Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

You Review: Messenger of Fear – Michael Grant

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Reviewed by Mandy Fisher

Mara wakes up surrounded by a strange mist with no memories.  She meets a strange young man who calls himself Messenger of Fear and she’s supposed to be his apprentice. They move through time and space, observing people who need punishment for crimes of wickedness, bullying and thoughtless teenage cruelty, when human law isn’t enough. They give the people a choice: play a game the horrific Game Master devised, or face your biggest fear. If the players win the game, they go free – though they’ll be changed by the experience of the game. If they lose, they must face their biggest fear anyway.

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant is about the good and the evil in humans and the thin line between the two, the cruelty people choose to inflict on others and how they justify it in their heads. It shows the hard reality of today’s world, but also a scary new fictional world. Real life problems are mixed with fiction and I really loved that.

There are three subplots and I felt so sad reading them. My heart broke a little, especially with Samantha’s story. The three plots are very different, but they’re all involved in the same terrifying situation. Messenger paid all of them a visit, but everything else was anything but similar. This book has important lessons about life and the biggest lesson is that you should be careful of the way you act. Unless you want a visit from the Messenger of Fear and you don’t want that, trust me.

I really enjoyed reading this book, the plot twist at the end was very interesting and I didn’t see it coming. I did felt like this book was more like an exploration of an idea than a story, but it’s the beginning of a series, so this book was a good introduction and I’m very curious about the rest of the series. I’d love to know more about the other characters like Daniel, I feel like he’s got a lot going on that we didn’t see.  This horror book will make you think.

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There is an ebook of Messenger of Fear available here, and there are ebooks of his previous books, too: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, Light, The Call, The Trap, The Key, The Power, BZRK: Origins (ONLY as ebook), BZRK, BZRK: Reloaded, BZRK: Apocalypse, and Eve & Adam.

Win a FREE copy of Stephen King’s newest title Mr. Mercedes!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Attention Stephen King fans (and we know you are legion)…

You can win a FREE copy of his newest book, Mr. Mercedes, by answering this quite difficult question:

In the original version of Misery, what material was to be used for the cover of the book Paul Sheldon has to write?

Mail your answer to by June 9th, 2014, and put “Stephen King” in the subject header.  Please note that this question was proposed by Jilles, our resident King Connoisseur, so it really is a very sneaky one…  ;-)

Want to get into the Stephen King horror fantasy mood already?  Check out the Mr. Mercedes section on Stephen King’s website.  It includes a book trailer, excerpts and more!

ABC’s Gift Ideas: History/Politics, Horror, Humor, Local Interest/Living Abroad

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for History/Politics, Horror, Humor and Local Interest/Living Abroad as picked out by section buyers Maarten, Barry, Ester, Luke, Martijn, Tom and Agnes. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


Prize Draw Winners Max Brooks

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Thanks for the flood of entries in our Max Brooks prize draw.  The lucky winners are:

W.H. Schut


Koen Kleiberg

Happy prepping for the zombie apocalypse everyone, and we hope to have another prize draw for you soon!

Win a free Max Brooks boxed set!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Last month’s prize draw for free World War Z movie tickets was a big hit! Many of you mailed us, and your answers to our two posed questions were hilarious, inventive and thorough.

If you didn’t win, don’t despair: the lovely people at Random House, publisher of World War Z author Max Brooks, have graciously given us 2 free boxed sets to give away. Each boxed set contains World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide.

To have another chance at winning, simply mail by July 10th.  Please include “Max Brooks” in the subject of your email.  Two people will be randomly selected by our in-house notary Pleun, and we’ll post the winners here on July 11th.  After that, no more zombie goodies give-aways, for now…

P.S. Just mail in once, people, because your name will only be entered once into the draw.  :-)