysteries. There's nothing like a great thriller to keep you company on a rainy afternoon. And this was no exception.

It's Spring, 1896, and the New York City police department is faced with a dilemma. Someone is murdering and mutilating young male prostitutes. Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt brings together Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a controversial profiler (aka alienist), John Moore, the police beat reporter for the Times, and an assorted cast of trustworthy detectives and friends to take the case. Can this team of unexpected investigators find the murderer before he strikes again?? Guess you'll have to buy the book to find out...

Overall, I enjoyed Carr's vivid description of turn of the century NYC and his ability to write in response to the time period's needs. I don't think he missed a single detail. The ending was slightly anti-climactic though I would not hesitate to recommend the book to anyone interested in this type of novel. I'm on my way to find The Angel of Darkness for more adventures with this funny, endearing group of characters.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Alienist, by Caleb Carr
The Alientist, by Caleb Carr, is one of the most unique novels you are likely to read. Although it could be termed a mystery, I think it works better as historical fiction. Anyone disappointed with the recent film Gangs of New York should look to this book as more interesting historical fictional set in 1800s New York. Unlike that movie, however, this book really conveys a sense of old time New York during the turn of the century. But the setting does not dominate the novel, rather it serves as a striking backdrop for the considerable story, using such real life characters as Theodore Roosevelt. J.P. Morgan and Anthony Comstock (whose ancestors also appear in the similarly themed Quicksilver, by Neal Stevenson) also make brief apperances. As with Quicksilver, the settings and characters compliment the plot, using it to examine philosophical and religious issues, a trait not commonly found in typical mysteries. The end result that the main thrust of the plot (i.e. the search for a serial killer) takes on greater meaning, in its attempt to show the difficulties faced by attempting to reconcile civilization's greater struggles with that of the (seemingly insignificant) individual.

4-0 out of 5 stars A slightly different New York
One of the most well-researched, intelligently written books of historical fiction on the shelves. Carr not only utilizes the budding sciences of criminal psychology and forensics, but he presents each method as seen through the eyes of those living in the 1890's when both were considered new developments. He successfully mimicks the style of the day, which is often longwinded and wordy, but at the same time poetic and lyrical. The descriptions of old New York, particularly the dangerous, back-alley tenement ghettos, the subculture of police corruption, and the Victorian decadence once known as the "sporting life" are written so well that it's hard to believe Carr wasn't actually there to witness it all firsthand. Definitely recommended, and a good hook for the sequel, Angel of Darkness.

4-0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
The finest writing, to my mind, is that which uses one's mind. Caleb Carr fully engages the minds of his readers by expertly plumbing the minds of his characters, including a chillingly twisted mind, that of a serial killer. Mr Carr invites his readers to sort out details, to route out clues, to struggle along with the protagonist, New York Times writer John Moore, as he devises a method in which to trap a man who has killed, and who will kill again, before captured finally within the breathless climax. To capture this killer, John Moore utilises psychology, a science which in 1896, the year this novel transpires, was brand new, untried, and popularly maligned. To help him along in this is Laszlo Kreizler, the Alienist, a practitioner of psychology during a time when the mind remained the domain of myth, misunderstanding, and the property of a Higher Power. Battling corruption and ignorance, John Moore, under Kreizler's tutelage, rallies an investigation that plows new ground in crime fighting history. These men are splendid and admirably portrayed, however, I admired especially the female liason, if simply for the fact that Mr Carr included an intelligent, independent woman character within a late 19th-century setting, a time almost universally unkind toward women, wherein they were relegated to the lower ranks, and regrettably dismissed to forgettable subservient roles. ... Read more

9. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son
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3-0 out of 5 stars Did Koontz write this?
Being a huge fan of Koontz, I had to pick this paperback up.To be honest, I am not convinced that Koontz wrote this book.Kevin Anderson is listed as a co-author and I feel like he wrote the book, possibly in consultation with Koontz.It's not a bad read; it's just not nearly as good as most of Koontz's books.The book has an interesting premise that does read very quickly.I just found the plot to be somewhat simplistic and the characters to be stereotypical.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz's Frankenstein
I have loved Dean Koontz for years but his books of late have gotten away from the reason I fell in love with his stories...All I can say is HE'S BACK!I can't wait for the 2nd book!! I could not put this down,it made me breathless the whole way through!

2-0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein Prodigal Son
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz but not this book. The character Decaulion was boring. I didn't think much of the ending (I don't want to give it away). Usually I'm surprised by the ending, or satisfied. A predictable conclusion.

2-0 out of 5 stars not koontz's best
If you have read a Koontz before, you will pretty much already know the story line to this tale. The only difference is that here Koontz takes in Frankenstein and turns him into a Marvel Comic book character out to save the day.

I think that I have read just about every Koontz book. He has a plot that he uses over and over again shifting characters and situations just slightly in order to write something new, but it's really not often new. The reason that I read or listen to Koontz is that every once and a while he almost produces an astounding book. Back in the early 1990's it seems to me that he wrote two or three tales of horror that was really engrossing.But since then he has written close to 20 books that are just goofy. They are silly in that they go so over the top with a bad guy who is so purely evil pitted against a couple that is falling in love and as pure as can be. And the ending always is a lesson in Christian morality that makes you wants to call up the author and offer some editorial advice. The only difference with Frankenstein as opposed to most of Koontz earlier work is that this one is three times more complex and three times as long. I have not read the last two books in the series yet, but I hope that they don't become three times as sappy.

Koontz has the ability to write a great novel. His imagination and ability to push a story along are not in question. What is in question in my opinion is his need for pat resolutions. At the outset of this newest book, he talks of meeting with Phillip K Dick, an author who inspired many a twilight zone episode in the 60's. Dick's stories were strange and odd tales that harbor a mood I think Koontz strives for in his work. I wish that Koontz would pick up a few of Dick's books and see that if his happy endings were applied to them, they would fall apart, just as Koontz's do. I wish that Koontz's main characters were either more flawed if on the good side or less evil if on the bad. At times when you are reading one of Koontz's books, you feel very much like you are in the middle of one of the better X-file episodes and wonder why Koontz doesn't grab a hold of these moments and expound.


4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect!
Koontz is the man and this was a very good read. The only problem I have is that it lacked a real powerful ending. I understand that it is a series and he wanted to leave something for the next novel, but the whole Randal Six story went nowhere. I still recommend it and can't wait for the next in the series. ... Read more

10. Undead and Unemployed (Berkley Sensation)
by Mary Janice Davidson
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Being royally undead isn't all it's cracked up to be--there are still bills to be paid. Luckily, new Queen of the Vampires Betsy Taylor lands her dream job selling designer shoes at Macy's.

But when a string of vampire murders hits St. Paul, Betsy must enlist the help of the one vamp who makes her blood boil: the oh-so-sexy Sinclair. Now, she's really treading on dangerous ground--high heels and all.
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11. Bite
by Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, Vickie Taylor
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A never-before-published Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story from New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton. A brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, featuring the much-loved Sookie Stackhouse.

A hot new novella from USA Today bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson, set in the world of Undead and Unwed's Betsy Taylor, the newly, and reluctantly,crowned Vampire Queen.

Introduced in the collection Hot Blooded, and on the heels of the wildly successful Master of the Night, Angela Knight has created a fascinating universe of Arthurian Lore and erotic vampirsim. And a sexy original story from Vickie Taylor, a new addition to Berkley Sensation. ... Read more

12. The Stand
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Arguably the greatest horror novel ever written by the greatest horror novelist, this is a true Modern Classic that was first published in 1978, and then re-published in 1990, complete and unabridged, with 150,000 words cut from the first edition restored, and now accompanied by unusual and imaginative line art.The total copies for both editions, in hardcover and paperback, exceeds 4 million worldwide.

The Stand is a truly terrifying reading experience, and became a four-part mini-series that memorably brought to life the cast of characters and layers of story from the novel.It is an apocalyptic vision of the world, when a deadly virus runs amok around the globe.But that lethal virus is almost benign compared to the satanic force gathering minions from those still alive to destroy humanity and create a world populated by evil.

Stephen King is a brilliant storyteller who has the uncanny gift of putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, giving readers an experience that chills and thrills on every page.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Stand: Complete & Uncut
Well, I safely say that I finally finished this one after a long, long year & eight months. This is a novel that will have an enormous impact on all of it's readers.

This one is about a deadly virus, called the SuperFlu, that wipes out 90% of American. The ones who survived, Stu Redman, Frannie Goldsmith, Harold Lauder, Nadine Cross, Larry Underwood, Ralph Bretner, Glendon Batemen & his dog Kojak, Tom Cullen, Nick Andros, Richard Farris, Lucy Swann, & Dayna Jerggins, must come together and meet up in Nebraska, where Mother Abigail, the woman who has lived 109 years, has promised to help them in this whole ordeal. While all of this is going on, a black-hearted man by the name of Randall Flagg, is planning something worse than the virus, for he is planning to take over what is left of the world.

From the master of the macabre, Stephing King brings you one of the most terrifying novels of all and this time, it is complete and uncut, giving you the chance to read every single word.

Buy this amazing novel and you will never put it down again.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, long, bothersome - Average Stephen King
I read the Stand a while ago, and only recently came across it again on Amazon, which is where this review comes in. I used to be an avid Stephen King fan. He is truly a man with great ideas. Among my favorites were Misery, Pet Semetary, Desperation, and Hearts in Atlantis. The problem is, for these four great novels, there were the fifteen other ones that I read.
Now that I think about it, Stephen King has a style that he always follows: A great story, a great start, great characters. Then... A good buildup, long descriptions that seem useless after a while, bothersome plot points that do not belong, and eventually an ending that is almost always disappointing. The Stand has a great idea, amazingly written characters, and a terrific kickoff. The problem is, somewhere in those 1200 pages, I just stopped caring, and around page 800, it hit me: this is the ultimate Stephen King book. It contains everything that he always writes about and every characteristic that makes him him. I suppose if you like those useless plot points and those bothersome drag-ons, this is a terrific book. I guess that my real problem is with the ending. The Stand, on Amazon, on the outside, and within its own pages, was built up to be an amazing epic. And it seems to me that it has no ending. I mean, clearly, it ends, but not in a way that remains true to the book, and not in a way that leaves you satisfied. I won't tell you not to read this book. It's enjoyable. But I give it a rating of three because compared to what it has been given, it doesn't even come close.
You want an epic? Read Steinbeck's East of Eden, read Don Quixote, read anything by Dickens. You want End of the World or Future Dystopia? Read Burgess. You want amazing language. Read Nabokov.
I hate to say it, because I disappoint the person I was only a year ago, but I regret wasting money on mediocre books of his when I could have bought ones that were outstanding.

1-0 out of 5 stars Making my Stand!
The Stand by Stephen King has been considered by many to be one of his greatest works. Sadly in my opinion this is very far from the truth. The enormous novel starts off as a simple story of catastrophe. The human race is infected by a plague is is quickly dieing at the waysides. Without giving too much away, this does not remain to be the main premise of the book and eventually it shifts to a story about the battle between the force of God and an a dark force led by "the walking dude".

I will get the good comments out of the way to begin with. The original premise of mankind dealing with a horrible plague is quite terrifying and Stephen King does depict this quite well. The does make the first 400 pages of the book go by quite fast. His character development is phenomenal to the point of pain, giving long-winded chapters describing characters that end up being unimportant and "short" living. That is my biggest complaint, the story was simply to long. Comprised of three books ranging from 200 to 500 pages a piece, it seems as though King cannot decide what story he is trying to tell. He pulls in new characters whenever he pleases and then just as quickly trows them into the trash bin. King makes the reader watch character after character grow and change and work , only to see them die abruptly and accomplish little to nothing. He spends hundreds of pages on seemingly pointless details, only to have major plot twists whizz by in a page or less. I found the ending most discouraging, which left the reader with the vague feeling that nothing of any significance had occurred in the last 1150 pages. Simply put, I would not suggest this book to anyone who I cared for in the least bit. I found it time consuming and pointless, and the only redeeming quality I have unearthed is that I managed to read five other books while trudging through this monstrosity. So if you wish to read King, I would suggest the Gunslinger instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Salute the Captain Trips
"The Stand" is where "The Dark Tower" series starts, maybe. It starts as a super virus called Captian Trips sweeps through the country, killing off over 90% of the population. The survivers gather into two parties. One with the saintly Mother Abigail in Boulder, Colorado; the others throw their lot in with the evil Randell Flagg (who has appeared in several King books) in Las Vagas, Nevada. There are so many characters (over 100 that contribute something) that it is hard to really be able to make them individuals, especially the core heros. However the stand-out characters are Nick Andros, a sensitive deaf mute; and The Trashcan Man, a pyromaniac who is more than anyone can handle. So, if the characters aren't especially strong, than the story is really compelling, even if some what episodic. "The Stand" is fans of Stephen King's favorite book, although not mine ("It" is my favorite King book). It is still very powerful, apocolyptic, action packed, scary, grim, and many other darker adjectives. I liked the action, and there was a lot of it; gun battles with roving rape gangs, narrow escapes from explosions, fights in redneck bars. There is also many tense moments of real terror, like with a kid terrorizing Trash Can Man; and Larry's frightening trip through Lincoln Tunnel. There are a lot of memorable scenes in this book, both horrible and tender. It also goes through most of the emotions; love, hate, jelousy, malice, and friendship. I also liked the moment when Larry says "Great, we just reinvented the CIA!" after it is suggested some people should go and see what Flagg is up to in Navada. If it wasn't for the way excessive length (over 1100 hard cover), it would be excellent. However, consider this statement; I read it once over ten years ago, and I remember every detail. It is a really good story. You must also remember this is a lead in to a much larger story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read, Disappointing Ending
The Stand is the story of a killer plague that wipes out 99.5% of America, and about the apocolyptic battle between good and evil that follows, but to me, all of that came secondary to the most fascinating thing of all: the characters.

The characters in this story are fascinating, multi-dimensional, and deep. They each start out in their own respective locations in the U.S., and come together near the middle of the book. Before the characters even meet one another and the real story begins, you are already intimate (and most likely fond) of each one. Stu Redman, Fran Goldsmith, and Larry Underwood will stay with you long after you put the book down.

The fascinating characters and interesting plot make for a fun reading experience, but in my opinion, the conclusion of the story isn't worth the 1100 pages building up to it. It makes for an effect in which you've grown attached to all the characters, are thoroughly enjoying the book, and suddenly the ending comes, and you can't help but think to yourself, "What, that's IT?"

Nevertheless, this is a novel I would definitely recommend. It would be especially handy to have on a good, month-long vacation. ... Read more

13. Reliquary
by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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4-0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the museum..
"Relic," a dark, twisted tour through a museum stalked by terror, is a book one would imagine would be difficult to follow. Does "Reliquary" do this successfully? Yes... to a point.

This time, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child take us on a horrifying subway ride, past underestimated homeless "moles," a rabbit's warren of black tunnels, and a frightening continuation of the first book's monster story. "Reliquary" is a relief in that it doesn't suffer from "sequelitis," that "deja vu all over again" feeling that most sequels seem to have. There's no rehashing of the original story, here. "Reliquary" goes where "Relic" was afraid to, and with enjoyable results.

My quibble with "Reliquary" is that it isn't quite as tight as "Relic." The plot seems to meander a bit more, and I prefer the museum setting of the prequel. The writing, however, is top-notch (as expected), and it's a sign of the writers' talents at characterization that I felt as though Margo, Smithback, Pendergast, and the rest of the returning cast were old friends of mine. The authors hint at a promise that these characters will feature in future books, and I would love that. I look forward to it.

All in all, "Reliquary" is a satisfying and worthy sequel to "Relic." Given some of the plot twists and differences between "Relic" and its unfortunate silver screen adaptation, it appears that Paramount couldn't make "Reliquary" into a movie without running into some serious continuity errors. Of course, looking at the first film, it doesn't seem like Paramount was very concerned with that to begin with, so I'll just have to hope that they don't get their grubby mitts onto "Reliquary." The world doesn't need another movie like Paramount's "The Relic." More books from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, however, are more than welcome. :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Just Shy of Brilliant
Relic, the book that started it all, is without questions my favorite book of the modern era, so it was a no brainer that I'd read it's sequel, Reliquary. And after reading the opening chapter, I knew that I held in my hands another wonderful piece of writing. This book is still demonstrably better than 4 out of 5 books out there, but I must admit that it falls a bit short of Relic. While I would still heartily recommend this title to anyone who read Relic (and those who hadn't, I definitely recommend Relic first; DON'T SEE THE MOVIE), I was a bit disapointed, though it'd be hard to put my finger on just why. All the original main characters were there (which, during Reliquary's climax, gave me a feeling that none of these people really were going to die). And believe it or not, I found a disconcerting amount of the book unbelievable, with quite the disappointing ending. Yes, I know that considering that Relic was essentially about a monster/evolutionary abberation/transformed paleontologist running amok in the NYMH, leaving cadavers hyothalumus-free wouldn't assure it a place on the non-fiction booklist, the original's narrative and attention to detail made it a bit more plausible. Still, I'd have to say that this book is still an excellent read, and for fans of the genre, well-worth the price of admission.

3-0 out of 5 stars One thing prevented this one from being 5-star.
I won't give anything away, because it is a damn good read and a worthy sequel. It's just one thing that does it. You'll know it when you get there.

Sorry I can't say more, but... that'd give it away.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
I love the books of these 2 authors and I really liked this one, however it was not there best effort. I thought it dragged a bit, and the facing of the monsters wasn't really well played out. I will say I did enjoy them bringing back all the charters from the 1st novel and they had some great dialogue, and also thought the conspiracy plot and the method of release was pretty good too, but it just lacked the fun of the first novel I think.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as STILL LIFE WITH CROWS
I became a Preston/Childs fan after reading STILL LIFE WITH CROWS. I'm still impressed with how simpatico these two guys are.
Anyway, I wasn't aware that this was a series and now that I've read another one, working my way backwards, I'm not as impressed.
First off, there are too many featured characters in RELIQUARY. FBI agent Pendergast doesn't even show up until well into the story; yet we have Dr. Margo Green; police lieutenant D'Agosta; Dr. Frock; Smithback, the reporter; Simon Brambell, the medical investigator; Snow, the diver; Hayward, the female police officer; plus a host of minor characters who have their own perspectives just before they're dusted by the wrinklers. It's hard to know for whom to cheer and there's too much distance between each account. It's often necessary to page back to see where they were when last encountered.
Also, maybe I'm too much of a left-brainer but I didn't believe those wrinklers for a second. These two guys seem to be obsessed by monsters and the underworld. In STILL LIFE WITH CROWS it was a cave bigger than the Carlsbad Caverns and a Kong character with the mind of a baby. In this one it's the underworld beneath New York City and a collection of genetic monstrosities.
The most interesting aspect for me was the author's note at the end of the book. I knew there were a lot of uncharted abandoned tunnels beneath NYC but not thirty stories. As many as five thousand "houseless" have lived there; they form their own communities and communicate by tapping on pipes. Even more remarkable is the authors' claim that the Astor Tunnels actually did exist. THE MOLE PEOPLE by Jennifer Toth is a factual account of the homeless beneath the city. ... Read more

14. Loop
by Koji Suzuki
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The conclusion of Suzuki's Ring trilogy is a highly cerebral metaphysical thriller--one that once again turns the story inside out in a self-referential swirl not unlike the one that gives rise to consciousness itself. ... Read more

15. The Relic
by Lincoln Child, Douglas J. Preston
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A series of bizarre and brutal murders is taking place in the halls of the New York Museum of Natural History, only days before a massive exhibition is set to open.Margo Green knows that the killer is something not human, something that's not even supposed to exist.Where did it come from, how did it get into the museum, and how can it be stopped? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Spectacular Novels in Existence!
If you haven't read it or seen the movie, read the book and do not, I repeat do not, watch the movie. The movie makes a mockery of this fabulous work. It does have Tom Sizemore, though, and the creature, Mbwun, looks sort of cool, but oh well. The book is excellent. In case you don't know, it is about an explorer from the New York Museum of Natural History who travels to South America, and discovers a hideous legend and a mysterious relic that is a sculpture of the beast in the legend--or at least a sculpture of the beast that anyone who consumes Mbwun becomes. The explorer sends a crate with the relic and some mysterious packing fibers to New York just before he is supposedly killed. Back in NY, a small time scientist named Margo Green is working in a totally different field. In coordination with her curious journalist friend William Smithback, she finds herself investigating the dissapearance of the explorer...and the mysterious murders that have been taking place inside the Museum. Working on the case is cynical NYPD cop, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta. Before long, a curious, intelligent FBI Agent named Pendergast comes along. He is not officially in NY, and is there for his own reasons, but he becomes essential to the investigation. He is one of the best characters in any novel, and you will truly learn to appreciate him. The story develops a bit too slowly, but it is worth the wait. The Museum is plunged into chaos before long, and the beast Mbwun is unleashed upon them all. Everyone should read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
WOW! Cool! Fantastic! those are just SOME of the words that come to mind while pondering how great this book really is. Forget the comparisons between Jurassic Park and 'Relic' since they are so different, it's difficult to even compare, let alone be fair. Also, if you have seen the movie, DO NOT LET IT KEEP YOU FROM READING THIS SUPERIOR STORY. The movie, well, let's not mince words, it SUCKED. It was fodder for those who have absolutely NO imagination (my apologies for those who actually enjoyed this drivel--but compared to the book, that is truly what it is). Read this book and be totally enthralled with the characters and the situations they are in, and you just cannot help but realize how downright freaky and terrifying the location of this story really is. Oh, by the way, the sequel is trash compared to this. I have read everything by these authors thus far, and 'Reliquary' is the ONLY book to this point that isn't completely captivating.

It's okay, though (read it first, even though its a sequel, you won't lose too much). READ THIS BOOK! Thank me later (you WILL). Let me know what you thought Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston--The Relic (1995)
Although a fairly blatant spoof of the Michael Crichton formula, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's "The Relic" is a superb, fast-paced suspense/horror read that is one of the best of its kind produced in the middle 1990's. The authors use excellent characterization, an in-depth look at museum politics, some soft humor, and stupendously eerie sequences that will have readers' hair standing straight up.

Preparing for a special new exhibit at Chicago's Natural History Museum, scientist Margo Green receives some unusual crates with incredible artifacts from the Kothoga indian tribe. Inside many of the crates is a strange plant and nothing more, which seems awfully fishy to the scientist and she researches the relics further. As she gets closer to the truth and the the museum gets closer and closer to the grand opening of their new exhibit, a horrific monster begins to terrorize the building. With the help of her long-time friend Mr. Frock and a rogue FBI agent who investigated similar murders in New Orleans, Margo Green fights for her live against a creature that embodies more secrets than she could imagine.

Preston and Child produce a tremendous tale, splicing several genres together that will satisfy fans of Koontz, Crichton, Grisham, King, and Deaver. Stylishly scary, eloquently written, and a fantastic, whoulda-thunk it finale that will astonish. Adapted into a very well-made motion picture a couple years after its release--the book is far better, emphasizing the personalities of the main characters to their entirity and adding numerous extra plot twists. Simply excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Debut title for author duo... One of the best books out
Not much to say other than this was one of the best conceived and written books of its kind I have ever read. Preston and Child do not write with such a "sterile" style as Crichton, and that really gives them the edge.

This is a scary damn read. Very much so.

4-0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
I flew through this book. Suspensful, fast paced, full of wonderful characters. A must read ... Read more

16. Lullaby : A Novel
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The consequences of media saturation are the basis for an urban nightmare in Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk's darkly comic and often dazzling thriller.Assigned to write a series of feature articles investigating SIDS, troubled newspaper reporter Carl Streator begins to notice a pattern among the cases he encounters: each child was read the same poem prior to his or her death.His research and a tip from a necrophilic paramedic lead him to Helen Hoover Boyle, a real estate agent who sells "distressed" (demonized) homes, assured of their instant turnover.Boyle and Streator have both lost children to "crib death," and she confirms Streator's suspicions: the poem is an ancient lullaby or "culling song" that is lethal if spoken--or even thought--in a victim's direction.The misanthropic Streator, now armed with a deadly and uncontrollably catchy tune, goes on a minor killing spree until he recognizes his crimes and the song's devastating potential.Lullaby then turns into something of a road trip narrative, with Streator, Boyle, her empty-headed Wiccan secretary Mona, and Mona's vigilante boyfriend Oyster setting out across the U.S. to track down and destroy all copies of the poem.

In his previous works, including the cult favorite Fight Club, Palahniuk has demonstrated a fondness for making statements about the condition of humanity, and he uses Lullaby like a blunt object to repeatedly overstate his generally dim view.Such dogmatic venom undermines the persuasiveness of his thesis about mass communication and free will, but thankfully, Palahniuk offers some respite here by allowing for sympathy and love, as well as through his razor-sharp humor, such as his mock listings for Helen's possessed properties: "six bedrooms, four baths, pine-paneled entryway, and blood running down the kitchen walls...."At such moments, Lullaby casts a powerful spell. --Ross Doll ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Don't Look for Depth
The best part about "Lullaby" was the summary inside the front cover. The premise sounds exciting enough: an African culling song can kill with words and the heroes, Helen Boyle and Carl Streator, are out to destroy all copies to redeem them from their previous sins. Seems like something original, occult, and obscure enough to be fresh, right? It isn't.

Palahniuk is a connoisseur of good ideas but can't present them. The author falls back on bad angst, juvenile anti-civilization commentary, and mindless repetition to bludgeon readers into believing that he is a brilliant modern writer. He exploits the fascinating philosophy of nihilism without even offering entertainment in return. His characters are indistinguishable and all speak with the same voice - his. Ultimately they can't express what he wants to say with this book, so he falls back on blatant, preachy, tiresome comments about society which provoke little or no thought. His tone inevitably loses what wit it originally possessed (and let's just say he's no Douglas Adams, either) and deteriorates into self-righteous condescension.

"Lullaby" yearns to be brilliantly avant-garde, artistically misunderstood, and appealing to only a selective, free-thinking minority. Unfortunately, it only manages to be shallow and irritating.

If you can put up with Palahniuk's style, you might enjoy this book. Just don't expect too much.

3-0 out of 5 stars observer of the absurd
What first fascinated me was the "culling song" plot element. Really the only part of the synopsis you need to know is "The consequences of media saturation are the basis for an urban nightmare in Lullaby. Assigned to write a series of feature articles investigating SIDS, troubled newspaper reporter Carl Streator begins to notice a pattern among the cases he encounters..."

You don't need to read more as it will give away some plot points that are nice to discover rather than having them exposed on the dust jacket.

The culling spell leads to even more old world spells which when used in modern day have some interesting applications... so of course I suggest it because it has magic and as one review put it "it's chock full of eco-hippie rhetoric and nihilistic tendencies".

But I also found some beautiful paragraphs about color - yes it was the artist in me that drooled over these - and moments of startling profundity that awaken the reader to the absurdity of modern culture and make you wonder whose world is crazier - his or ours. This is a modern day Film Noir pulp detective story - complete with haggard-life-weary detective. It's got a lot of dark and dry humor and is a little gritty.

Half way through it get even more surreal and though I finished it I thought there were two books under one binding... I was not as enthralled with the second half. In Fight Club I identified with Marla (yeah say what you will) in this one I'm just an observer of the absurd.

Give it a peek and see what you think. But if you did not like or see moments of profundity of the counter culture statements in Fight Club you won't like this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Palahniuk Starter
In a Guardian Online interview, Chuck claimed that this book would be the best book for a Palahniuk novice to enter his world of eco-hippe rhetoric and nihilistic tendencies. Having only read two of his books(This and Fight Club), I enjoyed the socially conscious message that Chuck sends through both the Protagonist and Antagonist of the story. The plot can best be described as surreal. The absurdity of the wiccan lovers and the necrophiliac co-worker and succesful real estate agent all mingling to obtain the source of the culling lullaby is laughable(in a good way). Overall the most powerful impression this book leaves is the affect that we have on the environment, how we willingly rape the land of its natural resources and habitat and slaughter animals for our own self-interests pushed me in the direction of vegetarianism or at least incited me to accept the validity of the vegan lifestyle.

Fun book that Chuck sprinkles with statements of profundity that will take your mind off the crazy store and apply much of what happens to your own life.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Enough
I bought this on a whim since i had read most of Fight Club and loved that book. I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this book. I haven't read any other books by Palahniuk, so i dont' know if this is just his style of writing or what, but it felt as though it had the same exact tempo as fight club but without the great outcome and story to go with it. I think if maybe it was just a bit shorter and a lot of parts were left out or more developed it would have been better, not sure though. Overall it was still a pretty decent book, but i don't really think i have any intention of going and reading it again any time soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Infanticide and all the things that go with it
Few authors will tackle the subjects that Palahniuk does, and even fewer would be able to carry them off as a novel once undertaken, but with a master storyteller like Mr. P, you can't go wrong. Yes, we're all familiar by now with FIGHT CLUB and his other works (INVISIBLE MONSTERS was my favorite), but just when you think he's going to run aground, he pulls another rabbit out of the hat and surprises all of us. With its themes of infanticide, LULLABY is reminiscent of Jackson McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOOD. With its cinematic overtones and pacing, it is like Palahinuk's INVISIBLE MONSTERS or FIGHT CLUB. All-in-all, this is one great read. But then, this guy doesn't write anything that's not top notch. Great read. Great fun. Like all of his works, not for the faint-of-heart. ... Read more

17. American Psycho (Vintage Contemporaries)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ellis's most accomplished novel
If you can make it past the egotistical, self-centered characters whose own indulgence is made an art form, you should be able to get the biting humor and mockery of Bret Easton Ellis's "American Psycho."

Patrick Bateman is a young Wall Street broker who spends his days making dinner reservations at trendy restaurants, comparing business cards, and slaughtering people in his apartment once the sun goes down. You see, Patrick is also a serial killer, a hollow, emotionless leech who's so consumed and comforted by his material possessions that all he can feel for the human race is disgust and hate.

Ellis's novel is plotless (no big surprise); there's no real storyline, just a series of excerpts from Bateman's day-to-day life. The first hundred pages or so are a hilarious indictment of shallow yuppies consumed with greed--Ellis shows off a true flair for simple, repetitious, but witty dialogue. But the second half up until the last act of "American Psycho" contains some of the most graphic passages ever printed, with the grisly details of the torture inflicted on Bateman's victims. To understand these scenes you need a grasp of the character's psychology, which might be difficult for some. In the last act, reality folds in on itself as Bateman's sanity drifts away, but I get the feeling Ellis had no real idea how to end the novel in a realistic way.

This is Ellis's strongest, most satirical work. Like I said before, if you can look past the annoying characters and LAUGH at them, you should find this an intense yet very funny read.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonder how "...her head would look like on a stick."
American Psycho is the best black humor book i have ever read. Of course, if i failed to mention about the gory details, the right atmosphere is not set while the reader is reading this book. The sudden shifts of paradigm from an average successful businessman to a psychotic killer is eerie and gut-wrenching. This book has no plot to it. But, that in itself should not be the basis for judging it's entertainment factor! This book is a "beautiful" satire criticizing the whole yuppie lifestyle in New York's Manhatten during the "Manhatten Era" in the 80's. Its about Patrick Bateman who knows he is good-looking and is 'well-tanned' living in New York. He thinks that all the girls like him because he's got the looks, green bucks, and the styles. But, the quirky part is, he's into serial killers and he quotes one of them while he was talking ot his friends on the usual topic - 'women.' He 'jokes' about one serial killer, Wisconsin in the fifties - Ed Gein, "He said, 'when i see a pretty girl walking down the street I think two things. One part of me wants to take her out and talk to her and be real nice and sweet and treat her right...the other part wonders what her head would look like on a stick." According to the blurb, this is all a part of his "American Dream" which is for me to know and for you to find out~!

5-0 out of 5 stars A study of evil
I don't think I have ever read a better character portrayal than the one presented in American Psycho. Ellis is so skilled at bringing Patrick Bateman to life that it can be disturbing to read. I wouldn't be surprised if this book has become a standard text for criminologists at FBI training centers. On one level, Bateman is the embodiment of evil, on another, he is representative of a superficial mindset that Ellis obviously knows and has studied very well. Ellis is out to have some fun by forging these two aspects together in one person, explaining homicidal rage as an extension of vanity and pathological materialism. Bateman's crowd is the smart set, not exactly hip, at the top of the social rung of Manhattan; they are young, rich and educated. The conversations Ellis records are very funny. He exaggerates manners and employs a style that approaches slapstick. The conversations are so convincing, so well wrought, that they have a life of their own, echoing those of our own world. It is a powerful satire that strikes at the very core of our being. We have all encountered these people at one time or another and have probably even acted in similar fashion ourselves. It is worth reflecting on to understand why Ellis made the choices he did in writing this book, why he chose a serial killer to analyze this pathology and why he includes several graphic passages of unimaginable cruelty. To say the book is a criticism of 80s Wall Street greed is simplistic; Wall Street is Wall Street, the same then as it is now and always has been. Ellis is making a much larger indictment of society, and the Wall Street characters are merely the most convenient targets, and perhaps the best (worst) exemplars of what he wants to illustrate. The conclusion is obvious: when man worships mammon, he loses his humanity. The extreme case is Patrick Bateman, the American Psycho, and although we may not all become serial killers, the American obsession with brands is a dehumanizing pathology. This is the reason Ellis describes in detail the attire of each character on every occasion in the book (he does this perhaps a hundred times, rattling off the designer or brand name of four or five articles of clothing), as well as going into detail about restaurant names and many, many other objects. The repetition of these pricey brand names is important so as to hammer home his point over, and over, and over. He wants our attention. It is crucial to understanding the book. Where else in the narrative is there this kind of repetition? It is in the brutal murders with the gory details. Draw your own conclusions.

5-0 out of 5 stars pure glee
i read this book in one day with a stupid grin on my face the whole time. giggling in subways with wrinkled old women staring at me. yes, there are horrible torture scenes, graphic sex scenes, etc. & this book is 'not for everyone'--if you have no sense of humor, you may end up throwing it in the trash as did an acquaintance of mine.
the insights into the workings of Patrick Bateman's [the token American Psycho] mind are incisive, witty, & REAL--he is not some laughable caricature meant to scare the reader or disgust, he is a real person, a clearly developed character, who deals with his oh-so-unfulfilled life in a "slightly" deviant manner. The book is in part a satire on decadent New York society, VACUOUS stamped across everyone's face, people who hear only what they want to hear [& this is made hilariously clear in the read & find out how]. A look at how people who simply have too much money deal with that 'anxiety.' The graphic torture & sex scenes are more of that, the sheer waste & opulence, it is nothing over which to become morally outraged.

More of what makes this book so great is how Ellis channels the reader into Bateman's mind, completely--do not be surprised if you find a few uncharacteristic thoughts popping into your head days / weeks later. i am not gifted with a very good memory but i can recall this book in great detail. i call it empowering in a way, not in that it inspires the reader to begin a killing spree, but it lowers the threshold of 'reserve,' the obscenely inflated decorum that seems to grow on one when one is not looking.

This is without a doubt one of my top three favorite books, with Coin Locker Babies by Murakami & V. by Pynchon. It's a heaping slab of euphoria.

[i am now, of course, frantically going after the rest of his books--although from what i have heard this seems to be his best]

3-0 out of 5 stars relies too much on shock value
I do consider Bret Easton Ellis to be one of the great young writers of his generation, but this book seems too intent on pushing the limits of graphic depiction of violence and I felt that detracted, rather than added to the book. It is tough to read and I'm not squeemish. What kept me going, was curiousity over how much of what was happening was real, and how much is being dreamed up by a schizophrenic mind but that really is left totally open. Be warned, there are graphic depictions of torture, murder, and dismemberment. But Ellis is a good writer and the novel is well written for sure. I enjoyed Less than Zero, and the Informers far more than this book. ... Read more

18. House of Leaves : A novel
by Mark Z. Danielewski
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Had The Blair Witch Project been a book instead of afilm, and had it been written by, say, Nabokov at his most playful, revised byStephen King at his most cerebral, and typeset by the futurist editors of Blast at their most avant-garde, the result might have been somethinglike House of Leaves. Mark Z. Danielewski's first novel has a lotgoing on: notably the discovery of a pseudoacademic monograph called The Navidson Record, written by a blind man named Zampanò, about a nonexistent documentary film--which itself is about a photojournalistwho finds a house that has supernatural, surreal qualities. (The inner dimensions, for example, are measurably larger than the outer ones.) In addition to this Russian-doll layering of narrators, Danielewski packsin poems, scientific lists, collages, Polaroids, appendices of fake correspondence and "various quotes," single lines of prose placed anywhich way on the page, crossed-out passages, and so on.

Now that we've reached the post-postmodern era, presumably there'snobody left who needs liberating from the strictures of conventional fiction.So apart from its narrative high jinks, what does House of Leaveshave to offer? According to Johnny Truant, the tattoo-shop apprentice who discovers Zampanò's work, once you read The Navidson Record,

For some reason, you will no longer be the person youbelieved you once were. You'll detect slow and subtle shifts going on all around you, more importantly shifts in you. Worse, you'll realize it'salways been shifting, like a shimmer of sorts, a vast shimmer, only dark likea room. But you won't understand why or how.
We'll have to take his word for it, however. As it's presented here,the description of the spooky film isn't continuous enough to have muchscare power. Instead, we're pulled back into Johnny Truant's world throughhis footnotes, which he uses to discharge everything in his head, includingthe discovery of the manuscript, his encounters with people who knewZampanò, and his own battles with drugs, sex, ennui, and a vague evilforce. If The Navidson Record is a mad professor lecturing on thesupernatural with rational-seeming conviction, Truant's footnotes are the manicstudent in the back of the auditorium, wigged out and furiously scribbling whoa-dude notes about life.

Despite his flaws, Truant is an appealingly earnest amateur editor--finding translators, tracking down sources, pointing out incongruities.Danielewski takes an academic's--or ex-academic's--glee in footnotes (thesimilarity to David Foster Wallace is almost too obvious to mention), as well asother bogus ivory-tower trappings such as interviews with celebrity scholarslike Camille Paglia and Harold Bloom. And he stuffs highbrow and pop-culture references (and parodies) into the novel with the enthusiasm of an anarchist filling a pipe bomb with bits of junk metal. House of Leavesmay not be theprettiest or most coherent collection, but if you're trying to blow stuff up,who cares? --John Ponyicsanyi ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Strange and unusual
House of Leaves is not light reading. That's one fact you should be aware of before you pick it up. It's not even heavy reading; it's in a class of it's own. The story as best it can be described, is a mix of two stories at once that somehow connect to each other. The first is of Johnny Truant and Zampano, the second of The Navidson family and their experience in the house they live which ultimately becomes a series of home tapings of the events later called The Navidson Record.

The book is filled with hundreds of footnotes, strange sentence structure, omissions, two appendixes, a set of letters from Johnny Truant's mother to him during her stay in a mental institution called The Three Attic Whalestoe Letters (now a seperate book in their own right), collages, photos, poems and other odd bits and pieces; an editors worst nightmare.

But don't let that detour you; if your willing to sit down and read something to challenge your mind, and maybe even scare you (in the sense of chilling suspense rather than horror), then this is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Into the depths
An astute reader can come to gauge a writer through what he produces. And if this is so for "House of Leaves, then Mark Danielewski is a swirling mixture of the mad and the magnificent. This book is unlike any other that I have ever read -- hard and surreal, strange and magnificent.

Will Navidson moves into a house with a secret, a door that leads into a bizarre tangle of stairways and passages. After his experiences are put down in the Navidson Record, a blind man named Zampanò makes further studies of the house -- and then the tattoo artist Johnny Truant, after Zampanò's death.As the reader goes deeper into the house (the word "house" isusually printed in blue), reality and perception start to warp...

Trying to explain "House of Leaves" is like trying to explain "Mulholland Drive" in one sentence. Summarizing is hard enough; summarizing it briefly is virtually impossible. But if the actual story of "House of Leaves" is fantastic, then the way it's written is even better.It's sprinkled with anecdotes, letters (often with crossed-out lines), footnotes, lists, appendices, and pseudo-interview snippets from people like Anne Rice, Camille Paglia, David Copperfield, Stephen King, and Stanley Kubrick. There are pages that are entirely blotted out, or have only a single word, or are printed upside-down, sideways, tilted, running into a mess of letters, or in a spiral. There is poetry, pictures of tattered pages, musical notes, collages and paintings.

Danielewski's style is amazing. It's in flux -- some parts of it, in keeping with who wrote it, are dry and flat (Zampanò), and some are more casual (Truant). But as the book grows darker and more surreal, it doesn't alienate -- instead, it draws you in and warps how you see the world for just a little while, as if the book is reaching out of its pages to grab the reader's brain. Almost like the house, one might say.

The kind of terror and horror in "House of Leaves" are not the kind you read in hack horror books, where something transforms or a nasty thing leaps out of the shadows and eviscerates screaming extras. It's a creeping, subtle thing, like oil dripping over the surface of a pond. It's like a hallucination, surreal and continually shifting, where the laws of physics don't apply.

This genre-busting post-modernist book is like taking a rollercoaster through a Dali-designed funhouse. Alone in its genre, it's a work of art. It will scare you, twist you, and linger in your mind without cheap tricks or flashy devices. Astounding.

4-0 out of 5 stars A challenge
This may be the most complicated book I've ever read. There are layers upon layers and you can never be sure what's real and what isn't.

I won't say it's the best book I've ever read, but it's certainly the most ambitious and creative. The way the typography was used alone is unlike anything I've ever seen. It could have been simply a gimmick, but it really reflects the story as well.

A quick hint to people who like to read while doing something else--this is NOT the book for it. I took it with me to the gym and tried to read it while riding an exercise bike. Not a pretty sight.

1-0 out of 5 stars Had potential to be really cool.
This book is basically divided in two parts. As you know from the reviews below, I wont get into the details of it. I would of rated it a 5 for the house story of it, but I couldnt get past 100 pages of this because of the crassness and sexual explicit material from the words of Johnny.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's good but...
It's very hard to follow along with the story. Throughout the book there are places where the writing is backwards, upside down, diagonally written across the page, even a few pages where you have to get a mirror and place it against the book to see what was written inside out. Not to mention you'll be really into a certain part of the book and then you see a footnote that goes on for 10 pages that has a small part to do with the story you're currently reading. But my final word - It's a very interesting book, a good story, well developed characters, but be prepared before you pick this book up to read it, it's pleasure reading, but it's a lot of work too.. ... Read more

19. Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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The "steamy" (Booklist) Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel that took Laurell K. Hamilton to a whole new level is now in paperback.

Includes a bonus excerpt from the next Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel, Cerulean Sins, coming in January 2003.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Narcissus in Chains
I have read all of the Anita Blake books in order through the entire series. I have also bought all the books except for Creaulan Sins which I am waiting for a paper back copy. I love this series and have recomended it to all my friends. I and most of my friends are avid readers and once we started reading this series we could not put it down. I bought Guilty Pleasures (the first Anita Blake book) on a whim, the very next day I had finished it and went back for the rest of the series. I read the entire series in one week, hardly even stopping to eat. And I have reread them more times than I can count. Being a poor college student I could not afford to buy Creaulan Sins in hard back, but as soon as I heard my local library has it I started haunting the place waiting for it to come in. I recomend if you enjoy anything even remotely Sci Fi or just want to try something new Read Guilty Pleasures. But be forwarned the series is very addictive.

1-0 out of 5 stars 90% Sex, 10% Crime/Mystery
I started the Anita Blake series during my senior year of high school. I was totally hooked. I am now entering my junior year of college, and I have become very disappointed since I read Narcissus in Chains.

The story is full of mindless sex. I enjoy sex in novels; it's great, but most of these sexual scenes are out of nowhere and not tied to the actual plot.

More and more, I can't stand Nathaniel. He's a whiny little baby who looks to Anita for EVERYTHING. It's like someone suddenly yells FREEZE and the plot suddenly halts because Nathaniel needs something. I'm surprised that he isn't dead yet, really.

The villian in this novel was terrible. LKH pushed aside almost all of the plot's mystery so she could present us with smut. Suddenly, as the book is winding down, she has the gang drive over to the club and the gun fight is on. It's just too random. There was no extreme detective work. And LKH presented the villian as though we were supposed to know who it was all along. What the hell?

The series was wonderful when she was animating, solving crimes, and suffering under the weight of the sexual tension. LKH uses the arduer as a poor excuse for all the sex in her novels now.

This is the worst of all the novels in this series in my opinion. I'm going to read Incubus Dreams because I've already been a long time fan, but I don't have much hope for it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Soft Porn for the supernatural lover
While I understand the evolution of Anita's life, this book takes her love life well into the porn field. If you like a half dozen scenes of sex, including group and S&M sex (biting), then you'll appreciate the entire book. Otherwise, if you overlook it, you can still enjoy the book by skimming those sections you don't wish to read. I like Laurell Hamilton's writing, but perhaps she should develop other new worlds of fiction to explore.

4-0 out of 5 stars Because I can't give it 4.5 stars
I liked this book with the one major exception of the introduction of a new romantic lead that is one of the worst uses of CPD-- Although, I don't like this new character and hope that he will eventually be written out of the series. I still liked the book.

There was some obvious editing problems with this book and there were other issues, but it still was an entertaining read.

I would not start with this book first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake rebuttal
Okay -- I do not do reviews, but I read these reviews and they were so negative in general that I felt I had to. One reader complained that LKH "has taken a wrong turn with Richard's character." Well, Richard is LKH's creation so she can change him anyway she wants. And actually Richard has been like this from day one -- it's just coming our more. Someone else called Richard whiney(sp?). Richard wants to be a normal person and not a werewolf. He also (mentally) lives in a world where people are honorable and do the right thing -- boyscout syndrome. But real life is not like this and it causes him a great deal of conflict. This really adds to the story. Someone else wrote that Anita's new boyfriend being small enough to wear the same clothes she wears "was just too disturbing." Why? Anita is about 5'5" and so is her new boyfriend. It disturbs you to read about short people? Your'e a biggot! And for those of you who haven't been exposed to this series, Anita usually wears shirts and jeans and tennis shoes so her boyfriend is not going in drag! Someone else complained about the kinky sex. Huh? Re-read this book. Are you referring to kinky sex as sex with more than one sex partner at a time? That's pretty tame by today's standards! Someone else complained about Anita losing control of her life. Anita dealing with the "ardeur" which takes away her self-control, of which she is extremely proud, this just helps develop the character even more. She is becoming more and more a "maternal but strong heroine" which adds more depth to her character.

Someone else complained that "the carnage is so over the top" they lost interest. You need a heavy dose of reality. Read some true crime stories or something -- people are this violent on a daily basis -- women slaughtering their children, husbands murdering or torturing their wives. No, this just adds to the realism, besides which it helps set the feel for the story -- about how horrible the violence is. Another reviewr complained about Anita saving Gregory, then Damian, then Michah, etc. Guess what -- she is a strong character and saves people in every book. That's the whole point -- she saves people. Someone said that original the "plot stormed along" in earlier books. Well if you want action read a western, or an action/adveture book, not a vampire story! SOmeone had a problem with Anita becoming something she originally despised -- a monster, but if you notice she never becomes a monster, the real question she is really asking is -- who are the monsters? The monsters or the people? One of the werewolves points out that more monsters are killed by people than people are killed by monsters. Remember Adolph Hitler? A perfect example of what she's talking about! SOmeone else complained about Anita giving in to "mystical wanton lusts" -- like you're a 50-year old virgin? Come on, get real. And one final note -- if you don't like the way a writer tells a story, just remember it's her story and not yours. Go write your own -- but you can't can you? ... Read more

20. Haunted
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4-0 out of 5 stars Chuck is back, for his audience
Chuck is back with his shock, his collection of odd facts, his weirdo characters. If you have been somewhat let down with the formulaic delivery of his last couple of books, try Haunted. If you are not totally repulsed by chapter 1, then you have become inured to his caustic wit, move on to something else.

4-0 out of 5 stars haunted
the novel starts off strong with the story mellows down a little... until a woman who is mistaken as dead gets her butt sliced off and cooked.the real horror comes when she comes to and eats herself.

this book is very twisted and wasnt as good as fight club, but it was definatly a twisted canterbury tales!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not for the easily offended (... as if you didn't know)!
I've been waiting for this book for a while and now it's finally here. Was it worth the wait? Yes and no. As with all short story collections the stories can be a bit hit and miss, but Chuck more than makes up for the misses when he hits.

Anyone expecting a huge pukefest having read or heard about 'Guts' may be disappointed but there are lots to enjoy here. Most of the stories don't have 'Guts' visceral impact but are still suitably twisted in Palahniuk's inevitable way.

The narrative that links the stories is a great satire on reality TV and the desire for fame, and would also have worked well as a stand alone novella.

Palahniuk is one of best writers around today and continues to challenge and provoke his readers with this latest addition to his catalogue. BUY THIS BOOK (if you're not too squeamish). I must also recommend, THE LOSERS' CLUB: Complete Restored Edition by Richard Perez -- which I purchased along with HAUNTED (no shipping charge, or tax for both -- and discounted!) Good deal via Amazon = Palahniuk + Perez

3-0 out of 5 stars leaning a little both ways....
So after reading the online reviews for this novel, I am torn.I had planned to criticize this book as Chucks worst.I have read everything he has written (with the execption of the Fugives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon) and I have been satisfied with most.A few have been hard to start, but once I got into them, they were great.His latest work, however, is another story.
After Guts, I became truly dissapointed, but continued to read for hope of another great story.I expected some very scary stories, or atleast something as shockingly disturbing as Guts, but I didn't.I re-read the novel and discovered, that while it may not be as shocking as I expected, it turned out to be an "o.k" novel.The re-reading of the book, helped me discover some aspects which I totaly missed.I realized that while this may be an unlikely scenario, it is very haunting.These people all seemed to be normal starting off, but as each person opened up, we can see how haunting there past was.Each person so disturbed by there past, they believe turning themselves into a story and to be viewed by everyone with sympathy, will turn there lives around.
Each person becomes so obsessed by becoming sadder than the others they lose sight of there life.They no longer are living for themselves, but they are dying to create a story.A story more painful than anyother EVER told.
The problem with Chucks latest work is that there is no character connection.Besides the narrator, who I am tricked into feeling that I know, but I believe is really the collective soul of the groups story, I do not feel like I know anyone.I feel like I am watching a movie of a movie of a movie.I am not sure whether or not that is what Chuck wanted or not, but still thats how I feel.
Do not read this if it is your first Chuck novel, read Fight Club, read Survivor, read Choke, but DO NOT read this first.Buy it, so you will read it later, then buy one of the other books, I promise you, you will not regret it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Could not get past the first story
My first attempt to read a book by Chuck Palahniuk, and may be my last.

Guess I didn't choose a good one to start with.

Sweetness and light this is not.

I was listening to this book on my iPod at my health club, and, after the first story, I had to listen to Beethoven's Eighth Symphony to remove the bad taste from my mouth, and that was only partially successful.

My advice: Stay away. This book is poison. ... Read more

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