Friday, April 8, 2011
Dewey's 24hr Read-A-Thon
It's time for the Dewey's 24 hour Read-A-Thon. I like to use read-a-thons as 'me' time which means I give myself permission to pick books that I personally purchased and have set aside because of reviews, writing, house cleaning or any other obstacle that demands my time.
I'm currently finishing up The Lake by Richard Laymon. An ARC from NetGalley. It's getting very mixed reviews. I actually like it, but I haven't read anything else by Richard Laymon.
THE LAKE is one of several unpublished novels left behind by horror master Richard Laymon (Flesh, Funland, The Traveling Vampire Show, et al.) when he passed away in 2001 -- It is an unabashedly erotic and brutally violent thriller that follows the lives of a single woman and her wild-child daughter and chronicles the unspeakable horrors they must face in order to survive a perceived family curse. When Leigh was a teenager in the '60s, she was an anti-establishment hippy with a talent for getting into trouble. So her parents decide to ship her off to Wisconsin to spend a summer with her aunt and uncle. The fearless -- and oversexed -- Californian quickly hooked up with a naive local and, during one of their secret trysts, witnessed his accidental death. Leigh became pregnant and now,18 years later, she watches as her daughter, Deana, experiences a horror similar to her own. Deep in the woods with her boyfriend, Deana watches as he is murdered by a stranger. Are these two bizarre deaths related, and if so, how?
Although it is not on a level with Laymon's earlier works and is mired down by an occasionally implausible plot, The Lake is, nonetheless, a fast-paced, absorbing, and downright creepy read that may appeal to fans of psychological thrillers by authors like Dean Koontz and Peter Straub.
I FINISHED! CLICK ON REVIEW
I also vow to finally get to Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. It will be the final book I need to complete my Steampunk Challenge! Yah-hoo.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Posted by Charlie Courtland at 10:49 PM