Yay! Some more mini-reviews! I didn’t have a lot to post for last week, it’s been a slumpy bit of weeks but I’ve got a few reviews stockpiled for this so here we go!
The Case Against Satan by Ray Russell
This cover is creepy as shit. I don’t even remember what made me go ‘Huh, this looks like a great idea. Let’s pick up a cover that scares the shit out of me’. But it was a good idea!
From Goodreads : This one was disturbing and weird. I can’t say it was ‘fun’ in the usual sense, I mean it is a horror novel and I don’t know how much of the Catholicism is based in faction or fiction, but it was fun in that way that disturbing movies like the Exorcist are.
It did have a few dated notions and lines that had me rolling my eyes – the reason for the lost star, but overall it’s one I’ll probably reread. I would definitely recommend this around Halloween or if you like movies like The Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
From Goodreads : I have conflicting emotions on this one. It was short, tragic in a way and made me think. It raises some interesting questions on the ‘American Dream’ and the idea of escaping your past if you want to really look into it. If you look at it on the surface level though it’s a weirdly sad story about a guy who just was really obsessed with wealth and a woman who embodied that. Obsessed to the point that he kind of lost the idea of a life and friends.
I’m still thinking about it, maybe I’ll have some concrete thoughts in a few days. Right now I can’t decide if I want to be sad or slightly intrigued
My ideas since Goodreads have solidified. I think I dislike the story, I dislike the hype around it but I enjoyed the writing and a few of the characters. I found Gatsby creepy and unsettling. But I’m glad I read it and I’ll probably be reading it again.
Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling #4) by Nalini Singh
I actually chopped a star off since Goodreads. This one was (as I state below) not my favorite but it took me a day or two to figure out why. I think in this one maybe too heavy on the almost ‘my property’ sort of thing when referring to romantic partners and interests. It crossed the line a little for me. The minor plot line about Talin’s sickness seemed to come out of nowhere as well and resolved in such a… eh kind of way that it was also a little too lame I think.
Though this book mentions Snake Changelings and oh man. That sounds awesome.
From Goodreads : This one was no the best so far, probably my least favorite, but the overall plot is getting much more interesting. I’m looking forward to the next book.
Mort (Discworld #4) by Terry Pratchett
I don’t have a lot more to add to this tiny review from Goodreads but I will say some of the scenes from this one stand out in my head a lot clearer than previous books. I think this one shows some improvement on Pratchett for painting scenes and allowing us to see the action. I loved all the times it talked about riding Death’s mount and looking down on the land of Discworld, it gave great perspective.
From Goodreads: I had always wondered about Susan and how she was ‘related’ to Death. Not only that but Albert. This, much like all the other Discworld books, was a fun read and gave that backstory. I think this one was perhaps not as quotable or maybe just didn’t resonate as much with me as much as maybe The Hogsfather but I still really enjoyed it.
On to the next!