Books of Occult

book review | December with Dracula 5 | The Cambion Cycle by John G. Hartness | Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter 5-8

the cambion cycle quincy harker john g hartness dracember december with draculaAuthor: John G. Hartness
Title: The Cambion Cycle
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter 5-8
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Vampires
Pages: 394
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I couldn’t resist. Instantly grabbed The Cambion Cycle: Year Two by John G. Hartness, second book in Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series. Other series will just have to wait. And no, I regret nothing either.

About the Book: Someone is hunting down people with supernatural blood in their veins, specifically those whose one parent was either an angel, or a demon. They brutally kill them, and leave Harker a message. A message out of blood, guts, and remnants of soul. And, worst of all is that Harker has already seen all this before. Back then having stopped it through sheer luck…

My Opinion: Author has a great, smooth writing style where between high-strung action there’s moments of respite and planning. Characters don’t loiter about, taking more time talking than doing things. Everything’s in very, very good balance, I just can’t stress that enough. Additionally I noticed there’s these… Little repeated things, sentences, jokes. Not repeated per page, but from another book, another story told before. This created a lovely little dynamic, where it almost feels like the reader and the author have inside jokes now. Again, takes balance to get there. Lots of humor, unbelievably colorful epithets and insults, well written action and protagonists. The only thing I had a small issue with were side characters who were not so small as to warrant such template-writing.

A firm 4 out of 5. And how do I resist taking third one right now…

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book review | The Bookshop from Hell by David Haynes

bookshop from hell y david haynes book review read like a villain horror night mode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: David Haynes
Title: The Bookshop from Hell
Series: –
Genre: Horror; Paranormal
Pages: 227
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Forget what I was looking for originally when I discovered The Bookshop from Hell by David Haynes, and won’t likely ever remember now. But this one sounded too intriguing to pass.

About the Book: A new bookshop opens in a small, relatively peaceful town, where a door left unlocked wasn’t a safety hazard. Strange one, with an older gentleman running it, seemingly no electricity, and rarely even open. Yet, despite all that, soon townspeople find themselves with a book in their hands, gifted to them, one they cannot put down, for it’s a tale tailored just for them, a tale that has all the answers…

My Opinion: It’s a very classic kind of a tale: some kind of paranormal thing rolls into a very tidy town, and starts pulling and twisting the darkest strings, causing mass hysteria, mayhem, murder. While it might feel dull reading it, there’s value in the books that aren’t boring, books where you can just sit down and relax, simply read, not thinking what’s ahead, not keeping tabs, or trying to connect the pieces together. So, all in all, pretty good for what it is.

A firm 4 out of 5

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book review | The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

kapiniu knyga the graveyard book neil gaiman knygos apzvalga book reviewAuthor: Neil Gaiman
Title: The Graveyard Book
Series: –
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Paranormal
Pages: 312
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Great are the days when reading is so easy. Finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, a wonder and incredibly unique piece of entertainment.

About the Book: Jack of all trades has made a mistake. He has hunted down a family, murdered them before they even realized they’re dying, but their littlest babe has slipped away from the trap, and disappeared. The only consolation Jack has is that the child was likely helped by powers greater and older than those he is serving. Powers who took the babe in, adopted him, named him Nobody to protect, and began doing their best raising a living, breathing person in a graveyard full of strangest inhabitants.

My Opinion: A slightly scary and deeply captivating book. Reads like a string of short stories, as Nobody goes through all kinds of adventures: from learning his letters by reading tombstones, to escaping ghoul realm; from going on an adventure to explore the oldest burial mound in the vicinity, place no one ever left, to going to high school. It’s intense, and so incredibly well written that reading the entirety of it was a breeze. I highly recommend it.

Great book, especially with October at hand. Solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Dominion by Fred Saberhagen | Dracula 5

dominion fred saberhagen book reviewAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
Title: Dominion
Series: Dracula 5
Genre: Vampires; Dracula
Pages: 320
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Finished “Dominion” by Fred Saberhagen, fifth book in the Dracula series. So far these books seem to be the most random, dull events, with Dracula solving issues in the sidelines.

About the Book: There was once a powerful sword, one we might know best as the Excalibur. But it was hidden away. And now it’s the time to find it, now there’s power enough, there’s knowledge enough… A whole horde of supernaturals scurry in attempts to find it, Vlad Dracula among them.

My Opinion: Time traveling Dracula who works with a cop, and searches for the Arthurian Legend, all while some wicked woman breeds humans together to create a more powerful being. Or at least have victims at hand. Every more interesting topic was dropped, instead you get to read about some perverts with their cousins or sisters. There’s nothing to even say about character writing.

I really hope I can suffer through whole series if it continues like this. A 2 out of 5.

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book review | The Holmes-Dracula File by Fred Saberhagen | 2

fred saberhagen the holmes-dracula file book reviewAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
Title: The Holmes-Dracula File
Series: Dracula 2
Genre: Vampires; Fiction
Pages: 249
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I don’t really like the Dracula and Sherlock pairing, so, I was a little reluctant when picking up “The Holmes-Dracula File” by Fred Saberhagen, second book in the Dracula series.

About the Book: Vlad Dracula wakes a hostage in a very strange place, held captive by strange people, and, seemingly, yes, seemingly being tortured in some strange ways. His captives don’t seem to know who they’re dealing with, but… Without a chance to rest on his native soil, Prince of the Darkness doesn’t fully know who they’re dealing with either.

Meantime, led by a few cases that likely connect in his mind, Sherlock Holmes prowls the streets. The main motive being a missing man…

My Opinion: As I suspected, the combo of Dracula and Sherlock wasn’t as good as their separate tales tend to be. A curse of some kind. But it’s an easy to read book, entertaining as fiction like this often is, so I can’t really complain all that much.

A 4 out of 5, no more, no less.

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book review | The Dracula Tape by Fred Saberhagen | Dracula 1

fred saberhagen the dracula tape book reviewAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
Title: The Dracula Tape
Series: Dracula 1
Genre: Dracula; Vampires
Pages: 288
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

What a fun little book! I’m starting Dracember (Dracula + December) with “The Dracula Tape” by Fred Saberhagen, Stoker’s Dracula retold from Dracula’s perspective.

About the Book: Not all that was told in “Dracula“, given to us through letters, journals, and diaries, has happened the way people there have claimed it to happen. So, Dracula’s here to sling some dirt back, after he has been wrongfully painted as women-stalking monster, and tell his side of the tale.

My Opinion: It’s a very amusing book. Dracula is clearly very annoyed by the false story, and I can almost imagine him rolling his eyes at Harker, live or on the pages, reading the story of a bunch of righteous men chasing down a vampire. It’s well written, easy to read, and at times even historically accurate.

A good start. Solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | A Practical Guide to the Runes by Lisa Peschel

a practical guide to the runes lisa pischel book reviewAuthor: Lisa Peschel
Title: A Practical Guide to the Runes
Series: –
Genre: Occult; Runes
Pages: 192
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Hm… Okay, finished “A Practical Guide to the Runes” by Lisa Peschel and it was both good and bad.

About the Book: This book will teach you rune meanings, both the alphabetical and the ones for divination. With a lot of great tips, examples, and resources, it’s a well put together book for beginners.

My Opinion: There’s very little history. A lot of opinions and interpretations that don’t seem to be based on anything other than feeling. And way too many “do this, but if you don’t want to, then don’t do it“, or “you can make up your own rituals too“.

Best I can do is 2 out of 5.

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book review | Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 2

harrow the ninth tamsyn muir locked tomb necromancer book reviewAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Harrow the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 2
Genre: Fantasy; Sci-fi
Pages: 512
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Holy… I’ve noticed there’s “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir, second book in The Locked Tomb, already out, so I grabbed it. Remember in the last review I said I love me a good book on necromancy? Well, score two.

About the Book: When Deathless Emperor beckons – you come. Even if he’s drafting you into a war you could only win in your dreams, and even then – unlikely. And it absolutely does not matter that you barely just rose above being the last necromancer of your house, that your body is failing and trying to fall apart, that you’re nauseated and can’t trust any of your tools, even your damn eyes. Nor does it matter that you’re possessed by an angry spirit. Or several. Death is everywhere at all times. So what’s a few more crumbs to the tar of demise? The only true question here is, should you let go or must you fight?…

My Opinion: I don’t even know where to begin. Harrowhark is barely keeping her head above the water. Even in the previous book she put all her efforts into survival – small house, little power, not enough of anything new, not yet chewed up or sucked dry, with other houses trying to swallow you whole at all times, no one to trust. And now it’s a voyage to unwinnable war with the Deathless Emperor, Teacher. Imagine a gothic tale full of decadent nobles in haunted surroundings full of spirits and walking skeletons alike. And now put that into space, spaceship. All while hopping around, killing planets, fighting monsters, entities. Insane.

It’s a colossal tale. The only thing I didn’t like was the way it was told. But when such things are being told – I’m prepared to suffer. A 5 out of 5, firm.

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book review | Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 1

gideon the ninth tamsyn muir the locked tombAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Gideon the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 1
Genre: Fantasy; LGBT Literature
Pages: 448
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

This might be the first time I call a book atmospheric. In the best sense of the word. “Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir is something entirely else, and everything I ever wanted from a book about necromancers.

About the Book: There lies a stone on a tomb, placed there by a God Emperor, and nine houses of necromancers pray daily it never rolls away. Nobody knows what or who lies within, but they all know Emperor could only save Universe this once. Yet… The houses are crumbling, power is getting diluted, weaker, if appears in the lineage at all. So when Emperor calls his necromancers and their cavaliers for a trial that could grant them power and immortality, not one hesitates. Among them stands the mysterious living reverent daughter Harrowhark of Ninth house, and her cavalier Gideon the Ninth. They might just need this resurrection of power the most. But the game requires the pair to work together. And these two loathed one another from the cradle…

My Opinion: Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Necromancers who are afraid of travel in deep space for there is just no death there. A murder house with no one to trust. And desperate need to get this power, to wash away the sins, the stains of their name. Schemes, secrets, all kinds of buried nasties, and locked away constructs. It was like a good Agatha Christie book, but with planet-wide clans, and constant requirement of bones and blood to be present, accompanied with deep atmosphere weather. It sounds like a lot, but it really wasn’t. Author successfully contained it all within one house, and well timed confessions.

I can’t wait to lay my hands on the next one. 5 out of 5 for this one, and I highly recommend it to those who want a different tale.

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book review | Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab | Cassidy Blake 2

tunnel of bones victoria schwab cassidy blakeAuthor: Victoria Schwab
Title: Tunnel of Bones
Series: Cassidy Blake 2
Genre: Paranormal Literature
Pages: 304
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I don’t know what it is with Victoria Schwab, but so far I have loved all her books. Therefore I am quite happy there’s still some books I’ve not read. Like “Tunnel of Bones“, second book in Cassidy Blake‘s series.

About the Book: Cassidy’s parents have a unique opportunity to film a show of paranormal places. And so the girl is spending her summer vacation in Paris. In catacombs. Filled with restless spirits. With only her ghost best friend to watch her back, and warn her. One of the spirits, that of a little boy who seemingly died down here, grows different upon contact with her. He grows stronger, more powerful, apparently now able to manipulate real world in a much larger scale, and even pull her into the veil. Cassidy must find a way to send him on, and do so very, very fast.

My Opinion: It was a very nice and light read, full of very well written characters. And while the book is meant for a much younger audience, it was plenty entertaining to me too. There’s just that little something about Schwab’s works.

I liked it a great deal. Victoria Schwab has a very unique writing style that, luckily, isn’t as polarizing as Murakami’s, where you hate it or love it, and there’s no in between. I’m sure there’s something in her vast bibliography that would suit everyone. A strong 5 out of 5.

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