Books: Dystopian

book review | The Egg and Other Stories by Andy Weir

andy weir the egg and other stories book reviewAuthor: Andy Weir
Title: The Egg and Other Stories
Series: –
Genre: Short Stories; Fiction
Pages: 1.15h
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I really like Andy Weir. Some books more than others, but all of quality. So, in need for light and short content, I picked up The Egg and Other Stories to listen to. Did not disappoint.

About the Book: A handful of absolutely stunning tales, with plot twists written to blow your mind. From mental illness to trauma. From aliens to meaning of life. And, of course, from serial killers, to cats.

My Opinion: Extremely good writing. Each tale packs a punch, some still better than others, but each one – memorable, because it’s just, wow, at every ending of it. Do yourself a favor, pick it up too.

Solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 6

vampire hunter D piligrimage of the sacred and the profane by hideyuki kikuchi book review by reading nosferatu read like a villain reading in night modeAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane
Series: Vampire Hunter D 6
Genre: Sci-fi; Vampires
Pages: 206
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

The last Vampire Hunter D book that I had, Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane by Hideyuki Kikuchi is still going strong with great ideas and mediocre execution.

About the Book: Granny Viper is known for her ability to deliver things, even through pretty dangerous places. But the value of the merchandise, and the looming desert ahead make her take precautions and hire extra hands. Among whom is a vampire hunter known only as D. It’s not really a job he’d normally take, no. But the curiosity, and direction too, won the damphir over, as the merchandise in question is a young woman who has been held captive in an infamous castle of the few remaining vampires…

My Opinion: Same old cons. Dull, sometimes even shallow writing, with too high an emphasis on the protagonist looks. But everything else is pretty great. There’s more of the unusual adventures, in unusual place, with some more story on how changed the world is, reminding the reader it’s definitely a science fiction book, as strange and unique as Warhammer 40k, but incomparable even then. D was very, very slightly better written too, as he showed more proper curiosity, and, gasp, almost humanity. Basically, these books are definitely not bad. They’re just not good either.

Will definitely read more when I have more. For now, 4 out of 5.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: The Stuff of Dreams by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 5

vampire hunter d 5 the stuff of dreams read like a villain nosferatu reads night mode reading book reviewAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: The Stuff of Dreams
Series: Vampire Hunter D 5
Genre: Sci-Fi; Vampires
Pages: 204
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Read Vampire Hunter D: The Stuff of Dreams by Hideyuki Kikuchi, fifth book in the Vampire Hunter D series. While the plots are woven a bit dully, story itself is always different, always interesting, strange, unusual.

About the Book: D is called into a town that is like a haven of safety in an otherwise dreary and dangerous world. Once even Nobility, the vampires, lived here in peace with humans. Once. Now the townsfolk are on their own, and aren’t harboring the best of feelings for the nobility due to one young woman, who, bitten, fell asleep, and slept like this, not aging, for decades. The fact that everyone here dreamed of D at least once makes the hunter wonder if it’s not the sleeping woman herself who called him here, as no one seems to know who else could it have been, or even why.

My Opinion: It’s not an easy read as it’s pretty dull plot-wise. But I do like the strange ideas, all the unusual visuals written. In this book it’s hard to tell what’s real, and what’s a dream, for the tale is a dream within a dream. So you read and try to keep all of the strings in mind, connecting their ends as someone somewhere wakes up or falls asleep. Pretty good if it wasn’t for the horribly gorgeous D who bothers everyone with his mere presence. I’m really looking forwards to his own history crumbs though, as it seems he’ll be related to Dracula.

A mediocre 4 out of 5 that isn’t yet three.

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book review | Animal Farm by George Orwell

animal farm by george orwell book review read like a villain banned books nosferatu reads night mode readingAuthor: George Orwell
Title: Animal Farm
Series: –
Genre: Classics; Politics
Pages: 122
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Read Animal Farm by George Orwell, and I don’t know whether to cry or laugh now. Hope everyone reads it.

About the Book: All animals are equal. Having defeated their human master, they set up amendments of sorts and start working on an utopia, where there’s enough food, less work, plenty of rest, no whip, and no stealing of eggs or the young. But fierce slogans made to stoke the fires of superiority and idealism won’t keep that belly full. Food doesn’t just appear, it needs to be grown. And then processed into actual morsels. Which then might be made better with an egg or some milk. And what about sugar, that could be bought for money if excess could be sold? Oh, and just think, if you didn’t have to share it either… But no. No. All animals are equal. Simply, some are more equal than others.

My Opinion: A masterpiece, so good. First published in 1945, and the stench of totalitarism still lingers in the air. Hopefully it’s a stench of a rotting corpse only. Superbly written book of cogs in the machines, corruption, greed, and disregard for others, where no price is too high to keep the power stable in own hands. No better time to read it either.

A solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: Tale of the Dead Town by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 4

vampire hunter d 4 tale of the dead town by hideyuki kikuchi book review read like a villain night mode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Tale of the Dead Town
Series: Vampire Hunter D 4
Genre: Sci-fi; Vampires
Pages: 201
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

There is only a handful of novels in Vampire Hunter D series by Hideyuki Kikuchi that I can get, so, yes, I am determined to read them all. Finished the fourth one, called Vampire Hunter D: Tale of the Dead Town.

About the Book: A traveling city, entire metropolis, on an unknown course, and a very strict policy for boarding it or leaving, that almost left D on the other side of the door, except… Against all odds, they have found themselves in need of a vampire hunter, better still if one’s as skilled as D, for who or what could possibly hide here, where every citizen can easily be accounted for?

My Opinion: If I haven’t warned you yet, let me do so now: do not play a drinking game where you take a shot every time D’s described as gorgeous, you will end up in the hospital. Other than this annoying flaw that continues through all of the books, the story was pretty good. An interesting concept of a traveling town, where motion and walls were meant to keep everyone safe from what’s outside. But a single threat on the inside of the walls has turned it into a death trap.

Solid one, a 4 out of 5.

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book review | If It Bleeds by Stephen King | Holly Gibney 2

if it bleeds by stephen king book review read like a villain night mode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: Stephen King
Title: If it Bleeds
Series: Holly Gibney 2
Genre: Horror books; Short Story Collection
Pages: 447
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Don’t feel like giving up the horror just yet, so, read If it Bleeds by Stephen King, a short, but not so short story collection on various creepy, unnerving, and scary themes.

About the Book: The main story in the book is that of Holly Gibney, and is a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider, which I’ve not read, nor, judging by this book, will I ever want to read. Holly, watching news on tragedies, notices a reporter who seems to be first on the scene in all the worst ones. Not just there before any other reporter, but at times even before the police, before the ambulance. With a bad feeling in her heart, woman starts to investigate the man, dreading he might be a thing from her past, a thing that fed on human misery, sorrow, pain. Because if that is the case, then this creature here just learned how to make himself a meal. And then Holly will have to stop him. Or die trying.

My Opinion: In all the stories present, I highly preferred two. The very first one, with this cybernatural vibe to it, of a young protagonist calling the phone he left in the pocket of his dead friend. And another one that felt almost Murakamish with that Hard Boiled Wonderland tint to it, about a man dying in a coma, and how that death takes effect. The others I didn’t like as much, but none at all bored me. Writing reads easy, but that’s to be expected from such an amount of experience.

A solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 3

vampire hunter d demon deathchaseAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase
Series: Vampire Hunter D
Genre: Sci-fi; Vampire books
Pages: 211
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Third Vampire Hunter D book, Demon Deathchase by Hideyuki Kikuchi is what animated movie Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is based on. Very different, but got that main story line going right.

About the Book: D is hired to retrieve a young woman, kidnapped by a true member of nobility, an old vampire who didn’t disappear like the rest of them. On his heels there’s a whole band of other hired muscle, as the payment offered is enough for them to consider ridding of the competition too. But due to D’s dhampir nature, his skill is unmatched, and so, he can concentrate on the young woman, and the puzzle she poses, having had plenty of opportunity to escape or even kill her captor…

My Opinion: This one’s brutal. Noticed a running theme of ever increasing sexual violence in these books, from mere threat of it, to… To the nasty shit that happened in this book, so keep it in mind as a trigger warning. Other than that, the book is packed with action, supernatural battles, killing machines, relics of unimaginable past, mutations that were once stopped by, seemingly, daddy Drac himself, and mutations that didn’t stop: there’s a vampire who can drink gasoline, because, in a twisted way, it’s life-giving liquid.

Not bad, a 4 out of 5 so far.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 2

vampire hunter d raiser of gales hideyuki kikuchi book review night mode readingAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Raiser of Gales
Series: Vampire Hunter D 2
Genre: Horror Books; Sci-fi
Pages: 250
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Continuing October reads with Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales by Hideyuki Kikuchi, second book in the Vampire Hunter D series. Definitely feeling that dystopian sci-fi vibe.

About the Book: Vampires known as nobility, the peak of science and evolution, have vanished, leaving behind their relicts, and experiments. One of such starts terrorizing village of Tepes (yep) D’s passing by, where he gets hired to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late…

My Opinion: Almost strained my eyes rolling, due to every D’s description, even when he’s only mentioned as a rider, starting with “gorgeous youth“. Gorgeous, gorgeous youth that makes even the hearts of straight men beat faster. You know, I have a suspicion D might be handsome. Anyway, other than that the story was alright. Felt a bit unfinished or lacking logic at times, but was interesting visually and action-wise.

A medium 3 out of 5.

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book review | Tender is the Flesh Agustina Bazterrica

tender is the flesh by agustina bazterrica book review night mode readingAuthor: Agustina Bazterrica
Title: Tender is the Flesh
Series: –
Genre: Horror; Thriller
Pages: 211
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

In search for October horrors I’ve stumbled upon “Tender is the Flesh” by Agustina Bazterrica, and it’s the freakiest pieces of horror that I’ve ever read.

About the Book: A virus made all animals unsafe to consume for humans. Needing or wanting the meat proteins anyway, people both found the justification for what they did, and the means to do it without guilt. They started eating other people. In a post-purge world, where humans were the only commodity in abundance, processing plants began emerging, offering “special” meat, bred and raised as cattle. And it didn’t take long for black market to appear for it too…

My Opinion: It’s absolutely vile, and incredible. A well woven story of society’s moral collapse, lines between right or wrong blurring, then outright shifting elsewhere. A perverse humanity where people are taught how to keep their “stock” alive, all while taking parts for food. A world where you’re cheap meat post death, or expensive one if the client wanted their steak with a name. Place where a billionaire can buy you for your debt and a chance of hope. Honestly, protagonist’s struggles and drama were in the way of the good stuff I wanted to read more of. Terrifying, yet can’t look away kind of situation.

A solid 5 out of 5.

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Top 5 Horror Books to Read in October

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Slow October is slow. But despite half a month having gone by already, I still want to recommend you my very top five horror books to read this spooky month.

I like my horror invisible, mind breaking, lovecraftian. Keep that in mind when adding books to your own list, and consider what you prefer yourself:

Bird Box by Josh Malerman: something happened in the world. Something appeared. People, at first only a few, started seeing something. Something that was not meant for human brain to witness and process. Their minds break… A few survivors huddle together in a house they make light-tight, in hopes to survive. But how does one survive without supplies from outside? And how does one resist the temptation to see what is it out there?

There’s a Netflix movie adaptation that is good to watch after the book. It’s not as good, and quite a bit different, but still pretty good and worth the shot.

The Mist by Stephen King: after a horrible storm the little town awakes broken up. Naturally thus a whole handful of people gather in the store to get supplies and other necessities. A store that becomes their island of safety as the mist rolls over and swallows the reality behind the windows. Something rustles there. Something screams. No one comes out of there. And no one returns either…

There’s a few adaptations as far as I am aware, but I’ve seen none myself.

I, Zombie by Hugh Howey: zombie apocalypse told from the zombie point of view. The death. The cravings. The terror of breaking but undying body, and something else propelling it, something with that hunger for flesh, for brains, for human life. It was terrifying to read. And even more so at the end…

There’s a Netflix series by this same title, the series are based on White Trash Zombie books, and loosely to that, it got nothing to do with this marvelous piece.

Ring by Koji Suzuki: a woman who was more than met the eye has disappeared. But even death cannot stop her, or her vengeance, as a tape appears and starts spreading death. From terrifying moments, to sweat inducing tension this book makes the reader think of all the horrors it doesn’t tell you about, all the while death breathes out of the pages.

Adaptations were both Japanese and American made, by now I’ve seen them all, and not one has left as deep an impression as the book. It’s not as messy, for starters.

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris: a classic. Clarice once again comes visit Hannibal Lecter in his cells behind dozens locks and keys, as it is a monster they must contain. But the rising star detective requires this monster to help catch another one like him. It’s only a matter of whether she’ll not come to regret getting involved with the sly and brilliant creature before her.

Anthony Hopkins will forever remain my Hannibal Lecter, despite the fact that Mads is a pretty good one too. And this specific movie, Silence of the Lambs, is my favorite in the franchise.

Such are my top five horror books to read this month of October. If you have something more to recommend, I’d love to hear it.

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