There are few books that seem to mix two genres, or traverse the fine line between the two. I don’t mind that, as long as they do justice to both. I’ve read romantic thrillers, comical murder mysteries etc. The blurb of this book promised a mix of horror and thriller, while throwing in an aspect that isn’t explored in IWE (or at least, not to my knowledge) — the undead or zombies. It also helped that I had heard about the author from friends as a writer who was established in the genre of horror.
Each genre has its own particular characteristics, I feel. A fantasy works best when magic is at the forefront and a mystery when it makes the reader interested to solve the crime along with the tale. The genre of horror works best when the words make the reader imagine the scene, rather than saying it directly. It is this that I look for when I take a horror genre book to read.
Some things change, and some remain the same. Perhaps it’s the power of memories that help keep these things the same. It’s a similar feeling when the protagonist of this novel returns to the farm which changed things when he was a child. He finds himself walking back to the back of the farm, to a pond that the girl there had once called an ocean. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman”
In many discussions with book lovers and friends, the aspect of a good horror novel that has been said as most important is its ability to make the reader feel the horror the character feels. And in my notion, the aspects of a good crime fiction or mystery are threefold, viz. the detective, the victim(s) and the motive. These three are in addition to the plot which has to move quickly. Would I classify this novel as a horror or a crime thriller, I do not know, because it has the aspects of both. Continue reading “Book Review: Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre”
“Not all those who wander are lost” – JRR Tolkien.
But what if you did want to get lost? Lost from the mundane life that you feel you are leading. Would a nice wander help you out then? Maybe exploring the unexplored, learning a new language or traveling to the places you might not have visited? If you did it often, would you do it over again? Continue reading “Book Review: Lucifer’s Lungi, by Nitin Sawant”