Tag: Teenage

Stephen King/Richard Bachman – The Long Walk | Review

Title: The Long Walk

Author: Stephen King/Richard Bachman

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 246

Rating: 4.5/5

 

 

The Long Walk has a lot of hype and I’ve heard from quite a few die-hard Stephen King fans that this is one of their favourites of his novels. That meant that I already had high expectations going into it, and while it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting it to be, I still enjoyed it. I especially liked the concept, which is reminiscent of a cross between a battle royal and the forced death marches of the Nazi Party during the final solution.

Basically, the idea is that we have 100 teenage kids who all have to keep walking until there’s only one left standing. If people stop walking or if they fall below a certain pace, they get a bullet to the head. And that’s all you need to know.

My only real complaint about this is the ending, but it’s still better than some of the others that I’ve seen from King and we all know at this point that he’s not the best when it comes to the way he finishes his novels. Here, the journey itself is pretty much the point of the novel, and so it doesn’t really matter. I think I still prefer The Running Man out of the Bachman books, but this is definitely a close second. And I understand why people like it.

 

 

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Mikey Campling – Trespass | Review

Title: Trespass

Author: Mikey Campling

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 322

Rating: 3*/5

 

Mikey Campling - Trespass

Mikey Campling – Trespass

 

I’ve been meaning to check out Campling’s work for a while now but this is the first time I’ve finally bit the bullet and picked up one of his books. Unfortunately, I was a little bit disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, the writing and editing are up to scratch and are pretty good for an indie release, although I did spot a few minor issues with the internal formatting. It’s just that the story isn’t the kind of story that I find interesting, and rather than the “tale of supernatural suspense” that was advertised on the cover, it felt like fairly typical YA fantasy.

Another thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the leaps through time. The story is basically taking place simultaneously in three different time periods and so sometimes you’re only really interested in one part of the narrative but you have to soldier through the other bit to see what happens. There’s occasionally a risk that the action suddenly slows to a stop to be replaced by exposition.

 

Mikey Campling

Mikey Campling

 

Still, you should take all of this with a pinch of salt because I’m not the target audience. I just worry that if you did belong to the target audience, you’d have read so many other books that are similar in style and substance that it wouldn’t feel as though it was necessarily new. It’s more like a new take on an existing style of story.

It’s also worth mentioning here that this is the first book in a series as well, although I personally won’t be continuing with it. But I’ve also read much worse indie books and there’s a lot here for people who like writers like Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I was just expecting much more suspense and much less teenage angst, although maybe that’s my fault. You decide.

 

Mikey Campling - The Outcast

Mikey Campling – The Outcast

 

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