August 22nd, 2010

Book Recs

So looking for AUDIO book recommendations. Either horror or fictional humour. In other words not David Sedaris or a stand up comic writing a book. For humour something like terry pratchett besides douglas adams. Horror, something more bizarre and unusual and creepy. IE-I do not enjoy anne rice/poppy z. brite; stephen king is great, but i've read almost everything of his; i've done a lot of clive barker already; Dean bad. Horror authors who aren't as well known would be good too.

Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Page Count: 292 pages
Summary: There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. With her life about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people—suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

(Review @ Read Sam, Read!)
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A Matter Of Blood by Sarah Pinborough

The Blurb On The Back:

The recession that grips the world has left it exhausted. Crime is rising in every major city. Financial institutions across the world have collapsed, and most governments are now in debt to The Bank, a company created by the world’s wealthiest men.

But Detective Inspector Cass Jones has enough on his plate without worrying about the world at large. His marriage is crumbling, he’s haunted by the deed of his past, and he’s got the high-profile shooting of two schoolboys to solve – not to mention tracking down a serial killer who calls himself the Man of Flies.

Then Cass Jones’ personal world is thrown into disarray when his brother shoots his own wife and child before committing suicide – leaving Cass implicated in their deaths. And when he starts seeing silent visions of his dead brother, it’s time for the suspended DI to go on the hunt himself – only to discover that all three cases are linked ...

As Jones is forced to examine his own family history, three questions keep reappearing: what disturbed his brother so badly in his final few weeks? Who are the shadowy people behind the Bank? And, most importantly, what do they want with DI Cass Jones?

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The Verdict:

A dark and compelling fusion of urban fantasy, horror and police procedural, this is a very promising start to a trilogy that has an interesting over-riding mystery to carry it through. I greatly look forward to reading the sequel.

A MATTER OF BLOOD was released in the UK on 25th March. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the ARC.

I am giving away a copy of both the ARC for A MATTER OF BLOOD by Sarah Pinborough and UNHOLY GHOSTS by Stacia Kane on my RL LJ here.

Cross-posted to books, bookworming, fantasywithbite, horror_novels and urbanfantasyfan.
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The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Blurb On The Back:

Mae’s life has spun out of control.

She’s just learned that her brother Jamie is a magician and Nick, the boy she’d set her heart on, has an even darker secret.

Jamie has been meeting with the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, who is hell-bent on persuading Jamie to join the magicians. When Mae calls on Nick and Alan to save her brother, the Circle sets in motion a plot to bring Nick down – by convincing his own brother to spring a deadly trap.

With brother set against brother and everyone’s loyalties divided, Mae sees a chance to save them all – but it means approaching the mysterious and dangerous Goblin Market alone ...

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The Verdict:

A disappointing sequel to the promise of THE DEMON’S LEXICON, this sees Mae become much more of a stereotypical love interest rather than the strong independent character she was in the first book. Told through her eyes, there’s a curious passivity to the story, with the most interesting events happening off-page. There are some clever lines and good moments, but it’s not enough to turn it around and while I’ll read the concluding volume, this just didn’t meet my expectations.

Cross-posted to booky_talk, cool_teen_reads, fantasywithbite, urbanfantasyfan and yalitlovers.