Mutation

Mutation
Robin Cook
Thriller
2 Stars
DTB, 367

A throw away read. I read this back in either junior high or highschool and thought it was wicked cool.
Now, it is blase. Pedestrian writing, caricaturization[if that is even a word] that wasn’t intended to be caricaturization, and a totally shallow plot make this a complete throw away read. Still enjoyed it, just not nearly as much.

a scientist mucks about with genes and his son turns out to be a super genius, with no conscience. Son and father die and the mother is left to destroy the final baby that was a dry run experiment. I read this back in highschool and thought it was wicked cool. Now, it seems almost blase. The whole premise that super intelligence squeezes out emotions just rings false in my ears. A throw away read, but I do want to read at least 1 more of Cook’s books before I say anything about the author overall.

The Strain

The Strain
The Strain #1
Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Thriller
3 Stars
Epub 353 Pages

vampires are real, but leaving humanity alone for the most part. One vampire decides to change things. He hooks up with a rich, dying guy in America. Flies over to NY and starts a chain reaction of vampire turnings as the first step in a war to take out humanity. Focuses on a guy from the CDC [Center for Disease Control] and turns this into a medical/virus thriller. Vampires do their thing with some parasitic thing. Made it real interesting and looking forward to more in the series.

Vamps, vamps, everywhere the vamps. Cronin’s “the Passage”, Shan’s “Cirque Du Freak” series, Meyer’s abomination, everywhere you turn, it is vampires stacked upon vampires.

Thankfully, this is a good old horror/thriller with lots of death and destruction. With some pseudo-medical science thrown in, you can even pretend this might actually be real [just like radiation for the fans of the 50-70’s, it could make ANYTHING happen].

Looking forward to the next book and finding out more about the Vampire Lords.

Ancestor

Ancestor
Scott Sigler
Thriller
3 Stars
DTB, 421 Pages

really should be classified as medical/drama. Basically an update/relocate of Jurassic Park. People muck about with genes, make a super monster, a bunch get loose on an island, almost everybody gets eaten, a select few escape. I really enjoyed this, but there was not a single ounce of originality in this. Good escapist book.

Pretty much a whole sale lifting of Crichton’s Jurassic Park, simply updated [in terms of scientific babble] and relocated [to Michigan, instead of South America].

That being said, I still enjoyed this hugely. Love monsters being created and set loose and lots of death.

The Passage

The Passage
The Passage #1
Justin Cronin
Thriller
3 Stars
dtb, 766 pages

a scientist injects 12 deathrow inmates with a serum intended to make them into super soldiers. And 1 little 6 year old girl. The inmates turn into vampires/giant bats, escape and the virus spreads. It kills 9 out of 10 people in America, and it seems greater amounts in the rest of the world. The last pockets of humanity huddle together, waiting for extinction. Follows the inmates, little girl at the beginning of the story. Then we switch to a compound 100 years later, of survivors. Ends with the girl taking out one of the 12 and the survivors hooking up with a large military group.

Reminded me greatly of The Stand. The beginning was interesting. The middle was wicked boring, even though you needed to see how life went on in the compound. The last part was good. Lots of action and fighting, etc. And it looks good for humanity. Then the last chapter is a journal entry by a character with the group in which you realize that the group gets wiped out. Humanity survives, evidenced by the date of recovery of the journal [1003 AV], just not most of the characters we’ve been following. Cronin sucks