The Surfer ~ Linda Cargill


20131017_173956Greetings Folks! I imagine this random little book is not one that you will ever get your hands on but I’m going to review it anyway. You may have noticed that the reviews around here tend to be more about what’s available in my own personal bookshelf more than whatever the latest releases may be. Of course I do like to throw in the odd indie review too. This particular book is from my own shelf though, and I bought it about a hundred years ago when CNA used to sell YA fiction for R14.99 a pop. Guess where all my pocket money used to go?  Continue reading

Relics ~ Shaun Hutson


20131015_155916Relics is a story about a bunch of folks on an archaeological dig who come across a chamber filled with some dodgy skulls. Of course a bunch of weird shit starts happening. And there’s a Satanic cult that has orgies while covered in entrails which is a bit gross…

I must admit I am mildly disappointed at the first instalment of my foray into the literary horror genre…But let me please be very clear that this is not the fault of the author. Hutson is definitely a decent writer – the problem is that the whole blood and ghouls thing is clearly not my scene. I keep thinking that it might be, but it never quite resonates the way I expect it to. I am incurably fussy when it comes to my affection for characters (which is why I loathed Twilight and 50 Shades – I HATE those chicks!)and although I do recognize that often characters take a backseat to plot and storyline, I am truly happier with a bad story filled with good characters than I am with a good story filled with “meh” characters. The “meh” characters make it very hard for me to settle into a new world and immerse myself in it for hours. And unfortunately I see very little point to a book unless I don’t want to leave my real life and stay inside of it until the end…