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Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill

I actually wanted to read this book for so long! I was super excited when I saw my local library had stocked it in there EPUBs so I ordered it. So glad I did! Joe Hill has this amazing style of writing, he brings his characters to life. He honestly doesn't mess you around either he puts you straight into the story. It took me 2 days to read this book as I was so into it! And will probably be talking about it for a while.

 

 

So lets get to the story, then shall we?

 

It's a ghost story. It has an atmosphere to it, then literally sent chill's down my spine while reading. If you are shocked by abuse, then this book might not be for you. I have my limit's and I was pretty disturbed by some of the scenes and plots in this tale, Just a heads up.

 

 

I loved Jude Coyne the main Protagonist His morbid collecting I mean you could totally imagine rockstars collecting that kind of stuff!

If you like a really scary.. Then I really, really recommend this book. I'm sure you guy's no my style of review's i hate giving away the plot of book's but i know 100% you guy's will love this.

 

 

The First Was Only A warning....

Damien: Omen II - Joseph Howard

Little by little, one of the world's most powerful families is being destroyed. And no one seems to know why. Those who suspect the truth do not live to reveal it. — Only thirteen-year-old Damien Thorn seems immune from the bizarre accidents claiming the lives of those around him. Damien, whose own father tried to kill him seven years ago... Damien, whose loving foster family is learning the meaning of hellish fear... Damien, who is leaving behind the seeming innocence of youth to fulfill the terrifying prophecy foretold long ages ago... Damien, who is discovering that it is not, after all, the meek but the master of ultimate evil who shall inherit the earth!

 

 

 

So...

I was on the second book of one of the most famous fiction antichrist Saga's known the Damien Omen saga, there was 6 book's written by different authors i'm not going sit here and say the book's were based on the film or vice versa when I don't know. The thing I do know though, is the sega is amazing!! It has that kind of retro Horror feel about it that has been copied a lot, but this is the original and it's held it's craze as a classic.

 

Damien is now 13 in this book. And for some reason doesn't actually know he's the Antichrist. To me that seemed a bit out of place as I'm sure in the 1st book he is actually told.

 

 

The plot, it's self was fantastic, it didn't quite focus on the main protagonist Danien but mainly on those around him and for the family he was adopted into the 'Thorns' and the Thorn's corporation, it had a quite of up to age feel that I liked considering this book was written by the author in 1978! It didn't have a drudging polt and the paperback was slim and easy to read. I'm actually so hyped I now own this whole collection! As it really is classic horror read. I just have to watch the films now!

 

                                                 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 199 pages.

Damien: Omen II - Joseph Howard

Mmmm,This just doesn't have the feel of the 1st Novel i read, not quite sure why But i like how it's focused on the History of the Thorn's It's still a good read!

The Omen - David Seltzer

A boy Born of a Jackel?...   I get that! But how does Satan impregnate it? How did they get his sperm? Did he rise up and say hi, I'm Lucifer, son of lies, I'm here to do some sick stuff and make a son?

 

I honestly thought this when reading the book!? I know I'm strange but in the book it has no explanation at all to how they got the devil's Sperm to make Damian, they just said he was born of a jackel?

 

Apart from that I loved this classic horror book, The idea of the Antichrist being born made for a very chilling and spooky tale.

 

David seltzer does an amazing written work on this. The story grips you and sucks you in and I have to say is, I didn't put the book down. The plot involving the thorn's as well as the other character's is, fascinating although a bit Spooky and gruesome. I'm so glad I actually brought the whole collection as I could easily read them all.

History of Irish Fairies - Carolyn White

 

I thought this was a beautiful quaint little book. My new Man Loves the fact that I'm into fairy's and elementals I love them! Even if I believe they're not really real.

 

As an Irish cockney though the fae's We got told about weren't all cute and friendly they are quite the opposite. To what the Victorians used to believe At least in Irish lore.

We decided to go on an occult book tour that day and he found this book and got it for me.

 

It tells the different type of fae's that there are in both the Irish and Scottish lore, The author also took time to tell of what other countries and cultures call there Fair folk.

It's honestly a lovely and very Informative book.

And I loved the cover too!

 

A very strange tale....

The Wicker Man - Robin Hardy, Anthony Shaffer

'Much has been said of the strumpets of yore
Of wenches and bawdy house queens by the score
But I sing of a baggage that we all adore,
The Landlord's Daughter . . . '

'. . . Her ale it is lively and strong to the taste
It is brewed with discretion and never with haste
You can have all you like
If you swear not to waste
The Landlord's Daughter . . .'

 

So this book, I remember watching brief clips of the film on channel 4 years ago, but never quite got round to getting the book, although The wicker man is a book I've wanted to get for my Book collection for ages I finally got it.

Took me really less than two days to read this it's a strange tale set in the isles of Scotland,

 

Neil Howie, a Scots police Sergeant and fine upstanding Christian fellow, receives an anonymous letter saying that a girl has gone missing on Summerisle, a small island only barely under Scot protection, thirty-eight miles west of the last of the Outer Hebrides. Howie goes out to investigate, and finds that, while all the inhabitants of the island are seemingly quite forthcoming with what they know (save the none of them acknowledge the missing girl so much as exists), Howie is torn between his desire to see the case through and his offence at the various heathen goings-on on the decidedly non-Christian island.

 

This book blew my mind quite frankly, and after watching the film again. I was highly impressed. It flows though a strange, surreal sort of way. And I'm not going to lie, I didn't like the main protagonist Neil Howie, I think the that the author just made him very dislikeable and prune like.

 

 

Give this a read some time it's one of those horror classics that Makes you think the end will stay with you for a long time.

 

     

Not quite what i was expecting

Shadowland - Peter Straub

Shadowland was a surreal book right from the offset. It start's when Tom Flanagan now an adult tells a tale of his youth to someone. That tale is woven with magic, and fantasy and adolescent Adventures. I'm not going to lie I found this book a struggle by the time I got to the middle of it, I had totally forgotten what the start was! So this review is going to be a struggle.

 

A person meets the now adult Tom Flanagan in a bar on the sunset strip. From there Tom gives the guy what as the reader finds out involves a strange surreal tale of Adolescent reminiscence . That starts in a private posh school for boy's were he meet's a boy called Del nightingale. From there we find out that Del has a knack for magic. Both him and del strikes up a friendship. But sadly there school life bliss doesn't last long at all when Steve Ridpath is introduced, his nickname by the boy's is skeleton. And this character set's an uneasy tone to the tale.


This wasn't an easy read I didn't at once feel I was into the tale in all it switches and pull's it wasn't until the very end of the book that I got the gist of it, I didn't even feel an emotional pull towards the Character sadly at the best of times, I try to understand peter Straubs written work's but you can't always find an Author whose every single novel you click with. I wouldn't say it was a horror theme but much more of a thriller.

 

Stephan King The Mist

The Mist - Stephen King

So I've finally got round to doing a review for this book, I had quite a mission getting this on paperback as nobody in the UK had it for sale. So I had to get it shipped over from the USA. It says the story is from Kings book the skeleton crew? But the king rewrote it and made it longer? 

 

 

I have to say I watched the film and this tale is just like the book, it's amazing both left me with a really eerie feeling, but that's why I love king, he always leaves you thinking week's and days after you have read one of his novels.

 

The book grips you with a surreal feeling I got a total modern feeling of Lovecraft with this Novel and I loved it. I'm a big big fan of H.P Lovecraft so this was a feeling of nostalgia.

 

 

This novel is mainly about survival. The main charter in the story 'David Drayton' and His wife and Billy There young son, are on holiday when a Violent thunderstorm awakes an unnatural Mist that quickly spreads across their town of Bridgton, Maine. After that, with out giving away too much of the plot of sorts, of terrifying things happen that is a true struggle for survival to all the characters in the book.

 

Truly a really good read. All Hail the king! :)

 

Warcraft: War of the Ancients #1: The Well of Eternity (Bk. 1) - Richard A. Knaak

This book is everything I thought it would be and more. I'm not really one for fantasy book's but I Knew this was going to be good and deliver everything I wanted.

 

as an avid world of warcraft fan that I have been since I was 20.I know that The game is steeped in history, if your a player to the new expansion 'Legion' then I highly recommend you read this book as it will place you on what now are parts of the broken shore in teams of the night fallen and The highborne as well as ravensBrook and the moon guard. Without giving too much of the plot away you will know where the characters are in teams of the expansion game play going on right now.

 

All in all, such a good book that I recommend to anybody who wants to get into the lore of world of warcraft or any fans new and old :)

Usher's Passing - Robert R. McCammon

Robert McCammon, Where have you been all my life! I know, forgive me, I just found out how fucking amazing Robert McCammon is as a writer! He's literally Astounding. His style is a no nonsense, pull you in.. And keep you wanting more.

 

Even though Ushers passing is the first and only book of his I've ever read in my life. I'm a new fan and will be looking for more of his book's in the future! I love the cover works to the paperbacks in the original late 1970s/1980s vibe I'm a total sucker for that.

 

Usher's Passing is basically about the family Mr Edgar Poe wrote about in 1839 bring them up to the 1980s and you have A very Dysfunctional family with a closet full of skeleton's. And the curses they live with because of this. The main deal dapper of this, Is Rix Usher, He is one of the main characters. Rix is a Horror Writer, trying to look for that one fix that will make him great again... And when he's called back to overland, Because the head of the family his father is dying. All those family secrets and Monster's come back once more. But how will it affect Rix and the rest of his family. And what is The ultimate secret to the usher's?

 

This had me sucked in from the 1st page. A rollacoster of up's and down's Every time I finished a chapter I was left with a sense of what was going happen next? Usher's Passing is an excellent read and will definitely be going in my 2016 top reads!

                                                 

                                             

 

 

A very Merry Christmas to you all!

                 

I guess all the mince meat pies have been put away and the family have all left! I know mine have! Just wanted to personally wish you all a merry Christmas! Here at Littlebookcove I Hope you all had a lovely time!

 

 

Here's to many more! <3

 

Shannon xx ((Littlebookcove))

 

I finally found THE Book of books!

Spine Tinglers - Zenka Woodward

This was THE book that started it all!

 

 

I've been looking for this book for Over 20 Years! I'm not even kidding! Thank You to Char's Horror Corner for referring me to a group called "What is the name of the book?"  I finally found the book! The book was called “Spine Tinglers” and it was such a strange little book of the poem's I honestly remember it scaring the hell out of me.

 

 

It was published by Lady Bird and the authors and cover artists were Zenka and Ian Woodward, I don't know the year it was published but I remember having the book in the 1985.

 

 

 

This to me is that one Holy grail of book's I have Needed, and wanted and now I have it, I can't even express the joy of having Finally gotten a copy!

 

 

 

The poems and pictures even today while not so much spooky to me are still as strange as they was when my mother used to read them to me!

It's been a while!

 

I feel like I haven't been here forever.. For many reason's Booklikes got so slow, I just couldn't log in on here at all. But I knew Booklikes would sort it and they seem to have! So It's all good I totally understand other bloggers were getting pissed off. But generally I don't think it was booklikes fault at all. They have never let us down and I think what most people forget is that Booklikes provides a free blogging service for us to blog about our love of book's How could you be mad at them when they provide this wonderful free service. I had faith and they didn't let me down and I'm thankful for that.

 

So Just a general update!

 

 

We're slowly winding down on 2016 thank god! What with Christmas just around the corner, I used to hate Christmas and dreaded it But now I love it and try to fully embrace it.

 

I was going to move this year! It was going to be the 'forever home move' A country move. But I put that on hold because it became too stressful and I'm hoping to Resume that next year as a project this time! Cause it's a big thing! So that's it really! I just wanted to say I'm here! Not going anywhere I did ponder it not going lie, but Booklikes is one my utter passion's and I feel we have a good little community going here!

 

Shan xx

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1) Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick, Robert Zelazny

 

 

I heard recently that they were doing a remake of “Blade Runner” and it set me thinking. How could they possibly remake a classic film? I remember watching Blade runner with my dad who is by the way a massive sci-fi and fantasy fan! But I clearly remember watching this amazing film as a kid, I didn't at all understand the plot or the depth of the film, but I remember the music and the scene's and they were amazing! And it set me thinking... I've never read the book! The whole film is based on a book I've never read. So of course I got the book to read!


Philip K, Dick Wrote loads of books! The man in the high castle is one of his as well as total recall. I actually had no idea he wrote that or that Total recall was based on a book!

 

It's so funny when I curled up with this book it took me right back to the 80s, I had a total wave of Nostalgia. The book it's self is nothing like the film But there are core element's and the characters in the book are more in depth. The world it's self is fucked. It's still getting over a war. And they have lost Most of the earth's animals they have to be selective bred and go for insane price's without giving too much of the book away, that's just one of the story lines, The Fallout dust and chickenheads been another to all twists Putting this right up there as a sci-fi classic.

 

I enjoyed reading this book so much! I got a bit lost in places, but it all weaved together. And to be honest, I'm so glad I watched the film then read the book.

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