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Say goodbye to LJ and hello to my improved website / blog all in one. In the spirit of K.I.S.S. (no, not the band–Keep It Simple, Stupid), I’ve integrated everything into one. There are handy visuals from which you can buy books, and I’m sure I’ll continue tweaking and streamlining.
Huge thanks goes out to Karen Koehler for all her immense help with fixing this site. If you haven’t visited Karen, you should. Pick up some of her great titles, from steampunk to horror and fantasy. Her latest (and many of her great titles) are only $2.99 USD now on Kindle!
Keeping this post short tonight, cause I’m tired, but look for more news soon! I’ll try and keep updates much more regular.
WARNING – There may be spoilers.
Daniel Russell’s Samhane tells the story of Brian Rathbone, self-trained monster hunter, who is a single father raising a son. It also tells the story of Donald Patterson, a middle of the road kind of guy who works in a lab. Brian came to monster hunting after his wife was killed in an attic by an imp, and Donald finds himself trapped in a shadowy underworld of the paranormal after he buys a laptop that contains snuff footage. Both men travel to the small town of Samhane in England—-one to catch monsters, the other to save his kidnapped fiancé from a strange cult.
There are a lot of cool elements to this debut novel by Daniel Russell, with some definite creepy scenes, and I really wanted to like this book. However, it ultimately read as way too paint by numbers for me. While there were scenes where I was genuinely creeped out (when Donald is walking up the drive to Orchard House; when the road comes alive), in most instances, I could tell exactly where the author was going. For instance, when the teenagers head out to the woods, I predicted exactly which teenagers would die (of course, these were the ones that almost had sex). And I generally knew which character would be spared and which would not. This really killed the suspense factor for me. There was no mounting tension—just a lot of cool monsters and cool scenes (kudos to Daniel on the creepy spider-doctor)—but every time I expected the author to zag, he did just that. It made it hard to sympathize with any of the characters, feel any real compassion for them, because I knew who was safe and who wasn’t. I also predicted who Mr. Belvedere was the moment I met the elderly mayor.
All in all, a fun read, but I wish the author had packed it with more surprises-—wish he would’ve zigged a little more often when I saw the zag coming. One of the best characters in the book, for me, was Walter, because I really didn’t see the revelation coming about his character. It gave him depth and a wonderful personality struggle.
If you’re looking for a fun read, check out Samhane. Just don’t expect any surprises.