Majestic by Whitley Strieber

This was confusing at the beginning, Strieber states that this is a true story but he has to write it as fiction because to call it truth would be too shocking to the public.
 
     It took me a while to finish this book, the first half was dragging and I couldn't figure out what was going on, and who was who. The story is told to us by Nicholas Duke, a reporter who is interviewing Mr. Wilfred Stone, a lung cancer patient, on his death bed, who wants to tell the truth about what happened in 1947 when a flying disc crashed in Roswell New Mexico (I know I can't believe I read this book either). He was the Director of Majestic, a secret organization created to handle all things UFO. When Duke starts to doubt Wilfred he presents Nicholas with a box of documents (I believe Strieber mentions that these are the real documents) that are supposed to make him believe that all this is true. And he quickly does. He even does some research on his own and interviews a few people who were connected to this event. Nicholas is a strong character and person, he has been dealing with the aliens his whole life, being abducted and experimented on, he still didn't loose his mind. Duke comes to respect and admire him instead of thinking he is crazy. 
 
    So there are abductions, fetuses being stolen and altered to look like them, memories erased, souls transferred to different bodies, yellow flowers and a how sex scene (also the doing of aliens). There are so many different and just feaky incidents in this book that my mind was just spinning sometimes, and I had a hard time focusing on the actual story. Not to say that it was bad, Strieber has one hell of an imagination. (Because I highly doubt that most of those things actually happened).  Strieber also keeps jumping from Nicholas to Will and it was hard to figure out who was telling the story at a certain time. The story itself was interesting, the idea of Aliens "The Others" doing all those things to humans is very disturbing. But you really have to read the book to get the full picture. Now, it was interesting but not very convincing, sure he had the documents to show and all that, but the aliens themselves and the things they would do just didn't seem very believable. They said they are creating a new race, we are them they are us we are all one, but they way he explained it, or didn't really explain it, just went over my head. I didn't get it, and that's the part that I don't think was written all that well. There was too much info Strieber was trying to jam into my head all at once.
 
I would recommend this book to other people who are interested in UFO's but other than that I think it would be too weird for other people to read. I did like it though, didn't love it, but it was a good book. If there really are Aliens out there this is just one more idea of what they are and what they want from us.

Strangers by Dean Koontz

"This book is about a group of people who are brought together by their different and equally strange maladies. These people gather to meet in the middle of the Nevada 'high-desert' to try and figure out what was done to them, who could have done it, while at same time being watched by the people who have done this." As excited as I was when I started this book, due to an awesome recommendation (thanks babe), my excitement quickly diminished. The story was a good and unique idea for the time when this book was written, but it lacked interest and suspense. The surprise ending was predictable, the cover of the book is a good place to start, and the author also gives clues within the first few chapters. The moon...the moon...the moon.... I could guess it's something about aliens, because why else would all the characters be interested in the moon, surely they don't care if it's made out of cheese or not. There is too much time devoted to character development and the back story, it seems as if it's leading up to something amazing, but in reality it's boring and a big disappointment, kind of mushy too.  Ok I won't be too mean, I did like the beginning, you get to meet all the characters, and the different unexplainable things that happend to them. Your mind wonders, where is this gonna go, who do we meet next, what will they remember. But as the pieces of the puzzle are being revealed you realize that they were never really hidden. That's when I say to myself, what the hell? I already knew that, why am I still reading this?  The book would have been better if Koontz devoted a little more time to the ending and a little less time on meaningless events that we could all do without. Every time I put the book down I didn't really want to pick it back up, I could have easily gave up on it, but I stuck to it. I wasn't the most horrible book I have read. But it sure is on the bottom of my list.