Angel of Vengeance by Trevor O. Munson

Posted on 22nd March 2011 in Reviews

Angel of Vengeance tested me somewhat from the moment I started reading it. I was several chapters in and wondering whether I’d actually finish the novel. I’d already found the start of this story of LA-based PI and vampire Mick Angel heavily clichéd, and that’s with giving allowances for the hardboiled-fiction roots that author Trevor O. Munson is writing to.

Yet, despite this bumpy start and early warning alarms going off regarding the ‘been there, done that’ feel that is definitely present in this book, I persisted and kept on reading. I am somewhat glad that I did as there was some improvement over the course of this relatively short book. But was it enough for redemption? Click here to read more.. »

The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Posted on 15th March 2011 in Reviews

thefallbookcoverThis is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the strong opener in The Strain trilogy of books written by Hollywood uber-director Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, author of Prince of Thieves (that novel adapted into recently released and highly rated Ben Affleck directed film The Town).

With such a good start to the series it was clear the heavyweight contenders behind its creation are more than appropriately tooled to deliver  the goods, as they did with The Strain. Were they able to continue the strong pace of that horror-cum-apocalyptic entree? Read on to find out (warning: spoilers for The Strain contained in remainder of review, including next paragraph). Click here to read more.. »

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Posted on 3rd March 2011 in Reviews

interview-with-the-vampire-bookInterview with the Vampire is a definitive tale within the vampire literary canon.  Comparing it to many books penned nowadays that deal with our bloodsucking friends is like comparing a fine wine such as a ’74 Château Margaux  to, say, a generic bottle of Turning Leaf.

However fond of the cheaper alternative you might be, and however well it might get the job done, it will never do so with the richness, depth and soul of the superior vintage.   And on finishing this novel, you reflect and savour on the product which you’ve consumed awaiting eagerly the next opportunity you might enjoy such a work. Click here to read more.. »

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Posted on 7th January 2011 in Reviews

dead-until-darkPoor Sookie Stackhouse. The 25-year-old cocktail-bar waitress from Bon Temps, northern Louisiana, can’t seem to catch a break. Cursed with a telepathic gift that severely hindered her attempts at a normal life, it also made her subject to a fair amount of poking and prodding from members of the psychiatric profession in her youth.

Sookie daren’t even date because of all this weirdness, and has found her educational and career prospects heavily impaired by her ESP-based handicap and its overwhelming effect on her concentration.

To top it off, when the first vampire she has come across walks into her bar she finds that she is unable to read his mind; subsequently she becomes tied-up in a series of events that will change her life dramatically.  With the attempted murders of herself and the mystery vampire on the cards early on in the book, as well as the killings of several locals in this small, deep-South backwater, the stage is set for a rip-roaring supernatural-horror thriller with a healthy dose of Cajun seasoning. Click here to read more.. »

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

Posted on 29th December 2010 in Reviews

Carrion-Comfort-Book-CoverWriting horror book reviews doesn’t get any harder than when reviewing a horror novel such as Carrion Comfort.  Dan Simmons’ epic tale of ‘mind vampires’ first published to acclaim in 1989 has so much going for it, and so much going on, that’s it difficult to decide exactly where to start.

I couldn’t choose, when drafting this review, on whether to say this was a book which focussed primarily upon its characters, themes, plot devices, or several other tools employed by the professional writer when producing their precious words.

Then I realised promptly that Simmons has done all of these things with such equal prominence in the 760+ pages that grace my copy of this oft lauded as seminal work. Click here to read more.. »