Coffee and Contemplation: The Damnation Game by Clive Barker

Today’s discussion is on “The Damnation Game” by Clive Barker. This was an unusual story. It took a while for things to get going. The beginning had enough going on to keep me interested, but it took it’s time getting there. I would say it was about midway through the book that the story took off and the pacing picked up. The origins of the supernatural being are not fully explained. This makes things interesting because it’s as if the reader knows about as much as the main character. The story had some interesting visuals that make me wonder why this hasn’t been adapted to film or television.

This is the first time I’ve read anything by Clive Barker. While I’ve seen the “Hellraiser” films I’ve never read those books. I am more interested in those stories after having read “The Damnation Game.” Of the many books I’ve mentioned in these discussion posts, this one was not my favorite. I enjoyed reading it, but it’s not one I would want to revisit. It was an interesting story. I think it could have been executed better. My biggest complaint is the pacing in the beginning. I also wish it had more terrifying moments. There were some but I didn’t feel the terror the same way the characters did. 

I do recommend this book though it isn’t my favorite.

Spooky Spider Scale (How scary was the book?): 5/10 spiders 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️

Overall rating: 4 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Coffee and Contemplation: IT by Stephen King

I’m posting a little late today. Don’t hold that against me. Today’s book discussion is about “IT” by Stephen King. What can I say about this book? It came into the world around the same time I did. It was published in September of 1986. I was also “published” in September of 1986. Coincidence? I think not. But I digress. This book was long. Longer than it needed to be. While I enjoyed the back-and-forth of childhood and adulthood with the main characters, half the novel could have been left out. And the ending was anti-climactic.

I did enjoy the newest film adaptations of the book. The ending of “IT Chapter 2” was still lackluster. The first film was perfect and is still in my top ten favorite films of all time. But back to the book. Lots of scary sequences. I enjoyed most of the novel. As I mentioned earlier, several parts could have been cut out to make the overall novel stronger. Part of me also wants to know more about Pennywise before meeting the kids that eventually killed the hungry clown. It’s worth reading once. It doesn’t feel like something that needs to be read multiple times.

I do recommend this book. Definitely not for children.

Spooky Spider Scale (How scary was the book?): 8/10 spiders 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️

Overall rating: 4 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Coffee and Contemplation: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I’m discussing only the book and not the Amazon Prime TV show. I did enjoy the show, but this post is about the book. This was fun to read and was the first Pratchett book I ever read. This caused me to be sucked into the Discworld books from which I will never escape. This was a fun read. It was goofy and quirky and an all-around good time. This is not a horror novel but there are many supernatural characters and supernatural elements. I also think it’s a fun book for teens and pre-teens to read. 

There’s some adult humor but nothing crude or gross. There’s nothing scary in the book but maybe pre-teens won’t like some parts. The story follows an angel and a demon who become close friends on Earth. Their friendship begins at the Garden of Eden and the develop a system to help them both look good to their side of things but never gaining one way or the other. It’s a balance. And they both develop a liking to Earth and most humans. They even like it enough to stop the Apocalypse. It’s a fun Heaven and Hell story.

I recommend this book to everyone.

Spooky Spider Scale (How scary was the book?): 3/10 spiders 🕷️🕷️🕷️

Overall rating: 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐