Monday, February 13, 2017

Quick Reviews | Loch Ness Revenge, The Great God Pan, Six Wakes

Here are some quick thoughts on a few books I've read recently.

Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea

Deep in the murky waters of Loch Ness, the creature known as Nessie has returned. Twins Natalie and Austin McQueen watched in horror as their parents were devoured by the world’s most infamous lake monster. Two decades later, it’s their turn to hunt the legend. But what lurks in the Loch is not what they expected. Nessie is devouring everything in and around the Loch, and it’s not alone. Hell has come to the Scottish Highlands. In a fierce battle between man and monster, the world may never be the same.
Nessie. Poor Nessie! What did Hunter Shea do? Hunter Shea turned her into a monster.

Loch Ness Revenge was good fun, though! As children, Natalie and Austin watched their parents get sucked under by Nessie. Now they are setting out to kill her.

You've never seen Nessie like this before!

7/10: Recommended Read

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

A terrifying tale about the god of wild places.

The Great God Pan is a novella written by Arthur Machen. On publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and horrific because of its decadent style and sexual content, although it has since garnered a reputation as a classic of horror. Machen's story was only one of many at the time to focus on Pan as a useful symbol for the power of nature and paganism.
I wish I could say I loved The Great God Pan, but I didn't. I enjoy reading any classic horror for what it is so I wasn't necessarily disappointed. I just didn't enjoy it very much.

There were a couple of stand out moments that gave me the creeps, but I had trouble discerning what the plot was even supposed to be.

4/10: Not My Thing

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the murdered crew are resurrected through cloning to discover who their killer was -- and the secret to their mission.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Marie Shea iv had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died, from illness once and from injury once...

Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Pituitary, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. Apparently Maria wasn't the only one to die recently.

I was expecting a science fiction thriller. I was not expecting to feel like I was in the middle of an Agatha Christie novel. Six Wakes was a very pleasant surprise. If an Agatha Christie style mystery set in space with clones and AI isn't fun, I don't know what is.

8/10: Great Read

Have you read any of these books yet? I'm curious to hear if anyone else was surprised by Six Wakes.


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  1. Glad you enjoyed this Hunter Shea novel better than The Jersey Devil - I remember you not liking that one right? It's kind of sad to make Nessie mean though. I've always thought of her as so laid back.

    1. That is correct. I'm hoping The Jersey Devil was a one time mistake. Poor Nessie, right? She's so lovable. :)

  2. Two good, one meh. Not a bad week of reading :)

  3. Six Wakes sounds interesting and fun...and who can resist a book titled Loch Ness Revenge? It sounds like it should be one of those campy Syfy channel movies. :)

  4. Ooh I've always had a soft spot for the Loch Ness monster, so that one warms my heart. :) And Six Wakes was fun.

    1. He definitely turned the legend of the Loch Ness monster on its head.

  5. Now you've made me want to read the Mur Lafferty book with your Agatha Christie reference. Will go and add that to the list immediately.
    Lynn :D

    1. I'll be honest - that Agatha Christie reference would make me run out and get this book, too. ;) I hope you get a change to read it.

  6. Six Wakes was on my radar already but I also enjoy an Agatha Christie reference. Great God Pan looked like a 'well maybe' type of book for me.

    1. The Great God Pan is short and it's in the public domain so it's very accessible if you want to give it a go.

  7. That Mur Lafferty book is in my TBR. I pulled it out last week to start as soon as I can! (But haven't had the chance yet...)


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