Krampus: The Yule Lord
Published: October 30, 2012
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murderer, a liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I stood. You have sung your last ho, ho, ho, for I am coming for your head. . . . I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide . . .
One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse’s new master reveals many dark secrets about the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, including how half a millennium ago the jolly old saint imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic.
Now Santa’s time is running short, for the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution and reclaim Yuletide. If Jesse can survive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem himself in his family’s eyes, to save his own broken dreams, . . . and to help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished folk of Boone County.
This was my first book by Brom and absolutely not my last! The artwork alone is worth it. I’ll admit that I felt a little lost on the Nordic mythology. I’m starting to think that I need to do more research; it definitely sounds fascinating. But thankfully, it was a minor part so I still understood the plot and characters. It also felt a little drawn out to me. There were some places where I started to wonder if the book would ever end. But also too minor to hurt my feelings much.
Overall, this was an intelligent and engaging book! Half the time, I wasn’t sure who was the villain. A lot moral ponderings that I enjoyed pondering. I’m excited to read more Brom!!!
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Author: Jack Finney
First Published: 1955
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved—the world as he knew it.
First published in 1955, this classic thriller of the ultimate alien invasion and the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired the acclaimed 1956 film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Kevin McCarthy, one of Time magazine’s 100 Best Films.
I listened to this book on audio and I really enjoyed it! I had seen the old movie several years ago, so I remembered the bare bones of the story. It’s definitely subtle horror, but horror none the less! It was a little too slow for me at the beginning, but then it picked up till the very end. The concept of being replaced by whatever these pods created was pretty scary and the feeling of utter helpless really sold this story. It’s not very long and very easy to read. Finney even opens it by saying that there aren’t many answers given and it left many loose ends, so I was actually worried I wasn’t going to like it. Sure I’d love to know the history of these seed pods, but I was happy with the information given and I really enjoyed the story![Top]
Series: Book one of Universe of Metro 2033, Uniwersum Metro 2033
Author: Dmitry Glukhovsky
Published: January 17, 2013
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: X stars
The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct. The half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind. But the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory, the stuff of myth and legend.
More than 20 years have passed since the last plane took off from the earth. Rusted railways lead into emptiness. The ether is void and the airwaves echo to a soulless howling where previously the frequencies were full of news from Tokyo, New York, Buenos Aires. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. Man’s time is over.
A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on earth. They live in the Moscow Metro – the biggest air-raid shelter ever built. It is humanity’s last refuge. Stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters – or the simple need to repulse an enemy incursion. It is a world without a tomorrow, with no room for dreams, plans, hopes. Feelings have given way to instinct – the most important of which is survival. Survival at any price. VDNKh is the northernmost inhabited station on its line. It was one of the Metro’s best stations and still remains secure. But now a new and terrible threat has appeared.
Artyom, a young man living in VDNKh, is given the task of penetrating to the heart of the Metro, to the legendary Polis, to alert everyone to the awful danger and to get help. He holds the future of his native station in his hands, the whole Metro – and maybe the whole of humanity.
I decided to read this book after I played the video game, which was brilliant! Gas masks and radiation are my new jam! Unfortunately, while the story and characters were good and the philosophies were fascinating, this is a simple translation from the original Russian. So it’s very sludge-y! I would get bogged down, page after page, that I finally had to switch to audio and even then, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish it.
Thankfully, the end was excellent. It was a lot like Lord of the Flies to me. That last page kinda tied everything together and made it all make a little more sense. But even with the good ending, I don’t believe I’ll continue the series and I can’t really recommend it to anybody … go play the games, they’re amazing!!