by Craig Horky
I have finished reviewing all the books I read during the spooky season and the reviews are linked below! All the reviews are spoiler free 🙂
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (read this!!!!)
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Author: Mary Shelley
As a reader who doesn’t usually go for classics, I really really enjoyed this! Of course, the story of Frankenstein is legendary but the book itself wasn’t at all as I expected. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that scary. The monster speaks so eloquently when we first see him talk that I kept imagining him as a civilised person – just with mouldy skin and more murder on their record. But where it lacks in the horror department it gains in emotion and almost elegant suffering.
I know that sounds odd, but this story is so full of grief, guilt, regret and misery and yet somehow the author manages to portray these emotions in such a darkly beautiful way. At some points, though, it did sound like the author looked up every single word in a thesaurus and picked out the longest synonym (sometimes the language was a bit unnecessary).
The pace was kind of imbalanced. I wish we had more description of the monster being brought to life than we did – and I wish we had a little less of Frankenstein just wallowing in his own misery. But the writing is so beautiful I’m going to let that slide.
The ending was so morbid and unexpected but I absolutely LOVED it. Throughout the whole story we are questioning the morals of ourselves as well as the characters and it finished on such a note that I was doubting the morals of everything that happened.
Definitely a must-read. I envy the people who get to study this story for school, because it’s so amazing and I’d love to dig deeper into the language the author uses.
Author: Neil Gaimen
Definitely a good Halloween read! The more I think about this story, the more creepy it becomes. I have never seen the movie before but the book alone gave me the shivers.
The fascinating thing about Coraline is that you can tell that the author is extremely talented from some of the simplest and most effective phrases. However, he chose to write Corlaine as a children’s book. If this story were to be adapted into an adult novel, I know that Neil Gaiman would have the ability make it just as or more creepy. But it’s a kids’ book. Something about the childlike narration adds something sinister to it though, almost as if you can sense the innocence being fed on throughout the story.
When visualising the story in my head, I managed to come up with some terrifying images based on the descriptions. Of course, no reader is the same, but I feel like anyone could just see all the weird and odd things the author was describing. In some ways, I kind if compare Corlaine to the Mrs. Peregrines Peculiar Children series, because neither of them know how creepy they actually are.
Overall, very compelling – I read it all in one sitting!
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
This book was very odd, to say the least! As someone who enjoys cryptic and unusual writing styles, I loved the way this story was told – but I do understand why audiences found it a bit too confusing. The author speaks a lot in metaphors, but sometimes the metaphors get so intense that you aren’t sure whether they actually are metaphors.
Unknowing is a reoccurring theme in this novel. Whilst some reviews that I’ve seen claim that the twist was obvious, I didn’t see it coming from a mile away! It creates a very intriguing contrast between magical realism, paranormal and psychological thriller.
The characters though… I’m not sure if I hated them or loved them in a strange, twisted way. Although at some times they can be rather un-relatable (which can make a book quite unsatisfying), there were some moments where I wanted to cry for them. By the end, all the characters were very raw and real.
Definitely one for the Halloween season (the novel is set in October too!). But not one for the close-minded, shall we say. I really recommend reading this one over a short period of time too – it was much more enjoyable when I didn’t take a break.
Had a blast making this. To get into the Halloween spirit, I tried my hand at making a cute candy corn pattern.
Morgan N. Trent 2013