Reading: De døde brødre

De døde brødre by Nick Clausen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay så det her var faktisk den første bog af forfatteren jeg læste, og jeg elsker YA horror, det er ingen hemmelighed. Og jeg var svært begejstret ved at få den der følelse som ved det tidlige Dennis Jürgensen (før alt hans detektiv pjat).
Det er faktisk generelt en lidt ‘back to basics’ fortælling på alle planer, og jeg elsker det. Hvad jeg ikke elsker helt så meget er hvordan hele optrapningen til slutning spiller ud, den er lidt nem at gennemskue for en bog der ellers var et stort mysterium. Infodumps er skidt, og det er lige meget om det er bøger, spil eller film, det skriger til himmelen af doven eller dårlig fortælleteknik, at det ikke er muligt at inkorporere det i den faktiske historie. Ja eller også så er det fordi at forfatteren ønskede at sidde på mysteriet så længe som muligt, og derfor ender slutningen med at være det her crazy infodump af plot linjer som du som den observante læser godt havde regnet ud. Og igen noget af det gir ingen fuckin mening.

Jeg vil altså alligevel klart anbefale den, og jeg ved godt at jeg er en voksen kvinde med hang til teenage bøger. Men jeg tænker den faktisk nok tiltaler de der 14 årige mest.

Bogen findes som audiobog, jeg har også lyttet til den via streaming.

Reading: De hviskende veje

De hviskende veje by Nick Clausen

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Jeg tror faktisk bare ikke jeg er til emnet. Jeg opgav halvvejs, og jeg kan kun blive sur på mig selv fordi jeg ikke læste ‘om’ sektionen godt nok, fordi så havde jeg sprunget over.

Jeg har lyttet til den som audiobog, selvom den ikke findes i den version på GR.

Reading: Bait

Bait by Amy Cross

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Really I tried. I usually love what this author makes, so I actually bought 2 of the books in the series without even thinking twice. Yeah… Who wants a kindlebook?

I don’t even recall why I found it so terribly boring – and that in it self tells me something about it, I mean I have no clue what it was about besides two crimminals discussing whatever, tiles I think? or maybe that was another book. *sigh

Seriously, this author is so good! this book is however not, and I am not even going to deal with the sequel unless the world ends and the world run out of other books to read. (well not true, cause there are worse books than this – by far!) I guess I am just super diappointed.

Reading: Darkness blooms

Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

honestly not my jam, but I still found that I was entertained. So my expectations was high in regards to the author, but the premise not so much. Glad that Bloodworth pulled it off.
I got this for free on Amazon, and you can’t really argue with that price, I might have been more critical had I paid money for it.

Reading: Tales from the gas station (vol I)

Tales from the Gas Station: Volume One by Jack Townsend

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best thing I read all year. It’s easy to read, easy to follow – funny and enjoyable, it has just enough bizarre mystery and hints of contemporary horror to keep someone like me interested.
So if you are going to read 1 book this year, let it be this one.

PS: I swear this review is not seen in the light of all the shit books I have been wasting my precious time with lately.

You can read the original blog here and you can listen to this book as an audio book, narrated by the talented MrCreepyPasta

Reading: Stolen Tongues

Stolen Tongues by Felix Blackwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book. I admit that I would have loved to have more like the first part/story in there, and I also think the ending suffered, which is a shame. But I do see how the author would be hard pressed to end this in any other way.
Regardless of me thinking the ending could have been better, then it’s a solid 5 stars for the most enjoyable read I have had this year.

You can listen to MrCreepyPasta’s narration of this book here:

Reading: Bad Man

Bad Man

Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Never have I wanted to love a book more than this – the premise is great, and I KNOW the author is magnificent. Sadly the book falls flat, like super flat! It’s great until you realise the very undercooked “who dunnit” plot, and then you go from excited about the characters and the different twists and plot branching out getting more and more creepy and mysterious – directly to WTF in less than 4 pages. And it’s not a good wtf, it’s the kind that makes you want to cry, mostly cause you paid money for this book. That is how terrible I actually think the book turned out to be. Without spoilers then Resident Evil 4’s ufo-dog ending made more sense.
The level of artistry, care for details he showed his first book, might leave people like me with huge expectations to whatever follow up there was from the author. I really, really hope that this is a fluke, and not because the author was a one trick pony! I give it two stars because 80% of the book is great, it keeps you entertained and engaged, but it simply fails so hard that I want to rewrite the ending and send it to the author.

Reading: The Sun Dog

The Sun Dog

The Sun Dog by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A golden oldie – for me at least. I first read this as a teenager, and a friend from school who went to the US for a year as an exchange student, and she came home with all these awesome Stephen King books that you couldn’t get in Denmark. I of course read my way through all her treasures from abroad, but the only one that stuck out to me, and that I still recall was the Sun Dog. I was super happy that they decided to split up the collection 4 past midnight, so I could just buy this one novella as a stand alone.
It didn’t lose anything over time for me, it was still as scary as I recall it, but maybe that is because i am from a time where we actually USED Polaroid cameras, and I remember the wait for it to develop while you held it, I remember the weight, smell and the sound of those cameras too. This I think might be lost on a younger audience who never used a camera like that, so in that aspect it didn’t age super well but that is to be expected really, I mean when you make a story whose backbone is dated hardware. But no matter what, it is still a great story and I will always recommend it to anyone who will listen – cause thing is that you don’t have to know how a polaroid acts or feels to understand the terror and urgency in the story.