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61. Intensity
by Dean Koontz
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Asin: 0553582917
Catlog: Book (2000-10-31)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 14042
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, twenty- six, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family.Instinct proves reliable.A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside.A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventure," Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as the arise, to immense himself in sensation, t o live without fear, remorse or limits, to live with intensity.Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit.

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect.Now she will be tested as never before.At first her sole aim is to get out alive-until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess's next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save.Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl--as moment by moment, the terrifying threat Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a real "page-turner"
"Intensity" was my first Koontz book. As an avid reader of thriller novels, I was mildly amused and entirely not surprised by the ubiquitous byline which invariably appears on all books of this genre: "You will not be able to put this book down". Well, my cynicism proved to be wrong this time. This is truly the first book which I could not put down, from page 1. Regrettably, I started it at 11pm, so obviously I did not get much sleep that night. Koontz uses a simple yet effective method to lure his readers to read on - he doesn't give you a minute to pause and take a breath. Amenities such as taking a break for "nature calls" are out of the question; you'll have to take the book with you. His clever use of different tenses for the two main characters (Chyna-Past;Vess-Present) adds a nice touch, as do the mysterious coastal elks (although it is to be regretted this theme has not been developed further). I agree, it is a predictable book, but then again - aren't almost all thriller novels predictable? What makes "Intensity" better than average is the fulfillment of the "you will not put this book down" promise. Read this book, but don't start it late at night!

5-0 out of 5 stars The titles says it all!!!!
A thrilling, page-turner the likes of which I haven't come across in some time. Dean Koontz, not unlike Stephen King, developed a penchant for overblown dissertations on society in the guise of suspense and horror. The situation wasn't helped by the resurfacing of earlier and rather weak efforts published under the pseudonym of Leigh Nichols ("Winter Moon," "House of Thunder," "Voice of the Night" etc.). Needless to say, I became increasingly disenchanted with his more recent work. "Intensity" has brought me back to the fold, if only for a short while. Deeply disturbing, thrilling and imbued with an almost unbearable sense of dread, this book will surely not disappoint those with a fascination for the gruesome and macabre. As I haven't read any of his post-Intensity" novels, I can't say whether this novel signals the return of the Dean Koontz of "Lightning," "Midnight," "Dragon Tears," "Hideaway" and the nail biting "The Bad Place" or if it's merely an exercise in nostalgia. Regardless, I'm grateful.

5-0 out of 5 stars vintage Koontz
The title of this novel says it all. This story is intense! It's because of novels like this that Dean Koontz is called the master of suspense. This whole story is basically like one endless unbroken chase scene. It's quite possibly the most suspenseful novel I can remember ever reading.

David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"

5-0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Jump into the seat and be ready for one thrilling roller coaster ride. Intensity grabs ahold of you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the end. Even though there was times that I wanted to reach into the book and slap the main character, Chyna. Only because of all the thinking and not doing. This does not deter from the book though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Breath-holding Read!
This book was sooo good. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. The descriptions are amazingly real - you can actually feel what each character is feeling as if you are them - scary! I also love the unpredictable way the story unfolds. ... Read more

62. Interview with the Vampire
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Catlog: Book (1991-09-13)
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5-0 out of 5 stars What a book
"Interview With the Vampire" is one of the most creative stories that I've ever read. The idea of the interview in the first place is cool, and the story that Louis (the vampire) tells is very gripping. It starts out in the late 18th century when he is introduced into the world of darkness by the vampire Lestat, a wicked being who gets twisted kicks out of killing mortals. The two live together, hunting for blood, Lestat from humans, Louis (who cannot quite bring himself to kill a person) from animals. Then, Louis comes across a young girl named Claudia whose mother was killed by the plague. Louis and Lestat make her into a vampire to become their immortal daughter, and the book only gets better after this. There is a good deal of suspense, and Anne Rice writes the book beautifully. If you like dark, twisted horror, then this and its sequels are the books to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars The new classic vampire novel
Hey. This is my second review for Amazon, and I've decided to review this book. Like many people, I first read this, and the other novels that make up The Vampire Chronicles, back when the movie came out. And like many movies made from books, the book is the superior of the two. Who among us, reading this book, has not thought about what it would be like to become a vampire, living forever and stalking the night? This book does a great job of balancing the power of the vampire with the inate sadness of being cursed never to see the light of day. But you don't need me to tell you this. If you're at all like me, you browse this site to read what other people thought about books, music, or movies that you love. If, however, you're reading these reviews trying to decide what to buy, I hope you'll take my advice. This is a great novel, and you won't be disappointed if you get it. And if you enjoy this one, look for the rest of the series, as they fill in some of the questions you might have after reading this. Later.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interview with the Vampire
Interview with the vampire by Anne Rice tells the story of the life of a vampire from the point of him becoming a vampire until the present time of the telling of the story itself. The entire book is in the form of an interview between the vampire Louis and a young man whoes name is not given.

I found this book verry enjoyable, the descriptians and languge this author uses are fantastic and make you want to read more and more. I was worried that the story being told in first person would grow old but I found myself forgetting all about the style in wich the novel was written in and rather becoming completley drawn into the story itself. Definatley worth the read, oh and yes it is much better than the movie, which I also enjoyed greatly.

5-0 out of 5 stars It Rocks
I think this book is amazing.

While vampires have been written about before, I don't think anyone ever did it quite as well as Anne rice did in her very first novel "Interview with the Vampire". She planned out all of their powers and limitations and put her star character, Louis, in loads of interesting situations.

This book is very romanticized, and the style of writing makes you feel like you are actually living in the time period that Louis talks about.

This type of book is great for people who fall in love with characters. However, if you don't care for long winded books, Anne Rice really isn't the writer for you.

But I think she's brilliant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
This is the best vampire story of our time. Rice has an amazing gift for conveying emotion and writing dialogue. What makes this book so special is that it's about vampires, but also it's the story of the U.S. told from a unique point of view. This is true literature, and most definitely worth a read. ... Read more

63. The Book Of All Flesh
by James Lowder
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Eden Studios
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Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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The dead have risen. God help the living. It's too late to run. The zombies are everywhere. They stalk through urban jungles and across the carefully manicured lawns of suburbia. They shudder to unlife on the bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War and in the deepest tunnels of interstellar mining colonies. They lurk on your street, in you company boardroom, in your own bedroom. And they hunger. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ZOMBIE ANTHOLOGY EVER!!
This anthology has got to be the best one around. Namely, because there aren't that many zombie books in print (why is this?), but also because the stories are realistic and very creepy. Aside from a few stories that borderline on being a bit too cerebral (remember, zombies are of a survival/apocalyptic based genre), the book has an overall scary thrill to it. Aside from one story that might be considered blasphemous, the book is great. Very, very spooky, and definate scary read.

3-0 out of 5 stars what the world needs now is another zombie anthology.
hey, lets give em' a hand.
not everyone is trying this.
the book has some entriguing moments.
one complaint i have is that all the good stuff is in the first half.
lets get it straight-zombie stuff isn't rocket science.
for those of you out there that beleive it is......i'
for real though, most of the authors got it right in this edition.
i would say that 60% of the stories were good, 10% being outstanding.
sorry to say i wouldn't feed the other 30% to my brain damaged 3 legged dog.(although, next to rotten meatballs that would be his favorite dish-SH!TTY ZOMBIE STORIES!)
so buy it already, we won't get another 10% until you do......

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
I've read a number of zombie books, but most of them were essentially a "Night of the Living Dead" knock-off. Not so with "The Book of All Flesh". The stories contained therein are both well-written and innovative. They're not just more "Oh-no-we're-trapped-with-a-horde-of-flesh-eating-zombies-outside" schlock. For gamers, it's also a great companion to a great game.

4-0 out of 5 stars Actually, it is as good as it sounds.
You can't trust anyone's opinion on editing if they spell it with two t's. The Book of All Flesh is surprisingly good for an anthology of zombie stories. It could have easily been nothing more than a George Romero rip-off, but the stories are much more than that. They range from the humorous "Middles" to the disturbing "Susan" to the creepy "Murdermouth". There's a science fiction zombie story set on the moon, a pulp detective zombie story set in Hollywood in the thirties, and even a superhero story with zombies in it. Despite the occasional odd juxtaposition of genres, all the stories work. There are certainly some stories that I liked more than others, but there weren't any that I found disappointing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Book of All Flesh, Two Rotted Thumbs Up
I found the Book of All Flesh to be a wonderfully fresh and macabre take on the living dead genre, made famous by George A Romero. The book features some heavy hitting talent, including Robert E Vardeman, co-author of the War of Powers series of novels. The stories are tight and well though out, making the book a stimulating read from the first story to the last. Two of the stories, Prometheus Unwound and Dawn of the Living Impaired have been nominated for Origins awards.
Although most of the stories lend themselves to the "shoot them in the head" theory, made popular by many Living Dead movies, the settings and styles of the stories are all excellently vivid in their detail and dark in their subject matter. There were a few typographical errors, but not enough to detract from the total enjoyment of the book.
I give the Book of All Flesh high marks for its imaginative styling and its wonderful examples of this lesser known and under appreciated genre. I highly recommend the anthology to anyone who loves the genre, enjoys horror and the macabre in general, and likes the feeling that a good horror story gives them when they're up reading late at night; and with this book, you will be. ... Read more

64. The Descent
by Jeff Long
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Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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"Long's smart and epic tale takes the reader into a Dantesque world, a journey to the center of the earth for the new millennium. And what is found there is both horrific and entrancing: a system of tunnels that network beneath the earth, and homonid relatives of Homo sapiens evolved to live in the depths of what appears to be hell." (Baltimore Sun)

"A return to the fantastic epics readers associate with H.G. Wells or Jules Verne." (Chicago Tribune)

"As frightening and exhilarating as anything in heaven or hell." (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Overall, a pretty descent read. Needed more fleshing out...
Great idea, good characters,well thought out plot and pacing.


When I reached the end I felt as though I had read the condensed version of the story. There was so much subject matter that could have been explored more fully that would have made this book come alive.

In the book, one is exposed to: - drama of exploration into the unknown - contact with ancient and enigmatic species - corporate shenanigans - international politics - slightly off-kilter CEO bent on conquest - religious and moral debates - Dante's Inferno tie-ins - potential mass xeno/genocide - exploration into the intricacies of lost civilizations - linguistics and symbology - the nature and personality of Satan - Goof-ball religious gun nuts - Not-so-secret societies - and more...

Mr. Long has done a fine job in introducing us to a world in which all of our nightmares have a basis in reality.

I would love to see a "director's cut" of this novel. I get the feeling that there was a lot of supporting material that ended up on the editing floor in order to keep the book under 500 pages.

Perhaps if the book could have been delivered as a two part series, that would have given Mr. Long the space necessary to really get into the story.

Overall, I enjoyed The Descent. It kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. I just came away wanting more than had been delivered.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most scary intro I ever read
The most scary intro I ever read.

4-0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book, though I admit I may have been seduced by the concept.

One of the opening chapters, the one in Bosnia, struck me as one of the creepiest I've ever read. From there is mention of a surprise attack taking out significant world forces as their guard was low. Again, an interesting idea that is well presented and really brought me into the book.

The characters, though, are definitely not entirely likable. Nor are they really there too like. They're heavily flawed people, outcasts mostly, and behave as such. I believe this to be intentional on the writer's part, and will not penalize him for it.

The adventure is mostly well done. The science may be wonky, but the writing is solid and intelligent. The latter point might truly be why I enjoyed this book, intelligence. All too often these wonky-science-adventure books completely lack any form of intelligence. Here you can see thought being put behind everything, which the author deserves great credit for.

I read this book a long time ago, during a lonely week halfway across the world. It entranced me at the time, and I found it to be a very worthy read. Looking back I'm no longer as impressed, but still consider it worth the four stars. Similar books by similar authors have resulted in twists you knew would come and plot holes larger than the story itself.

This book is different. Absolutely worth reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
This book is by far the best book I have ever read. I could not stop turning the pages....only hope that his next book is half as good !!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars To Hell and back
The Descent. This could have been a classic. Judging by the premise, that is. It seems Hell is real. And it's filled with demonic minions. All beneath your feet. For underneath the surface of the planet, far underneath the surface, lay a vast network of tunnels inhabited by a mysterious, and ancient, race. So old, in fact, that they pre-date any known human civilization. And it seems that they are the root of man's concept of an underworld repository of condemned souls. In other words, Hell. For these beings, known as Hadals, are horned and utterly sadistic. They thrive on torture. Or do they? Big Business and Government are determined to find out. What they discover is not so much a lost race of killers, but an historical and geological treasure trove. Unfortunately, this is a central weakness of the novel: for Long quickly despinses with the idea that the underground dwellers are hellish beasts. They are, merely, primitive. And so goes the fear factor. Indeed, it was thought that their leader was behind the concept of Satan. But as it turns out, the Devil is just another cult leader. Jeff Long could have really created a nightmare. But instead of Stephen King, we get Jules Verne. And not a very good one. First off, none of the characters are likable. And worse, everything they say is dull. There are several strange encounters with the Hadals thrown through out the book, but these encounters have a very jarring effective on the narrative. Long also has a rather odd literary detachment with his technological descriptions, as if he were determined not to write science fiction. Many important questions are never answered, lost in the [extremely] quick exposition of the books opening. It was clear that Jeff Long wanted to blend genres: Horror, sci-fi, thriller, but simply lacked the talent to pull it off. What he created was a tale that has interesting moments, but came across as a jumbled mess. ... Read more

65. The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles (Paperback))
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Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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It's been said that Vladimir Nabokov's best novels are the ones he wrote after starting a failed novel. Anne Rice wrote The Body Thief, the fourth thrilling episode of her Vampire Chronicles, right after she spent a long time poring over that most romantic of horror novels, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, to research a novel Rice abandoned about an artificial man. Perhaps as a result of Shelley's influence, The Body Thief is far more psychologically penetrating than its predecessors, with a laser-like focus on a single tormented soul. Oh, we meet some wild new characters, and Rice's toothsome vampire-hero Lestat zooms around the globe--as is his magical habit--from Miami to the Gobi desert, but he's in such despair that he trades his immortal body to a con man named Raglan James, who offers him in return two days of strictly mortal bliss.

Lestat has always had a faulty impulse-control valve, and it gets him in truly intriguing trouble this time. On the plus side, he gets to experience romance with a nun and orange juice--"thick like blood, but full of sweetness." But Lestat is horrified by an uncommon cold, and his toilet training proves traumatic. He's also got to catch Raglan James, who has no intention of giving up his dishonestly acquired new superpowered body.Lestat enlists the help of David Talbot, a mortal in the Talamasca, a secret society of immortal watchers described in Queen of the Damned.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Something different
Before I read this, I'd heard a lot of bad things about it, but I decided to try it anyways.

I loved it. It was something new and different, and kept me excited.

Once again, Lestat is the main character. He's getting tired of his immortality, so he decides to trade bodies with the Body Thief, Raglan James, for a few days. Lestat is so eager to be mortal again that he fails to see Raglan for what he really is: a clever, lying thief.

Lestat finally realizes how blessed he was to be immortal. As a mortal man, he gets very sick and almost dies (he's also haunted by Claudia, his dead vampire child, in his dreams).

With the help of his mortal friend David Talbot, Lestat attempts to get his immortal body back from Raglan.

The only thing that disappointed me was that it didn't have the the previous books. I seem to prefer the 1700's settings like there was in "Interview With the Vampire".

There is also a big part at the end, but I wouldn't want to spoil it for anybody. : )

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy, you should
Now, there are very clear words that will tell you whether you'll like it or not. Read the introduction it's all there. Simply, it's unlike the past three. Interview with the Vampire working well as an intro. The Vampire Lestat extending the vampire folklore with many facts. Queen of the Damned introduced us to many character, making it work to follow, still very great.
The new tale was much quicker, it wasn't such a heavy story to handle.
I read a review, mentioning that this book had sections that were boring. I don't agree. The only thing i could imagine being boring to a person was the religious talks between lestat and David, and I, an aetheist, was very into those parts, the beliefs were very interesting, based on christianity.
those parts really open way to Memnoch the Devil. It would be obsurd to read Memnoch without this tale.
Alot happens in this book, I went to merrick first and was completely angry i had missed so much so i didn't proceed until i continued with the order.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Dark Adventure In The Life of Lestat
I thought "Queen of the Damned" was a little boring, but I liked this next novel in the vampire chronicles. Good story. Especially the last part of this book was very suspenseful and fast-paced. Sophisticated readers will enjoy some intellectual dialogues in the story too. A keeper.

p.s. I much prefer Anne Rice's vampires to her witches and erotic fairytales.

David Rehak
author of "Love and Madness"

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good.
I actually really liekd this book, I dont know the exact reason why...but I did. Maybe it was because it was a lot different than the first three, and more modern. Or maybe because it was having a vampire go into a human body for the first time in a couple hundred years. Or maybe the small romance between Lestat and the nun. All of it was good and it all ended perfectly with David becoming a vampire in a...younger form.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
This book was definitely a little different from the previous three. But it was still charming in its own way. Lestat's experiences in the human body alone are worth reading it, I found them hilarious. If you are a Vampire Chronicles fan, and you read the first three books, read it, you won't be dissapointed. The only thing I didn't like was that homosexuality level went way up in this one. I didn't mind the innocent kisses between Lestat and Louis or Nikki in the previous books, but what is up with Lestat trying to get into David's pants while he is in a human body?! I think I could have done without that. Overall it was good though. ... Read more

66. Complete Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the body Thief)
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For the first time you can find all your favorite night-stalking, blood-guzzling undead--Lestat, Claudia, Louis, Akasha, Armand, and Memnoch--all in the same place at the same time.Here, collected in one box-set, are the four bestselling, original titles of Anne Rice's sprawling vampire series. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Starter set for someone not familiar with Anne Rice...
If you want to get all the details missed in the movie Interview with a Vampire or just find out what happened after it, this set is for you. If you saw the movie Queen of the Damned, PLEASE read the book. The story was changed for Hollywood so it doesn't follow the books. You'll be caught up in the characters lives from the moment Lestat is introduced. Lestat is the main character through most of the books but he's the most interesting of them all. Interview starts with the making of Louis. The next book tells the story of the Vampire that made Louis, Lestat. Queen tells you how it all started and almost ended for the whole world. The Body thief takes you on an adventure through Lestat's body and mind. Once you pick them up, you'll have a hard time putting them down because Anne Rice does a magnificent job setting the scene and making you see through the eyes of a demon. And yet, you envy them, you fear for them and eventually love them for the humans that they still want to be. If you appreciate a good story, pick up this set.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great series, however with declining quality
I've had plenty of time to read the Vampire Chronicle Series during a stay in hospital. I was quickly addicted to the Interview and swallowed the Vampire Lestat as nearly as fast and hungry. Whereas in the first book Anne Rice shows a lot of feeling in their characters (you really look into their soul and feelings), I got the impression that in the following books she more and more goes into a more superficial "story-telling" mode. Everything needs to be explained (where do we come from) and the story goes way back into history. In the "Queen" this becomes close to ridiculous with the story of old Egypt becoming a hot topic. Also, she introduces lots of additional characters that - in my opinion - do not serve the story and the plot. My appetite on each of the books in the collection decreased from book to book and maybe it is a Good Thing that there aren't more of them. I'd recommend the Interview very highly, the Vampire Lestat close to it, but the last two are but a shadow of the first ones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vampiristic? No, Rather...
These stories making up The Vampire Chronicles are not about vampires, really, as one might first perceive. The main characters, and really all of them, are vampires, yes, but there is a much, much deeper essence to the stories. These books are not about vampires, but about understanding of life, love, loss, and survival of mind. If you want to look at it like this, you could say that these stories are about regular human life, human strugle and human passion. The only differences are that the stories are dragged out over hundreds of years, and they contain the understandings of generations and generations, and feelings and understandings are magnified by thousands to attain the grove of vampire characteristics.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars, really....
Interview With the Vampire is the only reason this set gets 4 and 1/2 stars... the other three books are outstanding! There is a reason that Lestat, not Louis, becomes the main character of the series. He is so much more enjoyable, and the writing style of the other three books is much more engaging. Still, Interview is not a bad book... it just can't live up to Lestat!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Anne Rice Collection of Stuff that Doesn't Suck.
Though not complete, add to it Pandora & the 1st half of Armand & THEN you have her "glory before the fall." Personally, if you like the ones I mentioned & don't like any I didn't mention, PLEASE take my advice & don't read her latter works...or the 2ed half of Armand. Like millions of others, you'll live to regret it.

These were the GOOD books that made me wish she'd never taken action against her fanfic writers. (they had better sequils) ... Read more

67. Deep in the Darkness
by Michael Laimo
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from the dark!
Michael Laimo's first novel, Atmosphere, was a great mix of suspense and sci-fi, one of those rare debut novel that really promises and actually pleases and all levels. I was eagerly awaiting Laimo's next novel, and now that I've read Deep in the Darkness, I'm happy to report that Atmosphere was no fluke. With this novel, Laimo will leave his mark on the horror genre as a great new voice in the horror field.

When Doctor Michael Cayle moves into the small town of Ashborough with his wife Christine and daughter Jessica, he thinks that this move is for the best. Bringing his young family away from the big city seems to be just the right thing to do. So he moves into town, taking the practice of the recently departed doctor and hopes for the best.

Unfortunately, everything that goes wrong does and, soon enough, Michael seems to be standing knee-deep in a nightmare come true. Nothing is at it seems in Ashborough. Secrets is the only rule of the game. Something dwells in the woods, something old, something that rules the town with its darkness. What seems to be nothing more than a legend at first turns out to be the horrible reality. Soon enough, Michael and his family are trapped in a nightmare so horrible, so terrifying that their very lives are being threatened.

Giving too much of the plot away would be ruining a great and completely satisfying read. I loved every single minute of Deep in the Darkness. The suspense seems to peak on every page, and the characters never feel false to the reader. But the greatest thing about this one is Laimo's writing. The author has a way of reeling his reader in, until he's cornerned with no means of escape. The writing feels natural and effortless.

Laimo is able to involve his readers in the very story. Note a certain scene where the main character commits his first deed to the things living in the woods. That section had my skin crawling with shivers. And the ending? I had to read the last two hundred pages in one sitting. The suspense never ends.

I can easily see this one becoming a great horror flick in the near future. If you haven't tried Laimo already, this is the perfect time for you to do so. Laimo is sure to quickly climb to the top of his game, where great genre writers like Stephen King and Douglas Clegg reside. Not to be missed!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing HORROR Novel
Deep In The Darkness is by far the best horror novel I've read this year, and I accuentuate HORROR, because the dread begins on page one and simply builds and builds to one of the most terrifying climaxes I've ever read. How's that? This book is excellent. It contains everything a good horror novel should have: great writing, a sense of dread, and a feeling of claustrophobia that never lets up.

Michael Cayle, PHd, moves his family from Manhattan to a small New England town where he takes over the practice of a doctor who'd been tragically killed by a dog. The horror starts as soon as the Cayle Family moves in, with excellent foreshadowing of the horror that is about to come.

There is no doubt in my mind that this book will do well. I've recommended it to my friends, and feel very confident recommending this to Amazon's customers. Enjoy!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Deep in the Darkness
What would happen if you put a boa constrictor around your neck? Eventually your circulation would be cut off. Slowly the snake would hug tighter around your precious airway. Your soul would fill with fear, knowing death is near.

"Deep in the Darkness by Michael Laimo is that boa. It wraps fear around you and slowly the fear tightens. It is too late by the time you realize it. Once you let the book grab hold, there is no pulling away.

Contents in the gut of the book:

Dr. Michael Cayle, moves with his wife and daughter out of Manhattan to a small town called Ashborough. His wife, Christine, wants another child. Michael figured the small town would be a safer place to raise kids.

What makes this move easier for Michael is that the doctor of the town was killed by a wild dog. Which means Michael becomes the towns doctor. If only he knew, that the job was going to involve more than what he bargained for.

Michael's neighbor, Phil, starts to tell tales of Isolates, which are demons that live in the surrounding woods. They expect the townspeople to give sacrifices to them, for example the family dog. That, or they come and maul one of your family members.

Michael is chosen by them for a special reason and although he goes through the story doubting the tale he was told; he eventually runs full speed into a blade of horror. He does not want to tell his family the truth, so he pulls away verbally from them. Which causes conflict, but his wife is also holding a secret.

The terror builds higher and higher as the chapters move on, and the gore level peaks towards the end. By the end the boa will own your every last breath. So don't read this unless you want the fear to suffocate you!(...)

4-0 out of 5 stars How does it end? How does it end!!
I received this book as a member of a book club - one of the monthly selections. I had never read anything by this author, but it sounded interesting. I have to admit that I was interested in the beginning, then not so much in the middle, and then so much toward the end that I had to find out how it ended. This will sound odd, but I didn't think this book was great. But, every time I put it down, I kept thinking back to it - wondering what would happen next - so in that way, it held my interest throughout. Much better 'horror' out there, but this was good at what I'd call 'suspense'.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better Than Atmosphere - Similar to Edward Lee's Creekers
A doctor and his family (wife and five-year-old daughter) move out of the big city and into a small town. The local doctor died recently leaving a practice and a town without a doctor. This is a chance too good to pass up.

But things start going bad right from the start (literally). Aside from the sickness and accident, there seems to be something disturbing the neighbors. Then his daughter asks about ghosts and fireflies seem to be out early.

Eventually the doctor learns about a local legend of a primitive but sophisticated race called the Isolates. They are isolated and seem to be the ones really in charge of the town and its inhabitants.

The doctor does not believe at first. But slowly he learns what his part is to be in this town. He does not like it and wants to get himself and his family out of town safely.

Nice and creepy. It could have been a little better if the framing piece had been worked on a little better. We are to believe that the book is on tape as the doctor recounts the events in the order they happened. First of all, in the introduction there are some spoilers that would have been better had they been left out. Secondly the closing part of the frame is more like Poe or Lovecraft; you know, the ones where people seem to keep writing even when they are filled with terror or dying? But other than that, this was a very good horror novel and much better than his first (Atmosphere). If you liked this one, you should check out Edward Lee's novel Creekers. ... Read more

68. Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger)
by V.C. Andrews
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The final, haunting novel, in the extraordinary story that has enthralled millions!

The horror began with Flowers in the Attic, the terrifying tale of four innocent children locked away from the world by a cruel mother.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Foxworth Hall Reclaims The Dresden Dolls
Almost half a century has passed since both Cathy and Chris were in Foxworth Hall. When Corrine died fifteen years earlier (in "If There Be Thorns"), she left the mansion to her oldest son Chris, but only until Bart (her favorite grandson) turned twenty-five; then Foxworth Hall would belong to Bart.

So, Cathy and Chris leave their home in California and timidly return to the house that held them prisoner for over three years when they were children. They're met at the door by an old man who claims to be Joel Foxworth, their long-lost uncle. He soon becomes Bart's mentor in the same manner that John Amos was all those years ago, using biblical threats of hell and damnation to manipulate him.

Now with seven people living together in Foxworth Hall (Cathy and Chris, Jory and Melodie, Bart, Cindy, and Joel), there is plenty of drama. For starters, Bart plays an evil part in his brother's (Jory) dancing accident that leaves him handicapped for life. Jory's wife and childhood sweetheart (Melodie) turns to Bart for support and, instead, ends up in his bed. She later abandons Jory completely after giving birth to their twin children, because she's too shallow to remain with a crippled husband.

Many more rifts are made within the family (alot of them with Joel's help), but one that grows wider is the relationship between Cindy and Bart. If you thought Bart's jealousy in "If There Be Thorns" was bad, wait until you read "Seeds of Yesterday". Now Cindy has a chance to retaliate against her vicious brother that she didn't have when she was younger.

Although this book is an improvement after "If There Be Thorns", it doesn't have the same spark as the first two Dollanganger books: "Flowers in the Attic" and "Petals on the Wind". Cathy and Chris are no more than shadowy figures in the story, easily forgotten in the mess of their children's lives. Even though "Seeds of Yesterday" returns to Cathy's point of view, the book still felt like it belonged to Bart since he was the one creating all the chaos.

In short, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book unless you're already into the Dollanganger series or a big V. C. Andrews fan. In my opinion, this is yet another disjointed story trying (and failing) to outshine "Flowers in the Attic" and "Petals on the Wind". The series mercifully ends with "Garden of Shadows".

3-0 out of 5 stars The sleeping dog that refuses to lie
The bad news is, "Seeds of Yesterday", the fourth and final installment of the Dollanganger series, can't hold a candle to "Petals on the Wind", the one book in the series that showcased V. C. Andrews' storytelling ability to its best advantage. The good news is, "Seeds" still outshines its predecessors, "Flowers", and "Thorns", which were respectively, a slow-moving exercise in inertia, and a rehash of the same.

Granted, the plot of "Seeds" verges on downright silly: Momma has left her immense wealth to her favorite grandson, Bart, who plans to restore Foxworth Hall in all its glory--and horror (ooh!). Although Cathy and Chris (who still stubbornly refuse to stop "living in sin" and thereby replaying that dreary old storyline) are reluctant to revisit their haunted past, they do so, for Bart's sake. Big mistake--the minute they set foot at Foxworth Hall, all kinds of disasters befall them--the reappearance of a seemingly benign yet sinister "long-lost uncle", a tragic accident, betrayal, and DANGER! Yet, for all of its hokey pretensions, "Seeds" has two factors in its favor: 1) Cathy once again emerges as a strong character, instead of the clueless ditz she was in "Thorns". 2) Bart is a fascinating study of a man who is still seeking his identity after his tortured past. In some ways, he is still the lonely, vulnerable 10-year-old from "Thorns", starved for love and the lion's share of attention. He is also the most fun character, since he is allowed to lash out at his family for their various transgressions, which is his way of turning his own self-hatred inside out.

There are still moments in the book when it would have made more sense to have V. C. Andrews tell the story in the ominscient third-person, because it would have added more detail, and developed Bart further as a character. Instead, because she has again chosen to have Cathy narrate the story, Cathy is more or less forced to eavesdrop to figure out what dastardly deeds are going on behind her back (Mata Hari had nothing on this woman). The other drawbacks are that once again, Chris is ridiculously benevolent, patient and optimistic, and does not find anything furtive about the mysterious uncle (after all of these years, does he STILL not have a clue?). Cindy, the adoptee, is the standard V. C. Andrews "Street Tart" character, albeit a less obvious one, since she looks "blonde and angelic". In any case, she's a mere repeat of Yolanda in "Petals", Vera in "My Sweet Audrina", and Fanny in the "Casteel" series. Jory is essentially the same character as Chris (I defy anyone to read the dialogue given to both characters and differentiate between the two). As Jory's "perpetually in denial" wife, Melodie had potential as a character, but V. C. Andrews doesn't utilize it; all we see is Cathy's point of view. How much more interesting it would have been to pursue Bart, Melodie and even Cindy on their own; instead, Cathy eavesdrops, as mentioned before, or Cindy relates the story, much in the same style as Chris in "Flowers". Overall, I would give this book lower marks than "Petals" for its villains (even at their worst, Bart and Joel can't hold a candle to Momma and THE GRANDPARENTS at their best). However, the plot moves along, largely thanks to Bart, and does not feel like a chore to slog through, as did "Flowers" and "Thorns".

3-0 out of 5 stars Sad and predictable

Although this is the first book that I read of the series and I don't know if a will read the first three, I can say that you will know exactly what will happen in the next page of the book since the beginning till the end, nevertheless the book will keep you reading and trying to guess what will happen next, of course I would make some changes to the end of the book.


First of all is very sad that two brothers love each other in other way than brothers, how many times a woman can be a widow? How many times can a mother catch her daughter in bed with her boyfriend? And I'm not talking about the accidents, the way that Bart made everything his own way... and many things more. This book will really make you cry.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay ending to the series...
I loved the whole Dollanganger series, but I have to admit I was getting a little tired of the whole thing by the beginning of this book. The first two books were wonderful, the third one was kind of fragmented because of its inconsistent story-telling style, but the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading. This book, however, turned out to be so dark and dreary that it was just plain depressing to read it. There can only be so much tragedy to hit one family before it just gets irritating. Definitely read this book to finish up the series, so you know what happens to all of them, but don't expect it to be spectacular or anything....and don't expect a happy ending either.

3-0 out of 5 stars I had to read this to finish the series.
By the time I read this installment I was getting bored. I was so in love with Cathy in 'Flowers'. But I cannot believe she died in that damn attic while making a purple paper worm. A terrible ending. But on the other hand, she never really escaped the attic did she? But then again on the OTHER hand, why would she agree to live in that mansion in the first place after the dreaded estate was rebuilt? When it was announced that it would be rebuilt, she should have had a fit and refused to see it through.

You can only take so much from these books; Uncle Joel, learning to paint in bed while paralyzed. Oh boy I'm glad the series is over. All in all, 'Flowers' and 'Petals' were the only two that really moved me. ... Read more

69. Black House
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The long-awaited sequel to the #1 bestseller The Talisman, to be published on September 15, 2001, the twentieth anniversary of the day The Talisman begins.

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her Territories "twinner" from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistant hamlet of Tamarick, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed "The Fisherman" and Jack's buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malign force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins' eggs and red feathers? It's almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he must find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Shaky Construction for Black House
There's a lot of positive things I can say about Black House, as well as some negatives. Overall, it's a fun, thrilling novel that feels a lot more like a Stephen King novel than a Peter Straub novel. I liked The Talisman better than this one, but I still found this story about the adult Jack Sawyer hunting down a serial killer to be highly enjoyable. Fans of King's The Dark Tower series will have a lot of questions answered that have been plaguing readers. Easily my favorite characters in this book have to be the members of the philosopher biker gang The Thunder Five, which I know sounds really goofy until you actually meet them. As for the bad stuff in this book--for such a long novel I have to say that the climax was pretty disappointing. It's full of the weird mystical mumbo jumbo that drives me crazy about so many otherwise terrific Stephen King novels (It, Desperation, etc.). Without ruining anything, let me say it involves magic baseball bats and rings that work like the one the superhero Green Lantern used. Also, considering all the buildup to it, as well as the fact that the novel takes its name from it, we see surprisingly little of the actual Black House. Watch for all the little allusions to other works by the two authors, including King's miniseries Rose Red (that hasn't even aired yet) and a nifty allusion to Straub's brilliant Ghost Story.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just not as magical as the first...
Next to the Dark Tower series, The Talisman is my favorite Stephen King project to date. It was a magical fairy tale about a boy who had to travel to a distant land in a quest for a relic that would save his mother's life, and to save two co-existing worlds.

While Black House is a strong story displaying the matured writing abilities of both authors, it lacks and magic and focus of the first novel. The characters aren't quite as memorable, the tale isn't quite as gripping, and the style of writing (while good) makes the reader feel more distant from Jack. In the first novel, you were with him on his quest. In this novel, the reader simply observes his adventure, which isn't quite a quest because it also lacks the focus and goal of the first novel (until the last 150 pages, at least).

Beyond my complaints, I did enjoy this book, it just wasn't as compelling as the first. If it weren't for the Dark Tower elements of the book, I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. I'm very impressed that Mr. Straub agreed to let this novel be a side story for the Dark Tower series. But then again, isn't that true of every King novel, whether he tells you or not?

One star- For tying the Territories to Mid-World
One star- For the quality of writing
One star- For a decent story

2-0 out of 5 stars An extreme let down
From an avid Stephen King fan, I have to say that this novel was extremely disappointing. And I think this was due, largely in part, to the Peter Straub influence.

To start with, the third person narative style, whereby the author is seemingly taking you by the hand and leading you through the book like some lost child is EXTREMELY tedious. Every time I felt the book lean in that direction, I could almost feel myself cringe. "Now lets go see whats happening here boys and girls." I am sorry, but if the Mr. Rogers analogy doesn't indicate what age group that style of writing is geared for, I am not certain what will.

Secondly, there was no real apprehension in this book. I never felt the type of genuine concern that is supposed to be instilled onto the reader when characters in the novel are in peril. The book seemed to just slowly trudge from one page to the next as our protaganist moved forward in his quest.

Finally, this book was clearly nothing more than sheer marketting. A way for King to generate additional revenue by bringing in the tie in to his Dark Tower series. (Which I am also reading by the way)

The ironic thing is that The Talisman (which Black House is the sequel to) was my all time favorite King novel. It was a taut, suspenseful and thoroughly enjoyable novel. Fortunately, Black House's drivel did not tarnish my minds image of it since other than the resurgance of the main character (who was a young boy in the first novel) is the only real linking point. That, and the concept of the alternate universe, "The Territories" which is now the underlying premise in the Dark Tower series.

For die hard King fans, I think you may want to leave this one on the shelf. I am not sure who to cast the blame on, King or Straub, but it is more than evident that the writing style is clearly NOT King.

2-0 out of 5 stars Have YOU read Sutter Cane?
Oh wait, sorry, wrong place for that...

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, if a king fan.
This book is a great piece, if the reader is familiar with King's former work, and I would say reading the Talisman is necessary. If your a Towers fan, then you'll enjoy this. When meet old acquaintances in this book, like Bobby Dulac, and Bruatigan is even mentioned. The first half is slow, but it definently picks up towards the middle, so stick with it. This book wasn't really suspenseful, as many of King's others have been- this time, the boys are simply telling a story. I loved the way that this book was written, and it was an enjoying read. ... Read more

70. Strange Highways
by Dean Koontz
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One of the most popular and prolific writers of our time, Dean Koontz has penned many classic New York Times bestsellers, but nothing quite like this. STRANGE HIGHWAYS is Koontz'sspellbindingcollection of tales interconnected by the strange highways of human experience-the adventures, terrors, failures, andtriumphs encountered on the roads that are chosen, and on those detoured by fate. As profound as it is mesmerizing, STRANGE HIGHWAYS is a remarkable achievement. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for any new dean Koontz readers (or anyone else)
This is the best book to read if you've never read dean koontz. It shows all the aspects of a dean koontz book. BRUNO shows his humorous side... STRANGE HIGHWAYS shows his supernatural side...CHASE shows you his psychological side...WATCHERS and THE NIGHT OF THE STORM shows you his sci-fi side...and KITTENS shows his creepy side, as does every other story in this book. This is a great collection of stories from koontz's wide varitety of interests.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this!
I picked this one up at a yard sale years ago and read it until it was dog-eared. Unfortunately, I've lost my copy. I'm not really a fan of Koontz' novels. I just don't think he's as creative as Stephen King although he is a solid writer. Some of his horror leans towards sci-fi. But in "Strange Highways", Koontz goes all out. 14 haunting, poignant and well written stories that range from sheer horror ("Black Pumpkin") to melodrama ("Twilight of the Dawn") to humor ("Bruno"). The two novellas, "Strange Highways" and "Chase" are very well written indeed. Pick this one up if you can. It'll chill your bones. WooooooOoooooooOOOOOOOOooooh!

5-0 out of 5 stars Koontz enters the realm of horror...and we love it!
Koontz isn't a horror novelist, even though he's been cast in that role. He's called the Master of SUSPENSE, and for a reason: his tales are downright suspenseful (the mold for other novelists) even if they usually don't use the element of horror.

But in this collection, Dean Koontz delivers several short stories that contemplate and expertly acheive horror genre greatness.

The title story (actually, it's a novel) is about a man who returns home...then is forced to face the demons of his past, who have come back to haunt him. "Kittens," Koontz's first published work of fiction, is about a little girl who decides to get revenge on her parents.

"The Black Pumpkin," along similar lines, is about a little boy ostracized from his own family. "Miss Atilla the Hun," "We Three," and "The Night of the Storm" are brilliant sci-fi pieces (from Koontz's old days of writing science fiction), while "Trapped" follows a similar vein as Koontz's pinnacle novel "Watchers".

"Bruno" is a flat-out hilarious sci-fi farse, while "Hardshell" (the first piece of fiction I read by Koontz) is about a cop hunting down a killer who is a little different. "Snatcher" is a journey into the macabre, while "Twilight of the Dawn" is a moving tale of a man's search for faith and guidance.

"Strange Highways" is not so strange at all; it's great fiction by a masterful writer. Dean Koontz is without a doubt one of the best writers of all time. That statement may sound a little exaggerated, if you haven't read any of his work. If you read something by him, though, you'll know what I mean. Why not start here, with "Strange Highways"? It's diverse, and it shows you what this man can do--and do well.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning
These are short stories from his college days and even before of just writing things he thought about. Things that were around him that maybe caused one to question about the possibilities of this or that. So true to life and 'What Ifs', which I drive my friends and family crazy with mine. If a person is a reader of Dean Koontz, then watching many movies has taught you from reading his books how to look for things and be observant more than others. This one of his originals I have when he finally put on market. I told my sons, if they want to hear something scary, I'd read them something!!! They knew what I meant, and being 15 and 18, they're not ready for the reality of his books. Hopefully one day they will be.

3-0 out of 5 stars "The Good the Bad and the Uninspired"
Because this book contains many short stories I obviously have mixed feelings about it. The first short story "Strange Highways, which is closer to being a novel, was excellent. It had everything: suspense, action, and twists. I think it is one of Koontz's greatest pieces. The last story "Chase", which was also almost novel length, was excellent as well.

However, most of the stories between these two novels were horrible and downright embarrassing. Many of them where from when Koontz was just starting to write(and it shows). The story "The Black Pumpkin" reminds me of something I wrote in fifth grade for a Halloween project. "Bruno" is Koontz's attempt at writing comedy and it succeeds at being the corniest, most childish, waste of thirty-some pages. Most of the rest of the stories are very one dimensional and uninspired.

I think this book proves that Koontz should stick to writing novels and steer clear of short stories. I do think that Koontz is a wonderful writer and I have read many of his excellent books, but this isn't one of them. I would definetely recommend reading the first and last stories of this book, just nothing in between. ... Read more

71. The Regulators
by Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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An evil creature called Tak uses the imagination of an autistic boy to shift a residential street in small-town Ohio into a world so bizarre and brutal that only a child could think it up. It's as two-dimensional and gaudy as a kid's comic book, but for this reviewer, The Regulators is a gripping adventure tale about what happens when a mind fixated on TV (especially old Westerns and a cartoon called MotoKops 2200) runs amok.As Michael Collins writes in Necrofile, "[Stephen] King offers his readers a glimpse of the true evil of popular culture ... which has no design or intent, only an empty need to sustain itself. King is, I think, about the canniest observer of what America is, and that he generally writes horror ought to give us pause from time to time." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I am fetished...
Here we go. After 10 years, Stephen King exhumed his well-known Bachman pseudonym. This volume, and companion 'Desperation', share the characters, although having read one, you will be seriously surprised how he shuffled the cast of characters. I claim that this is an outrageously excellent idea - haven't seen one so far. Bravo! This has been my greatest pleasure of reading those two books one after another. This one I read first, and strongly recommend doing so. Characters are introduced within first several pages, whereas in 'Desperation', there are substantial lags between the intros of particular heroes. Reading in this fashion, you will wonder and wonder, how else the characters were mutated in the latter book. I guess that guys who reversed the sequence were equally amazed, but in the way I can't grasp right now. 'Regulators' is a fast-paced, dark, cruel novel, ideal for the cinema script. I actually found it thrilling. The lonely suburban street in the middle of nowhere, Ohio. A sequence of vans enter the street. The massacre rampage begins. Put yourself into such a situation. Try at least. Now, I guess that fashions and dedication to teleseries and film characters inspired King to construct the main theme of the book. The nedd to identify with flawless celuloid heroes. Detachement from reality, which usually in now way resembles the pastel environment of television and movies. For those who are bored with the idea of a small kid with supernatural powers, who always survives the mess King envisions in his numerous novels: here there are no winners. Especially among kids. Who said that Bachman is just King without a consicence? Last comment - the book design is very inventive, as you will see if you purchase the hardcover edition. I am a book-lover and felt fetished by this carefully edited volume. Go for it!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Regulators
A good book, but Desperation was better. I read Desperation first, and expected it to be similar, but the two books are completely different. The force of evil in both novels is the same, and the characters have the same names but different personalities, and different people survive at the end. The ending is also different, Desperation's is far better. The story involves an autistic boy named Seth who seems to have some special powers. Soon, it becomes apparent that he is infested by a being/power called Tak, which feeds on peoples' "life-force". Tak is using its limited but growing powers to turn a pleasant summer afternoon in this pleasant Ohio suburb into a living nightmare for all its residents. I think the biggest problem with this book is the characters. There are so many of them that it becomes confusing, and that the author doesn't spend much time on character development for any of them. As a result, we really don't get to "know" any of them (except maybe one), which for me is one of the things that makes a Stephen King (but apparently not Bachman) novel good. Still, it's a very amusing (and gory) story. The ending, while not quite the "epic" finish of Desperation, is still good.

3-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Bachman
I just read "The Regualtors" again, mostly looking for a "Dark Tower" connection and I had actually read a couple of "Bachman" books, "Thinner" and "The Long Walk", before I found out about his "involvement" with Stephen King. After "Thinner" I did not plan on reading anymore Bachman because he was too pessimistic. The protagonist usually ends up dead or worse, killing the people he cares for most. When I found out Bachman and King were one in the same, I ended up reading all of the stuff King put out under Bachman's name. But of course, I was always hit with that same downer feeling when reading a Bachman story. King's novels may be horrifying but at least the reader is often left with a sense of hope at the end, "Cujo" being the main exception. You feel, after reading a King novel, that, yes the hero or heroine went through hell, but they, or the world in general, are better for the suffering they endured. It makes it a pleasure to re-read King's novels. When "The Regulators" & "Desperation" came out I was excited to read both, but I was a little worried about "The Regulators" with the Bachman name attached. I won't give anything away involving the story, which is gripping and will keep you turning pages, but it is a Bachman story. It does not end on such a sour note like "Thinner", but it will give you a feeling of futility after reading it.
As another reviewer stated, I too found that there were too many characters without enough development. Only one or two became "real", but the rest seemed like so much Regulator gunfire fodder. All in all, "The Regulators" is neat, in that it is a companion piece for "Desperation", and it is a quick read. I finished it in about 7 hours. I would recommend getting one of the used copies listed above for under $.50, I wouldn't pay the $5 price tag for a book you most likely will only read once.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, but for completists only
Without question, this one doesn't begin to stack up against Desperation. Some new elements fall into place, but nothing too exciting.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dreadful Schlock
This novel gets 2 stars instead of 1 out of me only because I thought the beginning pages displayed a certain satisfying suspense, a feeling of impending dread, and I liked the way King captured the atmosphere of suburban American. It doesn't take long for the book to deteriorate though, and it gets bad. I mean, really, REALLY bad. I just came back to reading King after being away from him for a long time, and if "The Regulators" is any indication of the stuff he's churning out now, I think I'll go back to staying away.

You might be interested in checking out the sister book to this, "Desperation." It's better by far, but it's still a much flabbier, more undisciplined book than I remember King producing in the past. ... Read more

72. Stupidest Angel, The -- RI : A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
by Christopher Moore
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Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.

'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit. It is the hap-hap-happiest time of the year, after all.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle," he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

Only Christopher Moore, the man who brought you the outrageous lost gospel Lamb and the hysterical fish tale Fluke could have devised a new holiday classic that tugs at the heartstrings and serves up a healthy slice of fruitcake to boot.

Move over, Charles Dickens -- it's Christopher Moore time.

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73. The Shining
by Stephen King
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The Overlook Hotel is more than just a home-away-from-home for the Torrance family. For Jack, Wendy, and their young son, Danny, it is a place where past horrors come to life. And where those gifted with the shining do battle with the darkest evils. Stephen King's classic thriller is one of the most powerfully imagined novels of our time.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Pinnacle of Terror--Thanks, Mr. King
The first King book I decided to read was Misery, when I was in the 8th grade. After that, it didn't take me long to finish everything he's ever published. Stephen King doesn't like to be thought of as the most popular, most versatile novelist of all time, but he is just that--a writer who can write anything, any place, or anyone. Most of his books leave me with a sad feeling, a deep admiration for a compelling story and characters I've come to love. King is the master of characterization. And though the Shining is not his best book, it is the Masterpiece of Modern Horror. The atmostphere is so dark, so creepy, every page is drooling with an infecting poison that hooks you into the story. There are certain elements in this book that will give you a real experience of terror, like when Jack is being stalked by the hedge animals, and when Danny is sneaking around room 217. Over all, what makes The Shining so powerful is the protagonist, and the story of his life, his dreams, and his fears. King will make you feel sorry for Jack Torrance as he is trying to...well...if you haven't read it, I don't want to spoil it, but there will never be another book written with such emotional, psychological, and supernatural intensity. Thanks for everything, Mr. King.

5-0 out of 5 stars King's masterpiece -- and one of my favorite books
I first read this book in 1980, at the recommendation of a coworker. I'd stayed away from Stephen King ... too popular for my advanced tastes. Anyway, I decided to take a look at the book about 10 PM (on a work night). Finished it about 7 AM the next morning. No book has ever taken over my imagination like this, before or since.

Since then, I've read all of King's work, and consider him the contemporary Dickens. But having just reread the Shining for, perhaps, the fourth time, it remains my favorite, and a modern masterpiece, in my opinion.

But I recognize this is essentially personal. I've not identified with any other character is literature as I do with Jack Torrance. I'm now more than ten years into sobriety and recovery, and I've often recommended this book to men that I sponsor. The depiction of the alcoholic personality, the combination of fear and resentment and self-pity, at war with Jack's very real love for his family and desire for goodness, is expressed in a way that makes it clear that King is writing of something he knows all too well on a personal level. Jack Torrance is one of literature's great tragic figures. I can only say, "There but for the grace of God go I."

[By the way, this is why I can't abide by Kubrick's interpretation. There's no tragedy or complexity in Nickleson's portrayal of Torrance. Kubrick's detachment from the human delemma ultimately doesn't work for me.]

I do believe that there is a coherent force/power of evil/darkness in the world, though it is not as powerful that the force/power of good/light. But I think one of King's most basic points (in all his work) is that we ignore the power of darkness at our own risk, that this is one of the real problems in the contemporary Age of Therapy. Central to the Shining is the way the force of the evil in the Hotel is able to utilize Jack's weaknesses ultimately to turn him to its purposes--to destroy what he love the most. I find this very, very realistic (viewing the supernatural stuff as kind of window dressing).

Having reached out for help in a way that the Torrance character couldn't, I'm now blessed with a life happier than I could imagine. But this book now reminds me of how much Divine Grace is involved for anyone blessed with the ability to build healthy loving relationships with those around him/her, especially family members, one day at a time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ignore both movies - the book is the best!
Over 25 years after it was published, "The Shining" remains ones of King's best novels to date. It is not simply the story of a supernatural hotel, but also the all-too-normal corruption and degradation that can exist within the human heart.

Jack Torrance is a deeply-flawed man, both as a husband and a father, and when the evil presence in the Overlook Hotel finds him, it exploits his every weakness. "The Shining" is a gripping book, and it is one of the few books of King's that I would say is truly frightening. King captures his characters here with a sharp eye for detail, and tells a powerful story.

This book has suffered not one, but two adaptations to screen (one by King himself), but neither of them really captured what makes The Shining such a standout novel, not just in King's work, but in the field of American letters in general. When King is considered, in years to come, one of the 20th century's great novelists, this will be one of the books studied extensively.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic horror fiction
The main reason that The Shining is so effective as a horror story is that the horror stems from both the characters' environment and the characters themselves, namely the father, a man struggling to recover from alcoholism and struggling to establish himself as a well-respected writer. The father's demons come alive in the creepy Overlook Hotel. And what's terrific about the book, in comparison to what I thought was a more mediocre movie version, are the unexpected moments of humanity; even when the father is beastly, you can see glimpses of his guilt, his remorse, and his overwhelming love for his young son, whom he keeps hurting.

In addition to all this human drama, the supernatural qualities of the hotel are terrifying. Let me put it this way - weeks after reading this book, I would pause before drawing open a bathtub or shower curtain. I could not look at playgrounds the same way. Stephen King knows how to toy with all your senses, and it's very disturbing. This is one of his best novels, if not the best, that he's ever written.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best haunted house novel in 30 years
The last great book King has written, The Shining is a classic in the field of haunted house books that every horror fan should read. Its characters are strong, empathic, and real, and the situation absolutely terrifying.

Enjoy the Kubrick film for its director and Nicholson, but if you want to scare yourself silly, read this one--written before King appeared to stop thinking his work needed editing and his idea of characterization devolved into white-trash profanity-laden methane-spewing addlebrains.

Upon its publication, The Shining was to become the standard by which all subsequent horror novels would be judged--a standard approached only, perhaps, by the truly frightening, underappreciated Ghosts, by Noel Hynd. ... Read more

74. The Ghost Writer
by John Harwood
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The Cornish prayer: "From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!" is an appropriate invocation when reading The Ghost Writer, John Harwood’s debut novel.It is a rousing good ghost story, with many twists and turns, rather like taking apart a Russian matryoshka nesting doll.

Gerard Freeman, at age ten, sneaks into his mother's room and unlocks a secret drawer, only to find a picture of a woman he has never seen before, but one that he will find again and again. His mother discovers him and gives him the beating of his life. Why this excessive reaction?She is a worried, paranoid, thin, and fretful type with an "anxious, haunted look." By tale's end, we know why.

Phyllis Freeman, Gerard's mother, was happiest when speaking fondly of Staplefield, her childhood home, where there were things they "didn’t have in Mawson [Australia], chaffinches and mayflies and foxgloves and hawthorn, coopers and farriers and old Mr. Bartholomew who delivered fresh milk and eggs to their house with his horse and cart."It's the sort of childhood idyll that the timid and lonely Gerard believes in and longs for.He strikes up a correspondence with an English "penfriend," Alice Jessel, when he is 13 and a half, living in a desolate place with a frantic mother and a silent father.She is his age, her parents were killed in an accident and she has been crippled by it.She now lives in an institution, whose grounds she describes as much the way Staplefield looked.They go through young adulthood together, in letters only, thousands of miles apart, eventuallydeclaring their love for one another.

Interwoven with the narrative of Alice and Gerard's letters are real ghost stories, the creation of Gerard's great-grandmother, Viola.At first, they seem to be scary Victorian tales of the supernatural. Then, we see that they have a spooky way of mirroring, or preceding, events in real life, off the page. Gerard comes upon them, one by one, in mysterious ways, but clearly something, or someone, is leading him. The stories seem to implicate his mother in some nefarious goings-on, but the truth is far worse than Gerard imagines.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Stylish, Atmospheric Ghost Story
In his debut novel, John Harwood creates an eerily psychological horror story with a nod (and a wave) to Victorian literature. As the novel begins in Australia, young Gerard discovers hidden away in his mother's possessions a strange photograph and a book. His mother swoops down on him with fury, snatching the belongings from him and hiding them away where Gerard cannot find them, refusing to tell him of her past. Soon thereafter, he begins a secret correspondence with a crippled English girl named Alice, and her letters rescue him emotionally from the bleak surroundings in his Australian home. As he matures, he falls in love with Alice, who won't let him see her for fear he'll feel sorry for her. As he learns that the book his mother has hidden away contained a ghost story written by his grandmother Viola, which Harwood presents in full, Gerard confides even more deeply in Alice. Viola's lengthy - and thoroughly creepy - stories seem like separate entities until Gerard discovers some disturbing connections. Upon his mother's death, he sets out to England to finally meet up with his almost-healed Alice and to settle family matters. What he doesn't count on, however, is that nothing, not even his own senses, can be trusted. Even if the reader solves much of the mystery before it is revealed, the ending has all the force it should, thanks to Harwood's highly visual description and talent with suspense.

Harwood does a marvelous job of embedding the mannered ghost stories within Gerard's story, and the stories-within-a-story works exceptionally well in his hands. The tales are so throat-grabbing by themselves that I forgot at times that they were but segments of the whole. The effect is truly eerie as details from them begin to surface in Gerard's plot. Because the author's debt to Henry James' THE TURN OF THE SCREW is obvious well before he makes reference to it, I wished he had just let the style and the allusions to speak for themselves instead of pointing them out. His acknowledgment of Dickens' GREAT EXPECTATIONS is even less successful. I overlooked these lapses simply because I could not willingly put this novel aside.

This is not Stephen King-type horror but something more elegant and literary. This moody, stylish debut will capture your imagination for hours at a time. Especially if you like creepiness, you'll love this tale of multiple hauntings and mystery.

3-0 out of 5 stars Boo!
Author John Harwood creates a page-turner of a story seeped in atmosphere bordering on the unreality that defines a true Victorian ghost story. The novel contains all the right ingredients: spectacularly thrilling backdrops and chilling happenstances. In Mawson, a dead-end town in Australia, young Gerard lives with his quiet yet intensely possessive mother. From her fondly reminiscent stories, he learns of the fabled Staplefield, her girlhood home, an old English estate, a manorhouse surrounded by green grounds and an old gazebo and once ruled by his great-grandmother,Viola, a published ghost story writer whose odd little stories have a peculiar way of presaging the outcome of her descendants. The discovery of an old photograph of an unknown woman and his mother's subsequent rage over his distrubing her private papers, further piques Gerard's already engaged mind with regard to his family history. His acquisition of female penpal Alice Jessel, a nod to Henry James' "Turn of the Screw",incites more anger from his mother; her Staplefield stories abruptly end yet her frozen frightened silence motivates Gerard to turn Sherlockian in his quest for family information. As he grows from an adolescent to a young librarian, he travels to England to uncover the truth with Alice his faithful "invisible lover" (whom he never meets until the tail end of the novel) spurring him on through letters and e-mails.

As Gerard finds them, the reader is privy to Viola's strange ghost stories--these told in an authentically dry pre-20th century style---and little by little the warped history of Gerard's life begins to come into focus, albeit a fuzzy one. The ghost tales, deliberately ambiguous, supply details and only some motivation for the actual reality.

Harwood succeeds quite well with this technique of interspercing of Viola's incomplete manuscripts with Gerard's rather straightforward narration, although I will admit to groaning aloud at times in the break in the momentum. As readers, we are intrigued and simultaneously somewhat bored with the climactic discovery of the real Staplefield, a quintissentially spooky old place, ruined, as all such houses are, by time and circumstance and with Gerard's (an Harwood's) overly ambitious efforts to plow through the dust and put the mysteries to rest so that he and his Alice can live happily ever-after.

Does it all work? Almost. Harwood shrouds all the major characters except our narrator with a boundless eccentricity that delivers enough adrenaline to keep those pages turning until the last quarter of the book. Alice, disabled from a car accident, does not wish to meet with Gerard until she is healed by a serious of operations. Phyllis, his mother, is obsessive in her maternal diligence to the point of questioning her sanity; Viola's literary protagonists all mirror the family truth in some oddly deliberate way that only becomes clear at the novel's close. Miss Hamish, the little old lady key-keeper of the manor, stands out like a red herring with fun Dickens-esque coincidence. It is only the last portion of the novel that does not deliver the necessary jolt to the nervous system that other ghost stories achieve with one phantom arm tied behind a white-sheeted back. Sadly, the major end bit of horror borders on the predictable with not enough time spent on building the necessary cold-sweat reaction. On a whole, the novel is crafted admirably --- all of the stories within the larger narrated story and the particulars of the family history remain completely unknowable until revealed --- but, the denouement is ultimately muddled and hence unsatisfying. Viola's ghost tales hint at the outcome of each of the hapless male protagonists, and therefore we understand the consequences of Gerard's investigative actions. But in this case,where we expect more, we receive less: the novel fails in its mission to generate enough horror to cause that satisfying crawl of gooseflesh along the skin. Nice try though, with wonderful literary references to classic tales of horror and detective fiction.

4-0 out of 5 stars So much of it is so good ...
It was hard to decide on a star rating for this book. I read almost all of it in one day, engrossed by, enchanted with, and envious of Harwood's talent. *This*, I marveled, is his debut novel? And so I eschewed all the day's tasks in favor of sitting on the deck and reading, reading, reading. And then, with about eight pages left to go, it all went south. When I read the last sentence, I actually turned the page, hoping for something more, not because I was sorry to see the story end (I'm often sad to say goodbye to characters), but because I thought there must be, on those blank end pages, the "real" ending. But no, there was nothing. And I stood up, set the book down and said, "What the hell just happened?!" So much of it is so good that I want to give it five stars, but the ending seemed so tacked-on -- or maybe just silly -- that I was tempted to knock my rating down to three. Instead, I split the difference. But now I'm torn, torn between telling people to read it so they can explain to me what I might have missed or telling them not to read it, because the ending is so unsatisfying. I feel a bit gypped.

5-0 out of 5 stars A ripping good read
I found this book absolutely un-put-downable. The author's use of language is first class and his weaving together of several strands to a spine-chilling conclusion seamless. I rated this book as far and away superior to Byatt's Possession (to which it was unfavouably compared by another critic). I hope that Harwood will produce many more such masterpieces.

4-0 out of 5 stars Victorian Ghost Story Tradition
If only I had looked at his picture, I would have realized this was a real GHOST STORY! John Harwood's photo has that eerie quality given to the ghost genre. John Harwood is the author of
"The Ghost Story". A book like no other.

Gerard Freeman grows up in a small town in Australia. He and his parents live an almost silent life. No television, radio only in rare instances, books, yes. Father and mother have separate bedrooms, are very polite to each other but nothing of love, passion is shown. Phyllis Freeman protects her son, Gerard from everything it seems. He must be home right after school, she worries incessantly about him. The only reprieve in this desolate life are the stories told by Phyllis of her life in the English countryside, Staplefield and of her grandmother, Viola. But these stories stop once Gerard has the audacity to look in his mother's locked cupboard and finds a photograph. His mother finds him with this photo and beats him. Gerard implores his mother to continue telling stories of England but she refuses.

Gerard has a lonely life at school and only the sudden appearance of a letter addressed to him brightens his life. He is introduced to Anne, a lonely disabled young woman from England who is looking for a pen pal. They write letters to each other for years and fall in love; Anne will not allow Gerard to see her, ever, until she can walk again. Writing to Anne is against Gerard's mother's wishes, but he continues he must- he cannot stop.

At a time after his father's death Gerard has saved enough money to visit England, again against his mother's wishes. He wants to see Anne but alas he cannot find her and returns home from London broken man. He continues he college life, working in the library.

And, then his mother dies and while cleaning to sell the house he finds a journal that his hidden and reveals a story that intrigues him, It must be about Staplefiield and his mother and her family. He places an ad in the London Times and asks for any information about Phyllis Freeman and her sister, Anne. He is rewarded. Mrs. Hamish responds with a story of the family and Gerard once more is off to England.

This is a novel of many stories; the maze of one family running into another is frustrating. The tales are well told, however, enough to keep your interest. What is really happening? Who are all of these people? How did this come to be? We must ask the author, John Harwood. An eerily spellbinding book that I picked up because of a recommendation. Well worth the read! The ending is better than a Hitchcock, oh, yes, the ending is so much better... ... Read more

75. Essential Tomb Of Dracula Volume 4 Tpb
by Marv Wolfman, Steve Gerber, Doug Moench, Gerry Conway, Gene Colan
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The Essential Tomb of Dracula series continues featuring tales of Dracula through the ages - from when he first became a vampire and eventually Lord of the Undead to his resurfacing in modern times. Collects stories from Tomb of Dracula Magazine #2, 4-6, Dracula Lives! #1-13. ... Read more

76. The Queen of the Damned (Vampire Chronicles (Paperback))
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Did you ever wonder where all those mischievous vampires roaming the globe in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles came from? In this, the third book in the series, we find out. That raucous rock-star vampire Lestat interrupts the 6,000-year slumber of the mama of all bloodsuckers, Akasha, Queen of the Damned.

Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with the Egyptian goddess Isis), and it's unwise to rile her now that she's had 60 centuries of practice being undead. She is so peeved about male violence that she might just have to kill most of them. And she has her eye on handsome Lestat with other ideas as well.

If you felt that the previous books in the series weren't gory and erotic enough, this one should quench your thirst (though it may cause you to omit organ meats from your diet). It also boasts God's plenty of absorbing lore that enriches the tale that went before, including the back-story of the boy in Interview with the Vampire and the ancient fellowship of the Talamasca, which snoops on paranormal phenomena. Mostly, the book spins the complex yarn of Akasha's eerie, brooding brood and her nemeses, the terrifying sisters Maharet and Mekare. In one sense, Queen of the Damned is the ultimate multigenerational saga. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Rice's best !
The Queen of the Damned is my second favorite .( my favorite of all time is The Vampire Lestat)I have waited for a long time to read this book and when I finally read it I wasn't dissapointed at all.It is everything the critics rave it would be. But what I really like about this book is that it doesn't focus on Lestat alone but the other vampires as well had their share in telling the story. The best part of the book is when Marius,Armand,Louis and all the other immortals who were not killed by the Queen had gathered together to hear Maharet tell the Legend of the Twins. While reading this book,I have fallen in love with Armand(is it possible to fall in love with a vampire?) It took me a week to read the book.I couldn't put it down especially during the last chapters. Once again,Anne Rice has succeeded in making the preternatural world seem real.Her writing far outshines those of her field. I am definitely a fan of hers !

p.s.Before reading this book,I suggest that you read The vampire Lestat first so you won't get confused with the story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Goddess awakend
In the third book of her Vampire-Chronicles-Series, Bestselling Author Anne Rice again follows legendary bloodsucker Lestat, who still is a Rock-Star and still spreads the secrets of his own around the world.
Angry about this, almoust every Vampire on the planet wants to kill him. And the timemark is set: On the day he will play in San Francisco, Lestat has to die.
But then other things happen: Strange Visions of two redhaired girls (witches) and resurrection of Akascha aka. the mother of all vampires. Soon she and Lestat come together - and the world might never be the same again ...
Every reader who liked "Interview ..." and "The Vampire Lestat" definitly will LOVE this one! Again, Rice prooves that she is the only living author who can mix historical with supernatural in a perfect way. This time she also introduces many new bloodsucking faces to the Vampire community: Khayman, Pandora, Jesse to name but a few. Everyone has its own tale to tell; fascinating an shocking at the same time. And speaking of Akascha - she is the supernatural counterpart to all the classic James-Bond-Villains; a female bloodsucking Blofeld-meets-Dracula-meets-Satan goddess with unholy plans. Brilliant!
One last word to those who never read an Anne-Rice-Novel before: Please begin with the first two books of the series. The more you understand, the more you'll gonna love it - serious!

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing follow up
Compared to 'The Vampire Lestat,' this story is not nearly as good. There are tons of random characters in this story that eventually come together and effect the story as a whole, but it gets confusing for quite awhile. Also, the ending of the book is a little disappointing. When the climax actually happens, you find yourself looking for extra pages. Is that all? It was kind of a let down, although Rice does a fabulous job in the sections where Lestat and Akasha are spending time together. I was really able to visualize the mass island murders. A good book, but not as good as her first two.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
I cannot deny that Anne Rice is an incredibly gifted writer. Yet for some reason it takes me forever to get through her books. They are just not page turners for me. I can go a good three weeks between readings, and then I forget where I am and it's a struggle to make sense of anything. I probably will stop after this one and not read any more Vampire Chronicles books.

5-0 out of 5 stars A masterful book of fantastic storytelling!
This is just amazing. It's one of the best books I've ever read. Anne Rice weaves a masterful tale that sucks you in and never lets go. I've heard that the rest of the series isn't as good, which might be true, because this is going to be hard to beat. I'll just have to read the rest and see what I think for myself.

The book introduces us to several new, exciting, fascinating people, and explains the stories of several older ones like Daniel, the 'boy' from 'Interview with the Vampire'. It also goes into detail about Akasha, the Queen of the Damned (obviously!) The story of the twins was for me, the highlight of the book. I'd like to see a novel in the future concentrating specifically on Maharet and Mekare (and Jesse too).

After reading this, I can't wait to read the rest of the series and everything Anne Rice has ever written. Buy it! You definitely won't regret entering the fascinating, sensual world of Anne Rice's vampires. ... Read more

77. Everything's Eventual : 14 Dark Tales
by Stephen King
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International bestselling author Stephen King is in terrifying top form with his first collection of short stories in almost a decade. In this spine-chilling compilation, King takes readers down a road less traveled (for good reason) in the blockbuster e-Book "Riding the Bullet," bad table service turns bloody when you stop in for "Lunch at the Gotham Café," and terror becomes déjàvu all over again when you get "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French" -- along with eleven more stories that will keep you awake until daybreak. Enter a nightmarish mindscape of unrelenting horror and shocking revelations that could only come from the imagination of the greatest storyteller of our time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Every one a chiller
King's first collection of short stories since 1993 ("Nightmares and Dreamscapes") shows the horror master still at the top of his game. There isn't a dud in the bunch. King chose the order of the stories by shuffling all the spades in a deck of cards plus the joker; and the serendipitous result, he says, created a nice balance between "the literary stories and the all-out screamers." But these stories are already a nice balance in themselves: eerie and spare, chilling and vivid, full of strong voices and real characters getting a jolt of terror out of an ordinary day.

Like the horror writer in "The Road Virus Heads North," who stops off at a yard sale on his way home. Or the divorcing couple who get the true measure of one another in a bloody encounter with a maitre d' in "Lunch at the Gotham Café." Or the woman in the acidulous marriage whose sense of déjà vu keeps getting sickeningly stronger on her second honeymoon in "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French."

An O.Henry prize winner (and one of King's least favorite stories), first published in "The New Yorker," reveals the roots of an old man's fear in a boyhood encounter with the devil on an idyllic stretch of trout stream in rural Maine. Another "New Yorker" story, "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away," is a poignant, haunting tale of a lonely traveling salesman whose graffiti collection engenders a life or death dilemma.

The story King says is his favorite, because of its unexpected shift from humor to horror, "L.T.'s Theory of Pets," turns on a gruesome twist at the end, which didn't stick with me half so much as the chilling aftermath of a choice forced on a college kid during his hitchhiking encounter with Death in "Riding the Bullet," first made famous as an e-book.

In a Dark Tower story, "The Little Sisters of Eluria," prequel to King's seven-volume (book five, now completed, is 900 pages) "magnum opus," Roland is attacked by green mutants and wakes in a gleaming hospital tent staffed by "nurses of death instead of life." Teeming with romance, adventure, horror and heroics, this story has a literally creepy ending.

The title story, "Everything's Eventual" features a naïve young high school drop-out with a certain talent but no clear ambition, who discovers his dream job is a nightmare. Though the stories are in a randomly chosen order, "Autopsy Room Four" is the ideal opener, a pitch-perfect blend of black humor and visceral horror told by a golfer who wakes up on an autopsy table. Inspired by a "Twilight Zone" episode, King gives it a thoroughly up-to-date twist. The poignantly low-key "Luckey," about a motel chambermaid who receives a "luckey" quarter as a tip, is an appropriate closer too. Gritty, but plaintive too, the story holds a hopeful note.

Most stories are told in the first person and King's narrators - young, old or middle-aged - seem to speak right into your ear, so immediate and expressive are their voices. They are, mostly, ordinary people whose ordinary lives take a heart-stopping turn. There are also a couple of successful horror writers and a few motel rooms, including the haunted one, room "1408."

King accompanies each story with a short note about its inspiration and development, and sometimes a few words about how the writing went and what he thinks of the story now. An introduction laments the lack of outlets for the short story form and shares a few of his marketing ventures.

Short stories, says King, do not come easy. His are pared down and cut close to plot, character and setting, with each of these elements honed and none of the manic digressions you sometimes find in his novels. A terrific collection, imagination harnessed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything's Comin' Up Roses
Stephen King just gets better and better. His fourteen short stories highlight his mastery of a difficult form of writing. I particularly liked his down home remarks at the beginning or end of each story explaining a little about how he happened to write it and what he was trying to achieve. King has the uncanny ability to talk directly to the reader, one-on-one as if you are the only person in the world.

The stories have been previously published (I had read the four that first appeared in "The New Yorker"), but I was delighted to have them in book form and reread them with great pleasure. For all you Dark Tower fans, there is an excellent addition, "The Little Sisters of Eluria."

Not one of the fourteen stories disappointed me; they were varied: humorous, reflective, and scary. If you think the Old Master might have lost his touch at scaring you sideways, try "The Road Virus Heads North." Some particular favorites: the title piece "Everything's Eventual" told by an oh-so-believable teenaged boy made this sinister tale poignant as well as inevitable. King saw a handsome couple arguing in a fancy New York restaurant and somehow came up with "Lunch at the Gotham Café" (see cover of book for illustration. Be sure to check the back cover as well!). I'll let SK tell you about the whys of "In the Deathroom."

"This is a slightly Kafkaesque story about an interrogation room in the South American version of Hell. In such stories, the fellow being interrogated usually ends up spilling everything and then being killed (or losing his mind). I wanted to write one with a happier ending, however unreal that might be. And here it is."

But we know in our hearts that it isn't going to be that "happy," don't we?

"Everything's Eventual" is an unqualified blue ribbon group of short stories. I predict new King fans on the horizon

4-0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad
Some of the stories were good and some were bad:

Good stories:The Man in the Black Suit, Everything's Eventual,Lunch at the Gotham Cafe, 1408, Riding the Bullet.

Bad Stories:The Death of Jack Hamilton,In the Death Room, The Little Sisters of Eluria (all of them awful).

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything's Eventual
Autopsy Room Four- 3/5 Funny ending, but not too intense
Man in Black Suit- 5/5 Great Campfire tale told as only King can
All that you love... 1/5 Don't even remenber what it was about
Death of Jack Hamilton-4/5 good story of old time crooks
In the Deathroom- 2/5 Kinda stupid
Little Sisters of Eluria- 5/5 for D.T fans 4/5 for everyone eles. Distrubing! I like it!
Eveything's Eventual- 5/5 Brilant! a well-put-together short story.
L.t.'s theory of pets- 5/5 really confused me the first time around. Very good story.
Road Virus Heads North- 5/5 a real page turner. I could'ent wait to finsh, but then I could'ent sleep.
Lunch at Gothem-2/5 Villen lacks depth
That feeling....1/5 Very stupid
1408- 5/5 the scarest thing I have ever read in my life
Riding the Bullet- 5/5 Really cool story. Good twists and turns throughout.

4-0 out of 5 stars Everything's Eventual
Great book. This was my first short story type experience. I loved it. Of course, there were a few lame stories, but mostly they were all great. Good to keep to read again and again. ... Read more

78. Boy's Life
by Robert McCammon
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Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson -- a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake -- and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible vision of death that will haunt him forever.

As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that are manifested in Zephyr. From an ancient, mystical woman who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown -- for his father's sanity and his own life hang in the ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
Once in a while you find a rare book which stays in your mind long after your finished it. Boy's Life is just that. The story is simply beautiful and still captures my heart and imagination after reading it the second time, 10 years later. McCammon is famous for his horrors. But in Boy's Life, Mc Cammon has written a brilliant story filled with sensitivity, humanity and emotional depth. It is about a 11 year old boy coming of age. Narrated in the endearing young boy's, Cory's, voice, Boy's Life captures what is meant to be a child once, when the world is still magical and filled with wonders, when a bicycle is a boy's steed, friendship is permanent, a dog is one's best friend and even "flying" is possible. And Boy's Life has its moments of poignancy when Cory has to deal with his best friends' death, evil when and where he least expects and bigotry in his young world. Boy's Life just tugs at my heart as it glows with warmth and comfort when parental love overcome the fears of growing up and always there to rely on in a child's life. Boy's Life is truly a treasure and I promise myself to read this gem again in another 5-10 years time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bikes, Baseball, Boogers, & Betrayal
If you grew up in a small southern town in the 60s and love a good mystery, "Boy's Life" by Robert McCammon is a must read! It will awaken the "magic" and you'll recapture the "kid" in yourself. Relive Saturday afternoon matinees with friends; the death of a family pet; run-ins with the local bully; the tradition of local ghosts, legends, and monsters; surviving the attentions of a wicked teacher; first crush on the opposite sex; and the thrill of a new bike. The story is set in Zephyr, Alabama and historical events such as the civil rights movement and Vietnam have a dramatic impact upon characters' lives because of this geographical setting. Robert McCammon uses his storytelling talent to vividly paint a picture of small-town life with summer church revivals, amateur parades, and the civil solidarity created by a natural disaster. This is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Cory, who becomes embroiled in the brutal murder of an unidentified man. It soon becomes apparent that the murderer must be one of the sleepy town's citizenry - someone they think they know - friend and neighbor. As the plot twists and turns to test your sleuthing abilities, you'll also laugh and cry at the poignancy of the universally-shared childhood events experienced by Cory. Review by Kathy Hill

5-0 out of 5 stars Still Holds Up After a Decade!
I first read "Boy's Life" when it was first published over 10 years ago. I was still a young'un in college and could really relate to Cory's tale of childhood chills & thrills. I always thought "Boy's Life" was McCammon's best novel. I have often thought of this book and now with a son of my own I wanted to re-read "Boy's Life" and to capture again it's magic of youth and boyhood fantasy. I was worried though, because I began wondering if when I read again, a book that I remember so fondly, would I still view it the same and would it still have the same impact on me? I would have hated to find "Boy's Life" was something I had outgrown, or found the memory of the story and the story itself we completely different. The great news is that "Boy's Life" is still fantastic and is simply one of the greatest coming of age stories available. The magic and mystery of the novel are wonderful, and I found myself caught up once again in the goings on in the town of Zephyr. If you haven't read "Boy's Life" or were hesitant based on it being written by a "horror" writer, give this wonderful novel a chance. It is unlike anything McCammon has written, and most likely, even coming out of his semi-retirement, will remain unlike anything he will write. Also, if you have read this novel and enjoyed it, make sure you pick up Dan Simmons' "Summer of Night". "Summer of Night" is stronger in the horror department, but the feel and flow of the book is very similar to "Boy's Life".

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure, delightful enchantment!
It's 1964, a time of racism and turmoil. Zephyr, Alabama, is a small town, but it's caught up in the events of the world, too. There's no escaping reality, as one boy, Cory Mackenson, is about to find out.

It begins when Cory and his father witness a car disappearing into a lake rumored to be bottomless. Cory's father dives in, and before the car goes completely under, he witnesses something terrifying: a man, handcuffed to the wheel, with copper wire around his throat. Murdered.

But summer is coming. A summer filled with wonder, mystery, magic, and tragedy. It is a summer where Cody will realize that magic can really happen; where he will witnesses a creature that should've been extinct millions of years ago; where he will discover the power and love of family, and the unbreakable bond of friendship; where he will know terror as no one ever has.

Robert R. McCammon's writing is not always consistent. Some of his novels, such as "Mystery Walk," have been almost unreadable; others, such as "Stinger" and "Swan Song," have been enjoyable but forgettable; others, such as "Wolf's Hour," have been masterpieces. "Boy's Life" belongs in this latter category.

A comparison to Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" is unavoidable; however, McCammon manages to throw something into his tale that even Bradbury could not: suspense. This is a suspense novel, set aound a young boy and his quest for the truth, no matter what the cost.

"Boy's Life" is completely enchanting and thoroughly unforgettable. It is a novel for fans of any literay genre. It is, plain and simple, a masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Great
I was born in 1969 and grew up in Brooklyn, so Cory's little town and historical events were not part of my world, but his childhood adventures and fears sure were. So it doesn't matter really when you were born, if you ever believed that your bicycle was freedom or that you and your friends could fly, then this book is for you. Being a big horror fan I was not too sure about this book and the boy who was it's hero, all it took was getting to know Cory, his parents and his town to understand that it was much more about life than horror, and that was fine. Oh, don't be mistaken there are monsters here, the green dead type as well as the kind that lives next door, says "good morning" and goes to church with you. All those live and breath in Cory's town, you won't always know who to be more scared of but you will love every minute of it. The only sad thing is that it had to end. ... Read more

79. In the Night Room
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80. Stephen King's Danse Macabre
by Stephen King
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In the fall of 1978 (betweenThe Stand and The Dead Zone), Stephen King taught a course at the University of Maine on "Themes in Supernatural Literature." As he writes in the foreword to this book, he was nervous at the prospect of "spending a lot of time in front of a lot of people talking about a subject in which I had previously only felt my way instinctively, like a blind man." The course apparently went well, and as with most teaching experiences, it was as instructive, if not more so, to the teacher as it was to the students. Thanks to a suggestion from his former editor at Doubleday, King decided to write Danse Macabre as a personal record of the thoughts about horror that he developed and refined as a result of that course.

The outcome is an utterly charming book that reads as if King were sitting right there with you, shooting the breeze. He starts on October 4, 1957, when he was 10 years old, watching a Saturday matinee of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Just as the saucers were mounting their attack on "Our Nation's Capital," the movie was suddenly turned off. The manager of the theater walked out onto the stage and announced, "The Russians have put a space satellite into orbit around the earth. They call it ...Spootnik."

That's how the whole book goes: one simple, yet surprisingly pertinent, anecdote or observation after another. King covers the gamut of horror as he'd experienced it at that point in 1978 (a period of about 30 years): folk tales, literature, radio, good movies, junk movies, and the"glass teat".It's colorful, funny, and nostalgic--and also strikingly intelligent. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The most lucid book about horror past and present
When I was in high school I did a presentation on horror movies and used this book as the sole point of reference. Besides being an example of what a lazy 17 year old I was, it also shows the quality of information.

Stephen King not only is a great horror writer but he's also a fan. His memory, insights and knowledge are second only to Joe Bob Briggs. Even silly fifties movie are given a new life under Stephen King's nostalgia tripping. The back of the book has a list of greatest horror movies in King's opinion. An invaluable list.

The only drawback is the fact that you start noticing the injokes in other books. Example is the scene in It where the main character has to recite "He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts". Read this book and you know that he's tributing Donovan's Brain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Guide To Horror Fiction From a Single Author
I have read many books of criticism and opinion on the subject of horror fiction. However, no single author has been able to cover the field of modern horror better than Stephen King. In Danse Macabre King makes the field of horror accessible to the general reader. There are books which explain the Freudian overtones of Dracula or the anti-establishment message of Night of the Living Dead which is, for all practical purposes, useless. English and Cinema majors may find it useful, but the general reader has no time or concern for these trifles. King, while at times veering off topic, gives the reader a road map for the field of horror. He introduces and discusses writers which the general reader of fiction may never have heard of, like James Herbert and Harlan Ellison. And never does the book become boring. King's love for the genre shows in this work. It is like attending an Einstein lecture on Physics; it may get a bit complicated at times, but you know that old Al will bring an energy and enthusiasm to the subject which no one else could ever hope to copy.

Other Books Recommended: Stephen Jones and Kim Newman's Horror 100 Best Books (Unusual, Unorthodox, Unbelievable, The Single best book on horror by one than more author)

2-0 out of 5 stars Get to the point
Mr. King introduces several chapters in this book with apologies, along the lines of, "I hate to do this to you, but now I'm going to explain ..." or "I normally hate definitions of fantasy, but here's mine...." If you think it's boring and dull, why are you boring us with it?

There are some good nuggets of insight here, as you would expect from someone who's generally regarded as a talented writer of popular fiction. On the other hand, it's all pretty disorganized and rambling (as others have pointed out), with an odd and undue emphasis on fantasy/sci-fi movies and books.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best book on Horror EVER!
For any serious fan of horror, Stephen King's Danse Macabre is an invaluable book, right up there with Lovecraft's Supernatural Horror in Literature. To use a rough analogy, it is as if Hitchcock wrote a book on suspense (actually, Truffaut's interviews with him amount to just that). Some of the negative reviews I've read on this site claim that King is too digressive. Well, it is digressive - the paperback clocks in at just over 400 pages - but Stephen King is not an academic, and he does not write like one. For me, that made this scholarly work all the more readable and enjoyable. (I am a King fan, so my opinion is biased).

The stated goal of the book is cover Horror from 1950 to 1980. However, he cannot do this without turning to the horror "heavy-hitters" of literature - Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. According to King, these books define the three archetypes (he calls them "Tarot Cards") of horror - the Vampire, the Thing with No Name, and the Werewolf, respectively. (There is a fourth card for the Ghost or the Bad Place, but that can't be narrowed down to one book.)

He discusses movies, books, and television. What is refreshing is how critical King is - even about his own novels. He has bad things to say about a lot of popular works - he will annoy fans of The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone, and other popular books. But, as any lover of horror movies must admit, King opens up about his love of bad movies and even finds nice things to say about the movies, The Amityville Horror and The Prophecy. (I am also shocked about how many nice things he has to say about Stanley Kubrick and The Shining - a film he supposedly doesn't like.)

Fortunately, I had read most of the books and seen most of the movies that King discusses. He also provides invaluable appendices for further reading and viewing. What is of tremendous interest is King's analysis of his contemporary writers, who have been so gracious as to discuss their own works with him. Here we find the best commentary ANYWHERE on Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, and Richard Matheson. King also tackles the questions of why we read horror and if it has a deleterious effect on society.


4-0 out of 5 stars Like chatting with Mr. King
I bought Danse Macabre when I was still in high school and read it so many times that it fell apart. This book is a sweeping peep into Stephen King's (circa the early 80s) head and the experience is very much like what you would expect to feel if you could've sat down on the couch with him and a couple of beers.

The book jumps back between the 50s and 80s all the way through. One minute you'll be reading about Dracula the next you'll read about young Steve's experiment with a dead cat. There is a lot of horror ground covered in this book, perhaps too much. King goes from a brilliant discussion of the 3 great granddaddies of horror: Dracula, Frankenstien, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to the best and worst of horror movies to horror on TV (Interestingly enough King didn't seem to grasp how great, Thriller, Outer Limits and Twilight Zone were) and then sort of splatters along with observations on modern horror novels, a few writers that King admired and throws in a couple of other oddities as well.

The book is very self indulgent. It appears to not have been edited and you have to remember that King was still a young man when he wrote it. If some of his views seem terribly shallow it's the youth talking and I find myself wishing that King would update the book. The big flaw of the book is King's really, really annoying Vietnam tangents. They are all over the book and go on for several paragraphs and don't have a thing to do with the book's stated subject.

Danse Macabre isn't perfect but about 75% of it is extremely entertaining. If you skip over the boring parts, the obsessive parts and don't mind the sloppy last chapter and if you really love the horror genre then it is book worth putting on your "keeper" list. ... Read more

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