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Freeze Paperback – March 5, 2016
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Daniel Pyle is the author of DISMEMBER, DOWN THE DRAIN, FREEZE, the upcoming DEEP ROUGH, and many short stories. He's also the editor of UNNATURAL DISASTERS and an Active member of the Horror Writers Association. After studying creative writing at Amherst College, he moved back to Springfield, Missouri, where he now lives with his wife and three children. You can visit him online at www.danielpyle.com.
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I think the "creatures" would have been better if they were actual creatures instead of ice. Not very scary if you think of a blob of ice terrorizing. Loved this authors other book, Dismember, though.
What person seeing something moving right up to and actually smacking against a frost-covered window would continue trying to look out of the window so close to it that their nose was almost touching it? And, although Warren mentions the possibility that Tess got glass in her lungs, it's not explained how that could happen and yet her eyes not be affected. Also, if glass in her lungs was the problem, I can just about guarantee that she'd feel a little more than a tickle before coughing up the blood. They have a medical emergency with Tess coughing up what sounds like massive amounts of blood, which is the reason Warren heads out into the blizzard for help. But then, after he leaves, Tess fights against the monsters holding burning logs with fireplace tongs and manages to rescue a heavy dog, all without having any more problem with it again until nearly the very end of the story. It was almost as though the author remembered near the end that she was supposed to be coughing up blood. The house is without power and -- other than the room with the fireplace -- very cold, but Tess runs around naked in the dark (I believe this was just an opportunity for the author to describe her cold nipples). This couple sounds woefully unprepared for a winter storm in the Rockies considering the fact that they live there. For example: They have matches and candles but nothing with which to hold a lit candle, so Tess has to wrap a page torn from a magazine around the base of one to keep hot wax from burning her. A working hot water heater is mentioned more than once, but it's not explained how it continues working with the power out. Is it run on gas? If so, that's a little detail that could've easily been included. But a particularly unbelievable moment was when the injured dog licked Tess' bare hand, his tongue stuck to her skin and she had to pry it off (the author didn't say so, but I assume he meant it froze to her). The dog was still alive, she was actually in the process of rescuing him, and I assume they both had SOME body heat, so just how exactly could that happen?
OK, I know readers have to suspend a certain level of belief for horror or sci-fi, but at least some of the more natural circumstances should be believable. Even though there were far fewer problems with grammar and sentence structure than many indie books, because of the numerous improbable -- and even unbelievable -- situations and the extremely unsatisfactory ending, I could only give this novella 2 stars.
I lived in the country side of Iowa growing up we can get early snows here some heavy enough we can't get out to town till the road is plowed & windy enough to lose our lights regularly! We had a stock pile of food, bottled water, wood stove in the basement, large first aid kit, lamps, lamp oil, candles & working flashlights. Not to mention extra blankets, indoor heavy clothes & outdoor heavy clothes, paper plates, old fashioned drip coffee maker & a gas stove so the burners could be used for heating water or fixing meals.
There is no explanation for the ice monsters, nor even a reason hinted at why they have come alive now. The hero & heroine don't know their neighbors as they live a ways away from their cabin. So why do the two neighbors who roar up in a snowmobile know how to fight the Ice monsters?
I believe this Author didn't put any thought into the story nor do any research as the book it just ends there is no satisfactory conclusion nor any answers given. Terribly disappointing as I do like some idea with all genre of books as to the how's, why's & wherefores. Good premise no follow through don't spend money on it I'd wait to get it free.