Friday, July 31, 2015

Criminal by Karin Slaughter

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This is another re-read for me. Since catching up on all of the Karin Slaughter books I had missed by starting very late in her series I just decided to keep going to try to get current again. I actually won this book through Goodreads as an advanced reader copy and was so excited to win. I of course reviewed this book after reading it the first time but had forgotten quite a bit about this book. My original review can be read here

After I started reading this for the second time I went back and read my first review. I gave this book 5 stars and I had no idea why. The story is all about these young working girls getting kidnapped and killed both in the 70's and in present day. The book starts out kind of slow and the constant change between 1975 and present day was really tiresome. Since both time periods have Amanda Wagner as one of the main characters it was tough to figure out when I was at times which just drove me nuts. 

Half way through the book I realized why I gave this book 5 stars. For five other books we have heard about this torrid past of Will Trent but have never gotten any real information on what that is. This book finally gives us the answers I have been itching to know. The twist in the middle of the book was enough to skyrocket this book to one of my favorites. 

After a good bit of deliberation and even though I had the same feelings when I first started this re-read as I did when I read it the first time I still give this book 5 out of 5 stars. For anyone who has read these books and has wondered why Will is such a dark troubled character this is the book you have been waiting for. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

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I'm going to start this post and review being honest. I rated this book when I first joined Goodreads in 2010 but I have never read this book and I had no idea until recently. My son is almost 6 and my wife has been dying to read these books to him for a long time. We decided he was old enough to understand them and really enjoy it. My wonderful wife has been reading this book to me and my son for the last month or so. We just finished reading it and of course watched the movie with popcorn and a non-alcoholic Butter Beer shared among the three of us. The best part of this whole experience was seeing the smile on my son's face and the smile on my wife's face when he would beg her to keep reading. It was amazing and I'm sorry it ended. We have 6 more books so i know I will enjoy this for quite awhile and then get to do this all over again when my daughter is old enough. 

I didn't jump on the Hogwart's express until the 5th book came out and when it did I was working at Best Buy and we sold it. It was sold out everywhere but we had a ton because no one thought to look at an electronics store. I bought one and since I had already seen the first two movies I apparently started reading at the 3rd book. About a quarter of the way into this book I realized I didn't remember a lot of what was going on and more stuff from the made made sense. 

If you have no idea what this book is about I would love to know how you avoided this. This book introduces us to a young boy, Harry Potter who has survived an attempt on his life and the death of his parents by a powerful evil wizard. Harry has just come of age in the wizarding world where he is ready for school to help him understand the magical gifts he has. We follow Harry and his friends through their first year at the wizard school of Hogwarts. There is a special item being protected at Hogwarts and someone is trying to steal it. Harry, and his friends are trying to figure out who is trying to steal the sorcerer's stone 

This book is a little sluggish at the beginning and my son was having a hard time staying interested for the first few chapters but once the book gets going he couldn't wait till bedtime so we could read another chapter. This is a fun book and it not only sets up the series but has a great little adventure story to it. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for us to get started on the next book. I never wrote reviews on these books so this is a good opportunity to do that. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Batman Eternal Vol 2 by Scott Snyder

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I have my favorite comic authors and Scott Snyder is one of the best. Him and Geoff Johns are geniuses. Scott Snyder has had an amazing run on Batman and he didn't disappoint with this book. There is so much in this epic story line that had some of my favorite villains showing up as well as appearances by other members of the Bat-Family. There was also a nod to the Knightfall story when Batman was broken. 

This book brings one of the most dangerous characters Batman has aver faced. Hush is back and ready to kill Batman. When Hush was first introduced it was one of the best stories I have ever read. I was so excited to see back. Since he knows everything about Bruce and his history there is no one who has a better chance to finally best Batman. To make matters worse, Commissioner Gordon is in Blackgate prison and Alfred is in a coma from a concentrated dose of Scarecrow's fear toxin. If Batman is going to stop Hush from Gotham he will need some help.
As much as Batman wants to keep to himself he has family that is always ready to help. Speaking of family we meet someone I never knew existed. Alfred has a daughter and Bruce has shared his secret because he is going to need that help from the cave to keep track of what is going on in the city. Not only do we have a new member to the Bat-Family but everyone that could come back and help shows up. Red Robin (Tim Drake), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), and Red Hood (Jason Todd) are there to lend a hand. We also get a guest star who's part is very small in this book, and I really wish there was more around this story line, but the Spectre  is helping to stop some of the supernatural forces that are trying to be unleashed on Gotham.




The brief nod to the Knightfal story of course involves Bane and a whole lot of other criminals. I don't want to give away to much because there are a lot of moments in this book that a die hard Batman fan will enjoy and get goosebumps over. The writing is phenomenal and a you can see in the pictures I included, so is the art work. This is well worth the read.

There is pages of stuff I could say about this book but I really want you to read it for yourself. it is quite lengthy for a graphic novel but it is worth every page. As one of the best books I have read this year it should be no surprise that I give this highest honors with 5 out of 5 stars. The ending to this book leaves so much open for the next volume so don't expect to get a happy ending or even half of your questions answered. Even with all of that which at times can put me off a book I still loved this. I am so anxious to see what happens in volume 3. I was incredibly fortunate to be chosen to review this book by DC Comics and Netgalley so I hope they keep me in mind when the next volume comes out. I'm already excited for the next chapter and I can only hope Scott Snyder continues his writing on these books.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

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I'm on my short little re-read journey with the Dressden Files. I have only read the first 5 books in this series but I wanted to re-aquatint myself with these before I moved for ward since it has been a few years since I read these. Plus with my wife reading these it helps to keep a dialog going and remember what she is talking about. It is also funny to go back and read my review of these books on Goodreads. I have really come a long way in my reviewing. I'm not sure my old one made a ton of sense. 

During any re-read I hope to pick up on some of the little things I might have missed the first time and enjoy it even more. I have to agree with my original review as well as all the others I had read. This was a pretty good book but not as good as the first. Storm Front really got me hooked on this series but this one didn't deter me from continuing on. If you can't guess it from the title this book is all about werewolves. Thankfully these are the violent tough werewolves of legend and not the emotional cranky shirtless kind ruined by Twilight. 

Dresden is asked to help decipher some magic writings for a young wizard he sort of mentors. He holds a little back because he doesn't want this young wizard to get in over head messing with magic she shouldn't be. Well, that doesn't go well. The first Werewolf cursed by either Angels or the church as punishment. Dresden has to not only find away to contain this werewolf before he becomes a toothy killing machine as well as figure out what is causing the gruesome death's Detective Murphy has asked him to help with. 

162310916855336This book has also been made into graphic novels which sadly I have not read these yet. I actually think my next stop will be my library to see if they have these as soon as I finish writing this. I love the graphic novel versions of these books. It is really cool to see an artist's version of what they thought the book should look like. I think this is the last book that got the graphic novel treatment. Now there are several books that I believe are original stories for the comics. 

I will keep the same rating as when I read this the first time. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. As I said I liked this book but it wasn't a very strong story or book but I honestly love these characters so any book no matter how weak the plot I will just enjoy visiting with the characters. On to book three soon and I'm looking forward to the re-read as well. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Suicide Squad Vol 1: Pure Insanity by Sean Ryan

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I have been very fortunate to get picked for some really great books by DC Comics through Net Galley. When I saw they were doing a new version of Suicide Squad I had to check this out. I haven't read any of the books so far and I have always thought I would catch up on those at some point. With the new movie coming out next summer I wanted to start getting all of the information I can in case there are holes in the movie story that I will want answers to. 


This book begins with some major issues for the team. There is a new boss in the office who is calling the shots and not very well. We also see the addition of Black Manta and Joker's Daughter join the team which causes some obvious tension. Sent to find out what the Russians are planning they are blindsided by robotic soldiers called Rocket Reds.

While running for their lives our squad gets split up. Deathstroke is taken to someone who wants to offer him a job, while Deadshot is taken prisoner and tortured for information. This is what I was waiting to read. I read Deathstroke Vol 1 and was a little lost because I didn't know this is everything that happens before Deathstroke Vol 1. So if you haven't read either of these books yet read this one first.

This book was really interesting and I am hooked on this series. I had a few moments of boredom but they didn't happen often. The art work and story were very well done. Some of the covers were really cool. This one on the right here is my favorite. I love all of the detail that went into this. You can see the empty shell casings falling out of the guns. It even manages to make Black Manta look cool which is impressive. His character was one of my favorites in the book but I just can't get over how ridiculously huge that helmet it. So many jokes come to mind, but until New 52 Aquaman was the joke of superheroes and now he is one of the best series I have read recently. Guess I will have to see what happens with Black Manta as this series goes forward. 

I will cut right to the chase. There are a lot of things I liked about this book but I felt this could have had a little more substance to the story. This is the beginning of a new story arch for these characters so there is going to be some development, but I have seen DC move a little faster. I really liked this and I can't wait for Vol 2 especially after reading Deathstroke Vol 1. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and will say I am officially hooked on Suicide Squad. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Fall by John Lescroart

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I know I say this a lot but I have to thank NetGalley for introducing me to John Lescroart. I got an email from them telling me to check out his book The Ophelia Cut and the summary sounded really interesting. I requested it and was approved. That book hooked me on Lescroart's work and I look forward to each new book. I have yet to go backwards and read all of the ones I have missed but for now I am perfectly content. I have to admit that The Ophelia Cut really needed to be read after the books that came before so I had a lot of questions. I checked out Lescroart's web site and ended up emailing him. He was a great guy and personally got back to me to answer my questions and talk about his books. I was really impressed with how much he cared for his fans, and new readers. That is really what hooked me on his writing. 

The book opens with a young woman being thrown off a bridge after a struggle to her death. The young woman's death raises controversy over race disputes between police and the people in the city. I have to say this issue is a bit of a sensitive topic for me. I live in St Louis where this has been a big topic in the news and it kind of put me off the book a little. I go to books to escape the troubles and frustrations of the world so having to deal with this sensitive topic during my escape was not what I wanted. I'm not sure his reasons for picking this topic but I really hope it wasn't to jump on the bandwagon. 

I really enjoyed getting back to the characters I have gotten to know in the last few books I have read. I also really liked that our likable lawyer (never thought I would ever say that) and his daughter have a practice and she gets to be front and center in this court drama. The writing is solid, but I had the ending pegged from the very beginning. I lept hoping I was wrong because the plot seemed cliche but it turned out I was right. There's even a little even that happens toward the end of the book that just solidified my suspicions. I really hate when I'm not trying to figure out the ended but end up doing it anyway. Yet another reason that this book wasn't my favorite. 

As for my rating I give this 2.5 out of 5 stars. To be fair this is closer to 3 stars because the writing was well done so I will round up for the purpose of sites that don't allow half stars. It was really the topic and the fact this was way to easy to figure out that causes my rating to be so low. I am still looking forward to his next book when ever it comes out. I didn't get this one as and Advanced reader copy from NetGalley this time because I wasn't sure I could read it in time to review it in a timely manner. I will keep my eyes open thought just in case there is an advanced reader copy of his next one. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Batman Arkham Knight: Vol 1 by Peter Tom Asi

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I am envious of all of those who have played these Batman Arkham games. I am a little behind on my game systems and my beautiful children take my time that used to be filled with gaming so it all works out. Still I would love to play these games and if I ever do get a Playstation 4 I am buying all of them first. Since I can't play them I enjoy reading the companion graphic novels. Thanks to DC Comics and Net Galley I was able to read and review this. 

I have to be honest and say I was kind of let down by this book. It took forever to get going and when it did I still wasn't all that excited to be reading it. Gotham is starting to put itself back together after the Arkham disaster and Bruce Wayne is doing his best to rebuild the city and make it a place people can call home again. While trying to fix everything the Penguin and Harley Quinn are trying to tear it all apart. Penguin because he wants to rule all of Gotham and Harley because she wants revenge for what happened to the Joker. The ending makes up for things a bit and leaves the story open for the next Volume. There are some great action scenes in this book but that was it for the good parts. 

The Scarecrow was in this book very briefly and he looked awesome. I wish that story was explored a little more in this book which might have made the story even better. My hope is that Scarecrow takes a bigger role as the story moves forward in future books. I also wish the art work was a little better.  I wasn't really impressed with this because I have read some great books with amazing artwork so I was a little more judgmental of this one.

This was one of the better examples of the art work being fairly good. I just wish the panels had a little more detail to really show the level of action. There is very little dialog so you have to rely on great artwork to really pull the reader in.

I liked it but thought it was just ok. I am very middle of the road on this book so I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Not sure I will keep going on this series which is a bummer. Batman is my favorite hero and I have loved every other books I have read lately. It is hard for a writer of Batman to make something as awesome as Scott Snyder's work on Batman and Batman Eternal. Those books continue to blow me away with it's amazing stories and the art work is also really impressive in those books. I am still very greatful I was chosen to read this for an honest review. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Candy and the Cankersaur by Jason Sandberg

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I'll be honest for a moment. My blog isn't all that popular and I get that, but I have fun doing that and that's all that matters to me. I use my blog to seek out advanced reader copies of books so I can feed my addiction for good books. This is one of the few books that I have been sought out to read by an author. I don't have much time to sit down and read these days because work keeps me busy when I'm there and my kids and wife get my attention when I'm home. I tend to not request books that aren't comics and I read mostly audio books. Well, this is a kids picture book and like always, I jumped at the chance to read a book to my kiddos. 

I took a chance and thanked the author for sending it. Jason was great getting back to me when I had questions about this book and that really helped me plan out this review. Most kids books have some sort of lesson to learn by the end of it; like eat your vegetables, be nice to your sister, brush your teeth. This book was a little harder to pin down a lesson so I asked the author what he meant to convey. There are a couple messages in this book and not all of them are for the kiddos.

The first lesson to learn was tricky because the main character candy isn't the one who learns it. Her neighbor Chucky is the one who learns that it is not nice to be greedy and jealous. The second lesson is for the parents. Don't be so wrapped up in your own lives that you miss some of the best years of your child's life. The final lesson kind of pokes fun at the "Moral of the Story" aspect and is more a joke our lovable dino learns.

I want to point out that the art work in this book was really pretty good. All of this was done by the author Jason Sanders. It is great when a writer is talented enough to do his (or her) own illustrations. I really respect that because I am terrible at drawing that that is one of the main reasons I will never write comics or children's books. Jason even gives a little nod to a certain monkey and his friend in the tall hat. My son and daughter pointed this out right away and got a kick out of this. I was very impressed by the classic style Jason used to make this book look like the kids books I read as a child.
On to the rating, I like my children's books to have a more front and center meaning instead of the multiple messages in this book. I also thought the book was cute but not over the top awesome. I would rate this a 3 out of 5 but since both of my kids enjoyed this book and asked for a second reading I have to give it a 4 because they got a kick out of it and that is really the goal of a kid's book. To finish off my review I will leave you with a quote from Jason himself. I asked him if there was anything he wanted to say about his book and this is what he said: "My goal is to make richly illustrated children's books that aren't a drag for parents to read (and reread) to their kids"

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Starling Project by Jeffery Deaver

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Jeffery Deaver has done a few books for Audible with his character Harold Middleton. The first two books, The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet were serial novels. This means they had a chapter at a time released on Audible and Deaver wrote the first and the last chapter of the book but everyone in between was done by different mystery writers.  This book is strictly written by Jeffery Deaver and it is a novella not a full novel. This is only available in audio version right now, but it is totally worth it. This book not only continues the story of Harold Middleton but this is done by a full cast of characters with sound effects, and a really cheesy sound track. It was great. 

This book has Middleton and his team of volunteers trying to find information on who are what the Starling is. Starting out the book with a secret assault on what I think was a drug lord to take his harddrives to find any information they can about the Starling. Let's just say this starts out with a bang. The nice thing about Novellas or short stories is they don't waste anytime getting to the good stuff.

I need to sadly air some little peeves of mine. This book has some really cheesy dialog and I expect more from Deaver when it comes to solid writing. Maybe it was the voice actors that made it feel cheesy but I can't just blame them because Jeffery Deaver is my favorite author. Don't get me wrong, this book is cheesy in such a good way that it is just a fun mindless read that you can just sit back and enjoy. I also never can figure out what twists Deaver is going to through at me so I tend to not even try to figure out what is going to happen next. In this story I was able to figure out the next move only to be proven right and then a little later be proven wrong and after awhile this was less suspense and more frustrating. It was also a little irritating that Middleton just knew what was going on. I realize for the sake of time Deaver can't go into the specific minute details that got the character from point A to point B Sherlock Holmes style.

This is a great story and I loved the cast of voice actors. In the past these Middleton books have been read by Alfred Molina and he is an amazing audio book reader. He at least is the voice of Middleton in this book so I was very happy. I would listen to any book he reads. He has done some voice work lately and on cartoon in particular is mine and my son's favorite. He voices the part-time villian Rippen in Penn Zero Part-Time Hero and it is just awesome. Oh yeah, and Rippen is the Art teacher at Penn's school durring the day but once school is out he is the Vilian to Penn's Part-Time hero. My son and I really enjoy this show just like I enjoyed this book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this to anyone looking for a fun short read. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Die Again by Tess Gerritsen

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I have been a long time fan of Rizzoli and Isles and when the show came to TNT years ago my wife and I love it. The characters are so different in the show than in the book that it is nice to have the difference. In the books Rizzoli and Isles are not as close as in the show. The stories switch between the points of view of each character. Isles is also a goth type loaner instead of this rich fashionista that she plays in the show. I definitely like Isles more in the show than the book. Rizzoli is a great detective with a great personality which is in both the book and the show, but I like the book character because she is a mom and married to FBI Agent Gabriel Dean. I wish the show would take the character down this path because I really like the conflict that arises with Rizzoli about trying to be this tough detective while still being a mom. 

This book is all about a couple grizzly murders that mirror how an animal would be gutted after the hunt. The book starts out with characters in Africa on a safari and we don't know when this is taking place or what purpose the whole thing has to do with the story which was irritating. It wasn't until towards the end that we understand the connection and get an explanation of time frame. The ending was predictable there is just a twist as to who the killer really is. This is a character we see Rizzoli and Isles interact with from time to time but we learn more about this character's past at the very end. It felt very disjointed and out of place to be honest.

Speaking of disjointed and out of place, Tess Gerritsen I guess is trying to tie her books to the show because of its popularity. In this book we see more a a friendship between Rizzoli and Isles that has never really been there before. For me, I love the friendship between these characters in the show because of how well Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander play off each other, but as a long time reader of the series I have gotten used to the opposite being the case for these characters. This just made the whole scene written in this book feel off. I have only said this with one other series and that is I like the show better than the books. It wasn't a bad book but I started to lose interest in the book after the midpoint and I had the ending pegged a quarter of the way in.

I didn't hate the book but I didn't love it either. There were quite a few character quips that just bugged me but I still care enough about these fictional characters to keep reading. As long as Tess Gerritsen doesn't tank these books like I felt Kathy Reichs did with the Temperance Brennan series, I will keep reading. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. One of the things that I really like about the books is the fact that Barry Frost is still in the books. I have always liked this character but not as much as when Lee Thompson Young played him in the show. He was such a great actor who fit this character very well and it was a sad day when he passed. Since then the show has always had an empty feeling without him, but at least I still get to visit with Frost when I read the books. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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So to be honest this is actually my second read of this book. I have a bunch of friends in the book world who have been big fans of this series. A few years ago I decided to step out of my comfort zone of mysteries and thrillers and give Sci-Fi a try. I was hooked from the very beginning and I liked it so much I begged my wife to give these a try too. She really likes the YA fantasy/Supernatural books about Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies.  I figured this would be right up her alley. Well she finally got around to reading these and is just as hooked. I have to admit that I have only gotten as far as the 5th book so I have a lot of the series left to read. There were just other things that came up. 

Since my wife is reading these I wanted a refresher. This book is just as fun to read after the three different ways I have been exposed to this story. My first time reading this was in book form, then I read this in graphic novel form which was great. The story is broken up into two volumes. 

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I'm so glad I came into the series later because I would have gone crazy if I had to wait for volume 2 to come out. Even though I knew how the story ended, reading these was like reading the story for the first time all because it had a different twist. 


Then I found out that this was made into a series for the SciFi channel. I had heard a lot of bad things about this show and it made me understand why it only got a season, but I had to watch it anyway. I think knowing how cheesy and goofy this was going to be allowed me to really enjoy this. I liked the series a lot and I'm sad it only got the few episodes it did. Here is a trailer but I warn you, it doesn't do the show justice, and it is not coming soon. Paul Blackthorn did make a good Harry Dresden, I really like him in Arrow.


Dresden is a wizard private investigator and he get one of the most gruesome cases ever. Jim Butcher really pulled out all the stops and started with a bang with just how intense the opening crime scene is. Harry is asked by the police to help them investigate this weird murder because it looks like magic came into play. On top of that he is hired to find a woman's husband who picked up and left under some very strange circumstances. This book is full of magic and action as well as a great mystery. To top off the books greatness this is loaded with funny one-liners. Harry Dresden is a cross between Humphrey Bogart, Ash from Evil Dead, and Gandalf. When I first read this book I gave it 4 out of 5 stars but after all of the times I have read this story I seem to like it more and more so with this I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Super Schnoz and the Invasion of the Snore Snatchers by Gary Urey

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My wife and I love to read to our kiddos. When I was getting advanced reader copies from Scholastic through NetGalley I stumbled on Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell. It is the definition of goofy boy book. A few weeks ago we were at the library and this book was on a table for fun summer reads and I had to pick it up. 

Reading it to my son was fun for two reasons. First of all I love his laugh and every time there was some mention of snot or a booger blast he would giggle. That's one of the best sounds on earth. The other reason I enjoyed this was becuase I would look over the top of the book and see my wife roll her eyes or shake her head at the sheer stupidity of different parts of this book. It was pretty funny. 

This book picks up right after the end of the first book. Our Honking Hero is happily enjoying expanding his smell dictionary with his enormous nose. However, the town of Denmark New Hampshire is being ripped apart by tremors rating high on the Richter scale every night. When Schnoz sleeps his snores keep the town awake and in constant fear that they will be destroyed. Schnoz, with the help of his friends finds out that extraterrestrial beings are the cause behind this phlegmy phenomenon. 

This is a fun little book but I will agree with my wife that this had quite a few stupid parts and even a few that were just really gross. The first one had this cute factor that seemed to be lost in this one. We enjoyed it so I will give this 3 out of 5 stars but I will admit that there were times I just wished we were at the end already. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Regulators by Stephen King

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I wasn't all that impressed with Desperation but I had heard that this book was similar so I wanted to see what it was all about. Fist let me say that this was an interesting book from the standpoint of how many other books have influenced this or were influenced by this book. There are aspects of the Shining, Under the Dome, Desperation, and the western feel at times can be reminiscent of The Dark Tower but that is kind of a stretch. 

Tak is back but this time he has left the confines of the town of Desperation. Here is the thing that really drove me nuts for the first few chapters. Having read Desperation I know most of these characters already except they are not the same. This is hard to explain without giving something away so I will just say it is an adjustment. This is a completely different story from Desperation and I went in thinking this would be a sequel. That was my mistake. If you are reading this and you want to read this book don't make the same mistake I did. Go in knowing it is a different book, The names are the same it was the character who were changed to protect the innocent. 

This book revolves around a town being plagued by strange killers. The people of this town are trapped in their homes trying to not be "Regulated". Tak, the evil being from the mine in Desperation is now tormenting these poor towns people. Here is the link to the Shining. Our story revolves around a little boy who is Autistic and he can sense things. Possibly has a touch of the shine in him. This little boy Seth just loves his cartoons and westerns but will become the pawn in a gruesome turn of events.

I liked this book more than Desperation but Only a little more. I have been thinking about this review for a few days and I even tried to take notes while reading and I really have nothing more.  This is a 3 out of 5 star book. I rounded down on this but since I did like this better than Desperation I would give ti 3.5 stars.