Tag Archives: horror

Book Review: Rotters by Daniel Kraus

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Rotters by Daniel Kraus Recommended Ages: 14+ This book is a thriller and chiller of the sort that probably would have turned stomachs a generation ago. But if you’ve been watching CSI and its spinoffs, you may already have an idea what decaying corpses look like—though, mercifuly, not so much how they smell and feel. So this may be the perfect time to read a book featuring ripening bodies, graveyard dirt, and the last days ... Read More »

Book Review: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly Recommended Ages: 13+ The trail of “things to read after Harry Potter” has already led me past many books in which real-world characters get mixed up in the world where fairy tales and children’s stories are real. Off the top of my head, these include the work of authors Chris Colfer, Eoin Colfer, Ian Beck, Frank Beddor, Michael Buckley, Marissa Burt, Michael Ende, Lev Grossman, Tom Holt, ... Read More »

Book Review: Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles

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The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice Recommended Ages: 14+ Before Twilight was a gleam in Stephenie Meyer’s eye, author Anne Rice created a sensation with her series of novels about a race of beautiful, sensual vampires. Rooted in Egyptian mythology and very distinct from most vampire lore up to that time, Anne Rice’s vampires were created by being drained of blood to the point of death, then allowed to save themselves by drinking in turn ... Read More »

Book Review: Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud

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Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud Recommended Ages: 13+ Halli Sveinsson’s world has been shaped by heroes, but the time of heroes passed long ago. Still he yearns to be like his ancestor Svein, one of twelve legendary warriors who sacrificed their lives fighting off the Trows—a race of tunnel-dwelling, man-eating monsters who have not been seen since the slain heroes were buried with their swords. The cairns, or burial mounds, of these twelve ... Read More »

Book Review: World War Z by Max Brooks

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World War Z:  An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks Recommended Ages: 16+ (This book deals with adult situations. It contains passages of extreme violence, including brutal depictions of humanity and discussions of suicide.) World War Z is exactly what it says it is: the oral history of the zombie war. Told in a series of interviews conducted by an employee of the United Nation’s Postwar Commission, the novel takes place twelve years ... Read More »

Book Review: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Recommended Ages: 12+ The title of this book varies from one edition to another. Sometimes it is published with a “The” at the beginning. Sometimes “Strange Case of” is omitted. Sometimes it is even given simply as Jekyll & Hyde. It’s not as though the printer needs to save ink; it’s a very short book, a novella really. There are even more versions ... Read More »

Review: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

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A Tale Dark and Grimm—buy it by Adam Gidwitz—his website Recommended Ages: 11+ This book is what happens when a New York City schoolteacher stitches together nine fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to form one coherent story—while, at the same time, restoring much of the original versions’ weird, scary, and bloody bits. And although the narrator often pulls the reader aside and begs him to make sure there are no small children in the ... Read More »

Review: The Empire of Gut and Bone by M. T. Anderson

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The Empire of Gut and Bone—buy it by M. T. Anderson—his website Recommended Ages: 12+ In The Game of Sunken Places, best friends Brian and Gregory learned that the destiny of Earth is tied up in a game played by two humans in every generation, representing two pointy-eared races with very different ideas about what to do with the planet. The elfin Norumbegans would peacefully coexist with mankind; the alien Thusser intend to invade, conquer, ... Read More »

Review: The Suburb Beyond the Stars by M. T. Anderson

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The Suburb Beyond the Stars—buy it by M. T. Anderson—his website Recommended Ages: 12+ Several years ago, during a visit to New York City’s Books of Wonder, I picked up a copy of The Game of Sunken Places, by this author I had never heard of, and thought it was great. And though I’ve read a number of his other books, it was only quite recently that I found out that the above title is ... Read More »

Review: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

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Shades of Grey—buy it by Jasper Fforde—his website Recommended Ages: 12+ Thanks to an audiobook expertly read by John Lee, I finally found the courage to bite into this woolly, dystopian, world-building type fantasy by the author of the “Thursday Next” novels. I admit, I had held paper copies of the book in my hands a few times, and considered buying or borrowing it, but my heart always failed me. I remembered what heavy going ... Read More »