(4 stars) The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher Kingfisher tells us from chapter one that the dog (Bongo, best dog ever) and the narrator (Mouse, also quite enjoyable) will be okay at the end of the book. This is good, because I liked them both very much, and this book was SO CREEPY that I really needed some reassurances by the end. Mouse gets called up by her dying father to help with his dead mother’s estate — specifically, the big old house in the […]
The Haunting of Rookward House is a creepy horror novel and it’s the first book in a while to actually scare me. Main character Guy is down on luck. He’s living with his mom and unable to find a job. While helping Mom clean out the attic, he discovers the deed to Rookward House, which Mom doesn’t really remember inheriting. Mom seems a bit ditsy. Guy immediately decides that selling Rookward House is the answer to their problems as it will give them enough money […]
Jules Larsen just needs a break. On the same day, she loses her job and comes home to her boyfriend having sex with another woman on the couch. Up to her eyeballs in college loan debt and nowhere to live, she’s elated when she sees an ad on Craigslist offering $4000 a month to stay in the Bartholomew, a very fancy NYC apartment building that caters to the rich and famous as an apartment sitter. When she’s shown the space she’s also told the rules: […]
I have enormous respect for authors who step out of their comfort zone to try new things in their writing style. Joe Hill has always done that and this collection is no different. Most of the stories work but unfortunately some fell flat to me. When one takes chances, that is invariably a result, but as a reader I respect the effort and it makes me want to read more of that author going forward. There are two stories Joe wrote with his Dad, Stephen […]
It’s a roller-coaster ride, no doubt. One filled with swords and skeletons. Which begs the question: can a necromancer be ride-or-die? Or are they ride-AND-die?