Thursday, May 10, 2012
Dollar Bin Horror Book Review:Now and Forever(2007)
Haven't done one of these in awhile.As you may or may not know, I love Ray Bradbury. I feel Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of the best horror novels to have come out in the pre-Stephen King era. Plus, who can forget The Jar? Which leads me to review this book though actually it is two novellas.
In Somewhere A Band is Playing, a writer travels to a small town in Arizona reminiscent of Rockwell but actually a place where there are no children and no one dies(for the most part). While the concept is quite good, the execution is not. It's clunky and unmemorable. The characters aren't vivid enough for me to be enjoyable.
Moby Dick in space is what you'll expect in Leviathan '99. Told though a space traveler named Ishmael, Leviathan '99 deals with the obsession of a captain and a world-devouring comet. The religious overtones are bludgeoning to the senses but there is some heart to this tale that makes it somewhat enjoyable.
Not really a pair of his best stories but don't let this deter you from reading his other great novels such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.