The Exorcist / The Light at the End (books 14 and 15)

The Exorcist / William Peter Blatty

Synopsis – A jaded priest struggles to re-discover his faith. An atheist and single parent struggles to raise her child. A malevolent power brings the two worlds together when the child starts to display symptoms of extreme psychosis… or something much more mysterious and terrifying. How do you fight an evil entity with the logical and reason of modern medicine? How do you trust the life of a tortured child to an ancient superstitious ritual? Can a non-believer accept the possibility that Satan could be real?

Reaction – Masterfully written. A few odd sentences which cemented the confidence of the writing. A sweeping storyline which asserted the skill of the writer. I questioned the decision to keep the possessed child out of the hospital, but concede the in-house setting is crucial to the storyline. A few graphically violent scenes which were integral to the story. A classic which I will be reading again, with layers I will further ponder.

Recommendation – This book renewed my will to live.

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The Light at the End / John Skipp and Craig Spector

Synopsis – An unholy force reaches across the globe and has its evil way with a cast of unsuspecting characters. Now it’s vampire time in the big city. And a makeshift team of vampire hunters must kill or be killed. Or rather, a splattering of both.

Reaction – The story started with several graphically gory murder scenes, all seemingly disjointed, but I’m glad I kept reading. The further I got into the story, the more (morbidly) interested I was. The characters were believable, and the stakes were high. Shots of humor injected an otherwise overwhelming gore fest. This splatterpunk novel is not for the squeamish.

Recommendation – This book renewed my will to live.

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  1. We’re following you CM! Keep the recommendations coming…although I don’t think I can read as fast as you 🙂

    • Will do, Bob! 🙂 I find the better the book, the faster I read it. Good thing most of these books have been great so far…

  2. Hmmm. My education in the classics has been sadly neglected – I’ve never actually read The Exorcist. Maybe it’s time…

    • I had seen the movie, but hadn’t read the book. Though I enjoyed the movie, the book is so much better and delves into the psychology of the characters. Plus there are several events in the book which the movie doesn’t cover, and the book’s ending is different. Deeper and richer. It’s time, Diane… 🙂


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