Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Review: Intoxication by Tim Kizer

 This is the first in a long row of reviews coming up, so keep checking back for more!!

How do you force a confession out of a coworker trying to poison you? Do you kill those who dismiss your fears and believe you are paranoid? What do you do if you start questioning your own suspicions--and sanity--as you take the law into your hands? 
In this disturbing tale of derangement, a young psychopathic woman is slipping into madness as she fights an enemy that may exist only in her imagination. She has to resort to desperate measures when she realizes that a gun, security cameras in her apartment, and constant vigilance will not be enough to survive. It is hard to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if the cat is not there, but Leslie, with her resolve fueled by paranoia, is hell-bent on finding and slaughtering it. 
Bonus: "Hitchhiker" by Tim Kizer, the first entry in the As the Darkness Falls series.From description:When a serial killer hitches a ride one sunny day in a beautiful California valley, he does not suspect that he may have met his match, who is dead set to take another life. The battle of wits begins and only the most devious mind will survive.
Tim Kizer asked me to review his novelette and I have to admit I was a bit hesitant in the beginning. I think that mystery/crime novels, good mystery/crime novels I must add, are hard to write. Is your story interesting enough, is it slightly realistic, will you be able to hold the reader's attention long enough?

I really liked 'Intoxication'. To start of, I think the title is delightfully ambiguous. Not only is she intoxicated, but she is also intoxicated and overwhelmed by the idea of being intoxicated and the many possibilities that brings. Leslie, our heroine and protagonist, is astounding in her belief that her co-worker Helen tried to poison her. Although it seems slightly unrealistic I think everyone can relate to being completely convinced of your own idea while no one else beliefs you. In this way Tim Kizer has been able to make the reader identify with his character, which, as I mentioned before, I think is quite hard.

The different plot turns are fun and the entire story goes at a fast pace, which covers some of the superficiality. Kizer doesn't delve deeply into Leslie's paranoia, but then again, it would need an entire novel to do that and work it out properly. For a short story it is very entertaining and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a nice read on a warm afternoon. However, if you are looking for a deeply psychological suspense story I suggest you look elsewhere.

The short story 'Hitchhiker' is remarkable in its plot twist. I really had not expected what was coming and I truly enjoyed reading it. Though a bit too fast at times it shows the author's creative spirit. It is a remarkable set up that I think a lot of people would enjoy. Only negative thing is that it ends to quick and sudden and that I felt that the characters were more like rough sketches, but I guess this is just a general "criticism" I have on short stories. They are too short for my liking, but that doesn't mean they are easier to write.

Overall I give these two short stories...


I really enjoyed the stories and I think that is exactly what they are meant for. If you want a book that will challenge you in the sense of deepness of the plot you should move on, but if you are looking for a nice story to read by yourself or to someone else than this is your book.

What are your thoughts? Have you reviewed this book and think differently?

Monday, 20 June 2011

Guess what, It's Monday!!What Are You Reading is a meme from the amazing BookJourney. I really like this meme because it allows me to look at all my books and think about which books I'm reading.

What I've read:

I read the Millenium Trilogy in about 4 days. This meant I stayed up a couple of nights until 4:30 reading. I only do this during my holidays, because otherwise I'd go crazy. I really liked it and I'll review it but I'll says as much as that I really loved the first one, adored the second one and felt less passionate about the third one. Lisbeth Salander is a great character though and I loved reading about her.

What I'm Reading:

 I'm really loving this book! I almost finished it and I will definitely have it reviewed this week. This is the third book by Daniel Arenson that I'm reviewing and again I love it. He does really have gift for writing fantasy. His characters are deep and well-explored and his stories always have so much magic, in a story-telling way, that I just want to read them in one go!

I'm reading 'The House on Blackstone Moor' for another Book Tourz. It's another vampire novel and even though I promised myself I'd never read one again I just couldn't ;et this one pass. It's very Victorian and i think that if Jane Austen had written a vampire novel it would have been a bit like this!

I always skip the 'What will I read' bit because I simply don't know! XD

So, what about you? What have you written? Don't hesitate to leave a link in your comment so I can come to check your post out!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Saturday Quote

It's Saturday, so why not post some inspirational quotes?

'It's never to late to be what you might have been'
-George Elliot

'I do not want people to be agreeable, because it saves me the trouble of liking them.'
-Jane Austen

'Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.'
-J.R.R. Tolkien

'Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.'
-Oscar Wilde

'At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.'
-Friedrich Nietzche

So, what quotes inspired you, made you laugh, etc? Let me know in your comment or leave behind a link to your own post!!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop (I know, I'm late!)

BBH is hosted by Crazy-for-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee's View,

This weeks FF question is:
Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your 


Well, I think fantasy would be my favourite genre. I think I need to explain first what I understand under fantasy, because I get a lot of weird looks when I say this is my favourite genre. People assume that fantasy is only about children's books with the odd vampire romance thrown in, but not for me. For me 'fantasy' is the next level to fiction. The difference between 'fiction' and 'non-fiction' in literature is only that 'non-fiction' is a real event, while 'fiction' is made up. 'Fantasy' is a fiction story that is set in a different world, a different time perhaps, but that draws inspiration from our world in such a way it almost mirrors it and becomes a social critique. The 'Lord of the Rings' is the perfect example for this. In 'LOTR' industrialization is a big theme. The forest of Fangorn is clearly being sacrificed by Saruman in order to industrialize and dominate. Tolkien saw industrialization happen during the First World War, when fighting became shooting at an enemy from a distance or bomb him with your planes or blind him with your gas. He saw how trees made way for war factories. This is what fantasy does. It allows you to mirror our world in such a way that it makes you reflect about what we do.
Book Blogger Hop
This weeks BBH Question:
How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?

Ok,tough one. I have just finished reading a load of books I was sent to review (keep your eyes open for those reviews, the books were really good) so my pile has decreased a bit. BUT, and it's a big but, there is so much more. I always make sure I have a good "pile" of classics on my Kindle so I can dig into a book whenever I feel like it. Also, I already buried myself in new review-books again, but hey, I love it! 

Next to that I am working on something called an Extended Project (don't worry, I'll write more about it) that focuses on author identity and I have to read loads of academical papers for my research. Next tot hat I have a bunch of papers on mythology, Tolkien, Old English, etc. that I've been dying to read. So I guess I can't give you a number, but the pile is enormous!

So how about you? Don't forget to leave your link and I'll hop on over!!!!