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The first of a series, but an excellent stand alone novel! This is a heist novel set in a fantasy setting with dark humor and a great cast of characters. The world building in this novel is excellent--different than other fantasy-type settings I've seen so far--but don't feel as if you need to be a devout fan of fantasy to love this book! Anyone with a love of heist novels and good characterizations would also love this novel.
Vastly different than the 1993 movie, the Jurassic Park novel starts with the build up of the dinosaur crisis, rather than picking up the narrative when things are already going wrong, so you get the full scope of the chaos to come. Crichton does a superb job of building tension and dread, making the novel read more like horror than science-fiction at times.
My Heart Is a Chainsaw is a loveletter to slasher movies and slasher fans! Well-balanced between slasher tropes and nods while also being a great, original story, this book is incredibly fast-paced and humorous, while also being a fresh take on the slasher genre. I love Stephen Graham Jones' works and this is my favorite novel from him!
Piranesi just won the Women's prize for fiction and it's well deserving of the award! Piranesi is both whimisical and incredibly twisted, a complex layering of storying and deception. It's difficult to write about this book, other than just saying it's excellent, because every detail of this novel is plot crucial and compelling (and I'd hate to spoil it here for you)! If you read Danielewski's House of Leaves and have been searching for similar stories, this book is a great pick for you--although the narrative is more straight-forward than House of Leaves.
This book is a fantastic, original take on vampires as it follows a Southern housewife who loves horror and true crime novels realizing that her quaint housing development is becoming a horror novel itself. The vampire lore is unique while also paying homage to all the other great literary vampires that come into the genre before.
This is "technically" a Young Adult novel; however, I read this for the first time as an adult and absolutely loved it and found it age appropriate for an adult reader. This book is considered a classic, and for all the right reasons: it's a dark fantasy novel that constantly kept me in a state of suspense. It has a fair amount of action, but never loses the fantastic and supernatural elements that makes this story unique and compelling.