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18 March 2009

GHOST ROAD BLUES - Jonathan Maberry

aka, the book that wouldn't end....All I can say is I am glad Jonathan Maberry is such an amazing writer or I'd have given up a long time ago. The book is 472 pages, but felt longer and I'm not sure why. It felt like quicksand, just no progress as I read. I know I read my purse books a lot more slowly since I don't get the time I used to. So that may be part of it. I also really liked reading the fight scenes. Maberry can write a kick-ass fight scene.
I tried making it my bedside book, but I immediately began having whacked the hell out dreams afterward, so that was a quick exchange with whatever I was reading three bedside books ago....yep, that's how long this one took.
It is labeled horror and it is, but it is mostly a thriller of a small town gone bad in surprising little pockets, voices in the cranium, lynching, killers, the grotesque.
The horror is there, sneaking around the edges until well into the last fourth of the book.
The small town of Pine Deep, Pennsylvania is suffering from the worst crop blight in recent history. Their claim to fame is the renowned Halloween celebration in the 'Spookiest Town in America'. Everyone is coming, including an ancient evil that everyone thought long gone. It was last seen 30 years ago and everyone thought it long dead. It's returned.
This is the first in a trilogy and I am on the lookout for the second, DEAD MAN'S SONG.

Four chilled to the bones beans....

7 comments:

Becky LeJeune said...

Yay! I haven't read the others in the trilogy yet either, but I'm prepared! His new zombie book was fantastic as well.

Jonathan Maberry said...

Vixen...I'm delighted that I was able to inspire s few nightmares.

The series gets more supernatural as it goes...but the books don't get any shorter.

Hope you stick around for the whole ride...the pay-off's worth it!

Happy (early) Halloween

Vickie said...

Becky: I'm definitely looking forward to the zombie book. I know you loved it and I can follow right along with your recommendations. That's how I remembered I had GHOST ROAD BLUES on my shelf was from your review of PATIENT ZERO!

Jonathan: You definitely gave me nightmares. What I loved the most (and I forgot to post) were the fight scenes. You write a fab fight scene.
I will definitely be sticking around for the whole ride. I'll just have to take a wee break before I reach for DEAD MAN'S SONG. I'll buy it quick, but it will sit for a little....

Jonathan Maberry said...

If you're looking for something short and quick, try COUNTDOWN... it's a free downloadble short story prequel to my latest novel, PATIENT ZERO (a bio-tech thriller).

Here's the link...http://us.macmillan.com/AuthorExtras.aspx?AuthorKey=8138810&m_type=4&m_contentid=10875

Vickie said...

Jonathan: Thankin' you! I look forward to reading this.

naida said...

you know a book is deliciously scary when it gives you nightmares :)
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Vickie said...

Naida: I know! This one did the trick with the subconscious. Yikes!