If you love crime novels and you love books about cults you'll love this book. It's got both. I couldn't put it down. The murders were enough to drag me in, but getting into the mind of the cult leader was even better.
I'm in the middle with this one because as an anthology of short stories I only liked a little more than half of them. Most were really great with surprise endings that were just awsome. The ones that were bad, were really, really bad. Like he'd written them when he was 6 or something, but since it states the year he wrote them it's quite apparent he was much older. Still most of them were really great stories, so the anthology is still worth a read.
Great read. I loved the pace of the book. It was filled with so many plot suprises. It's not a very deep novel, but I still found it much more than fluff reading as well. Had quite a few funny moments in it. Made want to seek out other books by the author.
Harold Robbins is not an author I normally read, however I got this book from someone and decided to read it. I was very impressed. It's a tale of the rise and fall of a pronography empire. Not a pornagraphic book though. It's more about how the empire came to be and behind the scenes stuff. What it really takes to get it out to the consumer. A very interesting read.
Written in the 60s. Instead of focusing on the hippies of the era, this book focuses more the intellectuals of the era, who all had their own issues as well. Very interesting and different then much of what is written today. But it doesn't feel outdated either.
Got this just because of a statement about some of the groteseque imagery inside. I'm so glad I did. My faith in the horror genre has been renewed. Most of the books I've seen lately in the store seem to be a rehash of the same old stuff, over and over again. Ok, I admit there is a creepy house like in a lot of books nowdays. (it's either haunted houses, or vampires) But really the plot is so much more than that. And it is gruesome certainly. Sex and blood aplenty can be found within the pages, but so can a really great horror story. And there is a reason for the sex and the blood, so for me it was great. It's the needless sex and blood that annoy me. So I would definately recommend this for any horror fan.
Insanity was just the beginning. His madness is legendary. His evil without limit.
You are invited to accompany some of today's most gifted writers on a descent into madness, a journey in search of The Joker's greatest hopes, dreams...and fears. In the stories of crime, mayhem, horor, and twisted humor, you will discover tales you won't soon forget, tales which will chill your soul and tickle your funny bone.
Some of the writers included in this anthology...
F. Paul Wilson
Edward Bryant and Dan Simmons
One of the best crime novels I've read, and I've read many. What I like particularly about this one is the added aspect of a multiple personality, or DID as it's called in the book. I've read all the true life multiple personality books I could find. So bringing together my love of crime and the power of the mind is the perfect mix. Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Never a slow moment!
Amazing book. I laughed, I cried. I went back and forth from loving her parents creativity to hating them to feeling sorry for them to never knowing exactly what to make of them. She survived some extreme hardships but also ended up with some amazing, happy memories from childhood. But in the end I was glad to see herself pull herself out of her parents downward spiral and find a great life for herself, with food on the table every night.