What Lurks Beneath review

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Goodreads:  The first attack occurrs in the underwater caverns of the Bahamas. Two professional divers exploring the unknown. A monstrous flesh-ripping predator they never see coming.

Now the attacks are coming closer and closer to shore. A sun-soaked playground for sea-loving tourists. A human feasting ground for whatever lurks beneath.

Now, in a desperate race against time, Eric Watson, an expert on remote control underwater vehicles, and marine biologist Valerie Martell, must identify a savage new species of killer—and piece together one of nature’s most horrific mysteries. But the most terrifying discovery of all waits for Val and her team at the bottom of the sea. A discovery too shocking, to comprehend.

Ah, another story about something lurking in the depths of the ocean.  The story is solid and the author obviously did a lot of research about the area and cave diving.  I would never do it – cave diving, not research.  Just reading about it in this book sent my claustrophobia into overtime.  Just yuck.

I have just one negative comment that is purely one of personal preference.  The author went into such detail about the techno side of things but when it came to the actual attacks, he was vague and lax.  I wanted to read about the struggles the different people put up, I wanted to hear the crack of the various ship hulls as the creature pulled the boats under, I wanted to taste the blood in the water.  I felt kind of robbed.

Sure, in most attacks the people didn’t survive – but I still wanted to experience it with them.  Instead it is like: Oh they saw a tentacle rise” and then on to the next chapter where we had to learn in an off-hand conversation or newspaper headline that the boat was unaccounted for or that people were missing.

Having said all that though, it is a decent story and worth the read.  Will I be re-reading it any time soon? Nope, don’t think so.  Will I read more from this author? Absolutely.  I give the book a B+.

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Well, I have nothing bad to say or complain about with this book. I started it at work and finished it last night. It spawned some amusing/scary nightmares which is always the mark of a good creature feature.

The writing was excellent – I had no trouble immersing myself in the story as if I was really there. The squid freaked me out sufficiently as well. Seriously, I don’t know that I will ever swim in blue water. Sharks had me freaked out enough, now I have to worry about squid too. 🙂

This book made it to my top ten for creature features. Great job! I will have to check out what else he has written. I give it an A+

Clickers Two review

I feel like I should apologize before I start the review.  Why? Because I wanted to give this book a good review, wanted to say it was a lot of fun and that the monsters were fantastic.  Really, I wanted to.

Let’s start with the good things: the…um…the news articles were interesting in that they told the story of what the clickers and Dark Ones had been up to since the first book ended.  Ships going missing, people disappearing while swimming in the ocean, scuba divers never resurfacing – all due to the elusive clickers.  I liked the initial chaos when the clickers came on shore and how the humans banded together against them.  Many people did smart things that saved their lives, others weren’t as lucky.  That part was fast paced and I was in the 300’s before I knew it.

Bad: There was nothing new in the story – it was like the first one only more people died in more cities.  The attack might have been on a much larger scale but it was still the same story being told – clickers came on shore, killed people, went back into the water.  There was a long build up through several characters about the “Dark Ones” coming on shore and  how they were far worse than the clickers – but they had very little impact when they did finally make an appearance.  That was disappointing.

In the original story, the Dark Ones were creatures that came on shore and acted, yes, like creatures.  Not so with this book.  Suddenly the Dark Ones are highly intelligent, highly motivated, and with a complete set of human emotions.  Really? Why? Why did they have to go that route? When you make the Dark Ones human-like, the story is no longer about creatures being driven on shore due to a hurricane but that of an invading army and the U.S.’s response.  The Dark Ones could just as easily been any other country coming in to try to take America over.  I don’t like war stories – I don’t find conspiracy theories in the government interesting, I don’t like battle scenes.

Through the whole book I felt like someone was telling me a story – there was no sense of being in the story or attachment to characters.  The only one I even half cared about was the retired colonel who takes the lead in fighting the clickers.  Still, part of the story is that he goes into the battle zone area to find a biologist who can verify what the clickers were – why? Why did she need to verify what he had been saying all along? Why was her saying “yes, they are clickers” so important that it took several chapters and soldier’s lives to get to her.  Also there is a man-on-man attempted rape scene that had no place in the story – what was it’s purpose? Nothing was gained by it in the least.  It does not affect the character in the least nor is it pretty much mentioned again once he gets away.

The story seemed thrown together – like two authors wrote their versions and then tried to mesh them together to make the book.  I’m afraid it gets a C- from me.  I have Clickers 3 but it will go to the very bottom of my “to read” list.

Clickers review

Goodreads:

A  literary B-movie monster-fest, Clickers is a cult classic reminiscent of those old fashioned Saturday evening Creature-Features.  When thousands of giant crab-scorpion creatures invade a quiet Maine town, all hell breaks loose. Novelist Rick Sychek joins the residents of Phillipsport, Maine to fight the creatures and save the town. However, something far worse is hunting them…

This book is 907 pages long.  I started it yesterday and finished it today – needless to say, my eyes are a blurred mess.  It takes a pretty great book to get me to read 907 pages within 24 hours…one doesn’t come along every day…or even every month.

It is quite the story – starting off quickly with the clickers arrival to shore and the killing begins.  Those who survive the clickers are exuberant until the Dark Ones start coming ashore.  What is left at the end is hard to believe but also the perfect ending to a B-movie.

I liked the fast pace of the book – how two hundred pages would zoom by before I glanced down at the page number again to see my progress.  I wasn’t as impressed with the Clickers as I was the Dark Ones but then it is hard to think a grown person can’t outrun a crab no matter how big the crab is.  The Dark Ones though are a different matter – they are fast and quickly overtake the humans.  They also are well protected by shells that bullets bounce off of.  Their main weakness is fire and light which makes sense considering they come from the deep ocean.

The story is a little implausible in that the legend of the creatures coming every 400 years seems hookey but whatever.  If there was a scientific explanation on why the ocean currents suddenly change every 400 years, I’d buy it more but no such fact was offered up.

My only complaints about the book come from the fact that several people I liked ended up dying.  It was actually a bit of a surprise who lived but if one looks at it logically, I guess it makes a certain sense.

At any rate, the book is a lot of fun and full of monsters, violence and gore.  Great book, great storyline and fantastic at keeping the pace moving.  Thus the book easily obtains an A  – I’m not sure I will read the sequel since sequels are usually inferior but I will think about it.

Jumped the gun

Yes, I jumped the gun about Sunday since today is it instead of yesterday.  It is what happens when you work nights and have very little sleep – the days all mush together.  It is another reason I always carry a calendar with me.  LOL.

Spent hours reading last night before finally taking a nap a little after 9 pm until 1 am.  I had meant to take one from 7-9:30 so I would be rested if work called but I kept putting it off until I came to a stopping point in the book.  It took a while to realize there was no stopping point so I forced myself to do so.  Good thing the Nook lets me make the print bigger because my eyes kept getting blurrier and blurrier the more I read.

So what book is holding my interest so long? I tell you, it is over 900 pages and I’m already in the 600’s! The book is:

Gonzalez says in the Forward section that they wrote the book to read like an 80’s horror flick – they manage it very well! I’m thoroughly enjoying the book!  Though it is longer than I like, the pages are turning so fast with continuous action that I don’t even notice.

The book was in my “recommendations” section of Goodreads and based on the other Creature Features I have read. I’m surprised for as old as the book is that I’ve never heard of it until now.  What fun!