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101. Sole Survivor
by Dean Koontz
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Asin: 0679425268
Catlog: Book (1997-01-29)
Publisher: Knopf
Sales Rank: 122743
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Joe Carpenter, the hero of Dean Koontz's newest novel, Sole Survivor,is a man nearly paralyzed by grief. One year earlier, his wife and two children had beenamong the 230 victims of a plane crash that left no survivors. So when Joe encounters awoman who claims to have been aboard that plane and survived the catastrophe, and thenshe almost immediately disappears, he is understandably riled up. In the course of tryingto track this woman down, Joe finds himself entangled in a web of shadowy conspiracyand perilous secrets.

In this latest book, Koontz pumps up the volume and gives his readers what they've cometo expect from him: an expert mix of cover ups, cults, bizarre suicides, and a shockingtwist at the end that keeps Sole Survivor racing along from one improbable butundeniably thrilling event to the next. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely started off great
Joe Carpenter has never recovered from the grief after a plane crash killed his wife and kids. He meets a woman who claims to have survived the catastrophe, but their weren't any survivors.When she disappears, Joe tries to track her down and verify the things she said.This is another Koontz book with a shadowy conspiracy and government secrets, and it has one of the best openings of any books I read in 1997, when it was published.The book gets lots along the way a little, but it comes back together near the end.Four stars out of five.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not that good.
I thought this book got off to a great start - I was hooked, and interested to know what happened to cause the death of Joe's family.

When Joe discovered new evidence from the airline crash that killed his wife and daughters, the book rolled right along. That was until I found out the true cause of the plane crash, along with the identity of the mysterious 'sole survivor'.

The ending was very disappointing and not at all believable - with vague, new Age mystical mumbo-jumbo. If the ending had been more credible, this could have been a really good book - but it seemed that this time Koontz was afraid of meeting his deadline and the ending was abruptly cut off.

That said, this book is still fairly entertaining - just prepare for a somewhat unfinished rushed ending.

3-0 out of 5 stars not one of his best
I have a hard time with Dean Koontz novels, I either love them or hate them.This is the first one I have read that was neither great nor terrible.A man is mourning his wife and two daughters who were aboard Flight 353 when it came plummeting out of the sky, crashing into the earth leaving only trace remains to be identified and buried by family members.Joe feels as though his life is no longer worth living and is basically just existing, hoping death will take him soon, when he stumbles onto the news that there is a sole survivor of that crash, and the crash may not have been an accident.Joe comes face to face with Rose, the only survivor, and the story she has to tell about some mysterious experiments she was involved in, send his head reeling.Soon after meeting Rose, and while trying desperately to get to the bottom of it all, people around Joe, other family members of dead passengers aboard the same flight, start dying, commiting suicide actually, all around him.What does all this mean? Is Rose really a victim, or a monster? Well, jump into this book and find out.The story was a little lame, but I'm not sorry I took the time to read it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Eh nothing great
I just finished reading Sole Survivor.The first 3/4's of the book was great.But when the plot unfolded I was majorely disapointed and wish I hadnt wasted my time reading it.I thought it was going to unfold into something better.But I guess if your into robots then you wont think this is that bad.Thats all I can say.I recommend definately getting this from the library then the books store just in case you had the same reaction I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Koontz's best
Having read many of Koontz's books, this is one of his best. It is my second favorite after Watchers. It is thoughtful and eye-opening on issues of loss. It may be an especially good read and helpful for those who understand the emotional tension of a main character who has lost close family members. He writes that "peace is to be found in the acceptance of things that we are unable to change. That friends and family are the blood of life, and that the purpose of existence is caring, commitment." ... Read more


102. The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red
by Joyce Reardon
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Asin: 0786868015
Catlog: Book (2001-01)
Publisher: Hyperion
Sales Rank: 46752
Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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At the turn of the twentieth century, Ellen Rimbauer became the young bride of Seattle industrialist John Rimbauer, and began keeping a remarkable diary. This diary became the secret place where Ellen could confess her fears of the new marriage, her confusion over her emerging sexuality, and the nightmare that her life would become. The diary not only follows the development of a girl into womanhood, it follows the construction of the Rimbauer mansion -- called Rose Red -- an enormous home that would be the site of so many horrific and inexplicable tragedies in the years ahead.

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red is a rare document, one that gives us an unusual view of daily life among the aristocracy in the early 1900s, a window into one woman's hidden emotional torment, and a record of the mysterious events at Rose Red that scandalized Seattle society at the time -- events that can only be fully understood now that the diary has come to light. Edited by Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. as part of her research, the diary is being published as preparations are being made by Dr. Reardon to enter Rose Red and fully investigate its disturbing history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars So good, even you were fooled!
OK, someone beat me to it. I haven't found a single shred of evidence that Stephen King WROTE this diary, clues maybe. Being as though I am NOT single minded, the possibility that someone else (Tabatha King? Someone associated w/ the movie?) wrote this to coincide w/ the movie is a very real one! Stephen King is being judged for something he might not have even wrote. "Stephen King cannot write women." I am waiting patiently to judge YOUR book. "Delores Claiborne", "Gerald's Game" and "Rose Matter" were not his normal style, this is true, but I couldn't put them down either. They were a little drawn out but not REALLY bad. They sold didn't they?
As for the diary, I loved it! I too wish I could've read it before watching the mini-series. It provides a solid history giving insight to the happenings during the "expedition." I don't care WHO wrote it, I couldn't put it down. I am left wanting more; I want EVERY day of the diary! I want Tina's diary too! I think it was an excellent marketing strategy! Never have I seen such an elaborate scheme: book, web site, movie! King is the master of creativity! (or maybe those who work w/ him!) Ha-Ha to those of you who are upset and fooled. Duh, since when has King written a "documentary?" Just goes to show, he's so talented he has the power to fool the public! For us that enjoyed the ride, BRAVO! And thank you Mr. King! It was very easy to climb into "Rose Red's" world.
Note: I just compled reading ALL the other reviews. I'm happy to see that I feel as MANY others do and that my suspicions are also similiar.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good, but not great piece of Gothic horror
By now almost everyone knows that the "Diary" is really fiction and was written by Ridley Pearson, not Stephen King. Even though it's a tie-in to a television mini-series, it works just fine as a stand-alone piece. I haven't seen the television show for which this is a prequel and am in no hurry to do so. Nonetheless, I found this book to be an enjoyable and relatively quick read.

As it's title indicates, the story is told through entries in the supposed diary of the main character, Ellen Rimbauer. It starts out innocently enough, although even the first entry has hints of the darkness to come. Attacted by his wealth and social status (as well as by his physical presence), the virginal and seemingly innocent young Ellen puts her doubts aside and marries a richer, older man. He proceeds to control her life, dominate and debauch her sexually, and generally make her miserable. They spend their lives at Rose Red, the grand house he begins building at the beginning of the novel and whose construction continues through it. Ellen's premarital misgivings are quickly proven to be true, and her marriage disintegrates. Inexplicable acts of violence and disappearances punctuate the novel, as the massive house assumes an increasingly evil personality of its own. Much of the story focuses on trying to figure out why these things are happening and what the house wants. It becomes increasingly apparent that the house and Ellen are inextricably linked.

"The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" owes much to the traditions of Gothic literature, especially as regards the focus on the "innocent" heroine, the spooky house, and the repressed violence in the husband's character. Many of the standard elements of modern horror are there as well--the disturbed Indian burial ground on which the house was built, the African maid who possesses mysterious powers, the lost child, and the more explicit handling of sexual matters. Pearson weaves them together fairly skillfully. This may not be the best work of horror ever written, but it's certainly good enough to while away a few hours.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and suspensful!!!
RARLEY do I read mystery/thrillers...but a friend mentioned she wanted to read this, and after looking it up, it sounded really good. I'm so glad I bought it! This book kept me up very late for 2 nights in a row...but it was worth it. I love the format of the book, being all journal entries from Ellen's diary...starting in 1907 (age 19) till 1928.

It's a fascinating and riveting journey into the life of Ellen and her philandering husband John, and one cannot forget Rose Red herself. You go on to read about the demise of Ellen's sanity, and how their palace of a house starts to take on a life of it's own. It's an excellent book all around. I highly recommend it. To those who read thriller/mysteries all the time, this is probably no big deal...tame stuff. But for someone like me...it was the perfect amount of suspense and creepiness.

3-0 out of 5 stars This should have been the Miniseries!
I picked up "My Life at Rose Red" right after seeing the Stephen King Miniseries on TV. At the time I wasn't sure if this was a Stephen King book or not. Once I discovered King did not write the book, I put off reading the "diary" for awhile and actually forgot about the book entirely. Just last week while cleaning out the basement I discovered "My Life at Rose Red" and decided to finally read the thing. Knowing that King had little to do with the novel, I had low expectations. I figured it would be a cheesy prequel targeted to a prospective audience for the miniseries. I was wrong. The "diary" is a wonderful story of the supernatural, and the story of a young woman's descent into madness. The character of Ellen Rimbaugher really comes to life in the pages of her diary, as does her dispicable husband John. You can just feel the tension as the diary entries progress and you begin to geniunely feel for Ellen's plight. After finishing the novel, I felt that Ellen's story should have been the one made into a movie, not the story of the obsessive Joyce Reardon and the autistic child psychic. "My Life at Rose Red" will keep you entertained and you will not want to put it down. The only reason I did not give "My Life at Rose Red" a higher rating is that the ending is pretty ambivilant, which makes sense in a way, because they want you to watch the show. And also, this work is presented as a diary, so you really have to suspend belief while reading, becuase there are quite a few passages which recount dialog & character actions, that seem a little too in depth to be a supposed diary entry. But overall, "My Life at Rose Red" will keep you entertained, and if you enjoyed the "Rose Red" miniseries, now on DVD, you should really like this fleshed out backstory. I see used copies here listed for under $.50, and Ellen Rimbaugher's story is surely worth that.

5-0 out of 5 stars coudnt put it down
THIS IS IS A VERY INTERESTING BOOK. IT KEEPS YOU INTO IT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE BOOK. IT PUTS YOU IN THE PLACE OF ELLEN WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING IT. YOU START TO PICTURE THE HOUSE, PEOPLE AND EVENTS. I HIGHLY RECOMEND IT. ... Read more


103. Taltos
by ANNE RICE
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Asin: 0345394712
Catlog: Book (1995-07-04)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 812124
Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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In a swirling universe filled with death and life, corruption and innocence, this mesmerizing novel takes us on a wondrous journey back through the centuries to a civilization half-human, of wholly mysterious origin, at odds with mortality and immortality, justice and guilt.It is an enchanted, hypnotic world that could only come from the imagination of Anne Rice... ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars rice should have quite while she was ahead
i read, and loved, both the witching hour and lasher, and was quite happy with the ending of lasher. i had no intention of reading this book until a friend encouraged me to finish out the series....BIG MISTAKE...the story had lacked the suspense, the great imagery and the historical accuracy, that makes most of rice's novels impossible to put down. i have also read the first three books in the vampire series, and loved them as well, but tale of the body thief, which i began reading but never finished, lost my interset in less than a hundred pages. anne rice is an incredible writer, probably my author of modern fiction, but in both cases she told incredible stories, that managed to take the reader through an amazing journey, with her captivating story telling ability and the gift to delight the senses, but after a climax and suitable ending to one story, she continues to venture into another, which in both cases had no chance of comparing with the previous tale..

4-0 out of 5 stars Anne's imagination astounds me!
Though it is the 3rd in the series, I had not read any of the witch books by Anne Rice before reading "Taltos." I was worried when I purchased it that I might be tragically lost, not having followed the previous stories of Rowan, Mona, etc. But I was instantly drawn in and swept away, due mostly to Mr. Ash, a great character that recalls some of Anne Rice's other tragic protagonists like Louis from the vampire series or Azriel from "Servant of the Bones." As I said before, I have yet to read the prior 2 books in the witch saga, but with "Taltos" they aren't absolutely necessary. This book isn't REALLY about the Mayfair family but instead uses them as a backdrop to tell a fascinating tale of an ancient race - the Taltos - who have lived, disguised, among humans since time began! I enjoyed the pacing of this book, its humor, its mystery, but most of all the beauty of the Taltos, who were completely fascinating and essentially a departure from Anne's vampires and ghosts. She has created, in "Taltos," something new and different. I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 because its ending seemed a bit rushed and wasn't quite the payoff I had hoped for... 50 more pages might have done it! I can see why others might not have felt this an appropriate conclusion to the witch tales, since it wasn't so much about them. But maybe Anne will one day give us more Mona, more Mary Jane, and hopefully more Mr. Ash! Still, it stands on its own as a thoroughly enjoyable book, I recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars whoa
ok, easily the best book i have ever read. all of her books just seem to lead up to this masterpiece. The Witching Hour, although incredibly amazing and captivating, was really nothing but a platform. Then came Lasher, which revolved around the Mayfairs' discovery of what a Taltos is, and a lot about Lasher. It ends dramatically. Then came this book, which is easily the climax. It is was better written than anything i had ever read, with all the right descriptions and stories and fantasies. it evoked images of olden times, dancing in stones, letting the animalistic response to music control you. oh god, if i could only express how much i enjoyed this book. i think the only way i can get that across to you is for you to just go buy the book!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Another link in the chain
When we think of a chain, we rarely think of the end of the chain. What we see is a link, which can be connected with others in different directions. From reading Taltos, we remember the characters from prior stories, and we can see where new links will be forthcoming.

The Taltos is a special being, and Rice brings us more than our share. With the Mayfair witches, we have the beginnings of a new race of beings, which many are trying to control. This book deals with the creation of a Taltos and the infighting that ensues from different factions trying to gain control. This is where we learn about the Talamasca, which is a secret organization that is trying to understand and control the supernatural.

From the end of the book, the reader has no doubt that there will be a continuation of one or many of the storylines here. Rather than feeling that the book is complete, the reader feels that he or she has merely held one link in a longer chain. Rice's writing does keep you involved and eager for more.

I would recommend this for Anne Rice fans everywhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars Where is the next book???
I just finished reading Taltos about 30 minutes ago, and came on here to see if there was a fourth book! Darnit, there isn't. Oh well, there really could be, the way Taltos left off. But I enjoyed reading all of the books. All the history in The Witching Hour seemed a bit much at the time I read it, but as I progressed through the series, I came to know it's purpose. A really great read, they may as well have been one huge book, the way I read them, going directly from the last page of one to the first of the next! ... Read more


104. Vittorio, the Vampire
by ANNE RICE
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Asin: 0345422392
Catlog: Book (2001-02-27)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 18923
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de' Medici, trained in knighthood at his father's mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country pleasures--a world suddenly threatened when his entire family is confronted by an unholy power.

In the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the beautiful and sinister vampire Ursula--setting in motion a chilling chain of events that will mark his life for eternity. Against a backdrop of the wonders--both sacred and profane--and the beauty and ferocity of Renaissance Italy, Anne Rice creates a passionate and tragic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Oh... My... God... Anne does it again!!
About 1/2 way through "Vittorio the Vampire," I was already recommending the book to friends and family who have never read Anne Rice and, always seeing me with one or another of her books, ask that inevitable, "What is it about her? Should I read her?" Yes, everyone should read her stuff!! If you don't start with "Interview with the Vampire," which stands on its own as a classic even as it introduces The Vampire Chronicles, pick up "Vittorio" and have a taste. I really enjoyed this book... definitely one of the freshest and most captivating things she has done in quite awhile. The prose are incredibly vivid without getting tooooo wordy. The character of Vittorio is great. Part of me wants him to meet up later on with Lestat (or maybe Armand, since they were born in the same century), and part of me wants him to be left alone. I only wish Ursula and his connection with her might have been explored a bit further, to me it seemed he was more bewitched by her than in love with her. The angel storyline, without giving too much away, was simply great, a marvelous twist!! Something about this book makes me feel like Anne Rice has come full circle, whatever that means... I eagerly await whatever it is she chooses to do next. People who don't read her work tend to see Ms. Rice as only a writer of the supernatural, but her works are layers, unmasking not just vampires but contemplations on love, spirituality, and redemption. Read this book, it will engage you!

4-0 out of 5 stars Rich like velvet, thick like blood
Once again, Ms. Rice has captured a world 5 centuries in the past effortlessly. In Vittorio the Vampire, she brings alive the artistic and religious flavor of the time while still developing a richly drawn character. Vittorio pulses with a strong Italian blood and temperment, even after he is no longer filled with the blood of a living being. As with most, if not all, of Anne's books there is a love story that borders on tragic and a spiritual encounter that is not one that would be openly discussed with a priest of that time for fear of burning. This is a must read for any die-hard Anne Rice fan and for anyone who can appreciate fine literature and art. However, a quick(!) trip to an art museum might be required to fully grasp some images.

3-0 out of 5 stars A new Vampire tale, sort of.
"Vittorio the Vampire" is about Vittorio, a 15th Centrey Italian knight who loves art and his family (a rare turn for an Anne Rice vampire). One night his family is given an ultematum; give vampires a tribute or the village dies. The tribute is refused, and Vittorio's family is murdered in front of him; but he spared by the beautiful vampire named Ursula. He escapes and goes after the vampires for revenge with the help of some gaurdian angels. This is Anne Rice's attempt to seperate herself from Lestat; and it dose seems more like a sequal to "Memnoch the Devil" than anything else. It has a lot to do with angel and devil worship, to a degree. There is a lot to this book that is pretty good. I liked the Ruby Grail court, it has a kind of Charles Manson like cult spooky feel to it. There are some big problems with "Vittorio the Vampire"; it is too close to "Interveiw with the Vampire", with Claudia/Ursula comparison, and the Ruby Grail court reminds me a lot of "Theater of the Vampires" that Armand run in Paris. Also it seemed like a history lesson of the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy. But all in all it is short enough to really injoy before it gets tedious.

3-0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure
I really do think that Anne Rice is a good writer... however, her editors don't seem to be very good, since there are several places in the book where the sentences are awkward or down-right awful. Usually, she gives fify+ pages of fabulous writing, followed by a page or two of clumsy prose. But she quickly gets back in her groove and moves on.

This book was all right. It's been a few years since I've read her stuff. I was a fan in high school. Now that I'm graduated from college, I decided to give her a try again. I can't say I was disappointed, but I did think that this book got silly in a lot of places.

I wasn't too crazy about Ursula, who comes across as two-dimensional eye candy and an excuse for weird vampire sex. The love plot between Vittorio and Ursula is almost irritating. They fall in love, quite literally, at first bite, even though she was responsible for slaughtering Vittorio's entire family.

The ending was super lame, but fortunately, the story was so good up to that point that it could be forgiven.

It took me two days to rip through it. Very fluffy reading, but enjoyable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Vittorio's Review
I like that Vittorio isn't associated with the other vampires. It was nice to read the experiences of another vampire in his own corner of the world, where he is unaffected by the rest. However, while the premise is good, the tale itself is good, and start, middle, and finish are infinitely readable, I was not convinced of the love story. Someone else mentioned this in another review, and they hit it on the nose. There seems to be no chemistry there. Ursula just strikes me as a word that rhymes with "witch". I didn't like her character even a little bit, and cannot be convinced that she really loves this guy. Without that in place, then much is missing from the book. ... Read more


105. Bad Men : A Thriller
by John Connolly
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BAD MEN

On the Maine island once known as Sanctuary, policeman Joe Dupree is the guardian of its secrets, keeper of its memories. He knows that Sanctuary had been steeped in carnage once, centuries ago, when its settlers were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Now, a strange, otherworldly evil is about to descend again....With rookie officer Sharon Macy, Joe stands guard against a bloodthirsty band of men set on murder, robbery, and retribution. But unleashing the fury of the ghosts of the past will have unimaginable consequences for any who spill innocent blood on Sanctuary's shores.

Includes an excerpt from The Black Angel, John Connolly's return to the world of detective Charlie Parker -- coming soon in hardcover from Atria Books.
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106. The Keep (Adversary Cycle)
by F. Paul Wilson
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Publisher: Tor Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that's both powerful and terrifying. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims. Panicked, the Nazis bring in a local expert on folklore--who just happens to be Jewish--to shed some light on the mysterious happenings. And unbeknownst to anyone, there is another visitor on his way--a man who awoke from a nightmare and immediately set out to meet his destiny.

The battle has begun: On one side, the ultimate evil created by man, and on the other...the unthinkable, unstoppable, unknowing terror that man has inevitably awakened.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Basic horror made better
"The Keep" is really, in its basic form, a pulp horror novel and it covers some familiar territory: slimy, evil things in the dark that no one believes is there till their dead, characters getting mad at each other rather than at whatever is killing them. But "The Keep" is better than one might expect, and it is raised far above its humble horror premise. First of all, the setting elevates it: Set during world war II when the greatest horror in history was playing out, in an isolated keep that is brought into the modern world beautifully but given a hint of gothicism. Yet the "typical" scenes of horror here are elevated because of Wilson's genuine talent for giving the reader chills. The way he describes the darkness "enveloping" people is truly frightening, and there are many further scenes that induce terror, two dead men standing over a sleeping man's bed and etc. Then the characters - here is where Wilson truly excels. One might think that you can feel nothing for these characters, since they are Nazis. But throughout a large part of the book, the main character is German Captain Klaus Woermann, who despises Nazism and would really rather not be at the keep, he feels sorry for the suffering caused. He is a truly likeable character for the most part, but more importantly, he feels REAL, all the characters do. Even small characters who are only in the book for a few pages are given in an introduction, a brief history that truly makes you feel for them and for their situation. The finale gets a little to fantasy-ish for my personal tastes, as well as the final explanation behind the killing force in the keep, but thats a minor thing. There are so many scenes of spine-chilling horror in this book that it truly is a rarity of its type.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Evil versus...well, the Ultimate Evil
F. Paul Wilson's fine thriller "The Keep" combines so many horror elements that eventually one expects a good old fashioned ghost to be thrown in for good measure. These men are indeed haunted, but it's by much more than a ghost. The underlying, supreme evil of the vampire appears to be so indestructible, especially after it squashes a Nazi regiment with the ease of a rabid wolf in a flock of sheep, readers will find themselves wondering what the resolution of this tale could possibly be.

A Nazi regiment moves into an ancient castle in the Transylvanian Alps during World War II, accidently unleashing an evil force that apparently inspired ancient vampire legends. Needless-to-say, these German warriors are picked off one by one. When an SS extermination squad arrives on the scene to "fix" the problem, all hell literally breaks loose.

"The Keep" is the beginning of Wilson's Adverary Cycle (including "The Tomb" and "The Touch"), but it stands alone as a terrific tale combining elements of horror, vampire legend, fantasy, H.P. Lovecraft and, of course, our fear/fascination with the ruthless evil of the Nazi legacy. Readers will instantly identify with Theodore Cuza, an ederly Jewish professor brought to the castle to solve the horrible murders. He secretly seeks to communicate with the vampire, using it's power to conquer the Nazi war machine. Yet another character appears at the castle - a mysterious red-haired man known as Glenn. His purpose is to keep the vampire within the confines of the castle - we think. Naturally, Cuza has a beautiful young daughter strangely attracted to Glenn.

It's almost impossible to put this book down. If you've experienced the greatness of the Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing Hammer vampire films of the 1960s, you will absolutely love this tale. Sure, parts of this book are cheesy and at times it has the feel of an energetic video game. But "The Keep" also establishes multiple tragic characters, among them Captain Klaus Woermann. A veteran German commander (and anti-Nazi) who simply wants to save his rank-and-file men from the growing evil of the castle, his emotional conflicts will create an unueasy tension throughout the novel. We actually care for Woermann and can even identify with the uncomfortable moral choice Cuza must face.

What will enthrall fans of horror about "The Keep" is the standoff between imagined ultimate evil (the vampire) versus realistic ultimate evil (Nazi soldiers). It is a fascinating contrast. In fact, the unusual combination was so tempting talented film director Michael Mann decided to make this novel into a muddled 1983 film. The misguided effort eventually became bogged down in incoherent evil vs. evil symbolism. But don't judge "The Keep" by that nearly forgotten film. It is a finely detailed horror/fantasy novel which fans of this type of genre will absolutely gorge themselves upon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror
The Keep is an outstanding and satisfying horror yarn. I highly recommend it to fans of the genre. Also to the reader from New Hamshire The Keep was made into a movie. Check out the film. It has a great cast.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Keep
I thought this book was fantastic. Great horror novel that kept me reading till wee hours of the morning. You could picture the castle and really picture the characters in your mind. F. Paul Wilson writes great horror novels, read the Tomb as well. The Keep would make an excellent movie. The character of Magda is a bit wishy washy with her sexual awakening, and Glenn seems like a supernatural hero but the vampire lore and Vlad the Impaler seems so real and scary. great book to read on an airplane, a real page turner!! enjoy

3-0 out of 5 stars Good start...bad ending...
The Keep is important to the Third Reich. So when German soldiers stationed there start to die the SS is sent to investigate and DESTROY whatever enemy they find.
But what happens when the enemy is more powerful, more ruthless and even more sadistic than the Death Squads sent to fight it?
The story started out very strong, a mixture of horror, mystery and even a touch historical novel. The characters seemed real, the plot solid and the flow was smooth. The fears that Theodor Cuza develops about his religion and his faith, the interplay between Erich Kaempffer's naked greed and Klaus Woermann's military professionalism, only add to the reality of the setting.
But near the end the story started to get a little too wild, turning from a vampire/between a rock and a hard place/Lovecraft book into something more fitting of fantasy/Evil vs. Good/E.E."Doc" Smith book. ... Read more


107. The Villa of Mysteries
by DAVID HEWSON
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108. Hellboy Volume 5 : Conquerer Worm - NEW EDITION! (Hellboy)
by Mike Mignola
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At the end of World War II, American costumed-adventurer Lobster Johnson led an Allied attack on Hitler's space program, but not before the Nazis were able to launch the first man into space. Now, after sixty years, Hellboy is partnered with an artifical man - a Frankenstein's monster implanted by Bureau scientists with a bomb - to travel to the ruined castle in Norway to intercept the returning capsule, and its single passenger. . .the conqueror worm. ... Read more


109. Minion: A Vampire Huntress Legend
by L. A. Banks
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In fiction, film, and TV, vampires are a dominant trend of the young millennium. Is it is because the blood-suckers are a perfect metaphor for corrupt politicians and corporate executives? Because alternative sexualities are gaining acceptance? Because the idea of living forever (even if undead) is so alluring? The reasons are unclear. What is clear is that the hottest subgenre (in both popularity and sensuality) is the vampire-huntress subgenre, thanks to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With L.A. Banks's debut novel, Minion, a tough, sexy new vampire huntress challenges the dominance of Anita Blake and Buffy.

Damali Richards is a rising star of Warriors of Light Records--but her fans would never guess that she is also the most important vampire hunter in a millennium. However, unfortunately for the inexperienced young huntress, the vampires and demons have both discovered her existence. An age-old war escalates to unprecedented heights of violence as the dark forces strive to slay Damali before she comes of age and gains her full powers.

Damali is an appealing heroine, the concept is intriguing, and the series is promising. However, the first novel is rocky. Damali is a vampire-killing martial artist, and Minion presents an epic struggle between good and evil, yet the novel neglects to include a climactic battle between Damali and the bad guys (or much of a climax at all; a sequel is obviously forthcoming). Another problem is that Damali's teacher withholds crucial information from not only the huntress, but also her guardians, who should have learned everything many years ago. In contrast, the characters frequently tell each other things they already know. Readers craving the twisted erotic charge of the Anita Blake novels or the Buffy-Spike relationship may be dissatisfied that sexual tension is less important to Minion; and readers seeking Hamiltonian melodrama may also be disappointed. --Cynthia Ward ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on vampires.
I think that this book is better than the first editorial review would lead you to believe. Yes, it is a commercial book but then aren't almost all books written in the hopes that they will be "commercial?" That is the author and publisher want the book to sell well.

I have read lots of other vampire fiction and am a big Buffy fan but this book has an interesting take on vampires; stuff that I haven't seem before but that makes sense within the story.

Also the setting, the hip-hop music world, shouldn't turn anyone off.

There were scenes that I found scary enough that I told myself not to think about them when I went to sleep so I wouldn't have nightmares. :)

In addition there is a good helping of romance with the interaction of Damali and Carlos.

Yes, there are times when the writing seems a bit clunky but that is because I think Ms Banks is trying to set up the start of what is going to be a very involved story.

If I had to put the books in a list I'd say that they were more complex and "adult" than the usual Buffy book, not as light and romantic as Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse, and not as violent as Anita Blake.

I look forward to the next installment.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Female Blade? Not quite.
I was drawn to the premise of this book almost immediately. I also really liked the cover.

Reading Minion was a little hard to do in the beginning. I honestly wasn't prepared for L.A. Banks' writing style, and her use of black slang. This unfortunately turned me off, at least early on. I found myself comparing Damali to a female Blade, albeit a whiney, self-absorbed, bratty Blade.

The story follows the young vampire huntress Damali Richards a week before her 21st birthday. She's surrounded by "guardians" all of who are from various backgrounds. Damali also has a makeshift den mother, whose sole purpose it seems is to make Damali's life all work no play.
The story itself is weak in the beginning. A whole chapter is devoted to the team discussing how they feel weird about what might happen that night. A whole chapter. And it's not as if we learn anything about the team as they're talking, just that they're all on edge for some strange reason. There's a lot of filler in the beginning of the novel, if left out, would have made "minion: more enjoyable and easier to read.

When this guy Carlos enters the picture, the story rakes an interesting turn. Carlos is basically a drug lord with various real-estate holdings, including a trendy club named Vengeance. He and Damali have a shared past, and it's quite interesting.

I won't give too much away, because the second half of the novel was the most enjoyable part.

A couple things bothered me. One was the fact that the entire team hunted vampires by night and were successful spoken word musicians by day. Spoken word? Is that even a nationally accepted form of entertainment? At least, I don't think so.

I know we all think differently than we talk, but Damali's string of slang she uses sometimes is baffling. In her mind, she's an educated young woman with a strong will. When she talks, her IQ lowers drastically and she constantly craves a "soda" and hot barbeque chips." ?!? The whole chips thing was really strange. My only hypothesis is that the author has a thing for them and incorporated them into her character. Banks doesn't write dialogue for a 20 year-old Damali very well. All the other characters whom are close to Banks' age sound believable, but something with Damali doesn't fit.

This wasn't anywhere near the steamiest vamp novel I've ever read, but it has potential. The shower scene is evident of this.

I wasn't going to order the sequel, "Awakening," but after finishing "Minion," I'm curious of Damali's fate.

3-0 out of 5 stars Promising Beginning or Prelude to Disaster?
The version of Minion that I am reviewing is the paperback special edition which boastes to be a slightly rewritten from the tradesized version. Minion is the uneven first book in series that tells the story of the Millenium Neteru Damali Richards, whose destined to be an uber Vampire Huntress. The Vampire Huntress Legend is a series in every sense of the word, because this book is not a complete story arc but a set-up for the rest of the series.
I don't think I've ever changed my feelings about a book as much as I have this one. After reading the prologue and first few chapters, I thought the book sucked but I was going to read it anyways since it was less than 300 pages long. The book would plod along and every know and again I would come across a scene that was just mesmerizing. Then it would plod along again. The only reason I'm giving the book 3 stars is because the last 40 or so pages were when the story finally seemed ready to take off.
The major problem with Minion is that it trying so hard to set the scene for the rest of the story that it forgets to give us readers a real pay-off. As the story ends, most of the characters in Damali's band/slayer group are still sketchily developed, Damali herself is only *just* coming into her awsome powers, and the forces of darkness are just getting ready to act on their plans. Aside from the first chapter and a scene were Damali's Neteru powers compell her to chase after a vampire there is very little action on that front. Most of the time the hunters are holed up in their hide-out waiting for Damali to awaken to her powers. Lots of talking about the mystical mechanics that this world runs on too. Banks definitely could have introduced those elements in a better way than endless chunks of dialogue.
Another thing I wondered about was how wise is it to give these vampire hunters such a visable day job? When the forces of evil want to kill off man-kinds last and best hope, I don't think I'd want our last hope up on a stage for all the world to see.
I don't really think that Damali has a very strong personality or is that compelling a character to carry a whole series. The evil characters like Fallon Nuit and Carlos are much more interesting. Given that Carlos, Damali's ex-boyfriend turned vampire, is slated to play a big part in the series, this could easily turn into a series where the love-interest steals the thunder of the supposedly powerful and strong heroine.
Perhaps, the most troubling plot-turn is the revealation about how the various factions of evil want to impregnate out virginal yet lustful vampire slayer. This plot turn would be quite hokey and silly if Banks hadn't vividly laid out how the stakes were. What has me uneasy is that I'v seen good series go to the dogs when the plot demands that people have sex. Case in point is Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series which Minion will inevitably be compared to. Hamilton put in a plot device that demanded the heroine of that series do all kinds of kinky activities effectively reducing Anita Blake into an avatar for the author to vicariously play out her blood and guts S&M fantasies. Hamilton's work has gotten so ludicrous and distasteful that it would be more merciful for everyone if she just sent her publisher a headless decomposing cat instead of her manuscript. What path Banks will take with this plot element will determine for me if this series tanks or succeeds.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This book was so bad that I couldn't get past the first couple of pages. I tried to give it a shot, but the writing is terrible. I can see where the ideas of the book are wondeful, and even though there are blatant rips off from different vampire myths, this book should be good. It isn't. Within four pages of reading the book, I wanted to put myself out of my misery. It's a great idea to have a more ethnic version of vampire stories, but this one sucks. Sorry.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your time!!!!
This book is nothing more than a rip off of Buffy and Anita Blake, only set in the ghetto. While I thought it would be refreshing to read a vampire novel with a more ethnic feal, this book sits in the dredges of humanity and revels in stereotypical characters and poor writing. Don't waist your time. ... Read more


110. The Manor
by Scott Nicholson
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Ephram Korban was an admirer of the human creative spirit, dedicated to collecting art in its many forms--literature, photography, painting, and sculpture--before he took his own life. Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains stands the home he built as a retreat for artists to hone their craft, perfect their skills...perhaps even produce a masterpiece. Isolated from the outside world in the electricity-free mansion, artists gather to court their muses for six weeks, undisturbed.

Anna Galloway has no interest in art and even less in the people who produce it. Her sensibilities are more in tune with the realm beyond the physical, where the souls of the deceased reside and visions reveal secrets. She has included herself among the elite artistes in residence at Korban's retreat because she has seen the manor in her dreams--and believes Korban's ghost may be wandering its halls.

Now, a blue moon is on the rise in October, opening magical pathways to conjure up something unimaginable. Something feeding off the energies of those in the house. Something seeking everlasting life--at any cost... ... Read more


111. Thinner [UNABRIDGED]
by Stephen King, Joe Mantegna
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Six weeks after an old gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, he's ninety-three pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified-and desperate enough for one last gamble that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil that are melting his flesh away. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An A+ book...until the very end
I bought 'Thinner' back when I discovered that Richard Bachman was actually Stephen King under a pen name, and was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining this novel was from the very beginning. What a stunning premise! After an unfortunate accident killing a Gypsy, our handsome lead character has his cheek brushed lightly by another who whispers one word, 'Thinner'. After this incident, he begins to lose weight...a LOT of weight -- and all without trying. Now is this the new miracle diet the world has been looking for? I doubt it. He eats and eats and continues to drop the pounds as though he were experiencing overnight liposuction without his knowledge.

As he goes from overweight to supermodel-thin in a short period of time, his fears multiply on a daily basis that he will die from this curse inflicted upon him and ultimately decides to seek help from Gypsys. This is (for me anyway) where the storyline went from a cool supernatural thriller to a hokey curse-driven

tale. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I could have come up with a more believable ending, but for some reason, it just didn't add up. I can't exactly put my finger on what exactly it was that I feel short-changed me in the storyline, but suffice it to say that despite my feelings, this really is a first rate novel of suspense and is told well. Stephen King deserves his status as the greatest horror novelist of all-time, and while this may not be his greatest tale, it certainly was better than a lot of his other books that were hailed as great works of fiction. Judge for yourself, I think you'll like it anyway.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book that will keep you reading
So many people in today's world want to lose weight and do, but what happens when you are losing too much weight at a deadly rate? It all started when Layer, Billy Halleck, the main character hits an old gypsy woman with his car and kills her. Shortly after this accident, Billy and his wife, Heidi, see an old gypsy man. This man brushes Billy's face and whispers the word "Thinner." From this point on Billy loses more and more weight that starts to scare him to death. He just might die if he doesn't find the cure in time. Will he survive? This book is pretty good over all and I would give it four stars. Stephen King has written some good books including Roadwork, Carrie, The Shinning, and The Green Mile. I would say that Thinner was one of his better books. The book is a little slow in parts but it interesting most of the time. I would recommend it to all readers, because I though the ending was really surprising. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Mental as opposed to macabre thriller...
The thing that has always impressed me about Stephen King has been his flourid imagination...how does he think of things like a rabid dog holding a family hostage (Cujo) or a haunted car (Christine)? With "Thinner", the demented King imagination is again at full throttle as he conjurs up a story of what it would be like if an overweight man were cursed with losing weight at an alarming rate...can he find the answer to reverse it or will he waste away? This is the essence of this work...not classicly written, but still a page turner because the story is so well conceived.

As with all Stephen King books, this story flows along at a rapid pace as we find Billy Halleck, a mundane Connecticut lawyer losing an abundance of weight after his trial for hitting and killing a gypsy woman is over. The only reasoning for this weight loss that Halleck can determine is the actions of the gypsy lady's father who rubbed Halleck's face and whispered the word "thinner" in his ear at the end of the trial as he moved on. When the weight loss becomes alarming, Billy decides that the curse is true and decides to confront the gypsy and get him to remove the curse...the resultant chase and ending becomes more a mind game as opposed to a physically morbid tale. The ending is surprising and "classic" Stephen King...as in most of King's work, the least suspected outcome is the one that ensues and leaves the reader a little amazed.

An easy read that goes fairly quickly, this is a perfect summer light read that most fans of psychological thrillers should enjoy.

2-0 out of 5 stars "THINNER" isn't always better
Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, may have released this novel under a pseudonym for good reason. While King's work is never terrible, THINNER certainly isn't his best. Nonetheless, it is worth a read - but only for a true King fan. I don't think I'm a loyal King fan yet, but with works like THE STAND and PET SEMATARY, I think I am well on my way.

THINNER is about an overweight lawyer named William Halleck. Despite the fact his doctor has warned him he's nearing heart attack territory, other aspects of life are better. He's got a good job and earns a living that is more than adaquete. He has a wonderful wife and despite the fact he's a big guy, the two of them have an active sex life. Billy also has a 14 year-old daughter named Linda with whom he is quite close. Besides the weight issue, life is just peachy for Billy Halleck.

Until the gypsy's curse. He accidentally hits and kills the 75 year-old gypsy daughter and her family, including her 106 year-old father, yearn for revenge. So now, Billy is losing weight at a drastically alarming rate of about 9 or more pounds a week. He's being erased off the face of the earth, pound by pound. If he enlists the help of friend and Three Brothers restaurant owner Ginelli, will the livid, vengeance-seeking gyspsies surrender and remove their curse? Or will Billy eventually waste away to nothing but skin and bones?

Eh. I read on and found out. But if I hadn't, the suspense wouldn't have killed me, if you get the gist of what I'm saying.

"THINNER" is not as remarkable as other reads by King - and not nearly as memorable. Usually, his novels boast well-developed characters and an exhilarating plot filled with twists and turns. With the exception of the ending, I found this book to be more predictable than his others.

Whatever. You can't expect the man to churn out continuous hit after hit, can you?

5-0 out of 5 stars Thinner Than Most King Books, But One of The Best
Originally written as pen name Richard Bachman this is one of King's best books. It is not in the masterpiece league of Christine or It, but is not far off either. Billy Halleck is an obese family man, who is forced to undertake the ultimate weight loss program by an old gypsy avenging his daughter's death caused while Billy was enjoying the hand of his wife instead of concentrating on driving. Thinner was the curse he prophesised, touching him as he walked out of court after not being convicted of the old lady's death. Every day from then he has been losing weight. Although he has quite a bit to lose, if he doesn't stop the weight loss he will eventually die. The only way is to find the old gypsy and get him to lift the curse, but the gypsies have moved on and don't want to reverse it without a good reason.

This is definitely a can't put down thriller. Although you don't have a great liking for Halleck, you are gripped to know if he can stop his ultimate weight loss program before his demise. His psychological terror is also a highlight. One of King's best, definitely buy it. ... Read more


112. Beyond Ender's Game: Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind
by Orson Scott Card
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4-0 out of 5 stars An essential pickup for any science fiction fan!
Nice to see that Card and company packaged all the rest of the Ender Quarter into a box-set. The average customer saves about $7 and you can finish the entire series. However, price and convienence are not the only things that are great about this box set. Speaker For The Dead, Xenocide, and Children Of The Mind are all very different than Ender's Game, but very good reads to follow up the original with. Whether you are a casual fan of science fiction or a hard core fan of Card, all of the remaining books in this set will do well to quench the thirst of the reader. If you haven't read Ender's Game yet, then none of these books will make much sense even though Card meant for Speaker For The Dead is meant to be standalone. It really is better to start with Ender's Game, you won't be sorry after reading these 3 books + Ender's Game.

-Travis S.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice to see these together
I hate reviews that don't tell you that this is a collection of 3 books: books 2-4 in the Ender's Series. So if you buy this, don't buy them twice as "Speaker For the Dead", "Xenocide", and "Children of the Mind". Now that I've got the most important info I look for in the reviews section out of the way, I might as well review it.

First off, I like the bundled collection method of publishing older books in a series... omnibus paperback editions tend to fall apart on the first reading.

First time Ender's series readers may prefer to skip these. Going from Ender's Game to Ender's Shadow and continuing the Shadow series (the newer books) probably works as an alternate series path to follow the main action.

That said, addicts need to have the full Ender's experience, and will eventually have to read these books. And they will regret reading them out of order if they skip over the slower paced books in the series (this collection) to get to the more exciting books (pretty much all the rest ), so get this collection and save the headache of trying to find the individual books.

As for the content of the books in this collection, check out the reviews on the individual books themselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ender through the years
I read Ender's game when I was very young and absolutely loved it. Everyone told me not to read the next three books because they were boring. Well, when i was eleven, I listened to them and I am very glad that i did because i know now that i would not have been able to appreciate them at that age. As the years went by, I was terribly curious to see what the negativity was all about. I can say that that they are excellent books and i still find myself thinking about them often. (I read them two years ago)They are more thought provoking and well, I feel like i am growing up with Ender. They are just fabulous books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Orson Scott Card: Beyond Ender's Game
All three of these books put together in one collection was a great idea. I had trouble finding these books seperatley at a resonable price. As other reviews have said, these books are much slower paced than Ender's Game and the parrallel series that follows mainly Bean and Petra. But, their content is great with very thoughtful story lines. For those people that just want the fast paced and high intensity action books, stick with Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow Puppets. But if you want to find yourself actually thinking during a book, get this set.

5-0 out of 5 stars An incredible writer...
I also read Ender's Game in 8th grade (i'm now 16) and was astonished by the clear and quick writing and action packed story. The following summer i picked up Speaker for the Dead and started off rather disappointed by the slow, pensive prose that proved difficult to sit through, at first. After accepting it for what it was, I realized that Card's writing was slower, but nonetheless incredible. In these three books, which read like a trilogy more than sequals to an original, are packed with social commentaries and modern references that really make you think about our society as we experience it. Though it takes a while to get going, these novels have a deep, rich, suspenseful story line that keep the pages turning. Ender's game reads like an action movie, play by play, blow by blow, all linear and in order. These novels have recurring themes, changing ideas, plot lines and characters that come and go and all come to a climax in the end of Children of the Mind. Trust me, if you just suck it up and deal with the technical writing of Speaker for the Dead and the dense analytical philosophy of Xenocide (both of which i appreciated and enjoyed, but were rather slow going) Children of the Mind really brings it all together. If you skip these three, you'll be sorry you did. ... Read more


113. Fevre Dream
by GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the great vampire masterpieces
I waited two long years for this book to roll into my favorite used sci-fi and horror bookstore. The day it came I raced home and read it until I was finished. It is a well crafted story. This book takes place on a boat on the Mississippi river--prehaps an unexpected place for a vampire tale. The characters a fueding an almost good against evil--it works wonderfully in this story. The characters in this novel are well constructed and enjoyable to get to know. The plot is well defined, complex, and detailed. All I can say is that this is a great story. I urge anyone to try to get a copy if they can. I often feel like so many times like Fevre Dream was unfairly put out of print. If you can find it, I hope you enjoy!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Martin's quality as a writer shines through.
I'm like many readers who know George R.R. Martin from his fantasy books. I think he's one of the best fantasy writers currently active-- the series Song of Ice and Fire is one of the best going at the moment. I picked this book up because I was curious to see what his take would be on vampires, and while I don't find that it has all the strength of his fantasy novels (_Fevre Dream_ is a very early novel for Martin) it still doesn't disappoint.

_Fevre Dream_ is a historical novel, set in the grand days of the Mississippi steamboat captains. The experienced but unlucky captain Marsh takes a strange business partner-- Joshua York. York is an intelligent book-reading man who has the unusual habit of sleeping by day.

Anticipates the better-known Rice vampire novels in the idea of a vampire at war with its own nature. _Fevre Dream_ is intelligent and well-written-- well worth reading for both established Martin fans and fans of the vampire novel in general.

3-0 out of 5 stars good characters slow story
I love vampire novels, and I had really high hopes for Fevre Dream. Perhaps too high. I had read comments that claimed the book was equal in quality to 'salem's Lot and The Hunger, and had always held off reading Fevre Dream until I wanted a really special experience. The first big disappointment was finding out the 'vampires' were not of the supernatural kind - the truly evil, utterly damned sort - but I adjusted and hoped the plotting and narrative drive would make up for this. It didn't, and that was my second big disappointment. It was very good quite often but not brilliant. The author was aiming for an epic feel, which he occasionally achieved, and good characterisation, and here he succeeded. Abner Marsh was a grittily realistic, larger than life, yet sympathetic individual, and to a lesser degree so was Joshua York. The two evil characters were truly evil - I won't be forgetting Sour Billy Tipton and Damon Julian for awhile. Joshua's girlfriend Valerie provides the only truly terrifying moment. But it is Abner that makes the book a good one ultimately, he is the reason why the novel's epilogue is so moving. A good novel but the potential was there for a much better one. Read it on a slow winter's night to get the full effect, don't expect the earth, and perhaps you will enjoy yourself so much you'll wonder what I'm quibbling about.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
I normally hate vampire books... because they're more romance novels than fictional adventures. And the only reason i picked up this book, is because i've been absolutely hooked on GRR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. But i have to say, this book is absolutely amazing. I thought the only reason why Martin was able to recreate medieval life so accurately and amazingly in Song of Ice and Fire was because he must have been a medieval buff or expert... and maybe he is, but that means he must also be a Mississipi steamboat expert as well, because his writing is almost like he lived the time. Heck, i think i would have given this book 5 stars even if it wasn't about vampires and lacked any plot, and it was simply a diary or recounts of somebody from that time.

I won't spoil the book, but if you truly want to be transported to another time, this book is definitely for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Southern vampire tale richly backlit by the Steamer trade
Taking place in 1857, this story is about Abner Marsh, who is owner of the Fevre River Packet Company, and once held a profitable steamboat business upon the Mississippi River. But one foul winter and a freezing river crippled his fleet and left him with nothing but his reputation as a formidable captain, and honest tradesman, and the ugliest man on the river. He is down to one lowly boat that travels only on the Illinois, and that one fading fast, when he is approached by Joshua York, a pale, enigmatic businessman who makes an offer of partnership with Abner.

York makes an offer far above what the Fevre River Packet Company is worth, but tells Abner that it is because of his desire to own and operate a real steamboat, and be captain though Abner would run the daily functions and pilot the boat. With Abner's experience and York's money, they come to an agreement to build the finest steamboat on the Mississippi, The Fevre Dream. Crewed with the best, she sets out from New Albany towards New Orleans, stopping first in St. Louis. Abner had not batted much of an eyelash when York first mentioned that he and his "guests" would be traveling up and down the river with him, his lust for owning a large, luxurious steamer that could beat The Eclipse's speed driving away the warning from York that he could be a bit...peculiar.

For York is a vampire, and is on a quest of his own. He has developed a drink that staves off the Vampire's hunger for flesh, and has a dream of turning his people away from the killing of humans. But working against him is Damon Julian, and his pack of hungry followers, who believe that the old ways are the good ways. Also with Julian is Sour Billy Tipton, their human servant who assists them in acquiring what they need and protecting them.

Little by little, things begin to unravel, and by the time Julian and Sour Billy join up with Joshua York on The Fevre Dream, Abner has come to realize his dream of running the biggest and fastest steamer on the Mississippi was nothing more than a dream, and that his desires had blinded him to the reality of York's mission.

This is a unique vampire story, appropriate for both vampire purists and vampire modernists; actually staging a battle between the two factions. Should vampires want to mingle amongst the human population, or should they retain their status as feeders and monsters? By taking this approach and placing it in the 1850's South amid the lively steamboat trade up and down the Mississippi River, Martin has created a creepy and exceptional tale of languid horror in a lush backdrop. This is a not to be missed novel whether you love vampire books or creepy southern tales. Highly recommended. Enjoy! ... Read more


114. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
by Stephen King
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On a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the constant bickering between her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, and then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut, she becomes lost in a wilderness maze full of peril and terror.

As night falls, Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fears. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox baseball games and follows the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her -- protecting her from an all-too-real enemy who has left a trail of slaughtered animals and mangled trees in the dense, dark woods.... ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Story is good, but still has many problems.
I must admit that I enjoyed this book, but I was only able to do so because I suspended my belief in reality and accepted King's premise. The little girl is lost early in the book, and from there I read each page wanting to find out if and when and how she would be rescued. The rescue at the end would be the big payoff. The girl Trisha spent several weeks in the woods, getting bitten to death by bugs, slowly going crazy, starving and sick, but somehow she keeps moving. Her favorite baseball player is Tom Gordon, and she listens to his games on her Walkman and talks to him to try and keep her sanity. All of this works well, and the end is a satisfying payoff to the girl lost in the woods story.

But was this good for a Stephen King effort? Sure it was, but it wasn't worthy of a novel. Even at large print and 220 pages, this short novel seemed to drag in places and to also be repititive. This would have been better a short story part of a larger collection. I think King could have done better than producing this afterthought of a novel. Other recent novels are probably 4 times longer than this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of King's best yet!
I love Stephen King, I've read probably all of his books at least 2 times. When I got this book for my birthday, I read the inside flaps of the book and thought I wouldn't like it. I expected a supernatural story with vampires and ghosts and other stuff like that (but, hey, doesn't all Stephen King fans expect that).

I started reading the book. It is about a 9 year old girl named Trisha, who lives with her brother and mom, her parents are divorced. Her brother is constantly arguing with her mom because he wants to live with their dad. Trisha's mom is always taking Trisha and her brother on family outings, despite Trisha's brother's complaints. This is where it begins.

They're hiking in the woods in Maine, and Trisha decides to go pee. Her mom and her brother are fighting so she walks off without telling one of them. She goes off and then gets lost trying to find her way back. I was stuck in the book thinking about what would happen to Trisha.

I felt sorry for her and was hoping for her to get out of the woods, but I won't tell you if she does, you have to read that and find that out yourself. Stephen King does an excellent job of writing a real life terror story. It made me think about various endings during the time I read it and when I was finished, I finished it in about 1:30 hours. I recommend that you buy this book and read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A page turner
I enjoyed every word of this book. It was the perfect post Christmas book for me. I always enjoy Stephen King's works. I'm honestly suprised that I haven't read more of his books and short stories than I have.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book for those who normally wouldn't read Stephen King
I gave this to my secretary to read, who is the member of a literary club and had never read anything by King. She was hesitant but at my recommendation she read it. She loved it and it gave her a whole new appreciation for King.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stephen King Writes Awesome Books
I really enjoyed this horror novel. But I didn't like they way Stephen kept saying that she didn't even notice she was doing it and the way he described to God of the Lost. But overall, this is an awesome book. Very hard to put down. ... Read more


115. Hell House
by Richard Matheson
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Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.

Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and not for everyone
I wanted to try a really scary novel, and from amazon.com's reviews I thought Richard Matherson's 'Hell House' would fill my wished. And it did. This novel is one of the most scaries I've ever read. The last one that really 'stole' my sleep was 'The Exorcist', and so did 'House'. It became a compusive reading for me. I needed to know soon how all that would end. And, what an ending!

The novel tells the story of a haunted house --well, nothing new so far-- but the way Matheson describes the house and its history is creepy. The cover itself is already disturbing. The characters are not perfectly developed they have many flaws, but one gets so involved with the house itself that they actually have supporting roles in the story. The writer is not afraid of describing violence both physical and psycological. And some parts that are very graphic may offend some sensitive people. I highly recommend this book for those who like horror stories, and are not easily impressed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and grotesquely beautiful
'Hell House' is, oddly enough, a psychological horror with a healthy amount of blood loss mixed in. The reader is immersed with the mystery of the Belasco house and, more importantly, the quirks of its late, sadistic owner. Matheson provides a rich, in-depth history of the house which pulls in the reader and provides just enough clues to incite conclusions, but not enough to reveal the ending.

To summarize, the story encircles the excursion of a skeptical doctor, his wife, a devout religious medium, and a survivor of the Hell House and their personal pursuits within the walls of Belasco's playpen. The house itself has had a terrible history involving everything from sexual immorality, twisted menageries, disease, torture, suicide, and the occult. Our four heroes enter the house with little intrusions and are introduced to the typical haunts: rocking chairs, jangling lights, closing windows, and cryptic words. However, Belasco is a far more sophiscated ghost and, eventually, tears the the characters' confidence into shreds via psychological corruption and manipulation, leaving them open to self-destruction.

A thrill to read, but one finds little time to relate to characters in the pace Matheson has set, and the momentum the author starts off with dies out far too quickly near the end, almost making the suspense before not worth it. As a side note, this book is not for the faint of heart or light of stomach.

3-0 out of 5 stars A fairly good read
I was compelled to keep reading, although grew weary toward the end.
The beginning seemed to offer promise of some real scares, but it devolved into bloodletting and stupidity. Also, the plot is too close to Shirley Jackson's
The Haunting of Hill House -- which is far superior -- too many horror story writers think that over-the-top gore and explicitly bloody and "perverted" (please - lesbianism? Isn't this the 21st C.?) sex will carry the book, when I find that what scares me is exactly the opposite - subtlety, ambiguity, the feel of someone perhaps looking over your shoulder -- that's the scarey stuff of nightmares.
Read Shirley Jackson and the Turn of the Screw instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I held high expectations for Hell House after tearing through I am Legend and viewing old Twilight Zone episodes. Unfortunately, the stunning turn of events I waited for with every turn of the pages never came. Maybe I read the book through the eyes of someone in 2004 instead of 1970, the year in which the book is set.

I agree with several other reviewers: the sexual overtones just didn't work for me. The history of the house was creepy as hell (pun intended), but I had virtually no connection to any of the characters aside from Fischer; I even felt his character wasn't explored far enough!

I'll give it this: there are a few good moments of sheer freakout, but overall, it's a letdown. Fortunately, it's a quick, easy read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Classic Haunted House Story
After picking up this book on by accident, after seeing the movie many moons ago, I was throughly surprised again to see that was so much of deeper tale. While it is a dated tale, the movie came out in the 70's if that helps, it still has the power to shock. Not in so much a gruesome sense, but genuinely creepy way. That being said, it does show its age in the shock department sometimes. The characters are easy to get involved with. It is a simple story, about the fates of four strangers trying to conquer the almost unstoppable haunting of an old house in New England.

If you have seen it's movie counterpart, this story is by far much more complete in that some essential parts have not been removed for the sake of "adult content". Whereas the movie focuses on the supernatural activity and it's consequent destruction, the book focuses more on what happens to the characters physically and psychologically. It's fare lies along the lines of "The Haunting" or the "Turn of the Screw". Don't be afraid to pick this one up as Matheson's story telling is excellent. Even if others' say that the book is narrow, it is truly a classic and must read for those who love tales of horror and haunted houses. ... Read more


116. The Dead
by Mark E. Rogers
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The Judge came like a thief in the night. No one knew that the world had ended---until the sun began to rot in the sky, and the graves opened, and angels from Hell clothed themselves in the flesh of corpses...Long out of print, this murderous theological fantasy presents an epic vision of damnation and redemption, supercharged with mayhem, terror, and old-time religion. Looking for a good scare? Try The Dead, and bite off more than you can chew. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "The Dead"--Action, Terror, and Theology
The Dead, by Mark E. Rogers, is an impressive end-of-the-world novel that manages to combine action and a thrilling narrative with complex character development and even some finely honed theology. The main story concerns a small group of people who have gathered for a relative's funeral. After they share a dream about the end of the world, they learn that numerous people are missing; something like the Rapture has apparently occurred. But this is no simple Left Behind-type story. A chapter or two later the novel takes an unexpected turn when, at the funeral, their relative smashes out of his coffin. Then in a frightening scene, the corpses of the dead rise from their graves and begin slaughtering the living in particularly gruesome ways. These are not George Romero Living Dead-style liches, either. They don't devour their victims, but save them for slow, painful deaths and take a gruesome glee in the infliction of pain. During the rest of the book the main characters flee the zombies and try to stay alive as the earth slowly dies around them and the sun rots in the sky.
Mark Rogers is a superb storyteller, with a real gift for gripping narrative that makes the story move very quickly; there's not a dull moment anywhere. His fine eye for both action and suspense adds tension to several key scenes: a tense flight through storm drains; an episode where the main characters are trapped on a boat run aground on a sandbar; a climactic battle where one character single-handedly holds off the zombies to give his companions a chance to escape
But action is not Rogers' only forte. This book is not a simple zombie thriller. Rogers fills the book with moments of insight and character development that give this book depth. A raving fundamentalist, dismissed by the other characters-and by us-as a nut, is the first one to figure out what is really going on. The most devoutly religious character in the book must face the realization that his faith is sadly lacking. And the head demon, Legion (yes, the Legion from the Gospels, the one Jesus drives into the Gadarene swine), engages in grim theological discussions with some of the characters as he plays with their minds and souls like a cat would play with a mouse. Speaking as someone with a Master of Divinity degree, I found the theological depth of this book remarkable.
Even this is not enough, though. Rogers has a remarkable skill with imagery, and reinforces the action and suspense with verbal pictures that stick in your mind: a detached face tied to a zombie's head with a shoestring; engines being devoured by metal-eating maggots; the sun rotting in the sky. And near the end of the book, we see a terrifying glimpse of Legion as he really is, one of the most frightening descriptions of a devil I have ever encountered-a creature of pure malice, and not at all human.
Be warned that this book is very gruesome. Not only is it violent, but also Rogers, as I said before, describes the action in a way that will stick with you. This is a book that will enthrall you, frighten you, maybe even get you thinking. One thing it will not do is bore you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now!
The "guts" of this book are every bit as creepy and frightening as the cover. I read this book almost a dozen years ago when it was first published and it gave me nightmares. After discovering this new edition, with vastly improved cover art done by Mark Rogers himself, the nightmares returned. I have loaned my battered, out-of-print first edition to almost every friend I have and everyone of them thought it a great book.

The Dead is terrifying on many levels, but the author's ability to make the premise of corpses clawing up out of their graves, bent on maiming and torturing the living seem possible and believable scared me more than anything else.

The story moves along at a furious pace, punctuated by gun battles, martial arts action and conversations with the damned undead. The theology, on which the book is based, is well thought out and argued over from many different viewpoints by the characters, keeping the book from becoming too preachy.

I can't recommend it enough.

2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, But Ultimately a thinly veiled sermon
The author has an interesting taking on the Romero zombie, with several very good gruesome scenes throughout the book. The author also weaves a very compelling setting of despair and gloom throught his new zombified world. However, he mars the story-telling experience by injecting page after page of theological debates between the main characters. Ultimately the book turns into a thinly veiled sermon waxing on about Judgement Day and Christianity. I have no problems with religion, but I don't want to be lectured in my leisure time reading. Additionally the climax and subsequent resolution of the book and it's main characters is not satisfying.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hell Of A Read
Rapture novels as a genre first got rolling in the 1830s. My own earliest exposure to this field of religious fantasy was the discovery, in the 1950s, of Sydney Watson's gloriously wacky "In The Twinkling Of An Eye," penned in 1916. In it Watson's protagonist, a Jewish newspaper reporter, finds himself stranded on an Earth given over to satanic forces after its Christian population is "raptured" to heaven. Among the results of this radical regime change, aside from Bible burning and the extermination of rabbis in the newly reconstituted Israel, is an upswing in popularity of modern art, public nudity, jazz, and racial integration! Yow!

Despite the campiness of Watson's early 20th century biases, the novel holds to its major horror: being left behind and unredeemed. You've had your chance; you didn't believe. You were wrong; you've blown it! No hope, Clyde: you're damned!

Mark E. Rogers reopens these particular gates of hell in this Infinity reissue of his 1989 novel, "The Dead," where his protagonists, the dysfunctional Holland family, face the same hopeless dilemma. The Dead is a truly horrifying reading experience as the world of the living is systematically overwhelmed by the walking dead, the minions of Satan's lieutenant, Legion. Rogers, an accomplished illustrator, brings his considerable skills to paint a believable
picture of apocalypse, a well constructed book you'll find hard to put down.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
This book was incredible! I couldn't put it down. I loved this book because it was not your typical brain-eating zombie book. In fact, these weren't your run of the mill zombies...they were angels from Hell assuming the bodies of corpses. No brain eating here...only torturing and murder for those left behind. The book had a great plot to it and a little bit of religeon and theology thrown in. This book could even make an atheist start to wonder. Read it and you'll see what I mean! ... Read more


117. If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger)
by V.C. Andrews
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Chris and Cathy made such a loving home for fourteen-year-old Jory -- so handsome, so gentle. And for Bart,who had such a dazzling imagination for a nine year old.

Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her "Grandmother".

And soon Bart's transformation began...

Fed by the hint of terrible things about his mother and father...leading him into shocking acts of violence.

Now while this little boy trembles on the edge of madness, his anguished parents await the climax to a horror that flowered in an attic long ago, a horror whose thorns are still wet with blood, still tipped with fire. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I think I said the word "Gothic" too many times....
Darkness. Horror. Suspense. Creepingly realistic. Maddening. Frightening. Haunting. The darkest fears of the soul... Hello! It's a GOTHIC story. If you don't want to read something that will spoil your happiness, don't buy it. Believe me, if you ARE searching for something gothic, dark, grisly, and terrifying, then buy "If There be Thorns". This is ALL gothic.

I love Cathy. She's a total ditz in this book though, but in "Flowers in the Attic", "Petals on the Wind", and "Seeds of Yesterday", Cathy seemed almost as real as YOU are. As for Jory, Bart, "The Lady in Black", John Amos, Malcolm Foxworth...they're almost alive in this book! I'm impressed at how V.C. Andrews persuades you that Cathy and Chris's marriage is not okay but okay (I know that it just sounded confusing, but it's hard to explain). Chris, as always, breaths just like Cathy. I am a major fan of the Dollanganger Saga, and, as I mentioned before, you gotta get this book if you are searching for gothic.

You won't be disappointed, just as long as you get one of the first two books to understand what's going on. Believe me, the climatic ending won't disappoint you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Sour
Thorns is a book in which you sit tail on end and cannot possibly put it down. I read this book, all through my trip to Disney World, so I must say it is easy to read. Like all the Dollaganger books, it sets chills to the bone. It starts out with a lonely little Bart who does not know himself, then proceeds on to be a dominent religous freak who knows to much about himself, and his sinnful "insessive" parents. Everyone blames the lady next door who is really only there to plead forgivness from her hating children. But actully it is the butler John Amos Jackson and Malcom's little red book telling Bart the "real" truth, and teaching him, of femine "wiles", and of sinning. Could Bart really be the one shoving the pitch fork trough Apple's head, and stranggling Clover with Barbwire? Bart is losing connections with everyone except John Amos, and the lady next door whom perfers him to call her "grandmother". He finds himself happy only when he crotches over, has heart trouble, and becomes the dreadful, heartless Malcom Foxworth.My favorite part is when Cathy's mother dies right when Cathy learns she still loves her mother and will forgive her. Will Cathy and Chris (Now a married couple)never rid the grandmother and memmories of the attic? The epilogue is a bit untelling, but as for the book, Way to go VC!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the series
This sequal is a little different from the rest as it is told from the perspective of Cathy's kids Bart and Jory.

Bart is a troubled little boy who seems to get his jollies from torture and disrespect. Jory is the complete opposite. When the mysterious "Woman in Black" moves in next door, things get really interesting. Bart discovers that the man that has been his father all thru his childhood is not really his father, but his uncle and his mother's incestial relationship with him.

The woman next door turns out to be someone you NEVER in a million years expected her to be and the ending displays an almost supernatural sort of love. Read it! You won't be sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars the most disturbing book in the series
if you read flowers in the attic & petals on the wind, you might be ready to prick your finger with if there be thorns. out of all the books in this series, thorns is by far the most disturbing & suspenseful. cathy & chris are married with children & they would seem to be a pretty normal family if you didn't know any better. what seems to be an ideal home is threatened by a mysterious butler & an old lady dressed in only black who live next door. ofcourse, we don't have to be rocket scientists to figure out who the lady in black is or the creepy as sin butler. naturally, one of cathy's boys spend some time(a bit too much if you ask me) around these weirdos & the plot thickens. will jory & bart survive or will they suffer a fate worse than death such as depravity? will cathy & chris bring closure to their problems & the terrible memories of what happened not so long ago? v.c. andrews takes the pen away from our herione cathy this time around & places it in the hands of her sons bart & jory who give their perspectives on growing up & the unspeakable horrors or trangressions which take place in their young lives. once again, andrews enthralls with her woven tale of greed & punishment or tortured souls who seek out love & acceptance in all the wrong places. if you loved the first 2 books, you will absolutely love if their be thorns. if you were bored with the first two, this one has a better pace & really cuts to the chase quickly. the ending is truly touching but does give closure to the relationship of cathy & her mother. i, personally, feel flowers in the attic or if there be thorns are the best books in this series but i think petals on the wind was necessary & does answer our questions of how the children survived once they escaped the dreaded attic in their grnadmother's mansion. seeds of yesterday is also quite good but may be a bit far fetched for some. however, the ending of seeds of yesterday is bittersweet & finally puts an end to all the miseries which manifested in an attic nearly forty some odd years ago. thank you v.c andrews for the flowers. i loved--------your books. the writer that was hired to take your place sucks sad to say. :(

3-0 out of 5 stars not as good as the others in the series
I didn't think this book was as good as the others in the series, but it includes a lot of information about Jory and Bart in it that you probably want to know if you plan on reading the fourth book. Jory and Bart alternate telling the story, so it wasn't narrated by Cathy, but if she were to tell it, half of the information just wouldn't be there. ... Read more


118. City Of The Dead
by Brian Keene
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fine horror tale
Long before Lucifer fell, he sided with his fellow angels to rid the earth of the Siqquism.They were banished by the creator to the Void, a place colder than Hell is hot.The Siqquism have the ability to inhabit a body once the person's soul leaves it.Once humanity is erased from the planet the Ellium can corrupt the plant life and poison the seas then the Teraphim can destroy the world with fire before all three species move on to another planet to start the process again.

The zombie-like creatures have killed most of the humans and the only ones left alive are hiding in a skyscraper thought to be impregnable.It was designed and built by wealthy entrepreneur Mr. Ramsey after the Twin Towers were destroyed.It is a beacon lit up so that any remaining humans can go there if they can avoid being killed and possessed by the Siqquism.It is there that humanity will rise or fall against an entity who seems invulnerable and unstoppable.

What Anne Rice did for vampires, Brian Keene does for zombies who can only be destroyed by a blow to the head so they won't rise again.Humanity's last protectors are seasoned warriors who have learned that the zombies inhabit birds, rats and mammals.The terror they feel is real and frightening because even though they have weapons that can keep the creatures at bay, their overwhelming numbers make people feel the war is lost before it begun.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars Believe the Hype
I will start by saying that I loved The Rising, but the ending really frustrated me. It just came to an abrupt stop. I was hoping that Brian would give a sequel, and did he ever.

City of the Dead is one of the greatest Horror Novels I have ever read. I think in some ways it surpassed The Rising, and that is rare for a sequel.

The action starts from the first page and never lets up. You will find yourself not being to pull away. I found myself being consumed in it for hours at a time. I would read till my eyes hurt, and my butt went numb. I just could not put it down.

The story picks up exactly where The Rising left off. It moves at an incredible pace. It NEVER lags. It is one hell of Rollercoster ride.

The characters are very thought out, and believable. Ob was my favorite villain of any book I have ever read. Jim and Danny though were my favorites throughout these two stories. I have to say they are my favorite characters of any book I have ever read. Brian made them come to life in a way that is hard to explain. It shows what lengths a Father will go to to save his Son. Pick up The Rising and City of the Dead and you will see what I mean.

The gore abounds in City of the Dead also. It is not for those with a weak stomach. Brian doesn't pull any punches in this one. It is Hardcore to say the least.

To sum it up City of the Dead will to go down as one of my personal favorites. I didn't have one complaint with this novel. I wish I could give it Ten stars.

I recommend City of the Dead to anyone who loves a great Zombie or Horror story. I can promise it wont disappoint.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but.....
To me, the book grew tedious and repetitive very quickly.

This is the follow-up to Keene's "The Rising" which I loved.An entire new take on the zombie genre.Keene added intelligence to the zombies along with zombie animals.

The City of the Dead picks up where The Rising left off.

Although not necessary, I recommend reading The Rising before you read City of the Dead.

The main characters are brought back and some new ones added.

Having read the first book, I found this one to be tedious is some ways.Like the first, its premise is a group of humans trying to survive attack after attack, trying to find safety somewhere, only to be discovered by the zombies and having again, to flee.

There are only so many ways to be killed and reanimated.After awhile the shock value wears off.

Keene could have taken this book in another, much more interesting direction when the subject of "magic" was brought up.I was hoping this was going to be a new plot development.Sadly, it was mentioned, then is just forgotten it seems.I got the impression Keene took the easier way out.

The end of The Rising had a good cliff hanger.There was also left open many possibilities that The City of the Dead did not have.

If you love zombie fiction you will probably like it.But again, as I said, there are only so many ways to decimate the human body without a stronger plot before it gets tiresome.

5-0 out of 5 stars A solid chunk of zombie-demon-apocalyptic FIVE!
Breathtaking.Absolutely breathtaking.I felt literally winded when I finished reading and wonder how often I was actually holding my breath.As the foreword says, you don't have to read the first one [The Rising], but it does make the trip more intense.

The characters were amazingly normal, flawed, and selfishly heroic [yes, that's an oxymoron, but appropriate].Somehow, during the intensity of action scenes and brutality of non-existent downtime, Keene still manages to build characters that literally jump off the page and bite you!

The story is the ultimate good vs. evil, an apocalyptic sideshow with intelligent `zombies' thrown in for good measure.A solid storyline with enough undertones and sidebars to drag you smiling to the end, wiping the drool from your chin.Several times I caught myself laughing out loud, gasping, or just covering my mouth with eyes wide and the kids asking `wow, can I read it when you're done?'[no, they cannot]

The doomsday setting, one-thing-after-another conflicts, and characters fueled by sheer willpower creates an atmosphere that is dark, yet hopeful, and extremely tangible.The pace itself is unrelenting, starting in the middle of an action scene and not slowing more than a paragraph at a time until the end.The combination of these elements is the recipe for a reader's favorite dish: `Can't put it down fiction!'

Keene's style here is amazingly easy to read, like an old friend telling you a bit of juicy gossip.I have never, never finished a book and wanted to immediately re-read it... not only will I reread this ASAP, but I will be so bold as to say that this is better than the first one.And without giving anything away - Keene earned himself two stars just for the ballsy, no holds barred ending that left me a speechless zombie wandering the house mumbling `damn.'

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5-0 out of 5 stars CITY surpasses THE RISING!
If you thought THE RISING was the best zombie novel...you were wrong....the sequel, CITY OF THE DEAD is better than that, the writing is crisper, the plot more interesting and the characters something out of real life.Keene doesn't flinch and definitely tears up new ground with CITY OF THE DEAD.

And this time there's very little wriggle room at the end.

One of the best novels of 2005...actually it is 2nd to Brian Keene's TERMINAL, which is pure magic.Buy both this summer! ... Read more


119. Perfect Nightmare : A Novel
by JOHN SAUL
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Catlog: Book (2005-08-23)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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120. World Of Darkness
by WORLD OF DARKNESS, White Wolf Publishing
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