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book review | Dracember | Draculas – A Novel of Terror by Blake Crouch

draculas a novel of terror crouch blake dracember book review read like a villain dracula book nosferatu reads night mode readingAuthor: Blake Crouch
Title: Draculas – A Novel of Terror
Series: Konrath / Kilborn Collective
Genre: Horror; Thriller
Pages: 326
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Randomly discovered this book here, “Draculas – A Novel of Terror” by Blake Crouch and a few other authors, who each wrote a character for this one, edge-of-the-seat tale. My second book of Dracember, December with Dracula, brings us to a hospital about to be overrun by vampire infestation.

About the Book: Elderly man who’d fit Stephen King‘s novels, has bought a strange, seemingly human skull. Greatest difference between actual human skull and this is, of course, the set of teeth. Sharp, pointy, and hollow. He even hired an assitant with appropriate knowledge to tell him whether it seems real enough. Really, his only mistake has been not sharing the information with her. For as he pushed those fangs into his neck, he knew what he was doing. While she, unknowing, in shock and fear, took him to a crowded hospital, full of wounded, bleeding patients who can’t escape… For, you see, the skull has likely once indeed belonged to Dracula, whose headless body has been discovered previously.

My Opinion: Action packed humorous horror thriller, an absolute pleasure to read. It’s almost sad to take a point away for where writing left plot or logic holes. You’ve likely seen a movie or a few just like this, and so know, this book is better. Trapped in a hospital, with stalking, mindless monsters hunting them down, protagonists each apply all their wit and skill to survive and inform the outside world of what’s going on, convince them of this unreal reality. Read on the edge of my seat, and occasionally laughed at… well, you’ll see. Lots of lovely nightmare fuel.

Fantastic. A very solid 4 out of 5.

Categories: 4-5, Books: Dracula, Books: Everything, Books: Fantasy, Books: Funny!, Books: Horror, Books: Other Fiction, Mystery Books, Nosferatu Books, Thriller Books, urban fantasy, vampires | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

book review | Dracember | Children of the Night by Dan Simmons | Seasons of Horror 2

children of the night by dan simmons dracember read like a villain nosferatu reads night mode reading book review a month of draculaAuthor: Dan Simmons
Title: Children of the Night
Series: Seasons of Horror 2
Genre: Horror books; Thriller
Pages: 453
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Dracember (drac-sem-ber) is here, and so, I return to you with a month of Dracula, and a great worry for next year, as there simply aren’t enough of these. But, for starters, read Children of the Night by Dan Simmons, the most boring interesting book I’ve ever read. Yes.

About the Book: Post-communist Romania, still running on not yet uprooted remnants of nasty regime, is where Kate’s source of frustration and salvation lies. A child with supernatural immune system, so powerful that if only she could get the kid out of the country, and into a proper, state of the art lab, there’d be no more incurable illness or disease. But Romania has long since been the cradle of Dark Secrets, and so, forces that serve them are unwilling to give up the child they could use to revive Him with…

My Opinion: The book is told from two perspectives; Kate’s, and Dracula’s, who tells his tale, and explains how he’s learning of things happening around him. Mythos of vampires is well woven, and in general it was a very interesting read. Except that I almost died of boredom when author saw the need to describe bureaucracy in such detail and extent, and then provide all of the characters who just happen to know all the right people, and have all the right skills. Kate was annoying too, unusually so, and her co-workers were the worst by being the best with their praises to Kate, oh, if anyone, you can surely do it. Yes, okay, great, fun. The book is good enough that I’d read sequel if there was one (series is not of connected books, they’re all stand-alones), but bad enough that I wouldn’t recommend it.

It really had its moments, so a firm 3 out of 5.

Categories: 3-5, Books: Dracula, Books: Everything, Books: Fantasy, Books: Horror, Books: Other Fiction, Crime Books, Dark Books, Detective Books, Mystery Books, Nosferatu Books, Thriller Books, urban fantasy, vampires | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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book review | Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs | Temperance Brennan 16

bones of the lost kathy reichs temperance brennan book reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Bones of the Lost
Series: Temperance Brennan 16
Genre: Crime; Thriller
Pages: 324
Rate: 1/5 | Goodreads

Read Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs, a 16th book in Temperance Brennan series, also known by tv series title Bones. And I’m not going to read any more.

About the Book: Body of a young girl, telling tales of dark human nature. Smuggled bones. Soldiers against civilians. Brennan gets to unravel this nasty thread of nightmarish underworld, where people are no more than commodity or obstacles in the way. It doesn’t help she needs to juggle the failing personal life too…

My Opinion: In one chapter Brennan “thinks” of her ex husband’s future wife as “she couldn’t stir yoghurt without instruction“, a woman who is a trained vet assistant, basically so very beneath Brennan, because of her looks, and “shallow” sources of enjoyment, like wedding d├ęcor. Farther, Brennan expresses her hate towards a terrorist group by claiming she holds no bias against any belief system, sexual orientation, skin color or stereotype. And I won’t even delve into her snide comment that “the video-game industry was claiming innocence in the fostering of a culture of violence“. But after 16 books I can tell you that Brennan judges everyone on everything, often on first sight. The times I’ve read “pretty, but stupid“, comments on people’s weight, on their sexual behavior choices, and judgement based on stereotypes… I don’t know if author meant to create such a hypocritical and self-awareness lacking character, but I absolutely cannot read any more of this.

Waste of time, a 1 out of 5.

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book review | Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs | Bones 15

kathy reichs bones are forever book reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Bones are Forever
Series: Temperance Brennan 15
Genre: Thriller; Crime
Pages: 283
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Not much left, thank goodness. Read Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs, 15th book in the Temperance Brennan series, also known by title of tv series loosely based on the books: Bones. And it’s really getting ever duller.

About the Book: One dead, likely killed, baby. Two dead, likely killed, babies. Three dead… Brennan joins the team on this case, ready to hunt down monsters, and doesn’t even notice what big mess she uncovers. Of dark secrets, lies, and how everyone’s stupid around her.

My Opinion: Token characters, dreamed up answers, shaming people for everything, hypocrisy, arrogance, and more attitude than I could’ve ever expected in an adult character, written for adult audience. Predictable, dull plot, and repetitive formula. Feels like reading the same book over, and over.

This was bad. A 2 out of 5 and rapidly getting lower.

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book review | Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs | Bones 14

flash and bones kathy reichs book reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Flash and Bones
Series: Temperance Brennan 14
Genre: Crime; Thriller
Pages: 278
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Read Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs, fourteenth book in the Temperance Brennan series, also known by the title of loosely based on the books tv series, Bones. It’s really not getting better.

About the Book: Racing, the cult sport Brennan had no interest in, now tangled in a murder investigation, and fool acting FBI agents, who make her work and life progressively worse. Whose body is it, how it ended up in a barrel with racing track asphalt in it, and why it feels like someone’s in the higher up is trying to cover it up?…

My Opinion: Brennan is a condescending and judgmental bitch, it was hard to read. Constant remarks on people, how they’re pretty but dumb, what are their sexual arrangements, their weight. Add it to a barely simmering plot, extremely two-dimentional, shallow characters, and you get a chore to waste your time. I keep foolishly hoping to feel that Bones vibe again, but I’m starting to realize that Bones didn’t irk me the way this book does is because Brennan there was portrayed to be on the spectrum, so some of her behaviors came off wrong until you got her thought process out there, where’s here she’s just arrogant, as her thought process is what you read. Constantly.

I’ve sadly a few more books that I’d like to finish before I toss it all. Writing and character development would need to drastically pick up from here for me to get the ones I don’t have though. This one gets a wonky 2 out of 5.

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book review | 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs | Temperance Brennan 12

kathy reichs 206 bones temperance brennan book reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: 206 Bones
Series: Temperance Brennan 12
Genre: Crime; Thriller
Pages: 308
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Read 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs, twelfth book in the Temperance Brennan series, also known by the TV series title Bones. Strange how some fiction is not bad, but just also not good, but so very readable still.

About the Book: A colleague enters Brennan’s work field, just to quickly become a bitter rival in everything. Outperformed in every step of the case, Brennan feels angry, and strangely unsafe in her own surroundings, and her own mind. Slipping mentally, or actual sabotage? Colleague determined to advance her career at any cost, or is someone truly out there determined to destroy her reputation?

My Opinion: I like the ones where I can’t fully predict the perps, their relation or sequence. But it’s getting dull what with Brennan constantly having her Spidey-sense tingle, where she knows that she knows something, she just doesn’t know what she knows. Still, writing remains smooth, easy to read, and that’s really all I need right now, so be sure, I’ll continue.

A solid 3 out of 5.

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book review | Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs | Bones 11

kathy reichs devil bones temperance brennan book reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Devil Bones
Series: Temperance Brennan 11
Genre: Thriller; Crime
Pages: 310
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Finished reading “Devil Bones” by Kathy Reichs, eleventh book in the Temperance Brennan series, also known as television series Bones. I miss those series. Books aren’t hitting the same way, it seems.

About the Book: Hidden under a home, cellar with a grisly secret unknown even to the owners – a ritual site, fully decked out with horns, blood, and bones. Including a human skull, which gives the cursed honor of kicking the hornets nest to Brennan. For just after – more ritualistically killed bodies appear. All tied by the occult nature of the murder. Yet all different in the religion they seemingly were meant for.

My Opinion: The detective bit was pretty good, I definitely thought the killer was someone else. And the side characters, despite how shallow they were – worked in favor of side tracking. Yet everything else was as dull as in the previous books, if not more. Brennan and her men. Brennan and her daughter, who appears for no reason and disappears soon after. Brennan and her “light bulb switched on in my head, I just couldn’t tell what it illuminated just yet” hunches, where she remembers, but doesn’t really remember until, of course, it’s critical for untangling the basic plot.

Glad they’re short, and that there’s not many more left. A wobbly 3 out of 5.

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book review | Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs | Temperance Brennan 10

kathy reichs bones to ashes temperance brennan book reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Bones to Ashes
Series: Temperance Brennan 10
Genre: Thriller; Crime
Pages: 310
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Bones to Ashes” by Kathy Reichs, tenth book in the Temperance Brennan series, also known by the TV series title Bones, speaks of a very heavy topics, trigger warnings: rape, abuse, underage victims.

About the Book: Long ago Tempe had a childhood friend, a quirky and strange girl whose company was a delight. Then one day the girl disappeared. And the people told Brennan not to pursue her, letting it slip that doing so would be too dangerous. Today before Brennan lie bones. Bones that surface all those memories, and hold a lead to the darkest edges of the criminal world.

My Opinion: Sometimes Brennan defies logic. Considering her field of work, how can she brush off someone disappear for days if not a week, on a “eh, they were always impulsive“? Other times she dreams up, literally, the answers, making it a bit harder for the reader to follow and connect the dots. Not a masterpiece, but, okay, not bored yet.

I can give it a firm 3 out of 5, for it’s still well readable.

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book review | Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay | Riley Wolfe 1

just watch me jeff lindsay dexter riley wolfe book cover reviewAuthor: Jeff Lindsay
Title: Just Watch Me
Series: Riley Wolfe 1
Genre: Thriller; Crime
Pages: 320
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Ah, what can be better than a humorous heist book told by the thief. Well, probably a few things. Read “Just Watch Me” by Jeff Lindsay, author of Dexter, first book in the Riley Wolfe series.

About the Book: Riley Wolfe is bored. And bored criminals get sloppy. After all, things are just too easy, too simple. So Riley looks around, wolfishly, one could say, for a tougher job, for something fun, interesting… Something impossible. Like Iranian Crown Jewels, guarded by three separate armies. It would be a miracle to get away with your life, let alone a speck of dust off the gems…

My Opinion: It’s not the most interesting story. Protagonist ain’t the most interesting either. Side characters are outright boring. But the heist itself was fun, and the book is very well written, so it’s really easy to read. I’ll definitely read the next one.

A 4 out of 5, and after I’m done with these, I think I’ll seek out Dexter books.

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