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Grady Hendrix: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires 4 stars

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires is a 2020 horror novel by American …

Women slay vampires

3 stars

Various thoughts while reading the book (there may be spoilers):

  • A few dozen pages in, this book is about 50% pretty good, 20% really good, and 30% cute.
  • Neat vampire concept. According to his podcast, Super Scare Haunted Homeschool, he spent a ridiculous amount of time studying vampire lore history, and it shows. He took a very unique approach to the vampire, while at the same time, keeping it very obviously a recognizable vampire.
  • Overtly sexual without being sexy. The transfer of fluids in a very specific bodily location increases the rape-yness that vampirism already exemplifies.
  • About 2/3 of the way through, the book is 60% pretty good, 30% really good, and still 10% cute.
  • All the husbands in this book suck. Not a single one is a redeemable character.
  • Time jump! Finding it hard to believe in the 3-year gap, maybe it will pay off in some way.
Bram Stoker, Greg Hildebrandt, Stacy King, J D Barker, Jonty Claypole: Dracula (Hardcover, 2012, Harper Design) 4 stars

The novel that made vampire a household word, Bram Stoker's "Dracula" has been delighting - …

I heard you like vampires

4 stars

Just a list of thoughts I had as I thought them:

  • Very enjoyable, fast read.
  • A little bit too much of all the characters basically falling in love with each other on first meeting and becoming best friends. A lot of “oh won’t you be my best friend for life now since we’ve been through this together?”
  • Characters are a little dumb in places where they really shouldn’t be. They literally just got done talking about how Dracula can turn into a bat, and then Quincy sees the bats sitting outside the windows staring at them and they don’t think anything more of it when it flies away.
  • Same with how they got done talking about how Dracula can turn into a mist and a control the fog, and Mina goes up to her room and sees the fog coming at her and sees them mist in her room, and …

reviewed Duma Key by Stephen King

Stephen King: Duma Key (Hardcover, 2008, Hodder & Stoughton) 5 stars

Edgar Freemantle reached a T-junction in his life's journey when a freak accident cost him …

Favorite King book in decades

5 stars

Full confession – I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Stephen King. He is an odd author to me. While I don’t love every one of his books (and in fact, dislike many of them), he is one of those authors that I read everything he puts out. If it’s got his name on it, I usually read it eventually, even if I’m almost 50 years late to the party. Not sure where this comes from, or why I’m so rigorous in my dedication to his books, but for whatever reason, it is the case.

It was not always, however. From the early 2000’s (coincidentally around the time I read Dreamcatcher …. or, maybe not-so-coincidentally), until around 2012, I never read a new Stephen King book. Dreamcatcher was just that bad, and I finally gave up on him after reading all his novels through the 80’s and 90’s. …

Stephen King: Carrie (Hardcover, Doubleday) 4 stars

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic …

Carrie by Stephen King

4 stars

As a lifelong Stephen King fan, somehow I’ve never read Carrie. It’s one of those things where I’ve picked up all the plot points through cultural osmosis, I’ve seen the movie (the good one), I’ve talked about it with my friends as though I know about it. But I’ve never held the physical copy in my hands until last week.

I liked it. I don’t really have a ton to say about it. It was an extremely short read, and there were a lot of precursors to what would become eventual King hallmarks – overly religous fanatical whackjobs; bullies that were strangely too smart and/or too psychopathic to be believable; and entire towns being destroyed as a way to end the book like a Lovecraftian cleansing bolt of lightning. Happy to finally have read it.

Read Carrion Comfort

5 stars

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