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Low Town: A Novel by Daniel Polansky

So, recently things haven’t been going so well for me and my family. We did find a small house that fit our family. Only to have new neighbors move in, and their 5 year old stab my 7 year old in the neck! After a long four hour drive to Seattle (because flight for life doesn’t have room for even one parent!) my son was doing good in the emergency room there. He is fine now, he actually likes to show people his stab wound! Children! Needless to say, I could really use some positive things to happen.

But, I went over to that train wreck of a house that we previously lived in and checked the mail not to long ago, and when my son went to the door, there was a package there for me. I was checking the mail only because I had bought an item and the tracking stuff said it had been delivered…only it hadn’t. So, I went to the old house to see if it was there…nope. But, there was a book. It was sent to me from Random House (love you guys) and I am always happy to get a new book. My day=brightened!

The book is called “Low Town” by Daniel Polansky and it is a different sort of book. I admit that at first I wasn’t sure if it would be “up my alley”. I only say this because, I’m not really into the whole pimp/drug scene which is where this book started out.

I don’t think the story really caught me until there was a child murdered and the main character was hunting down the killer. Because when he finds the guy, he stalks him and then some kind of demon comes for the bad guy.  Then, I felt like I was invested in the book and needed to know that someone paid for the death of a child. To me, there isn’t much lower then a child murderer…except for one who molests children…and this guy did both. My opinion=hang him. Sorry, if that offends anyone’s senses.

There were somethings that didn’t sit right with me and were a little confusing to being with. There was a lot of made up words (to differentiate between new races) there were also new/made up drugs. The only reason these gave me pause, is because there were really no explanations to them. Within the first few pages the guy is talking about inhaling pixie breath (not once is a real pixie in the book…but then again I guess when making angel dust there aren’t any pieces of angels in there either…)

I liked that the main character had a fall from grace. He used to be a good guy, but became a bad guy when love got in the way and he got the boot. I do, however wish there had been a little bit more told about that love story. Because the main character is kind of mysterious. And I find myself (like many of the people he interacts with) wanting to know more about him. I want to make him more relatable to me.

Not that he isn’t relatable. He has my vote by going after child killers. And I do root for him, and I turned ever page with the hope that no more kids would die and that he would make the deadline that we set for him and that he would die. (There was a lot of “ands” in that sentence, I apologize for that. J

My one negative thing about this book, that I really could harp on, was the ending. I felt like I was in the book from about a quarter of the way in until the end. And, in my opinion, the ending was completely rushed. Once he figured it out, there was no more of the main characters usual build up, no more of his intricate mind games. It was just an “aha” moment and blam, done. Twenty pages or less. I just felt like there could have been more.

However, that being said, it was a good book. I would definitely read another of Daniel Polansky’s  books.

 

Until Next Time…Happy Reading!!!

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Hit List – Laurell K Hamilton

               

                       Hit List is the 20th(yes you read that right) book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. I am an absolute fanatic over this series. I loved it so much, that once I got down with the last one that was out at the time, I went on to read everything that I could find that Hamilton had written. She has another series out that is fantastic, but I’m getting off track.

                Before I get into the review, besides the spoilers that may come up, I would just like to say that like the J.R. Ward books, these books contain vivid sex scenes, only these are quite a bit more X-rated. They also have a very high violence in them in great detail. Anita is, after all, the Vampire Executioner.

                That being said, let’s get started.

                The beginning of this book has Anita and Edward (aka Ted aka Death) standing in the midst of a body that has been literally torn in half and is missing the heart. This is the fourth body in a series of kills done by the same group of people. A group called…shhh…the Harlequin.

                I say “shhh” because in the books, just the mention of these legendary vampires (and their animals to call) can bring them out of the shadows to hunt and kill you. They are the boogeymen of the supernatural world.

The Harlequin is wanting to get to Anita because Marmie Noir wants her. Well, to be more specific, she wants Anita’s body. Not in the sexual way either, in the possession kind of way. In the previous book, Marmie Noir, or the Mother of all Darkness, had her body blown up by the vampire council because of their fear of her.

                I really liked this book because it is based in Seattle, which is very close to home. So, I was able to relate and actually picture and understand the weather.

                Anyway, Anita winds up getting hurt pretty badly, so Edward brings in his second choice back-ups: Bernardo Spotted-Horse and Olaf Jefferies.

                Bernardo is a ladies man along with a hired gun.

And Olaf is just scary. He is literally a serial killer, but the government let’s his “hobbies” slide, as long as he doesn’t do it in America and he keeps training people to be just a vicious.

                Anita is his perfect victim and he has it in his head that they should be dating. Out of morbid curiosity, I want to see the ardeur over take Anita when she is with Olaf. I wonder if it would scare him? (Side note: the ardeur is something that Anita inherited from Jean-Claude as his human servant.).

                In this book, you get to see a lot more of Edward then in any other book in the series. Obsidian Butterfly might be the only other book he features as prominently. I liked getting to know him more and learning that he is changing and that Anita is an important person in

his life.

                This book didn’t have any of the main men in Anita’s life, really. Which was a little disappointing to me, only because Jean-Claude and Asher are simply delicious as vampires, and as for Were-animal? Micah and Jason: Yummy.              

                Did I mention that some of the Weres and the Vamps are strippers? Oh yeah, definitely a plus…if you are into reading books like that.

                If you like vivid violence (where the good guys mostly win) and intense adult scenes, then this series is for you. The series starts with Guilty Pleasures.

                They don’t start getting naughty until about the 8th or 9th book.

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The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin

**WARNING** my review may contain **SPOILERS**

I want to start off by first saying, wow it has been a long time since I have read an adult “horror” book and been unnerved. This book was a little slow to start and a bit confusing how it kept jumping from past to present and back again. Once I realized what was happening, I grasped the pattern of speech and the surrounding and was able to stay caught up 🙂

The book starts out with Nicholas Close watching his wife up on a later during a remodel, then he has to leave to go get something from the store. As he leaves, it starts to rain, and rather then go back inside to get the keys to the car or a jacket for that matter, he decides to take his scooter. Which turns out to be a very, very bad idea.

He gets into an accident, and goes to call home instead of an ambulance, only no one picks up the phone at home. Worried he rushes home to find his wife slipped off of the latter and broke her neck, trying to answer her cell phone. And now, he lives with this guilt everyday and feels like everyone in her family blames him for his wife’s death. And honestly, in everyday death, people want someone to blame. Nicholas just made it really easy for them 😦

Nicholas winds up slipping down the stairs in front of his apartment and hitting his head quite hard, next thing a kid is stabbing him with a screwdriver….only not? Turns out the whack on his skull has knocked something around in there and now he can see ghosts. Not your ordinary everyday type ghosts, but ones that met a violent end. And they don’t talk to him like in the movie “The Sixth Sense”, or implore him for any type of help. No, these ghosts are stuck in kind of a time loop. Where they keep repeating the final moments of their lives. Over and over and over again. Nicholas sees them everywhere. Sometimes it’s as confusing to the reader as it is to Nicolas as to which people are real and which people are not people at all, but echos of people who used to be.

Eventually, Nicholas moves from England back to Australia, which is where his mother and sister live. Although, in different parts. He goes back to his mother’s. She lives in the same house that he grew up in and on his way into the old neighborhood, he sees that not much seems to have changed. Even the creepy woods are still there. He stops his car and gets out to look at them and just feels that there is something wrong with them still. And he can’t help but wonder why these trees haven’t succomed to the housing boom. Why has no one chopped them up and cleared it all away?

He goes on to his mother’s home. And let me just say here, that I am not a fan of the mother. She seems like a right and selfish b*tch….ahem excuse my language on that one. She just comes off as not reallly wanting her children around. Especially, Nicholas. She thinks he is bad luck and that bad things follow him around. After all, his best friend was murdered back when he was 10….

Anyways, so the first night he is back the cops come knocking at like 3 am or so and are looking for a child. They are really trying to get Nicholas, he just seems to fit perfectly. He comes back into town and bam! a child is now missing. His mother has to jump to his defense. They find out a few days later that the little girl has been killed…her throat cut open, just like his childhood friend, Tristram.

The story gets really in depth, you find out that kids have been disappearing for over a hundred years…every 15 years or so. And if they are found, it’s usually a few miles away and some guy confesses to killing them, but before they can stand trial? They commit suicide. Wraps a case all nicely, practically with a bow. Why would there be any reason to keep looking for a killer in the woods, when people keep coming and confessing to it?

The part that got to me, I think, was the spiders. They play a huge part in this book. And I am by far, not a lover of spiders. At one point, I was so into the book, that some of my hair came loose and tickled my forehead, causing me to “SQUEEEEE” and smack myself quite hard. Resulting in smashing my reading glasses into the bridge of my nose and leaving a nice red mark there 😦

I don’t want to give a way to many details. I have really only given a peek into the book. I feel that I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Dean Koontz, Stephen King, or any other horror author of that same ilk. I would definitely love to read more books by this author. I didn’t feel like I had to force myself to read the book, more like, I had to force myself to STOP reading the book. A sign of a good, make that great, plot line, in my opinion.

Until next time…Happy Reading!!!

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