This was a fun little quick read. I believe the word count is close to 17,000. The writing style is extremely fast and fluent in this story, except towards the end as in the case for most detective mysteries when too many things must happen for the story to wrap up.
I’m usually not a fan of detective work since it tends to plod on before the author throws everything at you at once (the big ah-ha! moment), but I’m still highlighting this book because Demille’s writing style in this book is something I wish to aspire towards someday. Full of dry wit, random nonsense and little quirks that does not take away too much from the story. He was using an old character from his previous series though, so do not expect too much character descriptions and background here.
Also, I have been intrigued by this medium-length sort of effort lately. Quick reads that resemble more of an episode of Big Bang Theory instead of a 3 hour long movie epic. Maybe it is just me or a passing fad, but I think with how reading habits are forming up in the past few years, shorter more-to-the-point work might be the new thing here. Maybe I should give the 15,000 mark a whirl and see how it goes.
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Firstly, ignore that horrendous movie that used the name as this novel. That movie has absolutely nothing to do with this book. Get it out of your mind completely. Done that? Good. Now stop thinking about Will Smith as well.
Last night, I had the chance of revisiting this amazing novella in a late night reading binge. This was probably my fourth time reading it since I picked up the ebook. And yes, I got it only after I saw the freaking awesome trailer for the movie in the cinema. Guilty as charged.
But as run-of-the-mill and disappointing as the movie was, this novella totally isn’t. They start off pretty similarly, focusing on the protagonist and his day-to-day struggles of living in a world overrun by vampires. But when it comes to the second half of the book. Mind blown. Completely.
Richard Matheson delivers a horror story packed with a thoughtful ending that provokes the reader to think about the idea of horror itself. After multiple read throughs, I can safely say that you will never finish the book feeling the same way twice.
I highly recommend this book. If you don’t want to buy it, I’m sure the library would have it. And if you need a few more reviews to convince yourself, here’s another 700 more.
And for the budding horror writers out there. perhaps look at this as well as Death By Utopia to learn an alternative presentation for horror beyond the physical. Look beyond disgustingly-gruesome to discover the true essence of horror, frightfully-chilling.