In order to streamline my “Read of the Moment” page I’ve officially abolished the page, but created a category to that will act as a page in the menu structure above. Essentially, books and graphic novels listed below are ones that I have finished through and through since the first of the year (2012). Expect more to come, because as any writer knows reading is his or her best research and ally.
Robert Kirkman‘s “Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters”
Robert Kirkman’s “Walking Dead” is an amazing series by Image Comics that blends traditional horror elements with realistic situations and applicable philosophies. The series follows Rick Grimes and specifically centers on his groups humanity (or lack thereof). This particular volume focuses on cannibalism and the consequences of raising children in an apocalyptic wasteland. “Walking Dead” is a masterful experience, presented in beautiful high gloss, black and white art panels.
Scott Snyder and Stephen King’s “American Vampire“
The first volume of “American Vampire” couples Scott Snyder and Stephen King on a collaborative story that spans 45-years and is essentially a reaffirming of the vampire. Stephen King writes a wonderful prologue that expresses his disdain for the overly romanticized characterizations of the modern vampire and tells readers that he aims to make ’em scary again.
Snyder and King take wild west outlaw, Skinner Sweet, and make him frightening while depicting a much more grim interpretation of the vampire community. A gritty and graphic jaunt into early American history with a spectacular character who puts the pointed fangs back into the vampire.
Jeremy Robinson‘s “Insomnia and Seven Other Short Stories”
This was a stellar collection of short stories by Jeremy Robinson. After wrapping up “Pulse” I decided to dive into more Robinson tales by reading “Insomnia”–his sole anthology of short tales. All of them are excellently written and what stood out most was his ‘afterwords.’ After each short story Robinson wrote a brief blurb about how the story came about and what he was thinking at the time. It was a brilliant slice into the mind of a successful writer, and more often than not, I looked forward more to the ‘afterword’ than the story. Most of the stories fell into the Sci-fi or horror genres and they all seemed fairly experimental. I loved “The Eater, “Harden’s Tree,” and “Dark Seed of the Moon” in particular, but there is not a single one that I would not recommend. If you have a Kindle or another type of eReader and like Science-Fiction and Horror pick there is no excuse not pick this anthology–only a scant $2.99 for eight short stories.
Jeremy Robinson‘s “Pulse”
Jeremy Robinson writes a lot like Matthew Reilly. His prose is thick with action and the read is always quick. Robinson’s “Chess Team Adventures” series is very reminiscent of Reilly’s “Scarecrow” series, but where Reilly’s plots usually hint at the supernatural Robinson’s embrace it fully. He has no problem working in ancient mythologies and bring them forward to the present almost wholly intact. If you like action-thriller novels dripping with mythologies of civilizations past, jaunts across the world, and a character roster that just drips cool when they enter a scene then this is the book and series for you.
Stephen King‘s “11/22/63”
Stephen King is masterful storyteller and from what I have read of his latest venture is phenomenal. The character development is superb, as always, and the character are hard to not to immediately latch onto to and fall in love with. The time travel bit is executed wonderfully. The plethora of jargon and scientific explanation for such a phenomenon is omitted and it is merely used as a plot device to create an interesting tale. It’s not the mean, but the means. Great read thus far! Can’t wait to finish it. As an aside I just recently read that King will be writing a sequel to the “Shining” as well as an eighth “Dark Tower” novel, which will fall between the fourth and the fifth ones. I can’t wait! Happy hunting, everyone!
After wrapping up this novel I decided to do review about it, so check it out by clicking here!
Matt Reilly‘s “Ice Station“
Matt Reilly’s “Ice Station” hits you like a tone of bricks. This is the first in a series dubbed the “Scarecrow” line, named after the title’s main character Shane Schofield, aka Scarecrow. Published in the late nineties, “Ice Station,” is a little rough plot-wise, but what makes up for the roughness is a journey filled with action, mayhem, and craziness as an American recon unit is charged with recovering an unidentified flying object beneath the Wilke’s Ice Station in Antarctica. It is a great read, and I would highly recommend it. It was one of those novels that has sat on my shelf for years and now after reading it I woefully regret the long delay.