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Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category
In his internationally bestselling novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with…
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation… unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
The Twelve will be released mid-October.
We have 3 signed copies of The Twelve to give away!
(Thank you, kind folks at Random House! )
If you would like to enter the draw to win a copy, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15th, 2012.
We will draw three names at random after the 15th, and contact you if you win. Be sure to include “The Twelve Prize Draw” in the subject, and please remember that you or your minions need to be able to pick up your copy at either of our stores.
A movie based on The Passage is in the works, by the way.
Reviewed by Karin Muller
What would you expect when you read on the cover of a book “They wanted a Honeymoon adventure. They found a place of nightmares. A guaranteed Halloween hit!”? If you’re anything like me, you’d expect a book you definitely don’t want to read alone in bed. Shouldn’t a horror book pull you in? Making you a bit reluctant to read on but you just can’t wait to know how it’ll end at the same time? The Haunted, I’m sorry to say, didn’t have that pull. On the contrary, it was a painful read for all the wrong reasons.
The story in a nutshell: Martin and Sue leave their luxury hotel with romantic thoughts of spending a night together in an abandoned bothy in the Scottish Highlands. When a storm strikes, they find themselves stranded in the hut, completely isolated and with no way of escape. They’re desperately trying to hold on to their sanity while their thoughts turn murderous.
The problem with this book is the indecisiveness of the writer. She sells a horror story, but it reads like a story about a marriage gone bad. There is nothing romantic about the relationship of Sue and Martin. If anything is horror in this book, it is the marriage. If Niki Valentine would have left out the one scene which could have been described as horror, the book would have been just that. A book about a far from happy marriage. Her main character, Sue, is as indecisive as her creator, alternating between romantic and or loving feelings – that just don’t add up if you get to know more about her marriage – and resentment towards her husband. Because of that it’s hard to believe in her sincerity. You just want to slap her for not listening to her instincts. But that’s not all: the story simply unfolds too slowly. Somewhere in the middle of the book I caught myself thinking: this could have been one hell of a short story, because truly, the idea of the story is great! But someone should be brave enough to tell the author that sometimes deleting is best. A good editor, who points out the contradictions, wouldn’t hurt the story either. If you want to read about a marriage gone sour, please, be my guest and read and learn. But if you want a good horror story, one which makes you reluctant to walk your dog after midnight, you better refrain from this one.
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What are we waiting for in 2011 in the sci-fi and fantasy section at the ABC? Well, there are a couple of biggies coming our way. One of the big new titles is the third book in The Genteleman Bastard Sequence: The Republic of Thieves by fantasy writer Scott Lynch, will hit our stores in the second half of February. Another big one, with a whopping 932 pages (that is aproximately half a tree!), is A Wise Man’s Fear, the second installment of The Kingkiller Chronicle, by one of our favorite authors – Patrick Rothfuss.
Typically for the sci-fi and fantasy department, these two big titles are parts of a series. But probably the biggest new title of them all is a book you can read without having to read another book in the series, and that is Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. This one will be released on July 11th. This is a major epic thriller which has already been optioned by Steven Spielberg and slated to be in the cinemas in 2013. What is it about, you might ask? Robots of course!
Twenty years from now, an unprecedented high-level artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and kills its creator. This first act of betrayal leads Archos to gain control over the global network of computers, machines and technology that regulate everything from transportation, utilities, defense, and communication. In the early months, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans, but most of them are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is far too late. In the span of fifteen minutes, at a moment known later in history as Zero Hour, every mechanical device in the world rebels against humanity, setting off the ‘Robot War’ that both decimates and unites humankind…
If you don’t want to wait until July and are looking for a good book right now, try I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (written with a bit of help from Jobie Hughes and the infamous James Frey). Nine children have left the war-ravaged planet Lorien and taken refuge on Earth with their adult teachers. Here, each child develops powers called Legacies, which help them fight the evil Mogadarians, who want them dead and must kill the children in order. They just got Number Three. Now they are after Number Four. The movie will be out next year.
Or what about the first book in The Hunger Games series? You’ve probably heard the buzz about these juvenile dystopian fiction stories, in which children must fight to the death to prove the power of the government in a televised game show. Stephen King is a fan. Obviously there’s going to be a movie. And what about the horrormeister himself, who just published four brilliant novellas/long stories under the name Full Dark, No Stars. Chills and thrills aplenty.
Which sci-fi and fantasy books are you looking forward to in 2011?