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A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul G Tremblay
A Head Full of Ghosts

Bracken, June 3, 2015

This is, simply put, the best book I've read this year. Paul Tremblay has constructed a masterful depiction of the unraveling of a family in crisis while simultaneously giving a tender and nuanced portrayal of the tenacity of the loving bond between siblings. It is at once frightening, tender, and remarkably intelligent (but if you know Tremblay, you HAVE to expect that last part). At every time you think you have a handle on where this story is going, he shifts the angle and gives the reader a fresh view of what's happening that is deeper and both more and less certain. Anyone who thinks this is going to be another garden variety possession tale or take down of "reality" entertainment has got another thing coming. A Head Full of Ghosts is an absolute triumph, and my favorite thing both this year and that I've ever read of his.
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Enter, Night by Michael Rowe
Enter, Night

Bracken, January 1, 2013

This was, hands down, the best book I read in 2012. Enter, Night is not a book about self-loathing, weepy, romantic, hero vampires. It’s about regular people facing down a force of evil that treats them as cattle and converts. I don't read widely in the vampire sub-genre because of the conventions established by Anne Rice, Stephanie Meyer, and their imitators. This book, however, helped restore my confidence that a vampire novel can be a character-driven tale about relatable people facing adversity caused by something terrible and beyond their understanding or control. The vampires in the book are monstrous and scary, mainly because their appearance is rare, they are unrepentantly violent, and the focus of our sympathies are for their victims, not them. Be warned, however, this is not an action-packed Hollywood style romp. This book is a slow-burn, creepy, atmospheric horror novel.
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