The Stand – Stephen King || Book REVIEW (Stephen King read-through #5)

Man, this book was a freaking behemoth! I took me FOREVER to get through this one. Does that mean I didn’t like it? Not necessarily. With that being said, let’s jump into it!

Disclaimer – In my read through, I skipped the abridged version of The Stand. I had no interest in reading it, so I just went] to the Uncut version.

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This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen.

GENRE – Horror

RATING – R (intense scenes, gore, sex, language, violence, drug and alcohol use)

LENGTH – 1153 pages

PUBLISHER – Doubleday

PUBLICATION DATE – 5 / 1 / 1990

SCARE FACTOR – 2 / 5


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Savages – Greg F. Gifune // Book REVIEW

I am always on the the search for new horror authors, so I joined the Gore and More Goodreads book club. This book was their pick for the month of February, so I picked it up! Did I like it? Let’s find out!
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It began as a vacation to the Cook Islands. But when seven friends are lost in the South Pacific after their boat goes down in a storm, they must survive at sea for several days in a small raft. Blown miles off course from their original position, and deep into open waters, they eventually encounter a small uncharted island.

Grateful to be alive, they begin their quest for survival, hopeful they’ll be rescued sooner than later. But the island is not the paradise it appears to be. Instead, it is a place of horror, death, torture and evil, of terrible secrets thought long buried and forgotten.

And they are not alone.

Something guards those horrible secrets, something evil and relentlessly violent, an ancient horror born of rage and vengeance, a blood-crazed predator that lives to kill and will stop at nothing to protect the island from those intruding upon its dark legacy.

The savage is loose, and there is no escape.

SAVAGES, the new novel from Greg F. Gifune

Rated – R (Sexual scenes, Extreme gore, Language, Intense scenes.)

TRIGGER WARNING – Some sexual assault occurs in this book.

Length – 257 pages

Publication Date – September 15, 2016


The Good:

  • The cover is AMAZING don’t you think? I read this on my e-reader, but I definitely need to buy a physical copy soon.
  • The characters in this book were SO realistic, but still helped the plot move along. In my experience, it is really one or the other, but Gifune wrote each character with a specific set of skills that made it so that everyone was helpful, but none of them were super human or more helpful than the next. This is with the exception of one character, who was substantially weaker than the rest, but even this moved the story along seamlessly.
  • The story was different from any other horror novel I have ever read. It incorporated history into the main plot and I thought it made things even scarier. Of course, I don’t read much historical fiction, in general, so I don’t actually know how unique this book is, in terms of other historical fiction horror, but it was unique to me.
  • The thing that stood out to me most was the writing. Everything written was intentional. I mentioned the writing of the characters earlier, but even the terrible things that happened to the characters moved the story along, or kept the readers in the dark.
  • The setting was intense. I’ve never been a huge fan of “Castaway” type stories, but this really kept me on edge. I can’t effectively explain what was different about this one, than some others, without spoiling.
  • This really reminded me on Lord of the Flies, with adults, in a good way. Like the plot wasn’t necessarily similar, but the way that the characters slowly became mad just reminded me of the way the children in LoF became animalistic once on their own.
  • The villain was terrifying! I don’t want to give too much away, but he gives me the creeps.

The Meh:

  •  There were a couple characters that I found really annoying, especially this airhead millenial girl, who was a great deal younger than the rest. I know that the character was actually written to be annoying, but I just thought she was a little over the top (not that I don’t know people like her, though).

The Bad:

  • I have nothing bad to say about this one! 🙂

  • STORY – 5/5 (Incorporated history into the horror to make for a truly terrifying read.
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (All were necessary to the story, and realistic in the sense that their talents were well balanced and useful.)
  • WRITING – 5/5 (Gifune used some writing tricks to keep you in the dark, while still giving you all the information the characters knew. Genius.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (I thought I was going into a cliche “castaway” type book, but it was so much more!)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 5 CRAPPY HAIRPIECES OUT OF 5!

 

Have you read this book? Who is your all time favorite horror author? I would love to know! Thanks for reading!

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Endless Night -Agatha Christie || REVIEW

The THIRD Christie book I picked up this year (Murder on the Orient Express & And Then There Were None). I loved the first two I read, did this one live up to those? Let’s find out!

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Strapped by a chauffeur’s wages, Michael Rogers’ want of a better life seems out of reach. Especially elusive is a magnificent piece of property in Kingston Bishop–unil a chance meeting with a beautiful heiress makes his dreams possible. Marrying her is the first step. Building the perfect home is the next. Unfortunately, Michael ignored the local warnings about the deadly curse buried in the tract of land, and living out his dreams may exact a higher price than he ever imagined.


Rated PG-13 (Disturbing imagery, sexual innuendos), 303 pages

The Good:

  • It is not often that I struggle through part of a book, but the end changes my mind. By this I mean, the majority of the book is pretty slow for mystery standards, but the end changes EVERYTHING. It makes the slow burn, in the beginning, so worth it.
  • Every character is memorable and fleshed out, as Christie does so well. Every piece of dialogue feels important and makes you want to learn more about every single person.
  • The first person point of view is essential to the book. You really feel what Michael Rogers feels, and it is more interesting to go on the journey, from his eyes.
  • It’s so suspenseful, I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The Bad:

  • The only issue I found, is actually part of the best part, being the slow burn. I found myself wondering when it would pick up a couple times.

 

  • Story – 5/5 (Amazing)
  • Characters – 5/5 (All so interesting)
  • Writing – 5/5 (Near flawless)
  • Uniqueness – 5/5 (I honestly have never read anything like this)

 

Overall I give this 5 Allergy Pills out of 5!


Y’all Endless Nights blew me away! Have you read it? What did you think about it? I would love to know!

 

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