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Book Review: The Raven

Hey Everyone!

So, I just can’t seem to get the hang of much of anything because I literally wanted to have this review done a week ago – the book has been finished, but God forbid I get the opportunity to actually write the review. Between doing more job applications this week and being sick for three days I haven’t really had time to just sit at my computer and do anything – including talk about my NaNoWriMo news. But that is for Monday.

Anyway – let’s talk about The Raven.

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Title: The Raven

Author: Jeremy Bishop

# of Pages: 290

Genre: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Horror, Thriller

Published: August 2013

Total Read Time: 3 Days

Rating Out of 10: 7

Summary:

Jane Harper started out as an undercover whistleblower among a group of radical activists butting bulkheads with whaling ships in the Arctic Ocean. She ended up shipwrecked off the coast of Greenland and teamed yup with a pair of father-and-son whalers to destroy their own six-hundred-year-old Viking ancestors – resurrected as zombies by an insidious race of intelligent parasites. Quite a lot for even a tough-talking, two-fisted, former military brat like Jane to handle.

But winning their battle against the undead Vikings was just the beginning of the war against the parasitic Draugar now that the relentless creatures have escaped their island prison… and seek to turn the earth into a planet of the living dead. With a sturdy vessel under her feet, a do-or-die crew at her side, and weapons of mass-monster destruction in both hands, Jane takes to the hellish high seas to face down zombie whales and an armada of seafaring ghouls.

Review:

All in all, this was an amazing book. It did take a little bit of time to get back into the story since there was a lot of review in the beginning as well as a lot of personal information that you learned about Jane. I think it was important, but it was also something that made the book a little harder to get into.

Jeremy Bishop did another great job with this book. The imagery that he used made so much of this clear and an exciting story. I didn’t feel the horror aspect of this as much – but that may have been because I already knew quite a bit about the monster that was being presented. I still stick by the idea that this is a great introduction to the thriller and horror genre because it doesn’t have a lot of the same gore factor that I think Stephen King would have. I also think that this book didn’t have a ‘convenient’ character that showed up. Willem was kind of lucky person in the last book, but in this one, all the characters seem like they would have been a legit addition to the crew.

My favorite aspect of this book I actually can’t talk about because it would be a huge spoiler for anyone planning to read the books, but I will say that it was something that tore me up inside, but I could see coming from the beginning of the book no matter how much I wished that it wasn’t true.

I gave this a 7 out of 10 because it was a little harder to sink into this book, but once I was it was impossible to put it down. At the end of this book I was left with more frustrations then anything else because there is not a third book nor are there any plans from the author to write another book for this series. Personally, that is a huge problem for me. The way that the book ends is fine – but only if you intend to write another book. Without the other book, there is too much left up to the imagination. I didn’t like that at all, but it didn’t take away from the book enough for me to want to drop the rating on it.

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Thanks guys for taking the time to read this. I’m sorry that it is taking so long for book reviews to come out, but one way or another my work schedule is evening out after the first of the year which is very important to helping me get stuff done.

Please read these books – they’re fabulous and really deserve attention. The author abandoned the series in pursuit of works that he believed would be more successful, but I think that this is one that he should have stuck with longer.

Happy reading!

Till the next chapter-

Amanda

Fanfictions

Hello Everyone!

This week as I promised last week, I will be talking about fanfictions! This is one of my favorite genre’s to read and write.

Fanfictions for those who don’t know is someone who writes a piece of fiction based on another authors story. This could be as simple as writing your own character into the same timeline, or changing the story completely to support a new character. Not all fanfictions have new characters even – sometimes they are just “what if” stories.

One of the reasons that I like reading these kinds of stories so much is because you get to take a look at how someone else views a character. Sometimes they even fill in some of the blanks that an author leaves wide open.

There are a lot of people who discredit fanfictions because you are using a world that was created for you. Personally, I have never had a problem with fanfictions because it still tests the skills of a writer and the knowledge of the world that they are inhabiting. If they mess something up, then the fandom with correct them.

I have written several fanfictions over the course of several years, none of which that I still have. I think that fanfictions can be a great place for writers to start with and for them to build a writing habit with. If you are someone who is wanting to write, but don’t know where to start, a fanfiction might be a good place to begin. It gives you a timeline, a set list of characters and you can practice building your own character with the added bonus of maintaining the story line. Yay fanfictions!

There is only one time that I think that a fanfiction would be completely inappropriate and it has to do with publication. There are some personal rules that I would want to follow when it came to that, but I won’t get into that right now. Let’s face it though – most people write fanfictions for the fans and for themselves, so this normally isn’t an issue.

I love writing fanfictions, I’ll never stop. I have a plan in the works to actually work on a collection of fanfictions that explore what would have happened if a single event was changed in the story. I’m currently trying to figure out how I want to pursue it and if I’ll actually bind it into a chapbook, make it a book arts piece, or just post it on here for you guys to read.

Anyway, fanfictions are a staple in my family. Most people that write in my family have done one fanfiction or multiple. The thing to remember with these is that it’s about having fun and trying something different.

Well, that’s all for this week. I will be working on getting The Raven finished and the review posted by Friday. Because of the holiday, I am leaving Washington and driving 12 hours east to visit my family in Montana. I leave tomorrow but will be coming back home on Saturday.

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe week!

Till the next chapter,

Amanda