One Man Book Club

OMBC – Odd Apocalypse

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

OMBC – The Oath

The Oath by Frank Peretti came recommended by a coworker. So, upon his advice I picked up a copy with some rather high expectations. Expectations that were for the most part delivered on. I don’t have much negative to say about The Oath. As it’s a layered, engrossing novel that has a large cast of vivid characters. The Oath is considered to be one Frank Peretti’s best works, which makes me wonder about his other works and for being Christian Fiction, The Oath doesn’t feel overly preachy. Something I like.

Those are my thoughts on The Oath. Next Month I’ll be continuing with Odd Thomas series with Odd Apoccolypse by Dean Koontz.  See you next month and until then keep reading.

OMBC – Thor

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.

OMBC – The Hellbound Heart

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.

OMBC: Heart Shaped Box

510wu8jwz-l-_sx330_bo1204203200_I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I’ve heard of his work for a while, Horns and Locks and Key mostly. But trying out a new other is a bit rocky. Joe Hill knocked this novel out of the park, perhaps delivering one the best debut novels I’ve ever read. The characters are nuanced and like-able. The setting is dark and moody, while remaining ground in reality and the villain is suitably evil.

That was my opinion of Heart Shaped Box. Next month Ill be reading the The Hellbound Heart, until then keeping reading.

OMBC – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

519zgrfssrl-_sx305_bo1204203200_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.

OMBC – Chapelwood

21016218366_d63e4e9a73_bChapelwood 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.