Just deleted everything I wrote in this post – irritates me to no end. So I bought this novella by Dean Koontz that is apparently a teaser for a book he either has coming out – or maybe it has already come out, I quit following his book release schedule years ago. He doesn’t seem as fresh and fun as his first books but that is my opinion.
B&N says: With this darkly intriguing original e-short story, Dean Koontz sets the stage for his masterly new novel of mystery, suspense, and strange wonder—Innocence.
“The world is a machine that produces endless surprises and mysteries layered on mysteries.”
Addison Goodheart is a mystery even to himself. He was born in an isolated home surrounded by a deep forest, never known to his father, kept secret from everyone but his mother, who barely accepts him. She is haunted by private demons and keeps many secrets—none of which she dreads more than the young son who adores her.
Only in the woods, among the wildlife, is Addison truly welcome. Only there can he be at peace. Until the day he first knows terror, the day when his life changes radically and forever . . .
Well, here it is Monday morning and I am about ready for bed. I have been reading on two books this week. The first one “The Dead Cry Foul” by Richard Christensen, is not available yet to the general public so I can not do a review of it until he has it published. I am sure it will be a gigantic hit though when it does hit the market.
The other book I’ve been reading is:
I am almost done with it and will review it shortly. I liked Donna Ball’s Ladybug Farm series and so far this book is alright but doesn’t quite live up to my expectations. Still, it is good enough that I will read others by her. But let me save all that for the review.
What are you reading?
I remember hearing before that Thomas Kincade and a Katherine Spencer wrote inspiring novels but didn’t really pay attention to it. Today I bought my first one and I hope it is a feel good, relaxing book to read. He had two series going so will have to see if reading this one makes me decide to buy the rest.
The book I bought is:
B&N describes this book as: Their bites are more than deadly…
The small town near the Everglades was supposed to offer Rachel and her son a fresh start. Instead it offered the start of a nightmare, when an unknown breed of flies migrated through the area, leaving painful bites in their wake. The media warned people to stay inside until the swarm passed. But the flies didn’t leave. And then the radios and TVs went silent.
That’s when the spiders came. Spiders that could spin a deadly web large enough to engulf an entire house overnight. Spiders that left stripped bones behind as they multiplied. Spiders that, like the flies, sought hungrily for tender flesh…through Violet Eyes.
I know what you are thinking – you are thinking, how is it a woman who absolutely hates spiders bought a book about spiders who eat people? Um…momentary lapse into insanity would be the correct answer. Why did I ever think I could read this book?
My apartment always has a lot of spiders (a lot according to me). I usually kill two to five spiders a day. They seem to be everywhere and I absolutely hate them. Hate the idea of them crawling on me, crawling near me, or having the audacity to be on my walls/ceilings/countertops, etc. I loathe them more than any other insect – even fire ants though the line is very hard to see between the two.
I got through the first chapter of this book. This is a spoiler alert for the first chapter. When one of the female characters is overcome by spiders – and the author talks about them crawling down her throat and up her vagina with their hairy legs…I closed the book and will never read another page of it. I’m sorry, but as I get older, I find gore to be too disgusting. He could have written that the spiders swarmed on her and I could have imagined the rest – to go into such graphic, gory detail was totally unnecessary.
So after reading one chapter of this 700+ page book, I give it a D- for gore and disgusting descriptions. I can’t begin to recommend it and have to say I am rather disappointed. The last book I read by this author had smidgens of gore so I assumed this one would be the same – it is not.
Goodreads: Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s new novel after a seven year break, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted–and still wants–to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human.
This book came recommended to me and I have to say, I did try to get into it but just could not. I didn’t like the whole idea of it and that could be, in part, that I don’t care for the whole “vampire” genre anyway. People raved about Underworld too and I wasn’t impressed.
Several people commented that the book made them physically ill. I guess it is good I didn’t get that far into it before I summarily decided it was not for me. I’ve only read one other Octavia Butler book and it was rather good so this was a disappointment for me.
I know there are many people who will say if I had gone further in, it would have been better or worth it. I used to feel obligated to finish a book once I started it but that is not true anymore. I found I valued my time too much to keep reading something that I dreaded to pick up off the night stand. My motto is, if it doesn’t pull me in at the end of 100 pages, it gets chucked. I didn’t make it a hundred pages into this one.
I found the writing dry with endless pages of details that could have been cut out to make the story move along quicker. People raved to me about this book which usually leads to my disappointment as well because my expectations start out so high. I can’t really rate the book because I didn’t read the whole thing so I’m not going to talk about ratings. It wasn’t my kind of thing but plenty of other people think its fabulous.
Goodreads: After her father’s gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her grief. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn’t know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn’t realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she finds there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend’s headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all.
An evil has been unleashed, a terrifying figure previously only spoken of in whispers. But now the whispers will become screams. Beware…THE PUMPKIN MAN.
To get myself in the Halloween spirit, I decided to re-read The Pumpkin Man. I am not sure which time bothered me more – this one or the first. The book is creepy, it is kind of gruesome though not overly graphic, and it makes your skin crawl with all the witchery stuff. It is a great read for Halloween but not for the faint of heart.
I was worried that I would have nightmares but I haven’t thus far. The books characters are well developed, well thought up, and interact well to make the story flow quickly through. I thought there was one or two plot holes but overall, they weren’t noticeable.
Have to say, I hated the ending this time as much as last. It was a bit anticlimactic and predictable. The book definitely makes me know I will never touch a Ouija board ever again. When I was very young my mom or one of my older sisters brought one home. I remember watching them play with it one night and how I was so afraid something actually would come through or happen. I’ve never desired to use or own one. Some things are better left undisturbed. I don’t like occult or satanic stories as a general rule.
However, this story is a fast, entertaining read that could have made a wonderful scary Halloween movie. Again, if you are easily bothered by this kind of thing, I wouldn’t read it but if you like scary fun – it is perfect for this holiday. I give it an A.
Goodreads: Judas, the myth, history’s arch betrayer who sold his Lord for thirty pieces of silver and stands for all time as a figure to be rejected and reviled; Judas, the man, son of wealth and power, a young rebel, a disciple who fought to suppress the lusts of his flesh and hot-blooded pride to follow Jesus, and who became the victim of a monstrously diabilical lie when he committed the act that damned him in the eyes of the world; now the man and not the myth comes alive in the most startling and spellbinding retelling of the greatest story ever told: the ultimate triumph of the novelist who has thrilled countless millions with her magic.
I don’t know about most people but I was raised to believe Judas was a bad man. The only thing that he did that stands out in history is betray Jesus – at least to me – and I always assumed he did it for the thirty pieces of silver. Judas became the epitome of betrayal – look up the word in the dictionary and his picture is probably there.
Judas, a man who was part of the inner 12, those closest to Jesus throughout his adult life. Judas, evil and deceitful Judas.
But Caldwell changes my opinion of Judas – even if it is a work of fiction. In her book, Judas is consumed with the idea that Jesus will announce His kingdom on Earth and changes things for the better. He believes Jesus is Lord and expected him to come in all His glory with a host of angels at his side.
That didn’t happen. What Judas failed to understand was that Jesus had to come as a humble servant to take the place of mankind on the cross. What Jesus did for us and the way he did it, is far beyond what coming with legions of angels would have done. Jesus was our perfect sacrifice.
Poor, misguided, misunderstanding Judas. He thought he could force the Lord into revealing His kingdom here on Earth – put a little pressure on and manipulate a few things and ta da, Jesus would reign supreme on Earth as Judas thought he should.
The book is rich with details of the era and while it is a work of fiction, one can see Judas from a different light. Great read, a little long winded in spots but it makes one of the most significant yet terribly ignored disciples come to life. I give the book an A.