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121. Lasher (Lives of the Mayfair Witches)
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121. Lasher (Lives of the Mayfair Witches)
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Catlog: Book (1995-08-01)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.72 out of 5 stars
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"SEDUCTIVE MAGIC...SPELLBINDING...Rice stages her scenes in a wide variety of times and locales, tapping deeply into the richest veins of mythology and history."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"STEAMY...FAST-PACED AND HUGELY ENGROSSING...Rice's title character--a seductive, evil, highly sexual and ultimately tragic creature--is fascinating."
--The Miami Herald
"BEHIND ALL THE VELVET DRAPES AND GOSSAMER WINDING SHEETS, THIS IS AN OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY SAGA....Rice's descriptive writing is so opulent it almost begs to be read by candlelight."
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"RICE SEES THINGS ON A GRAND SCALE...There is a wide-screen historical sweep to the tale as it moves from one generation of witches to the other."
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"EROTIC...EERIE...HORRIFYING...A tight tale of the occult in present-day New Orleans...Anne Rice is a spellbinding novelist.... LASHER quenches."
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3-0 out of 5 stars No where near as good as the Witching Hour
Let me start by saying, that Anne Rice is a phenomenal writer,with a rich writing style that always puts you right on the page withthe characters. Having said that, let me say that Lasher was a disappointment, not because the writing style was not up to par, because it was. Rather...well, it felt like she had a contract to write a sequel and so she just made up something. I was disappointed in what Lasher turned out to be. It sort of took the spookiness out of the first one. I realize that not every book can be as good as The Witching Hour or The Vampire Lestat, but I'd like for it to feel as though the author thinks it is as good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel
A rare occurence of a sequel being almost as good as its predecessor. Lasher returns to haunt the Mayfairs, only this time he's in the flesh, and as deadly as ever. Now he's frantically trying to find the Mayfair women who can bear his child, leaving a trail of death in his wake. Readers who loved Rice's richly detailed chronicle of the Mayfairs' history in The Witching Hour will relish Julien's ghostly narrative of his struggles with Lasher and Lasher's own tale of disillusionment and desperation. More suspenseful than The Witching Hour, this book gave me nightmares one night the first time I read it, something that almost never happens to me! Excellent, although not quite as good as The Witching Hour (my personal Rice favorite), but better than Taltos, the third book in this series.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lasher is no Lestat
I know it is probably unfair to compare Lasher with Lestat. But it's difficult not to because Lestat is still far and away Ms. Rice's greatest character. When I read "The Witching Hour" I couldn't wait to find out more about Lasher. What makes him tick? Is he evil, or simply misunderstood like Lestat?

Well, Lasher turns out to be a great big bore. And it's pathetic that all he wants to be is flesh. He's a powerful spirit, and all he wants to be is human so he can participate in some weird occult ritual? Uh, OK. I found myself wishing that he would encounter Lestat and that Lestat would either soundly kick his rear, or hang out with him so that some of Lestat's personality could rub off on him!

Oh well, I still gave this three stars because this book moves along a little more than "The Witching Hour." I would say, read this book if you like "The Witching Hour" and if you are a huge Anne Rice fan. Otherwise, stick to the Lestat stories! He is much more interesting!

5-0 out of 5 stars She brought me in and left me cackiling for more
This book exceeded my expectations and only made me grin as I read on as Lasher stalked the Mayfair women. Basically, a damn fine sequel. One that I recommend...okay...throw and shove into people's faces. Nah...just the first book. They can buy their own. Great...fantastic...speechless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
A fabulous sequel. I loved it. More mystery, more intrigue, more of everything. I was shocked and horrified at the same time when Lasher explains his life in his own words. Anne Rice makes you love and hate the character at the same time. I was even more shocked about learning more on the Talamasca, the twists thrown in at the end of the book were unexpected and riveting. As soon as I finished this book I picked up my copy of "Taltos" and started reading. I read half of the book in one day. Hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did. ... Read more

122. Black Creek Crossing (Saul, John)
by John Saul
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2-0 out of 5 stars This book could have been better...1 and a 1/2 stars
It is with a heavy heart that I am giving a favorite author of mine this low of a rating. BCC is actually a 1 and a 1/2 star book, but since there are no 1/2s, I give it 2 stars. I have been reading John Saul for 14 years now and must say he has written some of the finest horror novels I have ever read. He has a style all his own and feel that anyone who is looking to read a good horror book, they will find it with this author, but NOT with BLACK CREEK CROSSING.

BCC has a lot of the same similarities to his older books, girl who is outcast by people in school, at least one of her parents rejects her, she gets befriended by something evil, and then evil is unleashed.

The only, and I mean only, difference in this book is the ending, but when it happened, I wasn't blown away or anything. BCC does not have any build up of suspense whatsoever and you actually have to read about 2/3 of the book before anything takes off. And when I say take off, it's more of a cough and a sputter. When Angela and Seth begin to dabble in witchcraft, it is such a disappointment because John could have built it up and created such a dark atmosphere, but he doesnt. What he does do successfully with BCC is tell you instead of show you. Anyone who reads horror or any book for that matter, wants to be shown, NOT TOLD. You almost feel as if John was bored writing this book and I promise you will be bored reading it. I found myslef skimming so much towards the end because I just wanted to move on to another book.

In the last few years, John has written some of his best books, EVER! BLACKSTONE CHRONICLES, THE PRESENCE, THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL, NIGHTSHADE, and MIDNIGHT VOICES. BCC is a huge step back...WAY BACK... and I wouldn't be surprised to find out that this was a book he probably started many, many years ago, and didnt have anything to give his publisher this time around so he decided to pull this one out, dust it off, and turn it in.

You can skip BCC, but don't write John Saul off just yet, I'm confident he will produce another chiller soon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Something Old, Something New....
While this was a mostly entertaining read, the cast of characters was seemed right out of the horror story master template: outcast teen "heroes", good-looking cool crowd tormentors, unsupportive and/or abusive parents, etc. We've seen them all before- many times! Even the "evil house" theme has been done to death. But if you can take the book for what it is, it can be a mostly enjoyable read to pass a rainy summer day (or night!). My main complaint would be the ending of the story which seemed rushed. The fate of the two main protagonists seemed to come out of left field and the story left several loose ends, namely the fate of two of the main tormentors and also never explained the reason for the "specialness" of the tree, which plays a big part in the story. Not a terrible book, but definately not his best.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of John Saul
Make sure you've got an hour or two to read when this book is in your hands because you're going to get into it and you will NOT want to put it down, I finished it in one sitting.

3-0 out of 5 stars Back to the Early Days of John Saul
I have been a fan of John Saul's books for many years but found that his "children in peril" theme was getting a little stale.
I was pleased to see that he was changing his style with his previous two novels "Midnight Voices" and "Manhattan Hunt Club", both of which I gave 5 stars.
In "Black Creek Crossing", he is back to his old style and I am rather disappointed. This is so similar to his older books, that I thought I was re-reading one of them! Although this is not a bad story, hopefully Mr. Saul will continue to address adults in peril suspense and not totally regress to his previous type of story.

2-0 out of 5 stars LOOK ELSEWHERE ANGEL
This is the prolific Mr. Saul's thirty-first book; it shows. It's tired, it's rehash of several of Saul's earlier books in which mistreated teens seek revenge on their tormentors. And it's not even as well done as those earlier works.
We meet Angel Sullivan, an overweight, unattractive 15 year old who suffers endless torment from both boys and girls in her school. Never mind the fact that Angie has little backbone and how can one feel sorry for somebody who doesn't take up for herself, or take advantage of the talents she has? She teams up with Seth Baker, another tormented teen (the boys call him "Beth"), and he too takes the guff without any resistance. Suffice to say, his bully father still beats him with a belt? Come on, Saul, this is antiquated stuff. Angie's mother Myra is a religious fanatic, seeing visions of the Virgin Mary, and allowing her drunken abusive husband to abuse both her and Angel. We have the typical stud villains and of course the catty female wenches to keep harassing the two misfits. Of course, they stumble upon a secret place (led there by the irrepressible Houdini, a black cat that just appears in Angel's room). We have the legend of witches and murders happening in the house at Black Creek Crossing, and we have not one original sequence in the book. At the improbable resolution, we don't even have the satisfaction of all the tormentors getting their just desserts, except the parents of course.
I've always thought John Saul must have had a horrible childhood. All of these teen books smell of abuse, loneliness and revenge. Not a nice way to spend the evening, especially when it's done so pedestrian as in BLACK CREEK CROSSING. ... Read more

123. The Servants of Twilight
by Dean R. Koontz
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Catlog: Book (1996-04-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Kewl! :)
This was the first horror book that I have read in along time. And I must say "It is good to be back." The novel keeps you going, always wondering what's around the next corner. I love the characters Christine is a very strong character, she is to be much admired. Joey is a typical little boy, but you really wonder, could he be evil? And Detective Harrison is a good hero, he always seems to get Christine and Joey from point A to point B. I found the book very scary, not supernatural wise. But knowing what they felt like, being hunted. I couldn't put the novel down I read it within 3 days. I also watched the movie, which I do not recommend. This is also the first Dean R. Koontz book I have ever read, and I am also very impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Read
I am a huge Dean Koontz fan, and I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the books I have read of his, but I thought this one stood out among them. In all of Koontz's books that I have read, I have found myself saying "Yeah right, this is ridiculous and could never happen". Even in my personal favorite Koontz novel, Lightning, i found many things unbelievable. But in The Servants of Twilight, Dean Koontz crafts a believable AND enjoyable storyline.

Christine Scavello has a young son, Joey, who is an exceptional little boy who is very well behaved, and never gets into trouble. That is until one day, after a routine trip to the supermarket, a crazed old woman begins following Joey, believing that he is the Antichrist. At first this sounds insane, but then you realize that religious cults can indeed be as crazy as this particular villain, Grace Spivey. Christine hires a PI, Charlie, to help her escape the looney woman, and as in all other Koontz novels, they fall in love. It's very interesting to see the story unfold from all angles. You see the book from the point of view of the villain and the victims, so it is much more interesting. The book has many twists and turns to bring you to the end, and believe me, it's worth it. I highly recommend this book to any Koontz fan!

4-0 out of 5 stars Servants of Twilight Book Review
Joey Scavello is the main character of this book. He's 6 years old. His mother is Christine Scavello, she owns a gourmet shop in California. The two of them live together near LA.
The Church of Twilight is a cult that becomes set against Joey, saying he's the anti-Christ and he must die. The Church of Twilight is led by a supposedly psychic lady, named Grace Spivey.
After Spivey makes strange phone calls to them, and after she kills Joey and Christine's dog, she hires a private detective to help them. His name is Charlie Harrison.
Harrison puts bodyguards with Christine and Joey, but as soon as they get home, two of Spivey's men invade the house and kill the bodyguards. Christine and Joey manage to escape, and leave the city.
They do some research to find out about The Church of Twilight.
Harrison travels with them from LA to Sacramento while trying to get rid of The Servants of Twilight. But every time they stop somewhere, Spivey uses her "psychic powers" to find out where the boy is hiding. They keep showing up, trying to kill Joey.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great read until the end...
Servants of the Twilight is an action packed story that deals with a fanatical religious cult called the Servants of the Twilight. They are led by a woman named Mother Grace, who claims that she has visions from God. Joey Scavello is the perfect six year old kid, and he is being raised alone by his mother Christine. Mother Grace's newest vision is that Joey is the Antichrist. Mother Grace convinces the Servants of the Twilight that he must be killed. To protect themselves, Joey and Christine hire the resourceful and highly successful private investigator Charlie Harrison. Charlie is determined to find out more about the cult and keep Joey and Christine safe. The only problem is that no matter where they go, the Servants are waiting...

I rarely read a book in one sitting. However, I had no problem with doing it for this book. The book captivates you from page one and never lets up. The suspense and horror this book brings is unreal. This book really brings a lot of paranoia and conspiracy into the story, because anyone could be part of the Servants, and they could literally be anywhere waiting to strike. The mystery of the story revolves around whether or not Joey is the Antichrist. Koontz keeps it successfully hidden and drives the reader crazy with constant twists, turns, and close calls!

Koontz brings his excellent character development once again. Every major character in the book has something to offer. Joey is a great. Depsite the fact he is only 6 years old, he is portrayed as acting much older. His grown-up attitude and outlook on life are very sweet and endearing. However, his behavior is so strange sometimes, that you begin to wonder if Mother Grace is right. Christine is outstanding. The love that she shows for Joey and the determination she has to keep Joey safe is amazing. Charlie is a great character. As a detective he is fast thinking and resourceful. Koontz also brings a nice romance element to the story between Christine and Charlie as well. My favorite character of the book is Mother Grace. At first she seems crazy, but as the book goes on, you start to wonder if she is telling the truth with her accurate and scary visions from God. However, I can only give this book a 4 star rating because of the very dissapointing ending. It leaves the story open for unanswered questions and the reader's interpretation.

Servants of the Twilight is filled with good intentions because of the characters, overall action, and the mystery of what Joey really is. However, the book lacks the follow through when it comes to the end. But overall, Servants of the Twilight is definately worth reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Koontz Hit
I read Servants of Twilight as a junior in high school. Most of my class did not enjoy reading but after the teacher got us into the first 20 pages of the book, we were all coming in with it to read between lessons. It is fast paced and gets exciting and suspensful. There is never a time where it lags or gets boring, because another important event emerges. The poor characters in the novel seem to go through a dilemma that never goes their way, until the very end when the story takes a drastic change and everyone turns up happy. ... Read more

124. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by S. T. Joshi, Howard Phillips Lovecraft
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An unparalleled selection of fiction from H. P. Lovecraft, master of the American horror tale

Long after his death, H. P. Lovecraft continuesto enthrall readers with his gripping tales of madness and cosmic terror, and his effect on modern horror fiction continues to be felt-- Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker have acknowledged his influence. His unique contribution to American literature was a melding of Poe's traditional supernaturalism with the emerging genre of science fiction. Originally appearing in pulp magazines like Weird Tales in the 1920s and 1930s, Lovecraft's work is now being regarded as the most important supernatural fiction of the twentieth century.

Lovecraft's biographer and preeminent interpreter, S. T. Joshi, has prepared this volume of eighteen stories--from the early classics like "The Outsider" and "Rats in the Wall" to his mature masterworks, "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." The first paperback to include the definitive corrected texts, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style, and establishes him as a canonical--and visionary--American writer.

"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." --Stephen King
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4-0 out of 5 stars Created His Own World
I found it interesting that most of the stories by H.P. Lovecraft (at least in this volume) seem to take place within the same strange world. It's almost like some reference each other without having the same characters reappear. Many of the creatures in his stories are either aliens from another world or demons.

I originally purchased this volume because of "The Colour Out of Space" which was used for the movie Die, Monster, Die starring Boris Karloff and Nick Adams. You also have "Herbert West - Reanimator" which was used for Re-Animator. Although I haven't seen it, judging from the DVD case, the movie Dagon is actually based on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and not "Dagon." ("Innsmouth" has the Order of Dagon in it.)

Although there is a quote from Stephen King on the back, I didn't find these stories overly scary. They were enjoyable and interesting. "The Picture in the House" and "The Hound" are good horror stories.

His writing style took a little getting used to. Using words like "shew" struck me as a bit odd at first.

These are the only stories of his I've read, but I do feel he is a great writer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nightmare Fuel
This was my first exposure to the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and I enjoyed it so much that half way through, I went out and bought another collection, THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP AND OTHER WEIRD STORIES. Lovecraft's prose is creepy in a way that I really hadn't experienced from other so-called horror writers. A lot of the stories follow the same basic structure, but that didn't distract from the fact that these were some of the wildest and most chilling stories that I have read in a very long time.

I had heard a lot about the types of stories that Lovecraft wrote, but I wasn't really prepared for how creepy they would be. A lot of them really shouldn't be as shocking as they are, but somehow Lovecraft gets away with it. He likes to use a lot of frivolous language and has the tendency to take short cuts by saying that the various creatures and entities are too frightening, too complicated, or too alien for the human mind to comprehend. While I'm usually the first person to roll my eyes at this sort of literary cop-out, I was completely enthralled by its use here. Lovecraft's command of language is precise and effective. The monsters and Gods that he describes truly seem fearsome and unnerving.

The actual plots of these stories seem to be vaguely repetitive. Since this is the first collection of Lovecraft that I have read, I'm not sure if these is indicative of his work in general, but it is certainly apparent that many of these stories follow the same basic structure. I didn't really find this to be a problem though. There are enough major differences in the stories that they don't all seem to blend together, despite their commonalities. This was helped, no doubt, by the fact that I only read a few stories at a time, managing to absorb the book slowly over a longer period of time.

This edition is semi-annotated, though I'd advice against reading them if you've never encountered these stories before. They contain a lot of background detail, but also contain numerous spoilers. I found myself reading a story and then going back and safely reading the notes and references. Each story is also given a short write-up that gives a non-fictional account of the background. Interested readers can see what the circumstances were behind each of the writings, as well as their publishing history.

To be honest, it's difficult to review a short story collection. After all, there are eighteen different tales in this book, and the reviewer simply doesn't have enough space to discuss each one individually. The best that I can do is to state that while there were one or two stories that failed to grab, the vast majority of these were spellbinding and genuinely unsettling.

4-0 out of 5 stars A splendid introduction to Lovecraft.
This was the first Lovecraft book I ever read. In keeping with Penguin's tradition of scholarly presentations of literary masterpieces, this volume begins with an essay by Joshi on Lovecraft's life and works. The stories themselves are fairly heavily laden with endnotes, which, while initially distracting, eventually lead the reader to discover richness in Lovecraft's work which would not be evident at first blush. Prominent among the annotations are explanations of geographical places and names which appear in the stories, together with allusions to works by other authors (most prominently Poe and Bierce) which echo Lovecraft's.

This book is highly recommended for anyone wishing a good first glimpse of the masterful mind of Lovecraft.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror Fiction
H.P. Lovecraft is without a doubt one of the best fiction writers of the 20th century. It's no surprise his writing techniques and stories still enthrall people today. The world he creates in his short stories and novels have often been revisted by various modern writers, but nobody has been able to top Lovecraft when it comes to cosmic terrors.

The most famous story in this volume is, of course, "Call of Cthulhu", in which one of the central entities of Lovecraft's stories appears: Great Cthulhu. As with many of Lovecraft's tales, the story focuses on the main character gaining forbidden and unblieveable knowledge of prehuman intellegences that once roamed the Earth. Some came from other dimensions, others from the stars. These "Old Ones" are chronicled in forbidden texts handed down by hideous cults who worship them like gods. The world in which Lovecraft places human beings is not a pleasant one. He basically paints a rather frightening picture; human beings live on a planet surrounded by gulfs of unknown monstrosities and extraterrestrial forces.

By contrast, some of Lovecraft's other tales, such as "Pickman's Model" and "The Hound" have a more basic, creeping fear feel rather than cosmic terror. "The Whisperer in Darkness" and "At the Mountains of Madness" combine both themes, resulting in stories that both intrege and frighten readers. Lovecraft's ability to decribe the emotions of his characters and the world in which they live adds the final gruesome touch. Like Poe, Lovecraft has a nack for portraying the emotions of his characters, and in these stories fear is the emotion that receives the most attention. Another aspect of these stories that I really enjoy is Lovecraft's ability to weave myths into his tales. He ficticously explains everything from Robert Blake's death, the Tuscan Event, witchcraft and ancient mythology as man's racial knowledge of various weird entities they could not understand.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Call of Cthulhu during World War II
I first read the "Call of Cthulhu" during WW2. The Services distributed "pass-it-along" editions of many classic novels and the "Call" was one. It was so exciting, I kept my copy and took it home. Dog-eared after so may readers, my kids soon found and read it 15 years latter. Now, this yellowed and torn copy has been replaced by this new Penquin edition. Lovecraft's style is odd and sometimes overdone. He never wrote about romance and very little about science fiction. Modern Cthulhu mythos novels, like "The Riddle of Cthulhu", correct all these faults and are cool next books, after the "Call"! ... Read more

125. The Reconciliation (Imajica, Book 2)
by Clive Barker
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The magical tale of ill-fated lovers lost among worlds teetering on the edge of destruction, where their passion holds the key to escape.

There has never been a book like Imajica. Transforming every expectation offantasy fiction with its heady mingling of radical sexuality and spiritual anarchy, it has carried its millions of readers into regions of passion and philosophy that few books have even attempted to map. It's an epic in everyway; vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. A book of erotic mysteries and perverse violence. A book ofancient, mythological landscapes and even more ancient magic. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars (continued...The most MAJICALLY book I've ever read.
Imajica involves life in the 90's with the delirious mind of C.Barker. The story involves magic, colors, people, magnificent landscapes, horror, love, sex...but yet they combine simlessly into the plot. In short, THE book. Will leave you with a smile. promise.

5-0 out of 5 stars What speculative fiction should be....amazing!
I can't begin to tell you how impressed I was with this novel. A remarkable concept Barker has conceived. Imajica is simply one of the most fascinating stories I've ever read. The book works on so many levels, it's simply not possible to praise it enough. By far Barker's finest work. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Monumental Metaphysical Marvel
It is hard to believe that it has been over ten years since I first read this mammoth novel- and some thirteen since it was first published. I think "mammoth" is not exaggerating, for how else do you describe on novel that exists as two separate volumes, each of over 500 pages? This isn't a casual read. It represents a considerable investment in time. There are also so many characters, settings, plot lines, specialized vocabulary and underlying principles to keep straight.... Yet, it is worth the investment in time and effort.
The basic framework, like so many of Barker's other novels, is that of a hidden world behind the superficial fa├žade of our mundane world. Barker is such a master at interweaving mundane, and profane, details into the greater fabric of his realities that you find yourself totally drawn in. I found myself totally immersed in this hidden reality. For this is a story of five worlds, or dimensions, or Dominions. These make up the whole of Imajica. That is, they should. Two hundred years ago there was an attempt to reconcile our own fifth Dominion with the other four. This ended in a metaphysical catastrophe so great that that nearly all of the Dominions great theurgists, shamans, and theologians were killed. The result was that almost all magical knowledge passed from our world and for two centuries science and materialism held grim sway.

Now, conditions are once again ripe for an attempt to reconcile the Dominions. The great magus', or Maestros, know that this may very well be the last attempt to heal the rift in creation. To fail this time will undoubtedly mean two more centuries of isolation- plenty of time for the Fifth Dominion to destroy itself in nuclear or ecological suicide.

Yet, to heal the rift will require a Master of such power and confidence that he will try to succeed where all those that have gone before him (even the Christos) has failed....

This isn't really the second book of Imajica, it is the second half- it was just necessary for the publisher to split it in half.

5-0 out of 5 stars The power of love
When Judith's estranged husband hires a mysterious assassin to kill his wife, he unwittingly sets in motion a sequence of events that will change all the dominions of the Imajica, of which Earth is the fifth. Both Judith and her former lover John "Gentle" Zacharias are drawn into the mysteries as the assassin Pie 'oh' Pah leads them both forward to remembering their origins and connections to each other and to the ruler of the other dominions, the Autarch. Judith's journey veers from Gentle's when she finds evidence of buried and suppressed goddesses on Earth and in the other dominions. But the Autarch has domination plans of his own, and he won't be stopped without drawing blood first. "Imajica" is essentially about healing, and about love. Gentle is a broken man, a habitual womanizer, who's brought to a place of healing through his relationship with Pie 'oh' Pah, a mystif with the power to change sex according to another's true desires. Judith is claimed by many men, but she battles this ownership, and must find her own way and rely on her own strength if she's to assist in bringing the dominions back together. And ultimately it's in Judith's hands whether this healing of the Imajica comes about or fails yet again. It's a gorgeous epic fantasy that soars to a reader's heart, and once there plants a seed of imagining the world as a better place, much as Gentle and Judith do. This is one of my favorite all-time books. I feel so wordless in attempting to describe it.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest books of all time
Clive Barker is my favorite author, and this is his second best in my opinion (first goes to the books of art). Barker's writing style and stories are like none I've ever read. What's particularly cool about this story is that it starts off as an epic tale and when you get about half way through (which would be this book), the tale suddenly has huge relevance. I guess I should've expected that (this IS clive barker). Buy this book in whatever version you want (single book, or the pair), just read it ... Read more

126. 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow
by Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, Jeff Mariotte, Alex Garner
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30 Days of Night was one of the undisputed success stories of modern comics, spawning a bestselling trade paperback, a major motion picture deal, and the attention of thousands of fans longing for an innovative tale of terror. Now the same creative team revisits Barrow, Alaska, the town where it all began, as the long night creeps once more over the tundra.Some things may have changed, but the horror remains... ... Read more

127. Lost Souls
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2-0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and Shallow
I had pretty high hopes for this book based on the Amazon reviews, but I was sadly disappointed.

By the time I finished it, I felt like I'd read large snatches of the novel 3 or more times as Poppy Z. Brite repeated descriptive section after section while the plot crawled. I grew tired of kudzu, weak Bauhaus references, sticky wine, and the many flavors of spit.

And that would lead to the other fault with the novel: goth lifestlye. To put it succinctly, dyed hair, thin bodies, Bauhaus and The Cure, razor wrist scars, liberal bisexuality, and eyeliner do not a goth make. It felt like the author had dabbled in the culture and picked up only the most superficial, banal aspects for the readership to connect with. The result? Shallow and stereotypical backdrops, which is a shame since the magical history of New Orleans and the gothic subculture deserves a richer treatment.

The novel is not all bad, but it required perseverance to finish it. She does a nice job touching on the wonderment of herbal magick and the childlike vulnerability of Ghost's personality. But the novel's few small heights are not worth the long flat plateau of the read.

Looking for a well-written, intelligent novel about the gothic underworld and their fascination with the underworld? I'm still looking too.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tales of a Superhuman Gothic Teenage Vampire
Lost Souls, a horror novel by Poppy Z. Brite, brings together the lost souls, children of the night, and crazy vagabond vampires in Missing Mile, North Carolina, where Ghost, an eccentric musician who sees secrets and phantoms that burden his existence, meets Nothing, a fan whose secrets are so dark, fascinating and horrifying Ghost at the same time, and Zilla, the seductive androgynous vagabond vampire who lives off blood and Chartreuse, and twisted attractions lead them to New Orleans. The strange but not brilliant plot would not have worked without the author's extremely complex characters, namely Nothing, who is a driving conflict himself, with Ghost and Zilla on either side of him, reflections of the balance between his innocence and dark vampiric nature. However, the characters were so perfectly dark that they were unrealistic, like superhuman gothic teenagers. Nothing, though lovely and complex, is a generic hybrid character produced by teenage angst and blood-drinking fantasy, characterized by black coats, clove cigarettes, altars, dried flowers, black make-up, and heavy wine. However, Poppy Z. Brite uses these objects as symbols and all other aspects of her writing to create a distinctively dark, almost tangible atmosphere. For example, New Orleans, full of death, magic, and Chartreuse, is used as a setting to reflect her vampire characters. This, combined with her thick and fluid poetic prose, is perfect for the horror genre. To describe a kiss between two characters, Brite writes, "The golden flavor on Steve's tongue, that was not Dixie beer. It was the taste of childhood summers long gone, and laced through it was the dark taste of fear" (300). This writing style is applied to her graphic descriptions that she isn't afraid to write, and balances out her writing with poetic beauty and grotesque imagery. Thus, a reader of Brite's work can not be fainthearted, and must have an appreciation for her poetic language, as well as the ability to identify with her lost souls.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tired of the lazy minds
Long have I cherished this book, but it's clear that in her late 30s, Poppy Z. Brite has grown up and is doing more sophisticated work now. Still this is a beautiful document of a moment in time so many of us lived through. However I grow so tired of the lazy minds that insist Lost Souls 'borrows' (to quote another review) from the works of Anne Rice. This is a silly and simpleminded comparison. Other than a New Orleans setting and elements of sexuality, the two writers have nothing in common can I see. I like both. However, Brite has stated many times that she has not read Rice and does not believe her an influence, and it seems rude to basicly call her a liar, which is what you do if you insist on making this comparison.

As well, as much as I enjoy the works of Rice, I feel she stopped growing as a writer. She seems stuck on the same subjects, style, ideas. Granted she is a good 20 or 25 years older than Brite, but I still find more refreshing an author who can go from vampire rhapsodys to restaurant comedys in only 10 years.

4-0 out of 5 stars sex, drugs, and bloody gore
This book disturbed me on many levels, but once I began reading it, I couldn't stop. This story is quite high in what my friend and I call "ick factor", so if you're easily grossed out, it's not for you. Aside from all the nonchalant drug use and casual sex, there's a good story here, and Poppy Z. Brite's style is quite different and engaging. I would also reccommend The Voice Of The Blood by Jemiah Jefferson, in addition to this book, as it has a similar feel to it (but I advise against Wounds;the sequel to The Voice Of The Blood. It was so excruciatingly pointless and drawn out it was nearly unbearable).

3-0 out of 5 stars Starts out great, but grows tiring...
I love vampire stories! I WAS also one of the "goth" crowd in high school...many yrs ago, before it was labeled such. So when I stumbled upon this book and started reading, I couldn't believe I had somehow missed it when it came out over 10 yrs ago! I was instantly hooked. I consider myself to be an open-minded individual, so the gay tendencies of the characters did not bother me. I also liked her twist on vampires as being of another race altogether...
However, after reading about two-thirds through, I had grown tired of the vampire life-style that Ms. Brite created. It is extremely dark and depressing.
After being a long-time fan of the vampire world and reading and fantasizing about how "cool" it would be to "be" one, Ms. Brite's story changed all that. I realized that whereas other tellings of vampire stories have the reader feeling as if they would love to be one too, this story had the reverse least for me. It is a much more "realistic" telling of the horrors, sadness and loneliness that it would truly be like. She does not romanticize this world at all. She shows exactly what callous evil beings vampires truly would be if they DID exist.
I also grew tired of Ms. Brite's extreme over-use of the word, "spider". As a noun, an adjective and even a verb! Either that's talent or that's over-kill. To her credit, there were many passages that were almost poetic, they were written so well.
I'm sure if this had been around and I had read it when I was into my whole "deathie" phase 18 yrs ago, that this would have been a much better read for me.
I did finish the story and was sad to say good-bye to the character of Ghost. I would love to see a story dedicated to him. I think that would be really interesting.
I would only recommend this book to readers who only wear black on the outside and/or the inside.

For those who love vamp stories, but want lighter fare, try the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. Fun to read and humorous with a great heroine, Sookie Stackhouse! ... Read more

128. The Stephen King Collection : Stories from Night Shift
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4-0 out of 5 stars Bit of a mixed bag but all excellently read by Glover
I listened to these unabridged short stories during my commute to and from work and enjoyed John Glover's narration thoroughly.The stories, though, were a bit of a mixed bag for me.

The Boogeyman:This one reminded me, in the very best possible way, of a "Tales From the Crypt" episode about childhood fears and monsters in the closet.

I Know What You Need:Sorta grungy boy meets pretty girl, gives her everything she desires, then she discovers his dark, not-very-well-hidden secrets and she freaks. Stupid girl, you know you'll never find a guy like that again!I enjoyed this one but was slightly annoyed by the rather rushed ending.

Strawberry Spring:A killer stalks a college campus with a surprise ending.This was a creepy, atmospheric tale.

Gray Matter:This one's about many a man's worst nightmare.That tall cool one you've just downed had some fuzzy gray stuff inside that turns you into an icky flesh eating-gray-creature!

The Woman in the Room:Realistic horror about slowly watching someone you love suffer as she awaits death. Shall you let the suffering continue or put an end to the pain, knowing full well you can? This was too realistically depressing for me.

Battleground:This story is about a man and toy soldiers.It didn't do it for me.I fast forwarded through this as it gave me an urge to snore. Not so good when one is driving!

Graveyard Shift:Everyman has a crappy, thankless job doing the midnight shift in creepy old mill and is tormented by an evil BossMan.The job takes a turn for the worse with the discovery of monster rats, monster bats and a big ol' supersized momma rat. Bet you can't guess what happens to the big bad BossMan? Overall a cliched rat story but very well read by Glover who does rat-love oh-so-wonderfully.

The Man Who Loved Flowers:A young man, apparently wildly in love, collects flowers for his sweetie causing women to swoon with jealousy and non-flower bearing men to become very annoyed. Young man-in-love turns out to have an ugly surprise for his latest sweetie . . .Loved this one!

The Last Rung on The Ladder:Another could've-been-true story filled with suspense. A man is haunted by memories of his younger sister, her loyalty and complete and utter trust. The story focuses on the man when he was a boy and on a pivotal moment in his life that he's reflecting on now that he's filled with oodles of regret.

Night Surf: A tale about a group of college/high school students told from the point of view of a boy who is very cruel to his girlfriend. Girlfriend: "Do you love me?" Meanie boyfriend: well he can't spare the venom to answer "no". As she trails after him, looking for any scrap of love he'll never dole out, he's thinking about how revolting her fat bum looks. Turns out they are only a small handful of survivors of King's nasty flu "Captain Tripps" (ALA "The Stand") and they've banded together to sacrifice a flu victim by burning him alive. Ewwwww. Bitter characters clinging to scraps of life as they await death. This is good stuff.

Jerusalem's Lot: Maybe it was my mood but this story was what I'd consider "work" to finish. My mind easily drifted away, occasionally caught by an interesting bit of creepy narrative before flickering away to ponder all of my own inner thoughts or to swear at some impatient jack*ss who just cut me off. It's told in flashbacks and recounts a man's discovery of his dark family tree, an abandoned village and a really disturbing church.

Lawnmower Man:This was just as weird and chilling as the first time I read it many moons ago.It tells a story of a devious new lawn service.Remember the movie based on this story, anyone?The story is much shorter as it should be.

Quitters, Inc.:I hear attempting to quit smoking is one of the most difficult things imaginable. As someone who sucks in second hand smoke all day at work I wish there were something along the lines of a "Quitters, Inc." I think the problem would be nipped pretty quickly and those with weak willpower, well, they'd be taken care of . . .

The Ledge:This dark edged tale tells the story of a tennis pro who was hitting the sheets with a married woman.The wrong married woman, as it turns out.She's married to a mafia-type who doesn't take kindly to sharing his wife. Somehow or other Mafia-guy convinces not-too-bright-tennis-guy to go out on his ledge which is several stories high and plays all sorts of dastardly tricks in an attempt to get him to fall off the ledge. This is one that'll either have you biting your fingernails in anticipation of a big face plant on cement or you'll be wanting your half hour back.

Sometimes They Come Back: This one is about a school teacher plagued by ghosts from his past. This is a haunting, pain-filled story that is gripping from beginning to ghastly end.

The Mangler: A demon possessed machine that requires a full blown exorcism? You're kidding me, right?!

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129. Nightmares & Dreamscapes
by Stephen King
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Many people who write about horror literature maintain that mood is its most important element. Stephen King disagrees: "My deeply held conviction is that story must be paramount.... All other considerations are secondary--theme, mood, even characterization and language."

These fine stories, each written in what King calls "a burst of faith, happiness, and optimism," prove his point. The theme, mood, characters, and language vary, but throughout, a sense of story reigns supreme. Nightmares & Dreamscapes contains 20 short tales--including several never before published--plus one teleplay, one poem, and one nonfiction piece about kids and baseball that appeared in the New Yorker. The subjects include vampires, zombies, an evil toy, man-eating frogs, the burial of a Cadillac, a disembodied finger, and a wicked stepfather. The style ranges from King's well-honed horror to a Ray Bradbury-like fantasy voice to an ambitious pastiche of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald. And like a compact disc with a bonus track, the book ends with a charming little tale not listed in the table of contents--a parable called "The Beggar and the Diamond." --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A very, very good collection of short stories
Like most people, I own a stack of Stephen King books, and for some reason I've never gotten around to review the ones I liked best, which makes me sort of ashamed of myself, since I keep saying that the quality of King's writing is often underrated. This is not the usual Stephen King book, this one is actually pretty mellow, compared to Carrie, for example, (that was the first of his books I read, and I hadn't read anything that gory before), but it still has its share of scary stuff, like The Ten O' Clock people, and The Moving Finger (after I read that one I really felt kind of nervous about the bathroom sink for a few days). I only could't get through the essay at the end, Head Down, because I don't understand absolutely anything about baseball. My favorites were Dedication, The End of the Whole Mess, The Ten O'Clock people, The House on Maple Street, and Popsy (oddly funny if you think about it). I suppose hardcore fans of King's horror will be sort of confused by this book, but I think any lover of short stories, like me, is bound to enjoy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars King's stories provide both chills and grins
This collection of stories is typical King--you may not like every single one, but you're sure to find at least one that scares you and one that makes you laugh. My favorite was "Dolan's Cadillac," a chilling tale of painstakingly-plotted revenge. Also intriguing is "The 10 O'Clock People," a must-read for every smoker who has cut back but who just can't seem to quit completely. In "Sorry, Right Number," King tries something new by writing the story in screenplay fashion; the gimmick doesn't necessarily add anything, but the plot itself is engaging nonetheless. On the scary side, l found "Night Flier" to be extremely creepy--the final scene will definitely make you want to sleep with the lights on!--and for a more light-hearted offering, there's "Clattery Teeth." Each story here is likely to have its fans; you'll have to read them all to find your own favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars A collection of some of King's best short fiction.
NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES is a collection of some odd, eclectic short fiction, showcasing Stephen King at his macabre best.

In "Dolan's Cadillac," a man gets revenge for his murdered wife...through hard labor and ingenious thinking. "Suffer the Little Children" is a tale for every child who had an insufferable teacher, and wanted to do something about it."The Night Flier" is a tale of obsession that leads to the ultimate horror. In "Popsy," a young boy is kidnapped...but his grandfather is on his trail, and has a few surprises up his cape. "The Moving Finger" is a macabre tale of madness...or the utmost sanity. In "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band," a young couple is about to attend an amazing rock concert...which may last for the rest of eternity. "The Ten O'Clock People" tells of two societies who live beneath normal human radar; one is benevolent, while the other is bent on world domination. "Crouch End" and "The Doctor's Case" are great examples of British fiction by an American, the latter about Sherlock Holmes. In the fantisful "The House on Maple Street," four children are about to unlock the secrets of their home. "Umney's Last Case" is a bizarre crime-noir, about the power an author has over his story, and vice versa. "Head Down" is an enchanting essay about kids and baseball.

NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES. Stephen King. Need I say any more than that? A wonderful, intriquing, and entertaining collection, this book is guaranteed to occupy a welcomed place on your bookshelf. This collection goes to show why Stephen King is one of contemporary literature's best writers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hit or Miss
If you're a King fan, I'd read this pretty good collection of short stories. A few stories are amazing (Umney's Last Case, Crouch End, and Dolan's Cadillac to name a few), and most of them are okay-good.

There are, however, a few that made me laugh out loud at the sheer idiocy. For example: "Rainy Season," a ludicrous story about giant, fanged toads falling out of the sky and attacking a young couple summering in a remote town; "My Pretty Pony," which is not horror or interesting at all, about some old grandfather imparting some incredibly boring wisdom on to his unfortunate grandson; and "Chattering Teeth," about a man who is saved from a homicidal hitch hiker by a pair of possessed wind-up teeth.

All in all, however, a good book and a must-read for any King fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Combination of Short Stories
I recommend this to anyone out there who love steven king and/or short stories. this is an excelent collection! ... Read more

130. Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 4 (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
by Joss Whedon
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"I can't be...just a person,
I can't be helpless like that...."
-- Buffy, "Helpless"

At eighteen, each Slayer must face a terrifying trial: the Tento di Cruciamentum. This time-honored, albeit cruel, rite of passage forces each Watcher to drain the Slayer of all her physical powers and then send her to vanquish a powerful vampire using only her wits. When Buffy Summers underwent her Cruciamentum, she managed to defeat Kralik, a vampire who had been committed to a sanitarium as a human for torturing and murdering more than a dozen young women before he was turned. However, not all Slayers have been so cunning.

Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 4 chronicles the Cruciamentum of eight earlier Slayers. From Prohibition Chicago to beatnik New York City, from the sideshows of a traveling carnival to a small Irish farm, from the fifteenth century to the twentieth, the Cruciamentum has tested the prowess of Slayers throughout history. Each of them has had to fight: for her job, for the lives of those she loved, and for her own existence.... ... Read more

131. The Resort
by Bentley Little
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Bram Stoker award-winner Bentley Little cordially invites you to The Resort.

Welcome to The Reata, an exclusive spa isolated in the Arizona desert. Please ignore the strange employees and that unspeakable thing in the pool. And when guests start disappearing, pretend it isn't happening. Enjoy your stay, and relax. Oh...and lock yourself in after dark.
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132. Necroscope
by Brian Lumley
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Except to Harry Keogh, Necroscope. And what they tell him is horrifying.

In the Balkan mountains of Rumania, a terrible evil is growing. Long buried in hallowed ground, bound by earth and silver, the master vampire schemes and plots. Trapped in unlife, neither dead nor living, Thibor Ferenczy hungers for freedom and revenge.

The vampire's human tool is Boris Dragosani, part of a super-secret Soviet spy agency. Dragosani is an avid pupil, eager to plumb the depthless evil of the vampire's mind. Ferenczy teaches Dragosani the awful skills of the necromancer, gives him the ability to rip secrets from the mind and bodies of the dead.

Dragosani works not for Ferenczy's freedom but world domination. he will rule the world with knowledge raped from the dead.

His only opponent: Harry Koegh, champion of the dead and the living.

To protect Harry, the dead will do anything--even rise from their graves!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lumley at his best
Brian Lumley is a wildly uneven writer, but when he's at the top of his form, he's extradordinarily entertaining. NECROSCOPE and its sequels are most likely what will constitute his literary reputation, not the gawdawful Lovecraft pastiches (or, more properly, Derlethian pastiches) and the even worse pseudo-Robert E. Howard stuff set in HPL's Dreamlands.

I won't discuss the plot (plenty of other reviewers have covered that), so I'll restrict my remarks to a few of the high points. The Necroscope vs. Necromancer angle was fresh and innovative, allowing the dead to take a part in their own story (they also take their enemies apart while losing some of their own body parts, but that's enough lousy puns for one review). Lumley's vampires are fascinating, developed throughout the series. I won't give away any secrets; all I can do is urge you to read the entire series to gain the full effect of his vampire mythology (as well as following the further exploits of some highly interesting characters).

And the central conflict --- Harry Keogh (anybody have an idea of how Harry's surname should be pronounced? Koag? Kayg? Keeg? Kee-ogg? I admit I'm pretty ignorant here) vs. the Faustian Dragosani provides enough fireworks to carry the reader through this long (but never dull) novel. Harry has to dig up some of his own buried evil to fight the Necromancer, an ironic twist given his fate in the sequels (read them and see!) And his fate is echoed and amplified as Boris D. deals with the long-buried Thibor Ferenczy and allows his own soul to be blackened past all human comparisons. Great stuff, Mr. Lumley!

In short there's something here for everybody: horror story, love story, espionage thriller, metaphysical treatise, all wrapped up in a rattling good adventure yarn.

5-0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book.
Brian Lumley's "Necroscope is the first in a series of books that is both innovative and exceptional. You, the reader, are not fed the usual, and often recycled vampire gore-fest. It offers a clever combination of espionage, parapsychology, and an interesting twist on the vampire legend.

The book is fast moving due to the fact that you can't wait to turn the page to reveal what happens next. There are times when it becomes slightly confusing because there is a myriad cast of characters and the story alternates between the United Kingdom, the USSR, and Romania.

The novel begins with an introduction to a man named Alec Kyle and the clandestine branch of the British government he works for known as E-Branch, or ESP-ionage Branch. The Branch employs people who are endowed with various mental powers, such as telekinesis.

The protagonist of the story is an E-Branch operative named Harry Keogh, the Necroscope. He is the only known person in the world who can converse with the legions of the deceased. To the brimming population of the dead Harry is a hero. He provides them with a chance to finish in death what they could not in life. For this reason, they worry about his safety and will undoubtedly do anything to protect him, including their own resurrection.

The villain and vampire of the tale is a Romanian named Boris Dragosani. He also has the power of a necromancer. Unlike Harry, he is feared and detested by the dead, for even they can feel all the pain he inflicts.

There are many suspenseful and gruesome confrontations throughout this book. Furthermore, it supplies an intelligently written tale for anyone with a thirst (no pun intended) for vampires; the mystical powers of the mind; and government espionage.

The finale is an explosive battle waged between a mighty vampire and an all-powerful Necroscope with the entire deceased population on his side. The ending is very surprising. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I finished the book and then purchased the rest in the series. I am now on the sixth book in the series and let me tell you, they only get better. From the first book to the sixth i haven't been able to put it down. I can't help but reading until my eyes close.

5-0 out of 5 stars a comment on the book and the reviews
For anyone who is reading this book expecting Tolstoy or Dickens all I have to say is don't read it. While I found this book and several others in the series quite enjoyable they are what I call brain candy. These are not meant to provoke deep thought they are to be read and enjoyed for the story. They are not to be critiqued for the quality of the writing unless it is absolutely horrible, which it is not. It is written at a fairly typical reading level for books of this type. One can enjoy this book if one keeps these things in mind, and remembers it is an entertaining story no more no less. Much as with movies (e.g if you expect a classic drama instead of comedy when walking into a wayans brothers film) if you expect the wrong things from this book you will be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real review coming soon; please do not rate this one.
I am immensely enjoying this novel, and am currently almost done with it. Highly engrossing and very unusual, complex, original, this is one of the most unique novels I've ever read.

One thing that I'd like people to keep in mind: a necroSCOPE and a necroMANCER are two ENTIRELY different things. This book features ONE of EACH, not two of the same, so to Benjamin D and Scott Rachui, please edit your reviews.

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133. Hidden Jewel (Landry)
by V.C. Andrews
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Hidden Jewel is the fourth thrilling novel in the V.C. Andrews Landry series. Following All That Glitters, the spellbinding story of Ruby Landry's daring struggle to find a happy life with Beau Andreas and to protect their precious daughter. Sheltered from sorrow, innocent young Pearl thrives in the sunshine of a loving home...except for the haunting nightmares of her earliest years, and the dark family secrets she worries will one day shadow her destiny....

Raised in a New Orleans mansion filled with kindness and laughter, Pearl dreams of becoming a doctor. With all the finest families wishing her well, her high school graduation party is almost as festive as Mardi Gras itself. But still, she fears that she will never know the essence of romantic passion, or her family's buried secrets. Yet her summer job in an elegant old hospital is fascinating...and an experienced intern is eager to share his friendship with her.

But the sultry Louisiana heat cannot dispel her family's sinful legacy, the snakelike treachery of a man who threatens Pearl's innocence, or an awful portent of disaster. After a cruel accident befalls one of Pearl's twin brothers, the bayou that seized him beckons to Ruby who flees, tormented, back to her Cajun roots. Pearl's faith in her mother abides, but she cannot hold back her tears when her other brother falls deathly ill, and her father retreats into his own bourbon-soaked world.

Pearl's dreams of success swirl away with the hurricane winds, and she journeys to the swamps in search of her mother and the shocking truths of her heritage. In the warm embrace of a gentle Cajun man, she discovers a blessed refuge. But, until the storm clouds clear, Pearl cannot savor the springtime sweetness that always, always seems beyond tomorrow.... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a Book!!!
This book is really a Hidden Jewel, because it was truly hidden behind the other weak Landry books (Ruby, Pearl in the Mist, & All that Glitters). Tarnished Gold, the last book in the Landry series, was a great book, too, but Hidden Jewel is the best in the Landry series. Pearl is such a strong character that I was shocked. I'm so used to reading such weak female characters such as the women in the Cutler series and Annie in the Casteel series. No incest theme ran amok throughout this book and the parents didn't get killed in this book. Finally!!! Now this is a must read book. If you read the other Landry books, don't stop because of those books' weak storylines please read Hidden Jewel and Tarnished Gold. Hidden Jewel is TRULY the best book in the series. I'm so glad I found this Hidden Jewel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pearl's Journey
This is a great book imo. I can imagine Ruby would be quite happy to realize how strongly her daughter handed her family's problems and I feel stronger as a girl just reading about such a strong heroine!

Pearl yearns for a passion that will sweeps her off her feet though no boy has been able to break her hard shell. She wonders if being a scientist at heart, if she will be able to feel love and see hearts and flowers in the air like a normal girl.
When a hurricane of turmoil sweeps through her family and old ghosts are stirred she will have to summon every bit of her of her Cajun strength as she follows a trail back into the dark wilderness of the bayou, searching for her lost mother who has retreated into her memories, haunted by guilt. Pearl will venture through cobwebbed mansions left abandoned and decaying, into the snake lair of a twisted old crone who laughs in glee at Pearl's distress and into the depths of the bayou to face a hideous ogre who demands his pay he was cheated of long, long ago. The price being Pearl-body and soul. Can Pearl survive? And if she does can she finnally find happiness and love amongst the rubble of the horrors that destroyed her family's innocent bliss?

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Pearl is a lot smarter than some of the other VC Andrew's characters, but I found some things to be odd. I couldn't figure out why she called her parents "mommy and daddy" when she is 17 years old. She was very strong when she tried to find her mother, but I felt like when she found Jack, she fell for him a little quickly. He could have easily just turned out to be some jerk. This story line is a little different than the other novels, there are not as many twists and turns. Basically the biggest part of the novel was finding her mother Ruby. I give it 4 stars because I didn't find it as interesting or unique as the other novels, but it is good.

5-0 out of 5 stars i hope I have a duaghter like pearl!
Ruby drove to the brink of instanity pearl goes to find her back in her roots the Buyou while shes their she meets a Loveing man I feel in love with Jack colvis! Hes what a man should be and remenber you can fall in love in an instant and thats what happened between them! Beutiful I was really happy at the end! Read this BOOK!

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful story in Cajun country
This story blew me away. Pierre had taken the passing of his twin Jean very hard. So did the rest of the family. Jean was so funny. Even though Jean had pulled the practical joke with Pearl's graduation cap, his parents couldn't stay mad at him very long. I thought it was good that Pearl got firm with her dad Beau when he was drinking too heavily when her mom Ruby was missing. I was glad for Pearl when she met Jack Clovis, a man whom she could trust. I would like to hear another story from Pearl when she finished college and succeeds in medical school. I believe Ruby and Beau are right to insist that Pearl fulfills her potential. ... Read more

134. The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Short Stories
by Oscar Wilde
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"Oh! In what a wild hour of madness he had killed his friend! How ghastly the mere memory of the scene! He saw it all again. Each hideous detail came back to him with added horror. Out of the black cave of time, terrible and swathed in scarlet, rose the image of his sin." In their ideal of an exquisitely sensitive temperament that thrills to fine shadings in sensation, the principles of the aesthetic (or "decadent") movement are well suited to the tale of terror. No story exemplifies this better than Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The sparkling wit and zest for life of Wilde's characters combine with cold-blooded acts of horror to generate a deliciously twisted sense of elegance and evil, civilization and degradation. Oscar Wilde, like Edgar Allan Poe, shows us that what we find loathsome and frightening can also be beautiful. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story of a handsome young man and his transformation from innocence to vile, wickedness. The story is set in London, England in the late 1800's. Through his acquaintances and a little wish his life is changed. Dorian's personality and manners alter drastically and thus, he begins his downfall. The novel is very descriptive and uses philosophical themes. The use of language is extraordinary and some of the things discussed in the novel really make you think. The story is very morbid and cynical, but beautifully done. At times though, the descriptions and philosophical jibber-jabber can be a bit overdone. Still, I liked this novel and would recommend it to anyone. Once I started reading this, it was hard to put the book down.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Title of Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray
By: Oscar Wilde
Reviewed By: Mary Poppins
Period: 5

Basil Hallward painted a picture of one of his friends, Dorian Gray. Dorian was about eighteen years old, and everyone said that he was very beautiful. Lord Henry Wotton (Harry), Basil's friend from Oxford, wanted to meet Dorian Gray because Basil told Lord Henry a lot of good things about him. After the picture was finished, Basil gave it to Dorian as a present, and Dorian made a wish that would always be young, and the picture would grow old. Whenever Dorian had a secret, Lord Henry was always the first to know. Dorian's face never changed in eighteen years. He looked exactly the same as when he was eighteen. One day, Dorian took Basil to the attic. Basil was then the first person to know about the picture being altered. After Basil saw the picture, Dorian murdered the man by stabbing a knife behind his ear, stabbing him again and again. The day after Basil was dead, Dorian made Alan Campbell, one of his former friends, get rid of the body, by blackmailing him. Dorian then decided what he was going to do. He was going to destroy the picture, and he thought that he was going to be in peace. He grabbed the knife that he had used to kill Basil and stabbed the picture with it. A cry and a crash were heard. Sometime later, the coachman and the footman went in through the windows. On the wall, there was a picture of Dorian Gray, young and beautiful. On the floor, they saw a man that was wrinkled, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. They had to examine the rings for them to recognize who it really was.

I liked the book because it was fun and interesting at the same time. This quote is what made Dorian's wish come true: "...only if it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old!" He didn't know that his wish was to come true. I love when things like that happen!

I also disliked the book because in some parts, it just goes on and on about things that I don't understand. Also, there is too much philosophy in this book. This is Lord Henry's quote: "I am afraid that women appreciate cruelty, down-right cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated...." The quote still goes on. I think that Lord Henry is too philosophic.

My least favorite part of the book was when Dorian was stabbing Basil because that is too nasty for me. That is what I hate to hear.

5-0 out of 5 stars You've Got to Love Wilde's Witty Cynicism
This is really the story that made me fall in love with Oscar Wilde. He's so cynical and sarcastic and witty!! The story is so dark and twisted, even if you can predict the end, you cannot predict all of it. The other stories included in this edition are terrific too, giving a real smorgasboard of his work.

My favorite quote from this story is "He lives the poetry he cannot write, they write the poetry they cannot live."

4-0 out of 5 stars Thinking about Dorian...
This is a book for the mind! Extremely philosophical, extremely thought provoking! One character in particular talked all in philosophy. There were things he said that would practically keep me up all night thinking. This book is also a good example of how a bad influence can turn a good person into a down right evil one. But the way Oscar Wilde chooses to portray that in the story is so creative. Also I didn't find this book to be as predictable as most tend to be. I thought the ending was especially unpredictable and creative. The only complaints I have are that in a couple parts it got a little bit slow and it was pretty morbid. I do like happy endings and this book traveled further and further from a happy ending with every page. I guess that's okay because the point Wilde was trying to make was not happy. So overall I rate this book high and recommend it to anyone interested!

3-0 out of 5 stars Picture of Dorian Gray
"Picture of Dorian Gray" was a cleverly written book with very descriptive laungage. The book takes place over a span of about 20 years, in which the reader sees the transformation of the title character, Dorian Gray. He goes from an innocent boy of about twenty, to a cruel, consciounless man with the appearance of a twenty year old. While the book was entertaining and provided enough description to keep the reader amused, Wilde overdid it at some points, providing too much added information that took away from the simple plot of the novel. Over all though, it was a good book. ... Read more

135. Gates of Paradise (Casteel)
by V.C. Andrews
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Stunned by tragedy, desperate and alone, Heaven's daughter clung to the frailest of dreams!

The car crash that killed Heaven and Logan left Annie Casteel Stonewall orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by the possessive Tony Tatterton, Annie pines for her lost family, but especially for Luke, her half-brother. Friend of her childhood, her fantasy prince, her loving confidante...without the warm glow of Luke's love, she is lost in the shadows of despair. When Annie discovers Troy's cottage hidden in Farthinggale's woods, the mystery of her past deepens. And even as she yearns to see Luke again, her hopes and dreams are darkened by the sinister Casteel spell...treacherous, powerful and evil! ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Annie is not a Stone wall
This book is more like 3 1/2. I would have liked it more if Annie did not whine all the damned time! She was nothing like Heaven! She was virtually spineless! All Annie did was complain and complain. When Heaven hit hard times, she straightened her back and dealt with it. It just seemed with age, Tony became more and more demented. This is not the man who helped toughen Heaven into an even stronger young woman. Unfortunately, Tony is a sick, weak, broken man who is caught up in the image of Leigh, Jillian, and then Heaven and Annie. But back to Annie. She just got on my nerves and she was spoiled. I skipped over a lot of passages, unfortunately. Well, since I am a Die Hard V.C. Andrews fan, with the exception of her Wildflower series, I feel I have been generous with my rating. I think I would have liked Annie as a protagonist IF she had a backbone, that's all!

4-0 out of 5 stars This book was ok
Hello I would like to say first of all, V.C. is a girl named Virginia. Second, this book was pretty good. I agree with some of my fellow readers that Annie was whining a lot. Did it seem to any one else like more of a child of 13 or 14 then a child of 18? I had to double check and make sure that's what it said in the beginning. It did seem to go no forever. I think the series could have gone on without this book, but if your a hard core V.C. Andrews fan, I would definatly read this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars The ghostwriter's laughable first attempt
I have two problems with this book. The first one is that the ghost writer did not use one single line of original dialogue throughout the entire story. He just rehashed the whole plot with Heaven again. If you read Fallen Hearts, you won't miss anything in this book. All the elements are there, and back again. Annie dies her hair blond, hmm....Somebody decides to go for a midnight walk and ends up in someone else's bed in the middle of the night. Sound familar? Tony completed deteoriated, the ghostwriter didn't even get the color of his hair right. And, he wasn't the strong, dangerous and intriguing character from the first book, he became a cookie cutter villian that spouted whole lines of dialogue from the previous books back at Annie when he was having a "moment". The ghostwriter blames this on senility. That sounds like an easy way out.
The second thing is, as numerous other reviewers have pointed out, Annie is the most moronic, whiny, little fool. I guess Heaven and Logan really messed up there. I personally didn't care about what happened to her, especially since the same things from every other book VC wrote were just transferred onto her simpering, crybaby little head. What a horrible end to a genuinely touching series. This is one of the few VC Andrews books I never reread back when I was really gung ho for all these books.
This is also the ghostwriter's ghastly debut. The good news is that he gets better. It would be hard to outdo this book with it's pure lack of everything. With this book, he could have just handed you a piece of paper directing you to the various pages numbers of previous VC Andrews books that he directly ripped off, instead of wasting more paper. A six year old with mad libs and a list of adjectives could have been more creative. But to give him credit, like I said, he does do better in some of his later series.
So anyway, you probably don't want to buy this book. Get it in the library, before you go on a long plane ride.

4-0 out of 5 stars Too Much Happening at Once
Annie had a cruel blow when her mom Heaven and her "dad" Logan died. It was worse when she discovered she couldn't walk. It hadn't helped matters that the nurse assigned to her was apathetic. To top it all off, Tony isolated her from Luke Jr. and everybody else in her life. I was glad when Annie met her birth dad Troy. It was quite a shock for Annie that Tony by mistake thought that she was Leigh. In a way Leigh was practically with Annie in spirit.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not too bad.
This book is a must read if you are reading the series of books as a whole. It's not the best book, but it's worth sticking out till the end. Annie is not my favorite character, but I liked her better than Christie in the Cutler series. ... Read more

136. Hannibal
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You remember Hannibal Lecter: gentleman, genius, cannibal.Seven years have passed since Dr. Lecter escaped from custody.And for seven years he's been at large, free to savor the scents, the essences, of an unguarded world.But intruders have entered Dr. Lecter's world, piercing his new identity, sensing the evil that surrounds him.For the multimillionaire Hannibal left maimed, for a corrupt Italian policeman, and for FBI agent Clarice Starling, who once stood before Lecter and who has never been the same, the final hunt for Hannibal Lecter has begun.All of them, in their separate ways, want to find Dr. Lecter.And all three will get their wish.But only one will live long enough to savor the reward--.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Demented
While there is little doubt that Harris succumbs to the dark side of commercialism in this third incarnation of Dr. Hannibal Lechter, it is nonetheless a seductive and riveting read. Written by a less accomplished author, the material would be merely disgusting - Harris, however, succeeds in painting an engrossing canvas with his gore, creating images that are repulsive yet strangely irresistable. I found my self not wanting to turn the pages, but unable to put the book down. Part of this is due in part to Harris' imagination in creating horror so unique, so bizarre, and so totally over the top that it cannot be ignored. The imagery of being eaten alive by wild pigs, for example, is so vividly portrayed that the scene continues to haunt nearly a year after I've read the book. This is not a believable story, nor a literary achievement, and it is certainly not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. But if you've got the stomach, and enjoy a well-written work of raw horror, forget the critics and give this demented tale of "Ms. Manners does cannibalism" a ride.

2-0 out of 5 stars "...not with a bang, but a whimper."
Having just rewatched SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and desperately needing some low-brow entertainment, I bought HANNIBAL. Although Harris can be compelling in parts, he allows minor characters to take up loads of space with their banal babbling, while Starling's major nemeses are two-dimensional caricatures. I guess the goal is to make us feel 'alright' with their gruesome ends -we become participatory in their deaths- but they are so ludicrous that they are not particularly interesting (Krendler, Verger, etc). Basically, everyone in the the book is crazy as hell, which sort of takes away from Lecter's monstrosity, making him less interesting. Starling's boring Elektra complex compounds the dullness. Mind-numbing lists of Lecter's effete purchases give the novel a feel of bland inertia. Then some icky guy dies an icky death, and it hardly seems notable.

Grammatical errors and typos abound. Apparently Dell editors are either cowards or clueless. Either way they should be fired. Harris' style at the beginning of each chapter is particularly annoying: each introductory being short, hapless fragments in the style of a screenplay. Incomplete sentences simply denote bad writing. He tries to engage the reader as the observer ("Now we are walking up the steps where blah blah blah") but it all falls flat and the tense gets all screwed up. The narrative is disrupted with such attempts at flair, and the scenes are subsequently poorly constructed. I got the feeling like he was writing this novel in order to make a bundle of the movie, and the fluidity of the prose suffered as a consequence. This makes the flow of the narrative very tedious.

The conclusion of the book elevates Starling and Lecter to a mythic inhumanity. It is so melodramatic that you feel as if you have lost all touch with the characters. Harris adores his creations too much, and it kills the story in the end. I give this book two stars because I'm not one of the die-hard fans who has had his hopes and dreams crushed by this silly book; plus the movie managed to be even dumber.

2-0 out of 5 stars implausible ending ruins book
The ending of this book is so implausible that it effectively ruins the book. (I am about to write about the ending, so if you don't want to know about it, don't read further.) Agent Starling's transformation at the end was completely out of character, and an insult to readers who had read the previous 500 pages. She is changed from being an independent, moral and law-abiding FBI agent to an amoral cannibal who without the slightest hesitation eats the brains of a fellow FBI agent, and then seduces her sociopathic captor and enters a long-term relationship with him.

One of the things I appreciated about Silence of the Lambs was the psychological sophistication of the plot. And what I dislike so much about this book is that the author, for some reason, goes to the opposite extreme and creates an ending -- presumably for shock value -- which is not supported by anything that precedes it. As a professional writer who is capable of better work, Harris should be ashamed of this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst book of all time?
The thing that stands out the most for me after reading this abomination is the obvious contempt, no, LOATHING Thomas Harris has for his readers. I believe he was so sickened by the 'fan mail' he has received for the Hannibal Lecter character that he decided to write a novel that would make his contempt so palpable that even the densest reader would detect it.

And so we get crowds of tourists moved to lust at the sight of torture implements...Gratuitous slurs at gun show attendees...A little waspish slap at the people who tried to impeach WJC...And so on.

The last two may give a clue as to the deeper roots of Harris' hatred : He has developed what I call Stephen King Syndrome. Remember the early King stories, in which he, the erstwhile struggling teacher/writer showed his knowledge of, and sympathy for, the struggles of lower middle class folks? Only to be replaced a few years down the road(circa IT, another bad book) by a man who slipped little remarks into the text to let us know how familiar he was with celebrities and their lifestyle, and an attitude towards 'poor folks' that slid first into pity, then contempt, then outright jeering. Thomas Harris is no doubt a very wealthy man now, and he probably moves in social circle where the members pride themselves on how much more "enlightened" they are than average Americans.It's rubbed off on him....Read the great Red Dragon, and his sensitive portrayals of even minor characters, who were rarely affluent. Notice Harris'; grasp of an overlooked prejudice (Since only white racism against "people of color" counts, y'know) : Contempt for poor whites, and the concomitant feelings of inferiority, strivings, and dislike of the wealthy people born poor (Will Graham, Clarice Starling) have. Then notice the little slams on the minor characters in Hannibal (eg the gun show attendees).It's as if everything Middle America admires-character, mores, politics, EVERYTHING-has become so anathema to Harris, he has to write a 500+ page novel in which all Good is shown to be nothing but sublimated Evil (a decades' old cliche) and in which no character is worthy of respect. Just to let us know how contemptible we, and everybody but Thomas Harris, truly are.

The book itself reads like it was read into a dictaphone and printed without revision. How could the man who wrote such splendid, smooth, even at times beautiful prose as we read in Red Dragon and SOTL write so poorly as he did in Hannibal? More contempt for the "ignorant readers who won't notice a difference"? I don't know which is worse, the banal nature of the majority of the book's prose, or the straining-for-effect pretentious drivel as he strives for profundity (eg, the passages in HL's mind (the memory palace) , or the very last chapter of the book re : HL's and CS's relationship.)

I agree with the reviewer who said that Harris has fallen in love with HL. He has created a character with certain superiorities of mind-and because he created him, TH now thinks those qualities are HIS. Another reason to despise the "lesser beings" out there in the real world! And Harris' attempts to-what, make the reader SYMPATHIZE with HL!?!-are grotesque : Spoiled rich brat brought up to regard everybody else as there to serve him loses his family in WWII . This causes an existential crisis , he loses all belief in God-and then goes out and inflicts the same pain of loss on others, but without the excuse of trying to avoid starvation, as the killers of his sister could claim. Nice ripoff of the Chikatilo story, but otherwise forced and trite.

One thing about Hannibal that was handled well : The descent of Clarice Starling into psychopathology. It is foreshadowed well by two earlier passages that reveal her growing alienation : when she looks at the overweight nurse she is interviewing and realizes she's grown tired of a lack of "stylishness" around her, and when the sight of a man butchered like a deer almost makes her giggle. HL didn't have to do too much with the drugs and hypnosis to bring CS to his (and TH's ) state of mind : contempt for others as lesser things. It was already there in embryo. She sublimated it into a drive to protect, while HL preys...But the way childhood trauma-sudden death of loved ones- had warped them both in a similar manner is there before the drug-induced breakdown , and rebuilding into a sociopath.

All that was good in RD and SOTL-the prose, the apparent insider's knowledge about FBI procedures, the sensitive handling of characters-is absent from Hannibal. Sadly, I hope Harris never writes another novel. And I wish I could cleanse my mind of Hannibal : It retroactively taints two fine novels that should have remained without a sequel.

3-0 out of 5 stars Horrifying and Tragic
I am unsure whether to give this book five stars or one star - something which has never happened to me before in my long history of reading! It is especially odd since I have recently reviewed both the splendid Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs and given them both five star rave reviews without a single qualm.


The case for 5 stars

Hannibal is written beautifully, with the stunning metaphors and descriptive language I came to love in the past two books in the trilogy. Thomas Harris writes with a unique style that is a pleasure to read. The story is full of twists and turns and the ending is the most unusual, shocking one ever written - but whether this is a good thing remains to be seen.

Hannibal Lecter's character is developed and deepened, which I liked, and we are given insights into what has made him into such a monster. Not much is added to the character of Clarice, but most of her background was discussed in Silence of The Lambs. Instead for most of the book we empathise with her as she has been held back from promotion because of jealousy and sexism.

The case for 1 star

By the end of the novel I felt completely depressed. Hannibal Lecter was the only character to come out on top. Although he was original and interesting I didn't want him to continue roaming free without any justice. Clarice Starling was stripped of all intelligence and power and became nothing but a brainwashed doll in an ending that was shocking and horrific. I could not understand how the author could bare to have Clarice sit down with Lecter and Krendler at the dinner table and take part in what followed. The reasons given; 'hypnosis' and 'drugs' were not explained satisfactorily.

Other characters had also deteriorated. Jack Crawford had nothing left to live for and none of his dynamic, strong personality remained. Barney was unrecognisable from the 'nice' guy who was kind to Clarice and Hannibal in Silence of The Lambs, he had turned into a complete sleaze ball. The lovely Ardelia Mapp was left in despair.

The characters that were added since the last book were corrupt and weird. Pazzi, the Italian police officer, seemed all right at first and then deteriorated into an unlikeable idiot before being despatched in a terrible way. Mason and Margot Verger were unbelievable. Mason was a paralysed paedophile missing most of his face / body, who got his jollies tormenting children and reminding his sister how she performed sex acts on him as a little girl. Margot was a lesbian weight lifter who had a burning desire for a child using Mason's sperm in order to receive her inheritance. (It's only when you write it down and read it over that you realise just how ridiculous it sounds).

Yes, I know the ending has been mentioned in all the reviews before mine but I can't finish without mentioning it again. I found it frightening and horrible and not well explained.

Overall, I'll give this novel 3 stars and try to forget it as quickly as I can. I always reread books I like but I don't think I ever want to see a copy of Hannibal again for as long I live, let alone read it.

JoAnne ... Read more

137. Cujo (Signet)
by Stephen King
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Cujo is so well-paced and scary that people tend to read it quickly, so they mostly remember the scene of the mother and son trapped in the hot Pinto and threatened by the rabid Cujo, forgetting the multifaceted story in which that scene is embedded. This is definitely a novel that rewards re-reading. When you read it again, you can pay more attention to the theme of country folk vs. city folk; the parallel marriage conflicts of the Cambers vs. the Trentons; the poignancy of the amiable St. Bernard (yes, the breed choice is just right) infected by a brain-destroying virus that makes it into a monster; and the way the "daylight burial" of the failed ad campaign is reflected in the sunlit Pinto that becomes a coffin. And how significant it is that this horror tale is not supernatural: it's as real as junk food, a failing marriage, a broken-down car, or a fatal virus. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Look at Those Big Sad Puppy Dog Eyes
A loveable, cute, adorable, sad eyed dog with a small keg around its neck used as a rescue dog. These are the things most people think about when they see or hear about a St. Bernard. We either can't or don't want to think about one of these beautiful large dogs having Rabies. But it is a fact of life. In this book Mr. King strays from the supernatural into something that could and has happened in real life and that is what makes this book so scary.

I took this book off my shelf last weekend to read while relaxing at the pool on a hot summers day. Well I couldn't put it down. I was amazed that this book kept me riveted to it a second time. The first time I read it, I began reading it early in the evening and read until I was finished. Ok, this time I started it earlier and was able to put it down long enough to eat my dinner but that was it.

Folks if you want an excellent fast paced read. Then Cujo is the book. You won't want to put it down until you have finished the last page.

Caution: If you own a dog you may find yourself reading with one eye while trying to keep the other on your own dog, I DID.

I have read many books by Mr. King, but after a second read I think this has surpassed the Shining as my favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of King's best early period books!
I think that King made a tremendous book with Cujo, and it is not often mentioned with his other more popular works, such as The Stand and Pet Semetary. It should be mentioned that King is a writer first and foremost, and a horror writer second to that. His book was both terrifying(especially when King wrote from Cujo's rabid point of view) and also moving and sad with the outcome, which is tragic. King makes a villian in Cujo that is one that I felt a great deal of sympathy for, something that I do not normally feel with King's villians. Cujo was a victim of rabies, just as his victims were of the disease's rage. This is not a book that has a slasher killer and King made a good choice to refrain developing the plot to include Cujo making havoc in the nearby Castle Rock. I found the secondary stories to be very complemetary to the plot, and the "monster in the closet" section, which some people seem to feel was unnecessary, was a great developer of the real monster inside Cujo. I found this to be a fantastic book, one of my favorite King books, or which I have read many.

4-0 out of 5 stars Exciting, but tedious at times
I've enjoyed reading some of King's work, but this is by no means one of his best. Although the premise of the story was good and kept me wondering what was going to happen next, I felt that some sections were overly detailed and at times tedious; I don't feel like reading long descriptions of scenery when I'm sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what's going to happen next in the story.

Overall, not bad. I recommend Cujo to people new to King's work because it's not overly gruesome like some of his others but still retains his unique flair.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Good Book. You don't even realise it's a long book, it moves fast.

3-0 out of 5 stars Love the Intertwined Stories, Hated The Ending
Stephen King's CUJO had so much going for it in its first three-quarters, with the ingenious intertwining of its three major story components, that the ending was a complete letdown for me. Here I followed, with such eagerness, the Trentons, the Cambers, and---of course---the most unlucky St. Bernard in the world, Cujo, for over two hundred pages of complex setup, exposition and conflict (across all three components, by the way) only to have it marred and be almost completely undone by an ending that is as mean-spirited as it is simplistic.

Perhaps the ending was inevitable, but in reading some of these reviews which make mention of Stephen King going through a rough period in his life and doing copious amounts of cocaine while writing this book, it's no wonder that the ending was the way it was. I've recently read that this ending was modified for the film version. I still have not yet seen the movie---I know, I know, I'll get to it someday! It received largely negative reviews upon its release in 1983, but if the ending was changed the way I've heard it was, then maybe I'll like it after all!

As it stands, I still enjoyed the first three-quarters of the book, which I read about 10 years ago. My favorite parts actually had nothing whatsoever to do with the titular character; they were the clever cereal saga and the high infidelity drama! Perhaps I should revisit CUJO again soon, if only because most of it is so good. As for the time being, however, I'd have to deem it


138. The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches)
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Catlog: Book (1993-03-22)
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In this engrossing and hypnotic tale of witchcraft and the occult spanning four centuries, we meet a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST NOVEL ANNE HAS EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!
My favorite book of Anne Rice is The Queen of the Damned. But The Witching Hour is the best book Anne has ever written. It took three years to do the research, MAN! DID IT PAY OFF!! Do NOT prejudge this book by its length. Do not stop after reading the first chapter thinking you got the gist of the book, you havent even BEGUN!!!! A woman rocks in a rocking chair in her house. A ghost is there comforting her and the world of The Mayfair Witches is revealed.... Three main characters, Rowan Mayfair, Michael Curry and Aaron Lightiner. Rowan Mayfair, a doctor who was adopted, wants to find out about her mysterious past. Michael Curry was just saved from near death and have seen visions. During the near death state, Michael is given a mission and now he is determined to see it through. Aaron Lightner, a chief investigator of the Talamasca. Aaron Lightner the same character in The Queen of the Damned. The Talamasca, the same organization in The Queen of the Damned has investigated The Mayfair Witches for centries. Aaron Lightner has compiled the history of Lasher, the ghost that haunts the Mayfair Witches. All three converge to solve the mystery of the ghost and the Mayfair history. And finally a ending you WILL NOT BELIEVE!!! IF YOU DO NOT READ THIS BOOK YOU HAVE NOT READ AN ANNE RICE NOVEL YET!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars It blows me away every time
I first read this book about 10 years ago, right after it was published. I used to bring it with me to my office job, reading on my lunch break, and I can understand how some people here say it scared them to read this in the dark. It used to scare me even in broad daylight! The descriptions of the spirit world were maybe just a little too eerie. But this story of a family of witches and the spirit that does their bidding, spanning over 300 years, will hook you. Anne Rice has always had a wonderfully evocative use of language and details. She also has an impressive command of different narrative techniques (e.g., third person, journal style, essay-narrative) and she uses several of them here, weaving one fabulous story from different perspectives - a story rich with believable anecdotes about life in the past as well as present. And these characters are some of the fleshiest, most sensual that you will find anywhere. They come to life with her words. I go back and read The Witching Hour about once a year, and still can't get over it. The Vampire Chronicles are also superb, but if you were to read one Anne Rice, make it this one. If it weren't for the abrupt-seeming ending, I would call it her masterpiece (clearly where the story is concerned, it helps to read the next two installments). But still an amazing and uniquely satisfying read.

5-0 out of 5 stars This bookis what made me a huge Anne Rice fan!
To be honest, I can't stand the Vampire Chronicles, and I'm glad I did not judge Anne Rice based only on those. Because the Mayfair Witch trilogy are 3 of the best books I've ever read. I highly recommend you all read the Witching Hour, Lasher, & Taltos! Oooh I still have shivers just thinking about these books. I also highly recommend Servant of the Bones - my absolutele most favorite stand-alone Anne Rice book. Happy reading!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not The Finest Hour
Despite the strong and interesting beginning, The Witching Hour was a painful read. I made it to approximately page 500 and realized that I had become very bored. Then I took into consideration that I had roughly 500+ more pages to go. I decided to stop reading it. The story, while very well conceived, became dryly written and immobile. And the amount of detail in this book is quintessentially EXCESSIVE.

I have read quite a few reviews that site Rice's writing style as being the flaw with this book. I don't think her style is necessarily a "flaw", because a few parts are beautifully written. The "flaw" is that The Witching Hour is profusely detailed and incredibly long. So if you are a patient person and would enjoy a book that is tantamount to an emotional history book about a family of witches, then this is the book for you. However, if you are looking for a concise book of at least reasonable length and momentum, consider yourself forewarned because I do not recommend this book for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good read, but fails to deliver
Witching Hour is an excellent story that spans generations of the Mayfair family. Hardcore Rice fans will probably devour it. More discerning readers may note that the novel suffers from several fatal flaws as other reviewers have pointed out.

Firstly, it is probably 30% filler, and Rice could have easily trimmed it down to eliminate much of the repetitive backstory. By the 500 page mark, most readers will be fairly clued in to the existence of Lasher but Rice continues to pile on little stories about his influence on the Mayfair family.

Secondly, after persevering with Rowan, Aaron and Michael for nearly 1000 pages, at the end readers are likely to be disappointed with their inconsistent actions as they break character just to continue the momentum of this novel into the sequel.

Thirdly, there is too much obvious deus ex machina for the purpose of pacing. When Rowan inherits the mansion, the cleaning and renovation process begins so quickly, you wonder if Ms Rice has ever had to hire a tradesperson. Rowan walks into an 8am meeting with her lawyers, who hire a cleaning crew on the spot and the mansion, neglected for decades is clean by 2pm the same day!? Likewise, the initial renovation also goes far too quickly to be anything except a fantasy. Conversely, when Michael returns to San Francisco it takes him weeks to pack a few boxes! I realize this may have been necessary for the plot, but this disregard for mundande detail shattered my suspension of disbelief.

Finally, Lasher just isn't scary enough for this novel to qualify as horror. Unlike Lestat and the vampires, who you could both love and fear, this ends up more like a dark romance novel. Lasher is more an object of pity in some ways. Perhaps Rice has plans to develop his character in the sequel, but I'm not sure I have the patience to find out. ... Read more

139. The Quotable Slayer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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"Well, the slayer always says a pun or a witty play on words, and I think it throws vampires off!"-- Willow Rosenberg, "Anne"


"'Her abuse of the English language is such that I understand only every other sentence....'"-- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (quoting Giles) on Buffy, "Bad Girls"


"If I had the Slayer's power, I'd be punning right about now."-- Buffy Summers, "Helpless"
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3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Compilation But Not For Fanatics
Quotable Slayer is a compilation of quotes and memorable dialogue from Buffy Season 1 to Season 7. Its organized into sections such as Buffy On... and Quotable Slayer (about Slayers. Its very well organized and small enough to carry around in your bag where ever you go. The choice of quotes is good. There are a few minor errors. It includes full color photos.

A highlight is the Quotable Intro which is a nice intro to the book. I would recommend this for fans who'd like to remember things about the show, but for die hard fanatics, this book is not a necessity. You'd probably be able to rant of quotes off your mind right now without the book.

Overall, the book is nice but not something that stands out or a necessity for fans at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hope they do one for Angel too.
Fun little book that compiles many of the most memorable quotes for all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The book covers a wide range of quotes from the hilarious to the touching. I really enjoyed this book but I do have a few complaints. I noticed an error, they have the Xander/Andrew talking about Anya's death quote labeled as coming from "End of Days" instead of "Chosen." I think there may have been a few more mistakes but I'd have to check on those. Also, The book didn't have my favorite quote which is; "For God's sake, man, she's eighteen. And you have the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone. Just have at it, would you, and stop fluttering about." ~ Giles to Wesley (The Prom) Still, If you are a die hard Buffy fan I highly recommend this book. It's good for quick Buffy fixes on the go.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quote Book For the Buffy Geek
This book is just so much fun. It has some of the best Buffy the Vampire Slayer quotes.
Well organized because it goes by characters and character status. Could have been more detailed by scenes. However, all , and all. Excellent keep sake.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Quotable Slayer-lets hope for The Quotable Vampire soon
Its every fans dream. 200+ pages of the hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking dialogue of one of the best shows television has ever given us.

With sections including: The Quotable Slayer, The Quotable Watcher, The Quotable Scoobies, The Quotable Other People, and Buffy on..., and 8 pages of Color Photos, you really couldnt expect more, unless of course it was a script book.

Of course it wont have all of your favorites, because that is impossible with all of the great quips on the show, but Ostow and Brazenoff do a great job of compiling this essential quote book.

I love the cover which includes Buffy's gravestone "She Saved the World A Lot". I would definitely recommend this book.

Hopefully we get an Angel Supplement soon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Remember that time...? No, me neither.
This is an interesting concept, and it's not bad for the price. I just wish they'd done a better job editing the book before rushing it out. There's a few quotes that are attributed to the wrong episode. That's not so dire, though. They did that in the Watcher's Guides, too. No big deal.

What bothers me is that there are quotes in the book that never made it on air. It seems their only source material was the shooting scripts, instead of actually watching the episodes. I really wasn't ready to see Tara's "Sweetie, I'm a fag." from the 'Dead Things' script be released commercially yet. ... Read more

140. The Face of Fear
by Dean R. Koontz
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You and your friend Sarah are being chased by a homicidal maniac through an office building in the middle of the night. You take refuge in an empty office like frightened cockroaches, but the doors are forced open, revealing your antenna-quivering vulnerability. In desperation, you scramble up and down elevator shafts with one lame leg dangling helplessly behind, and try other life-threatening feats thatseem to be more appealing than getting an ice-pick through your skull.

The most horrifying thing about this scenario: the person chasing you is not a disgruntled co-worker, and it's not your boss!It's a notoriously murderous rapist, and he's just about to get you or Sarah every turn of the way. And then you remember the terror of falling while climbing Mount Everest and you think you've figured out how to escape... but have you? You still haven't figured out who will be crushed by the monster snow-plow!

I've never read many thrillers before--much less Koontz--but I was trapped with this book in a strange hotel in a strange city, and was then kept awake the rest of the night wondering what those noises were outside my door. Koontz has, apparently, done it again. And I fear I may now be hooked on thrillers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Towering Fear
One of Dean's cleverest - and most suspenseful - straight thrillers. And one it's hard to say too much about, without giving away the game.

A psychic helping the police out on a difficult serial-rapist case finds himself, and his girlfriend, the target of attempted murder by the culprit. The rapist/murderer manages to isolate the pair in an empty skyscraper over the holidays, and plays an elusive cat-and-mouse game with them - to the death.

This one shoots out of a gun, like most of Koontz's early works, and doesn't let up for a second. It's a fast, easy, involving read. Koontz's style is minimalistic, telling virtually the entire story through dialogue and simply drawn action, shifting character perspective inventively to keep the reader guessing who the guilty party is. And even once that's known, he manages to slip in an extra surprise or two.

This was made into a very good T.V. movie with Lee Horsley and Pam Dawber, which suffers in comparison to the novel due to the fact that it has to prematurely show what the book doesn't.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book.
In The Face of Fear right from the start it leaps you into the action of the book. You can't put it down, you just want to keep going and going. The tension, and thrill it gives you with each page blows you away and you want more! The suspence is awesome, the images put into your head are detailed to almost the point, and the courage he gives the characters feels like your right there with them surviving for life! Then when your done, you find yourself wanting to read it again, or another novel by Dean Koontz. He continues being my favorite writer, and no other book I have read compares to what education, and knowledge he gives back to his readers and fans. I strongly would reccomend getting this book, and giving it a try. Trust me its worth it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Koontz
This book is pretty much non-stop action with an intriguing, suspensful plot.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sends chills down your spine
Can a book really send chills down your spine? Well, YES, a Koontz book can!

The Face of Fear is classic Koontz. Just thinking about being trapped up in an office building like that with a psycho killer gives me the creeps. This book will have you rooting for the "good guys" to get away unscathed...but will they?

5-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Visions
Mountain climber Graham Harris left Everest with a crippled leg, a head injury and became clairvoyant. He's finished with climbing, is in love and he helps the police on occasion with his power to feel the traces after a murder. Graham is on a live TV show when he senses, than predicts that a serial killer, dubbed the Butcher, is going to kill again. The Butcher, not to pleased with Graham, puts him next on his list.

This is a roller coaster ride of a book that I wasn't able to put down when I first read it, and I wasn't able to put it done when I read it again just last month. What a thriller?

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