The Heavens Rise

The Heavens Rise

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Gallery Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781476716084
Branch Call Number: FIC Rice
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 24 cm.


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May 06, 2016

This is one of a number of books I read over the holiday period, but didn't have the time (or more honestly the inclination) to write a review as I was reading it, so this review will not be as long or as detailed as my usual reviews are. Christmas was crazy busy with cooking and last minute shopping and I just wanted to read another great book without having to use my brain to write an intelligent and cohesive review, so I apologise for my dreadful laziness and promise to do better through the rest of the year (except maybe during my two 3 week long holidays where I might be too tired to read as well as review).

I received a free Adobe Digital Editions copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley, this has not compromised my ability to write an honest and critical review of the book.

I really enjoyed this but was surprised when it turned from a horror book where the horror was being created by a teenage serial-killer in the making with strange supernatural powers giving him the ability to continue killing despite appearing to be in a vegetative state, to a horror book where all the horror has been caused by contact with an ancient alien species. When it turned out that aliens were involved I was a little disappointed because I wanted to continue reading about Marshall the serial killer with psychic powers, and adding the aliens confused things a bit, the aliens made the story seem to be two stories meshed together. Like Rice couldn't quite decide what kind of book he wanted to write, so put both genres in the one book - the book has a split personality. Mum's reading it now and she seems to be enjoying it as well.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

Rice has inherited much of his mother's talent, but his plot goes over the top in terms of plausibility here. Credibility within the bounds of the created fictional universe is important.

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