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Archive for the ‘Paranormal’ Category

TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Rob Thurman

January 17, 2011

Click cover to go to Amazon Rob Thurman is a fairly new discovery for me. I first encountered her Cal Leandros novel, Nightlife. I was drawn to the book by the cover, which is the same reason I picked this one up off the racks. She’s getting a run of good cover artists. I thought […]

WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS by Dean Koontz

January 5, 2011

Dean Koontz returns to some of his early roots in his latest novel, a supernatural thriller, What The Night Knows. Homicide Detective John Calvino has his own reasons for investigating why 14 year old Billy Lucas murdered his family, but the author holds back that information as part of a string of mysteries that lure […]

STRANGE ANGELS: BETRAYALS by Lili St. Crow

October 22, 2010

When it comes to teen girls getting trapped between vampires and werewolves, it seems the older YA market is just insatiable. I don’t know how many of these supernatural series are currently still ongoing, or how many lie waiting in the wings, but they just seem to keep coming. Some of them try to separate […]

MERCY THOMPSON: HOMECOMING by Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence, and Francis Tsai

October 17, 2010

Patricia Briggs has created Mercy Thompson, a VW mechanic who’s a shapeshifter and lives immersed in a supernatural world. Although she’s a were-coyote (a skinwalker), she was raised by werewolves. She’s also believed to possibly be the last of her kind, and no one knows for sure why she’s become what she is. Those mythos […]

HAUNT by Robert Kirkman, Todd McFarlane, Ryan Ottley, and Greg Capullo

October 16, 2010

Robert Kirkman seems determined to take over the comics world. Based on his latest successes, that could be possible. His comics series The Walking Dead is basically a soap opera with zombies that keeps readers hanging on by their fingernails from month to month, and is now going to be a television series as well […]

THE UNKNOWN by Mark Waid and Minck Oosterveer

October 15, 2010

Mark Waid seems to get more press for the things he’s done with colorfully clad superheroes. He rewrote Superman’s future in Kingdom Come and set a lot of plot lines into play that writers jockeyed with for years (and some still do), and he had an absolutely sterling run on Captain America that fans still […]

ALEX VAN HELSING: VAMPIRE RISING by Jason Henderson

June 28, 2010

Jason Henderson evidently has a love affair going on with Dracula and Frankenstein, two of the most wellknown horror mythos in literature and the history of horror. In the past, he wrote a comic series with a modern-day Van Helsing fighting against the lord of Vampires, Dracula. The series was called Sword of Dracula. Now […]

THE TALE OF HALCYON CRANE by Wendy Webb

April 3, 2010

I love a good, spooky ghost story that carries you deep into the darkest night and raises goose bumps and neck hair. First-time novelist Wendy Webb’s book, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, does all those things with the seamless intricacy of a clockmaker and the silky smoothness of a baby’s cheek. Webb starts the novel […]

THE DEAD ROOM by Heather Graham

March 18, 2010

Heather Graham’s The Dead Room is a smooth concoction that’s equal parts ghost story, mystery, thriller, and archeological tale. The author keeps enough balls in the air that the read is entertaining and event-driven as well as filled with characters that step off the page. Lesley MacIntyre is an anthropologist with an uncanny knack for […]

FLIRT by Laurell K. Hamilton

February 22, 2010

In Flirt, author Laurell K. Hamilton admits the novel began as a diversion triggered by an event that would otherwise have been normal. After reading the book, I wish she’d let the story develop a little more. Even then, I’m not sure if it could have survived true novel length. The plot is incredibly thin. […]