Doctor Sleep (The Shining Sequel) – Book Review

16130549Author: Stephen King

531 pages

Genre: Horror

Sinopsis: On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

Source: Bought it (in English) – HAUL

This book takes place a few decades after the ending of The Shining.

This book’s writing is, in a word, perfect. The words flow in harmony and in such a way that made me feel exactly what the characters were feeling. The point of view switches are spot-on and keep us hooked on the book.

The story itself is very intense. The book starts with creepy stuff and the last scenes made my heart jump. Also, given that there are several points of view, the story can be more intriguing.

I love this book’s characters. You get to know Hallorann’s past, which is a lot darker than expected. It’s also great to see Danny again, this time as a grown man. The ”villains” are written in that unique way that can make you say ”the villain’s my favorite character”. Every character feels real, all of them act and think like a real human. They also evolve beautifully.

The ending itself made me feel sad, I was saying goodbye to the characters that felt as friends.

Do yourself a favor. Read this book.

Rating: 5 stars

 

Big Sky (Bookburners Season 1 Episode 6)- Review

Bookburners Season 1 Episode 5

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Author: Brian Francis Slattery

45 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Sinopsis: Weather Alert: Tornado eating titans on the loose in Oklahoma. There might not be much upon the open, wind-swept plains of Oklahoma—but magic, like life, finds a way to thrive
nevertheless. In this week’s episode the Team is literally blown away when they touch down in a tiny country town, utterly destroyed by horrifying monsters the locals call Tornado Eaters. The town is past saving but the threat remains—it will take all the Society can throw at them and
even that might not be enough. Readers, and Sal, will finally get their first look at just what heat Team One is packing…but quickly learn that words wreak more havoc than even the most
imaginative weapons.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

On this episode, Team Three goes to a town in Oklahoma. We also get to see the attire and method that Team One uses. Also, we finally figure out what Team Two actually does.

The writing’s great and made me feel sorry for Sal.

The plot was intense and made me feel anxious about the characters’ futures. It also made me feel sad, angry and disappointed at the same time while reading.

This was a great heart-wrenching episode.

Rating: 5 stars

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The Market Arcanum (Bookburners Season 1 Episode 5)- Review

Bookburners Season 1 Episode 4

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Author: Margaret Dunlap

45 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Sinopsis: The first rule of the Market is you do not talk about the Market.

When a mysterious invite arrives in the mail and Father Menchu responds by whisking Sal off to Lichtenstein, the former cop is left on very new ground as she gets more than a glimpse at the broader world of magic users. Unfortunately, they are immediately confronted by a wealthy business man who is less upset about them blowing up his boat two episodes ago, as he is about them stealing his (sludge-demon releasing) book. When the three remaining Team members back in Rome suddenly find themselves under attack, Sal and Menchu are left scrambling for how to help and have to turn to the peculiar techno-cultists whose computers run on seahorses and have a pointed interest in the cop sister of their acquaintance Perry. Welcome to the Market Arcanum.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

In this episode we get to know the Market Arcanum, which is exactly what it sounds like.

I feel that this episode’s writing’s probably this season’s best so far.

The plot’s very interesting and showed that the author possesses a lot of wit.

The cast of characters is pretty much the same. However, we get to know some key aspects about Menchú’s past.

To top it off, this episode’s endind was nerve wrecking.

Rating: 5 stars

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The Weather- Book Review

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Author: Caighlan Smith

32 pages

Genre: Horror Short Story

Sinopsis: In the middle of a barren wasteland, a small town goes through the motions as if nothing’s changed. Lolly has school, a part time job, a senile grandmother that needs looking after. But everything has changed, and Lolly’s always one storm away from facing that.

Source: tor.com

This short story was written by the same woman who wrote Children of Icarus, therefore, I expected that this short story would be amazing.

The writing’s brilliant in such a way that mundane things felt amazing.

The characters are very intriguing and the plot compelling. However, the ending was, in a word, bad. It felt as though the story was cut short because the author ran out of words to write. It didn’t give me any kind of closure nor had any elements that would make it an open ending.

Rating: 4 stars

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Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1)- Book Review

113436Author: Christopher Paolini

503 pages

Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Sinopsis: One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

Source: Borrowed from Every Book Counts (in Portuguese)

This book tells the story of Eragon, a young man, and his epic journey after discovering a rock. Except it’s not a rock. You’ll get it once you read the book.

The book’s writing is amazing. The descriptions were beautiful and detailed in such a way that they didn’t tire the reader. The sceneries are breath taking and every little detail makes everything better.

The story itself is fantastic. It features many twists and turns, making it unpredictable. It’s also quite emotional. Also, something I really enjoyed in this book is that everything that happens has a justification, no one does anything with no point whatsoever.

The characters are well written. They felt mysterious and most of them were smart, something I’ve always appreciated in books. They’re real. I mean, they feel real: they have morals and their own flaws.

Another great thing about this book is, obviously, the villain. The best books have the best villains and this book is no exception. Galbatorix is dark, very dark, and his backstory shows why.

The character development is wonderfully crafted. The main character, Eragon, starts the book as a simple country boy, however, throughout the book, he becomes stronger and smarter than ever.

There is no such way to put into words how much I enjoyed this book, it made me dive into a whole new world.

Please read this book, especially if you’re a fantasy fan. But be careful: it might pull you into a world you won’t want to escape.

Rating: 5 stars

The Zodiac Legacy #1 – Book Review

Authors: Stuart Moore, Stan Lee, P. H. Marcondes

66 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Sinopsis: When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-American teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of a few people who have super powers based on the chinese zodiac.

The book’s concept is very interesting, it was great to see how it worked.

The art was as if it was a sketch and the colours were well thought of.

The plot was basic but enjoyable nonetheless.

The characters were diverse and unique.

If you like the zodiac or Stan Lee’s work, check this book out.

Rating: 4 stars

Monstress #6- Book Review

Monstress #5- Book Review

29277177Author: Marjorie M. Liu

Illustrator: Sana Takeda

32 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Sinopsis: Maika and her friends face betrayal and death, and only the monster inside — and her growing relationship with it — can save them.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This issue is a direct sequel of the previous.

The art continues as great as ever, seemingly growing more detailed.

The plot’s great, the ending features some plot twists and the arc’s ending. We also get to see some characters’ real intentions and forms.

This issue has a great ending. I highly recommend it to everyone that likes fantasy.

Rating: 5 stars

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