My Current Reading Kick – Horror

10 08 2010

If you have taken the time to look at my reading lists from 2009 and 2010 then you will see a pattern in the number of books I am reading that would fall in to the genre of Horror.  I am not sure why this is really, maybe because they are just for entertainment, maybe it is due to the current frenzy for vampires and lycanthropes on television at the moment.  Some of these books have been great, some just good, others complete rubbish.  Here are the books by category:

Great:  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer – Seth Grahame-Smith.  A great combination of historical facts woven into the fantasy that Abraham Lincoln was a Vampire Slayer and that the American Civil War was really fought to destroy vampires and remove them from the fabric of our society rather than to free the slaves which was just a fortunate by-product of the war.  This book is very gory and some of the scenes the author describes are quite gruesome, no romantic, sexy vampires here.  Just true demons.

Good:  The Forest of Hands and Teeth & The Dead-Tossed Waves – Carrie Ryan.   Books about the Zombie apocalypse.  These are Young Adult and are very easy reading.  I did enjoy them both but definitely preferred The Forest of Hands and Teeth, it seemed more genuine.  I felt like the author was trying to hard with the main character of The Dead-Tossed Waves.  Also, I didn’t think the story line made sense at the end. 

Rubbish: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith.  I decided to read this after I finishedthe Abraham Lincoln book.  I have to say I am sorry that I bothered.  It was a tongue-in-cheek poke at the writing of Jane Austen.  I have no problem with that, I like her novels but don’t mind seeing them satirized for entertainment.  This book was just boring.  I kept thinking I should just put it down but then I kept hoping it would get better.  Unfortunately, I got all the way to the end and it never did.  I would read this author’s next book but would not recommend this one.

Rubbish:  The Vampire Diaries – L J Smith.  Let me start here by saying I am a great fan of the television show adapted from these novels.  Having said that other than a title and the character names the books and television show do not resemble each other at all.  I didn’t like the books one bit.  I am sorry to say I have nothing good to say about them.  The characters were annoying, I could not empathize with them at all, the plots were disjointed and had no cohesion.  For the first time I would have to say that I like the television show/movie better than the book.  When does that ever happen?

Rubbish:  Faces of Fear – John Saul.  I had always avoided reading anything by this author and this book just confirmed why.  I finished it but I will never read another of his books.

All these books were borrowed from the library.

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3 responses

11 08 2010
Casey (The Bookish Type)

I’ve always found the premise of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies rather horrifying, so I’m glad to hear I’m not missing anything life-changing there. I haven’t read all of the Vampire Diaries books, but I definitely read enough to see that they are NOTHING like the show! I couldn’t agree more – I am completely bumfuzzled over the fact that I like a TV show better than a book, but there it is. *shakes head*

11 08 2010
BCBookaholic

Hi Casey,
Thanks for the comments. I am glad to know someone agrees with me about The Vampire Diaries. The books were such a disappointment. I picked them up hoping to get the same enjoyment from them as I do from the show while it is on a break and was sorely disappointed. The PPZ was awful, it was just my disbelief in how awful it really was that kept me reading until the bitter end.

19 08 2010
Valli

Hi Bethany!

I love your blog! Since you hated P&P&Zombies, whatever you do, DON’T try “Jane Bites Back” by Michael Thomas Ford. Don’t read anymore of this if you think you might try the book – Spoilers below!
In this one, Jane Austen is a vampire who happens to own a bookstore. She has written a new book that she’s been trying to get published for years and just when it seems she will accomplish that goal, other vampire writers from her past start popping out of the woodwork to thwart her. It is all just incredibly silly, but there was one scene that truly made me giggle. Another very famous woman author, who is also a vampire, wants to kill Jane…When I saw who she was, I laughed my head off. Too goofy. 😉

I’ll be watching your blog! I’m totally jealous of your reading lists; wish I’d started that long ago.

~Valli

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