Book Review: The Ritual by Adam Nevill

6/10 Early promise let down by the last third A group of friends tries to reconnect by going on a hike through the Swedish wilderness. But after becoming lost, they are stalked by an unknown creature. Story I normally avoid spoilers, but the last paragraph of this section discusses spoilers for the novel. Skip theContinue reading “Book Review: The Ritual by Adam Nevill”

Book Review: The October Country by Ray Bradbury

8/10 A few lows hold back this series of otherwise masterful short stories The October Country collects morbid and dark short stories set around many of life’s mysteries from creepy neighbors to the creeping dead. Story The stories in The October Country are mostly horror and fantastical, though a couple of them are a bitContinue reading “Book Review: The October Country by Ray Bradbury”

Book Review: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

10/10 A bleak, morbid, and fascinating web of short stories Revenge is a series of short stories examining a strange cast of characters living in modern-day Japan; their unusual circumstances, how they got there, and what is often their gruesome fate. Story The short stories in Revenge each center on different characters, but there areContinue reading “Book Review: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa”

Book Review: The Terror by Dan Simmons

9/10 An immersive historical horror In 1845, the Franklin Expedition, the most prepared and modernized expedition to sail in search of the Northwest Passage, finds itself trapped in the ice and stalked by a mysterious beast. Story The Terror is an imaginative history of the famous Franklin Expedition that was lost on a mission toContinue reading “Book Review: The Terror by Dan Simmons”

Book Review: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

9/10 A great dinosaur adventure with smart details. A new, mysterious animal is roaming around Costa Rica, attacking locals. The incidents are soon traced to an island belonging to John Hammond and his company, InGen. Hammond quickly invites several consultants to visit his island, a secret park full of live dinosaurs, hoping to win theirContinue reading “Book Review: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton”

Book Review: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

8/10 A fun blend of modern story-telling and heroic style Uhtred is a young boy living in Northumbria, one of the kingdoms of England. But in the year 866, the great Danish army lands with their eyes set on conquest. Uhtred is drawn into the war at a young age, seeing life from both sides.Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell”

Book Review: Gotrek and Felix Book 1 — Trollslayer by William King

10/10 Enthralling fantasy action and adventure from one of my favorite settings. Gotrek Gurnisson was somewhere in his past shamed for a crime he refuses to speak of. To atone for this crime, he has taken on the life of a Slayer, dwarven warriors who seek a glorious death in battle. His human companion, FelixContinue reading “Book Review: Gotrek and Felix Book 1 — Trollslayer by William King”

Book Review: The King of the Swords by Michael Moorcock

9/10 A whirlwind climax of old-school epic fantasy After enjoying the peace won by slaying Xiombarg, Corum and his allies are thrust into new uncertainty when a strange madness of anger and hate sweeps through the castle. Are other lands under the same effects? Does it signal the return of chaos? It’s time for CorumContinue reading “Book Review: The King of the Swords by Michael Moorcock”

Book Review: The Dark Portal by Kyle Belote

6/10 Strong writing holds up an average story Darrovan Weiv is an alien theorist who finds himself stolen away in the night and brought to an underground facility—The Dome. There, he becomes part of a project to study an anomaly that could be of alien origin. But the chance of a lifetime could be theContinue reading “Book Review: The Dark Portal by Kyle Belote”

Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

7/10 Masterfully written with some underwhelming characters and story Kote is a humble innkeeper in an out-of-the-way town called Newarre. But he hides a very old secret; he is Kvothe—famous bard, powerful sorcerer, and living legend. Cornered by a chronicler, Kvothe agrees to tell the full story of his life. The story of a youngContinue reading “Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss”