Last Days By: Adam Nevill Release Date: February 26, 2019 Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin Award: British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel (2013) Rating:
A frightening tale of cults and the paranormal, Last Days by Adam Nevill is long, suspenseful read in the same documentary-styled vein as Blair Witch and won the 2013 British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel.
Here we are again with a short list of fictional podcasts that are perfect for audiobook lovers. These are podcasts that tell a fictional story, most often in a serialized format. Everything I recommend is something I’ve listened to either to completion or am fully caught up with newly released episodes.
A Case of Possession By: K. J. Charles Release Date: January 6, 2014 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Series: A Charm of Magpies #2 Rating:
The second book in the A Charm of Magpies series, A Case of Possession by K. J. Charles continues the story of Lucien Vaundrey, the veritable Lord Crane, and his lover, the magician Stephen Day. Things have grown more complicated for the pair. Someone is trying to blackmail Lucien about his relationship with Stephen, knowing the information could ruin both men. At the same time, Stephen is under investigation for his sudden increase in power, the other justicars worrying that one of their own is using dark, forbidden magic. All the while, there is a strange new problem plaguing London. Giant, terrifying rats have been spotted, and people are starting to turn up dead.
When this story starts things are bad for our hero. He’s on his way to jail but something isn’t right. Not just the fact that he didn’t commit the crime he’s going to jail for but the memory of it for everyone around him. Someone is messing with the universe and making Faust the main victim. Still trying to avoid spoilers and therefore failing at posting reviews. But here we go, trying again.
Vampire Hunter D Vol 2 By: Hideyuki Kikuchi Illustrator: Yoshitaka Amano Translator: Kevin Leahy Release Date: 1984 Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing/Dark Horse Series: Vampire Hunter D Rating:
The world of Vampire Hunter D is an intriguing one, an apocalyptic world where tech and the arcane mingle. It’s a place filled with vampires, monsters, and humans who will do anything to survive. It’s a fascinating world, and I enjoyed reading the second volume in this classic series. But, maybe, not as much as I enjoyed the first.
Vampire Hunter D Vol. 1 By: Hideyuki Kikuchi Illustrator: Yoshitaka Amano Translator: Kevin Leahy Release Date: March 10, 1983; (English) 2005 Publisher: DH Press Series: Vampire Hunter D Rating:
Fun story. I borrowed a copy of Vampire Hunter D from Hoopla. Since Yoshitaka Amano (of Final Fantasy fame) is the artist, something I was aware of earlier, I assumed this was a manga. Not sure why, seeing as Yoshitaka Amano hasn’t illustrated any manga as far as I am aware. (Do correct me if I’m wrong. I’d love to read a manga he’s illustrated.) As it turns out, Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi is a light novel! I love light novels!
The Everything Box By: Richard Kadrey Release Date: April 19, 2016 Publisher: Harper Voyager Series: Another Coop Heist #1 Rating:
Yet another title I have had my eye on since its release has finally been read. The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey is a fun, fast paced book with a host of likable, quirky characters.
The book opens several thousand years ago with an angel atop a mountain who is ready to fulfill his duty and begin the apocalypse. The problem? His pockets are empty, and the doomsday device is inexplicably missing. In the modern era Coop, master thief of magical items, is hired to steal a small black box for a client. But Coop isn’t the only person after this box. He soon finds himself with the Department of Peculiar Science, a government organization dedicated to the supernatural and unexplained, who claims that this device isn’t only an old family heirloom. This device could set off the end of the world.
Another series, another loose cannon Private Investigator with supernatural abilities. Despite how much this sounds like the Dresden files (and some of the blatant similarities) I found myself able to look past it and enjoy the first book the series.