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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    The retelling of an event from another persons view without adding to the story did feel excessive at times.
    Yes, that was yet another issue I had with the story. A story which I just finished a few minutes ago, and without getting into spoilers, the outcome of the climax made zero sense. Along with the climax scenes being a nesting doll’s worth of coincidence worthy of an implausible soap opera, the final chapter made no sense. I can’t say more without giving things away, but surely I can’t be alone in thinking the two characters’ post-climax actions are inexplicable and without logic and reason…?

    I dig Earthling’s stuff and have enjoyed Ahlborn’s work to varying degrees in the past (BROTHER is brilliant, the other two I’ve read less so), but like the other two this one isn’t a collection keeper. Too disappointing. Off to eBay it goes, I’m surprised to say, unless someone wants to throw me an offer.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by jeffingoff View Post

    I agree with this. Though I wasn't as quite as turned off by it as you seem to be, it does make it feel like it's a YA novel perhaps. The ending is certainly interesting and the bones of the story are typical wonderful Ahlborn. I just think it needed a heavier hand at editing. I felt like she was repeatedly making the same point and the story stalls.
    The retelling of an event from another persons view without adding to the story did feel excessive at times.

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  • jeffingoff
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    You’re certainly correct and I do get that, and even understand and approve of Ahlborn’s inclusion of it as part of the story to underline their susceptibility of being ready prey…but it’s just so g’damn much…every chapter, again and again…it’s wearying and rather than make me better understand these characters that I otherwise would have zero interest in meeting in real life, the chronic droning of their selfish self-misery and petulance makes me simply not care what happens to them.
    I agree with this. Though I wasn't as quite as turned off by it as you seem to be, it does make it feel like it's a YA novel perhaps. The ending is certainly interesting and the bones of the story are typical wonderful Ahlborn. I just think it needed a heavier hand at editing. I felt like she was repeatedly making the same point and the story stalls.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    That is an interesting observation. I think one of the thing that works for the story is how each person is completely self-absorbed in their problems as the family as a whole disintegrates.
    You’re certainly correct and I do get that, and even understand and approve of Ahlborn’s inclusion of it as part of the story to underline their susceptibility of being ready prey…but it’s just so g’damn much…every chapter, again and again…it’s wearying and rather than make me better understand these characters that I otherwise would have zero interest in meeting in real life, the chronic droning of their selfish self-misery and petulance makes me simply not care what happens to them.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    A little over halfway through Ania Ahlborn’s new signed/limited from Earthling, DARK ACROSS THE BAY. It’s entertaining enough that I read the first half in a couple days, but the unlikability factor and repetitive self-absorbed whining of the four main characters (a family) is quite high and is making it difficult to empathize and connect with or care about their growing plight. I’ll finish the book, but not sure this a keeper for the collection.
    That is an interesting observation. I think one of the thing that works for the story is how each person is completely self-absorbed in their problems as the family as a whole disintegrates.

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  • RonClinton
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    A little over halfway through Ania Ahlborn’s new signed/limited from Earthling, DARK ACROSS THE BAY. It’s entertaining enough that I read the first half in a couple days, but the unlikability factor and repetitive self-absorbed whining of the four main characters (a family) is quite high and is making it difficult to empathize and connect with or care about their growing plight. I’ll finish the book, but not sure this a keeper for the collection.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post
    Nearing the end of 'The Fade' by James Cooper. Still unsure where the story is taking me but I am enjoying the journey.
    Well the journey was enjoyable as the story raised questions about what was happening without giving enough details for you to figure it out. The book concludes with a battle that raised more questions and provided no answers. Then end ruined what had been a pretty nice read.

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  • Martin
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    Nearing the end of 'The Fade' by James Cooper. Still unsure where the story is taking me but I am enjoying the journey.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    Thanks for that info RonClinton! I really hope that the sales of Chasing the Boogeyman allow him to write another Boogeyman novel. I really enjoyed this one and would love to have more in this series/style. Boogeyman did have a few loose threads that he could continue with if so inclined.
    Pretty sure this is the interview I watched where he talked about it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-mci0Gqu-A

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    I watched a recent interview with him, and he said that if sales of CHASING allow it, he has another BOOGEYMAN novel (sequel? continuation? new angle?) in mind and ready to go. Sounded like he really enjoyed the writing of that novel, and wants to stay in that motif for a while.
    Thanks for that info RonClinton! I really hope that the sales of Chasing the Boogeyman allow him to write another Boogeyman novel. I really enjoyed this one and would love to have more in this series/style. Boogeyman did have a few loose threads that he could continue with if so inclined.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just finished "Chasing the Boogeyman" by Richard Chizmar. Been awhile since I've read a true crime novel (even though this one's fiction). This novel worked for me on all levels. The pacing was fantastic and there were times where I was legitimately creeped out by the story. Seeing that the story had metafiction elements to it, I was a little worried that the ending might be hokey; however, Rich definitely managed to stick the ending and I found myself a little choked-up by it. Overall, this is my favorite thing that Chizmar has written, (and yes, I have read his short story collections), and hope he considers doing more novels in the future. I also hope that Rich/CD will consider doing a limited edition of this book in the future. Overall, I would give this read 4.5 stars out of 5. If you haven't purchased/read this book yet, I recommend that you do so now!
    I watched a recent interview with him, and he said that if sales of CHASING allow it, he has another BOOGEYMAN novel (sequel? continuation? new angle?) in mind and ready to go. Sounded like he really enjoyed the writing of that novel, and wants to stay in that motif for a while.

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished "Chasing the Boogeyman" by Richard Chizmar. Been awhile since I've read a true crime novel (even though this one's fiction). This novel worked for me on all levels. The pacing was fantastic and there were times where I was legitimately creeped out by the story. Seeing that the story had metafiction elements to it, I was a little worried that the ending might be hokey; however, Rich definitely managed to stick the ending and I found myself a little choked-up by it. Overall, this is my favorite thing that Chizmar has written, (and yes, I have read his short story collections), and hope he considers doing more novels in the future. I also hope that Rich/CD will consider doing a limited edition of this book in the future. Overall, I would give this read 4.5 stars out of 5. If you haven't purchased/read this book yet, I recommend that you do so now!

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished Tim Waggoner's "They Kill". This was a very fast paced & weird horror novel. Lots of body horror, gore, violence, crazy kills, & sex in this one. If you enjoy splatterpunk novels, then you'll probably like this one. My only complaint with this one was that the ending felt a bit rushed and the main antagonist's motivations weren't really explained; however, if you've previously read any Waggoner novels, the ending does tie-into the overall mythos that he has built.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by swintek View Post

    This had me searching: I saw the 2014 film soon after release on cable and was absolutely floored by it. In fact, I re-watched it several times, as I found the story and all of the performances outstanding. I seemed to always like the films based on Lehane's books so I went looking for the source material and found the short story Animal Rescue online. I really liked the story, but it was a bit different (ahem) animal than the movie. I didn't know that he then did a novelization of the film. Had you also read the short, Ron? Seen the film? I've gotta get me some Lehane books...
    I haven’t seen the film, but as you correctly point out this was an expansion of the original short story, which I haven’t read, and I understand this novel expansion followed the film, so it’s a novelization of sorts (writer of both film and book was Lehane). This was my first Lehane, but not my last…just last night, in fact, I bought a cheap lot of three 1st ed. HC Lehane titles: CORONADO (short-story collection), SHUTTER ISLAND, and LIVE BY NIGHT.

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  • Martin
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    About a 1/3 of the way through 'Chasing the Boogeyman'. I generally always like fiction that reads like true crime. The jury is still out on this story. Intrigued but not sold yet.

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