Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Well this was a pretty impressive read. How impressive? In today’s world of digital downloads and library freebies, I will actually kick down hard-earned cash for a nice hardback copy of this book. I will then reread this book at a later date, maybe by a fireplace while sipping hot chocolate. Yes some of the language is dated and perhaps some of the ideas are cliche, but overall, I think it’s safe to say that Dracula is a landmark in fictional writing. Great story, fun characters, and an amazing narrative. Letters, journal entries, and newspaper clippings tell the tale of the most famous vampire to ever suck blood. Five stars and easily one of the greatest horror stories ever written.

5 outta 5 stars

The Last of the Ageless

The Last of the Ageless by Traci Loudin

My mistake.
I was interested in The Last of the Ageless, after browsing a dystopia reading group. I then entered (and won!) a giveaway for this book and was excited to get started. I quickly realized that I had made the wrong assumptions about this book, as it was not what I thought it to be. It is not (in my opinion) a dystopia or post-apocalyptic story in the sense of bad places, or bad things happening in bad places. It isn’t “survival” during or immediately after a crazy event. It isn’t rough or violent and there are no power struggles or human psychology to dive into.

My observation(s).
If you are looking for a nice FANTASY story about shape-shifting humanoids, mind-control and kooky creatures, this might be a fun read for you. It is set in a place that is supposed to be future earth, but that future is FAR removed from a catastrophe that has relegated earth’s inhabitants to a mostly backward existence (think tribes in huts).

There are some creative characters and this is a far-reaching adventure – in that it covers different lands, regions, etc. – but it isn’t very adventurous in the sense of action. There are some action sequences, but these happen during the course of travel and isn’t a main struggle or plot point.

I will add that the author is very creative, writes well enough, and seems to have the beginning to a much bigger world. I am just not an avid reader of such worlds.

If you enjoy fantasy, you might very well enjoy this book.

2 stars outta 5 (from somebody not interested in the fantasy genre)

'Salem's Lot Review by s.j. romero

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

I really liked this book, but perhaps not for reasons that most people like books. While reading this, I felt as though I were watching an old B-movie horror flick. I knew all the clichés, the probabilities of what might happen next, and none of the characters were very interesting. I could practically hear the creepy music as the pages were turned and I kept thinking to myself, “This is a vampire book and there’s nothing new here.” And maybe that’s why I liked it so much. It was familiar. It was fun to meet new characters, just enough to know who they were when they got picked off. Not a lot of twists and turns, but a fun, comfortable read.

4 outta 5 stars

Pathosis by J.N. LaVelle

Pathosis (Dark Evolution #1) by J.N. LaVelle

This book sounded very creepy when I read the synopsis and it started out that way, which was great. I can remember nights where I forced myself to stay awake so that I could read just a bit more. Unfortunately, it went away from the creepy aspects that made the first half of the book so good. Pathosis ended well enough, but I think it unraveled at the end instead of finishing in a tightly constructed preview to possible future works. Also, the ending felt rushed to me, which was also unfortunate, because the surviving characters were interesting enough to stretch out a bit and get to know. That didn’t happen, but maybe it will in future works? The ending is not bad, I was just hoping for something more / better.

Overall I did like this book and it is an entertaining read, but what started as a high four star rating, ended at about three and a half.

3.5 outta 5 stars

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Maybe I’m too critical?
For years I had been interested in this series, and prior to reading The Gunslinger, I had heard and read mixed reviews. Some people love this book, while others don’t. Nobody that I heard from, or read about, hated this book and with that I can agree. I don’t hate this book, but it wasn’t very good. To be completely honest, I really believe that were this not a Stephen King production, it may never have been published. Maybe the rest of the series is fantastic, making this book a must read, but I’m not interested in continuing after reading this first part.

Why the no-love?
Is this book a western, a fantasy, or a rambling cash-grab? I don’t think this is / was a cash-grab, although I’m sure Mr. King made and is making quite a haul from this book, but I do think it rambles about, trying to figure itself out.

It is a western-fantasy which isn’t bad, but it bounces around too much and I end up not caring about any of the characters, nor what the main character needs to do. Is he looking for the Dark Tower? Yes. Why? Don’t know, don’t care.

I may read the next book in this series, just to see what happens, but there are plenty of other books that I want to read first, so this series will be put on hold, which means it may never get read.

Lots of people love this book and I think you should give it a try as you may be one of those people. It is a quick read which is good, as you may decide as I did that you don’t need to go further along this dusty trail.

2 stars outta 5