Sunday Reading Update

I’m writing this one early and it will be short. My wife is still asleep and I plan to dedicate the day to her once she wakes up. This week flew by. At work I had to travel to a different town in a RV everyday and do a story on said Town. So I was especially busy. I’m at 22% with The Sorceress and 37% with Heir to the Empire. I’ve also started watching A Game of Thrones I hope to catch up with everyone else once the new season starts. Also the TV show Humans I’m on the first episode of season 2 and not sure how I feel about it. The first season was great, but the second season started off with such a different feel. That’s all for today. 

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The Vampire Lestat Review

The Vampire LestatAuthor: Anne Rice

Published: September 1986

Length: 550

Series: Book two of The Vampire Chronicles 

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

In Anne Rice’s second novel in the best selling Vampire Chronicles Series we get to hear Lestat’s story. How he battled a pack of wolves terrorizing his village. How he met Nicholas and they escaped together to London, Lestat to become an actor and Nicki a famous violinist. Lestat is chosen by the vampire thief Magnus to receive his Dark gift. For a while Lestat keeps to himself staying away from friends and family. When he hears that his mother is dying the only way to save her is to turn her into a Vampire. They run into a vampire clan lead by Armand. He tells Lestat how he was made by Marius. Lestat  begins a search for Marius. Once he finds him Marius shows Lestat Those Who Must Be Kept. we then get to the events of and after An Interview with a Vampire. After a long slumber Lestat awakes in modern times and devises a plan to awaken  Those That Must Be Kept. 

My Thoughts:

My first trip into the world of Anne Rice’s vampires began a little over 20 years ago. I was a big fan then and still am. Every vampire mythos needs it’s set rules. Can they see their reflection? Do they need to be invited in? How are they affected by crosses? All that good stuff. Anne Rice modernized vampires. Making them cool while still being something to fear. Lestat is her crown jewel. I loved this novel when I read it about 20 years ago. This is my third time reading it and I found it to be slow and tedious at times. I started getting tired of Lestat lamenting about good and evil and his mistake with Nicki and then again with Armand complaining about vampire life. I guess where you are in life can effect your outlook on certain books. It did get good once Lestat found Marius. Marius had an interesting story. After that the action really picks up. I’ll see how the third book The Queen of the Damned goes. 

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Retro Thursday. Swan Song 

Today’s Retro Thursday is courtesy of Robert McCammon and his incredible book Swan Song. This book caught my eye back in 87 when it was first published but I was young and didn’t have the discipline to handle a book of this size, being almost 1,000 pages. As an adult it crossed my path again and this time I was able to handle it. It does have similarities to The Stand, an Apocalyptic event here it is nuclear war while in The Stand its a super flu. And there is a good vs. evil war but that’s where the similarities end. Very good story one of McCammon’s best. 

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Sunday Reading Update

Okay things are starting to get on schedule. I’ve finished reading Salem’s Lot and I’ve posted a review. I’ve also finished The Vampire Lestat and I hope to post a review for it tomorrow. Currently I’m reading Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire and I’m at 14%. Also I’m reading The Sorceress by Micheal Scott and I’m at 5%. still no comics this week. Hopefully I’ll get some next week. 

Things I’m looking forward to? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out this week and hopefully I’ll get to see it at some point. Also the official trailer for The Dark Tower was released. I saw things I really liked, some I didn’t and some things that left me confused. I read that this isn’t an adaption but a sequel to the series. If you read the series to the end this can make perfect sense. The Dark Tower is one of my favorite series so I will remain optimistic. 

In my TBR pile I usually do them in sets of six. Salem’s Lot was the last of the previous six. The next six if anyone is interested is as follows:

  1. Heir to the Empire (Star Wars Legends)
  2. The Sorceress 
  3. Weasel’s Luck (Dragonlance)
  4. Queen of the Damned
  5. Aftermath (Star Wars New Canon)
  6. The shining (Stephen King)

That’s all for this week. Until next time. Enjoy. 

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Salem’s Lot Review

Salem’s Lot
Author: Stephen King

Published: October 1975

Length: 439 pages

Series: Stand Alone Novel 

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Salem’s Lot is a small New England town in Maine with a haunting evil secret. Maybe it was that evil that attracted the vampire Barlow to the area. Ben Mears is a writer with a few successful novels, but something happened to him while living in The Lot as a small boy. Something that had to do with the local haunted house. Now Ben is back to face those demons. Little by little the residents of The Lot are disappearing and becoming subjects of the vampire Barlow. A local school teacher, Matt Burke is one of the first to realize what is happening to the town and confides his findings with Ben. Now Ben along with the local doctor James Cody and his love interest Susan Norton must try and put a stop to the mysterious Barlow. The first thing they do is alert the local priest Father Callahan and they recruit him to help rid the town of the vampireAt the same time a young boy by the name of Mark Petrie is also coming to the realization that vampires are taking over his hometown. Being young and a fan of monster magazines gives him an advantage. He is able to recognize what is going on and how to combat it. These six must unite and try to save their small town. But how do you battle an ancient evil who has walked the earth for centuries?

My Thoughts:

Salem’s Lot Is the second novel by Stephen King and I am rereading it in an attempt to read all of his novels. The last time I read it was probably twenty years ago. I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed it now. It feels like a modern take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Even though the book is not so modern now, being set in the 70’s when the book was published. And it’s set in America. It’s a great vampire tale with evil vampires not love sick sparkly ones. These are the vampires that keep you up at night with the blanket over your head praying that he doesn’t pay you a visit and that the sunrise would come soon. King sets up the story by giving you little back stories about many of the residents. By the time the vampire starts claiming it’s victims you feel as if you personally know many of the town folk. And it has the creepiest atmosphere. This is old school Stephen King at his best. Now the connections between this book and The Dark Tower series. Vampires show up in the later books, but the biggest one is Father Callahan who shows up in Vol. 5, Wolves of the Calla. Callahan mentions many characters and events from the book. One of Ben Mears books Air Dance is known by Eddie Dean. The novel Salem’s Lot itself makes an appearance. Great Novel. Up next The Shining

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Sunday Book Review 4/30/2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, close to three weeks. The reasons? Well I was going to post my Retro Thursday post but got into a small fender bender at work. It wasn’t a big deal but I wasn’t in the mood to post anything. Then my family and I took a small vacation to NYC. I’m back now and ready to start posting regularly again. There will no Comic Book Tuesday this week cause I haven’t grabbed any comics yet. Reading wise I read Salem’s Lot by Stephen King and will post a review soon. I’m 79% done with The Vampire Lestat. While in NYC I got a chance to visit the world famous Strand Book Store. What an experience I felt like a little kid, I couldn’t catch my breath, my eyes were scanning over everything trying to capture it all. I got tremendous sensory overload. I also bought a souvenir to mark the occasion. In my neck of the woods there was a small comic book convention at the local mall and I was able to snag a bargain on this little gem. It shows the concept art and the creative process that went into the first four Marvel movies. I hope everyone had a great weekend and sorry that I’ve been away so long. 

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Comic Book Tuesday

Darth Vader Vol. 1, Vader 

Author: Kieron Gillen 

Artist: Salvador Larroca 

Published: October 2015/ Marvel Comics

Length: 160 pages

Series: Collecting Darth Vader issues 1-6

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

After the destruction of the Death Star, Vader is the only one alive and the Emperor holds him responsible. Vader finds out that The Emperor has been having meetings with someone about a possible new apprentice. So Vader starts doing some side planning of his own. He hires Bobba Fett to find out who the force sensitive pilot who destroyed the Death Star is. And he hires a female archeologists named Dr. Aphra. Aphra was able to acquire a “triple  Zero droid personality matrix” and place it in a spare 3PO unit. Along with a BT-1 assassin droid Aphra was able to acquire a droid army for Vader. They locate Doctor Cylo who was building cybernetic enhanced beings. At this time The Emperor arrives and demands that they be tested against Vader. Vader prevails but The Emperor is impressed and decided to find a use for Cylo’s creations.  

My Thoughts:

I liked this one just a little more than Star Wars vol. 1. Both were pretty good additions to the Star Wars mythos. I thought the artwork was great. If I’m not mistaken Salvador Larroca has been around for a while without Googling him I want to say he’s done some work in the X-Men universe. I really enjoyed the Dr. Aphra character. Her personality is the complete opposite of the Dark Lord and you would think that Her and Vader wouldn’t work well together, but they totally do. I heard she is getting her own series. I look forward to it and more of the Vader series. We also see how Vader discovers that Luke is his son. That something that I never gave that much to. 

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