21 July 2006

Book Banter -- Creepers

Title: Creepers
Author: David Morrell
Length: ~ 350 pages
Genre: thriller
Plot Basics: Frank Balenger joins up with a group of urban archaeologists to creep through the old Paragon Hotel before it's demolished. Creeping though turns out to have Balenger running for his life.
Banter Points: All those book jacket blurbs about "edge-of-your-seat" and "page-turner" really do apply to this book.
Bummer Points: Since it's a thriller and it's mostly about what happens, some of the characters seem a little flat and could have done with more development. Balenger's character gets some good treatment, but some of the extras aren't as fleshed out.
Word Nerd recommendation: Jerry Bruckheimer, Steven Spielberg, somebody with money to make movies, take note of this one. It could make an awesome action flick. If they don't take the hint, it's worth the weekend it's going to take to read this one. (Note: It's probably good idea if you don't like rats, etc, to not read this book right before going to bed if you're prone to dreaming about that sort of thing.)


Roxann said...

You never seem to have any problem finding books to read, but in case you do, I just read one that I really liked. I figured I'd offer it to you in return for all the great book suggestions you post on here (many of which I have then read, and enjoyed). This one reminded me of something you'd recommend, so I won't be surprised if you've read it. Its "The Eyre Affair" by Jasper Fforde. Its set in an alternate 1985 England where things like time travel happen, and literature is a very big thing (kind of like sports here). The main character is Thursday Next, a literary detective, who spends her time hunting down literary crime. In this book, Acheron Hades (the bad guy) has found a way to change stories by changing the original manuscript. Its fun :)

Bethany K. Warner said...

Hey -- I always take recommendations. It's nice to head into a new book knowing somebody else thought it was worthwhile!

anne frasier said...

i haven't read creepers yet, but i loved the online promotion david did for this book. he had a really cool, spooky, interactive video that went up two or three months before the book came out.