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141. Night Shift
by STEPHEN KING
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Catlog: Book (1993-10-01)
Publisher: Doubleday
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5-0 out of 5 stars Read it while working the night shift, it's scarier that way
Twenty stories are contained within this gem of a collection. To be honest not all these stories are great but there are enough that are to make it a worthwhile purchase. Trucks is the one I've remembered after all these years. Imagine if all the vehicles out there didn't just come alive but wanted to kill you and everyone else. You may have seen an average movie called Maximum Overdrive with Emilio Estevez which was based on this story but don't be put off. The story in the book is a lot better and you're imagination is better than any movie.
Ever wanted to quit smoking? Then Quitters Inc. is for you, it's a great one. If you're really into beer then Gray Matter is for you. Children of the Corn is another classic that way surpasses the average movie made from it. You've got aliens controlling a guy in I am the Doorway. Lawnmower man is pretty good to which the movie made from has nothing to do with this brilliant story. A few movies have also knocked of Battleground which is about toy soldiers coming to life but no one can beat the original King version and your imagination.
If you're a King fan or a fan of short horror stories then this book is a must buy. It's actually a shame some of these stories weren't made into full length novels because there's some good ideas here.

5-0 out of 5 stars The place to start with King
You know that friend of yours that notices you reading a Stephen King tome and says, "Ugh, you like that guy?" You know, the friend who hasn't ever actually read any Stephen King books and thinks his work is simply grist for very, very bad films? Well, slide them a copy of this and they'll be a fan for life.

This collection of his short stories is the first and best one he's ever done in tone, consistency and ideas. It's no mistake that out of the 20 stories collected here, no less than 12 of them have been made into cinematic adventures (though most of them have been bad films, they were originally great stories, trust me). All of the shorts that he's known for and that made him a household name come out of this collection as well: "The Lawnmower Man" (forget the movie...this is REAL horror), "Trucks" (which was made into 2 bad movies, but don't hold that against the book), "Quitters, Inc.", "The Mangler", "The Ledge"...this is all very concrete stuff that even a non-horror fan will take to because it's simply grand story-telling.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
Over the years I have watched several movies based on Stephen King stories. Some I have liked very much while there were some I didn't care for at all. I finally decided that I wanted to read one of his books and this was the one I picked because I figured it would be best to start with a collection of short stories rather than a novel. I am impressed! If this is a true taste of King's other books I think I may have become and avid fan.

As with any collection of short stories I found that I liked some more than others, but even the stories that did the least for me were quite good. King's style of writing draws the reader into the story and makes one really feel as if he were right there with the characters that make up the story. Needless to say, chills will run up and down the reader's spine on several occasions. I couldn't put this book down and devoured every page and I think most everyone who gives it a try will find the same to be true.

Several of the stories in this book have been made into films but as is usual, the written story is much better. Even though I liked "The Mangler" in it's film form I wasn't all that impressed by it but the story in this book is not bad at all. As for "The Children of the Corn", I didn't like the movie at all but the story in this book is excellent. The reader will also find two stories of the place known as Jerusalem's (Salem's) Lot in this book. One is set before the time frame of the novel while the other comes in after the novel ends.

Some of the other stories that really drew me in were, "Trucks", Sometimes They Come Back", and "I Am the Doorway". All of the stories were good but those caught my extra attention. I may never go to another truck stop in my life!

If you have never read any of Mr. King's works I suggest you give him a try, and I suggest you start with this book. I'm hooked and I think you will be also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Varied, effective and hard to forget
Stephen King's first short story collection shows a writer honing his craft and combining two strands: one that is very urban and socially conscious, concerned with the limits of science and technology, whose tone is usually cynical, sarcastic, disillusioned; while another, more romantic and individualistic, taps into esotericism, religion, symbols and allegory. This fruitful encounter gives birth to stories which are varied and more complex than they initially appear, and the best of them are usually those that go the farthest in blending the two approaches. All the tales are worth reading, but here are a few notes on some of my favourites: 'Graveyard Shift', a taut descensus ad infernos that features numerous symbols of initiation; 'Night Surf', one of the most silently effective of end-of-the-world stories; 'I am the Doorway', a subtle and memorable tale that works both as a criticism of technology and as an allegory of possession; 'Quitters Inc.' and 'The Ledge', two urban nightmares in the purest sense of the term; 'Children of the Corn', a somber meditation on religion, violence and a lot more; 'The Man Who Loved Flowers', a brief and troubling veil-removing story; besides, the reader won't soon forget the drama of 'The Last Rung on the Ladder' and 'Strawberry Spring', the powerful strangeness of 'The Mangler' and 'The Bogeyman'. In order to get the most out of Night Shift's stories, one should read them more than once.

4-0 out of 5 stars King's best
If you want to read some scary stories, I would advise you to read this book before any others. I have read almost all of King's books, and the majority of them were somewhat frightening, but it wasn't often that I would be truly terrified by what I was reading. Then I read this collection of short stories and it blew me away. I'm twenty years old, and these stories still keep me up at night when I read them.

I don't want to spoil anything, but I thought that the scariest stories in this series were Jerusalem's Lot, One for the Road, The Mangler, and Children of the Corn. Some other stories that weren't particularly scary but were excellent nonetheless include Quitters Inc, The Ledge, Trucks, I Am the Doorway, and The Lawnmower Man (which is nothing like the awful movie, so don't be fooled).

The only reason this collection lost a star was due to several stories that really failed to scare or entertain me. If you're looking for a good scare or an intersting read, I would strongly recommend avoiding The Last Rung on the Ladder, The Woman in the Room, Night Surf, and Strawberry Spring.

Despite a few bad apples, the rest of the stories in this collection are pure gold and they do well to remind us why King is one of the most bestselling authors in the world today. ... Read more


142. The Awakening: A Vampire Huntress Legend
by L. A. Banks
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Asin: 0312316836
Catlog: Book (2004-01-21)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress.But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru.A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her.It's just a matter of who will get to her first.Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered and he has allied himself with the deadly Amanrath demons in order to claim her.But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well.And now an unlikely variable has entered into the equation, an ex-lover now turned vampire with an agenda of his own.And she must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Damilia is Back and Even Better
I could not put this book down! Not only does this story have great vampire fight scenes, but the characters' interaction and conflicts are intriguing. Banks knows her occult lore and designs some of her own theories to explain the unexplainable. I love her descriptions of the layers of Hell, and the central idea that what you send out is returned to you. Unlike Anita Blake, who says she is a Christian, but we never see her beliefs as a part of her. Damilia's deeply rooted beliefs are what make her an ideal vampire huntress. She understands evil, because she truly believes in the ultimate good.

I LOVE Carlos. In my opinion, he is the most interesting character. Within him is the ultimate struggle between good and evil. The relationship between Damilia and he, is so moving. I can't wait to read the next book, The Bitten.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic urban fantasy
She is known by many names; Slayer, vampire huntress and Neturu come to mind and she is feared by the forces of darkness who wants to destroy her before she reaches her twenty-first birthday and comes into her full powers. She is protected by seven Guardians and together they battle the creatures of the night. Her one weakness is Carlos who if he traveled another road would have been her guardian but at twenty-three he is a powerful mob boss who makes a fortune dealing drugs.

Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire master wants to control all vampire activity on Earth and to have the slayer killed before her twenty-first birthday. He turns to Carlos but before the transformation is complete he is whisked away to the vampire council who will make him a master vampire if he destroys Fallon Nuit and the Neturu Damali Richards. He accepts the deal without signing any contracts because his own goal is to protect the slayer, even from himself and help her even though she discovers what he has become and rejects him.

Make no mistake, all the vampires in THE AWAKENING are evil beings who think of human beings as cattle. Carlos is different because as he was turned he was praying and so there is hope for him if Damali will give him a chance. This is a fantastic urban fantasy tale and all the loose ends will be tied up in the final book in this series THE HUNTED.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars The Urban Princess Warrior Returns
The Awakening is the second installment of the Vampire Huntress saga authored by L. A. Banks. I enjoyed Minion, but I LOVED The Awakening. The battle between good & evil, laced with the deadly romantic attraction between Neteru and Master Vampire was intoxicating.

Damali, Neteru, is coming into her own. Her birthday is nearing and so is her vulnerability to the master vampires stalking the Earth. Every demonic creature imaginable is aware of this historical event, but only the vampires have the ability to use it to their evil advantage.

Carlos and Damali have always shared a bond, an attraction. Carlos always felt the need to protect Damali...kind of like her guardians. But when opportunity presents itself, can the softhearted drug lord resist. Carlos gets caught up in something that even his arrogant street-wise character can't reverse. The Vampires approach Carlos with a lucrative offer. His decision and actions thereafter can shift the balance between good and evil.

The author delivered constant action, mental stimulation, and tweaked every human sense available. I'm twitching in anticipation for the next book. I sat in awe as I read. I'm a big vampire fan, and the urban spin that Banks weaves into this series mesmerizes me. I wish it were a weekly sitcom. When you pick The Awakening up to read, siphon off enough time to complete it because once you pick it up, you won't put it back down until . . .

4-0 out of 5 stars A new reality.
Fast on the heels of MINION, the predecessor to the vampire huntress
series, is THE AWAKENING...the tale continues. Every one thousand years
a Neteru is born, divinely created and specially anointed, a female
vampire slayer with all the powers of the world of light. And should
she willingly host a vampire seed during her entrance into womanhood,
she will produce a 'day walker', a master vampire who can dwell
topside as a human, with the power to also transform other undead into

day walkers.

Carlos Rivera, a third generation vampire, has been summoned by the
Vampire Council and escorted to the sixth realm of hell. He is elevated
to a master vampire because the Council needs him to bring them the
huntress. Carlos is tormented, Damali Richards is the huntress and he
has had an attraction for her long before any vampire madness occurred.
When they were teenagers he promised to be her protector; now he is
destined to deliver to the world of darkness, the one woman he vowed to
protect.

Everyone's awaiting Damali's twenty-first birthday, the day of her
ovulation when she enters fully into womanhood, and the night of
reckoning for the darkside. There is dissention in the vampire ranks,
both The Vampire Council and a master vampire turned rogue, Fallon Nuit
want Damali. Ready and waiting to do battle with both powers is
The Covenant, the guardians sent to protect her. Whichever is victorious
will rule; and Carlos is the catalyst. Because of her love for him,
Damali openly welcomes him across her threshold, into her fortress. And
because of his love for her Carlos compromises himself and reveals that
he too is a master vampire, but he has a plan. He becomes a vampire
double agent and strikes deals with the Council, with Fallon Nuit whom
he now hates, and also with The Covenant. And so the battle begins.
Damali knows that the fate of the world rests on her shoulders and that
Carlos, although she feels in her soul, is the nemesis, or is he? Time
is running out, Carlos and Damali have choices to make.

THE AWAKENING is a masterful tale of hybrids: half demons, half vampires
and half humans, graced with guardian angels. The battle is still the age
old battle of good versus evil, but the players are caught somewhere
between the old world and the new millennium. L.A. Banks creates an
intriguing world of probability, one that invokes eerie inhuman interest
with all the possibilities she ignites.

Reviewed by aNN
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143. Phantoms
by Dean R. Koontz, Dean Koontz
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Asin: 0425181103
Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
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Sales Rank: 56014
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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A classic thriller from Dean Koontz--and the basis for the motion picture starring Peter O'Toole...

They thought it was the work of a maniac or terrorists or toxic contamination--but then they found the truth, which was worse than anything they had imagined...
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3-0 out of 5 stars Read the Afterward First
Much that puzzled me about this over-the-top Sci-Fi horror story made a lot more sense when I read Dean Koontz's Afterward. (No, it's guaranteed not to "spoil" anything.) "Phantoms" was Koontz's sophomore book after the wide success of "Whispers." Acceding to his publisher's demands and much against his judgment, he wrote the "horror" story they wanted and forever after was known as a "horror" writer. This is what he feared, and it has been a continual thorn in his side ever since. I had the feeling throughout the book that Koontz was saying "You want a horror story? I'll give you the Mother of Horror Stories!"

"Phantoms" takes the premise of the empty town where it appears everyone has vanished suddenly into thin air and runs with it. A doctor, her young sister and a band of local policemen try to solve the mystery. They discover a few bodies that have died most mysteriously, hear strange voices and noises, and realize they are being watched and are likely to be attacked -- but by what? Mr. Koontz pulls out all the stops in the creep and gore department and sets up good look-over-your-shoulder-fearfully tension. The dialogue is very bad, and he did better with the characterizations of the supporting cast than he did with the principals, but for the most part they are believable.

"Phantoms" is overlong; and because of it, the tension ebbs at times. The babykiller and the biker would never have been missed. Though the reader certainly gets his money's worth in the horror department, I wouldn't call this one of Koontz's better works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz is a very capable writer
This book is in my opinion very good. But remember that this is my opinion on the matter(as I have read some of the other reviews, which rated it pretty bad). Dr. Jennifer Paige and her forteen year old sister Lisa, arrive in Jenny's hometown of Snowfield, CA to discover that it's completly devoid of life. When they go into her house, they discover the first body; Jenny's housekeeper. Her body isn't like anything that Jenny has seen before. The body is swelled up and bruised completly. They run next door only to find the occupants aren't there. As they search through the town, they discover the same thing: swelled bodies or nothing at all. They eventully call Sheriff Bryce Hammond into the mess, and that's when the fun begins. A very good novel, and one of Koontz's best. I liked it because of it's suspense, action, and drama. I hope who ever reads it will like it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Riviting and fast-paced. Better than King
This book was scary and fast-paced;something that King couldn't do. king never scared me with a book. he just bored me. Phantoms was the first Koontz book i've read (and so far the only) but it was great. I read it in 4 days. i couldn't put it down. I strongly reccomend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Terror From Below
In preparation for the upcoming movie, I just read PHANTOMS by Dean Koontz (or Dean R. Koontz if you remember his older work). Needless to say the movie previews have little in common with this 1983 novel.

A small western town of about five-hundred residents, becomes suddenly deserted. The town's doctor was away during the event. She now returns with her younger sister after their mother's death. A few bodies are found but most of the residents are missing. They apparently left suddenly; sometimes in the middle of eating. The county sheriff is summoned and the investigation begins.

Fearing a possible disease or other biological hazard, the town is quarantined. A bio-weapons unit arrives but the evidence points to something other than poison or disease. Slowly the truth begins to emerge. A terrifying truth. A truth that explains all of the mysterious mass disappearances of history.

Koontz does a fine job of creating a situation that both hooks the reader immediately and still continues to build for four-hundred pages. A very good, captivating read. There is some evidence of being influenced by Kate Wilhelm's 1962 novel THE CLONE, Harry Adam Knight's novel SLIMER and by the early Blob movies. But unlike these earlier efforts, Koontz adds a level of depth to the characters and action while firmly sitting the whole thing on a bed of history. Check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Page turner
Dr. Jenny Paige returns to her small town home of Snowfield after picking up her sister Lisa. Immidately they notice the town is quieter than normal. When they enter Jenny's home, they find the housekeeper dead with some strange affliction. Something strange is going on in Snowfield.

When they're finally able to call the sherrif of a local town into Snowfield, they find even more terrifying clues. Severed hands and severed heads. The entire town is either dead or missing.

More and more it's looking like the Devil himself has visited Snowfield. And he's still there. Playing with them like a cat plays with a mouse before he kills it.

A page-turner and not quite as horrific as it may seem. Koontz always develops his characters extraordinarily well. There's some strong human emotions and even some humor found in this book. I could barely put it down. ... Read more


144. Ghost Story
by Peter Straub
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Catlog: Book (1989-09-01)
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In life, not every sin goes unpunished.

GHOST STORY

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder.

Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" (The Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A classic!
"...your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions..." Joel, 3:3

In 1979, I discovered the novels of a guy named Stephen King and began reading more extensively in the horror genre. On the prowl for something similar, I happened on Straub's book in the library. I checked it out, little realizing that I had begun a decades long love affair with his work. It's now been almost twenty years since I read it the first time--I've read hundreds of books since then, but few thrilled me like Ghost Story.

Rereading it now, I realize the depth of Straub's accomplishment. Like the legendary storytellers to whom he pays homage, Straub has created a timeless tale of terror, an enduring classic. Reduced to its essentials, Ghost Story is a tale of supernatural revenge. As young men, Ricky Hawthorne, Sears James, Edward Wanderly, Lewis Benedikt and John Jaffrey accidentally kill a woman named Eva Galli. They panic, and decide to cover up her death. Placing her body in a borrowed car, they push the vehicle into a nearby lake. As the car sinks into the muck, they see a sight that haunts them for the rest of their lives: for a moment, it appears as if Eva is still alive, as they catch a glimpse of her face through the rear window. Shaken, they vow to keep her death a secret, and go on with their lives.

Fifty years later, the group still lives in their hometown of Milburn, NY, prosperous and content. Now known as The Chowder Society, they meet on a regular basis to swap ghost stories, but they never speak of Eva. Then, Edward Wanderly dies during a party given in the honor of an actress named Anne-Veronica Moore, apparently of fright. The remaining members experience a series of prophetic dreams in which several of them die. Unable to admit to themselves that Eva Galli has returned to haunt them, they send for Don Wanderley, Ed's nephew. A writer by trade, Don has penned a horror novel called The Nightwatcher, based, we later learn, on his own experiences with Eva, known to him as Alma Mobley.

Don's arrival in Milburn seems to send a signal to the evil which threatens the group, resulting in the deaths of two more of their number. The survivors band with Don and Peter Barnes, a young man whose mother has been killed by Eva and her minions. Together they struggle to locate and destroy their nemesis.

Straub sets the tone for the novel from its first sentences, which express a thought repeated throughout the book. Readers are immediately confronted with the question, "What's the worst thing you've ever done?," followed by the response, "I won't tell you that, but I'll tell you the worst thing that ever happened to me...the most dreadful thing..." Readers are filled with anticipation, wondering what the dreadful thing could be. Straub then proceeds to explore what Stephen King called "a very Jamesian theme...the idea that ghosts, in the end, adopt the motivations and perhaps the very souls of those who behold them." Straub leaves it unclear whether Eva/Alma/Anne Veronica could exist without her victims' belief to sustain her--we never know whether her existence is independent, symbiotic, or totally dependent on those she is out to destroy. Straub's clues muddy the waters, as when Eva and another shapeshifter are asked, "Who are you?" Their answer, "I am you, " is maddening and ambiguous.

Numerous readings reveal how much the book owes to Salem's Lot. Straub has publicly acknowledged this debt, stating that "I wanted to work on a large canvas. Salem's Lot showed me how to do this without getting lost among a lot of minor characters. Besides the large canvas I also wanted a certain largeness of effect. I had been imbued with the notion that horror stories are best when they are ambiguous and low key and restrained. Reading Salem's Lot, I realized that the idea was self defeating."

On reflection, the debt to Salem's Lot is obvious. Both feature small towns under siege from the supernatural. In both, the terror escalates until the towns are threatened with destruction--Jerusalem's Lot is consumed by purifying fire, while Milburn is decimated. In each, a writer's arrival in town seems to trigger disaster. Both writers strike up alliances with young teenagers whose lives are ruined by the terror, Ben Mears with Mark Petrie and Don Wanderly with Peter Barnes. Both forge an almost parental bond with their young allies, replacing those lost parents. In both, the evil lives on--Ben and Mark end up on the run, while Don, after ending the threat of Eva, presumably goes off to face her evil aunt.

In the end, however, Salem's Lot was merely a template, a guide which opened Straub's eyes more fully to the possibilities of horror. Ghost Story is a marriage of two sensibilities: King's, from which it derives its more operatic moments, and Straub's, in that it thoroughly fulfills his literary ambition to expand the boundaries of the traditional ghost story. It also stands as perhaps the first example of Straub's trademark exploration of the power of stories, of the capacity of stories to uncover the truth. Much as King's book stands as a tribute to writers like Bram Stoker and Richard Matheson, Straub's stands as a tribute to writers specifically referenced in the book (Hawthorne, Henry James) and those not (like Poe, Irving, Lovecraft, Bierce and M. R. James) but whose influence is there nonetheless.

Recently, I had the vicarious pleasure of watching my thirteen year old daughter Leigh read this wonderful book for the first time. I took her enthusiastic reaction as validation of my long held opinion that Ghost Story is one of the finest horror novels of the past half century.

5-0 out of 5 stars "What's the most terrible thing you've ever done?"
"What's the most terrible thing you've ever done?"

"I won't tell you that, but I'll tell you the worst thing that ever happened to me...the most dreadful thing" This is how the book opens and comes to life. Boy, does it ever! I first read "Ghost Story" 22 years ago when I was 17 years old. I remember the movie coming out shortly after I read it. The movie version is okay, but really chops up the book. Where is the Lewis Benedikt character in the movie? ... and Edward Wanderly is the mayor of Milburn? No, I'm not going to do a review of the movie, but I must say, that if you really want to enjoy this classic book called "Ghost Story", by all means, read the book where the characters are so rich and full of life.

In Milburn, New York, Ricky Hawthorne, Sears James, Edward Wanderly, Lewis Benedikt and John Jaffrey are young friends on their way to professions in law and medicine. They accidentally kill a woman named Eva Galli. This group living in the 1920s panic and they decide the only thing they can do, cover up Eva's death. They put her "dead" body in a car that was loaned to them and together, push the vehicle into a lake. When the car is sinking they notice something that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Eva moves ("Jesus, she can't, she's dead!"). But yes, it appears that Eva is still alive and they see that she is grinning at them from the rear view window. Grinning! In the book, "Ghost Story" is a tale of supernatural revenge and the Eva Galli character is indeed very evil.

Return 50 years later to Milburn. The group of men are now called the Chowder Society. They have regular meetings and swap Ghost Stories, but have vowed not to speak of Eva Galli and her death. Suddenly, Edward Wanderly dies while interviewing a young actress named Anne-Veronica Moore at a party hosted by John Jaffrey. Edward apparently dies of fright. The remaining members of the Chowder Society are possessed by terrible nightmares where they die. They send for Edwards's young nephew, Don Wanderly, who is a writer of horror novels. Don wrote a recent book called "The Nightwatcher" based, we learn later, on his own experiences with Eva, known to him as Alma Mobley.

Peter Straub wrote a very cerebral book. Ghosts, known in the book as shape shifters, are entities that have been around when humans first began to gather knowledge. "We (Alma talking to Don inside one of Don's hallucinations) have always lived in your dreams and in your worst nightmares" ... the most dreadful thing!

5 Stars!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great...
I read this book because Stephen King praised it so highly in Dance Macabre. In that book, Straub admits what an inspiration 'Salem's Lot was. Reading Ghost Story, one is reminded of 'Salem's Lot. This is not a haunted house story - these "ghosts" can go anywhere and seemingly do anything. The entire town of Milburn is besieged by "ghosts" much the same way 'Salem's Lot is by vampires.

The story is fairly creepy. Five old men share a dark secret. One day a mysterious woman comes to town and the horrors begin. Anything more specific than that would be giving the fun away.

However, even though he is inspired by Stephen King, Peter Straub does not possess King's literary talent; his characters are two-dimensional and the writing seems curiously flat. He lacks King's ability to conjure vivid images and people. This is a bad thing simply because Ghost Story is a LONG novel. Don't read it if you are looking for an intellectual treat. However, if you are a dedicated horror fan, you will appreciate the scares within.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Ghost Story Ever
I was reading some of the reviews and saw that there are a couple of people who didn't like this book. Did they actually read it? I'm a big Stephen King fan and I was reading Danse Macarbe by SK and he recommended Ghost Story, as a matter of fact he seemed to feel it one of the best ghost story's ever written. I was so impressed by his recommendation that I bought the book and read it one cold November weekend in college. That was fifteen years ago and I can still remember being glued to the pages and having my hairs stand on edge. I can't stress enough how haunting the book is and how it just has you wondering what will happen next and something that all good horror novels have to have: characters you truly care about.Though the book is called Ghost Story there are other monsters here and they just make for a great ride.Buy it people you will not be disappointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this book for any use other than a sleep aid
After reading so many good reviews on this book, I decided to get it and give it a shot. I had read something by the same author many years ago and remember disliking his writing style (I felt it was on a 6th grade level), so I stayed away for a while. While I don't feel that the book was poorly written, it definitely was NOT good. At all.

This book is not scary. This book is not good. It's not even interesting. About 50% through the book there was one "tense moment," and the rest was drivel. By the end of this predictable book, I just couldn't wait for it to end. Finishing this book was a sheer act of willpower, and an agonizing few days. I would never read this book again, or recommend it to anyone. I will probably never read this author again either. I can't believe the book has so many positive reviews, it boggles my mind...

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145. Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger)
by V.C. Andrews
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Olivia dreamed of a sun-filled love, a happy life. Then she entered Foxworth Hall...

V.C. Andrews' thrilling new novel spins a tale of dreadful secrets and dark, forbidden passions -- of the time before Flowers in the Attic began. Long before terror flowered in the attic, thin, spinsterish Olivia came to Virginia as Malcolm Foxworth's bride. At last, with her tall handsome husband, she would find the joy she had waited for, longed for. But in the gloomy mansion filled with hidden rooms and festering desires, a stain of jealous obsession begins to spread...an evil that will threaten her children, two lovely boys and one very special, beautiful girl. For within one innocent child, a shocking secret lives...a secret that will taint the proud Foxworth name, and haunt all their lives forever! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Fifth & Final Book in the Dollanganger Series
Although "Garden of Shadows" is the last book in the Dollanganger series (preceded by Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, and Seeds of Yesterday), it begins the sequence of events that will haunt the Foxworth-Dollanganger family for over three generations. While the majority of the books in this series are written from Cathy Dollanganger's perspective, it is now the Grandmother's turn to relate her own life history. Even though I didn't feel a lot of sympathy for Olivia Winfield (the Grandmother), at least it was easier to understand where she was coming from.

The book begins sometime in the early 1900s in New London, Connecticut, where a plain 24-year-old Olivia Winfield meets a
handsome, rich gentleman named Malcolm Neal Foxworth. Olivia is bewildered yet excited when he proposes to her and, after the wedding, brings her to Foxworth Hall in Virginia. Here the story begins to unfold. We soon learn Olivia's real purpose as Malcolm's wife is to be a "breeder" and give him sons, which she does--two of them, Mal and Joel. And later on, the secret of Corrine and Christopher's birth parents is revealed. In previous books, they were considered half-uncle and niece, but they're really half-siblings. (Long story.) So, when they begin to fall in love, it's no wonder Olivia and Malcolm panic. Corrine and Christopher, however, ignore their warnings and later elope. The rest is history.

Obviously, there's some incest in this book. If this bothers you, you might not enjoy "Garden of Shadows" (or any other V. C. Andrews book, for that matter). But for the rest of you, I'd certainly recommend this one, especially to Dollanganger fans. It finally completes the series and answers all those dark questions that have been building since "Flowers in the Attic".

3-0 out of 5 stars The "happily ever after" dream turned sour
"Garden of Shadows", the prequel to "Flowers in the Attic", stands head and shoulders above "Flowers" as far as storytelling and plot. For one thing, our tragic heroine is NOT a beautiful young maiden in distress, which has gotten downright tiresome, especially since a new series of a new "tortured beauty" are relentlessly cranked out by Andrew Neiderman on a twice-yearly basis (for heaven's sake, PLEASE give V. C. Andrews a rest. We KNOW the difference between HER work and NEIDERMAN's. Give us some CREDIT.).

Getting back to the story, Olivia Foxworth (who will soon grow up to be the steely-eyed Evil Grandmother) is a tall, gawky adolescent with no social skills (the ability to flirt is a very important thing in the early 1900's). Clearly, Olivia is ahead of her time, being a smart, shrewd businesswoman who's a whiz with numbers, but her father despairs of her being the perpetual "old maid" and wants her married off immediately. Therefore, this poor "Hedda Gabler" woman, who is too strong and masculine for most men, meets her match in the young, dapper Malcolm Foxworth. It's fascinating to read about Olivia's "blushing" and "shyness" in the presence of the handsome Malcolm, and being reminded that this is the same Evil Grandmother who whipped her daughter and starved her grandchildren. In any case, poor Olivia is delirious with joy when Malcolm proposes, and dreams of being the Queen of the Castle to Malcolm's King, living in a heavenly state of matrimony forever. As the wedding approaches, and Olivia gradually learns that their union is far from a "love" partnership, her pain is so devastating that one can easily see how Olivia became so bitter. To make matters worse, her father-in-law and his beautiful new bride are the exact picture of the happy couple in love, and the sight of their affection torments Olivia at an even deeper level.

The real problem for Olivia is that, also like Hedda Gabler, she is far too conventional to do the unthinkable (a divorce, for instance), and therefore resigns herself to a lifetime of loneliness and humiliation at the hands of her philandering husband, who shows no sexual desire whatsoever for his wife. The usual V. C. Andrews plot elements surface here: death, betrayal, and scandal, and these tragedies afford Olivia the chance to show her masculine power and give Malcolm a run for his money (literally). If she cannot be the woman he desires, Olivia thinks, she will be a business partner with intelligence and the ability to command respect from her husband.

One drawback of this story (and this is true of most of the series) is that we don't get to see enough of the children's point of view. Little Mal is obviously a stubborn "live wire", but he is never seen arguing with his father, nor do we learn much about him as a person. That also applies to Joel, the "sensitive artist and musician" who is constantly berated by his father for being a sissy. Most of all, Corinne, the "daddy's golden girl", is shown to be silly, shallow, and overly concerned with her effects on men, but it would be interesting to see more of her personality, especially in light of the later revelations, particularly John Amos Jackson's stalking of her. There are numerous inconsistencies here, too, although that might be because of the "narrator", but not once in this story do we see the "religious fanaticism" that Momma complained about in "Flowers". Nor do we see Olivia as a "selfish cruel woman" who never gave Corinne "an ounce of love", and this is rather puzzling. Even a small incident, such as Corinne's first period, is told in a dramatically different way by Olivia, than the story Corinne relates to her children in "Flowers". The result, needless to say, is confusing. Are we to believe that Olivia is a liar, or Corinne, or both? Then again, maybe that's the whole point: the eye of the beholder, and so forth. Another drawback: Christopher Garland, who will become Papa Dollanganger, is merely another version of his son: perpetually cheerful, optimistic and bordering on god-like (excepting his predilection for his dazzling blonde half-niece). It would be nice if he (and his son) could be more developed as characters; instead, he's a mere symbol of Prince Charming and eternal love. The drawbacks notwithstanding, Olivia is still a fascinating character, and so is Malcolm (it's too bad we don't get to learn a little more about his twisted past than his "little black book" in "Thorns").

5-0 out of 5 stars From the grandmother's POV
I unfortunatly read thru the whole Flowers in the Attic series before reading this one, and boy oh boy did it explain ALOT! How Olivia Winfield went from a hope filled young woman into the mean stone faced battle ax she became. You also learn that there was much more than meets the eye as to why she was so against Corrine's marriage and children in the first place. A shocker! My advice is to read or watch Flowers in the Attic first, and then read this book. If you read this first, there is no mystery to the rest of the series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Garden of Shadows
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Reviewer: Shannon Carey from WVHS Spokane, WA
The Answers to All the Dollanganger Secrets!!! April 12, 2004
Garden of Shadows is a thrilling novel written cleverly by V.C. Andrews.
When I first started this book I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Garden of Shadows was the last book of the Dollanger series although it was the pre-quell to the series. The book was twisted and unraveled a lot of secrets that were kept from the previous books. The other four books of this series were written from her granddaughter's point of view but in this story the grandmother portrayed her part of the story. It gave more of an understanding of why she seemed so evil.

Olivia Foxworth is plain, masculine woman who grows up without a mother, learning nothing of how to flirt or how to be attractive to men. To say the least she had absolutely no social skills so her father tried numerous times to hook her up with young suitors that he knew, but none were drawn to her gawky, tall, anti-socialism, until Malcolm Foxworth. Malcolm shows interest in her during their first encounter and returns for a second, even a third date. After a short week or two of courting he asks her to marry him. Olivia fantasizes of a romantic honeymoon and life thereafter but little does she know of the lonesome future of death, betrayal and scandal that she has coming her way.

From day one Olivia began to notice peculiar things about the handsome Malcolm. When Olivia started to see Malcolm on dates she anticipated a kiss and thought it weird when she never got one. That was the first warning sign she saw of how the relationship was going although she was in denial about it and made up excuses for his "shyness." The next sign she noticed was when she spied on Malcolm (followed by many occasions of her spying on people) asking her father for her hand in marriage when he never once mentioned his love for her. Not until the night of her wedding reception did she take the rose-colored glasses off and realize that Malcolm had not married her for love but for the facts that she would be faithful, she would be getting her father's inheritance and she was to be able to provide him with healthy children. This started Olivia onto her path of bitterness that would increase with every tragedy and scandal, thus turning her into the stern, hateful grandmother that she became in the rest of the series.

Garden of Shadows dished out the secrets of the mean grandmother of the Dollanger's giving a better, but unjust, reasoning to why she had been the way she had. Seeing how Olivia once dreamed of a perfect life with happiness and love is hard to believe from reading the previous books, but bitterness and hatred in her heart is almost understandable considering how Malcolm had crushed all hope of her ever being loved by a man. If Olivia had had a mother things may not of turned out the way they did. To me, it is hard to understand why she never considered getting a divorce. How could she bear to stand the heartbreak and loneliness? Although we did gain an understanding and history of Olivia, what had happened to Malcolm? How had he become so bitter and cold? I would also of liked to see more of the children's point of view through out the story. Overall, I really did enjoy this intriguing novel and hope to read more from V.C. Andrews!

5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning of it all
Like most, after reading 'Flowers' I hated the grandmother. But after reading Garden of Shadows the hate doesn't burn as much. She had her own miserable existance once she came to Foxworth. Faking a pregnancy, living without love, the death of her children. The symbolic dollhouse and it's porcelin tenants open a profound door into the woman's soul.

Who would have believed she wanted to take Cathy and Cris into her arms the day they arrived at that cursed attic?

A fascinating read. ... Read more


146. Dracula: Authoritative Text Contexts Reviews and Reactions Dramatic and Film Variations Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
by Bram Stoker, Nina Auerbach, David J. Skal
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Dracula is one of the few horror books to be honored by inclusion in the Norton Critical Edition series. (The others are Frankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Metamorphosis.) This 100th-anniversary edition includes not only the complete authoritative text of the novel with illuminating footnotes, but also four contextual essays, five reviews from the time of publication, five articles on dramatic and film variations, and seven selections from literary and academic criticism. Nina Auerbach of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Our Vampires, Ourselves) and horror scholar David J. Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, and Screams of Reason) are the editors of the volume. Especially fascinating are excerpts from materials that Bram Stoker consulted in his research for the book, and his working papers over the several years he was composing it. The selection of criticism includes essays on how Dracula deals with female sexuality, gender inversion, homoerotic elements, and Victorian fears of "reverse colonization" by politically turbulent Transylvania. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Often imitated "Dracula" is still THE book about vampires
"Dracula" is not a great novel, it is just a great story. Stoker's device of trying to let all of the characters tell their own story in the first person gets a bit trite after a while, but what is important here is that he sets the rules for what everybody knows about vampires. The first half of the book, while the Count entertains Jonathan Harker and first comes to London and preys upon Lucy and Mina, is the best part of the book. The final chase and staking of Dracula ends up being somewhat anticlimatic. Still, I think this book reads better than "Frankenstein." Oh, and I do know enough about science to recognize that someone drained of blood cannot receive a transfusion from everybody. A minor error given the times, but it still makes me smile. "Dracula" remains the standard by which Anne Rice and the rest who have followed in his footsteps are necessarily judged.

5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy Read!
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I, of course was expecting to read something similar to the movie 'Dracula' that I had seen. While there are some similarities, the book is immensely better. I guess that it would be hard to convey all the emotions of an individuals character 'on screen'.

This extremely well written tale is written in a series of diaries. Everything that we read is someones diary, relating all of the events that are unfolding. I found myself unable to read this novel at night, as I was 'fearful'. I do not think that a novel or movie has to be 'gory' to convey a message of 'horror', it can be done with suggestive words and the type of enviroment that a character is in.

Unlike the movie, we are not made to feel for Dracula. We see him for the bloodsucking fiend that he is. There is no love or romance between him and the dedicated Mina. The 'slayer' Van Helsing is as witty as ever as are all the rest of the important characters. This tale unfolds quite nicely and is very enjoyable.

If you are looking for an interesting and well written read, then I recommend this riveting tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great edition
I own several copies of 'Dracula" and this one is definitely the best. I love footnotes which provide additional information about literary works and experiences inspiring Stoker while he was writing his wonderful book. Another great thing is the appendix with excerpts from academic books devoted to "Dracula" and its author. Franco Moretti's article is excellent and there are also many other interesting interpretations of this book and its main characters here. This book is definitely for people interested not only in old scary stories but also in the academic interpretations of horror and gothic novels. A must have for all people loving Dracula.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mysteriously riveting
This book is the best portrayal of vampires, keeping my mind on edge while visualizing Stoker's description of the infamous Count Dracula, a figure that many authors have attempted to depict in their respective novels. The mysterious nature of Stoker's style creates an incredibly real image of the vampire world, one which relies on human blood to survive. Stoker's method of using the different character's journals to explain the course of events is very unique and groundbraking, in terms of structure, for a story of this nature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Patrick @ Richview Middle School
Dracula is a dark story of historical horror. It is a fiction book based on journals, letters, and thoughts of the people who are linked together by one another. It gives the diaries and journals of Dr. Seward an English man that owns an insane asylum, Jonathan Harker an engaged man who witnesses Dracula's evil secrets before any other major character, Lucy Westenra a young girl who is bitten Dracula and is a dear friend to Mina Harker, who is engaged to Jonathan Harker. It also has a collection of letters sent by a well informed professor who has studied much on the undead, this man is Professor Van Helsing. It also has tells the story of three men that are connected by their love for Lucy, Dr. Seward, Arthur; Lucy's fiancee, and Quincey Morris an American that owns a Texas ranch. These men along with professor Van Helsng set out and kill the vampire, that was once the beloved Lucy, to later team up with Jonathan and Mina Harker to kill Dracula. While in the pursuit Mina is bitten, increasing the hatred against Dracula. Dracua is eventualy killed and Lucy returns to her old self. This book is wonderful and should not be called gothic although it does describe a great evil. Instead it should be left simply as a horror/ love/ adventure/ historical fiction/ and finally beloved classic. ... Read more


147. The Girl Next Door
by Jack Ketchum, NealMcPheeters
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SOMEBODY'S KNOCKIN'...Suburbia in the 1950s. A nice quiet simpler time to grow up—unless you count the McCarthy trials and red-scares and the shadow of the Bomb and the Cold War, unless you could see the dark side emerging. And on a quiet tree-lined dead-end street, in the dark damp basement of the Chandler house, it's emerging big-time for teenage Meg and her crippled sister Susan—whose parents are dead now, who are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant Aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons—and finally an entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruet, tortuous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make. Between love and compassion, and lust and evil. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The single, most horrifying novel I have ever read...
I had heard dark rumors for years about this guy Jack Ketchum (mostly due to his infamous OFF SEASON) but could never find any of his books. For a writer this good, his stuff is amazingly difficult to come by. Well, all I can say is if you haven't read any Jack Ketchum, get thee to the book search page and order something...ANYTHING... by this guy! His fiction is more alive and immediate than just about any other author I can think of off hand. Forget about the fact that he's lumped into the "horror" genre (not that's there's neccesarily anything wrong with that :)) -- this is just good writing. Period.

Now, about THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Jesus H. Christ! That's all I could say after finally finishing this book in one marathon 4-hour session. This book is tough. Uncompromising. Brutal. And believe me, whatever ideas you may get based on this review or any of the others...they're WRONG. You may think you're prepared for this book after hearing us tell you about it but you're not.

Trust me. You're not.

Not remotely.

The only other thing I can think of to say is that I have rarely experienced a piece of fiction that is this horrifying and yet this honest, this psychologically and emotionally true. And that is about the highest praise I can imagine.

Read it. Now.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ketchum's most disturbing work ever...
Jack Ketchum, a very nice man judging from an interview I once read, again unleashes his darker side in what's arguably his most shocking book yet. Set in the Fifties, regarded by some as a bland or boring decade, this book chronicles the abuse, torture and murder of a luckless young girl left in the care of a depraved, sadistic family. (Anyone who eats hot dogs, beans AND saurkraut all in one meal HAS to be depraved!) The book is well-crafted, which somehow makes the events therein all the more disturbing; the atrocities are detailed with Ketchum's characteristic lack of restraint and not for the faint of heart. Ketchum's "dark side," however, is no worse than the dark events that inspired this novel. Over a period of four months in 1965, a teenager named Sylvia Likens was systematically abused and tortured to death by a family of low-lifes, and their friends, in Indianapolis. In terms of individual suffering this ranks as The Crime Of The Century, and there was no real payback as there was for the main villain in Ketchum's novel. God forbid that such a crime should happen next door to anybody, ever again.

5-0 out of 5 stars NEVER HAVE I READ SOMETHING SO HORRIFIC
This is probably the most disturbing and grippings novels I have ever read. It's not a horror novel but a story about realistic evil. The poor girls that are victims of the neighborhood abuse was almost too much to read. Also, Ketchum's style of writing made it seem like you were reading the young boy's journal. Speaking of which, I also felt so sad for him since he had to watch and experience the tortue of these girls. Being young he really didn't know what to do until it was too late. This is a MUST read for everyone and BY FAR Jack Ketchum's best novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Overwhelmingly Brutal Realism *Should* Make You Squirm
Ketchum's novel should make you squirm with discomfort, not because it is a horror book, but because it is horrifyingly closer to the real side of human brutality than to those fantastical drafted gore fests we sink our teeth into when our tongues require the taste of terror.

There is a novel by Luanne Rice called Stone Heart that crept into the hidden realm of Domestic Abuse without the benefit of rose colored glasses, and left me breathless in the wake of such an emotional journey.

"Girl Next Door" took me through that journey again, but this time the passage was darker and filled with unaccountable dread. "How could this happen?" you will say. "Why didn't anybody DO anything?" The tide of emotion you will feel sweeping over you, washing your pity in tears as salty as the ocean and swirling the intense sadness through your soul, will leave you touched by a profound sense of loss.

In the 1950's, life was simple for a group of neighborhood children, living in a close knit, out of the way community. David was a boy back then, when Meg and Susan Loughlin move in next door with Ruth Chandler and her three sons, after the death of their parents in a car accident that left Meg scarred and Susan crippled.

David doesn't mind playing with Ruth's boys, and often found Ruth to be quite pleasant, in that she would treat the boys as adults and even allow them beer at times. But Ruth had a legendary temper, well known throughout the neighborhood.

David is enchanted by Meg, and therefore hangs around more than ever next door, wanting to be near her. Ruth, unstable before, begins rushing down towards the pits of insanity at a noticeably accelerated pace; and makes the Loughlin girls targets for her anger-infused mania. Descending from verbal abuse, to overworking Meg at chores, to her final psychotic imprisonment of the two innocent girls, Ketchum's painting of Ruth in the colors of derangement and lunacy is vivid and realistically unsettling.

Ruth slowly begins to allow others to join her in terrorizing the girls, and though David is mortified at the scenes unfolding right in front of him, he does nothing and tells no one about Ruth's basement until it is too late. I will not divulge any further information, but with the story being told from David's viewpoint, you can feel and understand his hesitation and fear, and remember that he himself was still just a child.

In this book, you may find yourself wishing that Ketchum was less skilled in his writings, so that you wouldn't find yourself so drawn into the characters and the appalling scenario. This book will make you angry and sad, leave you feeling helpless in your inability to change the outcome, and that is exactly what you should be feeling. You will not walk away untouched. By far, one of the most riveting and revolting horror books I have ever read, well worth the money you spend.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...ummm....
I read all the hype, and braced myself...It didn't help. This novel is the most disturbing reading experience I will ever endure...After this one you will be changed!!! ... Read more


148. At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels
by HP Lovecraft
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Lovecraft's best volumes - hard to find!
It's not fair to call Lovecraft a horror writer, as from his pen have come some of the most beautiful pieces of literature ever. Tales of the macabre, the ancient, the unspeakable. His narrative style draws you in immediately, engulfing you with the rich atmosphere of the Cthulhu Mythos. Some of Lovecraft's best works are collected in this volume - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kaddath, The Shunned House, as well as numerous short stories. Whether you're a nouveau fan or an old aquaintance, pick this book up

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic horror at it's best
It's been said that Lovecraft is the only legitimate heir to Edgar Allen Poe in the field of American horror stories. Anyone who has read this collection of his best stories will have a hard time disputing this claim.

I first read THE DUNWICH HORROR & OTHERS when I was 12 years old and, though I may not have had much contact with Lovecraft's writing since, I have carried these tales with me. His writing informed my entire outlook on writing and "Weird Tales". For years afterward I was obsessed with his stuff. It's great to finally go back and re-discover him after all this time. To my surprise, the stories are just as wonderful as ever. I feared that they would not age well, would seem hokey and dated.

...Guess that 12 year old was a pretty decent judge after all.

Highest recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Settle for Cheap Imitations
I've been at a loss for a couple of years to find something to read that really grabs me. In fact, I usually find myself bored beyond tears with the recent spate of pulp and sloppy nonsense that gets passed off as literature by most of our contemporary, popular authors. So lately, I've been going back and trying to catch up on the works of acclaimed authors from the 20th Century, focusing on those that I never had the time or opportunity to read before now. This week, I stumbled upon THE DUNWICH HORROR AND OTHERS by H.P. Lovecraft and was introduced to Lovecraft's whole weird and fascinating world of "the Cthulhu Mythos". I was familiar with some of Lovecraft's more popular short stories, mainly from their bad movie adaptations (THE DUNWICH HORROR and RE-ANIMATOR spring to mind), and I've read many times where others among my favorite authors have called him "their inspiration" or "a genius ranking with Poe, Hawthorne, and Conrad". I knew that his mythology provided a backdrop for most everything produced by Anne Rice, Poppy Z. Brite, Caitlin Kiernan, and Neil Gaiman, to the entertaining EVIL DEAD movie trilogy, even to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and DARK SHADOWS of TV-dom. But I'd never had a chance to read Lovecraft's work for myself until now. I've always loved a good scare and a really creepy story. Trouble is, they're just so damned hard to find! And when you find one that starts out with great potential, it usually degenerates into formulaic banality and clichés by the end. However, I now understand why Lovecraft is so admired. While his writing style is clearly dated, his stories are downright frightening. It's awfully hard for anything, let alone a book, to make my hair stand on end or give me gooseflesh, but I usually get at least one good case of crawling flesh from each of Lovecraft's stories and, in many instances, they delivered so much more. Not since my first reading of Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE have I walked away from a book and had to shake it off physically before I could move on to something else. There are many Lovecraft imitators out there. But if you haven't tried a genuine Lovecraft, you haven't even begun to know horror.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Unique Vision
In spite of the smug dismissal of an ealier reviewer, there is absolutely no gainsaying the originality of Lovecraft. Yes, he is formulaic. So is Poe. Yes, his weltanschauung is morbid and overwrought. So is much of Hawthorne's and Melville's. He doesn't achieve the architectonic precision and interconnectedness of Tolkien, but that was never his ambition.

What he does have in abundance is a marvelous descriptive felicity allied with a prose rhythm that is perfectly calibrated to elicit terror and awe in the reader. Yes, he overwrites. But he's never boring.

"The Shadow out of Time" paved the way for my appreciation of Borges. And "To the Mountains of Madness" is one of the great visionary works of 20th century literature. Period. To compare Lovecraft unfavorably to the rodomontade of Sandburg or the dessicated exquisses of Djuna Barnes shows how far removed from a living pulse are the critical canons of the academic establishment.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Arkham House Collection
This is the best Lovecraft edition for those who have been acquainted with Lovecraft and like his writings. Definately the best of the Arkham House collections and is the first of the Arkham House books to get. Probably not the best for those unfamiliar with Lovecraft just because of the cost.

This collection includes my favorite Lovecraft story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", as well as the wonderful stories "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Dunwich Horror". Some of the other better stories include "The Music of Erich Zann" and "Pickman's Model". Robert Bloch's introduction is a nice supplement to Lovecraft's writings. Highly recommended, but I also recommend buying additional Lovecraft because this collection does leave out some Lovecraft gems(i.e. "At the Mountains of Madness"). ... Read more


149. Stalking Tender Prey
by Storm Constantine
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Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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The Grigori Trilogy #1

The Grigori are an ancient race. Powerful people, possessing abilities and senses humans do not have. They live among us, their presence clear to those who have eyes to see...

Owen and Lily Winter, twins, always knew they were different than the others who lived in the quiet hamlet of Little Moor. Their mother dead, never knowing who their father was, they lived alone in the large house.

When Peverel Othman arived in Little Moor he was looking for something or someone, he really was not sure which. When he found the twins he knew his search was over. For Lily and Owen their lives would be forever changed. The quiet hamlet of Little Moor just became the new home of a Grigori. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Work
I loved the way Constantine uses the cliches of the English rural gothic novel to play with the reader's expectations. Innocent youngsters preyed upon by sinister stranger, small country village containing Terrible Secrets, etc. -- all these staples of the genre are presented early on only so as to trick the reader into a false sense of security in preparation for later wackiness.

And simply put, Peverel Othman is the most diabolically seductive and utterly ruthless antagonist I've seen in print. The ambiguities of this character repulse and attract in equal measure (well, more repulse, actually, but still...). I think I spent more time, when I wasn't reading the book, thinking about his motivations than I did about the rest of the plot (the plot's good, too, though). Constantine's strong point in her novels has always been characterization, and she outdoes herself with Othman.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ah, Darkness, Sweet Darkness . . .
Can Storm Constantine's work be described as belonging to any particular genre? I don't think so, and that's one of the things that makes her stories so wonderful. However, if I had to pigeonhole her work, then "Stalking Tender Prey" would definitely fit the role of "dark fantasy." No captured princesses, no magical kingdoms, no elves and hobgoblins. This stuff is raw, in-your-face. The magic is delicously seamy, at times unsettling. You can't even tell who the good guys or the bad guys are here; all of the characters have their own demons (literally, in some cases), their own motives. They make no excuses or apologies for what they do. If you're a new intiate to stories dealing with the occult (like I was when I first read this book), then you might feel a little uncomfortable at first, but the read is no less enjoyable, simply because it's not stuff you see much in fantasy. And for those who enjoy Constantine's trademark sexual undercurrents, you won't be disappointed. So if you're a Storm Constantine freak, a stray from the mainstream, or just your average lover of good stories, pick up this book. But if you're a prude (and living in the Bible Belt, I know my share) then stay away, lest your god smite you. He can smite me all he wants, I'm still gonna read this book, and the other two that follow it!

2-0 out of 5 stars Very Dissapointing.
The first book in the Grigori trilogy - in fact, the entire Grigori trilogy - marks the beginning of down point in Storm's otherwise shining career as an author, that she has yet to pull herself out of (most notable is the simply dreadful "Thin Air" and the bland Magravandias Chronicles). If you want to read something good from Storm, you simply must hunt for a copy of the exotic "Calenture" or the exquisite "Burying the Shadow"; sadly it seems Storm peaked with those two superb examples of non-standard fantasy. I can only hope she quits "dumbing it down" to appeal to the mass American market, and returns to her true form.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Storm's classics...
Well, JD, if you're a closet homophobe, this book is sure to rub you the wrong way, but that's no reason to give it one star. Storm has only written one weak book in her career, to my knowledge, and that WAS actually, in this series (Book #3 - Stealing Sacred Fire). Stalking, on the other hand, is one of her classics. I admit, the homosexual scenes are almost buffetingly strong, and extremely uncomfortable for those of us outside the lifestyle. But they are mind openeing. The closest comparison I can come to in this regard is Jacqueline Carey's "Kushiel" trilogy, whose heroine, Phedre, is a sexual masochist and prostitute. When I read her first assignation I didn't know whether to cry, scream, or throw-up; but it definitely pushed my mental boundaries. So, I'm not going anywhere near a whip, or another man's, uh....pride; but I appreciate a book that pushes my buttons and keeps me thinking.

Finally, your most absurd claim was that she was trying to sound like Clive Barker. Storm does NOT try to sound like ANYONE else, that's why she's Storm. Storm is a goddess because she is so unrepentantly herself.

You shouldn't ruin a book's ratings just cause it rubbed you the wrong way.

1-0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Contains strong scenes ...
I have nothing against gay people and have a couple of gay friends, but still I do NOT want to know the intimite details of their ...life, which this book provides in abundence. It just goes on and on many times across many pages. If I had know this then I wouldn't have picked it up.
Also I found the writing to be below average. The book can't decide if it wants to be a fantasy/horror book or make a stand against male oppression. It's just too stupid when the female charactars all have "magical" female powers and everyone understands everything about everyone else, and therfore knows what everyone are doing and thinking all the time.
The authour tries so hard to be Clive Barker, but fails terribly. ... Read more


150. Hellsing, Vol. 1
by Kohta Hirano, Duane Johnson, Wilbert Lacuna
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Catlog: Book (2003-12)
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Sales Rank: 20600
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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There's a secret organization somewhere in England created to defend the Queen and country from monsters of all sorts. Yes, it's hard to believe in this day and age...but really, isn't this the true age of monsters? Enter Hellsing, an agency, long in tooth, with the experience, know-how, and...er...equipment to handle the problems that arise when vampires, ghouls, and the like take on these dark forces. "What equipment?" you may say. How about another vampire, and a big pistol loaded with special silver bullets? That oughta do the trick. But what really knocks 'em dead is the sharp wit, awesome artwork, and crazy, bloody action that make up the manga. Hellsing the long-awaited manga is finally in America, thanks to Dark Horse Comics and the folks at Digital Manga, and you're gonna love it. Come get some smart-ass gore and action as only Japan seems to produce, in that crazy "non-Western" format the kids seem to love. And nice and thick at a full 200 pages! The night is dark, but at least those wacky anti-heroes from Hellsing can make light of it. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Singing My Tune!
Some folks will already be familiar with the anime; others may be encountering this graphic gothic for the first time. I have to say, as a both a manga and a vampire fan, I was delighted to find, Kohta Hirano's HELLSING volume one published in English. The basics of the plot will sound familiar; a secret organization exists in England for taking on the paranormal baddies that terrorize the country. This organization is called Hellsing, and in their corner they have one unstoppable tool, a generations old super-powerful vampire named Alucard who can stop any of the nasties and make them go Aaargh! Splat! in the night.

Probably on of the best things about the anime is that it never takes itself too seriously. Despite the incredible amounts of violence and gore, the dialog tends to be wickedly funny. Despite the allusions to Bram Stoker's DRACULA (After all, Alucard is Dracula spelled backwards) this manga quite gleefully ignores the Victorian sensibilities of the original tale and keeps the dialogue snappy and contemporary. Fans of Buffy the Vampire slayer may find this manga right up their alley. The story itself introduces readers to the cast of this series, Sir Integral, the head of the Hellsing organization and how she came to inherit the position with the help of Alucard their vampire who takes out the baddies for Hellsing others can't handle, and Seras Victoria, otherwise known as Police Girl who becomes Alucard's half-vampire servant when he saves her from dying. Other than the various zombies, vamps and other paranormal creeps Hellsing must put down, they also face off against the Vatican. Specifically section XIII of the Vatican; it's very own paranormal Special ops squad.

The art is fabulous, deftly shaded shots with plenty of detail and a real sense of motion and power that convey the action adventure drama of the plot. The detail never becomes overwrought or lighthearted-although at times the drawing can be comic-and maintains the gothic flavor that is so essential. Be aware if you are just discovering this series that it depicts a great deal of blood and violence-and if this is not your thing, you may want to try something with less graphic detail. For those of you who like a little carnage with your manga, this will probably suit you just fine. Delightfully action packed, wickedly irreverent, and artistically excellent, it's no surprise fans are already impatiently waiting for the next volume!

Be aware that the 13-episode anime series only loosely follows the manga storyline, so even if you've seen the anime, you won't be getting the exact same story. If you enjoy this series and are looking for some reading, I'd recommend BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL and, in anime, VAMPIRE HUNTER D.

Happy Reading! ^_^ Shanshad

5-0 out of 5 stars Hellsing - a winner
HEllsing was the first anime video that I saw, it was the gateway to my anime viewing experience. Once I finished the series on DVD I was looking around for a "season 2" when I found out that there series was based on comic books. I went to a store and bought vol 1 and read through it really fast. It draws you in and entertains you, and keeps you in suspence with its great illustrations and dialog. The irish and germans in the story are noticed as their accents just jump of the page at you. COnsequently I bought vol 2 + 3 and I am eagerly waiting for volumes 4, 5,6 and however more there might be in the works

If you are new to manga comics this might be a bit of a learning curve (as it was for me) but I did not mind as I was quite entertained.

Kudos to the author and the team that brought it to us in english!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Art with an Original Storyline!
I first came along Hellsing in the anime series, and I absolutely loved it. It was interesting and original, with wonderful animation and drawings. So, naturally, when I heard that the anime was once first a manga, I went out and bought it. The money was well spent. The manga goes a little differently than the anime, but if you've never seen the anime, then there's no problem. Basically, if you like vampires, guns, and cold-hard fighting with no romance, this is definitely for you. It's fast-paced with an interesting storyline, so get comfy and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars This series is great
When I first saw the Hellsing Anime I just had to get the Manga.
Boy was I right. The Manga is 100 times better then the anime and more violent too I might add.

I'm in love with this series. It's got action with style and of course, VAMPIRES! Alucard Rules!

This is one of those mangas that I'll probably read more then 3 times. This series is awesome.

Check it out.....

5-0 out of 5 stars But first, the manga!
At first, I saw the Hellsing series on DVD. But when I heard it had originated from a mamga, I knew I'd be in for something good. And here's the first volume. It is a combination of funny, witty, bloody and definitely cool. I could stop talkin about it for weeks. Definetly one to buy. ... Read more


151. Whispers
by Dean Koontz
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 28003
Average Customer Review: 4.02 out of 5 stars
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The classic of suspense from Dean Koontz

He's back--the terror that stalked Hilary Thomas as a child is back in her life, in her house, at her bedroom door.She killed him once.But he keeps coming back.Again.And again...

"An incredible, terrifying tale."--Publishers Weekly
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3-0 out of 5 stars Fair read...but not great.
1) CON: The first hint at anything strange doesn't happen until page 190ish

2) CON: First actual scene where something strange is reveled didn't come unti pg 270ish out of 500. Until this scene Koontz is just building a foundation for us care about the characters

3) CON: Koontz seems to take a LONG time to build our concern for the characters vs other stories of his he is able to establish our emotional attachment a lot, lot sooner.

4) PRO: The relationship between the "buddy" cops is well done and a nice twist

5) PRO: He actually takes a lot of pages to establish the growing love between two characters. Thus, when the characters say the magical three words it is believable unlike many stories where such a things are rushed and full of disbelief

6) PRO: As usual Koontz finds a new twist in creating a phsycotic bad guy

5-0 out of 5 stars Violent and satisfying
This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I read, and even after finishing INTENSITY, MR. MURDER, HIDEAWAY, and THE EYES OF DARKNESS, it still ranks as my favorite. I am a bit of a skeptic when I read book reviews raving that the book is "chilling" or "spine-tingling," but I can honestly claim that WHISPERS was both those things and more.

The reason I appreciated WHISPERS so much is because of the incredibly well-crafted plot. As a mystery fan, I really enjoy reading a book that gives you an impossibly baffling plot twist and finally wraps up the entire story at the very end, tying up all the loose ends. Koontz shows himself to be not only a master storyteller but a super plotter. At first glance, this book may seem like another cheap, come-back-from-the-dead serial killer novel, but at the end, everything is explained logically and realistically, which makes it all the more shocking. But it isn't just the plot; there are genuinely horrifying moments and the climax is both suspenseful and disturbing. One of those books that makes you sit back after reading the last sentence and say, "Wow."

3-0 out of 5 stars Awkward, but not bad.
I can't lie--I found this book very enjoyable and interesting. It's an unique plotline: Hilary Thomas, a screenwriter living in L.A. is attacked in her Westwood home by a wealthy Napa valley landowner named Bruno Frye. She fends him off once, and kills him a second time...but to her horror, the supposedly dead and buried serial killer shows up in her home once more. In accordance with the Supreme Law of Thriller Novels, she naturally sets off on a quest to find out who Bruno Frye really is, and why he's (possibly) come back from the dead to kill her. The villian is the most complex character of the novel, and the characters' discovery of his childhood secrets is as suspenseful and entertaining as the action in the novel. Now for the bad part: Apart from the general plot, this novel is a painful cliche. The main character, Hilary Thomas, seems just too perfect. She's extremely rich, extremely succesful, and even an oscar-nominated screenwriter, and in addition to this she's breathtakingly beautiful, has a perfect body, is tough, witty, and naturally amazingly nice and down to earth. Her troubled background only adds an element of cheese to the story rather than giving her character depth, and her love interest, a handsome cop, is equally two-dimensional. In their investigation of Bruno Frye, they seem to get information way too easily and conveniently (for instance, they run into Frye's executor who just so happens to completely believe their story, and have a private jet which he of course can fly then around California with) and throughout the story they exchange enough witty dialogue to kill any too-serious reader. The biggest problem I had with this otherwise fine book was the sex. (...) Despite this, the book managed to hold enough of my interest to earn a 3 star rating.
Bottom Line: Read it if you have some time to kill and would enjoy a good thriller, but don't waste your time otherwise. NOT FOR THE YOUNG OR THE SQUEAMISH.

1-0 out of 5 stars Oh Sweet Jesus!
This is the worst book I have read in ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty...whatever-you-say years. Characters are not cardboards-ironboards, dialogues come in chunks and my three-year-old baby speaks more coherently. There is some plot among all the junk here but D. Koontz is so inadept in telling it I wanted to call him and tell how a good writing should be-- me, a housewife witha fourteen-year graduate of college...Skip this and read James Patterson. D. Koontz does not know how to write. It is that simple.

1-0 out of 5 stars If Strangers
opened my eyes, this book was a true testament to me that DK was actually very weak as a writer. This book has all the worst elements you expect from a DK book: Uninteresting, shallow but too smart and good, almost sainty caharcters: a nice actress (???), two very well going cops etc etc. The storyline is boring to the end; the mystery is revealed too early if you call it a mystery...But the most funny (and loathing) thing in the book is the dialogues and conversations: between two cops, or the young cop and the heroin who fall in love with each other; my god if you read those dialogues, you may never want to hear any person speaking again. Koontz has no ear there.

The only remarkable thing in the book is the fact that there is not a canine there with a 150 IQ.

Another favourable (or perhaps not so favourable) thing to say about this kingdom of boredom is lack of Dean's latest laughable flowery descriptions that take one character for fifteen pages to move from one room to another in a house. But the irrelevant and cold-leaving humour attempts are in abundant, as well.

Oh, Steven, in God's name, why did you retire? Even at your worst, you know how to write and you are quite funny and smart. ... Read more


152. Fear Nothing
by Dean Koontz
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Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 18509
Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
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Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP)--a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer. Chris's natural element is the night, and his parents, both academics, chose to live in Moonlight Bay because in a small town Chris can make the nightscape his own--roaming freely through the town on his bike, surfing in the moonlight, exploring while most people sleep.

But Chris's brilliant mother, a scientist, was killed in a car accident 2 years ago, and as the book opens his father, Steven Snow, is dying of cancer; Chris's protected life is about to change forever. We meet Chris as he is carefully preparing himself to go out in the late-afternoon sun to visit the hospital. In his last moments of life his father tells Chris he is "sorry" and that Chris should "fear nothing"--cryptic words that Chris cannot really relate to.

Steven Snow's body is removed to the hospital basement for transport to the funeral home/crematorium, and when Chris goes downstairs for a final moment of farewell, he witnesses a frightening and clandestine encounter: the funeral director and another man Chris doesn't recognize are substituting the body of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow's body--which is being taken not to the crematorium but to some secret destination.

For Chris, this scene is the first intimation of a conspiracy that he will come to realize envelopes many of his townspeople. His parents knew of it and wanted to protect Chris from it. His best friend has had hints of something wrong because of the frightening nocturnal visitors that have come to his beachhouse. And the first person to try to explain to Chris what's going on--and warn him about the special danger he himself is in--will be hideously murdered.

In the 24 hours this book encompasses, Christopher Snow will find out that, sheltered though he's been, he has the soul of a fighter and an adventurer. By the end of the book he will have killed a man, will have discovered the role his own mother played in the birth of the conspiracy, will have come to recognize the extraordinary guardians that, unknown to him, have watched over him for years. He will realize that some people hate him, others revere him, and neither his own life nor those of anyone he knows will ever be the same. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What is This Small Town Hiding? More than you Know....
They're hiding stuff only in your worst nightmares. The typical Koontz thriller with stuff that will send chills down your spine and told from first person point of view it made it much more real.
This is from a trilogy that I haven't read otherwise, but found it easy to follow and the main character of Christopher Snow very interesting. He has a rare disease called XP, which makes him prone to skin cancer. He cannot go into the sun at all and must live his life at night or by candlelight.

The story is about him trying to find out how his parents died. They seemed to die of mysterious circumstances and the things he sees while roaming the night after his father's death sets the tone for the book. It all takes place in 48 hours. His entire life as he knew it will change. The town he loves so much is hiding a deep and dark secret that could distroy him and everything he loves.
The only people he can trust are his surfer best friend Bobby and his midnight dee-jay girlfriend Sasha and his beer lapping-almost-human dog Orson. Everyone else seems to have some kind of link to this madness and is determined to silence anyone getting in the way.
Can Chris save them all from this threat? Will his XP be a blessing in disguise or a curse far worse than he can imagine? The town of Moonlight Bay is about to become an Eden full of snakes of every size and shape.

I love how Mr. Koontz makes animals so real in his stories and almost human in a sense. Not alot of authors do this and its a nice change of pace. Orson was a blast and became one of the main characters that we cheered for. The plot was also very different and unique. Alot of reviewers had problems with the action, but I loved it and became engrossed in the story quickly. Very surprising and weird, a true Koontz book :)

Tracy Talley~@

5-0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz is the Man!
I was a big fan of Dean Koontz throughout most of my teen years up till now. I first picked up a book of his when I was suspended from school for a few days and I finished that book within that time frame. The book I picked up was Dark Rivers of the Heart and it was a gripping book full of suspense and anxiety. From then on, I had read every single one of his books, loving most of them. His novels just were better suited for me, unlike Stephen Kings erratic pace and massive storyline crossovers, Dean Koontz novels followed a straight line, most of the time anyway.
I was waiting patiently when I heard about Fear Nothing coming out on paperback. I bought it the day it came out and read it in 3 days. The story was just awesome and the characters were easy to like and love. As any Dean Koontz fan knows, he loves dogs and they often become a bigger character then most people would expect. Orson, the black lab in Fear Nothing was probably the main character behind only Chris Snow. Chris's medical condition was also a unique one to me, I had never heard of it before this book (well Michael Jackson doesn't count) and it added another form of desperation for the heroes of this saga.
Another interesting thing about this book was that it was the beginning of the Apocalypse. The enemy was an unseen one, the worst kind that you could imagine. A threat of nuclear bombs and meteors are always going to be there, but what about something that changed you from within and you didn't even know it? It was a scary thought to behold and Koontz mastered the compulsive anxiety of the characters.
The pace is good, the story is good, the characters are good, and it even has a part II called Seize the Night. This is still one of my personal favorites and it is a compelling read. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do, it's a great book.
5 out of 5.

5-0 out of 5 stars A scream, literally!
One of the top-notch books to come out of the Dean Koontz factory, this books succeeds in creating a surreal world with an unlikely hero - a guy who has a rare disease that prevents him from being exposed to sun light and restricts him to roaming at night.

Well, night is when the most interesting things happen in a Koontz story and more so in this one, keeping in mind the affliction of our hero.

Koontz spins a great yarn. The sense of horror is sometimes so palpable that it makes you go check your closets and pull at the locked doors to make sure they are secure. This guy knows how to scare the beezees out of you. That much is a given.

I recommend reading this tale during nights. Adds the extra chill to the whole experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fear Nothing
Koontz (Sole Survivor, LJ 2/15/97) presents a masterly tale of one night in the California coastal town of Moonlight Bay as experienced by Chris Snow. Saddled with a genetic defect that makes direct sunlight toxic to him, Snow is a nocturnal creature whose father has just died. When he discovers that his father's corpse has been stolen, he begins pursuit. Koontz expertly illuminates Snow's nocturnal world and friends, and incrementally, cleverly, the crises erupting in Moonlight Bay take shape. The plot is wonderfully unpredictable, and though the surfer slang wears thin after a while, the narrative remains taut. Although the ending leaves some questions unanswered, this is still good entertainment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Dean Koontz Book Ever
This was the first book I had read of Dean Koontz's and I was very impressed. It was very realistic and believable for a horror novel. I enjoyed the story line very much and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys scary novels. It will not disappoint. ... Read more


153. Speaks the Nightbird, Vol. 2: Evil Unveiled
by Robert McCammon
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Pocket
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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New York Times bestselling author Robert McCammon continues his triumphant return with the conclusion of an epic tale of suspense that reinstates him as one of the great storytellers of our time....

The Carolinas, 1699: After hearing damning testimony from the townspeople of Fount Royal, magistrate Isaac Woodward sentences the accused witch, Rachel Howarth, to death by burning. Now, Woodward's young clerk, Matthew, begins his own investigation. Piecing together the truth, he sees he has no choice but to vanquish a force more evil than witchcraft in order to exonerate a virtuous woman and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming the lives of its citizens. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars O Robert O Robert Wherefore Have thou Been
Welcome Back Sir.
Set in 1699 Carolinas, Mccammon again departs from the gruesome horror he made his name with.
Rachel Howarth an attractive young widow of mixed blood stands accused of witchcraft. A magistrate is summoned and is in fact the third magistrate to attempt to reach the settlement to try the accused, but after a misadventure he arrives with his young intelligent clerk.
This book as I stated isn't rightfully classified as horror unlike Stinger or some of his works it is instead almost an historical suspense novel. Yet there is dark underlining to the town and real evil which I feel makes it a very borderline book bridging multi genres. It could be horror the way Swan Song was horror, or historical mystery as the root is to solve who killed Rachel's husband, and the Reverend.
McCammon's writing has obviously matured greatly during his writing sabbatacal, this novel transports the reader to late 17th century America. The character's speak and act as settler's probably did in that time, and McCammon's gift of painting a scene with words increased with time. A very eerie ( not scary mind you haha) first volume of a two-volume novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars HUNGRY NO MORE, THOUGH STILL WANTING MORE!
Picture a starving man who has not eaten in ten years, finally getting a huge feast put before him, and then carping about its quality. That would be me in regard to Robert McCammon's SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, the book I have been drooling for for a decade.

First, let me say this. I am a McCammon nut. I have read SWAN'S SONG twice, and believe THE WOLF'S HOUR to be the best in its genre, period. As for BOY'S LIFE, I put that right up there with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in its exploration of the joys and sorrows of youth. I have recommended McCammon to all of my friends, and have given his books as gifts for years. So saying, there are McCammon's that I liked but didn't love; STINGER, THEY THIRST, MINE and GONE SOUTH, and one that I found unreadable, USHER'S PASSING. But, all in all, a good McCammon is better than the best output from most other writers; great McCammon, simply breathtaking.

Then ten years of drought with me searching the bookstores and Google for news of this excellent writer. Nothing! One day, in a supermarket, of all places, there are the two volumes of NIGHTBIRD on the rack. Needless to say I scooped them up and put them in my shopping bag with the rest of my nourishment. I read them in a gulp and walked away, sated, if not totally satisfied.

Why? One thing McCammon never did, in his best books, was overwrite. Here I felt he could have used a good editor. Like a filmmaker using establishing shots again and again, not trusting the audience to "get it," McCammon goes over and over the same ground to a point where I thought, "enough already." His description is so evocative that you feel you are "there," but again, ten or fifteen descriptions of the town would have been more than sufficient.

His ending, too, is a letdown. After all those pages to find that the villain is who you thought he was all along is a downer, and the reasons for his actions a bit forced.

BUT when McCammon hits his pace he is better than ever. Cases in point; the scenes at the inn on the way to Fount are as good as anything he has previously written, and almost as good as Dickens. The Indian village and the hero's "acid trip," are amazing. The ratcatcher's dance of death, terrifying, heartbreaking and memorable. The slow and painful sickness of the judge, sure, thought provoking and, finally, revelatory.

So...is just good McCammon better than no McCammon at all? You betcha! Am I recommending this book to others? Sure, but with the caveats mentioned. Am I hungrily awaiting the next book from McCammon? With my literary napkin tied around my neck and my knife and fork in my hands, I am waiting anxiously to dig back in.

Mr.McCammon....it's so nice to have you back where you belong! Don't stay away so long next time.

4-0 out of 5 stars A welcome return for a great horror writer
I have always maintained that there are three great modern American horror writers: Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Robert McCammon. King and Straub, of course, have been churning out books of varying quality for the last twenty-five years - but McCammon inexplicably vanished from the scene ten years ago and hasn't been heard from.

Until now.

And he marks his return with a different kind of horror story. At the turn of the 18th century a magistrate and his clerk ride toward a recently established village in the Carolinas to deal with a charge of witchcraft. But all is not as it seems. I won't spoil the plot except to say that if you're a McCammon fan this novel is not what you're expecting; but it's great nonetheless.

If you haven't realized it already this novel has been split into two separate books. Part I is titled "Judgement of the Witch" and part II is "Evil Unveiled". The two books need to be read in order to avoid any confusion.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Creepy Slice of Americana
Vol 2. Evil Unveiled is the 2nd half of Speaks the Nightbird. Vol 1. Judgement of the Witch, was the first half. Both books are the wonderful recent additions from the fabulous mind of Robert McCammon. A sordid look at America's past. Particularly the during the time of the Witch hunts in the 1600's. An excellent mystery is underfoot when an innocent woman is charged for the crime of Witchcraft. A young law clerk (filling-in for the ailing Judge Woodward) is faced with discovering the truth. During which time (no pun intended), the bodies start to drop. The writing style and the characters are well drawn and memorable. Makes you truly appreaciate the concept of "innocent until proven guilty." Enjoy! P.S. this book reminds me of John Barth's "The Sot Weed Factor." Also a great read, very satirical.

4-0 out of 5 stars Historical Mystery in Horror's Clothing
The second volume is more enjoyable than the first, because our suspicions of the genre have been confirmed: this isn't horror fiction, this is a mystery novel in the cosy Agatha Christie vein (once you look past the very rare examples of sadistic violence).

In Volume One the characters and situation were established (I'd said of the first half that it "essentially parades its whodunnit-style suspects before us,") and in Volume Two the red herrings are dealt with by our intrepid detective hero, as he works his way toward discovering the real killer.

McCammon is, as always, a graceful and articulate writer, and this is a satisfying conclusion to his novel--particularly enjoyable, once the reader settles into the genre, is his occasional subverting of expectations. One can easily imagine further volumes, should McCammon decide to make his hero a recurring detective, and I'd look forward to them (I don't know of any circa 1700 detectives in New York, but it would be a fun read!)

Note: This is really about a 3 and a half starrer for me--a 3 star ranking from me is actually fairly good, I reserve 4 stars for tremendously good works, and 5 only for the rare few that are or ought to be classic; unfortunately most books published are 2 or less. ... Read more


154. The Green Mile
by Stephen King
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Read this history-making serial novel -- from cliffhanger to cliffhanger -- in its entirety.

When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King's The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list -- simultaneously -- and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Awesome and exciting Book
Read this history-making serial novel -- from cliffhanger to cliffhanger -- in its entirety.

When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King's The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list -- simultaneously -- and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.

5-0 out of 5 stars My first Stephen King, but not my last.
I've never read anything by Stephen King, so this was new for me. The Green Mile was an incredible literary experience. This story is amazing. The characters are well drawn, the plot exciting and moving, and the descriptions are great. Paul Edgecombe is a very sympathetic character. It is very easy to see eye to eye with him. He's not simple, but all of us can identify with him. John Coffey is something of a mystery. He's a miracle, and you'd like to know him better. Percy Wetmore is good-for-nothing. It's easy to hate him, but he does have a part in the story. He is crucial to the story. The other characters are important as well, but because of time I won't describe them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, ages 12 and up. I'm only 12 myself, and I loved it. Go out, buy this book, and sit-down with it. I guarantee you'll love it. I read it, cover-to-cover, in three days. Mr. King is a genius!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very touching, hauntingly beautiful book
I was deeply touched by this book. It is captivating and engrossing. It took me all of two days to finish. It was hard for me to actually put the book down. The story is wonderfully written and the characters are very well developed, almost so that you would think they were real people. This book made me laugh and cry all at the same time. It is different than any other Stephen King book I have ever read in the sense that is not filled with the usual horror found in most of King's works, but it none the less a haunting read, just not in the way you would think. It is one of the best books I have read in years. I would highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
By far the best book I've ever read. The touching story involving prison guards, murderers, mice, and magic blew me away! King's creativity and raw talent as an author is portrayed to the fullest in this fantastic novel. I balled my eyes out and laughed my head off and this novel really makes you think, which are rare characteristics in a book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
When I first saw the movie The Green Mile, I absolutely loved it. Few movies can bring tears to my eyes, but the film succeeded in doing just that. Anyway, seeing as I loved the movie so much, I picked up the book. Although it didn't have much in it that was left out of the movie (even the dialogue in the film is pretty much unchanged from that of the book) I still enjoyed it. The plot is so multi-layered I can't even think how to put it into words, but if you don't read this heartfelt masterpiece you'll be missing out on one of the greatest novels of our time. If you thought Stephen King only wrote horror, think again.

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155. Gods in Darkness
by Karl Edward Wagner
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Night Shade Books
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Kane An immortal, cursed to wander the Earth until he is destroyed by the violence that he himself has created.

A warrior and statesman: As comfortable in the shadowy halls of courtly intrigue as he is on the bloody battlefields where those intrigue's inevitably play themselves out.

Karl Edward Wagner's complex and compelling character of Kane redefines the boundaries of heroic fantasy, and stands besides Michael Moorcock's Elric, and Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and Gray Mouser as one of the most idiosyncratic and compelling characters of the fantasy genre.

Gods in Darkness gathers together in one volume the complete novels of Kane. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Three Books in One!
Kane fans probablly already have the 3 books that have been bound together in this one: "Bloodstone", "Darkness Weaves" and "Dark Crusade".
But if you're new to Kane books or don't have any of the above novels, it is a great collection. "Darkness Weaves" and "Dark Crusade" are two of my favorites, but I was hoping for a COMPLETE collection of his stories and felt a tad cheated. There is a new collection of Kane stories coming out in September, so if you're undecided you might want to wait and see what that one contains before forking over the money. Of course, this book does have a great map on the inside cover showing Wagner's Elder Earth.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Mind of an Immortal
Wagner's stories about Kane are not simply dark fantasy at it's best. It shows the influence of immortality on a human being. From our (mortal) point of view Kane looks quite evil until you understand that for Kane reality is totally different. He is the only constant thing in a world of change. Empires rise and fall but he stays the same. It's Wagner's greatest achievement to give us a look into the workings of a mind you can no longer consider simply human.

2-0 out of 5 stars An amateur production
I've read the first of the three novels in this omnibus edition, and it was something of a disappointment on two levels. The first level is a matter of taste; I don't really like the writing style or the characters. (The plot is average for this sort of thing.) Wagner is very wordy, constructing long descriptions that employ "fancy" words like "eldritch" and "coruscating" and labor much too hard to build up an oppressive and dark atmosphere. (Wagner seems to be working under the influence of H. P. Lovecraft, but in my opinion the Lovecraft bleakness and over the top verbosity don't mesh well with an invincible-and-immortal-like-John-Carter lead character.) Kane is some kind of superhero, the best swordfighter in the land, the best archer in the land, a skilled diplomat and spy, a gifted scholar and expert on occult subjects, etc., as well as an unsympathetic brute and backstabber. The rest of the characters are cardboard cannon fodder. If you want to read sword fighting adventure stories with monsters and/or wizardry, I recommend trying Burrough's Mars books, Leiber's Fafhrd and Grey Mouser "Swords" books, or Moorcock's Elric and Corum books before this. Even Lin Carter's silly Callisto books were more fun.

Even if I had liked Wagner's tale, I still would have been disappointed with Night Shade Book's poor production of this omnibus edition. The part of Gods in Darkness that I read is full of typos; I swear every third page has a glaring error on it, like a period in the middle of a sentence, a spelling mistake, or what have you. (Could these be artifacts of the electronic scanning of an old manuscript?) Also, different pages are printed in different fonts; compare pages 17, 28, and 29... I swear these are three different fonts. Anyway, I have a first edition, perhaps Night Shade will resolve some of these issues in later printings.

5-0 out of 5 stars dark fantasy at it's finest!
Gods in darkness is stunning dark fantasy containing three novels about unforgettable anti-hero named Kane.Kane is cursed to wander the world immoral until he is destroyed by the violence that he himself has created!the first book:Bloodstone, Kane has found a ring that part of ancient alien empire that will give him incredible power which he will use for conquest not knowing that he himself is being used by the Ring's sinsister masters in the bid to enslaving the planet! This story itself has terrifying scenes of monsters, magic and battles as Kane uses his army of froglike beasts in pursue of his goal!
Second Book: Dark Crusade finds Kane joining forces with fanatical cult leader who seeks to conquer kingdom with the use of dark magic and finally in Darkness Weaves: Kane aids a depraved and hideous sorecress who wants to reclaim her empire
by using a ancient race of aquatic demons and their advance technology! This book is brilliant marriage of horror of Lovecraft with violent swashbuckling of Robert Howard. Wagner's world-building skills are awesome and lyrical prose which heigtens the atmosphere of his dark world!Wagner's descriptions of gruesome and bloody battle scenes and intrigue and betrayal will have you turning pages all through the night! You may not like Kane, who acts more of a villian than hero but you can't stop reading about him and his dark adventures as his hunger for power almost consumes him and his world! ... Read more


156. Tarnished Gold (Landry)
by V.C. Andrews
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Her high school graduation just days away, pretty Gabriel Landry is blissfully happy.Then a rich cannery owner, Octavious Tate, surprises her near asecluded pond and shatters her world.Pregnant and desolate, Gabriel agrees to let Mrs. Tate pretend she's the one who's expecting and claim the baby for her own.But after her baby is taken from her, Gabriel's life is shattered again -- until the mysterious Creole millionaire Pierre Dumas comes to the bayou... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tarnished Gold
This final book in the wonderful Landry series goes back to before Ruby's time, to Gabriel Landry, her mother. I can't say that this was my favorite book in the series, but then, that's only because each seperate book has, in my mind, molded together to form one story, and I even find it difficult to distinguish them sometimes. Anyway, I just want to say that this series is absolutely addictive, and anyone and everyone can get attached to it in a split second. This is also one of the most well thought out and well writen endings I have ever read (which is not uncommon with V.C. Andrews' books), despite how sad and empty it made me feel afterward. But that's only because I get really involved in my books. Anyway, I reccommend this books to all the V.C. Andrews fans out there, and to anyone else who's looking 4 some inspiration and insight on life. And just by the way, I'm only 14, and I can't even begin to describe how deeply this book has impacted my life. That's how touching and beautiful it is...V.C. Andrews' books will always be a part of my life, and I can only hope they will be a part of yours too.

4-0 out of 5 stars Innocence doesn't last forever
I usually hate reading books, but when i started reading V.C. Andrew's book entitled, Tarnished Gold I couldn't stop reading. This book kept me wanting to continue to read to find out what happens next.

A southern girl named Gabriel goes through many ordeals in this book. She faces many situations that causes her heart to break and teaches her lessons. At the beginning of the book, Gabriel is just a little girl playing outside in her yard. She finds a dying bird under a tree and wants her mother to heal the baby bird. Her mother could throw away her baby and her mother tells Gabriel with time she will understand. Gabriel later on understands when she gets raped by a rich man named Octavious Tate and gets pregnant. Gabriel decides to allow Octavious's wife Gladys to act pregnant and take the baby as her own. Gabriel had to live in the Tate mansion during her entire pregnancy, secluded from everything around her. She felt the baby would have a better life living with the Tate's rather than herself. For months a plague rested in Gabriel's heart causing her lots of pain. This gives meaning to the saying, "you don't know what you got till its gone." Everything is gloomy until she meets a young man from New Orleans named Pierre Dumas. He gives her a new meaning of life and they fall in love with each other. Gabriel thing finds out Pierre is married, but is very much unhappy and not in love with his wife. She is torn on what she should do; follow her heart or mind. I don't want to give away what happens so go read the book.

This book contains romance, deceit, and lust. It had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Everything was wonderful about this book except for the very last page. I was on the edge of my seat every moment of the way while reading this book, until the end when the breaks got slammed and threw my body back into the seat. It lessened my views about this book but not completely. Tarnished Gold is still a very exciting and wonderful book so don't let the ending stray you away from reading it. [I didn't like the ending], but everyone has different views on certain endings. So you never know if you are the kind who fancies the ending like the one in Tarnished Gold.

I recommend this book to anyone wo loves novels that contain sex drive and romance. This book is also more for teenage women. Southern women could be drawn to this book because of the fact it is located in Louisianna Bayo. I would not recommend this book to people who like novels wit sci-fi or lots of action. I would also not recommend this book for any man becuase this book is extremely sexist against them. Please do not let any of these recommendations change your decisions on reading Tarnished Gold. If you think you would like to read this book then I say, "Go for it!"

1-0 out of 5 stars One of the worst efforts from the GW yet
I honestly cannot understand how anyone could like this book. This is absolutely the worst book in the Landry series. This book is even worse than the entire horrendous Melody series.

Why do I hate this book so much?

Well, it's absolutely, 100% unbelievable. The GW tries his best to write from the viewpoint of a teenage girl, but fails miserably. None of the characters in this book felt developed at all to me. They were all stereotypical and flat, and the plot was just the same plot we've seen since V.C.'s death replayed once again with different characters and a different setting.

There was no flow to the story, the major plot points weren't built up to properly, or at all. All of the actions undertaken by the heroine were completely unbelievable. Again, I believe this is the fault of a writer unskilled at writing from the viewpoint of a young woman.

The main problem with the story is the romance between Gabrielle (or Gabriel as she is referred to in this book) and Pierre. In what I can only assume is an effort to keep the book to an acceptable number of pages, the relationship develops much too quickly, with the two being pained to be apart instantly. What follows is just too flowery and awful to endure, really. Then, the relationship ends just as abruptly, and it all goes downhill from there.

I honestly cannot think of even one redeeming quality about this book, and cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This was an excellent book, like all the V.C. Andrews series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shocking Beginning of Landry History
Gabrielle loves the great outdoors. Unfortunately she is shut up from everything bright and beautiful. It starts when Octavious assaults her. When Gladys finds out from Gabrielle's dad Jack, Gladys gets mad at Gabrielle. Gabrielle's mom Catherine loves her (Gabrielle) unconditionally. Catherine even told Gabrielle that it was not her (G) fault that the marriage between her (C) and Jack was troubled. Gabrielle falls in love with Pierre a few years after she gives birth to Paul. Pierre and Gabrielle spend time together. It ends with the birth of Ruby and Gisselle. The process is fatal to Gabrielle. ... Read more


157. The Casefiles : Volume 2 (Angel)
by Diana G. Gallagher, Paul Ruditis
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After over a hundred years of wreaking havoc and horror across Europe, Angel was cursed with a soul. For years the vampire lived alone, subsisting on rats and shunning human contact, until Whistler found him and brought him to what would be his destiny: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

It was a doomed love, though, and Angel eventually had to leave, going to Los Angeles in a quest for redemption. There, with the help of Cordelia Chase, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Charles Gunn, Lorne, and Winifred Burkle, the supporting members of Angel Investigations, Angel's true destiny has taken form: to help those who cannot help themselves.

Now go behind the scenes with everybody's favorite soulful vampire in this, the second volume chronicling the casefiles of Angel's seasons three and four. ... Read more


158. Conspiracies (Repairman Jack)
by F. Paul Wilson
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Repairman Jack, F. Paul Wilson's vigilante hero from 1984's New York Times bestseller The Tomb and 1998'2 Legacies, returns in a thriller that thrusts Jack back into the weird, supernatural world that he thrives in. Looking for clues to mysterious disappearance of leading conspiracy theorist Melanie Ehler. Jack attends a convention of bizarre and avid conspiracy theorist. It's a place where aliens are real, the government is out to get you, and the world is hurtling toward an inevitable war of good versus evil incarnate. Jack finds that nobody can be trusted--and that few people are what they seem. Worse yet, Jack's been having vivid dreams that make him wonder whether he's headed for a clash with his own past--maybe The Tomb's evil rakoshi beasts aren't through with him quite yet.
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3-0 out of 5 stars So-so
Tasked by Lew to find his missing wife, Melanie, who, before she disappeared, claimed that only Repairman Jack could find her, most of the story revolve round the conference where people, convinced that conspiracies existed all around them gather The clever twist I could see in this book was that the author, was in the conspiracy to mislead readers who the real victim was in the story. Impressive. I remained blissfully unaware of where the story would lead to until the ending part.

Readers of this book should be familiar with who Repairman Jack was, how his character was shaped and what made him the man he was today, or it would be terribly difficult to understand why he undertook the ¡¥fix-it¡¦ tasks in Conspiracies.

Readers who have not read previous Repairman Jack novels would have difficulty understanding, or even liking him. His heroism did not really shine through, as he remained passive most of the time, reacting to situations rather than taking initiatives and being spontaneous. His devotion to Gia and Vicky was also not well-illustrated, as the 2 ladies in his life had very limited roles in the book. My advice to readers new to Jack: Read The Tomb to know him first.

Also, too many questions remained unanswered. Olivia¡¦s death was not really explained? what did the ¡¥wet¡¦ painting done by Melaine have to do with the story? Why did Jack¡¦s scars itch? I look forward to the sequel which could answer my questions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great Repairman Jack Novel!
Repairman Jack is one of the great characters in horror literature. He first appeared in The Tomb, made a brief appearance in NightWorld, and then reappears in Legacies as a major character. I'm glad to see that F. Paul Wilson has chosen to write additional books Rpairman Jack playing a central role.

"Conspiracies" takes some of Jack's old adversaries, provides conflict and through this conflict explains many of the so-called conspiracies (UFO coverup, assasination of JFK, religion, etc.) of the day. His supporting characters are at once believable, funny, and altogether interesting. An excellent book, don't miss it!

5-0 out of 5 stars You're Not Paranoid If They Really ARE Out To Get You.....
F. Paul Wilson's magnificently rendered Urban Mercenary Repairman Jack returns for another job in Conspiracies, his follow-up to The Tomb & Legacies. Conspiracies also marks Jack's return to the type of Supernatural adventures that Wilson writes so well.

Repairman Jack is hired to find missing conspiracy-theorist Melanie Ehler, who has vanished mere days before she was slated to unveil GUT (Grand Unification Theory), her theory which would unite almost ALL conspiracy theories under ONE gigantic all-encompassing plot against humanity. Melanie's Husband, Lew, is moved to hire Jack after being contacted by the missing Melanie....as a voice coming through the television while Lew is watching The Weather Channel. Jack is soon up to his neck in crackpots as he infiltrates an annual Conspiracy convention (Which provides some BIG laughs to offset the novel's growing sense of menace), and if he ever manages to sift through all of the disparate theories, he just may find himself head-to-head with a VERY familiar baddie....

Conspiracies marks a Grand Unification of a different sort, as Wilson ties Jack more firmly into the mythology of his six-book Adversary Saga, as well as some of his many excellent short stories. Knowledge of his short stories isn't necessary (Although readers familiar with the town of Monroe, the gateway in the New Jersy Pine Barrens, and disfigured serial-killer Carly will be tickled at the sly winks to those and other stories), but I think at least a working knowledge of The Adversay Saga (The Keep, The Tomb, The Touch, Reborn, Reprisal, and Nightworld) is needed to fully grasp the weight and importance of the story. I'm not sure I would have been satisfied with the ending if I hadn't read the other books already. For this avid F. Paul Wilson fan, Cnspiracies is his best book yet, and luckily, there's much more Repairman Jack to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hang On Tight ... This is One Wild Ride!
If you've never read a novel by F. Paul Wilson, pick this one up, strap yourself in, and don't look down. You're in for a treat.

Repairman Jack is an immediately likable character. He's a mysterious guy who's part detective, part Indiana Jones, part street-wise tough guy. When he's contacted by a man who wants to locate his missing wife, Jack smells trouble. It's bad enough she's missing, but she also hangs out with a "conspiracy theory" crowd, some of them VERY wacky. Jack reluctantly decides to take the case. Almost immediately, he regrets it. I won't tell you why; that's half the fun.

Wilson does a great job of giving the reader colorful characters, breathtaking situations, snappy dialogue, and just enough weirdness. Wilson really knows how to tell a story and keep it moving in an entertaining and intelligent way.

CONSPIRACIES is the third Repairman Jack novel. It's not necessary to have read the first two (I haven't), but it might help. It would certainly help to have read something by Wilson. (His most popular novel, THE KEEP, is a great book that will give you a good sense of Wilson's style.) When you're reading, however, do remember that this is a series and that more books are on the way. (FYI: The hardcover edition contains many typos, which really shouldn't happen, but often does.)

318 pages

2-0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment after reading first two great prequels.
I'm disappointed after I read first two good books (Tomb and Legacies). This book doesn't really make sense with a lot of mumbo jumbo and not as interesting as the previous ones. I just lost interested after reading a hundred pages, but forced myself to finish it as quick as I can. It would be nice if Mr. Wilson put more variety in his novels without using Pine Barrens in each story, for ex. Also, writing about supernatural in this Repairman Jack novel, please. They don't really fit together with RJ character to my opinion. Write something like in real life like Legacies or a short story in Barrens and Others. I hope the next novels will be much better. ... Read more


159. The Hunted : A Vampire Huntress Legend (Vampire Huntress Legend)
by L. A. Banks
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A Neteru---a hunter or a huntress---is born every thousand years in favor of the Warriors of Light as they fight against the Dark Realms.But Damali Richards is the Millennium Neteru.The one who will play a pivotal role in the Final War.The Warriors of Light had been waiting for her and the Dark Realms will do anything to either possess or destroy her.What they did not account for was the man who would love her.

Damali Richard has been to hell and back---literally---and she is not eager to repeat the trip.A Vampire civil war has been averted, but there were casualties and she believes that Carlos Rivera, former lover turned master vampire, is one of them. His death has not only shaken her emotions, but weakened her powers as well.But then Damali gets word that horrific killings are taking place in Brazil.The vampire civil war has left a small door to hell open and new and dangerous foes have risen from the Dark Realms. The leader, a deadly female, is set on a path of destruction.However, her blood lust hides a nefarious plan and the newly resurrected Carlos Rivera is at the heart of it. But Damali is not about to lose her man a second time, so she plans to send this old girl right back to hell she came from---no matter who stands in her way.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Protection at any cost, is it possible?
In this third book of the series, THE HUNTED, Damali Richards, the first Neteru in a thousand years, continues her divine mission to rid the world of vampiric evil. The story begins a few days after the battle in the Dark Realms when The Vampire Council and Master Vampire Fallon Nuit's plans are thwarted as they tried to get their hands on a ripening Neteru, for the purposes of producing a "day walker." The battle weary Covenant, the Holy council anointed to protect and guide The Neteru, has dwindled in numbers as a result of the war and is searching for Carlos who has been missing since then. Their search leads them to a desert where they find a severely wounded Carlos. They immediately nurse him back to health and bestow a renewed purpose for protecting Damali. With determination and audacity, Carlos resumes his double agent ways as he is torn by the need to protect Damali while at the same time bargaining for his soul and fighting the pull of being a vampire.

Damali, now a fully matured Neteru, has lost her 'sight' and her faith is wavering. She is in despair over Carlos, as she believes that a terrible tragedy befell him during the war in the Dark Realms. Her Guardian Team is also experiencing reduced powers, and their faith is slipping as they each realize that a chance at a normal life may not be in the cards. There is only one thing that can help Damali, and now that may be lost. Above all, her protectors trying to keep recent stories of bizarre deaths in Brazil from Damali until she fully recovers her 'sight.' Something very evil from the Dark Realms has been released in the Brazilian territory; its target is Carlos and Damali is standing in the way. As this evil entity locks in on Carlos, it becomes hard for him to ignore. Protecting Damali maybe wishful thinking for Carlos, The Guardian Team and The Covenant.

In this continuing saga of good versus evil, L.A. Banks kicks it up a few notches. She weaves into this story a lesson on the power of love as well as some erotic scenes that were enough to make even the straightest Puritan raise an eyebrow or two. Banks incorporates several subplots of evil deeds from realms of hell and topside to keep me riveted to this book. I was on the edge of my seat as I waited to see who the ultimate winner would be. A deeper look inside THE HUNTED reveals not only an excellent tale of good and bad but it also offers an intense look at love, faith and hope on a grander scale. Despite all the faults, pain and suffering, if we truly believe in our mates, hope serves as a beacon at the end of the tunnel. We just have to trust in the love we share and allow faith to sustain us through uncertain times. In my humble opinion, this is by far the best book of the series. I look forward to the next installment in this series with bated breath.

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5-0 out of 5 stars terrific vampire thriller
The Neteru is born once a millennium to give peace to a trouble world. She is gifted with powers that enable her to destroy the supernatural creatures who want to bring Armageddon to the world. Damali Richards is this era's Neteru, a rock singer and leader of a band whose members are Guardians, sworn to help her in the fight against evil. The vampires were planning a grand feast starring the human race as the main course, but Damali and her group stopped them. However, the only man she ever loved, Carlos Rivera, was turned into a master vampire and is believed to be dead.

She doesn't know that he is rescued by a group of monks who are sworn to fight the Dark and believe that Carlos is worth redeeming. He returns to Damali and they have ten beautiful days together before they part in anger. He consolidates his empire while she and her group travel to Brazil where they have to find the creature that is killing and eating scores of humans. The creature lures Carlos down there as well and tries to seduce him but Damali won't let any evil being live who threatens her world and her beloved.

Both Damali and Carlos are fascinating characters who are polar opposites. His love for the Neteru is so pure it can bring about his redemption while she is a powerful mage who needs to battle evil but also wants to be with the vampire she loves. Their love story makes THE HUNTED a horror novel with a twist that will appeal to fans of both genres. L.A. Banks has written a work one can sink their teeth into enjoying every bite.

Harriet Klausner ... Read more


160. Lucifer: Exodus - Book 7
by Mike Carey
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Asin: 1401204910
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: DC Comics
Sales Rank: 8709
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Grand events seen from insignificant people
The theme in this volume seems to be how 'lowly workers' percieve the 'grand events'. There is a fascinating character study of Beatrice Wechsler (formerly waitress in Lucifer's piano bar) who just tried to stay out of harm's way so far.
The fallen Cherub Spera has a great line about picking up the slack when a serious flaw in Lucifer's creation becomes apparent.

But my personal favorite is the story of the evil puppet theatre that fist plunges the audience into depression before going for the kill. The size of the Teatro Crepusculo depends on the mood of the audience so when Gaudium defeats it by radiating joy (as is his original nature), it can be swatted like a nasty bug. Besides being a masterful use of the artistic possibilities of the grahic novel this says something quite deep about the human mind, feeling good and feeling bad.

And then Gaudium has a great line about reverting back to his old shape and what he expects when everybody else starts realizing what the absence of God really means.

Therefore still five stars for this volume, although some stuff about time travel and immortal beings producing offspring is hard to swallow from a logical point of view.

4-0 out of 5 stars A little uneven but still worthwhile
As a first note, if you haven't read the previous books in this series this is not the place to jump in.The focus of the stories in this book is present more on the supporting characters and provide more in the way of atmosphere to the series than they do to advance the plotline.That said, the stories are well done and enjoyable.You could probably skip this installment completely without losing much plot continuity but I wouldn't recommend it.Particularly as one of the main threads involves ridding Lucifer's domain of any immortals, there are a number of interesting oneshot characters that are presented with the final pages introducing a new major character. ... Read more


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