Dean Koontz, “The Taking”
I listened to the audio book of this novel. The story started off great, setting the stage for an alien invasion. It had the classic feel of being an end of the world horror story. There were so many different theories thrown out as to what was actually going on, that it did give the impression the author was trying too hard to throw you off the trail of what was really happening. A bit too much stress was put on the mystery of it all.
Then our character was given a quest, a mission if you will. To find all the missing children. So at least the focus was taken off the “why is this happening” bit and the story went in a different direction. At this point, things became too far stretched, and really just a jumble of weird events. The middle of the novel really went off the deep end into this mystical world of nonsense. People were doing things that made no sense, there were supernatural creatures, and in all this, the goal was simply, “save the children!”
I kept going, despite the weirdness, and the end of the novel did work very hard to tie up all the loose ends and provide an explanation for everything.
The entire book is written very well. You will feel like you are there with the characters on every step of this strange and horrific journey. Koontz has a very talented gift at painting pictures perfectly for you to see in your mind.
This is a dark tale about teenagers who are immortal. An unsuspecting teen girl moves into a new neighborhood and befriends the two kids she assumes are the “cool kids”. It doesn’t take long before you realize there is something supernatural going on with these kids. The question is, do they want her to join them or do they want to feed on her?
This dark tale holds no happy ending, but will leave you wondering if you should really say hi to that seemingly nice kid moving in across the street.
Old Farmer’s Road, by Isaiyan Morrison (Author), Ahmed Shalaby (Illustrator)
Never before have a read a book that flows like a horror movie. You know the kind, the B-rated slasher movie where characters are introduced, just so they can be horrifically slaughtered in the next scene. The movie where you know, only one, maybe none will be alive at the end of the film. There isn’t so much a plot as there is a thin baseline that links one graphic disaster of horror to the next. And then the plot that is there, some of it isn’t real… your character himself isn’t sure of what’s real and what isn’t. So is it supernatural? Or is the character just insane? Or a mix of both?
Imagine that movie in book form. And “Whisper of Crows” fills that billet to the letter.
This is one of those books that I kept reading because I wanted to know what was real and what wasn’t. I wanted to know if there were supernatural elements going on. Or if the character was just going insane. Normally at some point in the book this is made clear. Not in this one. Even at the very end, it isn’t clear what is real or what isn’t real. At least to me. I get that both movies and books do end that way, and it’s perfectly okay. But if you are like me and you like to have closure at the end of the story, then this book is not for you. You never get the real answers, you never find out what is real, I repeat, you never find out.
Maybe it’s a cliffhanger for the next book, but this book was wrote three years ago, so I’m not holding my breath.
Now, when I was reading this, I really-really wished there was a better synopsis out there. I wanted to know what this book was about. And no matter how much of it I read, I never felt I knew enough to provide me with the answer of “who should I recommend this book too?” So I’m not normally one for spoilers and giving away the entire plot of a book. But considering how badly I wanted one, when I was reading it, I have decided to provide one.
Click this link for “Whisper of Crows” review with spoilers.
Whisper of Crow Amazon page
Jameson Hesse website
This is the third novel I’ve read by this author, although it’s listed as a new series, it takes place in the same world as the previous Deamhan novels. (you can follow it just fine, even if you haven’t read the others)
Unlike the other novels, this one follows one Deamhan in particular, Maris, from day one of her becoming a Deamhan. I enjoyed this method of introduction to the Deamhan world. I never felt like the character knew more than me, so we both learned through trial and error, who to trust and who not to trust.
The story is quite graphic, these are not friendly or romantic vampires. (Deamhan are similar to vampires but of a different species, there’s a glossary in the back to help you sort it out.) Humans are killed without remorse, which can take a bit to get used too. But if you are a dire hard vampire or horror fan, this book should be right up your alley and on your to-read list.
Maris: The Brotherhood Chronicles by Isaiyan Morrison