“The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft collects the author’s novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft’s trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today’s writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman.

This one is the second last book I’ve finished in last year (2021). And I’m reviewing this one because I didn’t finish to review all of H.P Lovecraft’s work until week ago. 

This one involves every short story written by the man himself. And with this book being read means that I’ve was able to read everything from Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft in a year.

I had so much fun reading this book because every short story had something in it. And every short story has the biggest gothic vibe to it

If I’m gonna have kids in the future then they will be made reading this book no matter what. 

Of course every short story was different from the rest. Some were much better and some were much worse. But this book as a whole was fucking brilliant. 

Reading this book was like seeing the journey of horror, it was like seeing the first steps of the horror we know so well today. 

This book is completely worth the money and the time you will spend on it because this book is full of classics and while reading this book you are seeing the journey of horror.

I give this book 4 / 5

“Sweet Evil” By Wendy Higgins Review

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your dad warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

I gotta be honest with you here, this is the second book which is in the category of YA which I personally enjoyed a lot even though it was far from the best. I had a lot of fun time with this book and I couldn’t stop reading it because I got so much into this book.

The plot itself isn’t that unique because there are dozens and dozens movies, series and book for teens about demons, angles, teenagers as the main characters and forbidden love. Which essentially this book is all about. However if you consider this book nothing more than just something to fill your time with then the book is good but the moment when you start analysing and thinking about this book you all realise that this book doesn’t deserve more than 2 stars at the best. However it does have a little bit of an original take on the demons / angles / nephilim situation which ill give the book points for.

The writing style in this book is typical writing style for teenagers to get them to read. What I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t expect much from the writing style because you won’t get much from it. The writing style in this book is clearly at the high school level which really speaks for itself. 

The characters here are like the most generic and typical characters in a YA book which you can ever have. The main character Anna is the generic “good girl” who does very well in school, has 1 friend, doesn’t party and wants something more from life than just be the shy girl and one evening she falls in love with the bad guy of the town. The other character is Kaiden he is the town’s bad boy, he dated a lot of girls, he is in a band, his father his rich and he has a thing with Anna aka “the good girl”. The third character is Patti, she is the adoptive mother to Anna. Patti is the generic mother from YA books which is overprotective, “no- dating”, no parties mother which every YA books has at some point or another. And the last character ill mention here is Jay, the best friend, lame guy, the guy who falls in love in with every girl at school and so on.

The characters aren’t unique which really didn’t made me care for them, but however since they were so generic as they were it was easy to connect with them because it felt like I’ve already knew them inside and out.

To be honest with you i’ll walked into this book without knowing anything about it, I didn’t even know the plot or who the author is. I was totally blindfold when I’ve started this book. And I had 0 expectations for this book and maybe that’s why I’ve enjoyed it so much as I did because I didn’t expect anything from this book. And sometimes it is good to not know anything about something you are going to do and no have any expectations for it.

I personally couldn’t put this book down for whatever reason, because of this I’m giving it extra points for that even if it wasn’t as original and good as it could be.

I give this book 3 / 5

“The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life” By Alice Schroeder Review

Here is the book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as “The Oracle of Omaha.”

It is important o mention that this book cover topics as:  1) Trade offs of various forms of success. 2) Value Investing. 3) Importance of Relationships. 4) Internal Values. 5)  Understanding your purpose and priorities. 

This book is a little bit long, but the value which you get from this book is really worth the time you’ll spend reading this book. However there are couple of parts of this book which really felt like a waist of paper because it was so uninteresting to me but that could be just me here.

The writing style here is okay for the most part but there are moments where the writing style turns into complete into a text book from high school which no one cared about and never read. 

And for me personally I was super disappointed because Ive heard so many good things about this book, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. For me this book feels more like a trivia of Warren Buffer personal life than his business life. 

This book is more about what Warren Buffet did before he got to the point where he is now. But it isn’t about what he did for business but it is more about where he bought a house, what he did when he was a kid, who he meet along the way, who he hang out with in the early stages of his career and so on. If the author would cut these things out then this book would be like 200 pages long with true value instead of over 900 pages with very little value and a lots of boring moments.

However if you consider this book a biography of Warren Buffet instead of a business book then this book is very good and I would give this book 4 stars but since it is ranked as business book means that I can’t give that rating to this book. However this book as a biography still isn’t the best biography I’ve read but it was good enough for me to give it 4 stars if it was ranked as biography

I need to give this book points for showing us that Warren Buffet is a complex character, and there is a lot to him which we don’t know about. And after reading this book I want even more to have a talk with Warren Buffet because it really shows how smart and how unique he really is. An I truly think after reading this book that I and Mr. Buffet would vibe if I ever get the chase to talk to the man. 

I give this book 3 /5

“Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain” By Charles R. Cross Review

Heavier Than Heaven traces Kurt Cobain’s life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington, to his rise to fame, fortune, and the adulation of a generation.

You might not know that but I’m a fan of Nirvana so this book was a must read for me. So when I saw this book at the bookstore I knew that I needed to read this book. 

For the most part it was a decent book, but there was couple of parts which was boring and the book would be much better if these parts were cut short of they were not in the book.

The author does a pretty decent job at putting together Kurt Cobains’ life and his quick rise to fame. So I need to give the author point for that.

The writing style could be much better. I lot couple of biographies and this one is far from them because of the writing style was poor. 

The last chapter was pretty fucked up (excuse my language if you got offended here). I don’t want to spoil anything for people who haven’t read this book yet.

This book feels like Courtney Love approved versions of “actual events” which really made me pretty angry. Because I picked up this book to read about Kurt Cobain and his life and not read Courtney Love’s version of Kurt Cobain.

However this book gives us couple of cool facts about Kurt Cobain and his life which I didn’t know about, so of course I needed to give this books points for that. 

I give this book 2 / 5

“Dark Tide I: Onslaught” By Michael A. Stackpole Review

Twenty-one years after the destruction of Darth Vader and the Emperor, the Star Wars galaxy has been hit by a threat more deadly than anything that has gone before. In VECTOR PRIME, aliens invaded from outside the galaxy and were routed at great cost to our heroes. Now, in a climate of mistrust – especially of the Jedi – Leia cannot convince the New Republic that the threat may not be over, even as the next wave of alien warships are entering the galaxy.

So this was my first star wars book I’ve ever read. Of course I’ve read some star wars comics here and there but not actually a book. And since im a huge star wars fan who have seen every movie at least 10 times and played most of the star wars games I’ve head expectations for this book. 

At first this book was very good but as the ending was closer and closer it was going farther and farther down the hill. And when the last 5 chapters were around the corner I was questioning if there is a point of reading it to the end.

The writing style was okay, but it was far from the best I’ve seen or read. But still it could have been better. I don’t know if the author is to blame here or the whole editorial team behind the “New Jedi Order” book series.

When it comes to the plot, then at the beginning it was good but after like 150 pages is just ran down the hill which is so fucking sad because it is Star Wars we are talking about right now.

There are couple of things which I didn’t like, of course I won’t give you any spoilers because spoilers aren’t cool. But that thing which made me the most angry was that Han Solo, was only in this book for half page. And later he was just once mentioned which is sad. Because I wanted to see more of Han Solo and not just Leia and Luke.

The ending was a torture to read, it was so boring and so badly done. Both the plot at the end and the writing style at the end were the worst thing you have ever seen in the star wars franchise. Even when you compare it with the new star wars trilogy. 

This book was the biggest disappointing since watching how bad of a character Kylo Ren was in the movie trilogy. 

I give this book 2 / 5

“A Clash of Kings” By George R.R. Martin Review

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. 

Another amazing, awesome, incredible and beautiful fantasy book. This one is the second part in the “A song of ice and fire” book series. I gotta be honest here and say that this second book is less impressive than the first book in this book series but none a less it is still fucking brilliant.

This book has a lot to live up to and it doesn’t disappoint the reader. Which in my opinion is very good because when it comes to book series it tends to go down the hill after the first book but it doesn’t happen yet with this book series which im really thankful for because if the rest of the series is so good as the first two books then it might be my all time favorite book series.

The character are so awesome, they feel so fucking real. And every single character is so different from the rest which makes this book and whole series so unique as it is. Every character in this book has depth to them, they have characteristic which are unique only to them. Every character have things which they don’t like and like. As I’ve already said every character in this book feels like real human beings because there are so much into them. 

The writing style here is also as impressive as the characters. Because the writing style is so good that the pages fly past when you pick up the book and you will be siting for hours and hours reading this book without even noticing it. The writing style makes you seeing these things in your head which you are currently are reading about.

The plot in this book is just amazing. There is love, there is drama, there is death, there is the unknown, there is betrayal, there are big families who are fighting for the throne, there are friends, there are enemies, there are lover, there is intrigue, there is fighting, there is power struggle and there is so much more. When there is so much things in a book you just can’t help yourself but love it.

There is also history in this book of what was going on before the current events in this book and before the events in the first book. Whenever there is so much history in a book, how could you not love it ? Because most of the fantasy books now on days doesn’t have that aspect which this series so far has. 

This book also needs to get extra points for being a page-turner. The main reason why I didn’t get into this series sooner is because the size of ever book has always scared me. But after getting into this series I’ve resized that this series (at least so far) is a page turner which really helps because every book in this series is huge. But since it is a page turner you don’t really feel the size of every book because the pages go so fast by.

The dialogs between the characters in this book is also important to mention so here it is. The dialogos here are pretty good but some of them felt little bit off and unnatural but there are few of them. It takes couple points away from the rating but nothing major. 

I give this book 4 / 5

“Sleepless” By Lou Morgan Review

Young, rich and good-looking, Izzy and her friends lead seemingly perfect lives. But exams are looming and at a school like Clerkenwell, failure is not an option. Luckily, Tigs has a solution. A small pill that will make revision a breeze and help them get the results they need. Desperate to succeed, the group begin taking the study drug. It doesn’t take long before they realize there are far worse things than failing a few exams.

I gotta be honest with you here, this book is the first YA book which I truly enjoyed. Which is pretty weird when it comes to me because I never liked YA books or anything close to it. I didn’t give this book the highest possible rating because there were couple of things which didn’t go well with me but overall it was an interesting and enjoyable read. 

I can summarise this whole book in 5 words which are = 1) teens. 2) studying. 3) drugs. 4) murder. 5) horror. And that’s pretty much the entire book. It wasn’t the most advanced book ever because after all it is a YA book but it was surprisingly good and enjoyable. And it had couple of moments where it was keeping you on the complete edge of your chair and waiting on what will happen next. 

However the ending here is completely awful. It really ruined everything which the author was trying to with this whole book. The ending here is the definition on a terrible ending and what you as an author should never do. 

The writing style here was okay, it was very far from good but it was on the level with the rest of the book. In which case I won’t take any points away from this book because it didn’t ruin anything.

The plot itself wasn’t that good however so far at least I didn’t read anything similar to this before and maybe that’s why I did enjoy it so much.

The beginning was pretty slow but after it got started it had no intentions of stopping which I really don’t mind. Because I prefer when things go faster than slower. 

This book had some creepy parts which I enjoyed and I think you will too. But don’t expect anything from this book because after all it is just a YA book which doesn’t mean that much in the end other than just giving us an entertaining read. 

I give this book 3 / 5

“Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties” By Tom O’Neill Review

A journalist’s twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders brings shocking revelations about the most infamous crimes in American history: carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors, and even potential surveillance by intelligence agents. What really happened in 1969?

If you want to get into true crime books then this book is probably one of the best choice to begin that journey with. Because the language here is very basic, its easy to understand because the author really is connecting the dots here. This book is interesting from beginning to end which a handful of the crime books fail to do that. And the author of this book really had done the proper work on his investigation and have shows us some hard evidence and not just half-evidence or his opinion and speculation about the case. Which I really appreciate. 

I wanted to read this book for a very long time because I’ve been interested in the Charles Manson and his cult for couple of years now and ill always thought that there were something more into it than what the book to Vincent Bugliosi were telling us. And this book is the answer if there is something more into Charles Manson, his cult, Helter Skelter, the 60s and CIA back in the day.

The writing style in this book is completely amazing, you can see that the author of this book really have a passion for this case and that he is really good at writing. The writing style felt like Stephen King and George R R Martin together wrote a nonfiction book about a crime case. And if you know me, you know that I don’t compare an author to Stephen King and George R R Martin unless the author really deserves it. And Tom O’Neil really deserves it, because he really didn’t an incredible job on this book. 

The author of this book really puts Charles Manson’s case in a brand new light. Which I thought wasn’t possible because this case was covered a million times before in every way possible. So when Tom O’Neil is presenting this case in a brand new light really had surprised me because it gives us new perspective on this case, new ideas about this case and makes us form new opinions about Charles Manson, his cult, The 1960s and CIA back in the day. And I’m all about that. 

The fact that the author of this book also points out some of the inconsistencies to Vincent Bugliosi’s book about this case and supported what he is saying with evidence makes me give the book extra points.

However what have annoyed me about this case is that almost the entire book seemed not like a true crime book but rather a journey to a man who was truly obsessed with this case for 20 years. Which really disappointed me when it came to that aspect of this book. 

Another problem which I have with this book is that Tom O’Neil gives us too many theories of what might be the truth. Every time a true crime book gives us too many theories really pisses me off because its almost like the author goes like “I don’t know, solve the case yourself”. 

The third things which really annoyed me here is the segment of this book where the authors was talking about then secret programs to CIA in the late 1960s. These parts really felt to me at least very boring and like the author really didn’t want to talk about them. And when the author was talking about these secret programs to CIA all I wanted was to throw the book in the trash because it was so goddamn boring. 

I give this book 3 / 5

“From a Buick 8” By Stephen King Review

The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979, when Troopers Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox answered a call from a gas station just down the road and came back with an abandoned Buick Roadmaster. Curt Wilcox knew old cars, and he knew immediately that this one was…wrong, just wrong. A few hours later, when Rafferty vanished, Wilcox and his fellow troopers knew the car was worse than dangerous — and that it would be better if John Q. Public never found out about it.

Wow this book was such a disappointing because I was expecting more from it because after all Stephen King wrote it. 

The plot here is so boring and so bad that I can’t even describe it. For the entire book I was wishing for it to end. There were many times throughout reading this book were I was thinking about DNF-ing it but after all I didn’t . However the plot itself had some good moments here and there which I need to give this book points for. But there weren’t much of these good moments which was sad to see with Stephen King.

The characters here felt all the same without anything making them different from the rest of the characters in this book. I think that was the first time it happened in a Stephen King book.

The writing style here wasn’t better than the rest of the story which also disappoints me. 

I personally have the Love-Hate relationship with Stephen King’s books and this one is definitely a hate book for me. I didn’t care for it at all which really speaks for itself here. 

I give this book 1 / 5

“Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone” By Eduardo Galeano Review

Throughout his career, Eduardo Galeano has turned our understanding of history and reality on its head. Isabelle Allende said his works “invade the reader’s mind, to persuade him or her to surrender to the charm of his writing and power of his idealism.”Mirrors, Galeano’s most ambitious project since Memory of Fire, is an unofficial history of the world seen through history’s unseen, unheard, and forgotten. As Galeano notes: “Official history has it that Vasco Núñez de Balboa was the first man to see, from a summit in Panama, the two oceans at once. Were the people who lived there blind??

So this book isn’t a typical book because it is rather a collection of very short summarises of everything.

Some of these so called short stories were good, but most of them weren’t. And it kind of annoyed me that a lots of these short stories were about religion. Because I personally I’m the biggest atheist which you can imagine. 

The writing style in this book was okay but it could have been better than it actually was. But it is too late to change it now. 

One of the things which an annoyed me the most with this book was that it jumped too much around. And I hate when this happened. 

The reason why I read this book was that someone recommend it to me for whatever reason. And after reading it I don’t know why this person has recommended this book to me. Because I didn’t like anything about this book

I give this book 1 / 5