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19 April 2015

Salem's Lot
Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date
Vampire, Horror

Description on Amazon

Salem's Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course there are tales of strange happenings - but not more than in any other town its size.
Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed - nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow.
Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror . . .

My review

I remember reading his many years ago (when I first discovered King). I am slowly re-reading most of them and what it treat this is. 

This is one of King's very early books and now considered a classic vampire story. In fact, I would say it is good old-fashioned vampire yarn in King style which we have now grown used to and love so much: small new England town, a host of different characters -usually a writer amongst them. King himself said (according to Wikipedia) that this is his favourite book. While it is maybe not my favourite King, I certainly enjoyed it very much, being one of his earlier works. . Re-reading it now in 2015, it was also nice to read about a world where there is no internet, no Netflix - just a town and people. Research is still done by getting books from the library and books are written on typewriters. And as a bit of a King connoisseur, I can also see his writing style emerging. The writer in me noticed the setting with prologue, epilogue and the emerging of the main story - not a single page wasted. 

Clearly influenced by Bram Stoker's Dracula, it may be a good book to get you started on classic vampire - before they were all cute and fell in love with the pretty girls. So, if you are from the younger generation, give this one a try. If you are new to King, this is a very good introduction. Horror? yes, but no spilled guts kind of horror. Supernatural - yes, but as always, set in a normal town with townsfolk going about their business. This is what King does best. 

7 April 2015

Free Books for Kindle
Chris Graham

Publication Date
December 2011
Non-fiction, Information

Description (from Amazon)

Everyone loves a freebie. And Kindle readers, like me and you, are no different. The great news is that there are hundreds of thousands of free books for your Kindle out there. Unfortunately the ebook revolution has spawned an avalanche of sites and other resources. Worse yet – some of the best of them are often beyond the reach of even the most seasoned Google searcher.

In my quest for the best Kindle free books – I've checked through hundreds of sites so that I could bring the best of them to you.

So save your brain some strain, save time and cash with my handy guide to free books for your Kindle: Great books to download at a radical price!

The book includes:

Ebook formats explained
How to find around a million free books
Some tips for finding free music and audio books
Guide to transferring them to your Kindle
Storing your free Kindle downloads
How to share Kindle books with friends and family.
Your Kindle and the web

My Review

This book was on 99p so I decided to get it, and I'm glad I did. I find the information contained within very useful, starting with an explanation of the different Ebooks format. I have to say that I am not that tech savvie (though I am good at general browsing etc).

The information about the websites which do provide Free books is very clear and organised. What I liked most was that it clearly states differences between US and UK sites (law etc), and even provides a few German, French and Dutch sites. Quite often, when purchasing books as such, it only covers the US market and could be pretty useless for someone in the UK, but not this one. 

1 star less because I have realised that the book is from 2012, and therefore not all websites may still be current. 

6 April 2015

Dreampire (Watchers of the Night 4)
Matthew Keith
Publication Date
July 2014
Young Adult

Description (from Amazon)

For Trevor Pine, everything is going great. He's graduated high school, started at a local college, and moved in with the perfect girl. 

Until the night he delivers pizza to the chemical lab where his best friend works. 

Trevor is tricked into drinking an untested formula, one that gives him unexpected and terrifying abilities. Confused, afraid, and unable to control his new powers, Trevor goes on the run from those who would use him for his abilities, and from the police who believe he is a murderer. 

And the worst part for Trevor is, he's guilty.

My review

I read the first Watchers book and loved the idea behind it. This series deserves much more exposure in my opinion. I have now read book 4  and was perfectly able to pick up from there without having read book 2 and 3. And it reminded me how much I loved this series and that I should now read the others too. 

What I like is that the characters are ordinary people who have this special power of being able to walk to certain places in their sleep, in a way they are fully awake and are able to, for example, overhear conversations. Their physical body sleeps in the meantime. One cannot become and learn to be like this, but is simply born that way. This is where book 4 comes in where the evil scientist is trying to create a formula to make people so they are able to do this. 

Most of the characters are young adults, and that is probably the target audience, but I am a middle aged woman and enjoyed the book enormously. the writing style is very easy to get into (no overcomplicated sentences) and the story flows perfectly. I read this book in a few days and one thing which I really liked is that the beginning is not slow to get into, but you are almost straight in there no complicated people and idea set-ups to get your head around. The ending was also satisfying and leaves a lot more scope for further stories in this series.