Meg by Steve Alten

MegI love sharks. I will read anything with a shark on the cover. A book about the Megalodon, ancestor of the Great White Shark? Yes, please. I picked up and read this book around 2010. I still have the physical copy I read on my bookshelf. I didn’t remember much of it, but I remember enjoying it a lot, and I want to read the sequels, so I gave it a reread. It’s as good as I remember.

This book is a whirlwind of a read. It starts heavy and it keeps up its intensity to the end. I read huge chunks of the book in a sitting because I found it so difficult to put down. It reads like a movie, carefully plotted, with excitement at every turn. I hear this book has been made into a movie, and I kind of want to watch it, but I doubt it will be as good as this book.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Darkly Dreaming DexterI watched the Dexter TV series on Netflix a while back, and after discovering it was based on a book series, I sought out the books. I have three of them on my Kindle. I add books I want to my Amazon Wishlist and snag them when they drop in price, and the first three must have dropped below $3, or I wouldn’t have them. They have been on my to-read list for a while, anyway. I am just now getting around to reading one. I can’t tell you how good it feels to read something I want to read, for fun rather than for school. 

I enjoy these police-procedural books. You know the ones: a serial killer is on the loose and a cop or someone who works for the cops is trying to find out who is doing the killings and why. I think of James Patterson when I think of these books, and speaking of which, I should really read one of his books again soon. Anyway, I digress. Darkly Dreaming Dexter brings something unique to the table, but for better or worse, it is one of these books. For this book, it’s for worse. 

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Animorphs: The Stranger

Animorphs The StrangerSo, funny story with The Stranger: I read this seventh book of the Animorphs series in 2018 a day or so after reading The Capture. I got ridiculously busy with school shortly after, and I did not get to write my recap. I tried to write it when life slowed down again, but the details of the book were fuzzy to me, and I knew I’d have to reread it again to do the book justice. Now, coming back to the series in 2021, I decided to go back to book 7, recap it properly, and move forward from it. I had considered moving on and rereading and recapping book 8, but the lack of a post for 7 would trigger my OCD, so here we are.

I actually listened to the audiobook for this “read.” The school I teach at this year is nearly an hour from my house, so I was able to get through the book in about two days. I loved the audiobook. This “read” made me appreciate this book so much more than I did before. It was never a favorite of mine, but now I think it is a really solid entry in the series.

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Goosebumps: It Came From Beneath the Sink!

This is a book in the series that I didn’t actually read as a kid. I remember my friend Steven bought it on a trip to Wal-Mart, and I picked up Megamorphs #2: In the Time of Dinosaurs because I had moved past Goosebumps and was really into Animorphs at the time. I had always wanted to read this book, though. I’m glad I got the chance, but I don’t feel like little-kid me missed out on much.

The book is essentially about an evil sponge that causes, or at least feeds on the bad luck of its owner. While it has an interesting concept, and the writing is actually pretty decent, I don’t think this book was executed very well. I’ll get into why in Analysis. First, let’s look at this awesome cover.

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Goosebumps: Chicken Chicken

This, my fifteenth Goosebumps entry (Dang, I’ve been slow covering this series), is dedicated to my boy Michael at the Goosebumps Fandom. Chicken Chicken is his favorite book in the series, and I told him I would cover it next. 

What is interesting is the general consensus would probably consider this the worst Goosebumps book in the original series. I have read and seen a lot of flack for it. It is flack I understand, because I, personally, do not have fond memories of reading it as a kid, and to be honest, I was actually kind of dreading reading it as an adult before I started it last night. Reading it as an adult, however, I have to say, Chicken Chicken is not altogether bad. The Barking Ghost is easily worse than this book. I think the issue with this entry in the series is there is so much in it to not like. I’m being confusing, I know. I’ll get into it further in Analysis.

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