Category: Horror

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July 8th, 2017 by diane92345

Truly horrifying!

Manticore is set inside the worst unit of a maximum security prison. Fish is the newest prisoner until a transfer from Gitmo arrives. Then the bodies start piling up. Why are the prisoners given experimental, and possibly psychotropic, drugs? Does that explain the deaths?

This is a good psychological thriller with horror elements. I believe that one image in particular will stay with me for awhile. The artwork is fine. The plot is fantastic. The characters are clearly defined and most of their back stories are shown. However, some of the lettering was too small and blurry to read on my Kindle or iPad.

This graphic novel would be good for fans of The Walking Dead because both are plot-driven horror.

Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Manicore will be published on March 14, 2018.

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July 1st, 2017 by diane92345

Beautiful Illustrations with an Unusual Plot

The world has gone crazy in this well plotted beautifully illustrated graphic novel. Suddenly after the Great Divide, one human touching another kills one of them. The killed live on in the brain of the killer as “riders”. Once a rider is in residence, the killer can no longer read (so you should probably pick this book up soon). Reminiscent of The Walking Dead (but thankfully without the zombies), the hero goes on a trip across the US and meets a thief, a serial killer, a MMA fighter, a military man and a scientist and others all before the first half is over.

There are some nerdy pop culture moments referencing Star Wars, Lost and other movies. The best description ever of sexual orientation:

I’m a little less into Octopussy and a little more into Shaft.

Overall, I adored this graphic novel! It is completely different than the usual post-apocalyptic plot. So if you are as bored with formulaic zombies as I am but you like to imagine how mankind would react after a worldwide disaster, you should read this book.

Just a head’s up that some of the dialogue is in untranslated Spanish. While the Spanish dialogue does add to the reader’s perception of the character’s mood, it is not necessary to understand the main plot of the book.

There is also some light profanity in Spanish. Since humanity can no longer have sex, some graphic graffiti is portrayed in some sections of the book. This novel is definitely just for 17+.

Thanks to the authors, publisher and netgalley for giving me an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

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July 31st, 2016 by diane92345

Literary Horror (but not simultaneously)

This book was promoted as literary horror. I loved the literary first half of this book but was disappointed with the horror aspect of the remaining portion. It’s hard to say why without being a spoiler so I won’t. However, if I had known what type of horror was coming, I probably would not have chosen to read it. I finished the book in the hope that the literary bent would return but it didn’t.

I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that did not impact my review.

Posted in Horror, Literary Fiction

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April 8th, 2016 by diane92345

Great fun read!

This book reminded me of all the fun I used to have with the Choose Your Own Adventure books. The author obviously also has read a few himself because he knows that everyone tries multiple times to achieve the best ending. He has made it a game to try and find all eleven non-fatal endings. The Kindle links make beginning again easy. That process keeps the book fresh even after multiple reads. Awesome plot and interesting characters makes this a great choice for the young at heart.

I received the ebook for free from the author but that did not impact my review.

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September 29th, 2015 by diane92345

Waded through this book to a good ending.  The previous book in the series, A Dirty Job, was much better and is highly recommended.  Secondhand Souls: A Novel not so much.

This book has almost the same plot as the first book in this series, A Dirty Job. Though the middle 150 pages dragged, I gave Secondhand Souls 3 stars because the end was enjoyable.

Just as I have begin to expect from Christopher Moore, individual comments within the book are laugh-out-loud funny. Just one warning: if you don’t know what a “Cleveland Steamer” is, do not under any circumstances Google it like I did. Even though I cleared my browser’s cache twice, I still have the image in my head–and it’s not a pretty image…

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September 20th, 2015 by diane92345

Great scary read!

I truly loved Turner. It reminded me of the feeling I got reading The Exorcist and The Omen for the first time years ago. It was straight up scary (though I did read it at night in the dark on my Kindle after everyone else was asleep so that may have helped). I think the atmosphere of the island gave me the largest sense of dread. Needless to say, Visit Wales would have a hard sell with me after reading this book. I hesitate to say more because the story is most effective with no knowledge of the plot ahead of time. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.

I received a free copy of this book from StoryCartel but that in no way impacted my review.

 

Posted in Diane's Favorites, Horror