Saturday, December 27, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

This classic was amazing!  We take for granted the all too familiar doomsday scenario of every zombie story, novel, movie, and tv show out there today:  Chaos ensues, survivors band together and hunker down, taking refuge in abandoned homes, stores, farms, eventually fortifying their surroundings from the enemies.  Common theme right?  How common was this when Wyndham wrote Triffids in 1951?  Not very.  This was definitely a trailblazer, aside from the fact that it was a great story of survival, surviving a plant species with a killer instinct!  Not sure why it took me so long to finally read this book, but I'm sure glad I spent the time I did with it!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Chainfire by Terry Goodkind

I have started to struggle with this series. Mostly with Goodkind's heavy handed Tea Party like rhetoric. It has been getting increasingly heavier throughout the series, to the point that I have wondered if I can continue. So I was pleasantly surprised with Chainfire in that there was a lot more storytelling than rhetoric. My hope is that we get back to the storytelling as the series goes on. This was a great story, and of course, gave us one hell of a cliffhanger!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Upon A Midnight Clear: Queer Christmas Tales, edited by Greg Herren

This was a fun collection of gay themed Christmas stories. The cover is misleading in that it brings to mind a collection of erotic stories, but these are not erotica. It is a typical short story collection in that some stories are far better than others. Overall, I enjoyed everything and am glad to have spent time with the stories.

Friday, December 5, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Dark Screams, Volume 1edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar

Dark Dreams: Volume 1 edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar

This is one top notch collection of horror shorts! There are only 5 stories in this collection, but the editors definitely chose quality over quantity here. We start off with "Weeds" by Stephen King, a story which I had never actually read, but LOVED the short in the movie Creepshow! Next up was Kelly Armstrong's "The Price You Pay", a spooky tale about vengeance and the price you pay for having it enacted. Bill Pronzi's "Magic Eyes" was a fun, although a bit predictable tale about madness (or is it). My favorite in the bunch was "Murder in Chains" by Simon Clark, a gruesome little story that felt like an homage to Saw and perhaps a little bit of Hostel thrown in for good measure! The collection is rounded off by "The Watched" by Ramsey Campbell, which was a typical Campbell tale full of atmosphere and just the right amount of chills! I'm glad to have read this, and can't wait to read the next volume!