*Disclosure: I was given a copy of the books Fear and Carnival of Death in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.
I am sorry I did not get this book review done before Halloween, as these books are great for a spooky thrill ride! Here are my L. Ron Hubbard Book Reviews for Fear and Carnival of Death.
Fear is about Professor James Lowry who is not a believer in things supernatural. As an ethnologist, he has just written an article in a scientific paper about a country’s ancient religious and superstitious beliefs. But, little did he know this article would put him in the hot seat and ultimately cost him his job at Atworthy college. Downtrodden, and thinking about how he’ll tell his sweet, beautiful wife his bad news, he decided to stop by his best friend Tommy William’s house on the way home to vent. But, he doesn’t receive much comfort as Tommy says the very Demons he has mocked are after him.
And then Professor Lowry loses four hours of his life and his hat, and is determined to find them again, even if it means losing his own life in the process. It’s too unsettling not to know where he was for four hours.
This book was certainly different! It was a fun and interesting read. Very different from most books I read, abstract with talk of supernatural demons and events and occurrences, vague in connecting all the dots until the very (surprising) end. I do think it started off creepier than it kept on and that the end started to sort of drag on, and I wasn’t always following the conversations and details of what was going on. But, I think I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars. Good quick, spooky read for Halloween.
Carnival of Death is a short story from the Pulp Fiction era. It’s about an undercover U.S. narcotics agent Bob Clark who’s been working with a Carnival, trying to find the person behind the cocaine ring going on at the carnival. This story begins with a scream, as people discover a headless corpse, which is only the first of several beheadings that will happen that night. He has to figure out who’s really behind it all and if they are connected, or if the loosed African Head Hunters are actually doing the killing or not. Clark works hard to figure out who’s behind it all while trying to avoid his own beheading and death.
Carnival of Death is a fast-paced book, full of mystery and questions, but honestly, it’s just isn’t my type of book. I’m not much of a murder mystery book reader, and this book had me often confused as the detective wrestled this person or another, went into this mirror maze and subsequent pit, and more. I wasn’t always so sure of what was going on or who was who as the story was so short. I also don’t care much for gruesome details or blood. I’d give it a 2 out of 5 stars.
What spooky or Halloweenish books have you read? Which ones do you recommend?
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