The fifth book in the Odd Thomas series and it shows, is Odd Apocalypse. This one is hands down my least favorite in the series to date, having drifted father and farther from what made this series so good. I have a few gripes about this book, but I have some praise as well.
That was my jumbled thoughts on Odd Apocalypse. See you next month
Thor is a good book about a good dog. Also a werewolf is in there, but that’s kind of tertiary. I enjoyed this book for is use of the perspective. As having a dog as the lead protagonist is a great idea that payed of wonderfully. I learned about this novel through a review of Bad Moon, the film adaptation. Even without seeing the film, I know I like the book better. Thor was a fun read that didn’t take so long as to lose the momentum and while a horror novel, Thor has a few funny moments. As well as a few touching ones.
That’s all for this month. Next month Ill be reading The Oath by Frank Peretti, as it was suggested to me by a coworker and I’ve been feeling the need to branch out to different authors. Until next month, keep reading.
The main if not only reason I read this book is because I’m a fan of the Hellraiser series and wanted to see where it started. Also while being very aware of Clive Barker I can’t think of any one of his novels that I have read. Overall the short length and some of the characters left me feeling underwhelmed. After reading the book I can see why the changes that were made were done so, for the most part.
Next month I’ll be reading Thor by Wayne Smith, see you then and keep reading.
Second Wednesday mean it’s time for yet another book review. This month is The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon, the story of a girl lost in the woods with nothing but her wits, her will and her love of Tom Gordon to keep her going. Having spend my share of time in the woods, the story of people going out for a day hike and dying do to becoming lost isn’t terrifying. It’s the reality. As day hikes are the mostly deadly as people are least prepared. Stephen King does a wonderful job weaving a story that is equal parts uplifting and cautionary tale.
That my thoughts on The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. See you next month for another book review.
Chapelwood by Cherie Priest is the sequel, or follow-up to her novel Maplecroft and I have to say I liked it. But as always with me there’s a sizable difference between liked and loved. Where as I loved Maplecroft, Chapelwood was lackluster when placed in comparison. I think that Chapelwood suffers in the same way that almost all sequels, follow-ups and companion pieces do, they try so hard to capture the same feel while being distinct and cover new ground. Here, Cherie Priest does a great job capturing the same feel as Maplecroft, though she doesn’t capture the same magic. Maplecroft came across as personal, like looking into others lives. Here that feeling is lost. Though not all is lost as Chapelwood still has a number of great points.
That’s my thoughts on Chapelwood. Next month I’ll be reviewing The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. See you next month and as always keep reading.
This month I read Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and it wasn’t quit what I was expecting. Though the surprise wasn’t a bad thing as I enjoyed the book and closure it provided. The characters are all very solid this time around, feeling like full realized characters with a sizable amount to depth. Doctor Sleep revisits the main theme of The Shinning, which is of course alcoholism. Though this time it spends it time on recovery. Which is nice and ties into the sense of closure.
Well, that’s my thoughts on Doctor Sleep. Next month I’ll be reviewing Chapelwood. The second in the Borden Dispatches series by Cherie Preist. As always, keep reading.
Is it the second Wednesday already? Guess that means it’s time for another book review and as promised it’s on Odd Hours, the fourth installment in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. I really liked this book as it was quick and casual read, the characters were fun. Though sadly not as memorable as some those previous. I see this book as bit of a return to form with the series, or maybe Brother Odd was just the black sheep of series… Odd Hours feels equal parts spy novel and supernatural, with the two never really clashing in a way that feels out of place. I can see where Dean Koontz played with the idea of Odd here and it resulted in some rather spectacular character growth. My only real let down was with Frank Sinatra’s ghost as it felt like a character with a lot of missed potential.
That’s all for Odd Hours, next month I want to get back to the master of horror and my roots. With a review of a Stephen King novel, which one? At this moment I don’t know, but I’m looking forward to it all the same and I hope you do too. So until then, keep reading.