Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Relentless by Dean Koontz

Bestselling novelist Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children’s book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed “Spooky,” and a non-collie named Lassie, who’s all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn’t let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him—even if it does appear in the nation’s premier newspaper and is penned by the much-feared, seldom-seen critic, Shearman Waxx. Cubby knows the best thing to do is ignore the gratuitously vicious, insulting, and inaccurate comments. Penny knows it, even little Milo knows it. If Lassie could talk, she’d tell Cubby to ignore them, too. Ignore Shearman Waxx and his poison pen is just what Cubby intends to do. Until he happens to learn where the great man is taking his lunch. Cubby just wants to get a look at the mysterious recluse whose mere opinion can make or break a career—or a life. But Shearman Waxx isn’t what Cubby expects; and neither is the escalating terror that follows what seemed to be an innocent encounter. For Waxx gives criticism; he doesn’t take it. He has ways of dealing with those who cross him that Cubby is only beginning to fathom. Soon Cubby finds himself in a desperate struggle with a relentless sociopath, facing an inexorable assault on far more than his life.

The Negative Side:
Relentless was an okay book for me. Nothing unique and fresh about it. It's a thriller and God knows I've read so many of them. The problem I had with this book is how Mr. Koontz describes the whole situation of a family in peril is a bit confusing to me. There's this certain part in the book wherein the family was fleeing for their lives and they were laughing about their predicament. I just think that it wasn't necessary to add laughter in that particular scene. Some of the dialogues are a bit melodramatic and it kinda put me off...

The Positive Side:
There's no doubt that Dean is a good writer. A great one even. I've read Phantoms and Intensity and they were really scary. He can transport you to the world of the supernatural and you can really feel the tension that builds just by his words alone. That's how good he is...

The Overall Side:
I have mixed feelings for Relentless. It has its good moments and some really bad ones. I think there's no perfect book, there's this quote I want to share to all of you, "If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."  ~Toni Morrison.

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

In My Mailbox #43: Book Wish List 2011

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.
In My Mailbox time people! Hehe. As you all know, all I want for Christmas and the coming New Year are new books! And some of my friends and relatives have granted them.

The Confession by John Grisham - I bought this one for myself!
The Passage by Justin Cronin - An exhange gift from our company Christmas party!
Hangman by Faye Kellerman - Also from our Christmas party!
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks - Given by a good friend!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - A gift by my very good book blogger friend Raila Soares from Brazil! A huge THANK YOU!!!

So excited to read all these great books! It's not too late to grant a book! :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Side Effects by Michael Palmer

Kate Bennet. A bright hospital pathologist with a loving husband and a solid future. Until one day her world turns dark. A strange, puzzling illness has killed two women. Now it endangers Kate's closest friend. Soon it will threaten Kate's marriage. Her sanity. Her life. Kate has uncovered a horrifying secret. Important people will stop at nothing to protect it. It is a terrifying medical discovery. And its roots lie in one of the greatest evils in the history of humankind.


I really enjoyed reading Side Effects. You can count the medical books that I normally read, and they are very few, only two actually, the extremely talented Tess Gerritsen and Mr. Robin Cook. 

Side Effects is about Dr. Kate Bennett, a pathologist at Metropolitan hospital of Boston, and a likely candidate to be the next chief of the department. This book was published many years ago and I was skeptical for a moment if I'm going to read it. I never had problems before if the book is older than me... That makes it more interesting.

That happened in Side Effects, I was smiling the whole time I'm reading the book. It was very informative, in regards with the medicinal part and the fictional aspect of it. Highly recommended!

My Rating: 4 Stars
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