February 5, 2012

The Reading Files - Oldies but Goldies

I got started with the first book, or rather books for my Dean Koontz Reading Challenge this week. Throw in a book for review and it's safe to say I've been an awful good reader!

Dean Koontz Omnibus: Hideaway / The Vision (Dean Koontz)
hardcover
Source: bought used
Genre: Thriller / Paranormal

Hideaway: Although accident victim Hatch Harrison dies en route to the hospital, a brilliant physician miraculously resuscitates him. Now, Hatch and his wife Lindsey approach every day with a new appreciation of the beauty of life - until a series of mysterious and frightening events brings them face to face with the unknown. Hatch was given no glimpse of the After-Life during the period when his heart stopped, but he has reason to fear that he has brought a terrible Presence back with him ... from the land of the dead.

The Vision: Mary Bergen, a clairvoyant, foresees murders that will happen in the near future, but she is unable to prevent them. Now she has actually begun to see dreadful events through the eyes of a serial killer - and somehow he knows that she is there, that she is with him. Mary can't see his face, but he knows hers - and he's got to kill her before she sees too much and is able to expose him.

Title & Cover: Eerie cover that fits perfectly for the first book, not so much for the second, but that's the fate of many omnibus editions!
Story: Both novels center around people who can see very bad things happening through the eyes of vicious killers. Needless to say, soon the killers are after them too!
Narrative: Typical Koontz style - fast paced, elaborate, very nicely weaved tapestry of words!
Characters: The good, the bad and ... where the heck is Koontz' trademark retriever!?
Thoughts: Re-reading those books was like meeting a long lost friend again. Even though I knew what was happening I loved this dip into the author's earlier novels. He's come a long way since then, though his most recent books left me rather disappointed which made these two even more worthwhile.



If Walls Could Talk (Lucy Worsley)
eBook
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Non Fiction / History / Lifestyle

An intimate history of home life. It takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen, covering the architectural history of each room, but concentrating on what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove.
Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two 'dirty centuries'? Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did people fear fruit? All these questions will be answered in this juicy, smelly and truly intimate history of home life. Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen, covering the architectural history of each room, but concentrating on what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove. From sauce-stirring to breast-feeding, teeth-cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married, this book will make you see your home with new eyes.


Title & Cover: Does the cover fit the book? Yes. Does it fit my taste? Not quite.
Story: The story of the home - literally!
Narrative: Engaging and informative this proved to be quite the page turner for me!
Characters: From medieval peasants to Henry VIII, from Victorian aristocracy to your own grandparents - though the actual main characters would have to be all their humble dwellings.
Thoughts: Now that's a history lesson to my liking! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
FULL REVIEW TO FOLLOW

1 comment:

  1. Dean Koontz used to be a favourite of mine, especially his earlier novels.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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