#19: The Walking Dead, book 3 - Robert Kirkman (2010, 304 pages)
The story of survival continues in Book 3 of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead comic series.
Still camped at a prison in Georgia, the group is simply trying their best to turn the place into a home. With the zombies maintained and tensions calmed, order finally seems to be coming in the midst of the chaos of the current world.
One day, the group stumbles upon riot gear and find that they are able to reach out beyond the prison to gather gasoline for their generator. But they find that the further they move beyond the prison the more danger they find themselves placed in. And the find just that when they come across a community not too far away that seems to have found its own way to survive the zombie apocalypse. The Governor runs a very tidy town, and he doesn't take too kindly to strangers.
The situations found in Book 3 move on to the more horrific side of humanity when order has failed and chaos reigns. The Governor's tenure of terror brings new but believable horrors to the series, and as the story progresses, it is only fitting that we see some of our favorites severely injured or killed. And that is what keeps readers turning the pages and seeking the next books in the series. Humans are terrifying creatures, and this book perfectly demonstrates that. While horrific, I have to be honest and say that I'm still enjoying the series, which is why I give this a strong four out of five braaaaaaains.
One thing I have always been open about is my absolute love and devotion of Christopher Moore's writing. So, when I began rereading his books earlier this year, it was inevitable that I would find myself reading through all the books in the Bloodsucking Fiends vampire trilogy. And giggling the entire time.
Bloodsucking Fiends continues upon the love between Jody and Flood. Book two saw the two trapped in bronze statues by their loyal servant Abby Normal, her boyfriend Foo-Dog and her goth, gay bestie Jared. But when a vampire cat threatens the city, the group have to bring Jody and Flood back together to save the day.
Many readers complained about the story being told through Abby's contemporary voice, but I thought it was a fun and refreshing turn to the series. Sure, Abby's very immature, but that's what makes her voice all the more realistic. I not only enjoyed the voice, but I also enjoyed the plot. How many vampire novels tackle the idea of vampiric kittehs? And then, you just have to love the situations that Moore is known for placing his characters in; they're silly, sordid, and lots of fun. Moore always entertains, which is why I give this a fun three and a half out of four bloodsucking felines.
#21: The Walking Dead, Book 4 - Robert Kirkman (2010, 304 pages)
The story of survival takes a more dark turn in the fourth book of The Walking Dead series.
It is only a matter of time before The Governor's men turn up at the prison seeking revenge. Rick has been grievously injured, though he is doing his best to make do, and after an ambush, one of their own has been stolen away. When the attack does come, the group is at their most vulnerable.
Book four is the most dire of the series, so far. While we've lost characters along the way, the deaths in this book are staggering, brutal, and nothing is held back. If you have a weak constitution, or if you find it hard to deal with the other deaths presented in the series, I don't know that this book would be good for you. It's harsh and stark, but it is incredibly well done. It is only fitting that people be injured or die, but even knowing that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. But you know what? Despite all of that, it is a great book. I am really glad I read it, and I look forward to reading book 5. So it's only fitting that I give this a brutal but deserved four out of five losses.
#22: Hell House - Richard Matheson (1971, 301 pages)
About a year ago I discovered Richard Matheson's writing, though I had seen many film and TV adaptations of his works. In reading several of his books of short stories, I came to understand why he's been labeled The Master of Horror. Matheson's writing is dark, imaginative and amazing.
Earlier this summer, I took up reading my first Matheson novel, Hell House. I honestly didn't know what to expect, other than I thought that the story might seem dated, especially as it is older than I am. But it surprisingly isn't all that dated. In fact, I could just as easily see this happening today or 40 years ago.
Belasco House, AKA Hell House, is the most haunted home in the United States. Only one person has ever survived a visit to the home, and he is about to join three others for a five-day stay. If they survive , they each receive a sizable sum of money. The group is comprised of Dr. Lionel Barrett, a skeptic who is set upon disproving the house's reputation of being haunted; Barrett's wife Edith; psychic Florence Tanner; and Benjamin Franklin Fischer, the house's soul survivor. Only Tanner and Fischer believe there are spirits present, though Tanner seeks to find the good in the situation whereas Fischer is much more realistic. As the week progresses, the situations faced by the group grow more and more dangerous.
Hell House is a great ghost story. I thought it would start slow and build up as the story progressed in a fashion similar to Paranormal Activity, but fortunately, the horrors stretched throughout the book and the week, forcing me to keep turning the pages. I didn't know where things were going or how they would turn out, but the tension was built so well, that I had to keep reading to find out. Matheson really is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to reading more and more of his work, which is why I give this book a spooky four and a half out of five frights.
#23: I Don't Want to Kill You - Dan Wells (2011, 311 pages)
After successfully killing two demons, John Cleaver is moving on to fighting a third. At the conclusion of Mr. Monster, Cleaver challenged a third monster to a fight. Problem is, he doesn't know who he challenged or how it will strike.
As the book opens, the city finds itself once again in the hands of a serial killer, this one set upon exposing the disgraces and sins of the city's most prominent members. And worse, teenage girls are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Cleaver, again, must control the monster inside him and find a way to save his town from the evil that seems insistent upon tearing it apart.
I won't lie, I love how Wells has been churning out these stories about John Wayne Cleaver. As one book ends, I look forward to learning who the next demon is and how Cleaver will find a way to defeat it. The demon in this book is a good twist on the previous ones, and I hope that it will catch you as off-guard as it did me. And once again, I have been left anticipating the next book and adventure for Cleaver, which is why I give this book a fun three out of five demon eyes.
Total Books Read: 23 / 50 (46 percent)
Total Pages Read: 7,795 / 15,000 (52 percent)
*More books to come. I haven't updated in ages.