From Darkness Won and Psycho

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From Darkness Won by Jill Williamson

I enjoyed this series more than I have any other so called “Christian” speculative fiction. The characters grew, were interesting, and everything wrapped up into a nice happy ending. Things weren’t happy-go-lucky for all the good guys and the bad guys were pretty evil.
I have just a few complaints:
1) The lack of major deaths of anyone we really cared about left me feeling bored with the last book. I never really felt like anyone was in danger. And when one person did die, it was convenient not heartbreaking. The author had no problem putting her characters in dangerous situations and even wounding her main character, but after multiple battles with no death, I was no longer engaged emotionally.
2) Lead Female was less annoying than book two but still very annoying. She constantly disobeyed orders, even in the middle of a battle, and out shown all males present . . . right. Her escapades were crazier than the hero’s most of the time. I found her decisions to be unrealistic and made me want to bob her over the head half the time.
Overall, I enjoyed the first book a lot, and the other two are okay. I enjoyed the story enough to finish it and be engaged through the whole thing. I would recommend it for any teen to read, especially if they enjoy fantasy.

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Psycho by Robert Bloch

I read this book in about two hours a few days after watching the movie. One way or the other the ending is going to be spoiled…so pick your poison: Movie or Book.

The book was a quick read, and for its genre, pretty clean. It doesn’t go into a lot of the gore or sexuality present in most “serial killer” type thrillers. While it is gory and does deal with some sexuality, they are mentioned but not soaked in. This would be a good book for a “newbie” in the serial killer criminology world because it would let you get your toes wet without dumping you in the deep end. As far as my own research goes, this is a nice, cleaned up version of the real Ed Gein case. It leaves out much that they found in his house of horrors, but still uses him as a basic template for Norman Bates.

The book is creepy, interesting, has a good ending and isn’t overly sexualized or gory though those things are present. The book, or the movie, would be a good start before, say, jumping in with Silence of the Lambs to see if this is a genre that interests you.

If you’re looking for something with more details about how the Detectives deal with serial Killers, the actually psychology of serial killers from the law enforcement side, this book won’t be as interesting. It is a very “layman’s” version.
Still fun and creepy.

 

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