Archive for February, 2013

The Afterword from this author on this title gave me a better perspective of how and why Crouch wrote this novel the way that he did.  Pines is an emotional as well as a physical rollercoaster.  And it is the reader that goes through this rollercoaster as much as the lead character, Ethan Burke.

Pines begins with Ethan Burke running for his life and not remembering a damn thing.  He wakes up in a hospital bed.  He escapes the empty hospital in search of his identity and only ends up with more questions and a concussion.

Ethan awakens once more, identity intact, but in a town that quickly raises his suspicions.  As he digs deeper into the mystery of Wayward Pines, the more hostile the town becomes; especially the main antagonist Sheriff Pope.

Ethan tries to flee, but drives in circles and runs into high mountains and electrified fence.

Crouch is pretty fantastic with his prose here.  He makes characters that infuriate you as they constantly stop Ethan from the truth.  On his third trip to the hospital, the nurse becomes quite sinister and deadly with needle that more resembles a butcher knife. 

Crouch is great at writing action sequences, but he also touches on some powerful emotions.  Emotions that are easily felt by the reader.  Towards the end, Crouch finally pulls back the curtain to reveal the reality and it is pretty original.  And it reminded me of such shows as Twin Peaks or Lost.  Low and behold the Afterword explains the homage to these shows.

I have read three books by Crouch in the past year.  Each one good, but each contain some sort of action climbing sequence.  It is as if Crouch needs to include climbing into each of his stories.  I can appreciate passion for a sport, but I feel an inclusion of such a sequence begins to wear on the reader.  To a point where it becomes a cliche; sort of like Koontz and his golden retriever obsession.

I give this book a 7/10.  Crouch is pretty flawless in taking the reader on an emotional and physical ride.  Tune in to your television sets as Pines has been picked up to be adapted into a TV series (and deserving so).  And stay tuned to your Kindles as Crouch writes his sequel to Pines titled Wayward.  Crouch hints at the plot for a sequel and I’m pretty excited to see where Crouch takes us next in this universe he has created.

Until next time, Keep Reading!

~SJB

Hooray!  This is my first review, and it comes from an author that I am slowly gaining an appreciation for.  Kristopher Rufty is part of the new Samhain Horror stable.  His first novel from Samhain is a gripping novel titled Angel Board.  I suggest picking that one up as well.

But this review is about his latest release, a novella titled A Dark Autumn

Because of its length, this book hits you hard and quick.  I enjoyed the metamorphosis of character of Ricky.  It was a nice Hitchcock homage.

The story follows Michelle who by happenstance runs into an old high school friend.  They soon make plans to go to Michelle’s cabin in the woods (sorry no redneck zombies here) with two of their other old high school friends.  It is teased that when these girls get together, things tend to get out of hand.  Also in another cabin is Ricky, who has gone away for the weekend to write and give him and his boyfriend Ted some space.  Ricky and Michelle meet on a hike together.  Later in the evening, Ricky hears screams and decides to go investigate.  Lets just say that worlds collide…

Rufty did a wonderful job with characterization with this story.  He made a nice villain, lead, and anti-hero; all of which muddle the black and white scenarios these characters are thrust into.  I think what helps the story in the beginning the is the anticipation. 

*Spoiler Alert*

The main twist in this story is that Ricky is molested by these four women.

I believe knowing this helps the reader get through the beginning, which lacks in action but is heavy with characterization.  Knowing what is coming helps build the tension of the story.  Despite the role-reversal of the I Spit On Your Grave scenario, I found the story to be cliched.  Creative in terms of characterization, but lacking an original idea.

The ending is what seals the deal with this book.  In so many novels the endings give readers a payoff, but it lacks in realism.  This story ends and gives you that lump in your throat or that knot in your stomach.  The ending is real

I give this story an 8/10.  Great characters, action-packed second half, and a perfect ending.  Pick up Rufty’s novel online for your e-reading device now.

Welcome!

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tags: , ,

Hello and Welcome to my lair. 

This venture into writing will allow me to push to write everyday.  Whether it is on here or on my stories on the PC.  This site also allows me to share my thoughts on things that I love:  Horror Novels.  I may also throw in a dash about life once in a while.  But if you or someone you know loves to read or loves the horror genre, send them here. 

Since I am an aspiring author and blogger, any author that would like to have their work reviewed; feel free to contact me. 

Thank you all again for your support!

~SJB