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Book Review: The Strain

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Book: The Strain

Authors: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan

Recommend: If you like horror, vampires and post-apocalyptic fiction, this one is for you. Graphic language and violence warning.

Okay, I have to admit that when I saw that the author of this book was the same guy who directed one of the darkest movies I have ever seen and was the man directing the two Hobbit movies that are coming soon, I was immediately interested. When I realized that it was a vampire book, I simply had to read this one.

A plane lands at JFK international in New York City. Just after it lands, the whole plane goes dark. Every single shade is drawn down. Everyone on board is dead and missing something rather important – their blood. As the CDC frantically tries to figure out what killed them all, darker forces are at work, trying to cover it all up.

Okay, this was a great read after the last book I picked up. It was fast-paced, adrenaline pumping action with absolutely no wasted words. This book was simple straightforward horror in the best sense. It reminded me of ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King but a bit cleaner and with vampires that are more like the ones seen in The Passage by Justin Cronin. It was a fun read, full of gore and suspense.

I would say that the only negative for this book would be the amount of swearing. I’m not a big fan. I don’t think it adds to the story line. I would also say that it is a very violent book (but given the subject matter, that is to be expected). This is definitely not a book for everyone.

I definitely want to get my hands on the next two books in the trilogy but will be reading them during the daylight hours. Vampire books at night are never a good idea (unless of course they are written by Stephenie Meyer).

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Zombies… ack!

Books: Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z

Author Max Brooks

Recommend: If you have a strong stomach…

I’ll admit right now that it has been a while since I posted. Real life just got busy and I was writing when I had free time. Finally this week I decided to delve back into the zombie books I was reading and finished this afternoon.

I picked this up on a whim honestly. I’ve been reading a lot of vampires and werewolves lately and so I figured, why not zombies? It seemed like the next logical step. I love and hate zombie movies. I love them cause they freak and gross me out and I hate them for the same reason. If you are expecting a straight through typical novel read- these books are not for you. The guide is honestly just that. Reading a fictional guide of what to do if zombies were to attack. The second is a long series of short interviews from people who survived and witnessed a worldwide zombie infestation. I honestly found it very interesting. It was the first time that I’ve read anything military related and it has held my interest. I kept going back to compare it to 28 Weeks Later, which I saw for the first time a few weeks ago.

I would warn the reader that this is NOT for someone with a weak stomach. If you can’t watch Bones and eat- don’t read this (yes, I’ve done it- not something I would recommend though). There is blood, gore and humanity at it’s worst in some scenes. This is also not the book for someone who is careful about what they read, or don’t have a good mental filter- read at your own risk- really. I don’t want to get a bunch of comments saying how they couldn’t read it because of the gore, etc. Consider yourself warned.

I loved the realistic feel that the author gave. I think that the way it was written created a feeling like it was extremely realistic, which only added to the tension while reading.

Bottom line, I would recommend these books highly to anyone who thinks that this is their kind of ‘thing’. If you can’t stomach zombies-this is NOT for you 😉

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God Save the Bloody Queen

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Book: Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

Author: A.E. Moorat

Recommend: It’s a fun read, if you have a strong stomach.

I picked this one up at the library after looking at it while at my favorite bookstore and deciding that while I wanted to read it, I didn’t want to pay for it.

I had expected it to be something like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and was happy to be wrong. This story is much more of a traditional work of fiction, telling a story with all the excitement it deserves. While loosely based on the real time line of Queen Victoria, the demon plot does require some maneuvering of the facts.

Don’t believe a word that the outside of the book tells you however. The plot is much different than I expected.

It does warrant a warning however. This book is rather gory in some places. There are zombies and the like acting the way a zombie should- most of the time. This is definitely not something to read while eating, lets just put it that way 😉

 

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