Book Three in The Fearing series was more of a ‘scene setter’ for book four. That’s what I took from it anyways. I felt it lacked some of the excitement of books one and two, but nevertheless it’s a great read.
You can feel all the strands coming together now. That culmination is working grasp. The author keeps the crumbs coming, teasing the big finale, the showdown.
Book Three seems to settle on the Reverend Mark. We get a glimpse of our other survivors, but this chapter is definitely his. I wonder if he is the key, the one to this.
My favourite part of this book was the very end, one line, “fear, he’s just another fear” really jammed itself into my mind. This played withy brain a bit, wondering just how many people are actual fears… ***SPOILER*** Are Adam and mother just someone’s fear??
The Fearing is one hell of a series. It really digs deep within you. Making you question everything. I love it.
So ‘The Fearing’, book two, Water and Wind. It’s becoming very clear to me why John. F. D. Taff is such a highly regarded author. Book two is another whirlwind ride of intensity, pain and fear… and damn… that ending!!
We pick up from where book one left off, with the ‘survivors’ trying to piece together just what has happened. Charles seems to know. My question here is does he know because he is smart? Or does he know because, well he knows more than he is letting on? I am, of course, probably letting my imagination run away with me. Would be a hell of a twist though, especially as the tour bus group have become my favorites.
We delve deeper into the lives of of our post-apocalyptic friends. We learn more small details, and become a little bit more familiar. I like this, I find myself to be quite character driven, I always appreciate some details, no matter how small that personalize the character more. I want to sad when one dies… I want to miss that character.
The Fearing is a wonderful concept. Manifesting our fears into reality. Is it based loosely on the current state of the world, the way (my own opinions) that we are destroying ourselves? Maybe, maybe not.
It’s a great idea though, fears going from earthquakes, meteors and (my favorite) the flying monkeys. A terrifying though for those of us harboring a fear or two. What if?
Anyways, onto book three later and I bloody can’t wait. Thank you to Grey Matter Press and of course the author for The Fearing Books, I love them.
Fire and Rain, John F. D. Taff’s The Fearing series starts as it means to go on. It’s terrifying from the outset, it strums at our fear chords with no remorse or reason.
The frightening part of this book is that it is all our own fears. Earthquakes, snakes, even butterflies play a part. The most horrifying though is a man. Just a man, one who turns our fears against us. Forces us to act out the thing that we hide from most. He does it with a deep joy, a hatred that runs deeper than the core of our planet.
The Fearing: Fire and Rain is an apocalyptic masterpiece. It’s the terrifying gift that just keeps giving. What’s best, there are three more of these to come. I both excited and scared at what is to come.
Josh Malerman; J. Daniel Stone; Joe Schwartz; Erik T. Johnson; John F. D.
Grey Matter Press
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
“Five Unique Voices From Bram Stoker Award-nominated authors
Josh Malerman, the newly minted master of modern horror, and John F.D. Taff,
the “King of Pain,” to the mind-bending surrealism of Erik T.
Johnson, the darkly poetic prose of J. Daniel Stone and the transgressive mania
of Joe Schwartz, I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD offers up five novellas from five unique
authors whose work consistently expands the boundaries of conventional fiction.
Five Disturbing Visions I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD opens the doors to a movie
theater of the damned; travels the dusty, sin-drenched desert with an almost
Biblical mysterious stranger; recounts the phantasmagoric story of birth, death
and rebirth; contracts a hit that’s not at all what it seems; and exposes the
disturbing possibilities of what might be killing Smalltown, U.S.A. One
Nightmare As diverse as they are, in voice and vision, the work of the five
celebrated authors assembled in this stunning volume of terror share one common
theme, one hideous and terrifying nightmare that can only be contained within
the pages of I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD.”
read from Grey Matter Press. Thank you for allowing me a copy of ‘I Can Taste
the Blood’ in exchange for an honest review.
one title. This is one awesome book. This is great unique collection of stories
from five different authors, all with one title, I Can Taste the Blood. I loved
the different take on the title from each author. The tag line ‘Five Unique
Voices’ is very fitting.
I don’t want to
say too much to be honest as I don’t want to give anything away to anyone that
hasn’t yet had the pleasure. This will be a brief review from me, well briefer
than usual shall we say.
It’s a brilliant idea, the diversity and range that can come from one phrase. It really is astounding. The writing is wonderful, each other has their own style, their own flow, they are all so different yet they all blend so well in this collection. I enjoyed all of the stories; they were all perfect in their own way, J. Daniel Stone’s offering was my personal favourite of the collection. Very way out, very full on, and very very excellent.
Seriously, I am
not going to spoil it for you, read it. You will love it.