Posts tagged with horror

Nov 1 2016

Cross-marketing

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The website Cosmic Booknews informs me that Goosebumps and Fear Street author R.L. Stine is currently working on a comic book series for Marvel. Details are non-existent (Stine is quoted as saying...

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Oct 19 2016

Two thumbs up

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Entertainment Weekly recently put together a useful list of 31 Spooky Books to Read This Halloween. In addition to the fact that I always love dorky holiday-themed reading lists, their picks are actually really good: there are plenty of expected names...

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Oct 3 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Otherworld Chills, by Kelley Armstrong

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It's October, and we've been in a very horror-lite mood lately, so this week's Book Giveaway is Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld Chills, a collection of "rare and never-before-published novellas and short stories" set in her "Women of the Otherworld" 'verse. A full review will follow shortly...

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Sep 12 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jonathan Stroud's The Creeping Shadow, the fourth book in his delightfully creepy Lockwood & Co. series. Trust me, dear readers, this is pretty much the perfect way to kick off the fall season. Our review will follow shortly...

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Sep 6 2016

Chaos Choreography, by Seanan McGuire

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After a two-book-long detour, the fifth installment in Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series brings the action back where it belongs: on ballroom-dancing, ass-kicking cryptozoologist Verity Price. In Chaos Choreography, Verity has set aside her dancing career in favor of full-time cryptozoology... but when she gets a call from the producers of the reality TV series Dance or Die, she decides...

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Aug 22 2016

Remembrance, by Meg Cabot

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Remembrance, the fifth and final book in Meg Cabot's 'Mediator' series, is her third attempt at transforming one of her YA series into a story for grown-ups. The end result is vintage Meg Cabot—brash, funny, and just a little bit lazy—but now with more swearing, violence, and sex...

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Jul 28 2016

Hmm. Maybe.

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According to Lainey Gossip, there's a modern Jekyll and Hyde-inspired project in the works, possibly starring Captain America's Chris Evans. The plot sounds pretty thin...

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Jun 22 2016

Confused

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The first trailer is out for the movie adaptation of M.R. Carey's zombie novel The Girl With All the Gifts. The movie has a recognizable cast (including Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton), and it looks very artistically gloomy, but...

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Jun 13 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: And I Darken, by Kiersten White

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This week's Book Giveaway is And I Darken, the first installment in a new teen series by Kiersten White. This book is apparently (very) loosely based on the historical events surrounding Vlad the Impaler. I have no idea how a story about a murderous, sadistic, 15th century nutjob will translate into a darkly seductive YA novel, but I'm looking forward to finding out...

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Jun 6 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Julia Vanishes, by Catherine Egan

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This week's Book Giveaway is Julia Vanishes, the first book in Catherine Egan's new Witch's Child trilogy. The plot description—involving magic, orphans, thieves, and serial killers—sounds pretty exciting, so I'm looking forward to reading it. A full review will follow shortly...

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Apr 26 2016

Isn't this already a Japanese movie?

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The trailer is out for The Cell, the movie adaptation of the 2006 novel of the same name by Stephen King. I've never read it, but I treasure that dated cover and delightfully cheesy tagline. ("YOUR NUMBER IS UP!") Plus, I like John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, so...

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Apr 25 2016

Night Shift, by Charlaine Harris

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Night Shift, the third book in Charlaine Harris's highly entertaining Midnight, Texas series, has the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessors. With each installment, I grow more invested in the personal lives of Harris's characters... and with each installment, I grow more pained by her idea of what serves as romantic chemistry...

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Apr 25 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Night Shift, by Charlaine Harris

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This week's Book Giveaway is Charlaine Harris's Night Shift, the third book in her excellent Midnight, Texas series. (Our reviews of the first two are available here and here.) While I would never call Harris "the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed"...

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Mar 21 2016

The Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman

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Reading Alison Goodman's new YA novel The Dark Days Club is a bit like eating a ten course meal: the individual elements were delicious, but eventually I found myself too full to properly appreciate them...

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Mar 1 2016

In a nod to Blackadder, this is King's magnificent octopus.

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Entertainment Weekly informs me that production has finally gotten rolling on a movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. According to the article, Idris Elba has been confirmed as the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey will play the man in black. The film will be directed by Nikolaj Arcel...

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Dec 17 2015

At least it will be better than Crimson Peak.

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I'm not sure if I'll see this movie adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel High Rise (although I do like the "creepy sales pitch" vibe of the trailer), but it did leave me with a more pressing question...

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Dec 14 2015

The Man in the High Castle (TV adaptation), by Philip K. Dick

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Last week we reviewed Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle, so this week we thought we'd take a gander at the first episode of Amazon Prime's recent TV adaptation of the material. The complete first season of this series is available here...

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Dec 7 2015

The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick

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According to Wikipedia, Philip K. Dick considered his Hugo Award-winning 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle to be his masterpiece, but was too disturbed by his own creation to ever finish a sequel. Seeing as Dick made a career out of churning out disturbing literature, this might seem surprising, but...

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Nov 2 2015

The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, by Kim Newman

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Kim Newman's The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School is 300 pages of precisely detailed world-building, held together with 100 pages of adventure. It's a fun read, at least if you're part of the (presumably small) subset of people who like slowly-percolating stories...

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Sep 28 2015

Devoted in Death, by J.D. Robb

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Devoted in Death is the 41st installment of J.D. Robb's futuristic mystery/suspense “In Death” series, and—unsurprisingly—things are getting pretty damn stale. There are a couple of nice moments in this book, but 99% of it is the literary equivalent of a filler episode...

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Sep 21 2015

The Hollow Boy, by Jonathan Stroud

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I absolutely loved The Screaming Staircase and The Whispering Skull, the first two installments in Jonathan Stroud's horror/adventure series Lockwood & Co. The third book in the series is more problematic than the first two...

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Sep 6 2015

Devoted in Death, by J.D. Robb

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Devoted in Death is the 41st installment of J.D. Robb's futuristic mystery/suspense “In Death” series, and—unsurprisingly—things are getting pretty damn stale. There are a couple of nice moments in this book, but 99% of it is the literary equivalent of a filler episode...

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Sep 3 2015

Will I buy a ticket? Probably.

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Funimation has released an English-language trailer for the live-action film adaptations of Attack on Titan, and I keep watching it, even though everything about this series grosses me out...

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Aug 24 2015

The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi

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For a book blessed with interesting characters, a compelling conflict, and an absolutely spectacular hook, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife isn't actually fun to read. I don't mind violence, but there's a fine line between suffering that serves the plot and straight-up disaster porn, and too much of The Water Knife feels like the latter...

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Aug 6 2015

The umlaut really adds something.

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Deadline informs me that Fox has hired Josh Schwartz (of The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck fame) to develop an hourlong "dramedy" inspired by Grady Hendrix's supernatural mystery novel Horrorstör...

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Aug 3 2015

The Raven's Child, by Thomas E. Sniegoski

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Thomas E. Sniegoski's standalone graphic novel The Raven's Child has all the right ingredients for an epic fantasy: an inspiring protagonist, a memorable cast of evildoers, and a detailed, visually striking world...

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Jul 27 2015

Dead Ice, by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Laurell K. Hamilton has a gift. You wouldn't think a novel featuring vampires, werewolves, necromancers, polyamory, and—no joke—zombie porn could be dead boring, but somehow, inexplicably, Ms. Hamilton is capable of proving you wrong...

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Jul 27 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Dead Ice, by Laurell K. Hamilton

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There's a 98% chance I'm going to regret this, but it's time for me to woman up: this week's Book Giveaway is Laurell K. Hamilton's Dead Ice. A full review will follow shortly, which means I'm going to have to actually read it...

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Jul 8 2015

So, not Dead House, then?

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The theme for this week is apparently "confusion". Yesterday, I didn't understand the Shel Silverstein/World Cup connection, or why anyone might want another Pinocchio film, and today I'm bewildered by the new trailer for the upcoming Goosebumps movie...

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May 11 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Day Shift, by Charlaine Harris

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This week's Book Giveaway is Charlaine Harris's Day Shift, the sequel to her highly enjoyable novel Midnight Crossroad. If Day Shift is even half as fun as Midnight Crossroad, readers are in for a treat—the first book in this series hit all of Harris's sweet spots (pink-collar work, small towns, creepy hijinks), while neatly avoiding her weaknesses...

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