– Some wonderful and notable pieces of work that have found a comfortable space in the Tinker’s heart. –

Horror: Something I’ve always been afraid of. The fact that the word had three ‘R’s in it already scared me. I also happen to be an extreme coward when it comes to the supernatural, so my book choices (to those horror extremists) may be on the mildest level but… I didn’t say they weren’t good in other aspects. They may not have the blood or the gore, but they are definitely spine chillers.

THE PRINCE OF MIST by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

rating didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
format Hardcover
review Yes, this book was definitely a heart winner. I am not a die hard fan of horror genres but the Prince of Mist was absolutely perfect in a way that everything balanced out wonderfully in the end. If it were me, I wouldn’t classify this book as Horror fiction, although that was the main theme of the story… to me, it was a whirlwind of emotions – fear, sadness, romance… all combined into one to form the perfect book. The best part was, it was scary in an interesting way- not the ‘I chop of your head, you chop of mine’, sort of scary, but the type of scary that makes you wonder … who the who really is in the “who is there?” question on a dark foggy night – when your mind has already conjured up the eerie figure that is standing behind you.
The ending was fantastic and of course, made me beg for more. Luckily, by some sort miracle, I managed to find another book by Carlos in a book fair. This one is more recent, only printed in 2011 by the title ‘The Midnight Palace‘ ( also a horror novel) which I am so excited to get my hands on but, having promised myself to finish all my other books first ( that is always the unfortunate case isn’t it?).

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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format Hardcover
review Bod’s (short for the name ‘Nobody’) entire family was murdered by an organization called the manJacks when he was just a toddler. He managed to escape and was then raised by the ghosts who lived in a nearby graveyard – protecting him from the ever watching evil that lurked outside the graveyard gates. Together with his trusted mentor and caretaker, Silas ( bears a strong resemblance of a vampire), he embarks on a journey to find out about his forgotten past- determined to find the murderer of his parents. What he fails to realize is the connection between his parents’ murderer and the age old legend that was the very reason the graveyard stood.

An incredibly unique take on horror -yet, another breathtaking piece of work by literary genius, Neil Gaiman. It is definitely not your typical blood and gore story. It is a delicious balance of witty humour and scenes that never fail to send tingles down your spine. Gaiman has created creatures so terrifying that their so incredibly real. You do not want to read this book alone. Although having said that, this book must be read at least once in one’s lifetime.

THE MIDNIGHT PALACE by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

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status Read in January, 2012
format Hardcover
review ** spoiler alert ** To be pretty honest, I was quite disappointed with this read. Unfortunately, unlike Carlos’ earlier young adult novel, ‘The Prince of Mist’ which definitely blew my socks off, ‘The Midnight Palace did not manage to do the same. Its not that I’m saying its a bad book… after all, Zafon portrayed his characters wonderfully, as usual. My favorite character is Ben who is, in fact, the main character along with his twin sister, Sheer, who turned out to be a very likable character throughout the story despite his obvious ‘heroic’ moment at the end. The story was overall okay in terms of characters, only, I just wished he could have paid more attention in how he balanced out everyone. There were just too many supporting characters that it is almost hard to remember who is who, at some points.

What disappointed me the most, was that it was too predictable. After reading ‘The Prince of Mist’ I had expected more from Zafon. Sadly, it was not the case. There were of course some brilliant moments that outshone others and some moments in the beginning of the plot, where it felt slightly boring and draggy but nevertheless, this book should be read at least once as it will definitely appeal to fans of horror, mystery, adventure and melancholy.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

rating didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
status Read from January 05 to 18, 2012
format Hardcover
review A beautifully written tale of the apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein – the very creator of his own monster. Full of angst, adventure, horror and most importantly the touching connection and the immense affection Victor possessed towards his older twin brother, Konrad – despite their typical sibling rivalry, having being Konrad ‘always’ the ‘perfect’ one of the twins. And yet, when Konrad, falls ill, the arrogant Victor prepares to sacrifice it all for him.A tale that portrayed all the ups and downs of never-ending conflict that whirred and revolved uncontrollably within the mind and soul of a unique young man who was destined to create something that will eventually tear the very fabric of nature itself.

All in all, a novel which had an ending that was able the shatter the very core of my being and yet want me begging for more.

It was shocking, and terrifying at the same time. It was sad and yet stupendously brilliant. It just made the novel… complete, in a way. There will be sequel. Definitely a sequel. How could there not be sequel?! This book deserves a sequel. Its just too perfect to be left on its own. I’m really looking forward to read more works of Kenneth Oppel.

P.S: Rumours have said that their about to make a movie out of this. I’ll beat you to the theater.


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