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161. The Book of More Flesh
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Asin: 1891153862
Catlog: Book (2002-10-15)
Publisher: Eden Studios
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They won't stay dead! The zombies can't be stopped. From the pitch-black holds of pirate ships and the tunnels beneath the steaming, war-torn jungles of Veitnam, they rise up. And there's no way to slow their shambling march of conquest, no corner of the world or period in history that's safe from the invasion. Secret government labs, the trendy galleries of New York's art scene, and the drawing rooms of nineteenth century England all become the lair of the living dead in this inventive and chilling collection of horror and dark fantasy fiction. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
A fantastic anthology of sci-fi/horror/fantasy fiction! The contributing authors are mostly well-known - or should be. Alexander Marsh Freed's story was one of my favorites, as was Scott Edelman's. Good plots, good characters, good everything!
Totally enjoyable!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthology
Cannot say enough about these books. Find the whole trilogy, its worth it. I, being a lover of all things Zombie, can honestly say that some of these stories will stay with you for a long, long time.

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162. Rose Madder
by Stephen King
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Catlog: Book (1996-06-01)
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This is the story of Rose Daniels.Escaping from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long?
When this book first came out. I looked at it because I had read over 18 of king's book. I read the back and said who want to read a book about a husband that beats his wife. I only looked for king's book with monster,vampire,aliens, or something evil. boy was I wrong about Rose madder. Froom the first page king take you into the lives of Rose and norman. Rose who can take no more pain see a drop of blood on her side of the bed after another beating from norman leaves never to return.Norman a cop who can never let his wife go. He want to find her so that he can talk to her up close. Rose with a new life and hopes finds a picture she most have in her new home away and free of her husband,and she also find true love. Norman using his skills as a cop to hunt Rose. The horror start. Norman want to hurt Rose he wants her dead. The picture that rose has hold the answer to her horror. It is the only hope she has. It is more than just a picture. This is just a little bit about the book. You must read. Don't let this go by.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story - and very well read
One of my all time favorite stories. In typical King fashion, we get deep into the hearts and minds of the characters. We can totally empathize with Rose, the terror she feels towards her brutal husband, her paralyzing fear as she goes out into the world all alone. We cheer for her as she begins her new life, finds friends, finds herself, and maybe even love.

This was the first audio book I ever purchased, and I have to admit, it's been hard to find ones that measure up to this. The story is written from two perspectives - the villain, Norman, and his wife, Rosie, who finally leaves him after years of violent abuse. At first I thought it was odd that there were "Rose chapters" and "Norman chapters", but as the story progressed, I found that it really enhanced the story. As Norman goes 'trolling' for Rose, their stories begin to overlap. As he closes is on her, the chapters seems to close in on each other as well - it really adds to the tension. It's actually quite brilliant.

The story is read by Stephen King (who reads the Norman chapters) and Blair Underwood (who reads the Rosie chapters). Although I am not usually a big fan of Stephen King's audio reading (I find his voice kind of annoying), in this case it suits the story. And Blair Underwood is absolutely amazing. Since hearing her read this book, I've purchased other works she's read, just for her reading.

This is definitely an audio book worth getting!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I thought this book was great-all i have to say is the husban got what he deserved what he got

4-0 out of 5 stars A Rose Madder by any other author would warrant 5 stars
After a very strong start, Rose Madder turns out to be one of Stephen King's weaker novels, with uninspired characters and an ending which is somewhat drawn out and predictable. (A weak novel from Stephen King beats many other authors best works, however I hold King to higher standards.)

The conflict between a battered wife and her sociopath husband seems somewhat Dean Koontzish or movieish to me and the characters lack the complexity of a Carrie, Jack Torrance or even the Trashcan Man. The first half of the story contains all its best parts (And the drama and emotion in those chapters are exceptional!) after that it seems unnecessarily long. Delores Claiborne and Gerald's Game share similar themes with Rose Madder, but contain better stories.

King's descriptions are more than readable, of course, making the story move along at a nice pace as it draws you in and he even keeps you reading when there's little doubt as to how this book will end. It's not a bad book, just not one of Stephen King's best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Overview of Rose Madder
Susan Maze
Book Review-Rose Madder

I really enjoyed reading the book Rose Madder written by Stephen King. In Rose Madder the main character Rose, has been abused and tortured physically and sexually for many years. She wakes up out of her dream world and decides to change her life; all it took was one drop of blood.
It was very easy to keep turning the page. King writes as Rose and as her husband, Norman. While writing as Rose he tells of her new life and how she is trying to put it back together, even though her fear of her husband finding her is always first in her mind. While writing as Norman he switches completely to a very deranged man who happens to be a cop with animal like instincts on the hunt for his wife. I felt that King did a great job at switching back and forth between the two personalities.
Once Rose moves on with her life in a new city, with a new job, she finds a painting that seemed to be calling her name. There is a woman in the painting standing on a hill in a rose madder colored robe. She is standing with her back to the viewer. Rose realizes that the painting seems to be changing, getting bigger. She takes the back off of the painting and finds it is filled with different items out of the painting, something is not right. When she wakes up that night the painting has turned in to some kind of gateway into another world. When she entered the painting everything symbolized some past event in her life. King did a wonderful job connecting Rose's life to the painting. The switch between reality and the supernatural world was a huge surprise to me.
Rose is trying to forget about Norman, but his hunt for her has proven successful. She has no other option than to enter the painting and try to hide from him. The beginning of this book is very realistic, but that changes. This book has a very supernatural ending but one that is very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone Stephen King fan or not. ... Read more


163. Tales Of The Vampires
by Joss Whedon, Ben Edlund, Jane Espenson
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Catlog: Book (2004-12)
Publisher: Dark Horse
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Tales of the Vampires presents stories ranging from medieval times to the Depression to today, all intricatelywoven around Joss Whedon's central story about a group of young Watchers in training. Not to be missed is Buffy's rematch with Dracula and Angel's ongoing battle with his own demons.Wrapped in a haunting cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, these diverse tales flesh out the history and the world of Joss Whedon's unforgettable creations and fill the void left by the Buffy TV show better than any other writers ever could. ... Read more


164. Hellboy Volume 3 : The Chained Coffin and Others - NEW EDITION! (Hellboy)
by Mike Mignola
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Asin: 1593070918
Catlog: Book (2004-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Mike Mignola's story notes accompany the long out-of-print stories, giving insight into their creation and inspiration. Some consider Mignola's short stories better than the full-length novels, and this collection makes a strong argument for that, especially with Mignola's masterpiece, "The Corpse." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars best short stories in comics
I recently decided to review a couple of the graphic novels that I thought were the best I had read. This one popped into my head and was one of the handful that made the short list.

Mike Mignola's character, Hellboy, is a devil who works for the BPRD, an X-Files type organization dedicated to protecting the world from the paranormal. For his stories, Mignola draws deeply on mythology, the occult and folklore from around the world. Some characters are familiar, like the villain Rasputin or the mythological Baba Yaga. I had as much fun reading about the underlying myths as I did reading the actual stories.

If you have not read any Hellboy before, you may want to start with the first collection, Seed of Destruction. That being said, you really can't go wrong with this one. I think Mignola's real strength lies in his shorter stories, rather than the 4 or 5 issue ones. Here we have some of his best shorter work and I will say a bit about my two favorites. "The Iron Shoes" is a funny little story about a goblin that lives in a tower and attacks passers-by with his iron boots. Hellboy steps in to investigate. Not a long story and not much dialogue but I like its simplicity. "Almost Colossus" is another gem and tells the second part of the origin of one of Hellboy's partners at the BPRD. Great story from Norse Myths coupled with eye-popping art makes this one a winner. The remainder of the stories are equally good; these are just my personal preferences.

This collection of stories should not be missed by anyone who enjoys comics. Mignola's art is great to look at, somewhat stylized and uses heavy shadows and blacks. His dialogue is great too. Hellboy's dry, witty lines fit him like a glove. Overall a must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutly stunning!
The art is wonderful. The coloring is stunning. The stories are highly entertaining. There is no reason for me to go on because the preceding reviews say it best - "Hellboy" is fabulous entertainment. If you have any interest in Graphic Novels or the comic medium then "Hellboy" needs to be on your bookshelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars "What do little babies like? I know. Iron!"
"Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others" is my favorite Hellboy compilation. As shown by HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, the short story works well for horror. This book is a collection of Hellboy short stories.

Each story has roots in traditional fairy mythology combined with Lovecraftian overtones and just a splash of Nazi occultism. Magnolia has given his character Hellboy a very dry sense of humor, which works well in contrast to the talking corpses and various devils. The art is some of the finest seen in comics.

"The Corpse" and "The Iron Shoes" is a short fairy stories. Clever and fun with a nice nod to Celtic mythology.
"Christmas Underground" highlights Magnolia's wit.
"The Chained Coffin" is one of the best in the collection, showing the folly of loving the devil. It has some of the best dialog. "God? Was not I God in ancient Babylon?"
"The Baba Yaga" Always nice to see this ancient evil. Only available in this collection.
"Wolves of Saint August" is a werewolf tale, with a twist. Very good.
"Almost Colossus" adds a new member to the Hellboy cast.

I would say, if you are curious about Hellboy, this is the collection to start with. Every one a gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Filling in the Gaps
First, I have to begin this by saying that I am a bit bias when it comes to Mike Mignola. I do enjoy his Hellboy work, and recommend it to anyone who likes Lovecraftian influences meshed with Nazi conspiracies and other, even more bizarre, tidbits of folklore.
With The Chained Coffin and Others, I had read the reviews here and had noticed the gaps left in the questioning mind. For instance, I couldn't find a complete listing of what was compiled here, nor did the reviews truly state how good some of the stories, especially the Baba Yaga only printed here, actually were. So, here's a brief listing of the stories a few notes:
1) The Corpse: A baby goes missing and a deal has to be struck to return it. And how hard is it to bury a corpse anyway?
2) The Iron Shoes: This seemed more like filler, actually, but is still not all that bad.
3) The Baba Yaga: I like this story a lot, and had to have it. Unfortunately, it was only available in this TPB. If you read Wake the Devil, you'll want this side story, because references made are gaps to be filled in order to complete the entire Hellboy picture.
4) Christmas Underground: Spirits looming, a castle under siege by some strange curse, and Hellboy Claus? Besides being creepy, it also provides a little laughter.
5) The Chained Coffin: A true gem, presenting the origins of Hellboy (not to be confused with "how Hellboy arrive on Earth") in a most interesting format. Even people who have the original presentation of this should check it out, because the first page has been revamped a bit. Beautiful.
6) Wolves of Saint August: All the pieces of this tale needed to be collected somewhere, so I'm happy for this. As the name implies, something Lupine plagues a town and Hellboy has to investigate. The backgrounding to this story is nice, in addition to the normal Mignola features.
7) Almost Colossus: Another needed piece if you want to understand the inner workings of the BPRD. Here, an addition is made to the cast, and "he" almost ends to life of two field agents right from the get-go. It is referenced to a lot, and is definitely worth checking out.
Anyway, like I said, I am biased. Still, if you like Hellboy, even a little, this is a nice collection that is extremely inclusive. The only problem is finding a copy of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spooky
Buy this book if only for THE CORPS and THE WOLVES OF SAINT AUGUST.

THE CORPSE is just downright spooky, which isn't an easy thing to pull off in a comic book.

THE WOLVES OF SAINT AUGUST are the coolest looking werewolves you've ever seen.

All the stories are great. Hellboy should be read by everyone, particularly fans of the supernatural. If you've never read Hellboy, check out the first graphic book (compilation) entitled SEED OF DESTRUCTION. ... Read more


165. Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires)
by ANNE RICE
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Catlog: Book (1998-12-26)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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2 cassettes / 3 hours
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Also available Unabridged and Abridged on CD

Anne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.

The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.

Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Don't count Anne Rice back in the game just yet.....
Contrary to what appears to be popular opinion by many others who have added their comments here on Amazon, this latest installation in the Vampire Chronicles is not the harbinger of Anne Rice's return as a great writer. Indeed, not. She's still floundering.

As one other person mentioned already, I can't understand why Rice chose to focus so heavily on Pandora's human existence when this woman lived as a vampire for a couple of millenia. Not that Pandora's human history wasn't entertaining (even though, at times, I felt like I was being lectured to about ancient civilizations (why did I need to know that "garum" is Roman ketchup???)), but what happened in between her rebirth as a vampire and the Pandora we met in Queen of the Damned? How did she get hooked up with the Asian vampire who ended up combusting in the Himalayas? Are we to assume that Pandora simply decided to take up needlepoint after a while and just didn't have much to tell about her vampiric years? Reads like a half-written book to me. Actually, all of Rice's books are starting to read that way, so I don't know that I'm really surprised.

And, of course, Rice has once again fallen back on her old standby of making every notable character in the story unbelievably beautiful, even before they got their vampire makeovers. Heavens forbid that any of Rice's hero(ine)s should suffer a pimple or (gasp!) split ends.

The only truly interesting items I pulled from this story had to do with two vampires other than Pandora and Marius - those being Lestat and Armand. According to Pandora, Lestat is lying in a catatonic state somewhere in New Orleans (to which I'm sure many who have visited N.O. can relate...). And, she also mentions that "one who was believed gone from us is now apparently known to have survived." Sounds like Armand didn't manage to put himself entirely out of commission when he decided to sunbathe on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Here's hoping that Rice manages to lose the pedantic tone and finds some more gripping inspiration by the time she finishes the last rewrite of Armand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pandora Is A Nice Break
Don't get me wrong. I love Anne Rice, and the Vampire Chronicles are among my favorite books ever. However, in reading the other vampire books, one is ever re-reading things we already knew. When you read Lestat, Armand, Marius, and Louis, the tales are so intertwined that sometimes, it gets a little redundant. Pandora is a nice change. We don't know much about Pandora from the other books aside from the fact that she is old, and she is Marius' fledgling. When she recounts her life story for David Talbot in this book, it is refreshing in that sense, because it is entirely new, but it is also refreshing in the sense that Pandora is not as wimpy as her male counterparts. No, no, not the homoerotic thing. The weeping thing. How often do the male vampires weep at the sight of a Botticelli, or at the sound of a musical piece? They cry and lament over everything! Not Pandora. Pandora is made of tougher stuff. She has a backbone. Sure, she has a sensitive side. A very sensitive side. However, we know that she is not going to stain her dress with blood tears because she is lost in artwork or music. As usual, Rice makes you feel as though you are living in Ancient Rome, and her grip on historical accuracy is forever impressive to me. The story is not focused on how Pandora became a vampire so much as the events leading up to it, which is also a nice change because that story has been told before a number of times. The only reason that Pandora gets a 4 in my review is because it just seems that more could have been said. This is rarely a complaint I have about Anne Rice, but I wanted to know more details about her life between Marius and the modern era.

5-0 out of 5 stars From an Anne Rice fanatic......
When someone coined the phrase "Get a life" they may have been referring to us Rice fans. Or, maybe it's an "afterlife"....At any rate, I started the series backwards, first off. I was recommended Blackwood Farm here, on AMAZON . That was great,so I moved to the others in the series, paying no mind to the order they were to be read in. Guess what ? It really didnt matter. Any one could could pick up anywhere in the series and still love these tales. Pandora, one of the few really strong women of the night, takes us from our modern times, to the love of her human life, Marius (of Blood and Gold) You get a history of an age long gone, of Romans, pagen beliefs, the constrictions placed and freedoms allowed women of that era. The imagery is wonderful, descriptions lush without becoming boring. Pandora looses all she loves to start all over again, in a strange city, followed by a strange male figure, who is both her protector and maker. We meet Flavius, her servant, love ,and future fledgling. This book, I had it read in 3 nights, did not want to put it down. Unlike Vittorio, this is a story worth telling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional historical novel.
The "autobiography" of the Vampire Pandora, who has appeared in "The Vampire Lestat" and "Queen of the Damned" as a minor character, is a fascinating look at the life of a woman in ancient Rome. It bears some stylistic similarities, and some similarities of plot and character, to the "Cynthia, Witch of Syracuse" stories of Dorothy J. Heydt that appear in Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Sword and Sorceress" series, but it is hardly derivative. There are also some similarities between the character of Pandora and that of Olivia, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's vampiric "childe" of Saint Germain. This book is delightfully well-written, and is a pleasure to read on many levels: powerfully moving story, interesting historical perspective, compelling philosophical insights, and fascinating characters. One of Anne Rice's best-written vampire novels.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
My grandmother handed me this book and told me to read it. She said she didn't like it, but thought I might. I was skeptical at first, for I had never read anything by Anne Rice before. Let's just say this book is perfectly told with a voice that pulls you in. You can see what Pandora sees as you read. I am now on the hunt for anything by Anne Rice. ^_^ ... Read more


166. The Voice of the Night
by Dean R. Koontz
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Voice of the Night: The Suspense Thrilla
Chaulis Miller
English 11, 7th per
Mrs. Fason
October 10, 2003

The Voice in the Night: The Suspense Thrilla
*****
"You ever killed anything?" This question raises more questions then it does answers. Why Roy asked Colin? Why is Roy so interested? This novel is based on the results of that particular question. Dean Koontz's The Voice of the Night, is a high packed thriller that happens on the sunny beach of Santa Leona, California to two 14-year-old boys on their summer vacation. Colin, a shy, unpopular boy, becomes blood brothers with the most popular kid in town, Roy. Koontz writes this thrilling suspense with great details and easy diction for many to read. This book is an exemplary mystery.

Roy and Colin, who became best friends in a short matter of time, become inseparable. One day Roy starts telling Colin how he likes to kill things. Colin thought just animals until Roy reassures him not only animals, but people, too. Colin is convinced it's a joke. Until one night he finds out first hand this matters no joke at all, when he tries to stop Roy form pushing a truck in front of a passenger train. And for ruining his rigorous plan, Roy tries to kill him. Colin escapes all Roy's traps and maneuvers for weeks, until he gets fed up with running and hiding. So he decides to make his own little trap. Both, Roy and Colin are tentative about who will win, but both convinced that one had to die.

Dean Koontz has an extreme imagination. He takes an ordinary town, such as Santa Leona, California, and makes it into one of the most exciting places ever written about. The "damp air" and "misty for, with a hint of ocean dew" make it as realistic as an author could possibly make it. The citizens of this town had a notice for everything going on in public, but not in private which makes it perfect for Roy's little secretes. Also with Roy being so popular and Colin not, shows how people believe who they know. This setting is one of the most graphic imagery that let s the mind run its own course.


Koontz had fascinating way of making every character....... Alive. He makes it to where it's believed that this can happen to people in reality. The details of the characters seem if they are realistic and the dept he goes into each one show exactly what the person's expression is to every situation at that time. Many of the minor character have major role of just being announced it a paragraph or chapter. This book has the right power to pull the reader into the story. It is truly an "it-can-happen-to-anyone" novel.

Many of the conflicts in this novel keep many wanting more every time. When ever there is a "boring" part (mot a lot of that in this novel), don't put it down! Koontz is just warming up to surprising conflicts that will "hit-you-in-the-face." He goes into such great detail that makes it seem as the reader is right there while it is happening. Many of the conflicts show how cruel even children can be and how peer pressure is a major factor in every young adult's life. All the conflicts lead up to one at the very end. And that you don't want to miss. Every detail and word counts. Read every microscopic word.

The diction in this novel is very fairly easy to read. It is not elementary, but a very simple layout. This book had the "slang" of that particular place and time (which is assumed to be mid '90s), so people can actually relate to it. For example, the slang Roy uses to express fun or excitement is "popper", and a lot of the sentences are fragments because it's easy to understand and it's the way people talk. Koontz hoes an excellent job of taking everyday life and making it more interesting in just a few words.

Dean Koontz's The Voice of the Night is an action packed thriller. It can make people scream and make the hair stand up on the back of their neck. Once started reading this novel; it will be hard to put it down. It keeps the imagination running, the mind racing for what's going to happen next, and the feelings of actually being there, and easy to read. The most anyone can get out of this novel is every work that they. Many read this with a calm and relaxed mind, because when they finish, they won't know what to think. So, "You every killed anything?"

5-0 out of 5 stars And the Voice said, "Read This, It's a Real Popper!"
Colin is your typical small town American kid. His friend Roy is not. One day they have a conservation. "You ever killed anything?" Roy asked. From this moment Colin's childhood innocence comes to end and he has to grow up real fast or die.

This is a sensational thriller, following Colin's moral dilemmas of being dragged into a world of evil thoughts of rape and murder he doesn't want to be a part of. Can Colin escape this world? Can he do so alive?

This is one of Koontz's best novels. Koontz takes you right into the thoughts of Colin and Roy's minds so much so that you think you know them intimately. Read this book, as Roy would say. "It's a real popper!"

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book ever!
This is Dean Koontz's best book,and the best book ever!It is about two kids named Colin and Roy.Colin is very shy,Roy is very popular.The book starts off with Roy asking Colin if he has ever killed anything.Colin says that the only thing he has killed are bugs.They go to a train station and Colin learns that Roy kills people.Colin thinks this is a joke,until Roy tries derailing a train.Colin stops him,but then Roy tries to kill him.Colin figures out a way to stop him,but then learns something very shocking about somethiing Roy did.You are going to have to find out for yourself.I would recommend this book to any horrror fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book
This isn't the best book that Dean Koontz wrote, though i will have to admit this book is pretty good. You never want to stop reading it.

Colin, a smart, dorky, 14-year-old boy is "blood buddies" with Roy Burden. Roy Burden is a strong, athletic, 14-year-old, who gets really excited about killing things, he says its a real "popper." Roy trys to cause a train wreck, but Colin is a good boy, and doesnt let him. When Colin trys to stop him Roy becomes anger with him, and trys to kill him. As Roy is chasing Colin around this junkyard, all Colin cares about is getting out of there alive.

In conculsion this book has a terrfic ending. It involves Roy, Colin, and Colin's girlfriend Heather. Read this book to find out what happens.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disgusting...
I found this book very offensive from the get-go and I am such a fan of Dean Koontz, so this was a major disappointment. Maybe if he would've layed off the animal torture at the beginning just a tad... ... Read more


167. Hellboy Volume 4 : The Right Hand of Doom - NEW EDITION! (Hellboy)
by Mike Mignola
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The second collection of short stories by award-winning cartoonist Mike Mignola includes the 1999 hit series Box Full of Evil; "The Right Hand of Doom," which concisely and thoroughly examines Hellboy's history; and "Pancakes," Mignola's most hilarious and surprising story to date; and others - many presented here in color for the first time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A grand short story collection
"Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom" is Hellboy at its finest. Like HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, it is in the short story that Mignola really shines with his hell-born characters.

This short story collection contains a host of odd and enjoyable adventures for Anung Un Rama, otherwise known as Hellboy. Making his way through the mythologies and folklore of several countries, he encounters beasties like Japanese vampires, King Vold and Roger. Well-researched, Mignola threads together these various traditionals into a cohesive story, with the Christian God and Devil at the center, and Hellboy bridging the gap.

By far some of the most intelligent and well-written stories in modern comics, Hellboy never disappoints. Non-comics readers as well enjoy Hellboy, and my copy has been well-read by many people. "Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom" is an excellent starting point, and can be read with no previous knowledge of the characters.

"He has eaten the pancakes. He will never come back to us now."

4-0 out of 5 stars For any fan of the comic books!
When hellboy came out I thought he was one of the coolest things to come into the world of comics in a long time. I was takin a liking from the first page to the last and I have alot of the hell boy editions but this one is just as good as the others but it's certainly not the best!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Remedy for Even the ParaAbnormal
The Adventures of Hellboy have gone through many different venues, from short stories collected in obscure DHP issues to one shot trials that are oftentimes easy to miss. Still, many of these are important when trying to understand the entirety of the Hellboy saga, and other, less crucial stories are still worth reading. That's why I'm glad to see the Trade Paperbacks The Chain Coffin and Others and The Right Hand of Doom. Between the two, you can find so many things that are nearly impossible to find.
In the Right Hand of Doom, you get:
1) Pancakes, a short comical approach to Hellboy's youth involving pancakes and hell's fate. Also, it appears in color for the first time here.
2) The Nature of the Beast, a DHP story involving the testing of Hellboy, a dilemma with a dragon, and blood that turns into lilies. Definitely good, and in color for the first time.
3) King Vold, a tale meshing many Norwegian tales together into a very entertain story pitting Hellboy against man's great adversary, human greed.
4) Heads, from Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead (a comic you should definately pick up because the Abe Sapien story hasn't been reproduced), involves Hellboy's encounter with Japanese folklore and floating heads. Its really nice looking.
5) Goodbye, Mister Tod, from Gary Gianni's The Monstermen, a tale that meshes more Lovecraftian themeage than normal into Hellboy's life.
6) The Varcolac, a completely redone piece that first appeared in Dark Horse Extra, something nice in its new version but not as good in its original. Here's a tale involving Romanian vampires that, according to Mignola's knowledge of folklore, "eats the sun and the moon and is able to cause eclipses."
7) The Right Hand of Doom, a story leading into a pivotal part in the understanding of just what's going on in Hellboy, mentioning his hand and its origins. It makes its first appearance here in color.
8) Box Full of Evil, a wonderful story that explains the "beast of the apocalypse" connotations floating around Hellboy all the time, complete with an extra four page epilogue to help out with clarity.
This is a wonderful collection of tales, and is really worth reading for the Hellboy fan and newcomer alike. To say it strays from the atypical would be an understatement.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great place to start
When I first saw this book at the library, I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it was going to be another one of those: "lets kill a bunch of people, in-between stupid wise-cracks, because that's what the kids think is cool today." Thank God I was proven wrong. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Hellboy is a paranormal investigator who also happens to be the son of the Devil. In this collection we follow Hellboy's journey, from his earlier days when he first taste of pancakes costs Hell the grip on his soul--to his later years where Hellboy learns that should he ever lose control he will bring about the Apocalypse. All the stories are good, most are modern retellings of old folklore stories ("Heads" for example is an old japanese ghost story about a group of headless ghouls who lure strangers to their home, and then eat them. This story along with many others in collection can be found, in their original form, in Time-Life's Enchanted World series--particularly "Ghosts", "Night Creatures", and "Tales of Terror".) My favorite story is the one about King Void-- The Wild Huntsman who every night rides forth seeking the souls of damned. Less psychotic than John Constantine, more grounded than Fox Maulder, Hellboy is without a doubt one of the most original characters in comics today. The artwork alone by Mike Mignola is worth 5 stars. ... Read more


168. The Door to December
by Dean R. Koontz, Dean Koontz
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One of Koontz's best-loved novels of psychological suspense, The Door to December takes readers into the darkest recesses of the human mind-and into the tempest of a father's obsession. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Invisible Enemy
That's strange - a number of rather unpleasant people seem to be dropping dead, of highly unnatural causes. Their assailant leaves no fingerprints. Or footprints. Or eyewitness descriptions. He - uh, "appears" to be invisible. And there's no locked room he can't get in. Dear me - what can the matter be?

Astute readers will figure out most of what's happening, early in the piece. It doesn't matter. It's a fun, wild ride, anyway. Koontz has played with this theme before, but he handles it best in The Door to December.

For what it's worth, I know people who haven't read any Koontz but this, or this and one or two others, and each of them have mentioned to me how much they love this book. I do, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Door To December
The Door To December

Nathan Fuller 510 pages

The book, Door To December, is a suspenseful novel. Dean Koontz does a remarkable job in explaining the detailed events of the story. The story is about a little girl named Melanie who was kidnapped by her father at the age of three. During her time with her father, Melanie was subject to tortures beyond imagination. The story takes place the morning of three brutal murders at the house where Melanie and her father were residing. Melanie's mother, Laura, had just been notified of the homicides and had arrived at the house. There, a police officer named Dan Haldane informed her of what had happened. He also told her that a girl, around the age of nine, had been found wandering the streets nude and oblivious to world around. Melanie's mother told the officer to take her immediately to the place where she was after they were finished at the house. While there Melanie's mother identified her brutalized husband and toured the house until she came to the Gray Room. This room was filled with a sensory deprivation chamber, an electric chair, and other forms of torture. After the house, Laura went to the place where Melanie was and was reunited with her. One thing was wrong though, Melanie was in an autistic, almost catatonic state. From there, Laura, Dan, Melanie and a bodygaurd named Earl, search for the truth behind Melanie's lost past. Along the way, they are being chased by an invisible creature that has been committing all of these murders. They soon find that the answers to this troubling mystery lies within the unknown Door to December.

1-0 out of 5 stars Oh! What a mess!
Not only heavily borrows from SK's Firestarter but also is much weaker and terrible. the girl just seems to be an intelligent young woman...terrible... nothing frightening or exciting...terrible...this is my third DK book and I am already becoming weary of him (the first one was Watchers, with which every one applauds but which I found a sophomore attempt preying on sentimentality of people...the second one phantoms which was better) how does he come up with such silly dialogue? Did I say terrible?

4-0 out of 5 stars The Door to December (1985)
While a moderately forgotten tale of Dean Koontz in the middle 1980's, "The Door to December" is a more than formidable addition to some of the excellent works that he produced around that time ("Watchers", "Phantoms", "Strangers"). As with many of his novels, Koontz takes an ordinary, yet devastating fear (the kidnapping and horrifying dark confinement of a small child that induces only partial development and poor social interaction) and expands on it using a cat-and-mouse tale that is a quick, enjoyable read.

Laura McCaffrey is the mother of a missing nine-year old child who suspects that her daughter was kidnapped by her deranged scientist ex-husband. When her former lover is found dead with many of his associates, Laura is worried to her beautiful Melanie is dead and lost forever. Melanie is miraculously discovered wandering the streets by the police, but the effects of the awful abuse and neglect she received from six-years of inflicted horror has left her with speech impediments and almost no response to touch, voice, and love--and an incredible power. As the secrets of Melanie's abilities and her captors are revealed, Laura realizes that her husband was part of a top-secret research program--a program that some will kill for if they get their hands on Melanie. Dan Haldane is the cop assigned to the case and will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of Laura and her daughter, but his attachment to the family causes him to become obsessed with the case.

An evocative story that creates deep, believable characters is draped with superb chase sequences and good dialogue that keeps the tale fresh and enjoyable. Koontz does a fine job developing the story and creates and articulate heroine in Laura, whose frustration and love with her tormented Melanie is a roller-coaster of determination and exasperation. "The Door to December" is one of Koontz's first look at how the twisted use of technology is not only threatening, but can be truly terrifying as well. A should-read for all fans; a piece that has gotten lost in the midst of many other great stories and should not be overlooked.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleased
This was the 5th Dean Koontz novel I have read, it is my favorite book along with his "False Memories" book. Mr. Koontz did a fabulous job depicting characters and a very psychotic situation. I went crazy and couldn't put the book down because the suspense from page one just keeps building up and building up. You have inklings of what is happening, only you aren't positive. The reader doesn't get the whole picture until the last 5 or 6 chapters of the novel.

Melanie, the 6 year old girl was abducted by Lauras husband (Melanie's mother). Melanie's father puts Melanie through painful and pshychologically damaging experiments in order to perfect a specific phsychogeist state. The Door to december is chilling and people are getting brutally murdered.

This novel was by far the most suspensful book I have ever read. I absolutely loved it. ... Read more


169. Tales of Terror!The EC Companion
by Fred Von Bernewitz, Grant Geissman
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Fifty years in the making.This is the definitive story of EC Comics, the most notorious and well regarded mass-market publisher in comics history.The EC line - having published such seminal titles as MAD, Tales from the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, and so many others - was a high point in terms of craft and presentation.From the humanistic, well paced writing of editor Harvey Kurtzman to the artwork of lauded masters like Wally Wood and Bernie Krigstein, what truly sets EC apart from other pinnacles in comics history is its wider influence on American pop culture.Tales of Terror! is the most comprehensive overview to date of the EC Comics line: a visual checklist, creator index, guidebook and more!Tales from the Crypt, Weird Science, Frontline Combat and all of the other EC titles are included in this comprehensive volume that uncovers the amazing history behind the comics, from the very beginning to the bitter end, when the U.S. Senate drove EC out of business for allegedly corrupting America's youth. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars In a Class by Itself
If you have any interest in EC comics, horror comics, or the history of the comic book genre at all, this is THE book to have. I cannot praise it highly enough. The scholarship is incredibly thorough and the details the authors have dug up is amazing. Also, the book is beautifully well done, with top-notch production values. This book is the ultimate, believe me.

5-0 out of 5 stars the ultimate history of EC
This is, simply put, the greatest work of comic book scholarship ever in print. The authors delve so deeply into EC facts, history and lore that you can depend upon the thoroughness of this work. Much more than a history, this tome is also a beautiful art book. Don't delay......buy it now!

3-0 out of 5 stars Superb bibliography, but not the ultimate EC art book
While the bibliographical data is literally a life-long labor of love, I was disappointed by limited amount of images reproduced from the original artwork; the illustrations seem to be limited to photographs of the author's personal collection. The complete series of Graham Ingels' Old Witch paintings and sketches screams out for inclusion. I would have liked to see panel pages reproduced from the originals; full-color reproduction of line art reveals editorial changes, paste ups, blue pencil, and other subtleties undetectable in conventional reprints. A greater outreach to the art collector community could have yielded a definitive reference book/coffee table art book, but TALES OF TERROR fall short of this potential.

5-0 out of 5 stars Only Need One Word
WOW! Okeh, I'll use some more words. If you wanted to know about the history of EC Publications this is the book to own. Very well researched and a labor of love that comes shining through!

4-0 out of 5 stars No Tales!
Customer, listen! This is a book full of wonderful pieces of art, covers in abundance etc. But there are definitely _no_ Tales of Terror, as I foolishly presumed.... ... Read more


170. The Key to Midnight
by Dean R. Koontz
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5-0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz At His Best
Mr. Koontz originally wrote this book under the pseudonym of Leigh Nichols (I didn't even know he had one). As Mr. Koontz explains at the end of the book, he spent quite a lot of time editing this book prior to re-releasing it under his name.

This book was definitely Koontz at his best. Though not your typical Dean Koontz plot, he did a wonderful job crossing in the the Spy Novel Genre. I read this book in one day on the beach. I found it to be wonderfully written, and I really liked the characters. I was certainly surprised to find out who was and wan not one of the bad guys. Boy did it fool me. Some of the characters I expected to be corrupt wern't and some that I expected not to be were.

The plot unfolds in Japan, and ends in Switzerland. Mr. Koontz does a great job of describing these locations without getting lengthy and boring yet making them colorful.

If you like Dean Koontz, don't leave this book off of your must read list.

I have read many of Mr. Koontz's novels and I rank this as one of his best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I don't why people keep on saying they don't like this 'new style' I don't see anything different in this book...okay so it takes place in a different Country..they still talk english so who cares? Anyway getting back to how riviting this book was.....It had to be one of the best by Koontz ever...I have read about 12 of his other novels and this one is third in the top 5 (one and two being INTENSITY, and WATCHERS) by the end of the first page of this book you are already hooked. This epic novel is about a lady, Johana, she keeps on having the same dream alomost every night. Then a man neamed Alex comes and tells her JOhana is not her real name and that she is the senetor's daughter....you'll find out what happends when you read THE KEY TO MIDNIGHT. If you like this book you should read STRANGERS also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Koontz
This book is more of a detective mystery than the usual horror book you see from Dean Koontz. As far as writing from Dean Koontz, I place it second only to Watchers although it is very different.

5-0 out of 5 stars A different type of Koontz novel...
Joanna Rand left America ten years ago, and is now the owner of a nightclub in Kyoto, Japan. The one thing that she could not leave behind however, is a terrifying nightmare that she has on a nightly basis involving a man with steel fingers. When Joanna wakes up, she feels physically violated and terrified beyond comprehension. A private detective named Alex Hunter is vacationing in Kyoto and becomes instantly captivated with Joanna. However, he also knew that he had seen Joanna before in news photographs of a senator's daughter who had dissapeared 10 years ago. Alex becomes determined to help awaken Joanna to the fact that she is not who she thinks she is, and that her life, her memories, and her mind had been created for her.

The Key to Midnight is definately a different type of Koontz novel. He usually specializes in horror and suspense. That is why I was very unsure about reading this book. However, as soon as I began, I knew that it would turn out to be one of the best Koontz books that I ever read. The book is an extremely well written and action packed chase novel. The story is paced extremely well because you learn about Joanna's past and why her life was messed with, slowly over the course of the story. You are also kept on the edge of your seat, because there are many different people who do not want Joanna to discover the truth. This book really emphasizes the phrase "trust no one" because anybody could be in on it. Koontz also does a wonderful job of illustrating the different countries that the story takes place in.

Overall, The Key to Midnight is one of Koontz's best books. It is an action packed chase novel filled with paranoia, conspiracies, and many great characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery!
This is one of Koontz's better mysteries. I like all of his books, but not all of them leave you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out a secret. The best part- it's about the main character in this book!

Can you imagine how scary it would be to question & doubt who you are? That's the one thing we all think we at least know, if you don't know that- who can you trust?

This is one of my favorite books of his. Go out & get it! ... Read more


171. The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
by ROBERT E. HOWARD
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With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century¿he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan wasn¿t the first archetypal
adventurer to spring from Howard¿s fertile imagination.

¿He was . . . a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan. . . . A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things. . . . Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect¿he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane.¿

Collected in this volume, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gary Gianni, are all of the stories and poems that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan, Solomon Kane. Together they constitute a sprawling epic of weird fantasy adventure that stretches from sixteenth-century England to remote African jungles where no white man has set foot. Here are shudder-inducing tales of vengeful ghosts and bloodthirsty demons, of dark sorceries wielded by evil men and women, all opposed by a grim avenger armed with a fanatic¿s faith and a warrior¿s savage heart.

This edition also features exclusive story fragments, a biography of Howard by scholar Rusty Burke, and ¿In Memoriam,¿ H. P. Lovecraft¿s moving tribute to his friend and fellow literary genius.



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5-0 out of 5 stars Savage Writing at its Best.
Long before Robert Howard conceived of Conan there was Solomon Kane. A Puritan Englishman from the 16th century, Kane wandered the earth with no particular destination in mind but where God should send him. Like all of Howard's characters, Kane is an adventurer, but unusual in that he sees himself as a tool of God's justice. And it is a very Puritanical God indeed that Kane serves. This is not a God of mercy but one who destroys all evil in His path, using Solomon Kane as his tool.

I must confess that I like these stories even more than the Conan tales. Solomon Kane is a driven character with a brooding personality I find more appealing than Conan. This book contains all the published stories about Kane and six previously unpublished manuscripts from the Glenn Lord collection. As with the other Robert Howard books published by Del Rey, this one includes superb illustrations. The frontspiece by Gary Gianni perfectly captures Kane's grim visage.

Anyone who enjoys reading the old pulp adventure tales should get this book. Howard was a true master of the genre. The stories, poetry, and essay on Howard by H.P. Lovecraft are all great reads now just as when they were first published. My favorite pieces are the fragment "Castle of the Devil," "Rattle of Bones," and the poem "The One Black Stain" which places Kane with Sir Francis Drake. But you can hardly go wrong with any part of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thine Vengeful Hand of God
Solomon Kane... pious servant of God, adventurer, death dealer. Evil must perish from this earth, and with a curse an oath to God was sworn. It is his quest and his curse. These aren't your typical good versus evil stories. They contain within them, for those willing to look, the characteristic complexity, and hypocrisy, of human nature that is found throughout Robert E. Howard's body of work. Solomon Kane battles men, monsters, sorcery... and himself.

The Solomon Kane stories broke new, artistic ground on many levels, but perhaps the most significant breakthrough dealt with what Robert E. Howard is most known for in modern times... the father of the literary genre Sword and Sorcery. The Solomon Kane stories were the first modern Sword and Sorcery, and Kane the first Sword and Sorcery character (published in 1928). These stories blended for the first time historical advetnure, fantasy, and supernatural horror in modern prose. Not only excellent stories, but the first of their kind. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Combine The Punisher & Van Helsing.
If you think Conan is Howard's best do yourself a favor and read 'Solomon Kane'. I only wish Howard could have written more. This book has all of Howard's Solomon Kane stories unedited, & some great illustrations on almost every page. And one of the stories 'The Footfalls Within' is in its original form for the first time since it was published in the 1930s. A great value for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars The creator of CONAN brings you a Swashbuckling Puritan!
"The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane" collects together all the unedited, original stories and poems about the puritan adventurer and fantasy hero Solomon Kane. Author Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) created many classic fantasy heroes in the pulp magazines of the 1920s and 30s, such as Conan the Cimmerian, and Solomon Kane is one of his most unique and intriguing creations for modern readers. Solomon Kane appeared in "Weird Tales" Magazine, and his stories combined swashbuckling adventure with supernatural horrors. Howard describes Kane as a "fanatic," who is called by God to travel the world destroying evil. Kane is compulsive, obsessive, grim, and will NOT be swayed from his quest. He encounters sword-swinging villains, vile black magic, and hideous creatures as his wanders the globe in his ceaseless crusade.

If you haven't heard of Solomon Kane, buy this book immediately and fall into a world of action, horror, history, and the fantastic -- all centered on this vengeful and driven Puritan swordsman of the late 16th/early 17th century. The stories are presented un-edited, which means the inclusion of many racial stereotypes and attitudes prevalent in the 1920s and 1930s.

This paperback is a reprint of an expensive limited-edition hardback. Aside from the stories themselves, it includes all of Howard's unfinished fragments. Earlier editions had author Ramsey Campbell finish these incomplete stories, but I prefer to read them exactly as Howard left them. Fabulous black and white illustrations by Gary Gianni adorn almost every page, scattered around the borders of the text, with an occasional full-page illustration. Gianni has an unerring eye for period detail, and his envisioning of Solomon Kane is dead-on. For the reference of new readers, the editors include two essays on Howard's life. First, a memoriam written by H. P. Lovecraft (who corresponded with Howard for years) on the occasion of Howard's suicide in 1936. Second, scholar Rusty Burke provides a short but information overview of the Howard's life. For the extremist, there is also an appendix of textual notes on the stories.

Here are the stories, fragments, and poems you will find inside...

SKULLS IN THE STARS: Solomon Kane finds a wraith-like monster guarding a lonely road in rural England. A short spooky tale; a good introduction to the character.

THE RIGHT HAND OF DOOM: A condemned wizard seeks revenge on the man who betrayed him. This is very short piece, more like a vignette, and Kane has only a small role in the story.

RED SHADOWS: (Originally published as "Solomon Kane") Kane vows vengeance against a bandit who killed a girl, and chases him into Africa, where he encounters sinister magic and furious swordplay. A real mini-epic, with Howard's word magic at its best.

RATTLE OF BONES: In the Black Forest of Germany, Kane finds a mysterious inn with a hideous secret. A fine, short horror piece.

CASTLE OF THE DEVIL: (Fragment) Solomon Kane decides to investigate a tyrannical baron. Only four pages were completed.

DEATH'S BLACK RIDERS: (Fragment) Kane meets a shadowy ghost rider on the road. Howard completed only a page.

THE MOON OF SKULLS: The longest story -- almost a short novel! To rescue a kidnapped girl, Kane enters a lost city in Africa lorded over by an evil queen.

THE ONE BLACK STAIN: A four-page poem where Solomon Kane meets Sir Francis Drake. Unusual and stirring.

THE BLUE FLAME OF VENGEANCE: (Previously titled "Blades of the Brotherhood") On another vengeance trail, Solomon Kane battles pirates on the English coast. There's no fantasy element -- it's a straightforward historical action tale -- but Howard's fiery writing makes this one of the best stories.

THE HILLS OF THE DEAD: Deep in Africa again, Kane joins forces with a shaman to take on a horde of the walking dead.

HAWK OF BASTI: (Fragment) A good start to a story, but the manuscript stops just as it gets interesting. Kane delves deeper into the jungles to find a tyrannical lost civilization.

THE RETURN OF SIR RICHARD GRENVILLE: Two-page poem, with Kane fighting side by side with a ghost.

WINGS IN THE NIGHT: In the best story of all, Kane battles a race of bloodthirsty winged humanoids on an African plateau. Howard's writing reaches levels of feverish, raw madness, creating an intense experience. A fine example of his passionate style and theme of affirming life through seemingly hopeless struggle.

THE FOOTFALLS WITHIN: Another superb story, which will appeal to fans of horror writer (and Howard pen-pal) H. P. Lovecraft. Slavers capture Solomon Kane, but they have an unpleasant rendezvous with an ancient crypt that imprisons something that should not be disturbed. Howard delves deep into dread and primordial terror in this one.

THE CHILDREN OF ASSHUR: (Fragment) Kane stumbles across a lost city of Assyrians. This is a lengthy fragment, about thirty pages, and might have been a one of the best stories if Howard had finished it.

SOLOMON KANE'S HOMECOMING: (Poem) After years of wandering, our puritan hero comes back to England and remembers some of his adventures. This short poem is the perfect way to end the saga of Solomon Kane, and is reprinted here in two versions.

"The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane" is a volume not to be missed for fans of fantasy, pulp literature, and historical adventure. If you've only read Howard's Conan stories, here's your chance to expand to one of his other brilliant creations in a beautiful volume. ... Read more


172. Side Effects
by WOODY ALLEN
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Before Woody Allen set his sights on becoming the next Ingmar Bergman, he made a fleeting (but largely successful) attempt at becoming the next S.J Perelman. Side Effects, his third and final collection of humor pieces, shows his efforts. These essays appeared in The New Yorker during the late 1970s, as he showed more and more discontent with his funnyman status. Fear not, humor fans--Allen's still funny. He is less manic, however, than in his positively goofy Getting Even/Without Feathers days, and this makes Side Effects a more nuanced read.Woody picks and chooses when to flash the laughs, as in an article discussing UFOs:

[I]n 1822 Goethe himself notes a strange celestial phenomenon. "En route home from the Leipzig Anxiety Festival," he wrote, "I was crossing a meadow, when I chanced to look up and saw several fiery red balls suddenly appear in the southern sky. They descended at a great rate of speed and began chasing me. I screamed that I was a genius and consequently could not run very fast, but my words were wasted. I became enraged and shouted imprecations at them, whereupon they flew away frightened. I related this story to Beethoven, not realizing he had already gone deaf, and he smiled and nodded and said, "Right."
Though not as explosively, mind-alteringly funny as his earlier books, Side Effects is still loaded with chuckles; the much-anthologized "Kugelmass Episode" is worth the price of the book. For fans of his films--or for anyone who wants a final glimpse of Woody in his first, best role as court jester, Side Effects is a must-have. --Michael Gerber ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Third In a Must Have Woody Allen Collection of Shorts
This book is the third in a collection of short stories by Woody Allen that includes Getting Even and Without Feathers. As with the other books, I found the book entirely delightful as well as a very quick read. As in any collection of short stories, some are better than others, but there are at least three classics that make the purchase worthwhile regardless of how you feel about the others.

In this book Woody Allen keeps the one-liners coming at such a pace that I cannot believe anyone could be so witty. His writing is always filled with puns and intentional misdirection that keep the reader actively involved in the book. I found myself reading the stories straight though, and finished the book in two sittings, though each story is short enough to read on the fly when you have some extra time.

If you are a fan of Woody Allen, then this book is another in your obligation to get more Woody. If you don't like his movies, then you will likely not like this book, as his idiosyncratic mannerisms come across in the writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Enjoyable Short Stories
I usually have a hard time finding the time to read books these days, but this one was well worth the time I put aside. The stories are hilarious and his form of writing is brilliant. This book contained some of the most entertaining stories I have ever read. You must buy this book!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Philosophical funnies -- or are they all equivocation?
Certainly not all of this is funny only if you have read enough philosophy to catch the drift. Is Needleman a metaphor for Heidegger? Or is this whole tid bit on existentialism per se? Will Free Press add a "Woody Allen" to their series on the World's Living Philosophers? Is Woody living? Is he a philosopher? And if so, is he a living philosopher?

Equivocation: I am convinced that all jokes are logical fallacies. The conclusion is the punch line. We should be able to analyze each joke and find which fallacy it takes. A rough review of what I remember in this book strikes me that equivocation is all that Woody uses. Or are there non-sequitors as well? That is what Dave Barry always uses. Booger booger booger. Woody is much more sophisticated. Hence, has a smaller audience.

Is it still politically correct to let everyone know we still like Woody or would this suggest bad things about our characters especially if we have adopted daughters? If Woody writes an autobiography and we go to a magician who throws in Woody's book with us -- what would happen? What would happen if the magician throws in this book? Would we find ourselves back in the same magician's office?

Why is there no sequel?

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny
This is a hilarious collection of humorous articles that Woody Allen wrote for the New Yorker in the 70s. The absudity of the humor and the intelligence of the references combine well in an engagingly zany, intellectual read. I laughed out loud several times.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Hilarious ride all the way!!
This book is a must read for anyone who likes to think and laugh at the same time!!! Allen's stories are popular anywhere so dont waste time thinking whether this one's a good buy or not because it definitely is!!!
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173. Hidden Leaves (Debeers)
by V.C. Andrews
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The truth could not be revealed -- until now....

A fter the tragic death of her adoptive father, Willow De Beers receives an unexpected gift: a family diary that unlocks all the secrets of her world -- and shatters the life she's known in glitzy Palm Beach, Florida. At last, Willow learns the identity of her real father, and unearths his secret love affair with her real mother. She discovers the reasons for her adoptive mother's cruelty...and the truth about the mysterious woman who couldn't keep her, but would love her forever.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Ick...barely worth the 1 star rating.....
I tried to like this book, really, i did...but the only part i could stand to read was "Dark Seed." The first half just couldn't keep my attention. I'm glad to be finished with this series and hope to have better luck with Broken Wings and Midnight Flight.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great but.....
The book itself is awesome, but the cover jacket is screwed up. It says willow lived in palm beach when she read this, which is totally wrong. Plus, in the book about grace, her mom listens to a tune that hadn't been invented during the time. Shape up!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocure
I confess this wasn't the best book I have read in the famous V.C. Andrews collection but it did do it's justice. It was out of the oridinary having a member of the male species telling the story. Basically it is Dr. DeBeers journal about his life in his medical center and his falling in love with Willows mother. I wasn't that intrigued by it but it kept my attention enough to allow me to keep reading...and it was a quick read too. It had a fast paced story line.

I am a huge fan of the V.C. Andrews books and they will never go unread by me...not a single one, but this book in particular wasn't all that great...not to mention the series wasn't all that spectacular either.

5-0 out of 5 stars the only good book of V.C. Andrews, by far...
This is honestly, the best book of V.C.Andrews that I have read, since she died and good old chauvenist segragating friend, Andy Neiderman came around...
I enjoyed Claude, he was realistic, because you know, sorry to break it to you, but, MALE AUTHORS WRITE IN THE MALE POV BETTER. There was none of the usual girl-from-dreams lame little "oh gentelmen, pick up my coat and we'll have an affair, 'kay?" and best of all, no incest, a first for VCA.
It was also surprizingly vivid, and it wasn't drug out for an impossible amount of pages with useless sex scenes and daddy just beat me, I think most people complained about this. I don't see why, it was a doll of a book just *because* it was shorter, and it had a terrific ending.
So, I actually can honestly say that I liked this better than most all V.C. Andrews books. I'm not even bothering with the rest of the series, I read Willow (which was also pretty well-written, though not that wonderful, because Bunny was too much of a Jillian copy and insulted my name), hated the one after it, because, well, it was shallow and idiotic, and stopped.
However, the male narrator of this book intrigued me, so I bought it. I was glad that I did.
I didn't buy this book as a die-hard V.C. fan (no, I'm not buying any book of V.C.'s that doesn't sound interesting as a *book* anymore), it didn't follow the general pattern of all the other books, and I never read very many of the books before it.
So, I'm not going suggest this to the usual twelve year old V.C. fans, this isn't really for you, go out and buy yourself some of the other spine-lacking classics that you all seem to enjoy. Try this if you enjoy non-smut romance or drama.
All and all, a very rare 5 stars, from me to a V.C.Andrews novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars To die for reading....
Not surprising that V.C. Andrews' books don't stay long on the shelves, they are just too good to pass by (and not buy).
"Hidden Leaves" is the latest example of why the story telling talent of the author just plain "works."

Following the torturous attraction a psychiatrist feels towards one of his patients is not only to die for reading matter, it is so well constructed, the reader sides with the fatal flaw in the man and understands where he's coming from completely by the end of the story; which in true Andrews' style is never the "end of the story," and why fans can't wait to read the next and the next....

Having also read the ghost writer's work under the name of the ghost writer, I am convinced that this person is indeed...GOD....or an earthly clone....with heavenly storytelling ability...no wonder these books sell sell sell... ... Read more


174. Spiral('Ring' series, book 2)
by Koji Suzuki
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In this award-winning sequel, the story we thought we knew in Ring is broken down and twisted into a new reality. ... Read more


175. Dark Rivers of the Heart
by Dean Koontz
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Dark Rivers Of The Heart
Do you dare step through the red door?
Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldn't know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man. Now he is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men.He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he can't fully remember. On his trail is a shadowy security agency that answers to no one--including the U.S. government--and a man who considers himself a compassionate Angel of Death. But worst of all, Spencer Grant is on a collision course with inner demons he thought he'd buried years ago--inner demons that could destroy him if his enemies don't first.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Another hit for Koontz!
I love Koontz's universe... Funny, scary and intriguing!

I was a very disappointed with the last Koontz's book I read: 'Tick Tock'. It was the first time that I didn't like one of his books. I was hoping for the best with this one.

OK, OK, so it's about a government conspiracy (Again...) but the characters are so enjoyable. The story is a real page turner. The bad guy is such a crazy lunatic (I think he's the craziest of all of Koontz's bad guys). You get really close to the heroes as in most of his books... and... last but not the least... THERE IS A DOG!!! -Fans will no what I'm talking about ;)

I hope there's a sequel in the works...

Finally, my favorite book by Koontz is the first I ever read... Watchers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Koontastic
Quite simply, I loved this novel. There's not many more words that one can describe as one of the best books that he has read in his life. It is amazingly creative and imaginative, and even koontz seem to of shed his optimism he sometimes shows in alot of his novels, you can't help thinking that the innocent people who lives are wrecked in this novel could well be yours. And that is one of the fine points of the novel, how close it is to the reality of our society today....

The villian though, is one of the best charcters I have read about. Roy Miro is one of those insane guys who even though they don't look and act crazy, they are. Apart from being a agent of this unknown government agency, he's also a serial murderer, killing certain people whom he believes are unhappy in this world and the next would be be far more pleasant. But, as you read about him through the novel, you can't help liking him and his antics...

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Rivers of the Heart
It is difficult to imagine a reader who won't be hooked by this thriller about government power run amok and a man and woman on the run from the madman who wields that power. Spencer Grant, a mysterious and secretive man tormented by a terrible event in his past, is so taken with a waitress he meets in a Santa Barbara bar one evening that, when she fails to show up for work the next night, he goes to her home to investigate. The place is attacked by a government SWAT team with extremely deadly intent, Grant barely escapes with his life, and he's forced to follow the woman in a desperate flight. The leader of the very secret agency on their trail, Roy Miro, is literally (although not openly) insane, obsessed with perfection and driven to kill wantonly out of a corrupted sense of empathy. Koontz (Mr. Murder, 1993, etc.) skillfully keeps the reader turning the pages. The young woman who is the object of the chase does not make an appearance until halfway through the book, and the reason she is being sought is not revealed until even later. Through most of the story, only Grant knows the dark secret that haunts him and has left him with an identifying scar on his face. An amoral female government agent is added to the mix (her love affair with Miro provides some wickedly funny moments), setting up an unexpected coda to the tale. For good measure, yet another madman takes center stage in time for the inevitable final confrontation. Throughout, the author makes some telling points about government intrusion into privacy and the efficacy of asset-seizure laws. All this, plus lots of startling high-tech computer shenanigans by both sides--and one great dog. Unrelenting excitement, truly memorable characters, and ample food for thought launch this one to almost certain bestsellerdom.

1-0 out of 5 stars I have more patience
than one of the reviewers below that gave one zero to this nonsense. He could reach page 77; on the other hand, I, with all my will, reached 150 before finally tossing this over the sofa and leaving it for getting dust there until my cleaning woman found it and tore to pieces to get rid of a mushy formation on the book, stinking as bad as the content of it. It is a book from 90s Koontz; but nothing has changed: character development is worse than ever; there is a man and a woman with bleak pasts (a rehash of several older books)....and here comes the big SURPRIIIIIISE: An overintelligent dog! Oh my god! Is Koontz paid by pet animal food manufacturers? How many stories one can create with a syrupy sweet pet (of course a dog; Koontz seems to have a cat-, bird-, fish or other kind of pet-phobia but only dogs)?

No need to mention that the writing is still lousy to the extremities. Please Koontz, with all the money you have cashed in, please take courses of creative writing in a private school secretly you have still the chance (though how little it is) to improve your tedious writing.

Because I didn't finish the book, I don't know what happened at the end and I don't need to find out. Based on my past experiences with Koontz, the man, the woman and the repulsively boneless dog should lead a very happy life forever and together, overcoming everything they meet on the road and winning victory over victory against huge, invincible forces. If this is not the case then this should be ground breaking news for Koontz and his fans. Perhaps his editors has gotten a little bit wiser.

And the title is one of the most laughable ones in the genre and in the book industry; it is full of passion, agony and dread, isn't it?

My advice: Run from this book as if the Devil is at your heels. Even go read Amazon reviewers' articles: they are more fun than this drivel

5-0 out of 5 stars My 1st Koontz book
This is the first Koontz book I read and it is still one of the best I've read of his. The bad guy is sick and sadistic. I enjoyed reading about his thoughts. Overall a great book. ... Read more


176. Intensity (Dean Koontz)
by DEAN KOONTZ
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177. Lightning Strikes (Hudson)
by V.C. Andrews
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RAIN HAS SEARCHED FOR A PLACE TO CALL HOME. BUT THERE'S NOWHERE TO HIDE WHEN THE NIGHT SKY LIGHTS UP WITH TERROR....

Torn from the embrace of her poor but loving family, Rain Arnold now lives surrounded by opulent riches but feels more like an outsider than ever before. Her heart's true passion -- the theater -- may prove to be her salvation, as she embarks on a journey to unmask a legacy of long-buried family secrets.

Enrolled in one of England's most prestigious drama schools, Rain is sent to London to live with her great-aunt, Lenora, of the renowned Endfield family. Their estate is breathtakingly austere, filled with antiques and a long, storied history. But something isn't right. Rain hears footsteps at night, and the high-pitched laughter of a little girl. She sees strange lights in rooms that are supposed to be closed off. And everything about the place -- the air, the silence, even the somber household staff -- is as cold and soulless as a museum. Behind the icy sheen of wealth and privilege lies something unspeakable. Something that could turn Rain's most precious dreams into an inescapable nightmare.... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Book Review
I was reading this book and compared to the others in this series this was not my favorite one. It was hard to follow in some spots, and when you think you have figured out what is going on with the characters, it leads you to a different direction.
But out of all the V.C Andrews books this was a little different in plot. I would recomanded this book to anyone who likes mystrey and would enojoy getting lead in the wrong direction

2-0 out of 5 stars Boo!Hiss!to V.C. ghostwriters on this one!!!!!
"Lightning Strikes" is the second installment in the Hudson series.I really had a hard time getting into this second installment....not only were the characters pretty dull and boring...but Rain disappoints me with her behavior with the men she encounters along her journey in London.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rain in London
I'll make this short:
I like this book better then Rain. I also like how the writer put her in London. I don't think any other of the characters have traveled outside of the USA and it was a nice change of pace, like going on vacation without moving an inch. Rain's reunion with the father she never met was kind of sad but as they form a tenative bond it becomes happier.

1-0 out of 5 stars So Bad ... Why It's Almost Painful...
Not bad in a good way either. Rain is a character of minimal personality. Likely someone our MALE ghost writer has fantasized up for lonely nights judging from her busy pants-dropping schedule that was so detailed in the book.
Funny how every second book the character has to have sex with their step-brother... It is so disgustingly Dawn/Jimmy. In fact, the whole series is of an African American version of Dawn! Purely predictable, yet still trashy! I don't know how on earth that the ghost writer will manage to ever top this stench pit called the Hudson series, but all the same I will eagerly waste my 8.00 for a copy just to observe it's tackiness...

1-0 out of 5 stars The Cliches Just Keep Coming
Yes, it behooves me to admit I read Part II of the so-called "thrilling" Hudson series.And more than likely, I'll be reading the last one as well.

I forgot to mention my problem about the characterization of Rain's sister Beni from the first book.Why was the darker-skinned sister portrayed as the troublemaker?I think the Andrews ghost-writers need a little sensitivity training (amongst other things).Talk about catering to stereotypes.

Was I hoping that somehow, the ghost writer(s) would vindicate themselves by allowing Rain to become more than a single-dimensional figure?

I was obviously asking for way too much.

The tawdry tale thus far...Rain Arnold ends up in London, once again taking the world by storm (no pun intended).On her way to theatrical bliss, she finds her real father, gets laid twice, and discovers that her psycho uncle likes to play dress-up with little maids in a dollhouse.

Meanwhile, back at home, Rain has become a filthy rich heiress, and her real family isn't thrilled in the least.

Haven't we done this already?

Not that I'm a prude, but what's this with all the unsafe sex?Why can't a V.C. Andrews novel feature a female character who isn't dropping her panties in every third or fourth chapter? I don't mind sex in a novel when it makes sense, like in romances, where there are two people expressing love in a physical way.

And I'm sorry, but Rain having sex with her brother/not brother is the height of tacky.It may have worked for shock value in the Dollenganger Series, but like much of the V.C. Andrews staples, has become too predictable.

Are there some unresolved issues in the Andrews' family that should be coming out?

Let me give the writers of this stuff a word of advice.If you're looking to emulate the great gothic novelists of the past, do yourselves a favour and READ THEM! ... Read more


178. Within The Shadows
by Brandon Massey
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Be Careful What You Wish For

At just thirty-one, Andrew Wilson has it all: close friends, a great house in an Atlanta suburb, and a successful career as a mystery writer. Only one thing is missing—a special person to share it with. Then one day he meets someone new, a woman who seems almost too good to be true.

Beautiful, smart, and sophisticated, Mika Woods is everything that Andrew has ever wanted and more—at first. After one night of passion, Andrew soon discovers that Mika isn't quite who she appears to be. Or even what she appears to be.

But it's too late to turn back. Mika has been waiting a lifetime for a man like Andrew. And what she wants, what she desires, she will have—no matter who has to die… ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars HOT! HOT! HORROR!
WTS is THE stand alone greatest horror novel that my eyes have graced! Cover to cover, Brandon Massey has seamlessly woven the perfect horror story with cross-genre appeal. These multi-faceted characters were those you instantly formed love-hate/hate-to-love/love-to-hate bonds with. Mika, the devil in diva's clothing, sets off the whirlwind drama, bringing stalking-to-the-next-level. How Mr. Massey was able to pull off delving into the female psyche was uncanny; and his portrayal of the male perspective on relationships was masterful. Clever clues dispersed throughout led to what could, perhaps, be a cliffhanger. The old school jams and the rural and suburban Georgia backdrops solidified the authenticity of the culture in which the characters thrived. WTS leaves you feenin' for the next installment from this gifted author. Last but definitely not insignificant- the sex scene: It proves that Horror can be HOT! HOT! HOT!

4-0 out of 5 stars Psycho Stalker
All of a sudden I gasped and cried out "Oh no!, Oh no!" and those around me said "that must be a good book!"The book I was reading was Within the Shadows by Brandon Massey.This is the third of his horror/suspense novels I have read and each one I have enjoyed.Within the Shadows started off a little slow, but had a strong middle and ending.

Writer Andrew Wilson is best known for his Mark Justice suspense novels.One Tuesday while sitting in Starbucks, he sees a beautiful young woman reading his novel.Putting his shyness aside and acting on a dare from his best friend, Eric Patton, he introduces himself to her.The woman is Lalamica (Mika) Woods.After meeting Mika, Andrew's life becomes a whirlwind of strange, unexplainable events. His home is invaded by an unknown source that turns on electrical equipment and communicates with him by typing messages on his computer. Three gray cats, with piercing eyes that can look beyond the soul find their way on his property.Worse of all, Mika is not the woman he thought. With the help of friend, Carmen and his estranged father, Ray, Andrew has to find out the mystery behind the strange going-ons in order to keep his sanity.

Intrigued is the best way I can describe how I was feeling while reading this book.The actions and suspense had me on the edge of my seat.I was anxious to find out what was going to happen next, but afraid to turn the pages too fast for fear of the unexpected.I sat for hours savoring every word to get to the ending.In this review I am leaving out a lot of information because I would not want to spoil this book for anyone. I suggest you pick up this book and enjoy the haunting experience for yourself.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worthy ofa Bram Stoker award nomination
While driving back with his father after a round of golf, Raymond makes a sudden turn and drives until he has an accident.Nearby is a mansion which his son Andrew enters to look for a phone.The place seems haunted so he quickly goes outside gets a signal on his cell phone.When his father is admitted to the hospital because of injuries due to the accident, Andrew asks him if he knows about the house and he says no but his son knows his father is lying.

Not long after that episode, Andrew, a thriller writer, is in his favorite coffee shop prepared to do some writer when he meets Mika Woods.She makes it plain she is interested in him and entices him into coming back to her hotel room where they have hot sex.Mika makes it plain that she loves him and he is the soul mate she waited years to find but Andrew wants to take things slow which upset her greatly.Her obsession leads her to stalk Andrew and his friends while his father dreams about the mansion.When Andrew finally admits something supernatural is going on, anyone who gets close to him is in danger from Mika and her paranormal powers.It is up to Andrew's father to save the son he abandoned so many years ago.

Brandon Massey is a fantastic horror writer who will appeal to readers who like Bentley Little.Andrew rings true as he goes from skeptical non believer in the paranormal to a believer because he has witnessed strange happenings and knows he needs to destroy Mika before she further hurts those he loves. WITHIN THIS SHADOW is worthy ofa Bram Stoker award nomination.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!
Brandon Massey never fails to please, and this novel just adds stock to why he is one of my favorite authors.

Within The Shadows is a story about an author, who grabs the attention of an obsessive fan. The twist of the story is that she is not who, or what, you may think she is. What starts as a lustful, *Massey pens one of the most erotic sex scenes I have ever read in this one! *whoooo* mentally tantalizing affair, turns into a nightmare beyond imagination.

I won't tell too much more of this brilliantly penned novel. But trust me, it's a pageturner. Not your typical horror story, and will leave you literally on the edge of your seat!

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179. Song of Kali
by Dan Simmons
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"O terrible wife of Siva / Your tongue is drinking the blood, / O dark Mother! O unclad Mother." It is remarkable that prior to writing this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent only two and a half days in Calcutta, a city "too wicked to be suffered," his narrator says. Fortunately back in print after several years during which it was hard to obtain, this rich, bizarre novel practically reeks with atmosphere. The story concerns an American poet who travels with his Indian wife and their baby to Calcutta to pick up an epic poem cycle about the goddess Kali. The Bengali poet who wrote the poem cycle has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Horror critic Edward Bryant calls Song of Kali "an exactingly constructed, brutal, and uncompromising study of the degree to which an evil place may permeate and steep all that makes us human" and writes that it embodies "the stance of a psychologically violent novel about a violent society as a defensible and indisputably moral work of art." Song of Kali won a World Fantasy Award. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a disturbing pleasure to read
I've been a fan of Dan Simmons for some time now, but it was only recently that I put my hands on a copy of "Song of Kali". I approached the book expecting a standard horror story yet Simmons delivered much more than that. The city of Calcutta is described as a surreal, nightmarish hell on Earth, and certainly won't earn Simmons a job writing Indian travelogues. The overall picture painted here is bleak, unforgiving and downright horrifying, even to a longtime follower of horror novels like me.

I was captivated and truly unnerved at many of the events described here. There is an underlying sense of "wrongness" within these pages disguised as a rather straightforward tale. I read this novel in one sitting and it kept me riveted to my seat.

Other reviewers have commented upon the lack of "closure" in some of the plotlines. From my perspective, the terror of the unknown and leaving the horrors unsolved made for a more realistic and true-to-life ending. Certainly in "real life" there are not too many times when events wrap up in a neat little package. H.P. Lovecraft was a master of using fear of the Unknown to horrify his readers, and Simmons has learned his Lovecraft lessons well.

If high quality horror is your bag, you need "Song of Kali" in your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS is what Horror Fiction should be...
After reading Harlan Ellison's comments about this book years ago, I knew I had to have it. Not an easy book to locate then, but once I had it... Oh my God. I'd never read a horror novel like it. It was bloated with the corruption and festering malignancy of Calcutta: "Some places are too evil to be allowed to exist." With that provocative opening line, Simmons opens up a universe filled with an overpowering sense of the otherworldly that the Western mind cannot escape.

The novel feeds on our (inherent?) xenophobia, our fear of women (manifested in the devouring goddess of Kali), our passion for violence, and the all-too-real fear of our children taken from us. "All violence is power," the poet Das says. "Sometimes there is no hope. Sometimes there is only pain."

THAT, friends and neighbors, is the true crux of all great horror fiction, and Simmons doesn't hesitate to take us as far down the river at the heart of darkness. His knowledge of classic poetry, particularly Yeats, and Luczak's wife's knowledge of geometry, infuses this novel with an intelligence and moral weight most horror writers either fake or never bother with in the first place. And India has such a vast and bizarre mythology I'm surprised no one explored it before like this.

I love this book, and even picking it up again to write this review I'm tempted to read it a third time. Anyone with any knowledge of India's myths will find it all the more disturbing. The use of story-within-story that heightens the horror (for some reason I'm a sucker for this narrative trick; Lovecraft did it, King did it in "Pet Sematary", Anne Rice too-- it always chills me to the bone) I can't say enough of the fascination this book holds for me, its relentless darkness, its stench of rancid flesh, its charnel house images, its fusion of sex and death, its climax of delirium and fire--and the final moral stand of a man who comes to realize how truly helpless he is in the face of so much darkness.

Listen to the song of Kali if you have at all a true taste for the macabre, the funereal, the hopeless, the living dark, the taint of blood: "The world is pain/O terrible wife of Siva/ You are chewing the flesh/Your tongue is drinking the blood, O dark Mother! O unclad Mother/O beloved of Siva/The world is pain."

"The Age of Kali has begun/The Song of Kali is now sung." Hear it? Listen....

2-0 out of 5 stars There's the germ of a good novel in here...
After havining seen the cover blurbs. I spent about two thirds of this book wondering what the hell I was missing. The overlong setup failed to get me invested in the main character, a self-involved poet, who comes across as rather petulant, dull and disengaged. We spend a short eternity with Luczack's literary mentor, a boring cliche of a cigar-chomping New Yorker with a heart of gold. Luczack's one saving grace is his capable, intellectually curious wife, whom he mostly talks down to and/or places in peril. (There's a ridiculous bit late in the book where he makes a big display of "I'm not leaving you again, kiddo", only to wander off again as soon as she falls asleep.) I would have been grateful for Luczack to get killed off early and the focus shifted to the wife.

In addition, while the horrified-travelogue aspect of the book is effective, we never go any deeper than Luczack's ugly-American revulsion at a society he doesn't understand. Simmons seems content to paint most residents of Calcutta as potential gangsters or murderous fanatics, and leave it at that. The story only gets interesting (far too late in the book) when the Luczack character mercifully shuts up long enough to let some of the Indians tell their own stories. The storyline involving the Kali cult is genuinely, darkly fascinating and I wish Simmons had done more than scratch the surface of it.

The emotional climax could have been wrenching if only I'd been invested in the main character, and unfortunately the novel peters out with him descending into a world of self-pity for several chapters. Some really interesting horror material here, sandwiched into an otherwise boring novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Traveler Beware
As an avid reader of horror, fantasy and science fiction, I like to think that I'm immune to any lasting effects from the frightening images that emerge from those dark places within the minds of our best contemporary authors. Most of the time my reaction is, "Been there ... done that ... NEXT!". But last night I finished reading SONG OF KALI by Dan Simmons. And I fear that the images he conjures will be with me for a very long time to come.

This horrible/delightful/remarkable book works on your psyche on two levels: it attacks your senses by describing, in graphic detail, the mundane, "real world" horrors that exist just beyond the field of awareness for most Westerners living in affluent, post-industrialized "societies"; but worse yet, it open up that dark place so deeply imbedded within our basal ganglia that it can only be assumed to be the most primal and ancient of human nerve centers. It triggers an autonomic recoil from the pure darkness, cold malevolence, and absolute EVIL that surrounds us. We begin, innocently enough on the first level, following our protagonist's journey to solve a mystery ... and then slowly ... methodically ... step by step and with our guard down ... we are led blindly into reeking depths of the primordial abyss. I've never been to Calcutta. But, like many other Americans, I have traveled to a number of other "Third World" settings, both in groups and as a individual. I never cease to be appalled at the the arrogance and materialistic ego-centricity of too many American travelers who fail to respect or even try to fathom other cultures, unfamiliar traditions, and those painful economic realities suffered by much of the REST of the world. Simmons captures the naive, and distinctly American, arrogance of his protagonist (Robert Luczak) remarkably well. But then he takes it one step further. He rolls Luczak's arrogance in broken glass and shoves it right down his throat.

I like to think of myself as a savvy ready. Most of the time, I can sense where a story is heading before it actually takes me there. All the way through the first three quarters of SONG OF KALI, I was pretty certain I knew where the author was leading me. I expected the expected. I was anticipating the cliché. But the sheer horror of that final twist of the literary knife-in-the-gut left me utterly speechless, with my heart a-pounding and my mouth hanging open like a drooling simpleton. I simply could not believe that I didn't see this coming! I was caught so completely off guard that I actually had to back up and re-read that section several times, just to be certain that I was really reading what I thought I was reading. What an ending! My congratulations to Dan Simmons for writing such a dark masterpiece. I wonder, what deep, dark recess in your mind did you have to tap to dredge up something so completely unfathomable? What nightmares you must suffer.

4-0 out of 5 stars All violence is power ... but other songs are also sung ...
Wow! I just finished reading Dan Simmons' excellent first novel, "Song of Kali," and I must say that I am extremely impressed by this work of fantastic horror and its meaning in the real world the reader is invited to recognize as both insane and wonderful all at the same time.

Yes, there are some flaws in the book, and for that reason you should ignore the hype and superlative praise showered on it. For starters, the narrator is not a particularly likeable character; he admits to having a short fuse and a quick temper that often seem out of proportion to even minor annoyances.

In addition, the author goes on for too long just setting up this tale, and nothing much of consequence actually happens for the first third of the story. Then there is the problem of the loose ends that do not answer the questions raised by a murder which serves as the emotional climax of the novel. My best guess is that Simmons deliberately left some things obscure to reflect the protagonist's own confused and frustrated inability to understand what prompted the killing, but - if such is the case - it still leaves the reader unsatisfied with the unresolved mystery of why certain events happened as they did.

Finally, "Song of Kali" suffers from a lack of editing and/or proofreading (at least in its paperback edition), as shown by the many typos in the manuscript. Ordinarily, this would not matter a great deal, but in a story that concerns itself with wordsmiths in one form or another (i.e., writers, editors, and a literary agent) the errors are glaring and disrupt the flow of the otherwise nicely nuanced text.

However, having said all that, I remain amazed at how well the "Song of Kali" managed to pull me into its plot and delve into themes that were at once disturbing and yet undeniably fascinating. The dramatic tension between good and evil is captured in dialogue and descriptive prose that explores the duality of man at both the macroscopic and microscopic levels. This might sound dry and dismal but in fact the final third of "Song of Kali" truly does build suspense like a runaway freight train, and I was unable to put the novel down for the last 80 pages.

Simmons also does an especially good job of translating the universal nature of depravity from the teeming streets of Calcutta to the familiar environs of our own supposedly more civilized society. Although he touches on Indian mythology, the occult, mysticism, and the supernatural, Simmons suggests that the manifestations of culture and religion are merely props that mirror the darkness (or lightness) of the human soul.

And that is really what this book is about when you get down to it: the importance of free will and each person deciding for him- or herself whether to embrace hope and life or give into greed, hate, and the fear of death. In spite of its faults, "Song of Kali" concludes on an optimistic note that does not smack of a conventional, contrived happy ending. Instead, Simmons says, we must beware of the beast within us, but choose the better way. ... Read more


180. A Nightmare On Elm Street #2: Dreamspawn
by Christa Faust
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
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When Freddy inadvertently re-enters the real world as a living, breathing person, the evil former master of the dreamscape is desperate to change back.He discovers that he must recreate the original circumstances of his death, that is, become a serial killer and then die by fire, in order to return to the dream world. But reclaiming his horrible throne isn't as easy as that, as Freddy discovers a foreboding challenge in the form of Legion¨ ... Read more


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