Sunday, May 18, 2014

Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Josh Gates

Started: 5/17/14
Finished: 5/18/14
Year: 2011
Pages: 256
Genre: Memoir
Grade: B
Reason for reading: borrowed from library
Blurb (from back cover): "World adventure and international monster hunter Josh Gates has careeened through nearly 100 countries, investigating frightening myths, chilling cryptozoological legends and terrifying paranormal phenomena. Now, he invites fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at these breathtaking expeditions.
"Follow Gates from the inception of the groundbreaking hit show (at the summit of Kilimanjaro) to his hair-raising encounters with dangerous creatures in the most treacheous locations on earth. Among his many adventures, he unearths the flesh-crawling reality of the Mongolian Death worm, challenges an ancient curse by spending the night in King Tut's tomb, descends into a centuries-old mine to seach for an alien entity in subterranean darkness, pursues ghosts in the radioactive shadow of Chernobyl, and explores sightings of Bigfoot from the leech-infested rain forest so Malaysia to the dizzying heights of the Himalayas."
Opinion: As a fan of this show, I remember some of these adventures. It was nice to read Josh's takes on someof his travels. Much crazier than I am.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Started: 4/24/14
Finished: 5/16/14
Year: 2011
Pages: 337
Genre: Thriller
Grade: B
Reason for reading: borrowed from library
Blurb (from book jacket): "A witness. Such a simple concept-and yet for Dexter Morgan, the perfectly well-disguised monster, the possibility of a witness is unthinkable. But when Dexter is on a very private, very satisfying excursion one evening with a wretchedly deserving playmate, the unthinkable happens: someone sees him.
"Dexter is not at all pleased. As an upstanding blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he has always managed to keep the darker side of his life out of the spotlight...the fun part, where he finds truly bad people-murderers who have escaped the reach of the justice system-and quietly gives them his very special attentions. But now that he's been seen and identified by his witness, Dexter must launch himself into a different kind of hunt."
"Making matters worse, a brutal cop killer is targeting Miami's police detectives, leaving behind bodies that are battered beyond recognition...and completely bloodless. As the department grows more fearful of the psychotic killer in their midst, Dexter must handle his own crisis and come to terms with the fact that his witness is not only circling him but determined to expose him. Dexter is being followed, manipulated and mimicked...leading him to realize that no one likes to have a double especially when his double's goal is to kill him."
Opinion: Interesting concept and some interesting twists at the end.