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.

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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.

 

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Lakeview Cabin

 

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Game: Lakeview Cabin
Genre: Indie
Developer: Roope Tamminen
Publisher: Roope Tamminen
Release Date: Mar 25, 2015
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating:  8/10
Graphics: 8/10
Controls: 10/10
Level/Puzzle Design:8/10
Sound: 9/10
Story: 8/10
Replay Value: 8/10
Community: N/A

 

Review

10/10 would zip down a line into a working wood chipper again.

Ahhh, Lakeview Cabin. I was the lucky winner of this game on one of the steam groups I belong to, and I was pleasantly surprised with the creepy pixelated experience.

Really, the game page says it all:

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”Relive the horror movies of the 70’s and 80’s by answering the question: What would you do if you found yourself in a slasher film?”

And that’s exactly what the game is: A perfect, pixelated representation of your typical horror movie of the 80’s. There you have the girls with their lovely hair, and the boys with their handsome beards, and the creepy lake, and the cabins, and the creepy nude stalker…

Wait, what? o.O

The game is a horror/comedy/parody/adventure type of game. Your goal? To prepare yourself to survive the creepy, murdering monster as long as possible. Or, you know, you could just hide forever.

There are several characters for you to deal with, and switching between them is super easy.
You get to explore the cabins, find items to aid you with surviving, places to hide, and weapons to use against the horrors of the night. Whenever you get hurt, you actually… get hurt. As in, you miss a leg and you’ll be hopping down that pixelated grass on one leg while bleeding off. the game spares no expenses in the pixelated gore.

You can also kill yourself, kill others, and promptly die when you’re the only one left to face the evil from the lake. There’s more than one way to kill or be killed, and exploring them all is as fun as playing the game as you should be. :)
And you know what’s more satisfactory than surviving? Not giving the monster the chance to kill you all off, by doing it yourself first. :P

The game is mostly funny to play, but it also, despite being just pixels, manages to be sufficiently creepy as to unnerve you.  The replayability is fairly decent, as you can just replay it to see how many different ways you find to survive, whether you can kill the monster at all, and how long you can last.

If you’re into a bit of pixelated parody horror, give this one a try! Be warned, though: If you want to play this as it’s intended (as opposed to killing everyone yourself, actually laying traps out for the evil thing), be prepared to be a bit frustrated at the time constraints until you get the hang of what to do.

Looking forward to future episodes!