So, there has been a lot of interest in George Orwell’s classic book, 1984, lately. First written in 1948, the book is back on top of the Amazon best-seller list, with tens of thousands of new copies being printed in the first few months of 2017 alone. Some people are re-reading the book and others, like myself and my book club, are reading it for the first time. And, I have to tell you, it really is terrifying. There are definitely some parallels between Orwell’s party and the current administration. For example, when you compare Orwell’s term “doublethink” with the […]
From the author, on the title: The title of the collection was inspired by the First Epistle of Corinthians (15:5), written by Paul the Apostle: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”. As with much of the bible, there are multiple interpretations of the meaning in this statement. But there are several interpretations of the title of this book too. Some within it do not sleep, some who read it may not sleep, and he who wrote it often doesn’t sleep. So I found Adam Nevill (as a writer, not the actual person!) by randomly walking […]
When I was a kid, I rather enjoyed Graham Masterton. There was one book in particular, The Walkers, that I remember reading over and over again and so, when I spotted Death Mask during a visit to the hairdressers, I thought I’d see if he was as good as I remembered. All I can say is that I must have had some seriously low standards as a kid, as Death Mask was utter gash from start to finish. It was so bad, in fact, that it completely stopped my hot reading streak in its tracks as I found anything else […]
I wanted to like this so much. It sounds so interesting – a supernatural, steam punk adventure with a Gifted Harriet Tubman in an alternate universe. I am so disappointed, because I did not connect with this book at all. It was too gory for my reading pleasure, and I never felt like I had a minute to breath and get to know the characters. Harriet Tubman, in real life, was the kind of badass that puts fictional badasses to shame. I have no problem with an author giving her superpowers, but it should always be noted that Harriet Tubman […]
Eleanor West runs a boarding school for teens who don’t fit in. The secret is, they aren’t just misfits, they have spent time in a fairy world and desperately want to go back. They are not changelings or half-fae, they are human children who disappeared and came back different. The school is both a refuge and a place to learn how to get a long in world that is no longer considered home. Nancy had been a sunny child who laughed and wore colors until she found a doorway to the Halls of the Dead. She came back still, quiet, and […]
In which Siege devours the latest in her favorite series about a battle-scarred ghost hunter.
I just don’t see how the person who wrote the pretty darn good The Secrets of Drearcliff-Grange School could write this mess. I only half read Anno Dracula. At page 152, I realized I was starting to hate all the characters, started skimming to see if/when things might improve. They do not; I got to the end, and never took a liking to anyone or anything going on. It’s kinda too bad, since the premise isn’t bad. Basically, most of the crew of Stoker’s original Dracula series is back, in different forms (literally in a few cases, as some characters […]
Have you ever wondered about the gender representation of character types in horror flicks? How about the existence of female empowerment in rape revenge flicks? Does watching a rape or murder from the from the right perspective force men to identify with women? This book may help you answer those questions. I like most people had the preconception that horror films and their sub-genre slasher flicks were just escapism. In her book Men, Women, and Chain Saw: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, Carol J. Clover explores just how wrong I am. Through her book I’ve learned a great deal about […]