Max Brook’s World War Z

When I saw the trailer for the World War Z, the time seemed right to read this book.

The book, kind of like Dracula, is told by way of interviews. Mr. Brooks leads us masterfully from interview to interview until we get from the beginning of the outbreak to clearing of the stragglers.

The story seems to peer into a survivors mindset. With a few noticeable exception, I could see the story unfolding as it was portrayed.

This is a book for all who enjoy zombie related items.

S. D. Perry’s Resident Evil Novelization

My brother plays the Resident Evil games. When I found out about this series, I saw a chance to have some inclination on what happens in the games.

The series follow the game from Resident Evil: Zero to Resident Evil: Code Veronica. There a re also two other novels, Caliban Cove, which take place between Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. While Underworld takes place between Resident Evil 3 and Code Veronica.

The books add a bit of information that explains some of the scenes in the games, and shows us some of what went through the main characters minds. Unfortunately for those who enjoy the books there won’t be another in the series. Not unless it branches away from the games story lines. The official storylines diverged in City of the Dead.

Hard core Resident Evil fans won’t enjoy these book. But if you just want to share in a fan’s world, then these books are for you. Even so, it is a good read, whether you know the games or not.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Well it’s time for the grand – daddy of all the blood sucker media of Stoker’s Dracula.

I’m sure everyone know the summary. Vampire finds girl. Vampire bites girl. All of the girl’s loved ones attempt to kill vampire to save girl.

Now, the book was kind of the like an old movie. No need of all of the gore famous in today’s vampire media. The only real problem with the story telling is that the whole thing is told by way of letters, journals and telegraphs.

The style of the narrative is the charm of the story. Though, admittedly it does not lend itself to all readers. But any fan of vampire fiction should read this book.

Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror

Let me start off by saying that this was a surprising read. After the first chapter I couldn’t believe the fact that the story was written by the same guy who wrote “ The Loch.”

Meg follows one Dr. Jonas Taylor, a man that lost a promising career as a submersible pilot, due to a vision of a monstrous shark. Dr. Jonas heads back to the scene of his dishonor in order to find the truth.

This was a masterful story with a clever blending of both human and non-human antagonists, you’re taken on a wild ride. I enjoyed the book. It’s one that any fan of the Jaws movies would find hard to put down.

Dean Koontz’s Watchers

So far I haven’t found a Koontz book that I haven’t enjoyed and Watchers is no exception.

We meet and follow a man named Travis as he heads into wilderness area. His troubles start when he meets up with a golden retriever. A golden retriever with a deadly shadow.

This book is one of the Koontz’s earlier works. So it doesn’t in my opinion have the finesse Koontz is known for in his later works. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the book, The relationship between Einstein and Travis is comical at times, and heart wrenching at others.

It’s a good book if you like horror stories, or if you just like a good monster story.

Polly Schulman’s The Grimm Legacy

Finally! Some one has written a contemporary fantasy that has nothing to do with vampires, werewolves or anything of that nature.

The Grimm Legacy follows a young woman named Elizebeth. She’s in a new school, has no friends as of yet, and gets a job at the New York Circulation Material Repository. While there she finds out that certain items from the Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales are real, and the Repository allows them to be borrowed.

I found most of the book light-hearted and fun. Of course there were a few disturbing parts, but if you have magic it’s going to be misused. It is a book that I’d would refer other readers too.

Cleo Coyle’s On What Grounds- Coffeehouse Mysteries 1

I was midway through chapter three, when I decided that I just couldn’t read any more of the book, here’s why.

It is written in first-person, not that there is a problem with the style, I’ve just never found a good one. Secondly it was shifty-including flashback in the middle of a police interview. The point of view wasn’t consistent. The prologue was in limited third person and the rest of the book was in first. Not even the attraction of recipes is enough to read this series. One simply cannot follow this book.

James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge’s Tick Tock-Michael Bennett 4

Poor Detective Bennett. His vacation has turned into a working vacation due to a bomb threat. Not only that, but someone is assaulting/harassing his family. Can this get any worse?

Detective Bennett was a bit more torn this time around. What to do about the bully, how to best handle the case, and who to date. The dating part almost seemed to much stress for the book. Berger was one that shows you how far people can go.

My favorite scenes were where Seamus is trying to make the family feel better. And where Mike soaks the boys.

It was a good read. Perhaps I should find the two that I’ve missed.

Steve Alten’s The Loch

I have a confession to make. This was a book that I had a hard time reading. So hard in fact that, in the middle of the fifth chapter, I skipped to the last three chapters.

The Loch follows Zachary Wallace, a Scottish-turned-American marine biologist that is called to his estranged father’s side.

Between several info-dumps, the fact of a Scottish accent being written out, including in a diary entry, and the protagonist’s whiny attitude, I gave up on it. This isn’t a book that I would refer to anyone.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Tolkien did a great job with “The Hobbit”. Not surprisingly it is a child’s book but Tolkien wrote it for his children.

This opening book to Tolkien’s Middle-earth world, follows a hobbit named Bilbo. A wizard and a group of dwarves hook-winked him into going on an adventure for treasure. The adventures he has started my love affair of the hobbits.

I enjoyed this book as I have all of Tolkien’s work. His works should be in every home, in my humble opinion.