13/14: 14 (by Peter Clines)

14

by Peter Clines

Published June 5, 2012 by Permuted Press

SFF

WHO: Nate Tucker…

WHAT: moves into an old apartment building…

WHERE: in L.A….

WHEN: in modern day 21st century

WHY: because the rent is cheap…

HOW: and precedes to makes friendships and notice odd things about his apartment and others’ places as well.

+ This novel is Fun as in Buffy the Vampire Fun! In fact I could see Joss Whedon taking this and making it into a movie 🙂

+ The story draws upon many iconic sources (Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft, Kafka…) but manages to make it all work in a fresh new way. There are elements of horror, yes; but it is also something of a mystery, a work of speculative fiction with a dash of steampunk and maybe could even be considered a bit of a thriller… it manages to go to all these places literarily speaking and surprise you without it seeming forced.

I really can’t tell you anything about the story itself without spoiling it —- other than it’s not a zombie novel. It’s difficult to recommend without a tagline of some sort so you just have to take the word of the person who’s recommending it to go “Just read it!”

OTHER: I purchased a print copy of 14 (by Peter Clines) from AMZN. I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post. 

I have challenged myself to read forty books this summer. Many books will be backlist titles as I’m trying to clear the stacks; but I have no doubt that new releases will make their way in too! 😉

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