It’s possible I’m the only one who didn’t know this is the first book of a trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll read the other two. There’s a mysterious place, Area X, where some kind of cataclysmic change happened, and it’s now abandoned and “walled” off, by an invisible barrier. Physically this place is unbelievably lush. VanderMeer somehow made me feel threatened by the growth of things. Psychologically the place has something else going on. A number of expeditions have tried to investigate or map the area or something. The few people who’ve returned had changed, drastically. In this book, […]
This was a CBR Book Exchange gift from a couple of years ago; I thought I found it from a review on here but apparently not! I’m not quite sure what to make of this book, which isn’t to say I disliked it.
I’ve read several Lauren Beukes books over the last few years and I’ve loved each of them. This is definitely the darkest I’ve read of hers. Maybe also one of the darkest books I’ve ever read to be honest. I thought it was going to be more on the mystery side of genre fiction, but it turns out it was really more on the horror side. The thing about Beukes is that no matter what she’s writing about, it’s going to be good because she knows how to tell a story well and her writing is always excellent. The story […]
A handyman and his wife live with their two young children Matt and Amber in a pretty large apartment complex. Right off the bat we are alerted to the fact that things aren’t quite right in this household. One, Lynn (the wife) is seeing a marriage counselor behind Harris’s back. Two, both Harris and Lynn undermine each other as parents, catering to one child only. Matt is meticulously neat and clean, quiet, artistic and obviously Harris’s favorite. Lynn, favors her intelligent, kind, loving daughter Amber. Often when one parent attempts to reprimand the other’s favorite, he/she is undermined. One is […]
I’m not sure what it says about me that within three chapters of this book, I thought, “This had better end with a divorce.” Really, I don’t know what it says about me that my standard reaction to married couples in books is the same. Or most episodes of House Hunters. In this book, though, the husband spends the first few chapters so busy throwing red flags that I don’t know how he got anything done. I’m struggling hard with what to say about this book, and I think it’s because it managed to tread over worn paths that have […]
You can’t escape Lovecraft’s influence if you, like I, read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy/horror. But until now, I had never read any of Lovecraft’s works directly just interpretations of them by authors like Neil Gaiman. I was aware that he is considered problematic due to racist beliefs that even for his time were extreme but I wasn’t sure how much of that bled into his actual work. Well, thanks to my book club I got to find out firsthand. Our assignment this month was to read Lovecraft’s short story “The Horror at Red Hook” and then read the novella “The […]
Alice hated being interesting. (a couple of times throughout the book but p. 287 is where I recorded it.) I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I’ll probably seek out the follow-up books, but I already know that the thing I think needs to happen–Alice becoming the Queen of Hearts–won’t.
I’ll tell you this much, Matthew Fleming has quite a few friends who are willing to give him pretty great reviews for his debut novel, The Dreams. I saw it on Book Bub and was intrigued enough to go through and see what the book was about. I was sold, kind of…I saw that Fleming and I share a love of horror, Stephen King, dogs, our spouses and tattoos, so I thought I’d spring the .99 for the book. Oh how I long for the days where that money was still in my virtual pocket. This book…was not very good, […]