NOVEMBER 2013 REVIEWS
(NOTE: The "smell ratings" at the end of some reviews rate the actual SMELL of the book and have nothing to do with the story. Smell Ratings: 5 = excellent, 1 = odorless, 2-4 = you figure it out. Book Key: hc = hardcover / tp = trade paperback / mmp - mass market paperback / rarer forms described.)
Smell Rating: 2
PREY DRIVE by Wrath James White (2013 Sinister Grin Press / 239 pp / hc)
OUT OF STONE by John G. Rees (2013 Black Water Books / 388 pp / tp & eBook)
THE WALLS OF THE CASTLE by Tom Piccirilli (2013 Dark Regions Press / 124 pp / deluxe limited edition, limited edition, & eBook)
Smell Rating: 4
THE SEVENTH EQUINOX by Matthew Warner (to be released 11/6/13 by Raw Dog Screaming Press / 208 pp / hc & tp)
DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King (2013 Scribner / 528 pp / hc, audiobook, eBook)
Smell Rating: 5
THE SHINING was one of those pivotal books for me. I still even have that same ratty old paperback with the peeling silvery film cover that I found in Boompa's garage, on the shelf out there where Grandma made him keep those awful horror novels he liked. I was ten years old. An aunt told my parents it'd warp me for life, letting me read that stuff. Happily, she was right.
Like many of us for whom that book was a major influence, I had mixed feelings of trepidation and joy about the prospect at long last of a sequel.
My biggest worry was that, love most of King's work though I do, he'd turn it into yet another Dark Tower tie-in and I'd be sad because I've tried many times but just can't get into those. But a single "there are other worlds than these" reference was all I caught. In every other way, I found DOCTOR SLEEP to be a very satisfying follow-up, beautifully connected back to the first one.
For everyone who ever wondered, "what ever happened to Danny Torrance and his mom after the Overlook burned down?" … here at last is the answer and then some. Unlike many King characters, Danny hasn’t forgotten all about the uncanny events of his past. I’m glad, because that trope has gotten kinda old and annoys the crap out of me now.
VILLAGE OF THE MERMAIDS by Carlton Mellick III (2013 Eraserhead Press / 136 pp / tp)
DAMAGED SOULS by David Bernstein (2013 Samhain Publishing / 232 pp / tp)
WITCHES, STITCHES, AND BITCHES edited by Shannon Page (2013 Evil Girlfriend Media/ 282 pp / tp and eBook)
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