This is what I’ve been up to this week. I’ve finished reading FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven and have posted a review. I’m currently halfway thru with Phasma and I’m about to start Different Seasons by Stephen King. I’m also reading The Lord of the Rings. I’m reading a chapter a week while following along with the awesome podcast “The Unexpected Podcast” where they read a chapter and then discuss it. I am currently on Chapter 2 of the second book “The Council of Elrond”. And last but not least I saw the documentary “The Eye of the Beholder the Art of Dungeons & Dragons” I highly recommend this for any fan of D&D or fantasy art in general. That’s all for my week I hope everyone has a great week.
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Author: Mike Bockoven
Length: 272 pages
Published: October 2016
Series: Stand alone
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
FantasticLand is a theme park in Florida, where “Fun is Guaranteed”. But when hurricane Sadie comes roaring up the Florida coast causing more destruction than anyone had anticipated things go from bad to worse for the park. Problem number one is a storm plan that is inadequate and so complicated that no one has even bothered to really take it serious. Now hundreds of workers, mostly teenagers who have agreed to stay at the park to protect the property are ill prepared to handle the aftermath and isolation that the hurricane has forced them into. For over a month they are unable to leave the park to find help and it looks like no help is coming for them. With no Cell phones or internet things go to hell pretty quickly and the employees of FantasticLand learn fairly quickly that they are going to have to commit unspeakable acts if they hope to survive, for in Fantasticland “Fun is Guaranteed” but survival isn’t.
I’m not sure where this book came from or how it showed up on my radar but I read the premise and was intrigued immediately. Its told in a series of interviews mostly with survivors. Now this style my not be for everyone but I think as someone who works in news for a living it struck a chord of realism with me. One downside I see with this type of storytelling is that right away you know that the character that is being interviewed has survived to the end and if they are talking about a character a lot the chances that that character is alive is very low. Another downside to it is that there were some characters that I wanted to know more about and their stories did not continue and while I know they survived I would’ve still had like to know what they ended up doing before being rescued. Even though some might find the story a little hard to believe, who would think teenagers could become so savages? That’s the reason I read horror like this, if I wanted something much more realistic I would’ve read a book on hurricane Maria. If you really think about it what would more than a hundred teenagers do with no Cell phones or any adult supervision in the middle of nowhere? First they would go to where they feel safe and for most of the kids that was the area in the park where they work, where most of their friends where. Then all you need is one deranged person to get them a riled up and the mob mentality kicks in. It doesn’t take the kids long to form tribes and to start to commit violent acts on one another. I wonder how good the book would be if it was written in a straightforward style? I think some of the story would’ve benefited from this. Maybe switching back and forth between the two styles would’ve been pretty cool. I’m still happy with the end result as I enjoyed this book very much and would definitely recommend it to any fan of realistic horror.
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Title: Battlefront II: Inferno Squadron
Author: Christie Golden
Length: 304 Pages
Published: July 2017
Series: 2nd book in the Battlefront series part of Star Wars Canon
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Stars
Tie fighter pilot Iden Versio was present at the Battle of Yavin engaged in battle with X-Wing fighters when the first Death Star was destroyed. One of the only survivors, she crash landed on Yavin but was able to steal a ship and return to her Imperial comrades. Shortly after returning she is contacted by her father Admiral Garrick Verso and is summoned to a meeting. Along with three others, her childhood friend Gideon Hask, Del Meeko and Seyn Marana are reassigned to the newly formed Inferno Squadron. Established to go undercover to deal with the Rebel threat. After couple of successful missions they undertake their most difficult mission, going deep undercover and infiltrating The Dreamers. The Dreamers are what remains of Saw Gerrera’s group. Iden and her comrades have always seen The Rebels as an uncaring terrorist group, but as they spend more time with The Dreamers they see a different side of their enemies. A side the never thought existed a side that might put their mission in jeopardy.
Okay I’ve heard of but never played any of the Battlefront games, and I’m not sure how closely the story in the book follows the game but I can’t really imagine it being very interesting if it does. What I could say the book does very good is getting you to root for Inferno Squadron. I kept having to remind myself that they are part of The Empire and The Empire is the enemy. There was some action sequences that were very good. But close to the end there is suppose to be a big reveal of a certain character. I could hear the climactic music playing in my head and a gasp when he was revealed and then I was like, okay who the hell is this suppose to be? After a quick search on Wookiepedia I found out he was a somewhat important character from The Clone Wars animated series. And even though I saw the show I could very vaguely remember who this person was. Beside that I found it to be an enjoyable story, not a great story but still an enjoyable one.
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Title: Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds
Author: Gwenda Bond
Length: 304 pages
Published: February 2019
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Four young adults have volunteered to be part of an experiment. Little did they know that the man running these experiments in a secret lab in Hawkins Indiana would soon control their lives. Ken an apparent psychic, Gloria a black woman from a well to do family, Gloria the youngest who is a brilliant mechanic and Terry an unassuming college student. They are all given hallucinating drugs and Gloria even receives shock therapy. They quickly realize that nothing is what it seems. While they leave the lab for home after every session they are still in the grip of the lab. After becoming pregnant Terry comes up with a plan to get them away from the lab and protect what the lab wants most, her unborn child.
I love all things Stranger Things, and was excited when I heard there would be novels coming out. When I read the premise of the first book by Gwenda Bond I was a little weary. I didn’t think it would feel like Stranger Things with out Micheal and his gang or being set in the 80’s. But I really wanted to know more about 11’s mom Terry. I wanted to find out how this all started. I pretty much wanted to get my hands on anything that had to do with the Netflix series that I loved so much. So I went into this book with an open mind and was not disappointed. In this book we get a new group of friends and a new time period set in the late 60’s. The Vietnam war is going on and many people do not trust the goverment. We are introduced to Terry Ives during what I believe is her first year in college. Gwenda Bond gives Terry a great back story. My first impression about Terry while watching the show was that she was a stoner hippie that got in over her head and probably didn’t even know who Eleven’s father was. Turns out Terry was a smart student who got involved in these “experiments” hoping to shed some light on wrong doings. She had a boyfriend named Andrew and friends but also became very close to the group that was in the lab with her. Dr. Brenner is here and it shows just how evil and controlling he is. Just how the show has a true 80’s vibe to it, this book felt like the 60’s I could imagine the characters wearing bell bottoms and platform shoes. The guys with long hair and mustaches and could hear The Mamas and The Papas playing in the background. It stayed so true to that era with the way woman were treated and the fear young men had of being drafted into the war. 8 is also featured heavily and the story fits in seamlessly with the Stranger Things universe that we know and love. If you are a fan of the show you can’t go wrong with this book.
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This has been an uneventful but great week. Reading wise I on my current reads I am at 75% on Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond and 37% on Star Wars: Battlefront II Inferno Squadron by Christie Golden. Also I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Missing Season by Gillian French. I received a copy from the author and can’t wait to read this, I will be placing this at the top of my reading list so expect a review soon. In other book news two things caught my attention. First Stephen King announced a new book for 2020. If It Bleeds stars Holly Gibney as it’s main protaganist. If your a fan of Stephen King you’ll remember Mrs. Gibney from The Bill Hodges Trilogy, she also appeared in The Outsider. I thought she was a great character and I’m looking foward to a book with her as the main character. Also Hulu announced that they will be adapting The Eye of the Dragon for television. I enjoyed the book and with Hulu’s great track record with Stephen King I’m sure it will be worth a watch. Aside from that I’m preparing for tonights finale episode of Game of Thrones. I hope everyone has a great week.
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Author: Stephen King
Length: 304 pages
Published: September 1981
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
A gentle giant of a Saint Bernard named Cujo and a chance encounter with a bat (of the winged kind, not baseball) unleashes a terror in the small New England town of Castle Rock. Vic Trenton’s small ad is in trouble and he has to take a business trip to New York and Boston to try and convince their biggest client not to drop them. He leaves behind his wife Donna and small son Tad at probably the worst possible time. Things aren’t going great in their marriage and Tad is having trouble sleeping because of the monsters in his closet. But this trip can’t be held off, so Vic leaves with a heavy heart. To top it of Donna’s Pinto is giving her problems. She holds off as long as she can but has no choice but to get it fixed and decides to take it to local mechanic Joe Camber.
Joe lives across town on an old farm with his wife Charity, son Brett and their loyal dog Cujo. About two days before Donna decides to bring her car to Joe Cujo chases a rabbit into a hidden cave on his property. Cujo is to big to fit anything but his head into the entrance but he does manage to awaken a bunch of bats with his barking. One of these bats bites Cujo on the muzzle, giving the gentle dog rabies. The next morning Brett and Charity leave for Connecticut and Brett goes to say goodbye to his dog. And while he doesnt say anything he knows something is wrong with Cujo.
What happens after is a combo of coincidences and bad luck that brings Donna to the Camber home right as her car decides to die leaving her stranded. With Cujo hungry for blood Donna and her small son Tad are stuck in her car with no one around and no way to call for help. How will Donna and Tad escape? Will anyone come to their rescue before it is too late or are the destined to be victims of Cujo?
This one took me forever to get through not sure if it was the fact that there was no chapter breaks or the fact that i was reading an actual physical book. Or the fact that the last season of Game of Thrones was about to start and I’ve been binge watching the previous seasons to get up to date? It was a roller coaster of a read very suspenseful and I found myself on the edge of my seat hoping someone was going to come to the rescue. King set this up perfectly, setting up an event of circumstances and coincidence to bring Donna to the Camber home at the perfect moment.Reading about Donna and Tad being stuck in a small car in the hot summer gave me such a feeling of claustrophobia. And the fact that things could be different if Vic would of made a phone call or if Charity would have told her husband that Brett thought something was wrong with Cujo before leaving for Connecticut. Now I saw the movie years ago but have never read the book, so the ending caught me by surprise and I was not ready for it. I wasn’t crazy about the explanation of Vic’s ad agency I think those were the times that I was bought out of the book. Still very good and very suspenseful.
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Title: The Troop
Author: Nick Cutter
Length: 385 Pages
Published: February 2014
My Rating: ☆☆☆
Every year Scoutmaster and local doctor Tim Riggs would lead a group of troops from the small town of Prince Edward Island to nearby Falstaff Island. For a weekend camping trip. This trip is the highlight for the five boys from Troop 52. Kent the popular Jock. Best friends Max and Ephriam, nerdy Newton and the slightly off Shelly. On their first night on the uninhabited island they receive a strange visitor an emaciated man whose hunger seems to have no end. Tim also being a doctor is compelled to help this man but also has the foresight to keep him away from the boys. Turns out this sick man is part of an experiment he is infected with what can only be described as a type of tapeworm. This worms hunger knows no bounds and causes its host to eat anything it can get its hands on. The Scoutmaster also becomes infected and the five boys are left to defend for themselves. unbeknownst to them the whole island is under quarantine, so there will be no help from the main land. What happens when they are left on their own and one of them who was already a loose cannon is left unchecked to do as he pleases.
When I first got this book I thought it was going to be some type of zombie virus let loose on a much bigger troop of scouts. I pictured over fifty kids in a type of summer camp setting with zombies, (that sounds like it might make a good book) but this was nothing like that. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, by no means. I really enjoyed how when the shit really hit the fan it was the nerdy Newton who was able to stand up to the challenge, take charge and run things. I also liked how the chapters would switch from time to time, from the story to internet articles and court hearings. It reminded a lot of Stephen King’s Carrie. Just to find out later that he was inspired by said novel which makes sense. I did find it slow at times and sometimes hard to get into sometimes. The disease itself sounds really gross and Nick Cutters writing was very graphic and describes the body and mind changes of its victims really well. I enjoyed it over all but wasn’t wowed by it. Still a good read.
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