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Mosquito Man (1) (World's Scariest Legends) Hardcover – February 14, 2019
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From the Author
Finalist, "Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction" Horror Novella Award, 2017,for "The Mailman."
Finalist, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2017, for "The Mailman."
Winner, "Foreword INDIES" Horror Book of the Year Award Gold Medal, 2016, for "Island of the Dolls."
Finalist, "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" Horror Novel Award, 2017, for "Island of the Dolls."
Finalist, "The Skoutz Award" German Horror Award, 2017, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist,"Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction" Horror Novella Award, 2016, for "Box of Bones."
Finalist, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2016, for "Box of Bones."
Winner, "Crime Writers of Canada" Arthur Ellis Award/The Lou Allen Memorial Award, 2016,for "Black Canyon."
Winner, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2015, for "The Catacombs."
Winner, "IPPY(Independent Publisher Book Awards)" Bronze Medal/Horror, 2016, for "The Catacombs."
Finalist, "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" Horror Novella Award, 2016, for "Black Canyon."
Winner, "Reader Views Literary Award" Global Award, 2014-2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Honorable Mention, "Reader Views Literary Award" Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror Award,2014-2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Goodreads Choice Awards" 2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist," Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2014, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Foreword INDIES" Horror Book of the Year Award, 2014, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Foreword INDIES" Thriller & Suspense Book of the Year Award,2012, for "White Lies."
The World's Scariest Places Series:
- Suicide Forest - The bad news is they're lost. There is no good news.
- The Catacombs - As close to hell as you're likely ever going to get.
- Helltown - The luckiest die first and fast. The others, well...
- Island of the Dolls - Come and see the dolls, but don't expect to leave alive.
- Mountain of the Dead - Freezing to death is the least of their worries.
- Hotel Chelsea - The most haunted hotel in America.
- Mosquito Man - Are you afraid of the dark? You should be.
- The Sleep Experiment - You'll never think about sleep the same way again.
- The Man from Taured - Where did he come from? Where will he go?
- Merfolk - Deep below the blue surface a terrifying world awaits.
- New America: Utopia Calling - A brave new world.
- White Lies - You never know where a lie may lead...
- The Taste of Fear - In the jungle, no one can hear you scream.
- Black Canyon - The new face of evil.
- Run - You can run but you can't hide.
- Rewind - Nothing is what it seems.
- Neighbors - You never know what kind of psycho may be living next door.
- Six Bullets - When there's no reason left to live, what would you do with your last six bullets?
- Box of Bones - Time is running out.
- The Mailman - Be careful what you wish for.
- Re-Roll - Life can be a bitch.
- Dark Hearts - Four critically acclaimed short novels.
- Bad People - Four critically acclaimed short novels.
- The Midnight Book Club - An eight-book collection of critically acclaimed and award-winning short novels.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume One - This omnibus edition includes books one and two in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume Two - This omnibus edition includes books three and four in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume Three - This omnibus edition includes books five and six in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Legends: Volume One - This omnibus edition includes books one and two in the bestselling World's Scariest Legends series.
- World's Scariest Legends: Volume Two - This omnibus edition includes books three and four in the bestselling World's Scariest Legends series.
- Publisher : Ghillinnein Books (February 14, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1988091330
- ISBN-13 : 978-1988091334
- Item Weight : 1.29 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #545,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The scene is set, but almost immediately the other foot drops. The author chooses to include two five-year-old characters who are occasionally cute-ish at best, but infuriatingly annoying more often than not. Six or seven times during the story they have predictably childish and pointless arguments or tantrums that slows everything down and made me lament for the bliss other books when you don't realize how lucky you are that all the characters are adults or close enough, and you don't get distracted by meaningless discussions that detract from the plot, seemingly there to make the reader relate to their own potential kids and the joys of parenting. Doubtless, the author also did this to add a kind of real-world cutesy charm to the family and raise the stakes, making us feel even more worried for them, or making us feel more sympathy. But he takes it one step further, at numerous points in the book, making the children the center of the action and witnessing events from their perspective rather than just making them side characters. I felt this choice was entirely unnecessary.
I admit the whole, "they're not actually siblings and are forced to bond as their respective parents feel out the potential for their new relationship when tragedy hits", angle was well done, and it adds an additional layer to the family's dynamic, and there's the very real dilemma that's boldly tackled head-on when the adults have to individually confront the issue of choosing to save their partner's kid over their own. I admire how that was addressed by the author with such a bleak, unflinching reality.
There are a few narrative, continuity inconsistencies which made me wonder if the editors eyeballed a few chapters, and there was a subplot about whether the monster was smart enough to anticipate what they were thinking, and even evidence to prove it, that was abruptly dropped, just to be revealed at the end that the monster was incapable of such thought all along, leaving us to believe that the one instance of insane and gruesome revelation was completely random and pointless.
There came a point that felt like the perfect ending that would have smoothly transitioned into an epilogue that wrapped things up nicely, but shortly after a second climax is added which brought with it a bit of glorious violence and a sense of vindication, but ultimately felt forced and unnecessary. It then transitions into a kind of flat, unsatisfying ending that leaves a feeling of "we're just going to ignore that all that just happened?"
I mean, the evidence that it wasn't just a lone madman, as it was implied to be resolved as, would have been overwhelming and obvious at the final crime scene long before the scientists arrived.
A real mixed bag here. Great monster, great tension, lots of terror and blood, but wow, did the antics and padding with the children drag its quality down for me. They were too irritating for my taste. Maybe I just don't have enough tolerance for children and their near-constant badgering and chattering.
Top reviews from other countries
It starts well but then slows to a snail's pace. For a relatively short book (fewer than 300 pages) to linger on the trivia concerning the main characters car journey to their "cabin in the woods" is a mistake.
The two children don't act like 5-year olds. When they should be frightened they are instead busy bickering and thinking/doing things simply necessary for the plot.
Flashbacks occur at inopportune moments so rather than leaving the reader on the edge of their seats, longing to see what happens next, it has the totally opposite effect and induces boredom. Furthermore, the last act is much too abrupt and brief.
Finally, given the number and bloodthirsty nature of the creatures responsible for all the mayhem, how is it possible that only a few people have disappeared over the years? I would have expected the whole state at the very least to have been wiped from existence.
I did something I rarely do which is to completely stop around 60 pages in - I didn't even care enough about the conclusion to skim read to the end like I normally do with an unreadable book.
I apologise if I sound a little bitter, but when you invest some time (and possibly money) in a book, you expect there to be some reward - here there is absolulely none. Not worth the price I paid and I got it for free with Prime.
As usual Jeremy Bates had me hooked with this fast paced horror. I loved the World's Scariest Places series and it looks like The Worlds Scariest Legends series is going to be just as entertaining. Can't wait for the next one.