Books Reviewed and Book Haiku

E-Book Review: The Ghost of Christmas Past


Amazon Review: “I could not stop reading this story. Unique, different, and compelling. I can’t recommend this one enough.”


If you need a great story to read this Christmas season then this one should be for you. Find it at the links below.  Merry Christmas!



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E-Book Review: Vampire Miami


“I was surprised by how quickly I was sucked up into this story. It moved quick and fast and the book had a very interesting premise that worked. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Vampires or just a solid ride that never lets up. There were a few errors here and there, but the story was so strong that they didn’t slow down my reading experience. I now want to read the rest in the series. I have to find out what happens next. Thumbs up. Nice job Phil.”

Amazon US

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E Book Review: Chasing Nonconformity


I just finished reading this and I thought I would post my Amazon review for it. Highly recommend both books in this series.

“The first one in this series was great and so is this one. Michelle has crafted a book that you could honestly read from start to finish without stopping. I would recommend this one for anyone who is looking for something unique, something different, and something original. I honestly don’t know where she comes up with some of this stuff. Great read. An easy four stars. Can’t wait for the third.”



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Book Reviews: Angel Time and A Few Short Story Collections


This was a book I didn’t mean to own. I asked for the rest of The Vampire Chronicles series for Christmas a few years ago and I wound up getting this one as well. I am glad I did. This was a great read from start to finish. I am always hesitant to read new books by Anne because she has been hit or miss, but this one is well worth the time. I think Prince Lestat wasn’t as grand as the others in the series because she has moved on from writing about those kinds of stories. You can tell by reading Angel Time that she is passionate again about a certain kind of subject matter. Believe me, it shows. I am now curious about the others in this series. I might have to check them out.


I also read these three short story collections recently and didn’t write a review for them. I thought I would give them a nod so you can check them out for yourself.


Of the three I read, this one was my favorite. Unique and different with very original stories. There isn’t a bad one in this collection.



Most of these stories were amazing, King at his best, and a few even reminded me of the old King back when he wrote “It” and “The Stand.” There were also a few that I wouldn’t read again and one long poem that I read purely because it was King. If it had been anyone else I would have skipped it. If you like King (like me) then this is a must read. Even when he is off he is still great at what he does.



This is another great collection of short stories. It is a quick read, but there are some really good ones in here. I would recommend it, especially for the upcoming Halloween season.


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E-Book Review Haiku: Dune

A desert planet

Filled with valuable spice

One man holds the key


(5 Stars out of 5)

I just finished reading Dune for the very first time, and I hate that I haven’t tried to read it sooner. I honestly didn’t mean to read it, but when I bought it for my wife’s kindle I was able to read it on mine. I thought I might try it out just to see what all the hype was about. I am glad I did. This turned out to be a great reading experience. The story just sucked me right in. If you haven’t read it, you should. It is well worth the time.

So, have you read Dune? Have you read any of the sequels? Have you seen the movie? I would love to hear your thoughts on all of it.



“Unique…I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings.”–Arthur C. ClarkeHere is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud’dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert‘s death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.



Find out more about Dune and its sequels here:

I also can’t post about Dune without dropping in this great song by Iron Maiden. This song finally makes sense to me now after reading the book.

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Book Review: Dawn of the Chupacabra


The fourth chapter in the award-winning Chupacabra Series follows an A.W.O.L. Confederate soldier, who is hunted by a demon sent to avenge the innocent of his heinous crimes. AMAZON


My Amazon Review: (4 Stars out of 5) Another solid entry in the series. Michael just knows how to craft a very readable story. It moves quick, fast, and has you turning the pages to find out what will happen next. I highly recommend this book and the others in this series. Bravo!

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Book Review: Prince Lestat and Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned (“mesmerizing” –San Francisco Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat (“brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive” –New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces–the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles. via Amazon

I honestly wish I could heap a lot of praise onto this book, because Ann Rice is one of my favorite authors to read. I can’t do that though. This book was hard to read at times and a bit dull as well. There wasn’t a story line that flowed throughout it that kept you reading. There wasn’t anything to make it a page turner. I dare say that if this was her first book or if this book was from a first time author that it might not have gotten published. I believe her name alone got this one into print. I’ve read of her recent struggles, and I understand that a lot of that might have played a part in the downsides of this book. I honestly don’t know if that is true or not, but this isn’t the book I wanted it to be.

With all that said though, I honestly enjoyed parts of this book. There were a few moments where I felt like I couldn’t put it down. I also loved being back in her Vampire world. The Vampires she has created all find a place here. Their voices may not be as strong as before, but it is nice to read about them again and to see they are all doing well.

If you enjoyed The Vampire Chronicles (I’ve read all the books, and enjoyed them) then you should check this one out. It may be tough to read at times, but you will enjoy being back in this world like I was.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. via The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – IMDb

I really don’t have much to say about this one other than it was a great movie to watch. The acting, the story, the directing, the score, all of it worked and worked well. It didn’t feel like a three-hour movie to me.

I will say this though, you might want to take a shower after watching it because you just feel dirty for entering this world of sex and greed. I think the greed part got me the most. To see what this guy did to make his fortune makes you cringe. Amazing what greed and power can make some people do.

Have you read Prince Lestat? Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? Let me know what you thought of them if you did.

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E-Book Reviews: A Zombie Threeway

The three books listed below are all interesting takes on the Zombie Genre. They have plenty of blood, guts, and gore along with some unique twists. I found the Cinderella story to be the one that I enjoyed the most of the three, but none of them are really bad. They all read well, are quickly paced, and can be consumed rather easily. I’m a slow reader (not much time to read) so it took me a day or two to get through each one, but I would wager to bet most people can polish these off in an hour or less it they have the time to read them straight through. I started Dead Under The Sea over the weekend and finished it yesterday. That’s five days to read all three for me.

If you download them, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. I, of course, love unique Zombie stories so these were a perfect fit for me.

Disclaimer: I honestly try to keep the negative vibe down when reading Independent Authors and focus in on the good. It is tough enough to make it in the business without me dragging you down for your hard-earned efforts. With that said, I have to drop a bit of negative onto these stories. They all need a little more editing, and e-book formatting. I didn’t find the formatting to be that distracting, but one of the stories really needed some work in this department. The editing wasn’t so sloppy it made you want to get a refund, but there were typos and I think some tense issues (is it past, is it present). That’s it. Just wanted to put that out there in case you went off to buy these after reading this review. I don’t need you to come screaming back at me, because you didn’t think they were written all that well.


SWSnow White has been poisoned by the Witch Queen. But the deadly apple is not the end for the young princess, as when the moon rises, so does she …Can her seven diminutive friends survive a night of being stalked by a princess of the undead? Horror, swordplay and death await…! via Zombie Kids Books : Blood Red (from Snow White) – Fables of the Undead ( zombie books fiction, zombie books for kids, zombie books for kids) (zombie books for kids – Fables of the Undead Book 3) – Kindle edition by Dina T Seth. Children Kindle eBooks @

CRaised by a loving father, now gone, Cinderella must endure terrible hardships at the hands of her evil step-mother and step-sisters. But when a Prince travels to the Kingdom in search of a bride, Cinderella’s hopes rise. Unfortunately, the dead are rising too. How can Cinderella go to the ball if she is deathly sick? With the help of a delusional fairy godmother, the princess will go to the ball. Unfortunately for the rest of the guests, who never expected to have their brains eaten…via Zombie Kids Books : Princess of the Dead (from Cinderella) – Fables of the Undead ( zombie books fiction, zombie books for kids, zombie books for kids) (zombie … for kids – Fables of the Undead Book 2) – Kindle edition by Dina T Seth. Children Kindle eBooks @

LMThe Little Mermaid has longed to swim up from her father’s underwater Kingdom to the surface world. Now, on her fifteenth birthday, she has her chance. Up there she witnesses a zombie mutiny aboard a Prince’s galleon, and can’t resist rescuing the handsome survivor. Torn between love and loyalty to her father, the young mermaid eventually decides to visit the evil Sea Witch, who makes her a sinister bargain: go to the surface for three moons, but if a loving kiss is not secured, then the Princess will endure a fate worse than death…As the undead plague ravages the coastal town, can the Prince do what must be done for the good of the living…? via Zombie Kids Books : Death Under the Sea (from Little Mermaid) – Fables of the Undead ( zombie books fiction, zombie books for kids, zombie books for kids) … for kids – Fables of the Undead Book 1) – Kindle edition by Dina T Seth. Children Kindle eBooks @

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E Book Review: Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight into It by Michelle Proulx

This was my review on Amazon for this book, and honestly it sums it up pretty well: Great book from start to finish and one of the better ones I have read from an Independent Author. So much creativity that it practically ran out of my Kindle.

Michelle really has crafted a great book here with characters we support and root for, villains we want to see die, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right up until the end. If you are looking for a Space Opera that is full of action-adventure then you should read this book. It is well worth your time. I can’t wait for the sequel.

Imminent Danger Cover RevealRead more about it here: High school junior Eris Miller thinks she’s having a bad day when her roommate’s boyfriend catches her stepping out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel. Then she gets abducted by scaly six-armed aliens with a strange fondness for the color blue, and her day suddenly gets a whole lot worse. Trapped on a spaceship bound for the slave markets of Sirius B, Eris fears she’ll never see her home again. But then fate whisks her away from her reptilian captors and into the arms of Varrin, a fast-talking space pirate who promises to deliver her safely back to Earth. He claims to have her best interests at heart, but Eris soon discovers that her charming rescuer has a hidden agenda. As they race across the galaxy, outrunning a villainous figure from Varrin’s past, Eris begins to realize that their relationship is putting her planet, her life and her heart in imminent danger. She knows that trusting Varrin could prove deadly … but what other choice does she have? via Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight into It – Kindle edition by Michelle Proulx, Linda Schneidereit. Children Kindle eBooks @

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E-Book Review: Casting Shadows Everywhere by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus

This is a well written story from start to finish. It is a book that starts out calm and even, kind of stays that way for a bit. That isn’t a bad thing though, because it hooks you early on, makes you want to come back to see what will happen next to Jake as he contemplates life, his struggles, and everything going on around him. It really is just a simple story about growing up and finding your place in the world, and then, man, they hit you with a bomb-shell I dare say few will see coming. Then it builds off of this bomb shell into other shocking moments. I couldn’t stop reading it because I just had to learn more. I had to know how it all came to a close. After finishing it, I have come to the conclusion that this is a great E-Book and one I can recommend without any pause or hesitation. I really enjoyed this one. I will have to read more by this duo in the future.

So, read anything great lately, E-Book or Paperback? Let me know below.

Casting Shadows

Find out more about this E-Book here: At first, adopting Nick’s callous worldview helps Jake get over his fears and confront his tormentors, but he also unleashes an aggression in himself he never thought possible. And as he learns more about his cousin, he realizes that Nick’s crimes go way beyond burglary. In the end, Jake must face not only the monster in his cousin but also the one in his own heart. via Casting Shadows Everywhere – Kindle edition by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @

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Book Review: Doctor Sleep


Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. AMAZON


I’ll have to admit this, painful as it is, that this book didn’t grab me from the start. I loved “The Shining” and it is one of two books by King that I have read twice – “It” is the other. I say that only to let you know how psyched I was to read this sequel to “The Shining” and probably why I was so disappointed it didn’t grab me right away. It started out disjointed, random, with multiple story lines that seemed to not connect, and then one moment changed all of that. Once I saw what he was up to, I was not only on board, I couldn’t wait to read the rest of it. By the time I pulled my eyes from the last page, I was a bona-fide fan of “Doctor Sleep.” King may have written close to fifty books, might have aged into his sixties, but the man’s imagination hasn’t wavered.

This is a great book, highly recommended, and I can’t stress this enough – read “The Shining” before this one. You’ll miss a lot if you don’t.

Your thoughts. Have you read “Doctor Sleep”? What did you think?

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Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

Great review of the book, movie, and mini series can be found here:

Great review of the book, movie, and mini series can be found here:

I wrote a review of the movie version of “The Shining” sometime back, which you can find here:

I said in that review how much I respected Jack’s performance and the way Kubrick shot the movie, but beyond that it was pretty much garbage. The way they adapted the book wasn’t very good even given it some liberties because it was a book turned into a movie. I understand books can’t be plot by plot and line by line. It isn’t possible. One is a visible medium the other a mental medium. Things have to be changed. I get that.

So, why am I going about this? I want you to know that I am not just spouting off about things I don’t understand when I say this. After reading “The Shining” for the second time I not only now know the movie version is absolute garbage, but it is a steaming pile that needs to be flushed badly. This book has so much going for it that the movie just misses. The characters alone are so much richer than the movie ever led you to believe. Wendy isn’t a mousy little frail woman. In the book she is tough, tough as nails tough, a fighter for her child and her marriage. Danny is not just a kid who sees ghosts or has “the shine.” This kid is tormented by it, terrorized by it, and the movie makes him out to be a side-show carnival freak. Jack is a man that isn’t able to go raving psychotic until he wrestles with the demons who are pushing him to be that way. The movie would have you believe that he just flipped a switch, and he became insane. Not so. He battles every move he makes, battles his alcoholism until the very second, battles with the love he has for his son and the grief he has caused him in the past. Even in his darkest moments, a part of him still loves his son. In the book Jack Torrance never fully goes over to the dark side, as the movie would have you believe. The hotel itself in the book has many more ghosts, many more secrets than just the few the movie lets on about.

I could go on all day how much the movie is just a let down compared to the book. Again, I get it, movies can’t be line by line from the book, but movies have to at least keep the spirit of the book alive in some form of the other. The movie version of the book didn’t do that, and it is a shame. I can’t stress that enough, because this is one great book easily 4 stars.

Now, onto “Doctor Sleep.” I can’t wait to read it.

So, movie or book, which do you choose?

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Book Review: Night Shift

5/5 Stars

Take a look at the list below of the stories included in this short story collection.

*Jerusalem’s Lot

*Graveyard Shift

Night Surf

I Am the Doorway

*The Mangler

The Boogeyman

Gray Matter



*Sometimes They Come Back

Strawberry Spring

*The Ledge

*The Lawnmower Man

*Quitters, Inc.

I Know What You Need

*Children of the Corn

The Last Rung on the Ladder

The Man Who Loved Flowers

One for the Road

The Woman in the Room

via Night Shift – Stephen King Wiki.

Of all of these stories, not a one of them is bad and none of them ever cause you to lose interest. This was the second time I read this book, and I was just as captivated this time as I was the first. About the only one I couldn’t read was The Boogeyman. Not because it was a bad story, but a few pages in and I knew the dad in me couldn’t go any further. This story was about a guy who lost his kids to a Boogeyman in the closet. I had to stop reading it even though i didn’t want to. I just didn’t need images like that in my head while my two-year old sleeps in his crib at night.

I particularly liked Battleground (toy soldiers and their army vehicles come alive and attack a hit man), The Ledge (about a man having to walk around a small ledge on the top of the building in order to get out of some trouble), and Quitters, Inc (testing one man’s determination to quit smoking). The stories that have asterisks beside them have been turned into movies (I’m pretty sure I got all of them, but there might be more). I also enjoyed them as well. Nice to read the source material for those movies. Children of the Corn, Graveyard Shift, and The Mangler are all much better in print than in celluloid.

All in all I would have to say this is a great read. Seek it out if you haven’t read it before. You won’t be dissapointed.

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Book Review: The Talisman

Why had twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer’s mother frantically moved the two of them from Rodeo Drive to a New York City apartment to the Alhambra, a fading ocean resort and shuttered amusement park in New Hampshire? Who or what is she running from? She is dying . . . and even young Jack knows she can’t outrun death. But only he can save her—for he has been chosen to search for a prize across an epic landscape of dangers and lies, a realm of innocents and monsters, where everything Jack loves is on the line.

via The Talisman: A Novel – Kindle edition by Stephen King, Peter Straub. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @

The T

I’ve seen this book for years and years, but never bothered to pick it up and read it.  I’m honestly not sure why.  This book is amazing to say the least.  The imagination involved, the writing, the story, the twists and turns of the plot, and on and on I could go.  Even with its length of just under a 1000 pages, I never found myself bored or not wanting to read further.  The book is a page turner and if you haven’t read it you should.  This is the kind of writing that will last for many generations to come.  I honestly can’t praise it enough.  Just a really incredible piece of fiction between two talented writers.

Have you read it?  What did you think?

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Book Review: Blackwood Farm

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelganger, “Goblin,” a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelganger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.

via AnneRice.Com: Blackwood Farm


Another home run by Anne Rice, and honestly, one of my favorites in this series so far.  I just love to see what she does with the vampire legend in each and every one of her novels in the Vampire Chronicles Series.  This book started out a little slow, and I was unsure of it.  Not that I wouldn’t keep reading, not much by her I wouldn’t read cover to cover, but it did kind of have to win me over.  Once it did though, wow, page turner, turned out to be one of her best.  With this book, she tells a very mean, very erotic, very strange ghost story.  In fact, a few times, she put me back in my seat.  I couldn’t believe some of the things she pulled out of her imagination.  If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and do.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

So, favorite Anne Rice book?  Just curious.

Tough for me to say, maybe Memnock the Devil or Tale of the Body Thief would be leading my number one vote, such original ideas and stories there.  Blackwood Farm would definitely be in my top five.

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3 Book Reviews

Anne Rice: Blood and Gold (4/5 Stars)

Solid entertaining story.  It moves quick and it moves fast.  This book details the story of Marius and how he came to be.  A really fascinating way to revisit history through the eyes of a vampire.

Lee Child: Killing Floor (4/5 Stars)

Never read his stuff, and it is a shame I haven’t.  This is one great book from start to finish.  It, like the book above, reads quick and fast.  It is a great page turner.  I will have to read some more of his in the future.  Jack Reacher, great character.  Tom Cruise actually did a great job portraying him in the movie.

William Hjortsberg: Falling Angel (3.5/ 5 Stars)

A great novel that really doesn’t consume too much of your time.  This was a great book to read with a few exceptions.  At times he got a little too deep with the descriptions, could have glossed over a couple of things and the audience would still be okay.  It also took a few pages to really get cranked up, but when it did it was a page turner.  Great read.  The movie Angel Heart, which it is based on should be seen as well.  Great movie.

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Book Review Haiku: Merrick

Merrick novel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We again meet Louis, Lestat, and David. They are followed by the beautiful witch Merrick Mayfair, an offshoot of the Mayfair clan, with Julien Mayfair as one of her ancestors. She knew David when he was a mortal man working as a member of the Talamasca and it is through David that Louis seeks Merricks help in resurrecting the spirit of Claudia.

via Merrick novel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rating: 4/5

Fantastic novel

With ghosts , witches, and vampires

Bravo to Anne Rice

I found a lot to like about this one.  Ann Rice really puts all of her imagination into it.  She crams so many horror subjects into one book, and makes it work.  So talented, and such a great writer, can’t wait to read another one by her.  She is now my number 2 author to read, just after Stephen King.  

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Book Review: The Vampire Armand


With Lestat still in slumber after his adventures in Memnoch the Devil, the vampire coven is united around the “brat prince” (a nickname for Lestat given by Marius), and the vampire David Talbot takes the opportunity to request that Armand tell David his life story. Armand, who first appeared in Interview with the Vampire, agrees to tell his tale.

via The Vampire Armand – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Once again, another great book from Anne Rice.  In this one she details the life and trials of the vampire Armand.  Who he was when he was mortal?  How he came to be in the care of the vampire Marius?  How he became a vampire?  She also manages to take his story and put a religious spin on it, which is very strange and unique for vampires, creatures most known for shying away from anything religious based.  All in all this was a great read, very quick, in fact, the quickest read I have found of all of her books in this series.  I highly recommend it.  I can’t wait to read the next one.

Rating: 4/5

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Book Review: Full Dark, No Stars

Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of four intense short stories with retribution as the central theme. Released in the fall of 2010 in hardcover and audiobook formats, Full Dark, No Stars is a powerful read featuring some of Stephen’s most graphic and merciless content to date.

via – Full Dark, No Stars


A gripping tale about what one man will do to protect his life and livelihood.  While you read it, you think, this one thing is all that it is going to be about, then, this one thing spreads.  It’s evil fingers reaching out beyond this man and the farm he’s trying to protect.  A great opener to this small collection of long short stories.

Big Driver

This story involves a woman and the lengths she decides to go in order to exact revenge – just think of Death Wish and you get the idea.   A quick-moving tale that really hooks you quick.  I was riveted from page to page, more so than the first short story.  This is the kind of page turner King is known for.  I could easily see this one turned into a movie at some point in time.

Fair Extension

The shortest in the series, but King still manages another fantastic tale.  This one involves a man and the lengths he will go to get revenge on someone he hates.  I actually cringed a few times reading this one.  The stuff the guy goes through that gets the curse placed upon him, is just, well, cringe worthy.

A Good Marriage

The best in the book is the one that closes the book.  The story involves a typical suburban family and their day-to-day lives, but something dark and sinister steps into this world and changes all that for good.  Gripping and compelling from start to finish.  King really does make this small story seem like such a bigger one.

Great book Mr. King, still got it after all these years.

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Book Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the “milk sickness.” Only later did he learn that his mother’s deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect on Abe’s father’s unfortunate debts.

When the truth became known to the young Abraham Lincoln, he wrote in his journal: henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become learned in all things—a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose.”

via Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (Media Tie-In) by Seth Grahame-Smith | 9781455510177 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble


I have to say, this novel was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, and just like the movie, I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would.  Seth Grahame-Smith really did a great job of blending fact and fiction, so much so, that unless you are a true Historian of Lincoln you may not know where that boundary lies.  Sure, I know vampires don’t exist and didn’t even in his time, but what about the other stuff?  The stuff about Lincoln’s life, career, family, those he knew and became friends with.   How much of that is true in this book?  I honestly don’t know, but I do know that it kept me guessing.  I can’t imagine that part was completely made up – there has to be some level of truth.

Anyway, this was a good quick read and if you have a chance to pick it up, you should.


My movie review, in case you haven’t read it:

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