The Shining is regarded as one of the best horrors ever written by many. But its long awaited sequel caught my attention with a its apparent dark fantasy tone featuring nomadic vampires & psychics. Is this one Stephen King masterpieces or another disappointment? Read this review & find out.
A medical doctor enlists in the army during world war I and finds its not quite what he expected. It sounds incredibly simple. But the truth is, this book is a honest realistic war time masterpiece. Read this review and find out why you should check it out.
Its a haunted house tale found in a bargain bin. So this book could be an hidden gem or just plain bad. Read this review to find out if this is worth your time.
It is a strange bizarre futuristic techno wasteland. And when a gunslinging dragon walks into a small struggling town, secrets will be uncovered and lives will be changed. It's quite a different tale. But is it any good? Read this review and find out.
Three professor's try to bring their co worker back from the dead. Instead they tear hole between two realities. Its an interesting concept. But is it any good?
The His Dark Materials trilogy was written in the late 90's & is a masterpiece in the genre. Few fantasy/scifi books have lived up to the high bar the trilogy set. 20 years later the author is writing follow up novels. The 1st was good. Now is this 2nd one any good? Read this review and find out.
A tale set it in a far flung furturistic version of Tel Aviv, Isreal. An interesting setting to say the least, but does this story take full advantage of the potential? Read this review and find out.
A boy is kidnapped by a stranger who has a knack for killing people. But the two soon learn there are dark supernatural forces out to murder them. As they are on the run they try to survive and figure out what is going on. Is this thriller any good? Read and find out.
Its a charming futuristic love story, until one half of the couple reveals her absolute hate toward aliens. Now a man must decide what to do as she wants him to take part in an act of terrorism. The tale has lots of potential. But does it live up to it? Read this review and find out.
A giant robotic hand is found underground. A woman gets government funding to find the rest of the pieces around the world and solve the mystery behind the robot. Its great in concept. But is it any good?
HG Wells was one of the pioneers of science fiction. But despite his imagination, his books are a mix bag in quality as some do not hold up over a hundread years later. But what about The Island of Dr. Moreau? Does it hold up? Is it worth a read? Read this review and find out.
It's an African high fantasy and there just aren't very many of those. So least to say, its intriguing in concept alone. But does it live up to it's potential? Well yes and no. Read this review to learn more about this great yet deeply flawed book understand teh pros and cons,
This book is a look at an alternative history of the U.S. as a result of a spread of a virus in Manhatten that causes someone to become a monster or super hero. It is a great concept, but is it any good. Read this review and find out.
An monsters decides to build a bridge across a grand misty river full of monsters. Is it any good? Read this review and find out.
After being chosen to be killed for the sake of population control, two stangers travel to Sundome. There they meet, fall in love, see the sights, and live the best days of their short life. Does this bitter sweet tale live to its potential? Read this review and find out.
Its an intriguing look at a scifi and somewhat dystopian Hollywood, wrapped in a murder mystery. Its a curious concept, but does it live up to its potential? Read this review and find out.
Joe Hill wrote some scripts for a horror anthology show. But when the show never made it to air, Joe decided to release those very stories in short story comic book form. There's so many questions. Joe is a great writer so why was the show turned down? Were they not on par with his other work?
Magic wielding mobsters fight for control of a great Asian Pacific island city. Sounds insane? Yes. But it also is full of potential to show readers something they never seen before. Does it live up to that potential? Read this review and find out.
Every once in a while an author will go ahead and re imagine a classic fairy tale with a distoryed vision. Devon Monk did just this with a bleak view of Santa's work shop. But is it any good? Read this review and find out.
The Nutcracker is a christmas tale that has struggled with book to film adaptions. Besides a cartoon special from the 90's, they have been pretty awful. But why? Is the book that awful? Is it that hard to adapt? An investigation had to be done. Is it any good? Read this review and learn the result.
The Bear and the Nghtingale is one of the best fantasies out there with its unique tale steeped deep in Russian folklore. Now the second book of the trilogy has came out. But does it recapture the magic and uphold the quality of the first book? Read this review and find out.
Anita Blake is an amazing series. That is until it jumped the shark and stopped being supernatural detective novels. But what about this short story? It is the final piece of literature with this character before the turning point. Read this review and find out if its worth your time.
A dark fantasy horror graphic novel with a heavily influenced by asian culture in story telling and setting. This could be somethng very special or this could be disaster. What end of the spectrum does this book fall on? Read this review and find out.
Yet another scifi tale tackling the topic of what is human and what is not. Does this short tale provide anything new to the formula, or is it the same old tale we seen a million times before?
Ian McDonald can paint the most fascinating scifi worlds. So when he wrote a story about a colony on the moon, there's no way its going to be boring. What does he have to offer? Read this review and find out.
In The Gideon Crew series, the later books are fun with an Indiana Jones like sense of adventure. But what about the early ones? Let's go back to beginning to the first novel to find out if this series started with a bang or if it stumbled out of the gate.
A thriller that stretches across history about a mythical all powerful chest set that all of the bad guys are after and those who must protect it. Sound fun and ambitous. But is it any good? Read this review and find out.
A boat finds a new species of glowing octopi out at sea. The scientists pull some on board to study. Then there's murder. It's a who done it with a scifi twist. Sounds intriguing. But does it live up to its potential? Read this review and find out.
This is a strange fantasy that is walking a odd tight rope between charming traditional high fantasy and horror. Its bizarre mix, but does it work? Check it out if your interested. The answer might surprise you.
The ships are stuck in the ice. The crews are fighting the elements, starvation, and a supernatural demon bear. Sounds interesting. And it was certainly interesting enough to be adapted into a TV show. But is the book any good? Read this review and find out.
Nails rain from the sky slaughtering hundreds of people. In the aftermath a girl decides to travel across town to tell the father of her love, how his daughter died. The journey is a strange tale unlike any other. But is it any good? read this review and find out.
An intergalactic priest tries to help a young woman full of darkness on Mars. Sounds interesting. But is it any good. Read this review and find out.
Travels is a book about finding a balance in life, written by the science fiction master Micheal Crichton. Sounds like a strange concept. But is it any good?Read this review and find out.
Over the years only good things have been said about The Hobbit. It is a beloved classic they everyone seems to adore. But is it really that good? Or is it all childhood nostalgia? Or possible just part of the hardcore LOTR fandom? Read this review and find out.
So its a horror tale focusing on guns, mental illness, and mass shootings. Right now in today's world, that sounds like the worst kind of story to write, Joe Hill is talented, but can he pull this off? Read this review and find out.
A bunch of teenagers teenagers learn they have magical powers in an old fashioned high fantasy world. Sound like something that could be really good or really bad. Where does this story fall on this spectrum? Read this review and find out.
Its a grand adventure on the high seas to find a mythical artifact. It sounds like a fun book. But is it any good?
A man crashes on top of a UFO while skydiving and finds that the strange machine wants to offer him his desires. Such an interesting premise. Can Joe Hill make something great out of this? Read this review and find out.
The Dresdin Files is about a wizard fr hire who helps the poli. And it is a good book series according to everyone. But is that just all hype and most importantly, is it any good? Read this review of the first book in the series and find out.
Devon Monk's short stories has been mediocre at best. Can a Cup of Normal break the trend and bring something truly great to the reader? Read this review and find out.
Space meets Looney Tunes. Its an interesting mix. But can this author pull it off. Read this review and find out.
The Witcher series has been great for the most part. But the last book was disappointing. With this sequel, can the story rebound to the greatness of the first two books?
It's a story about a haunted camera. A scary tale that is just about as old as time, or at least as long as cameras been around. But can this story do anything new with this template. Read and find out?
Pulpy 1960's scifi can be silly a lot of times. But sometimes stories from this era can be so over the top, fun, and more imaginative than a lot of today's work. Is this book one of those? Read this review and find out.
Annihilation was not a perfect. It was an old school throw back to classic scifi. It was the sort of novel you don't see a lot of anymore. It has a good imagination, creepy tone, & mystery. But what about it's sequel? Can it offer anything new? Read this review & find out.
So its the grand finale of The Hunger Games. The books have been steadily improving since the first novel. I wonder if this will be the book where I will finally see that grand masterpiece everyone loves. Read ahead into this review and you can learn as well.
Hunger Games is one of the big book phenomenon. And everyone talks highly about it with such high praise, so I had to read it myself. Is the book any good? Check out this review and find out.
The Hunger Games is a phenomena I don't quite understand. The first book wasn't that good at all. But what about the second book? Does it live up to the hype this series has garnered? Read this review and find out.
Its another short story by Devon Monk. So far, I have not found a short tale of her's that lives up the quality in her novels. Will this be the one will be one to break the mold and be truly great?. Read this review and find out.
It is a yet another piece of media about the zombie apocalypse. How can The Girl with all the Gifts offer anything new? Much to my surprise it does. It has a unique perspective, a lot of heart, and is so much better than it has any right to be. How is this possible? Read this review and find out.
Locke & Key is a great dark fantasy horror series. Every bit of it has been crafted so well that it's practically a masterpiece. Now we come to the last book. The epic finale. And one question remains. Can Joe Hill nail the ending to something so great? Or is he going to trip at the finish line?
So far the Locke and Key series by Joe Hill is a dark fantasy horror masterpiece. Quite possibly could be one of the best in the genre. But can Hill keep this superb quality of story telling up in this penultimate entry? Read this review and find out.
Blake Crouch did an amazing job creating a Twilight Zone like thriller with Wayward Pines. But are his other books just as good? Find out with this review for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
Short stories can be great. But it seems like for every good short story, there are at least a dozen bad ones. Where does this little scifi tale fall? Read this review and find out.
The Joe Hill Locke and Key graphic novel series has been some of the most imaginative dark fantasy books in years. Not only in graphic novels, but quite possibly in all novels overall. Can this fourth book keep up this phenomenal quality in story telling? Read this review and find out.
The Dresdin Files is a fun urban fantasy series. The first three books are great, this fourth book, Summer Knight, is very different from the previous novels in tone, setting, and overall themes. With these changes, is it as good as the other novels so far? Read this review and find out.
Before Michael Crichton was a Bestselling author, he was a college student who publish small books under the name John Lang. Recently these short books were re-released under his real name. But are those novels any good? Or is there a reason Michael didn't want his name attached in his lifetime?
Fantasies come all in forms. They can be traditional high fantasies, urban fantasies, or even dark and scary. Desert Rising tries to differentiate itself by making it an epic set in the Middle East. But is it a great epic fantasy worth your while. Read this review and find out.
A Dead Space is a bizarre little spooky tale that attempts to be a mind bending supernatural tale? But does it pull off the task? Read this review and find out if this is worth your time.
A CIA agent wakes up in a small Idaho town and finds things are far from right. Its a great set up for a thriller. But does it offer anything new? And more importantly, is it any good? Read this review and find out.
A Cold Step Beyond is another scifi tale in the far flung future in a galaxy far away. But does it provide anything new? And more importantly, is it worth the read? Check out this review and find out.
The Dark Tower series is a roller coaster ride. Some books are pure horror, others are dark fantasy westerns, and some are bizarrely weird scifi tales. So with this new book, where does it lay in the spectrum? What is it exactly? And most of all, is it any good? Read this review and find out.
Cuts is a short about a movie mogul who finds his limbs are slowly being sawed off by some unknown force. It certainly sounds creepy enough. But is it worth the read? Read this review and find out.
The Bear & The Nightingale is a fantasy set in the fascinating yet somewhat cruel 14th century Russia. And the online book clubs are praising this book. But does it live up to the hype? Is it as unique and great as they all say? Read this review and find out.
It's third installment of the Locke and Key dark fantasy. Can it hold up in quality and continue to be worth the read? Read this review and find out.
Mortal Engines is a post apocalyptic tale about mobile cities that roam the waste land destroying one another. It sounds crazy, but is it good? The answer is yes! It is amazing! Read this review to learn why this book is a treasure.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the major turning point in the series where it begins to grow out of children's novels. But is it any good? Read this review and find out.
This book is about Barbara, a bullied school girl by day, and a giant killer by night. But is that all there is to the story? Read this review and find out.
From a Distant Star is a YA novel about a teenage girl who goes on a road trip with an alien. They have the goal of getting her boyfriend back. Is run of the mill soapy teen drama? Will it stray from the cliches of YA novels? Is it actually good. Read this review and find out.
So The Magicians is a pretty popular show over on the Syfy channel. But what about the source material? Read this this review on the Lev Grossman novel featuring wizarding college students and find out if its worth a read.
Serpent's Shadow is a young adult epic fantasy and grand conclusion to the Kane Chronicles. But is it as good as the rest of the series? Read this review and find out.
What We Found is such an intriguing about mental illness, that may be worth looking into. Read this review to find out if it's something you may enjoy.
What happens when a monster falls in love with a human and her heart becomes broken? Probably something very similar to what happens to Medusa in this tale. But is this tale any good? Read this review and find out.
The His Dark Materials Trilogy is a fantasy masterpiece and the author has been promising a followup for seventeen years. Finally it has been released. But is it worth the wait? Does it hold up to the quality of the original trilogy? Read the review and find out.
Relationships and quantum physics? It sounds like an intriguing mixture for a story. But does the end result live up to its potential? Read this review and find out.
Locke & Key is a wonderful dark fantasy that had a great start and mediocre second entry. With the third book, will it continue to drop in quality or will it return to the high bar set by book one. Read this review and find out.
Annihilation was an amazing, imaginative, smart and beautiful film. Now the source material, is quite different than the adaption. But is it good? Read this review and find out.
Labyrinth promises a story of ancient secret societies, mystery, and the holy grail. But can it live up to this promise? Read and find out.
This weeks review is diving into a classic scifi short story. Take a look at this review to find out if its worth your time seeking it out.
The Chambers of Secrets has always been a black sheep in the Harry Potter series. Some even say its the worst book. But is it really? Read this review and find out.
With the title of The Incredible Exploding Man, one would expect some fun old fashioned classical science fiction. But is it really? Read the review and find out.
Jim Butcher is great, especially his Dresdin Files series. But his other works hold up to the high bar set by that series? Read this review of his steampunk title The Aeronaut's Windless and find out.
War stories are a dime a dozen and so many are similar. But this book is something special. Its raw, honest, and passionate. And it can't be missed. Read this review of The Things They Carried by Tim O Brien to know why it's worth the read.
This book is an anomaly Its written for children, but has the content that's similar to what's typical to Clive Barker novels. So if you're interested in this, even slightly, for yourself or your kids, read this review to learn that this book really is.
Rumor has it, the Disney Pirates movies were heavily influenced by this fantasy novel called On Stranger Tides. Is that true? Also more importantly, is it a good book? Read this review and find out.
Supernatural urban fantasy can be so darn fun. But does this story about a part werewolf monster hunter live up to the standards to Jim Butcher and Laurell K Hamilton set in the genre? Read this review and find out.
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft was a masterpiece, but can Joe Hill keep up the good work and keep it at the high bar he set in the first book? Read this review and find out.
What do you do when you're immortal and everyone else is gone? It is an intriguing question that this story tackles, but does it do it well? Read this review and find out/
A short story adapted from a Twilight Zone teleplay can sound like a bad idea at first. But its always good to give things a chance. You never know what can surprise you. So check out my review and find out if this short story adaption is worth your time.
A doctor is hired to help diagnose an illness spreading on a oil rig. But he soon learns this is no ordinary illness and the cause may be a super secret government project. It sounds fun and exciting. But does it live up to the potential it promises? Read the review and find out.
The Anita Blake series is so fun. But as the series goes on, the quality has been steadily dropping. Where does this book fall in the series? Read and find out.
A disgraced meteorite hunter is offered millions of dollars to put together a rag tag crew to dig up and smuggle the world's largest meteorite out from under the Chilean government. Sounds like this could be something super fun. But it really? Read this review and find out if its worth your time.
Once a upon of time, Laurell K Hamilton could do no wrong and people could not get a enough of her world of monsters. And its nice to look back at the humble beginnings of this world. So is her first book worth the read? Read this review and find out.
Sometimes smaller books from authors you never heard of came be amazing hidden gems or something that's easily forgotten. Where does this book fall? Read and find out.
I have heard nothing but good things about Joe Hill's Locke & Key series for years. But with all popular things, I have to wonder if it lives up to all of the hype. Read this review and find out.
The first Dresden Files book was a wonderful can't miss roller coaster ride. But does the second book in the series live up to the high bar set by the first book? Read this review of Full Moon and find out.
Ready Player One is one of the hottest books right now, and with the movie coming out, a lot of people are asking is it any good or if its over hyped. Read this review and find out.
Joe Hill is a rising star when it comes to the Horror genre. But does he live up to hype? With this review of one of his earlier novels, Horns, you can find out.
I'm returning to a world of comic books for a review. This time it its on Vol. 2 of Witchblade Origins. Does the great storytelling keep up? Read and find out.
Charlene Harris books were once the hottest thing. Mostly because True Blood was such a big TV show. But was the source materials all that great? Read the review of the first book and find out.
Yet another vampire apocalypse. But does this book offer anything to make it stand out from the rest? Read this review and find out.
The story promises magic and grand adventures. Instead it gives us soapy love affairs. But is there anything worth while in the bait and switch the author gave us? Read and find out.
Its next book in the Age Steam! A series that follows a cowboy werewolf in a steampunk America. They have all been great dumb fun so far. But is this third book as good as the rest of the series?
Short sci-fi tales can be filled to the brim with imagination giving the reader a fantastical sense of adventure. Does The Ice Owl do that? Read this review and find out.
Another day. Another short story. This one is about an alien invasion. But is it any good? Read and find out.
So according to the world, The Martian is one of the greatest books ever written. But does it live up to all of that hype? Read this review and find out.
A man watches a movie during date night and is soon haunted through out his daily life by the haunting images of the film. Its a great concept for a scary story, but is it worth the read?
The Gunfighter is a short western comedy that is free on YouTube, but is it worth your time. Read this review and find out.
Murder of Marilyn is the mystery that drives this unique period piece. But is it any good? Read and find out.
Some stories are deceiving. For example, this tale is advertised as science fiction but ends up being a family drama. But despite the bait and swtch, is this any good? Read the review and find out.
Is "The Dala Horse" a good short story? Read the review and find out.
The Mist was a great horror film. But what about the source material? Let's investigate Stephen King's The Mist to see if its worth the read.
Fairy tale retellings are a dime a dozen right now. Does this one have anything new to offer? Read and find out more.
After the not so good The Wastelands, can the fourth volume of the Dark Tower series redeem the series to the dark gritty dark fantasy greatness from the previous novels> Read and find out.
The first couple adventures of Stephen King's famous gunslinger were absolute masterpieces. But what about the sequels. Here I take a look at the second book in the series to see if it is worth while.
It's the Russian apocalypse in "Metro 2033." But is the book any good? Read on to see what author Dmitry Glukhovsky has to offer in his hit novel.