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I didn’t mean to read The Institute so fast. I meant to make it last, but with King, that’s usually impossible. I was eager to read this book because it’s vintage King. There’s a good whiff of Firestarter in the book simply because of setting and subject matter, but the story is handled quite differently. In Firestarter, certain bad guys, like Rainbird, really stood out to me, but here, they’re more of a troop, but each is well drawn and memorable in true King style.

The kids are well-drawn as well and very easy to tell apart. What The Institute has in common with the novel, It, is simply that it features a group of kids drawn together to fight for themselves. These kids are misfits for the most part and this plays out in wonderful ways.

Our primary hero is a super-intelligent boy named Luke. When I was near the half-way point in the book I was beginning to wonder if things were going to get more interesting. (Not that it wasn’t interesting, but I wanted a change of scenery.) There’s no need to worry. There’s more. Lots more.

The book explodes into a long climax mid-way and all the details carefully planted in the first half come into play. It becomes impossible to set the book down. And it all leads to a terrific and satisfying ending. The Institute is going to make a terrific movie one day. I can’t wait to see it.

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Fast, furious, and fun, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series is one of my all-time favorites. Any book in the series is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon (as long as you don’t intend to relax too much – these books are seriously action-packed) and GUILTY PLEASURES is the one that kicks it off.

Give it a shot. I bet you’ll want to read the next one … and the next after that …

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This is one of the first Dean Koontz novels I ever read and went a long way in getting me hooked on his work. FALSE MEMORY is twisty and turny with good scares and plenty of unforgettable characters, but most of all, it’s got one of the most compelling and original plots I’ve come across. Highly recommended for its originality, atmosphere, and spook factor.

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A thrilling mystery that will keep you reading as fast as you can, Pines by Blake Crouch is one of the most action-packed, intriguing books I’ve read in a very long time. I hadn’t seen the series or heard anything about the plot, so I didn’t know what I was in for when I picked this one up – but I’m glad I did. Pines is a twisty-turny crazy-exciting, thought-provoking novel that truly lives up to the term “page-turner.”

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THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR may be Anne Rivers Siddons one and only scary stories, but it is far and above one of the best spooky tales ever told. I’ve read it twice already and know I’ll go back to it whenever I need a good, solid, creepy fix. THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR has it all: unforgettable characters, an unpredictable plot, and an ‘I-didn’t-see-that-coming!’ ending that will give your goosebumps goosebumps. Highly recommended to lovers of gothics of all variety.

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THE BAD SEED by William March is horror at its finest.
Rhoda Penmark is an eight year old little girl. She’s smart, precocious, cunning, and cute. She’s also a psychopath. This novel raises issues about the origins of “evil,” (is it inherited or is it learned?) and sent more than one chill up my spine.
I was as riveted by little Rhoda’s twisted antics (when things don’t go her way, very bad things happen) as I was by her mother’s dawning horror as she realizes who – or rather, what – her daughter really is. Highly recommended to lovers of horror and psychological thrillers.

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The best Gothic horror novel I’ve read in a long time. Haunting, unsettling, and beautifully written, fans of atmospheric Victorian novels should look no further than The Silent Companions. I read it almost a year ago and am still thinking about it. Looking forward to more from Laura Purcell.

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