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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 45
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King



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In this 45th episode I review Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep." It's the sequel to the classic horror novel The Shining. Written several years later it picks up the story of the boy from The Shinning as a man of some years. This book had amazingly different and creepy villains, great characters as always, and a page turning story. Listen to hear why I loved it. 

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Crucible and Flame by John Mierau | Book Review

This was a really interesting book. It had elements of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It was told from the perspective of a ferryman. He has the ability to walk through fire from one place to another. Sounds like a fantasy story right? But this story takes place in a world with space travel. The main character is a ferryman who walks through fire onto a generation spaceship getting close to reaching its destination. There he learns from another character there is more to life than what he's known so far. 

This is a very thoughtful story and I really enjoyed many small moments in it. Watching the character grow from a selfish jerk into something more was rewarding. Give this one a try.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Twelve by Justin Cronin | Book Review

I have roughly the same feelings about this book as I did with The Passage. I would say I liked it a little more, but it was the same kind of thing. Loved it then didn't care for a while about it until near the end of the story. I was all about it and really loving it and then it jumps forward in time and I feel cheated and upset about having to leave the great storyline I had been reading and enjoying for so long. 

The virals were terrifying and awesome in the first act of the story. Then for the rest of the book they seemed like afterthoughts that were barely mentioned. Yes they were around but in the background for the most part other than a couple really cool scenes.

Much like The Passage I have to say that the action scenes in The Twelve were outstanding. They felt so real and intense and scary. Justin Cronin writes action scenes and fight scenes really well. The last act of The Twelve was also really great just like it was in The Passage. So Justin nailed the ending and it was really cool. An awesome ending.

So I guess all I have to say is I'm disappointed again like I was with The Passage—but this book did have some really amazing stuff in it. If the good parts weren't so good I wouldn't care but they really are awesome! I wish an editor could tell Justin to cut the amount of characters and the length of the middle parts of his stories way down and these would be some of my favorite books. Just like The Passage to me The Twelve suffered from a bloated middle. It also suffered from making me fall in love with characters like the awesome bus driver named Danny to then move forward in time and never let me see them again.

If you liked The Passage I think you'll like this book even more so give it a shot. If you want to read some amazing action scenes and find out what happened to the many characters from The Passage give this book a read. If you're not so sure after reading the monstrously long book that is The Passage that you want to read another door stopper where the middle might bore you and present you with characters you don't care about then you might want to take a pass on this one.

With all that said—I've come this far and I do think Justin is an extremely talented writer—I am going to read the last installment to this ginormous trilogy The City of Mirrors. I'm pretty sure I will also give whatever book he writes next a try because like I said, even though his books suffer from bloat that should be cut out, he's an amazing writer.

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The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Thrum by S.K. Slate | Book Review

This book was really easy to read. The story just flew as the characters found themselves uncovering some pretty terrifying secrets. There was a lot of scientific stuff in this book and it was written very well. It came of as authentic and realistic and never got into so much detail that it became boring. These details gave the story a realistic credibility that was needed when such a crazy thing was happening to the characters. It was cool to see the science behind it. 

Some characters find a strange spiral inside of some animals. Some other characters find themselves randomly doing crazy things they themselves would never do. Criminal violent things that they felt they had to do while they were doing them as if they weren't in control of their own body. How are these two things linked? You'll have to read the story to find out.

The story was exciting and always moving which kept me really engaged and wanting to know what would happen next. This book is definitely a page turner. The other thing I loved about this book was how the author sprinkled in tons of little details that really enriched the story. Just little things I never would have thought of that gave the characters a bit more back story or added to the feeling that I was right there with the characters.

There were also details that made some of the scarier scenes where characters were in dangerous situations pretty visceral. I remember feeling uncomfortable when a couple characters were being held against their will and gagged. Those scenes were hard to read but really made the danger feel real and evoked authentic feelings of dread in me as a reader. It's pretty awesome when a book can do that to a reader.

The ending was a bit of a let down for me. It didn't ruin the book or anything, but there was so much tension and build up and it all just seemed to be resolved in a conversation rather than a final big dramatic scene. There was a bit of a twist to it but it just felt a little flat. There are a few great scenes showing you were the characters are at the end of the book and those were done well. Overall I thought it was a great book with a weak ending, but this book left me wanting to read more by S.K. Slate because she's a very talented author and I really enjoyed the story. It was written really well and had a great quick flow. This was an enjoyable read.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 44
Dune by Frank Herbert


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In this 44th episode I review the classic Science Fiction epic "Dune" by Frank Herbert. Listen to hear why I'm glad I read this book even though gave up on reading it 3 separate times before I found interest in the story and ended up really enjoying it. 

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