Monthly Archives: September 2011

Book Review: Mile 81

Mile 81

I don’t know exactly what King was going for here. At the end, he throws out a dedication to a few people who supported his earlier work, so I’m guessing he was going on nostalgia?

This thing reads like a really bad B-movie. Not in a good way. I could’ve done without the blatant and unnecessary plug for AT&T wireless internet. Also, all the mentioning of an ongoing series that he’s working on (American Vampire) and a film adaptation from his previous work (Christine) was kind of distracting and pulled me out of the story.

I don’t know what I expected. I loved Blockade Billy (his short story I read last summer).. but this just bothered me way too much.

Gah.

Book Review: The Burning Soul

I was lamenting to a friend on Friday how annoyed I was coming into the long weekend knowing that the new John Connolly book wouldn’t be out until Tuesday. It annoyed me that it was given two separate release dates, one for Australia, England and Ireland (September 1st) and another for North America (September 6th). I wanted it now! I definitely wanted to take advantage of all this free time I expected to have this weekend. So you can imagine my surprise and glee when I walked into the local bookstore on Friday night and saw it sitting on the shelf for sale.

As I’ve said before, Connolly’s Parker was the character that sucked me into mystery/detective fiction in the first place. After I had read Every Dead Thing about two and a half years ago, I knew this was going to become my genre of choice. When I had read that this novel closely resembled The Unquiet, I was a little nervous. It was by far, the book I had been most disappointed in. I opened that review stating I was getting “burned out” on the character! If not for the books that succeeded that entry, I may not have stayed with the series.

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