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77 Shadow Street by Dean R Koontz
77 Shadow Street

Clark, January 18, 2012

This book is scary. It was scarier than expected. I have read lots of scary books that have not put me on edge the same way that 77 Shadow Street did. Koontz can really write unique stories that keep the reader turning the pages. Yes, the one fault I have with this book is that Dean Koontz can get "wordy." He tends to over-describe which lots of readers hate. It does not ruin the story, but it can be distracting. The book probably deserves a 4 due to the "wordiness" but the abundance of scary moments earns the book a 5.
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11/22/63 by Stephen King

Clark, December 4, 2011

My expectations were really high when I started this book. This book not only met my expectations but surpassed them. This time period (the 60's) has always been fascinating to me. The politics, Vietnam, the assassinations and the music has always been interesting to me. I love reading stories both fiction and non-fiction about this era. Stephen King's book is one of the best I have read about the 1960's. To be honest, this book is really one of the best I have ever read. I felt like I was there. I know that sounds corny but it really is true. This book is spectacular. It is a must-read.
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Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
Kill Me If You Can

Clark, September 27, 2011

I have learned over the years to suspend belief when it comes to reading James Patterson's books. This book was just too much. Absurdity after absurdity with tons of "convenient" events to keep the plot moving. Sure, if you don't worry about that kind of stuff then this is the book for you. For me, this one was just too over the top.

Just a fair warning, this book has incest. Not only does it have incest, but extremely descriptive incest. I don't offend easily, but this was just too much. I wish I would have just stopped the book when the incest first appeared. I was hoping it was a one-time incident but I was wrong.

Overall, this book was just far too unbelievable for me. I wish James Patterson would just stick to writing books on his own like he used to.
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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
The Devil All the Time

Clark, August 7, 2011

For a lot of writers, it often seems like their second book falls short of their first book. Maybe the expectations are too high from readers, maybe their contracts force them to produce faster than they are used to, maybe something totally different. I was worried that "The Devil All the Time" was going to fall short of "Knockemstiff." I am glad that I was worried for nothing, because Donald Ray Pollock not only takes what is great from "Knockemstiff," but expands and combines to make one superb novel. The best word to describe Pollock and his writing ability is "brutal." This book has some of the finest, "in your face" writing that just does not let up whatsoever.

Overall, you will be hard-pressed to find other writers in the same league as Donald Ray Pollock. He is not only one of the best new writers out there, he is one of the best overall writers out there, period. I have never read anything like "The Devil All the Time" and I imagine I won't until his next book comes out.
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Stay God
Stay God

Clark, March 3, 2011

Impressive . . . the one word that sums up what I think about Nik Korpon's debut. I was completely blown away with some of the descriptive passages in this book. The way Korpon writes is like an open-handed slap to the face, he will hit you again just as soon as the sting from the first slap recedes. This book is a perfect blend of Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis, a perfect book for anyone who likes hardcore, "in your face" type books. Nik Korpon is here to stay in the world of literary fiction. I will purchase his next book without hesitation.
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