Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

Metro 2033Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of the ones I’ve read (which admittedly aren’t that many), there isn’t a single book by a Russian author that isn’t packed chock-full of descriptions, long confusing names and equally confusing locations (this has more to do with me being unused to their naming fashion than anything else, though). Metro 2033 is not much different: I found many of the station names a tad confusing until about halfway through the book, and I kept mixing them up. The descriptions were extensive, but pleasant despite the very lousy translation. If you like the subject and you read it properly, it will really transport you to their world of darkness. I did take a bit to start really getting into it though.
Alongside the detailed (if sometimes confusing because of the bad translation) descriptions of physical places came the heavy description of politics, mostly on a per-station basis. It was obvious each little station had their own world, ways of behaving and politics to follow. This too was a bit confusing to me at first, and I couldn’t help but feel slightly identified when Artyom felt totally in the dark about matters mentioned.

The story is pretty basic, but quite enjoyable- not because of the story or the characters itself, but because of the way the world is painted for us. The characters could have had more depth, though (or rather, been developed more as they traveled the metro lines), and the religious cults Artyom encountered did quite a bit to make me feel quite uncomfortable and nervous. Man, would I have run the opposite way!

And what happened to Khan? I sure hope we get to see more of him in book two- he was a bit of a wacky dude, but I liked him.

(view spoiler)

The Kremlin thing didn’t seem very well explained to me anyhow.
Was the underground goo-thing that powerful that, whomever stared the way of the surface-Kremlin was drawn to it by it? Or was the surface-Kremlin a different thing from the underground-Kremlin? And what about the shining rubies or whatever?
Was the goo-thing really a biological weapon or just another mutation?

And the part with Oleg dying, after all they had gone through to get the boy- that felt just like a low blow. Couldn’t they have just saved the kid at the last minute? I admit I was hoping he’d die or something because I really hate disobedient kids that get everyone else in troubles, buuuut it felt bad he did die because it was a dumb death and I actually liked his father. I saw no sense in him ‘reacting’ just when the kids jumped. It felt lame. (hide spoiler)]

At any rate, I loved the book, and I definitely want to read more of the story.

View all my reviews

Evil Origins Collection by J. Thorn

Evil Origins: A Horror & Dark Fantasy CollectionEvil Origins: A Horror & Dark Fantasy Collection by J. Thorn
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Most boring thing I’ve read in a very long while. I started all 3 of the main novels to see if any caught my interest, but none could.
Could not relate/did not like any of the characters, did not care what happened to them, did not even mind where the story was going and it was so boring that I even got tired of skipping to reach the end and see if anything of interest happened there.

Also did not like the repetitive way in which people’s faces were described. (“His eyes sat (…)”, “His hairline sat (…) “)

Don’t get me wrong, I can see where a certain crowd would like it, but I’m clearly not part of it.

View all my reviews

All Wrapped Up Anthology

All Wrapped UpAll Wrapped Up by Elizabeth Hyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ground Mission: 4.3/5 Now here is present tense done well.

Wildwood: 4/5 I wish it’d had a happier ending though, it was kind of bittersweet.

Dark Covenant: 1/5 (view spoiler)

Situation Normal: 4.3/5 Nice, fun read.

View all my reviews

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades: Beginnings (Mary Hades, #0.5-2)Mary Hades: Beginnings by Sarah Dalton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I think a 2.5 rating would be more accurate for this collection. On the whole, I liked the story. It was very well told, was entertaining, and I liked the subject, but it cut it just a little short to keep me turning pages, which in turn made me take forever to finish it.

So, while the idea and execution were nice, I think the failure was in my age. There are YA books that can be appreciated by anyone, and there are YA books that are just a little “simple” (stylistically speaking, I don’t think there’s a better way for me to describe this). I honestly think had I been 13 or 16 I would have enjoyed this one a lot more. I can definitely see a younger girl or boy who is into ghosts and mystery and such enjoying the book plenty. Me, I just couldn’t quite get into it even though I liked it. That doesn’t mean someone else who’s even older than me might not enjoy it, but for me it didn’t quite cut it. I didn’t identify in any way with the main character, and even if I didn’t dislike her, I couldn’t quite find myself rooting for her either.
Perhaps it was also that I was expecting a bit more “horror” than we got.

I would still recommend this to YA enthusiasts or actual YAs.

View all my reviews

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

Skeleton CrewSkeleton Crew by Stephen King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Spanish Edition by Sudamericana of “Skeleton Crew” was actually split in (at least) three books… so I will review them individually, even tho I switched to the ‘full’ edition.

One was “Historias Fantasticas“, of about 200ish pages, which I hated (originally rated it just one star); I can’t say I liked ANY of the stories there.

The second one, “La Expedicion“, which also has about 200 pages. The first story and another one inside were ok. The first one could have been far more interesting if it’d been longer, but it wasn’t. It’s the story that gave the name to the book.

The third book, “LA Niebla/Skeleton Crew“, was ok. The first story (The Myst) was good, the other two I didn’t really care for at all.

I was going to give it three stars, but then I decided that although I liked some stories, -most- the stories in the book weren’t good in my opinion, so, two stars it is.

View all my reviews

Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

Apartment 16Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

First, why, why, WHY could she not just have been called APRIL instead? Why?
With that special snowflake out of the way, the book was ok, kinda boring, not overly scary, nothing overly new either: An artist obsessed with gross/grotesque/gorey stuff, some creepy apartment where something bad happened, and occult all mixed in a nice pot.
Seth’s chapters, which I guess were meant to be shockingly gross, were the most annoying of all. On the one hand, the way the mental decline was portrayed was kinda ok, on the other, the whole shock/disgusting thing was not overly shocking after the initial description, and got boring quickly. I admit, I skimmed after a few.
Apryl’s chapters were better, even if I cringed whenever her name was mentioned. I didn’t like the “love interest” bit (it felt out of place and kind of forced), but I did pretty much sort of enjoyed the rest; at least, it had a nicer, creepier atmosphere, even if it was still boring.

An ok book, if you’re not expecting much out of it.

View all my reviews

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One InLet the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars award_star_gold_3

I can’t believe anyone’s mentioning Twilight in any form of comparison with this, because the only thing they have in common is it deals with vampires…

While I felt the story itself was kind of basic (what is original anymore?), I did like the characters, and Eli’s character I found particularly interesting (I would have enjoyed more details about his background), as well as the way vampires were portrayed. Oskar was a bit of a wimp, but alright nevertheless.
Overall I found it a very interesting read- and as I’ve also watched the movie, I would’ve wished to see in it a bit more of the book. I still think the adaptation was great too, and both are worth a chance.

View all my reviews

star_full (48)star_full (48)star_full (48)star_full (48)star_half (48)

Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena

Parasite EveParasite Eve by Hideaki Sena

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How to best describe this book? It was terrifyingly gross and pretty darn awesome.

Usually books that start heavy on the medical/biological aspect tend to bore me, and Parasite Eve starts a bit like that: Slow, full of details about biology (and further on, medical transplants) that you end up wondering if there was any need to read about at all, or if they were just there to either drag the story or prove the author could indeed write about it. Despite that I endured, because the writing style was interesting, and well, perhaps for once there’d be a point to all that biological detailed-ness.
There was, sort of. I’m of the belief the story could have done without the ‘hard’ science part, but having it ultimately didn’t take away from what was essentially a horribly gross and terrifying story and did provide some background.

With that out of the way, yes, the first half of the book is slow, and then on the last half everything happens. And I do mean, everything. All the action is contained within the last half or 1/3 of the book, and advances incredibly fast. It’s this action that makes it terrifying, and your imagination which makes it appropriately gross through the detailed descriptions the author provides, and that sense of ultimate ewww that made me rate it 4 stars.

The characters weren’t overly likable, but they carried the story well enough; a story that was sufficiently interesting as well, as I’m lately finding I rather like certain types of medical/biological-horror novels a bit more than I thought, after all.

 

star_full (48)star_full (48)star_full (48)star_full (48)star_none (48)

Contamination by Jamie Thornton

Contamination (Feast of Weeds, #2)Contamination by Jamie Thornton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A free copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest opinion.

I read the first book in this series and it was a pretty decent book. This second one has a lot going for it as well: the take on the ‘zombie’ genre is slightly different than the norm, not much, but just enough to make you curious; what I could see of the plot that was apparently going on in the background seemed interesting, which is why I bumped it one start to “it’s ok” rating; but the thing is, the book seems more about the characters and their past/complex love relationships than about the things that were happening to them at the time – which is fine, I guess, except that in this book I just couldn’t like any of the characters.
The main character seemed rather dysfunctional, and not in an overly interesting way, her original love interested seemed like a bit of a pushover/ass (I can’t quite decide), and someway half through I just lost all interest in the story because although things were happening, it wasn’t what I would have considered the “interesting” parts that the book focused on.

After a while of having it sitting there and not wanting to pick it back up, I’m going to give it as a loss and mark it as abandoned.

View all my reviews

star_full (48)star_full (48)star_none (48)star_none (48)star_none (48)

Get the rest of this series:

Germination by Jamie Thornton

Germination (Feast of Weeds, #1)Germination by Jamie Thornton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I won Germination at a giveaway in exchange for a review.

I liked it. I’m not much of a fan of neither first person nor diary/blog posts/etc kind of stories, but the bits of ‘posts’ were only the start of chapters, so it wasn’t such a bother. The writing style was good; I wasn’t very sure at first, but after the first part the story picked up… and although it’s such a short story that you can’t really tell just what’s going on exactly, it is an interesting introduction and I can see possibilities with it. I’m interested enough about what will happen to keep on reading, that’s for sure.

View all my reviews

star_full (48)star_full (48)star_full (48)star_none (48)star_none (48)

Get the rest of this series: