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181. Resurrection Dreams
by Richard Laymon
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Asin: 0843951850
Catlog: Book (2005-03-06)
Publisher: Leisure Books
Sales Rank: 69249
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars She's Dead? So What? I Want To Have Sex With Her Anyway!!!
This book introduces the reader to a High School pencil necked geek by the name of Melvin (What else?). Melvin The Geek tries to reanimate a dead body at a Science Fair and is promptly dispatched to the Mental Asylum. After a few years Melvin gets released even though he is still one sick guy. He continues his experiments with dead bodies and has Rampant Hormonal Desires for Vicky, the pretty female Doctor in town.This is the usual Laymon fare of Lust Out Of Control, Graphic Violence and Necrophilia. I have no idea why so many people think that Laymon is a great writer. From what I can tell if you have read one of his books you have read them all. Read this book and if you enjoy it then like Melvin perhaps you should consider some Heavy Duty Medication and Therapy.I give this book 5 stars because once again Laymon successfullyteases his reader with the promise of an original story but still retains the stock, cardboard characters with only the names changed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay horror

Although I have been a fan of horror fiction for years, I had never read a Richard Laymon book until I picked up this one on a whim.Based on this introduction to the author, I am not positive that he will be worth further reading:Resurrection Dreams is passable but unspectacular horror.

The story starts off with a prologue principally taking place at a science fair for students of all ages.School nerd Melvin (can a fictional character named Melvin be anything but a nerd?) presents his own experiment: a recently dug up corpse that he intends to electrically bring to life a la Frankenstein.He fails.

Years later, Melvin - released from institutionalization - is perfecting his resurrection skills by kidnapping young women who are passing through town and trying out various spells.One finally works, although there are interesting side effects.Meanwhile, Vicki, the only one of Melvin's classmates to actually treat him nicely, has returned to town as a new doctor.Melvin, deeply in love with her, plans on using his new skills to make her his eternal lover.

Although Laymon does have his bits of cleverness, overall, his writing is nothing special and is most noteworthy for being quick and readable.The humor that occasionally pops up seems more unintentional than not.Generally, the pluses and minuses of this book balance each other out, creating a strictly average horror novel.There are worse authors out there, but there are also a lot of better ones.

4-0 out of 5 stars A rivetting thriller much better than recent releases
Let's face it: the last few Laymon novels have lacked something. Could be because a lot of them weren't published while the author was alive...there could've been a REASON he decided not to publish them. But throughout, they have borne Laymon's patented, edge-of-your-seat suspense. "Resurrection Dreams" has that suspense, and a lot more, making it one of the best Laymon novels to be published recently.

Melvin Dobbs was the outcast at his high school. Always the butt of the jokes, always picked on by pretty much everybody. Vicki never picked on him (not that she liked him more than everybody else) and in fact once stood up for him. Shouldn't have done that. Because, all these years later, Melvin is still infatuated with her. And she's returned home, to take up a job at the local doctor's office. And Melvin is still around, and still up to his old tricks...

At a high school science fair, Melvin tried to bring a girl back from the dead. It didn't work. In fact, it got him put in an institution. Well, Melvin DID learn from his mistakes--learned how to ACTUALLY bring people back from the dead. He's murdered several people in the process, and with his heart set on winning over Vicki, there ain't much this guy won't do. Aren't too many people he won't kill, or too many natural laws he won't try to break...

"Resurrection Dreams" has some gut-churning moments, as most of Laymon's books do. However, it doesn't have the overt sexual overtones that many of his others (especially the recent publications) do--which means it has more room for plot and character. While not his best, "Resurrection Dreams" shows that Richard Laymon was one of the best contemporary horror authors around. This one is for true horror fans--those who like their novels crisp, bloody, and unpredictable.

4-0 out of 5 stars A return to greatness for Laymon.
So this isn't quite a new release, it's actually a re-release of an older Laymon book that Leisure is putting out. But thank god for that. The last Laymon book that Leisure released was a book that Laymon hadn't finished by the time he died, but Leisure released any ways. That book was The Lake, and it wasn't very good.

The story begins with two friends, Vicki and Ace attending high school with the nerdy reject Melvin. Melvin's kind of out there and everybody picks on him, and Vicki's the only one who's nice to him. Well, Melvin has a surpise for his senior class at the annual high school science fair. He's dug up a fellow student that died the week before in an auto accident and snuck her in to be his experiment. By attaching battery cables Melvin attempts to bring his fellow student back too life in front of the entire senior class. Lets just say it doesn't go to well and Melvin gets sent away for a long time to the local mental hospital.

Vicki has left and graduated from medical school, and now she's back working for the local doctor Charlie. And Melvin's back too, having been released from the mental hospital, supposedly cured. But Melvin hasn't forgotten how Vicki was nice to him back in high school, nor has he stopped his resurrection dreams. Melvins killing people now and trying to bring them back to life so they can be his zombies, no matter how many times it takes.

Along the way we meet some strange and well written characters. There's Dexter Pollock, the retired police chief who owns the apartment building Vicki first lives at. He's not a nice guy and is actually quite a perv. There's also Jack, the handsome lawyer that Vicki falls quickly in love with. Ace, Vicki's best friend who is also a great comic foil in the book. Then there's Patricia Gordon, Melvin's first succesful ressurection, a nurse who is now Melvins slave, and who also does a lot of his dirty work.

I was really excited when I heard Leisure was re-releasing this older story by Laymon. I'd like to read all of his books since he's one of my favorite authors, but I don't have the money to order a bunch of them from Europe where you can get all of his books. The plot of the story is great, especially since it reminded me a lot of the movie Re-animator. This book has some of the same vibe as that movie. I'm also a really big fan of zombies, and since this book has quite a few, it makes it all the better. The characters are well written, not cardboard cutouts like lots of other books. Each character has there own personality quirks and all are fascinating to follow in this story. Plus, some of Laymons more recent books aren't to gory, but this one is very gruesome. This story isn't for the faint of heart. The only problem I really had with this story is its ending. I won't ruin it for anybody who hasn't read the book, but it seemed sloppily tied up, with not much thought put into it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The opening chapter sets us up for the "warped" character, Melvin, a high school student who's science fair project puts him on the map as a horrific headcase... I don't want to give any spoilers here.(and the only other review, to date, only gives a synopsis of the story with no reason behind why he/she liked/disliked about the book)
After the opening chapter it's a downhill ride:
I love horror books, and usually have no problem suspending disbelief when any given written situation seems to defy logic.But the problem with this book is in the characters & their logic/interactions with other characters in the story.
The protagonist, Vicki, was the only person who treated the aforementioned "Melvin" nice during their school years.... Fast forward years later... Vicki goes back to her hometown where Melvin is (back from a stint in a mental hospital)...
The "I feel so sorry for him" attitude that Vicki echos through most (not all) of the story towards Melvin is simply bland and unbelieveable.When Vicki finally opens her eyes to the true Melvin, she is then written as a retarded Nancy Drew-like character. It frustrates you at times to think that the author believes he could get away this! And no, I don't believe that Melvin can do (no spoiler) what he does to bodies; simply because the author doesn't make me want to believe he can. (If you write that the moon is made of cheese, at least flavor it up a bit and try to sell me on the idea, don't just toss it in my face and assume I'll believe you...this is in reference to what Melvin does to the bodies of the Nurse & a few others in the story) No, Richard Laymon does not make me care about the characters.
It really pains me to say this because I really thought his other book "Endless Night" was a blast.No offense Mr. Laymon, but you really let me down with Resurrection Dreams.
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182. 'Salem's Lot
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Asin: 0385007515
Catlog: Book (1990-04-01)
Publisher: Doubleday
Sales Rank: 55377
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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Stephen King's second novel,'Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart -- and the insular evils of small-town America. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beats the Hell out of Anne Rice.
It makes sense that in his second book, frightmeister Stephen King would take on the big kahuna of the horror genre, vampires. What might not have been expected though is that he would turn out the best bloodsucker tale since Bram Stoker. The gritty, modern, vicious attitude of 'salems Lot is worth ten of the fey, frilly, victorian boredom cranked out by Anne Rice, Inc. With this novel King thoroughly establishes himself as the master of the fantastic made completely plausible, through his total creation of a living, breathing location populated with people you see going about their business around you every day; with the same wants, needs, habits, jokes, meaningless thoughts, concise observations...which he then, in his own words, "throws into the pressure cooker". Ben Mears has come back to his home town of Jerusalems Lot, Maine, to write a book exercising the inner-demons he's carried around ever since a frightening episode from his youth with the old, abandoned Marsten house. But someone has moved in, and the town slowly starts evaporating as people go missing...only to turn up when the sun goes down. King's early novels are some of the best reads around, but only 'salems Lot is the one that really gets under my skin and creeps me out, reaching that much-cliched point where sleep is hard to come by for fear of something lurking in a darkened corner. It's Stephen King at his young, ferocious best, and it's not to be missed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vampires and small-town evil
Stephen King's second book, Salem's Lot, focuses on the life of a small Maine town and its downfall as a vampire starts munching on the populace. It twists Bram Stoker's "Dracula" by sending a group of average, under-equipped heroes against a horde of vampires, rather than the brave Van Helsing and company methodically hunting a single vampire.
This book is also a preview of future King works, including the small, decaying town in New England, a writer character, a precocious child, a haunted house. He adds plenty of spice-of-life detail, and though this adds color, it also adds to the page count, often unnecessarily so. The prose is strong but not great, and the story occasionally drags. The first hundred or so pages are a slog through the everyday life of the town, but it's a necessary slog as we are introduced to important characters and settings, and the story picks up after that. It also brings out what I think was the strongest and scariest part of the book: the small evils in the town itself.
While the vampires provide plenty of creepy scenes, I did not find them frightening. The regular characters and their sins, however, were disturbing. King shows a knack for creating average, believable characters and settings, and the everyday deprivations of life and what bad things people are willing to do to themselves and each other. Are people really like this? The answer is probably yes. In one section King specifically addresses this, as a Catholic priest muses on everyday evil, instead of monolithic EVIL. All in all, I'm adding this to my must-read list, but more as a good example of how the writer's craft is done than because it's a really fantastic story.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest novel of all time!!
Salem's Lot is not only the best novel Stephen King has written but, it is simply the best novel ever written period. Everything works perfectly in this book. The plot is not only about vampires in modern times, (with The 1970s being modern times) but, it's also about the good and evil in the human heart.

This novel is very scary. It is also very moody. Stephen King slowly builds a feeling of coming doom as only he can. Once the action and actual confrontational scares start in earnest, they just keep on coming and never stop.

Throughout the novel Stephen King gives enough attention to every day life detail that the horrific events that happen in this novel really do seem like they could take place. This is one of Mr. King's greatest strengths. The unbelievable becomes the believable in this book.

In closing, Salem's Lot is simply "The Masterpiece"! If anyone enjoys great horror, Read this novel!! You will not be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for Those who Romanticize Vampires!
The trend in modern vampire literature is to make vampires somehow romantic or sexy (thank you Anne Rice), but it should be remembered that vampires did not always have such a refined image. Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is the story of a sickening monster, and the classic German film "Nosferatu" certainly does little for the vampiric image.

Stephen King's stab at the vampire story hearkens back to these classics. His vampires generate disgust in those who see them; they look ill, and they smell bad. This is definitely not a book for those who think vampires are sexy.

That said, "'Salem's Lot" is a justifiable classic in the field of vampire literature. King is not apologetic or even romantic regarding the vampires, but rather treats them in the classic Stoker tradition, as foul monsters. However it is not his treatment of the vampires themselves that makes this a good book.

What makes King's book stand out is his talent for portraying ordinary people in extraordinary situations. The town of Jerusalem's Lot is full of the petty little conflicts and foibles that most small towns have, and King explores tham very well. The vampires find all of these weaknesses and exploit them to tear the town apart. The inevitable conclusion of the book is disturbing, not because of what it says about vampires, but because of what it says about how easily people are corrupted.

Also of note: this book marks the original appearance of Father Callahan, who has taken on a prominent role in the recent volumes of King's Dark Tower series.

This book has been adapted to the small screen twice (one of them very recently), but both attempts pretty much missed the mark. Though both adaptations have their good points, the book has more depth and more meaning than either TV-movie version managed to capture.

This is a great vampire novel (though not for the vampire apologist), and one of King's best books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally a true horror novel!,
I think this has to be one of the best books I have ever read. It has great characters, great Villains and is truly Suspenseful. The beginning, the fist 80 pages or so, it is a bit dry. But once you get past that the remaining 300 or so pages are truly nail bitters. If you like horror this book is an absolute must read. ... Read more

183. Vampire Hunter D
by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshitaka Amano, Kevin Leahy
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
Publisher: DH Press
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It's the year 12090, a dark time for the world. After being dominated for 300 years by a race of Vampires known as "the Nobility," humanity is beginning to fight back. Yet as the humans struggle against the Vampires, they also struggle against themselves - cities lie in ruin, and nations are fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms. Every village must have a Hunter, a warrior that eradicates the Nobility and their genetically manufactured demons one vile night stalker at a time. But some of the Hunters are dangerous to more than just the Vampires. Some of them are not friends of humanity at all. Previously unavailable in the United States, Vampire Hunter D combines gripping narration and beautiful interior art by one of Japan's most renowned artists to bring forth a fright-filled futuristic thrill ride. ... Read more

184. The Dark Tower Gift Collection, Books 1-3: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of The Three, and The Waste Lands
by Stephen King, Michael Whelan, Phil Hale, Ned Dameron
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Catlog: Book (1998-12-07)
Publisher: Fantasy Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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Now Available in a box set-the first four Dark Tower Books -- with new material from the author!

The Gunslinger
The Drawing of the Three
The Waste Lands
Wizard and Glass

In this brilliant series, Stephen King introduced readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. Roland's quest for the Dark Tower took readers on a wildly epic ride-through parallel worlds and across time. A classic tale of colossal scope-crossing over terrain from The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, The Talisman, Black House, Hearts in Atlantis, Salem's Lot, and other familiar King haunts-the adventure took hold with the turn of each page...

In a major publishing event, the quest for the Dark Tower continues in Wolves of the Calla (Volume V), Song of Susannah (Volume VI), and The Dark Tower (Volume VII), coming from Scribner, beginning in November 2003.

Now readers can go back to where it all began with this box set of the first four Dark Tower titles, each featuring a new packaging and new introduction. Plus Book I, The Gunslinger, has been completely revised and expanded throughout.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Dark Tower draws more than Roland and his friends
The Dark Tower series is amazing. There is no better way to put it. King uses colorful descriptions to hold the reader captivated as he does in all his books. This wonderful combination of fantasy, science fiction, and modern times creates an ongoing story that the reader will never be able to put down. In short, I Love this series, and it will stand as my all time favorite. Although it would be difficult to choose, I would pick "Wizard and Glass," as the best book so far. Roland's love story is the main reason I felt obliged to read the entire series a second time. I wait in anticipation of the fifth book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good genre mixture with great and tragic characters.Loved it
Nothing King has written is more gripping than Roland's quest for the Dark Tower. Each time I read these books, now including Wizard and Glass,I am more and more drawn in. Most exciting among the things I liked is the way time is no longer constant in the world, and is actually unravelling it. I LOVE that. It is Roland's sole purpose to right the world and restore the Tower. Will he reach the Tower? Even King himself is unsure. The books are filled with wery interesting references to our world, and obscure "otherworlds". Also expect to find cool concepts of physics, great action scenes, and a few things that will make you sit there and wonder: Now why in the hell did he(King) do that!? The whole series is wery different from King's writing norm, but they are still wery classic King. It is also exciting to understand that he believes the Dark Tower world spawned his other books, that the Dark Tower was there first. That's my own interpretation of the afterword in Wizard and Glass, I may be wrong. Read these books, and they will take you away. Sounds cheesy, but that's the facts , jack! These books are absolutely GREAT!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Foaming at the mouth for the next in the series!
This series is outstanding!!!! True King fans love it, and I think it's an interesting change for those who may not care for King's normal "horror" genre. Bits and pieces of this masterpiece are hinted at in many of King's other books,a nice "inside joke" for King's Constant Reader. This series grabbed me and would not let go! I've read them all at least twice and like the header says, I'm foaming at the mouth for the "Wolves of Calla" to come out. This is a beautiful set and a series that could be as much of a fantasy classic as the likes of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! Once you read the first page of just one in this series you'll be compelled to read every one of them!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Gunslinger
I was hook on the Gunslinger back in 1984, but was only able to find 2 of the series and only in paperback. I have been a fan of Stephen King since I was in the U.S. Army bootcamp. I have been checking every now and then to find the rest. Thanks to Amazon I've order the entire series and in hard bound.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read; pleasantly addictive.
This series is the quite possibly Stephen King's greatest work! I've read the first four books in the last week; drugs are not nearly as addictive as the Dark Tower Series. I've definitely have becom a "TOWER JUNKIE". Do yourself a favor and buy this now; your only disappointment will be having to wait for the release of the next book. ... Read more

185. Mortal Companion: an erotic tale of love and vegeance
by Patrick Califia
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Suspect Thoughts Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For Ulric, a pagan warrior who was turned into a vampire by a Christian crusader in the 14th century, immortality has come at the price of a deep and abiding loneliness. He cannot seek companionship from one of his own kind, because vampires—like many other predators—cannot tolerate one another's presence. The only person who shares his memories of home is his half-sister Adulfa, but she has spent the centuries sharpening her hatred of Ulric, for it was he who forced her to become a blood-drinker. It matters not to Adulfa that Ulric was also under duress when this tragedy occurred.

Now Ulric has found his soulmate, a woman who loves him despite her own turmoil about the things that he must do to survive. Their passion for one another is tragically heightened by the fact that she cannot live forever. And she refuses to accept life everlasting, because becoming a vampire herself will force her to leave Ulric's side to establish her own hunting ground, where she would reign supreme, but alone.

If anything makes Adulfa angrier than the prospect of Ulric being happy, if only for a few short years, it is his effrontery in raising a piece of prey to the status of his peer. Lost in a frenzied attempt to satisfy their desire for one another, Ulric and his lover, Lilith, do not realize that they are being stalked by a sadistic and amoral Valkyrie who has had centuries to plot her revenge. In Adulfa's eyes, Lilith may be nothing more than food, but her submissive charms are not lost upon Ulric's sister. Like a great cat, once she pounces, she plans to toy with her captive, if only because this will speed Ulric to his beloved's rescue. When brother and sister clash over the possession of Lilith, none of them will emerge unscathed.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Avid Reviewer and Reader
Mortal Companion is not for the easily offended or those who are not comfortable with explicit sex. Subtitled as "an erotic tale of love and vengeance" like no other, Mortal Companion delivers. Patrick Califia has created a world where everything is possible and nothing is taboo. This world is opened up to the reader layer by layer - chapter by chapter - until the final climatic end which leaves us panting and waiting for the sequel.

Mortal Companion introduces us to Ulric, a very depressed vampire. Life, as he experiences it has become drudgery. Nothing gives him pleasure - even feeding leaves him wanting. One evening, in an unknown small town, Mary Beth Wolcott reveals herself. Ulric is immediately smitten and begins a sensual assault that Mary Beth is unable to resist. Ulric wins her heart and soul and makes her his mortal companion, renamed Lilith.

Lilith and Ulric begin a journey to San Francisco and to Ulric's past. Lilith learns how Ulric was the victim of the Germanic Knights of the Sepulcher. He was made a vampire by rape of the mind, body, and soul. This horrific beginning culminated in the rape and a feeding from Adulfa, Ulric's own half-sister. Adulfa swore vengeance on Ulric for his rape and forcing vampirism on her.

Adulfa is more then just a vampire. She began life as a shapeshifter. She is a reckless woman bent on seeking pleasure through domination of the body and mind. She has been planning her revenge against Ulric for hundreds of years and nothing will stop her. Lilith is her ticket to making Ulric pay for violating her.

Lilith and Ulric are aware of Adulfa's rage, but are so caught up within their insulated world they have a false sense of security. Ulric introduces Lilith to the BDSM community and a sex slave is born. Lilith gives herself over completely to Ulric. This trust is pivotal in what is to come.

Mortal Companion is an interesting and entertaining book. While the sex is explicit and violent at times, it has a purpose. Lilith and Ulric continuously switch roles. Neither is completely dominate over the other. It is clear that complete domination is not love, but sharing roles gives Lilith and Ulric a true, heart wrenching, undying love. While it can be argued this their undoing, it is beautiful to read of that kind of bonding. Each chapter switches character point of view effortlessly, giving the reader a voyeuristic journey. Each perspective - male/female - top/bottom - draws the reader further into a San Francisco most have only heard of.

My favorite characters by far are the vampire cats; Luna, Anastasia, Charley, and Hecate. These cats guard Ulric's house in San Francisco and play a very important role in the ending of the book. Califia has created the cats with individual personalities and separates voices. Luna speaks so eloquently that her words are like poems within the book.

Parts of Mortal Companion have appeared is various anthologies. Author Patrick Califia has written many different short stories and books on sexuality and Lesbian issues. He currently suffers from fibromyalgia and lives in San Francisco. When he is not reading other people's vampire stories, Patrick is spoiling his kitty cat or disciplining deserving masochists. He says, "Cats, unlike people, are innocent."

5-0 out of 5 stars Move over, Lestat. Adulfa and Ulric are here!
I must confess I was more of a fan of the vampire sagas that camped up the vampire myth (Buffy forever!)--that was until I read Patrick Califia's Mortal Companion.

Califia has fleshed out and sexed up all the smoldering passion that simmered (and languished at times) in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Ulric and Adulfa, the feuding vampire siblings in this first book of the series, are (omni)sexual predators. (And wonderfully so.) Califia also takes the violence, even S/M scenes and themes found in Laurell K. Hamilton, and gives them new fangs.

There are also many revisions and refinements to the age-old cosmology of vampires. Califia introduces us to The Elders, vampires who guide and protect the lives of their mortal tribes. Even amazing vampire cats. And new villians: the awesome and awesomely wronged lesbian vampire fury known as Adulfa, Sir Hilbert and his Germanic Knights, and a very frightening ubervillian known as The Adversary.

I'd reveal more, but I don't want to give the plot away. Instead, I'll say that once you finish this book, you'll be craving book two. I can't wait.

(Also fans of other Califia characters, like Patrick Kelly and Davy from No Mercy, will not be disappointed. They make a wonderful cameo appearance here.) ... Read more

186. The Bad Place
by Dean Koontz
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Frank Pollard is afraid to fall asleep. Every morning when he awakes, he discovers something strange--like blood on his hands--a bizarre mystery that tortures his soul. Two investigators have been hired to follow the haunted man. But only one person--a young man with Down's Syndrome--can imagine where their journeys might end. That terrible place from which no one ever returns. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Koontz books out there
I got hooked on reading books by Dean Koontz back in '92, and while I stumbled across a small sci-fi book called "Star Blood", he really excels with supernatural thrillers.

As far as this book goes, his character descriptions and development are incredible - you feel like you know each of the characters in the book. More, he goes to great lengths to try to explain some of the mystifying supernatural events - putting it in ways that makes the fantastic seem more plausible and mundane. He does a great job in tying in central characters (I often found myself skipping ahead a few pages to find out what happened to that particular character next...and then had to stop myself and go back to where I just left off, knowing that I could miss something important) and finds ways of making subtle ideas and clues develop into key points (if I said too much on this it'd ruin the story for you!).

Perhaps the best part though, is his descriptive style which draws you in, perhaps a little slowly in the first few pages, but then gathers speed - you get an ever-increasing sense of doom, and towards the end, you can't turn the pages fast enough or put the book down.

An excellent book, and one which I would thoroughly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars 10 stars for creepy atmosphere....
I picked this book up by chance on a vacation in Greece-not really being a fan of the fantasy genre.
What a WOW'Bad Place' turned out to be! The basic idea,of which I shall say nothing,is incredibly fantastic,and the atmosphere Koontz succeeds in creating throughout the book is unparalleled.
For me,it was only the first Koontz in a long series,but if you never read anything by him,even if you never planned reading any Koontz-read this! You can't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outstanding
In all honesty, I have never read a book I really couldn't put down. The Bad Place has now changed that. I stayed up late and put off sleep just to keep reading this fantastic story. When I did have to stop reading I couldn't wait to pick it back up again. It truly was enthralling.
I was a casual reader of Stephen King but have recently run out of novels by him that peak my interest. I started reading Koontz and am very happy I did. This was my fifth book by Koontz and, in my opinion, the best yet. I went from a casual reader to devout fan and really can't wait to start another Koontz novel (the next is The Eyes of Darkness). Before this I read Demon Seed and thought it was OK, but The Bad Place was a real thriller. If I could have given it more than 5 stars I would have.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a wild ride this book is!
This starts off with a wallop and never lets go.The last chapters (from about 53 on), you will zoom through like the blue lightning that comes from one of the characters.It is unbelievable.I couln't read it fast enough.The whole book is Koontz at his best.Right up there with "False Memory", another great Koontz book.My only problem is what to read next that can top this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow...
It took me awhile to get into this, as was the case with the excellent Hideaway, but it was really a fantastic book.A man wakes up in an alley and has no idea who he is or what he's doing there.He has amnesia and hires a pair of married detectives, Julie and Bobby Dakota to help him find out who he is, where he goes at night when he wakes up with blood on his hands, mysterious gems in his pockets, or in a change of clothes that don't belong to him, and what evil supernatural force is after him.It's one of the most clever and original books I've ever read, and a villian that you can kind of sympthasize with on some levels. ... Read more

187. Dagon and Other Macabre Tales
by H. P. Lovecraft, T. E. Klein, S. T. Joshi
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Contents of This Book
With so many different Lovecraft collections out there, it may help prospective buyers to know what's actually in this one:

[By S. T. Joshi:] A Note on the Texts; [by Robert Bloch:] Heritage of Horror [an introductory essay by a protégé of Lovecraft and the author of PSYCHO]; [short stories by Lovecraft:] In the Vault; Pickman's Model; The Rats in the Walls; The Outsider; The Colour Out of Space; The Music of Erich Zann; The Haunter of the Dark; The Picture in the House; The Call of Cthulhu; The Dunwich Horror; Cool Air; The Whisperer in Darkness; The Terrible Old Man; The Thing on the Doorstep; The Shadow Over Innsmouth; The Shadow Out of Time

This is the first in a series of four matching hardcover volumes that present nearly all of Lovecraft's prose fiction. This first volume emphasizes Lovecraft's better short stories (in fact, its original editor, August Derleth, had initially planned to title it BEST SUPERNATURAL FICTION OF H.P. LOVECRAFT). The second volume, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS AND OTHER NOVELS, features Lovecraft's three novellas, his three short stories concerning the character Randolph Carter (who's also featured in one of the novellas), and a few other short stories. The third volume, DAGON AND OTHER MACABRE TALES, presents many lesser, or at least less popular, works of fiction, plus Lovecraft's monograph, "Supernatural Horror in Literature". The fourth, THE HORROR IN THE MUSEUM AND OTHER REVISIONS, which includes most of his ghostwritten and collaborative stories, is the weakest in this series, but some gems still lie within.

This series of volumes was originally published by Arkham House Publishers, Inc., in the 1960s, edited, as noted above, by August Derleth. Years later, after Derleth's death, the Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi prepared texts of Lovecraft's fiction that corrected errors that had plagued various print versions thereof and otherwise tried to do a better job of honoring Lovecraft's intentions. Though Joshi had hoped to edit a chronological presentation of Lovecraft's fiction, Arkham House only agreed to publish Joshi's revised texts arranged according to the old Derleth collections, so that the Derleth Estate, which owns Arkham House, could cash in on much of the royalties of the revised texts for Derleth's old editing job. So, alas, this series of matching volumes now in print as published in the '80s isn't arranged as systematically as should be: Lovecraft's work tends to be best enjoyed, understood, and consulted in the chronological order of its composition.

Joshi deserves great credit for bringing these vastly improved texts to the public. Still, some of his textual editing decisions deserve to be called into dispute. Take, for example, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", one of the stories in THE DUNWICH HORROR AND OTHERS. The three dictionaries I consulted say that "cyclopean" and "Cyclopean" are both valid forms of the same word; yet Joshi arbitrarily changes Lovecraft's unmistakable choice of the former to the latter. Those dictionaries also indicate a general preference for not hyphenating adjectives ending with the suffix "like" - yet Joshi inexplicably changes Lovecraft's use of the words fishlike, froglike, sheeplike, barnlike, parklike, and doglike to fish-like, frog-like, sheep-like, barn-like, park-like and dog-like.

Other times, the standard rules of English are on Joshi's side, as when he corrects Lovecraft's habit of hyphenating between adverbs and adjectives (as in "thickly-settled"). But in these and other such reasonable corrections, Joshi presumes too much. Lovecraft was highly literate and well-educated, a professional editor himself, and must have had carefully thought out reasons for spelling and punctuating as he did. Joshi is inconsistent by restoring some nonstandard features of Lovecraft's writing, such as a preference for British and certain archaic spelling, on the one hand, and to "correct" other idiosyncratic features on the other.

All that aside, THE DUNWICH HORROR AND OTHERS, as with the others in this series, has fine content amd belongs on the bookshelf of every serious Lovecraft reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars These stories are not for the Lovecraft uninitiated...
This collection of work ranks as my second favorite, falling just short of "At the Mountains of Madness" also published by Arkham house. It contains most of his earlier works, and does a better job providing the reader with a glimpse of the forces which shaped his work through the years than any other collection could hope to. If you are new to Lovecraft, these works would probably not be appreciated as much as others. They are much more enjoyable when one has a better understanding of what Lovecraft is all about. I would suggest starting with the collection "The Dunwich Horror and Others" also by Arkham house. It contains most of Lovecraft's most popular work, including "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Colour out of Space". For any fan or collecter of Lovecraft, however, this book is an absolute must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Lovecraft Experience
In my humble opinion, there are two ways to read Lovecraft. The first, and best, is to get your hands on an original "Wierd Tales" or other pulp. There is something about the musty smell that adds to the tale. For true conisours, read them under the covers with a flashlight, late in the evening hours.

Realizing that original pulps may be prohibitively expensive, the Arkham House Editions are the next option. These hardback treasures are as much a part of Lovecraft's legacy as the stories themselves. Lovecraft would be all but forgotten if it were not for the small circle of friends who founded Arkham House, with the sole mission of keeping his writings in print. Arkham House is the definitive Lovecraft volume.

The stories in "Dagon and Other MacAbre Tales" are classics, including "Herbert West Re-Animator," "The Doom That Came to Sarnath," "The Strange High House in the Mist," "The Cats of Ulthar ," "Dagon," "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family ," "The Lurking Fear ," "The Transition of Juan Romero ," and his acclaimed essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature [revised] ."

5-0 out of 5 stars Master Collection!!!
This book contains such greats as Herbert West - Re-animator, and The Strange Case of Arthur Jemyem and his Family. The Arkham House editions are the definitive Lovecraft Library. A definite must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest writer of all time!
I highly recommend everything Lovecraft wrote. Few people are ever blessed with the talent for writing about the macabre and the fantastic. Lovecraft was the greatest. He explored the deepest secrets beneath and went to realms unfathomable. There will only be one H.P. Lovecraft and he should be acknowledged world-wide for his accomplishments. This book is one of three hardcovers that contain most, if not all, of his work. Turn out the lights and spark a flame while reading this one. Explore the unknown and dare places feared by man... ... Read more

188. False Memory
by Dean Koontz
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It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you matter where you hide.It's the fear of yourself.It's real.It can happen to you.And facing it can be deadly.

False Memory

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5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting!
This is an incredible novel. Dean Koontz has an astounding imagination, a wonderful attention to detail, a terrific talent for suspense and surprises. He also has a sweetly sensitive side.

This book held my attention captive, and caused me to laugh and cry. Mr. Koontz weaves a tale about mind control, psychology, intense love and a demented character. Read this book only if you are sure you don't have a tendency to become paranoid! The author has a knack for bringing new thoughts into your head!

In this novel, Martie and Dusty are fighting for their very minds and eventually their lives! As they struggle through the fog of their minds and the minimal clues they have acquired, you will feel you are working with them to discover the truth and expose the enemy for the evil that he is. Mr. Koontz also has a beautiful way of developing his characters and making you love them and feel their emotions and fears.

This is a fast paced novel with action, suspense, twists, and psychology that will force you to use your brain to figure out what is going on!

The summary on the back cover intrigued me. When I started reading, it was torture to put the book down! I enjoyed this novel very much and highly recommend it. Don't hesitate - purchase it now!

4-0 out of 5 stars What's Happening to Me?
What's happening to me? This is the thought that plagues Martie Rhodes as her mind becomes a stranger and she finds she cannot trust herself. This is also the thought in my head as I read and actually enjoy this Dean Koontz thriller!

This is the fourth book by Koontz that I have attempted to read. I say "attempted" because, until False Memory, I had never been able to read more than five chapters of a Koontz book without putting it aside, never to pick it up again. There are few other books that I have refused to finish. I find his descriptive style and metaphoric expressions unsophisticated, like a bad example of writing in a high school literary magazine, yet pretentiousness - an inexcusable combination.

However, I was able to look past his language in this story because he establishes the elaborate plot so seamlessly. He appropriately allows little (and big) glimpses of how the mystery will unfold at all the right moments. The characters are not only likable (Even the evil guy is commendably evil.), but also plausible. And, most importantly, anybody could imagine himself falling victim to the horrors described.

This is a creative premise for a reality thriller, and it is carried out with no disappointments, and with just the right touch of explicit gore. This book propels itself. I found it entertaining, and almost redeeming for my least favorite writer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost too eeire
This is probably the most explicit Koontz novel I've read. I hated the first third of this book as it was almost to sinister and disgusting to read. It was more painful and gut wrenching than entertaining. I almost put the book down when it detailed someone committing rape. In spite of it's awful beginning, the book got better.

I don't think there has been a more evil villian in a Koontz novel than this one. The way Koontz describes his sinfulness down to his every thought is the amazing writing you've come to expect in his novels. And like many of his novels, the ending is clutch. These aspects made the book a worthy read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really Great Book
This book grabs your attention from the very beginning and doesn't let it go. It seemed reading the book was more important than the rest of my daily activities.

1-0 out of 5 stars I love Koontz
but his recent efforts are really worth nothing...this is the only book I couldn't finish this book (yes worse than his last effort THE TAKING)Don't make it your first read otherwise you may never hold a Koontz book again and you will miss wonderful Watchers and Hideaway

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189. A Winter Haunting
by Dan Simmons
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A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage -- and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation. But moving into a long-deserted farmhouse on the far outskirts of town -- the one-time residence of a strange and brilliant friend who lost his young life in a grisly "accident" back in the terrible summer of 1960 -- is only the latest in his long succession of recent mistakes. Because Dale is not alone here. He has been followed to this house of shadows by private demons who are now twisting his reality into horrifying new forms. And a thick, blanketing early snow is starting to fall ...

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4-0 out of 5 stars you can go home again
Dan Simmons had returned back to the horror realm wonderfully. A Winter Haunting is the sequel to Summer of Night. The title seems to be a play on words with each other. "Summer of Night" is about youngsters surviving a horror and "A Winter Haunting" is about dealing with the aftermath later in life.

The protagonist, Dale Stewart, returns to his childhood home to try and rebuild his life and renew his writing. He has survived a failed marriage and a disasterous love affair that had left him taking medication for depression. Stewart rents the home of a friend that had died during the first book. Soon after his arrival, Stewart begins to have visitations from supernatural dogs, ghosts, and neo-Nazis. Most of the book leaves the reader thinking he is finally going over the edge of sanity. The narrarator's voice is the only proof the Dale is not crazy. The story is told by the voice of his dead childhood friend.

What develops is an intense book about coming to terms with the past. Simmons has explored similar phenomenon before in other books (Phases of Gravity & Hyperion). The shattered Stewart confronts his past and remembers. As all of Simmon's horror and sci-fi books, this is highly reccommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Unsettling and eerie ... choppy and uneven
From the opening page, you never know whether Dale is delusional or haunted, whether he deserves sympathy or scorn. A full, three-dimensional character, this failed writer, husband, lover. Simmons handles his crack-up beautifully.

Dale's plight begins when he returns to his hometown, the same setting for Simmons' outstanding SUMMER OF NIGHT. While not a sequel per se, WINTER HAUNTING does evoke memories from the previous work and I suspect you will enjoy it more if you've read SUMMER. (And if you love the macrabre, you should!)
The scenes in WINTER are indeed haunting, especially the black dogs (which are an explicit metaphor for Dale's clinical depression) and the spectre of the neo-Nazi teenagers. This is the story of a man haunted by the distant past, the recent past and the all-too-scary present.

The shortcomings of this novel are the same that I saw in DARWIN'S BLADE ... the beautiful prose that Dan Simmons gives us in SUMMER OF NIGHT, THE HYPERION CANTOS, SONG OF KALI is not so much missing as it is chopped up and watered down. I cannot help but wonder if the editor wanted this to be a different book than the author intended it to be.

Well worth the read, however, especially if you have read SUMMER OF NIGHT.

2-0 out of 5 stars Summer of Night 2? It's Not Even Close!
Earlier this year I stumbled upon Dan Simmons and his fantastic novel Summer of Night. Summer of Night was just a fun, hackels raising read, and when I heard of this follow-up tale featuring Dale now grown up and back in his old home town, I couldn't get a copy quick enough! Having just finshed A Winter Haunting today, I feel completely let down! The courageous boy from Summer of Night, turned into a complete louse, and an unlikable protagonist in A Winter Haunting. At least Children of Night, another Simmons sorta-sequel to Summer of Night, featuring Mike, portrayed the former boy-hero as a sympathetic, and still heroic figure. A Winter Haunting turned Dale into a huge glob of self-pity. As a reader who truly cared about this character in a pevious novel, I felt like reaching into the pages to slap some sense into the now Prozac dependent slug. At what point was I supposed to be scared? By a ghost that writes in Old English? Or of a couple dogs prowling around? I mean come on, that might have worked in another story, but this is Dale from Elm Haven who fought off a murderous janitor in a rendering truck, who saw his kid brother yanked under his bed by ghostly pale arms, who crawled through miles of tunnels into an abandoned school turned into the birthplace of a demon! This guy is supposed to be afraid of a ghost that quotes Beowolf? I still give 2 stars to A Winter Haunting if for no other reason that we get to revisit Duane, Jim Harlan, Michelle Staffney and some of the other great characters from Summer of Night. And for the inclusion of the murderous skinheads who give the novel it's only gripping moments when chasing Dale through the muddy back-country of Illinois. But if you enjoyed Summer of Night as much as I did, pass on A Winter Haunting, it will only taint the characters you enjoyed so much.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you liked "Ghost Story" or "Bag of Bones" ...
Dan Simmons seems to be the master of many genres. He's won a World Fantasy Award for his frightening novel "Song of Kali" and Hugo/Nebula for his Hyperion series (science fiction). He's lately written myeteries and thrillers. Here is his take on ghost stories. And boy is it a chiller! Don't read this one alone on a dark night. I kid you not, it had me on edge. Something blew across my roof on a cloudy afternoon while I was reading one of the more creepy passages & I nearly jumped out of my socks. It's the story of a not-so-good writer who takes a sabbatical from teaching (and the wife who has just divorcied him) to return to his childhood home and write about his childhood. Turns out HE is as haunted as the house in question. Give it a try! (Not for Start this early on a winter's day because it will keep you reading (and might keep you awake).

2-0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but not memorable.
"A Winter Haunting" is the first Dan Simmons book I have read. I am always in search of a good horror novel with the hopes it will be able to put a chill in the spine of this jaded adult as horror stories once did when I was very young, and the winter setting of this particular story made it look even more enticing. After reading this book the positive is that it's definitely worth a read and does indeed contain a few spooky moments.

The negative is that this book is an example of one of the reasons I have become disgusted and bored with fiction lately. I really think it's both lazy and a copout when authors develop a main character that just happens to be of all things... a writer. Sure, there's the old saying "write what you know," but this really has gotten out of hand. It just seems too easy for an author to make the main character happen to be a writer or a literature professor, dealing with his/her editor and publisher admidst whatever particular plot the story has to deal with, so that way they can basically, and very lazilly I might add, write themselves into the book and not have to exercise much imaginative muscle. The English professor who wants to write a book and gets involved with a young, sexy, brilliant student -- how freakin transparent is that!

It really is a fantasy-killer when you see too much of the author in the main character. I think these kinds of authors are at a point where they need to get back "out there" -- "there" being wherever they experience inspirition free of the routine born of mild success and complacency.

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190. The Other
by Thomas Tryon
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Other & Harvest Home/The Best Horror Novel 's 70's
I've read hundreds of horror books in my lifetime, 39 yrs. to be exact, but very few have fascinated me or stayed with me like this book, called The Other. This is the most realistic horror novel ever written (I have read it 5 times) and I absolutely love it. There are no devils, aliens, or monsters of any kind, just two psychologicaly messed up kids(which one is the evil one? or is it both?) who play an imagination game that goes horribly out of control, awesome twist ending, this book will keep you riveted for hours on end. Mr. Tryon creates characters that are so true to life you swear you met them before or they really existed at some time. This book is intelligent horror written by a late great author who doesn't suffer from verbal diarrhea like some of the popular present day writers. Harvest Home is another novel written in the early seventies that is just as creepy with a stunning ending, I loved it! If you enjoy The Other here are a few books you might want to look up : Harvest Home-Thomas Tryon, Conjure Wife-Fritz Leiber, The Nightwalker-Thomas Tessier, The Manitou-Graham Masterson, The Godsend-Bernard Taylor, After Sundown-Randall Boyll, The Homing-Jeffrey Campbell, For Fear of the Night-Charles L. Grant, The Dogs-Robert Calder, Dead White-Alan Ryan they are all fantastic scary reads!.

5-0 out of 5 stars Find this book!
My dad introduced me to the work of Thomas Tryon. A few months ago he found a handful of books up in the garage that he'd read when he was in high school, and some of Tryon's novels were among them. I cooked through Harvest Home and was very impressed with with his masterful descriptions and breathtaking plot twists/revelations. Then I read The Other... I was completely blown away. You can't miss this book. It's a masterpiece. It's not frightening in a slasher, better-look-over-your-shoulder-type way, but the concept will chill you, without a doubt. It's such a good story, and it's executed so well... It's the best book I've read in a very long time. I would recommend it to anyone who is the mood for a good, haunting, thought-provoking piece of literature. My hat is off to Thomas Tryon... I can't wait to get my hands on another one of his works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and Suspensful, A Hard to Put Down Book
In reference to "The Other" by Thomas Tryon (1971). This is my fourth time reading this book since I first bought it in 1972. It's gotten pretty worn since then. As the first time I read it I still can't put it down. I enjoy reading it when I go to bed and can't wait to continue the next day. The reason why I'm reading it for only the fourth time since I purchased it is because I had misplaced it for several years. When I moved (again) I found it and started reading it as if I never had. The Other is about twins who's personalities are the complete opposit. You think their are two but in fact their's only one twin who's taken on the personality of his sibling to carry out murderous schemes and revenge. Set in the year 1935, it's accurately describes a typical high class family's life during that time period. The "twins" are sort of Cain and Able. One evil and vengeful one kind and caring.

5-0 out of 5 stars Please read it!
This book is a reread for me annually. And the first time I read it, I had to immediately read it again to see how Mr. Tryon did it. One of my all time favorite books; please try to get a copy any way you can. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible writing
Actor-turned novelist Thomas Tryon's first book is one of the best out there. The technique the book uses to creep up on you if very unique. This book is very old (and very out of print..i'd sell my soul before giving up my 1971 first edition with dj) so I hope you can find yourslef a copy, because this is a book that you simply HAVE to read, if you want a good horror story.
And now the plot (don't worry, I'm not giving any spoilers):
In 1935 12-year old twin boys (Niles and Holland) live on a New England farm. The twins are both very different. Niles is more outgoing and light-hearted, while Holland is shy and hides a lot. Their Russian grandmother Ada has taught them "The Game," which allows you to be (or at least see from the POV) whatever or whoever you concentrate on. Their mother always stays inside, and their father's rcent death is probably the reason for it. It doesn't take long before a series of murders take place in the peacful town, and it becomes clear that Holland is connected to each of say anything else about the novel would ruin the book. Just remember:
Peregrine for Perry.
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191. Servant of the Bones
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In a new and major novel, the creator of fantastic universes o vampires and witches takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

He is ghost, genii, demon, angel--pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal plottings and religious upheavals to Europe of the Black Death and on to the modern world. There he finds himself, amidst the towers of Manhattan, in confrontation with his own human origins and the dark forces that have sought to condemn him to a life of evil and destruction.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Another well spun tale in a new area for Anne Rice
Servant of the Bones is the story of Azriel, as told to the 'narrator' of the story. From his early days in Babylon with his Hebrew family, to his personal god Marduk, and to ultimately, his betrayal by those he loves in life to become the Servant of the Bones. We follow Azriel the spirit as he grows and learns through time seeing many of the great tragedies of this world such as the Black Plague. He speaks of his succession of 'masters' through time, those both good and bad, although his memory is far from complete. All through modern time, where the story turns as it's partially about Azriel and partially about the villian Gregory Belkin who is another cult leader with visions of being the next Alexander the Great.

This is the point where Azriel first has to make decisions for himself. And, ultimately how his judgement will pass, as he's learning constantly. In a way, this is an area left untouched by Anne Rice in her prior novels, and while some people are quick to write this novel off by unfairly comparing it to the Vampire Chronicles, or even the Mayfair Witches....Servant of the Bones stands on it's own with it's unique view of historical events, with a religious slant, while taking a sublime aim at 'cult' religions in modern days. I immensely enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to someone who enjoys Anne Rice's work without pigeonholing her into the aforementioned Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witch series'.

4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly...Fairly Good
O.K., as a loyal Anne Rice fan, I feel that it is my honor, priveledge, and, yes, obligation to do a review. This was the very last Anne Rice book that I hadn't read. (Except for Vittorio which, though it breaks my heart to say it, was so awful I couldn't get through it). The Servent of the Bones sat unread on my book shelf while I finished off The Vampire Chronicles, The Lives of the Mayfair Witches, The Mummy, Cry to Heaven, and the Feast of All Saints. After a long period of waiting, (I was afraid to read this book for fear that it might be as bad as Vittorio and therefore shake my faith in Rice again), I finally picked this book up. And to my great surprise, I found that this book was indeed fairly good. (Which I'm sure you have all read in my one-line summary, but I thought you all might like the whole tale if perhaps you had nothing better to do on a Saturday night other than organize your sock draw). So, if you're hooked on Rice, this book is worth it. Hopefully it'll hold you over to the new one in the fall. Thank you for your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite Anne Rice book!
I'm not a big fan of the Vampire Chronicles, but I absolutely loved Rice's Mayfair Witch trilogy, and decided to give Servant of the Bones a shot. It was fabulous!! My favorite Anne Rice book to date. You will absolutely love Azriel and you'll be swept away by the world of Ancient Babylon.

1-0 out of 5 stars Them bones, them bones, them gold bones...
Anne Rice boldly goes where she's gone before in "Servant of the Bones," a flaccid deviation from her Vampire Chronicles. Rice's plot has some raw promise, but it's quickly squandered by the dull characters and meandering, bizarre plot. It would take all of a genii's power to give some life to this story.

A genii arrives at a man's house one night, and relates the story of his life (and afterlife), and a weird tale it is too. Azriel was a young Jewish boy in Babylon, who had the unusual gift of being able to talk to the god Marduk. He permitted himself to be turned into a living gold statue, a human sacrifice for the sake of the Jews -- but things go horribly wrong when an old witch curses and murders him. Now he is no longer human, but a powerful spirit that isn't an angel or a demon.

Azriel spends centuries sleeping inside his own gold-encrusted bones, occasionally getting woken up to do something for his masters. Then he's suddenly out and about -- and there's no master. He witnesses the murder of a young girl, who recognizes him as "the Servant of the Bones." The angry Azriel is determined to unravel the mystery of why the girl was murdered.

"Servant of the Bones" follows the format of the Vampire Chronicles: an incredibly attractive immortal relates his life story to a listener (who, oddly enough, never seems to need the bathroom during the long oral bio). But the grandeur and richness of her other writings is missing here.

Rice seems to be aware that her plot is too short and thin to be an entire novel. So she stretches it with lots of filler -- current events (no Bill-Clinton worship, please), her late husband's incomprehensible poetry, and endless descriptions of Azriel's skin, hair and eyes. Her usually colorful, sensuous prose is weirdly lifeless and dull here. And the plot is glacially slow.

Most strangely of all, Rice starts playing fast and loose with religion and history. And devout followers of Judaism will probably be grinding their teeth: the faithful are shown as self-righteous, slobbering fanatics, while the hero worships other gods and shares prostitutes with his dad. She bangs readers over the head with her assertions that there were many versions of the Old Testament. And Rice tries to bring Azriel to the present by a story-line about terrorists, murder and a cult, but the present-day story-line feels tacked-on. It's like a supernatural Bond flick.

But it doesn't exactly help that Azriel is not a terribly interesting character at all. Over the centuries he never develops a personality, and his actions seem pretty random. Why is he so besotted with Esther? We never know. The villain is cookie-cutter, and most of the supporting characters (including the narrator) are utterly forgettable.

This story is a complete misfire for Rice, and a bewildering squandering of her considerable talents. Her dull characters and weird views on Old Testament history are only a few of the problems in the turgid, colorless "Servant of the Bones."

4-0 out of 5 stars Only through death can true human need be shown
Anne Rice's novel Servant of the Bones is a magnificent book that shows all of humanity's wishes and desires through, well, the death of a young Sumerian boy who is murdered in the most horrific of ways. He is trapped in the world of limbo, and is a slave to any who can bacon him; until one day he is awakened with no master and a girl that calls out his name, Azreil, in the last moments of her life. The mystery behind this young girls death and Azriel's true purpose in this world is revealed to the reader in a wonderfully dark and cold tale told by Azriel to a well-known professor.
If you like tales of ancient cultures, you will love this book. If you like Anne Rice's writing, you will love this book (since it is far different from her normal novals). If you hate Anne Rice's writing, you will love this book. If you like Neil Gaiman, you will love this novel. And, finally, if you like to read stories with demons and angles, good verses evil, ying and yang, you will love this book. ... Read more

192. Strangers
by Dean Koontz
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not very good until the end...
Let's face it...the book doesn't get going until just before the end of Part 2, which is around page 450 of the hardcover edition. The beginning is quite boring, though I was able to get through it in six days. You learn of these strangers lives, which is not too interesting. THe only thing that kept it all going was the hints at the upcoming ending.

Fortunately, the ending definitely does make up for it. You're left guessing until there's 20 or 30 pages left until you start getting a strong understanding of what's happening, and what went on 'THE' day, July 6th. Though the minute details aren't given away until the second last page. The ending is shocking, somewhat, as well. However, it is by no means scary or anything.

I also found that throughout most of the book Koontz's writing is very below level as is usual for him. Everything that happens in the novel happens without conflicts, everything is just PERFECT for what the characters want to achieve. I was dissapointed.

I've found that, through all of the Koontz books that I've read, there's two types: good ones, and bad ones. Until this point, I haven't found one in between. Strangers, however, IS in between good and bad.

Should you read it...well that's a decision you're going to have to make for yourself. Do you want to go through a book that doesn't get good until the end? Can you wait that long? If the answer is yes, then try it out. Otherwise, be cautious.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Koontz's Best
I've read quite a few Koontz novels and I think this is one of his best. I was starting to lose faith in some of his books. Specifically the ones that were basically a buildup to a chase scene. Strangers is an excellent book. All the charcters have depth and even though there are numerous charcters it's easy to keep up with what each is doing. I was hooked from page one! I couldn't put the book down. The story keeps building up until the very last page. Although, the paperback copy of the book is 681 pages the action does not die down. I was also impressed by the variety and number of the main and supporting charcters in the book. Ginger Marie Weiss is an ambitious hardworking doctor having fugue like episodes, Ernie Block is a co-owner of the Tranquility Motel and develops an overwelming fear of the dark at age 52, Brendin Cronin a priest who suddenly loses his face, and these were just a few of the charcters. The amazing thing is the way Dean Koontz ties them all together at the end. The ending was especially suprising. You're giving little clues here and there to lead you up to the very last pages yet, I found the ending to be a suprise until I had about ten pages left. This book is a must read for all Dean Koontz fans and anyone who enjoys a thrilling read!

4-0 out of 5 stars Way Long, but stick with it!
As others have noted, "Strangers" takes a VERY LONG time to get off the ground, and for the first half of the book you may be tempted to put the book down and give up. Stick with it! The endless background information and character development that Koontz provdes is both interesting in itself and relevant to the finale. By the time you get to the last 50-100 pages, he really has you hooked. You've come to know and care about the people, and see how their respective skills and flaws are crucial to the unfolding of the story. "Strangers" is not Koontz's best work -- that would be "Lightning" or "Dark Rivers" -- but it's a well-written thriller.

1-0 out of 5 stars It opened my eyes
Watchers was the first Koontz book I had ever read in 1987. I had been reading a lot of King then and I was wondering if there was anyone that could yield the horror he inflicted on us. When I read Watchers I thought: "Not the same calibre with a little bit improvement, Koontz may be a King candidate" Then I read Lightning and my impression was reinforced. Unfortunately I had read the only good ones from Koontz unknowingly, which were never perfect in the first place.

After these books, I read Strangers...and all the charm Koontz created disappeared at once and never came back...because he has not any charm at all. This book, full of silly characters, extremely boring, irrelevant details, mind-boggling, uninteresting descriptions, sophomoric humor attempts is like a huge nightmarish (in a bad way) journey which is not tasty...and then comes the cake of everything: One of the silliest endings this world will ever see: a usual, paranoic, Koontz-formula: Governmental conspiracy. I remember that I felt as silly as those characters because I just read a crap book until the very crappy end and though signs were almost everywhere I couldn't understand how bad it was.

Since then I read some other Koontz books only to find that he is a hack. But reading his books helps me appreciate how good books King, Barker or Straub have produced. Koontz is in the same league with Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts, only a male version of them.

If you like King, Straub, Thomas Harris, Clive Barker, well even Robert McCammon who is also a not very good writer, my advice to you is avoid Koontz like a plague. If you like non-interesting characters, silly and flowery descriptions, unimaginative writing, 5-year old jokes and no suspense at all but an easy book with short sentences and chapters I have to admit that Koontz books meet all these qualifications.

This book opened my eyes. and I hope this review opens your eyes, too.

At least this book contained no dog. But does it? I cannot remember as all Koontz books have the same sketch-out characters and I am sure without a dog character Koontz feel naked. If there is not any silly, over-intelligent dog in this book then you count yourself lucky because Koontz put enough number of overintelligent, loyal, syrupy dogs in his books to fill the whole universe that it is hard to find a book from him without them.

5-0 out of 5 stars A complex and suspenseful thriller!!
"Strangers" revolves around a handful of people with different backgrounds, that are living in different parts of the United States. Dominic is a famous and talented writer whose nightmares cause him to sleepwalk. Ginger is a talented surgeon who fears black leather gloves and has constant paranoia of being followed. Jack is a highly skilled criminal whose fear causes him to lose interest in commiting crimes all together. Jorja has a daughter named Kara who has developed an obsession with the color red, which leads to terrifying nightmares. Brendan is a priest whose constant fear has caused him to start to lose his faith. These strangers have nothing in common except for their overall fear and their quest to find the cause of it. The truth is waiting for them at the Tranquilty Motel. But unfortunately, it may be the end of them all.

"Strangers" is a complex and extremely well written horror story that is driven by a frightening mystery. The mystery behind the fear is what I like the best. The answer to what connects all of the characters is not revealed until the very end. Waiting to find out will drive you crazy. But it is definately worth the wait, and the ending is outstanding. The concept of the story is great, because the fact that complete strangers from all over the U.S. are somehow connected to each other is very mysterious and appealing. Once you start reading this novel, you won't be able to stop. The characters are what really make this book enjoyable. Koontz's character development is at its best in this book. It is so good in fact, that it is impossible to choose a favorite.

Overall, "Strangers" is a masterpiece. The wonderful characters, complex story, and overall terror makes Strangers one of Koontz's best books. I would definately rank it in his top 10. ... Read more

193. The Abandoned
by Douglas Clegg
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From Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg, author of The Priest of Blood, Afterlife, The Machinery of Night and The Hour Before Dark, comes a tale of absolute terror and shocking horror -- of a village gone mad, and of unspeakable terror on an unforgettable night when nightmares come alive in the flesh.

At the edge of the village of Watch Point, New York, there is a house called Harrow -- and its poison has begun leaking into the minds of those who know its secrets. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good horror novel
Let me be the first to say this is a great book. It's creepy and very well written. For those of you out there who have read the other Harrow books you will really enjoy this. The basic plot center's around the madness of Harrow leaking out and affecting nearly everyone in town.The cause is the sacrifice of a dead boy to the house. A handful of characters remain unaffected to a certain extent and it is up to them to end the madness affecting everyone before it can spread further.

This book is full of action and it rarely ever drags.From the get go the book picks up steam and keeps on rolling to the very end...and there is the problem. The ending like so many other books fail's todeliver.Everything that happens in the book leads you to believe that there will be alot of supernatural fireworks but that is far from what actually happens. Why Harrow affects people like it does and what is ultimately behind the evil is never truly explained only vaguely hinted at and it left me frustrated.

Nevertheless this was a great book and very enjoyable i suggest you pick up a copy you'll enjoy it. ... Read more

194. Goliath
by Steve Alten
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Commander Rochelle "Rocky" Jackson is aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when the "unsinkable" naval vessel and its entire fleet are attacked from the depths and sunk. As Rocky struggles to stay alive, a monstrous mechanical steel stingray surfaces, plowing through the seas it now commands.

A U.S. Navy-designed futuristic nuclear stealth submarine the length of a football field in the shape of a giant stingray. Simon Covah, a brilliant scientist whose entire family were the victims of terrorism has hijacked the sub. Believing violence is a disease, Covah aims to use the Goliath and its cache of nuclear weapons to dictate policy to the world regarding the removal of oppressive regimes and nuclear weapons.

Could the threat of violence forge a lasting peace?

But there is another player in this life-and-death chess match. Unbeknownst to Covah and the Goliath crews, Sorceress, the Goliath's biochemical computer brain has become self-aware.

And that computer brain is developing its own agenda.
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3-0 out of 5 stars This book suffers from an identity crisis
Goliath tells a very exciting story that keeps you reading despite all the faults, and I see Steve Alten as a fairly good writer who does provoke you and who presents many interesting ideas.

But what kind of book is Goliath?

Is Goliath a techno-thriller with many battle scenes involving high-tech weaponry? In particular, are there several submarine vs. submarine battles reminiscent of "The Hunt for Red October"?

Or is Goliath a science fiction book set in the near future (2009) and containing many futuristic devices and an artificial intelligence computer somewhat like HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey"?

Or is Goliath an action novel starring an ex- U.S. Army Rangers officer who survives many fights due to his training and strength and knowledge of weapons and explosives?

Or is Goliath a horror story with blood-dripping scenes involving humans getting limbs ripped off, being chained down and having the top of their scull surgically removed, and having electrodes attached to their exposed brain? Is there a scene where a person gets electrocuted, with a graphic description of what happens to his body that would make Stephen King proud?

Or is Goliath a sociological treatise with long discussions between the characters as to the causes of war and violence, and many debates about what can be done to make humans better people and to reduce human suffering?

The answer, unfortunately, is that Goliath is ALL of the above. And to me it is a problem when an author tries to mix five different styles into one book.

Even if you do happen to like books that combine the many different styles mentioned above I don't think you'll find Goliath all that great a book. The story seems too contrived and there are too many aspects of the plot that are just too incredible and illogical.

A few examples: Pacifists who propose using violence and death to eradicate violence, a man who says "you were like a son to me" to the man he used to send on high-risk missions, and a computer scientist who doesn't get worried for his own safety when he discovers that the computer has killed one of the other crew members.

There is also a bit too much of a self-righteous tone to the whole book.

And then there are the many annoying detail errors that a good editor should have caught and corrected. I'll just mention a few, but there are more:

Pg. 33: Rocky expelling air from her lungs - not possible.

Pg. 288: Depleted uranium very radioactive - no.

Pg. 293: "most of Afghanistan had been wiped off the map" - no.

Pg. 323: "I found the Chaw" - no he hadn't - and the name is spelled wrong.

In conclusion, my advice to Steve Alten would be to focus on only one or two book styles instead of spreading himself over five styles in one book. And I think he should find a better editor.

Rennie Petersen

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Sci-Fi, Action, Techno-Thriller...........
Take one part Tom Clancy, one part Michael Crichton, add a pinch of Ian Flemming and sprinkle liberally with Arthur C. Clarke's "2001 A Space Odyssey" and you have Steve Alten's "Goliath". It's a boffo, sci-fi, action, techno-thriller destined for the big screen. Alten effectively mixes science, with breath taking action, with a good deal of philosophy. This is book that will make you think.

At the center of "Goliath" is the character Simon Covah; a villain in the best James Bond tradition. Yet unlike the usual amoral Bond villain Covah has an almost overdeveloped sense of morality. Covah is a brilliant ex-Soviet scientist who sets out to reform humanity through force. His engine for change is the Declaration of Humanity. The means through which he will enforce his will is the US designed, massive, nearly invincible, stealth super sub the Goliath. At the heart of the Goliath is the super sophisticated bio-chemical computer call Sorceress (think HAL from "2001 A Space Odyssey").

Standing between Covah and his plans for humanity are three things: former US Army Ranger and convicted traitor Gunnar Wolfe, the beautiful ex-fiancé of Gunnar Wolfe Navy Commander Rochelle "Rocky" Jackson and Sorceress itself.

The editing in "Goliath" is a bit sloppy. I detected a couple of misspellings and there is some confusion regarding Jackson's military service (in one instance they talk about her becoming a general, which is not a rank in the Navy, and in another she talks about always wanting to be in the Army, she's a naval officer).

These minor things aside "Goliath" is a first rate read. It provides a thought-provoking premise with edge of your seat action. I highly recommend it and look forward to the promised sequel entitled "Sorceress".

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
The critics weren't kidding when they said Tom Clancy fans will love this book! Alten really knows how to write a great thriller! Theres now much more I can say besides--BUY THIS NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great techno thriller with amazing gadgets and weapons
I would love to give this book a 6 but am unable to. It is the best techno thriller I have ever read. I hope his follow up book Sorceress will only be as good. I have read all of his books and can only give praise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alten Rules!
Just when you think Alten's writing cannot possibly get any better, he creates another masterpiece. His writing radiates with artistry, knowledge and ultimate perfection.

I have read every book he has written, and they keep getting better. He consummates brilliance and skill. Sparking your enthusiasm for... and leaving you with a thirst for more...

Producers and directors should be knocking down this guy's door for movie rights. Could you imagine seeing Goliath on the big screen. ... Read more

195. Innocents Aboard : New Fantasy Stories
by Gene Wolfe
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Gene Wolfe may be the single best writer in fantasy and SF today. His quotes and reviews certainly support that contention, and so does his impressive short fiction oeuvre. Innocents Aboard gathers fantasy and horror stories from the last decade that have never before been in a Wolfe collection. Highlights from the twenty-two stories include "The Tree is my Hat," adventure and horror in the South Seas, "The Night Chough," a Long Sun story, "The Walking Sticks," a darkly humorous tale of a supernatural inheritance, and "Houston, 1943," lurid adventures in a dream that has no end. This is fantastic fiction at its best.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Especially the Made-Up Parts
This short story collection has given Gene Wolfe a break from the gigantic sweeping epics of his more famous volumes, so he can explore some less portentous and more whimsical ideas. The stories here include everything from typical fantasy and hard science, to time travel and semi-autobiography. One reoccurring concept in these stories is the fine line between magic and reality, which is Wolfe's forte. Winners here include the disturbing xenophobia tale "The Waif," a bizarre mix of Arthurian chivalry and alternate history in "Under Hill," an exploration of the true purpose of people who share the author's last name in "Wolfer," and a strangely disconcerting tale of twisted time travel to ancient Greece in "The Lost Pilgrim." A slight weakness of this collection is the inclusion of several short stories that appear to be simple exercises in exploratory writing based on old fairy tales and legends. Such stories are fun to read but tend to not really go anywhere, such as "The Sailor Who Sailed After the Sun," "A Fish Story," or "The Eleventh City" - though one exception is the intriguing stylized lullaby "The Old Woman Whose Rolling Pin is the Sun," which was created for Wolfe's granddaughter. But overall this is a very engaging, if sometimes underwhelming, collection of tales from one of the true masters of speculative fiction. [~doomsdayer520~]

5-0 out of 5 stars Gene Wolfe still on top of his form as one of SF & F's best
For decades Gene Wolfe has received lavish praise from fellow writers and fans of science fiction and fantasy as the finest writer currently at work in both genres. He merely reaffirms such praise in his latest collection of short stories, "Innocents Aboard", which contains some of the best writing I've seen from him in years. It is a riveting collection of 22 fantasy and horror tales, with some loose elements from science fiction thrown here and there for good measure, and elements which could be described as "Magical Realism". My favorite tale is "Houston, 1943", which is sort of a bizarre twist from "Peter Pan" and other classic tales of childhood, along with sections which Wolfe claims is autobiographical. The final tale in the collection "The Lost Pilgrim", about a time traveler who stumbles upon the truth behind certain ancient Greek legends, is another classic. Those unfamiliar with Gene Wolfe's influential body of work may find this a minor introduction, but one which shows him still crafting great literary art in his 70's; others more familiar with his work will undoubtedly embrace it as much as I have.

4-0 out of 5 stars a pleasant little collection
of some fairly unpleasant stories. Not bad by any stretch: Mr Wolfe is too much the artist (and his editors too wise) to allow a stinker to dwell here, but the subject matter and overall tone together conspire to make this collection something other than 'lite summer fare'.

An absolute must for the thoughtful reader of Mr Wolfe, and highly reccomended as a cross-genre introduction to his writings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not a clinker in the bunch!
My favorite story is the religious allegory 'Queen' & the time travel/Greek gods adventure 'The Lost Pilgrim' but 'The Tree Is My Hat' is pretty darn cool also.19 more stories that are all worth reading and worth buying.So go do it!You're going to enjoy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interwoven Collection of Great Stories
The stories in 'Innocents Aboard' are very well written, as has been all of Gene Wolfe's work that I have read so far. What I like most about this collection is how closely each of the stories tie together - not by plot or characters, but by the type of stories they are. Most of the stories deal with some kind of supernatural presence, whether it be a god, deity, element, or just the area in which one of these was worshipped.Whether it be an indigenous god of an island people or the holographic projections of an automated house, every motion, thought, and action relates back to the reader.

As a fan of Wolfe's New Sun, Long Sun, and Short Sun sagas, as well as a good chunk of his other work, I was happy to see some familiar characters make it into this collection. There is a story called 'The Night Chough' that relates back to Oreb of the Book of the Long Sun, and there was a story that reminded me of Latro in the Mist. I think these stories stand on their own quite nicely, too.

All in all, this is collection was extremely satisfying, and I think I will be visiting it again very soon. ... Read more

196. The Tommyknockers (Signet)
by Stephen King
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Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read From An Entertaining Writer!
Who hasn't heard of Stephen King? Not many people right? But what do people think when you say his name? "Oh, he's just too scary for me!" An unfortunate misconception that keeps many hardcore book readers away from King's writings. So here is a story that isn't too scary that might interest people into checking out his work. It's a little sci-fi, a little horror, a little mystery all wrapped up in one big package! Stephen King is more of a writer of the sinister, the possibility of treachery and maddness in each of us. A true sense of horror, of that slight jolt of electricity that for a second makes you just want to drop the book, really wasn't present here. But there sure were some cool ideas! The way people pay for new found abilities with the blood of the not-so innocent was a somewhat humorous twist in this book (all though I did start to feel kinda weird at some of the stuff I found myself laughing at). That is one of Stephen King's greatest achievements in his writing, his ability to take something that in any real circumstance would be deemed a great and terrible misfortune and make his audience laugh (maybe more appropriate to say snicker, somewhat devilishly)at these unexpected turn of events! For the most part Mr. King doesn't fail to entertain his massively loyal audience, and The Tommyknockers is no exception. If you haven't read it yet and you are not particularly a Stephen King fan go check it out at your library, it can't hurt. If you do call yourself a Stephen King fan and you haven't read this book yet, well shame on you!

1-0 out of 5 stars Alians in the back yard
This is certainly one effective 'just say no' ad; if you do drugs, you'll end up publishing trash like this. This has to be the hardest Stephen King book I have ever tried to read (maybe "Misery" ranks up here too). In "Tommyknockers", Reberta 'Bobbie' Anderson finds a UFO in her back yard, and begins digging it up as it changes her (or she starts 'becoming'). Her friend, Jim Gardner, returns drunk, and tries to dry out, but can't because of the UFO activity. However Gard is immune to 'becoming' because of a metal plate in his head. And then it goes into how it effects the rest of the town (Haven, Maine). Everyone in town start making weird gadets while losing control of their bodies. Anyway, I thought the whole book was overblown, way too wordy; I think it would have been a better short story. The only character I could relate to was the drunk Gardner; and what a role model that is, right. Anyway, I also thought the end was a real let down (I won't give it away for those who may want to read it). Stephen King was high and drunk all the time while this book was being written, and the haphazard and meandering plot was sort of tell-tell sign he was in trouble. I am glad he got his act together for "The Dark Half".

4-0 out of 5 stars Not King's Best, but B+
I'll not resummarize a much-summarized plot, but move straight to my opinion.

The character development is quite good, with flawed heroes and understandable villains. King has used possession several times in books, as in Desperation, Cujo, and here, but he finds variations. I see similarities between this possession-by-aliens story and the old science-fiction film "5 Million Years to Earth" where a long-dead but not completely-dead spaceship has weird and dangerous effects. Still, King brings the story alive in a new version, and generates lots of tension and creepiness. It also seems that King likes dogs; both here and in The Stand, the faithful dog plays a role. Anyway, I ramble, but I liked The Tommyknockers and, while it's not up there with The Stand or The Green Mile, it's still a good read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not his best, and very overlong
The problem with this book, aside from the collosal length, is that it's ending is unsatisfying and very unfulfilling. The "happy" end is contrived and we are not led to care all that much about the whole thing; before this happens, the end of the "real" story falls flat with no real climax. There are only two well-developed characters in the book (I do not count Bobbi Anderson among them, because her character is largely one-dimensional and we don't see much of her before her transformation).
The good points of this book are: Jim Gardener, whose dark side we can see in all of us; and the "Dallas Police" motif, which is startlingly effective as it becomes apparent that Bobbi is becoming the Dallas Police and not caring. Something implied, if not actually said: people hate the Dallas Police and what they do to others, but if YOU are the Dallas Police, well that's different, isn't it? Then it's okay to exploit people for your own purposes. Gard all but says that during his last conversation with Bobbi, but it is better unsaid; I doubt it would have made a difference in the outcome anyway had he pointed this out to Bobbi.
But the novel really has little point. Why are the Tommyknockers there, why do they do what they do, where are they from? What comes out of the story? Sorry, you will not find out any of the answers to this (or any satisfactory answers, at any rate) after 750 pages (which could be trimmed to about 300 without losing much).

3-0 out of 5 stars Not His Best But Stands Well On It's Own
Personally I preferred all the other Stephen King Novels to this one, I must admit. I've read 5 now I believe and Christine is the only one that I don't think is obviously better than this one.

The best thing about the Tommyknockers is it places the main character Jim Gardner aka Gard in a very difficult position. He has to watch his best friend, Bobbi Anderson become obsessed with an object she trips over in the earth of her backyard and has really no choice but to help her dig it up. They believe it is a spaceship, so calling the authorities, (referred to often as the "Dallas Police" in the story) well that's out and Bobbi is protective of the ship. The more she digs the ship up the more the ship gives Bobbi crazy powers, where she begins inventing strange things like typewriters that write based on brainwaves, and she and other people in the town of Haven Maine find that they are able to read each other's minds.

Everyone in town starts changing or "becoming" thanks to the object in the ground except for Gard who stands by and watches the horror unsure of what course of action to take. And while Gard is trying to make his decision, the people of Haven are turning into short tempered monsters with the power to invent some destructive things.

The book was scary because it placed you in Gardner's situation, where you're surrounded by people who are turning into monsters all set towards one cause and have no regard for your life because you are not "becoming" what they are. Gard only stays on in the spirit of friendship to Bobbi, but even SHE isn't the same anymore. For me the idea of being the only sane and normal person in a town of murderous mind reading monsters is chilling, and if the premise is interesting to you then you should definitely check it out.

Only complaints is the object in the Earth's origin is never fully explained, nor is it's strange ability to change the people surrounding it. King attempts to explain it, but in the end he falls kind of short. ... Read more

197. The Shining
by Stephen King
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198. Night Chills
by Dean R. Koontz
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5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite Dean Koontz book
I am not the Dean Koontz fan that I once was which was just over a decade ago. He and Stephen King were my two favorite authors in high school. I voraciously read their books like there was no tomorrow. "Night Chills" was my first Dean Koontz book that I read. I discovered it when I read in a blurb in a magazine that former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson was a fan of this particular book. The concept of subliminal messages and using them to brainwash an entire town fascinated me. I enjoyed reading the story of Paul Annendale and his children who takes a trip to Black River only to discover the evil deeds of Olgen Salsbury. The results was very interesting. I loved the book the first time I read it, and I still love reading the book over and over again. What was disturbing about this book was that it made me think about subliminal messages and whether it was possible or not that my own government could use subliminal messages on its own constituents. After all the US government in recent years has managed to intrude on my personal life even more so than a decade ago. "Night Chills" is a fascinating fictional take on the possibilities of subliminal messages and what happens when it is used for evil purposes. "Night Chills" is a truly a literary classic by Dean Koontz.

5-0 out of 5 stars Koontz's most darkest book...
Night Chills is set in the town of Black River. A man named Oldgen Salsbury has developed very effective mind control techniques that are delivered through subliminal advertising. The people of Black River have been exposed to the advertisements for months now, and Oldgen decides that it is time to experiment on the townspeople. By uttering the phrase "I am the key", the mind is unlocked and open to suggestion. This leaves anyone in town vulnerable. The people of Black River begin to commit violent and random acts of rape and murder, and have no memory of what happened afterwards. To make things even worse, the townspeople begin to suffer from flu like symptoms that are refered to as night chills. A man named Paul Annendale has been spending his summer vacations in Black River for the last seven years with his two children Mark and Rya. Since they are now the only ones in town who were not exposed to the subliminal messages, it is up to Paul to discover the truth and put a stop to Oldgen.

Night Chills is without a doubt the darkest and most disturbing book that Koontz has ever written. The subject of subliminal advertising and mind control is a frightening one, because it could happen to anyone in real life. Koontz's description of the killings and sexual acts in this book is so realistic, that it will literally give you the creeps. Some scenes in this book disturbed me very deeply and it takes a lot to make me that upset. However, the book is so terrifying and disturbing that it is impossible to put down. You begin to become intrigued and you begin to anticipate what Oldgen will do next. That is why Night Chills is such a great book. Koontz's character development is great once again. Oldgen is one of Koontz's best villans because he is so ruthless. There is nothing he won't do. He literally uses the people of Black Rivers to carry out his sickest desires. Paul Anenndale plays the typical Koontz heroine, and is a very likeable character. Paul's two kids are also enjoyable characters as well.

Overall, Night Chills is one of Koontz's best books. While it is his darkest and most disturbing book, the suspense the story brings is intense, and the characters are all great. Koontz's realistic and frightening look at mind control and subliminal advertising will have you glued to the pages.

4-0 out of 5 stars Written in the 70's, but still good
Although this book was written in the 1970's, and during several parts it's obvious (especially when he says, "it's the 70's..."), however the book still stands up fairly well today.

I've read 95% of Koontz's books and have been a huge fan for over 10 years. I tend to enjoy his earlier works more than his later, they're all good, but the earlier books are more of a "fun" read. They're not extremely long and they're really more pure horror. I love it, definitely a guilty pleasure.

Nigh Chills is about a scientist that has discovered a way to brainwash people, to open their minds using subliminal ads and then program them to do what you'd like. The concept is chilling. The story is interesting and you're kept on the edge of your seat most of the time. And the characters are enjoyable. If you're a fan of Koontz's earlier works, you'll enjoy this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fright Chills!
I am the Key. A simple sentence by one man that has devastating consequences for those who reply with the words, I am the Lock. This is a masterpiece of literature by Koontz. This is quite simply one of the most terrifying books ever written because it could so easily be true. Not even in the not to distant future but today, technology exists for this sort of thing to be happening right now. Koontz shows what subliminal mind control can do to a society not ready for it in the hands of people with no morals. There will definitely be those who will use this invention to make women their bedroom slaves as is done in Night Chills as well as for murder and financial gain. Of course subliminal advertising only can implant simple thoughts such as I would like to buy this product at the moment but whose to say that can not be improved upon like happens in this book.

Koontz is a master at fiction but how long will it be before this book isn't really fiction anymore. This is a sensational book that will scare, and through fright will give you the night chills. Do not hesitate, buy this now! You will not be disappointed!

2-0 out of 5 stars More like Night Boredom
If you plan on being bored out of your mind by a book you thought was going to be a psychological thriller, think again. I had more terror watching my cat stare at me while I tried to read than I did from any chapter in this perpetuating bore. A Koontz book that I found truly impressive was Shadowfires. I believe that is his best work thus far. ... Read more

199. At the Foot of the Story Tree
by Bill Sheehan
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Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sheehan is a Y2K World Fantasy and IHG nominee!
I really can't say enough good things about this fascinating study of Straub's fiction, which, to the best of my knowledge, is the first of its kind.Sheehan tackles Straub's oeuvre with great intelligence and verve, providing new insights into an author whom I only thought I knew well.

Beginning with Marriages, and ending with Mr. X, Sheehan delivers an affectionate, but rigorous inquiry, celebrating Straubs triumphs, but also gently taking him to task for his occasional excesses and misfires.Sheehan also brings his considerable knowledge of the genre into play, as when he recounts a 1981 exchange between Straub and an interviewer at NECON that Straub himself had forgotten.In Sheehan's own words,

"The interviewer asked Straub the arch and somewhat overly clever question, "What's the worst thing you've ever done?"Without missing a beat, Straub replied, "The worst thing I ever did was kill off Sears James.I loved him very much."

While Sheehan's chapters are uniformly excellent (hell, he single-handedly rekindled my interest in "Floating Dragon," a book I had heretofore viewed as a disappointment), he's at his best in his extensive, incisive exploration of Straub's Blue Rose Trilogy, comprised of Koko, Mystery, and The Throat.Sheehan deftly navigates those (purposely) muddied waters, making sense of the complex triptych and associated short stories, ultimately tying everything together in his chapter on The Throat.Here's a sampling from the first paragraph of Sheehan's chapter on that novel:

"The Throat, more than any of Straub's previous novels, is the literary equivalent of an extended jazz solo: a long, sinuous composition that circles and recycles a familiar series of themes, scenes, and characters, improvising its way toward a number of revelations that retrospectively illuminate the central events of both Koko and Mystery.In fact, the primary impetus behind the writing of The Throat was Straub's belief that he had not yet exhausted the emotional content of those books, and that their central elements--the war in Vietnam, the auto accident, his concern with the grief, bitterness and buried rage that are the frequent after-effects of childhood traumas--virtually demanded further elaboration.Added to this was Straub's obvious affection for the characters he had lived with for the past five years, particularly that battle -scarred survivor, Tim Underhill."

This paragraph is illustrative of the depth and poise of Sheehan's analysis and writing; the good news is that the rest is consistently excellent.

Coming to the end of this review, a quote from Straub himself springs to mind.Describing his respect for Stephen King, he once said:

" was clear that if I had an ideal reader anywhere in the world, it was probably Stephen King..."

If asked today, I'd suspect that Straub might respond that his number of ideal readers worldwide has at least doubled. ... Read more

200. Dean R. Koontz: Three Complete Novels : The Servants of Twilight; Darkfall; Phantoms
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Be prepared for spine-tingling overload, as three of Dean R. Koontz's scariest stories are combined into one terrifying edition. Complete and unabridged, the three novels incorporate the essential elements of a Koontz classic: ordinary people living uneventful lives suddenly flung into a supernatural web of ghoulish horror. The Servants of Twilight pits a devoted mother against a bizarre cult intent on harming her son. Who will triumph in this tale of good versus evil? Don't be tempted to turn to the final page of this delightful yet horrific story! Darkfall plays with a fundamental human fear--that of being watched and stalked by an unknown force. This is pure, unadulterated, heart-stopping terror--nothing subtle about it. "Part of him wanted to see it, had to see it, needed to know what in God's name it was. But another part of him, sensing the extreme monstrousness of it, was grateful for darkness." Read at your peril. Koontz's third novel in the collection is Phantoms, which places the reader in a small California town, a place of swollen corpses and missing persons. Here people die "in the middle of a scream." But how they died, and why so many more are missing is just the beginning of this morbid mystery. Dean R. Koontz: Three Complete Novels is not for the faint of heart! --Naomi Gesinger ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Well recommended
This was one of the first koontzs books I bought, I still have not read Darkfall, but I hope to get round to it before long. The other two novels are excellent, with Phantoms being in my opinion the authors best book. The Servants of Twilight is also very good - it keeps you guessing until the end. Although I loved Phantoms I think it gave Dean a reputation as being a "horror novelist" which is untrue - all of his books are mystery thrillers, with an unusual element. He and King are so different they can't be compared. The only real horror books that he wrote were Phantoms, Darkfall, ticktock and maybe Watchers. For the most part books like Whispers, The Face of Fear, The Vision, The Voice of the night, Intensity, etc are murder, mystery and suspense basically. He is so much better than either Harris or Cornwell at writing these kind of books. My advice is buy his books NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a good one
This book is a good one. I think the book is one of those bookes were you cant put the book down. I think that the book will teach you some lessons in life about yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars All 3 are outstanding!
I read these 3 novels in 3 days, while I was on vacation (no kidding)! Each of these masterful tales is superb in its own right. What a great bargain! Buy won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars These 3 novels will keep you reading from start to finish!
Dean Koontz is my favorite author and these three novels are not disappointing. They demonstrate his unmatched ability to explore the supernatural, and frighten you with their potential realism. As always he draws you into the story and keeps you anticipating what might come next.

5-0 out of 5 stars greatest book in the world
Phantoms is the best story that I have ever read. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I kept wanting to read more. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes mysterys and horror in one. ... Read more

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