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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (5 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618680528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618680525
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws on 16 Feb. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of 14 by Peter Clines
5 stars

"14" is an exceptionally plotted horror novel, in the Classic sense, but it is also an exploding and exploratory sci fantasy (fantastical with elements of hard science). I found it totally riveting, a literal "I can't put this down" reading session. Author Peter Clines demonstrates a strong background in the classics of horror, as well as science fiction, steampunk, and alternate-world fantasy. I hesitate to say too much: the novel really deserves to be read, pondered, and savoured.

Nate is a minimum-wage, bored, data entry employee in Los Angeles. Unexpectedly, he finds himself in need of a residence, as one of his roommates is marrying and the other one is moving back to San Francisco, and his salary won't cover their house. An acquaintance mentions an apartment building with a vacancy where the rents are incredibly low (focus is on the adjective "incredibly") so Nate immediately checks into it, discovering the rent really is that low, and moves in. It's not long before he, in conjunction with some of the other tenants, begins to investigate, and to discover the reason for the low rent, not to mention padlocked apartments, doors without doorknobs, a sub-basement, and an elevator that has not run since the building's inception, in the last years of the 19th century.

Empathetic characters and a truly expansive imaginative field of play made "14" a favourite of mine, and a re-read. Do yourself a favour, and don't miss out.

I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy in return for my fair and impartial review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 16 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
It seems that for a creeping, creepy horror story to really work, to really grab you, you need to start out with a realistic and almost bland opener that slowly and convincingly begins to turn dark. This book is just a superb example of how to do that right - and it succeeds with characters, setting, and atmosphere that drift into madness so subtly that you hardly notice until it's too late.

Our hero is a regular guy, with a blah job and a life that's a bit on hold. He moves into a new building with a rent deal that's too good to pass up. At first we get to meet him, his pals, his workmates. We watch him move in to his new apartment and start to get settled in. There is a lot of attention to prosaic detail. We know exactly what kind of crappy job he has. We know his bland routine. We watch him unpack and put away his unremarkable stuff. But odd little details emerge in passing. A neighbor's door has no doorknob - did we crack it off moving the entertainment center? A painted over panel in the back of a closet probably just allows access to the bathroom tub water service. An odd fixture in the kitchen dims normal bulbs. This is mixed in with passing details. The spin cycle doesn't work on the washing machine to the left in the laundry room. There's a padlocked door in the basement, and it seems a little, warm?

No spoilers here. But, you will become invested in the characters. You will feel like you know the building. Mystery upon mystery. A world that expands even as it is closing in.

A classically flavored but modern slow burn of a tension builder. This is how you write this kind of book. You might most like the build up or the reveal or the mystery or just the vibe, but it's all there. A nice find.

Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat on 7 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
I found 14 on a random browse through Audible, but the author's name name was instantly familiar to me as the author of Ex-Heroes. I hadn't heard anything about 14 before I started listening, so I went in completely blind - I didn't even read the synopsis.

Nate is an average guy, with an average job - something that is becoming more and more prevalent in horror novels and it's a damn good thing. There's nothing worse than the main character turning out to be either a) ex-Army/Navy/Black-Ops; or b) completely untrained in combat but puts Macgyver to shame, and I quite liked him as a character. Although there's nothing special about him to make him memorable, I liked his tenacity and the fact that things didn't just fall into place for him. There's a whole cast of characters in the apartment building, but Veek with her sarcastic, sharp wit was definitely one of my favourites. The only one that didn't really work for me was Xela - I could see where Clines was trying to go with her, but just didn't quite hit the mark for me.

As for the actual plot itself, I really didn't see it coming - I thought this would be a standard haunted house, ghosty kinda story, but it was far more complex and intricate than that, and the last part of the book gave me serious heeby-jeebies.

I really enjoyed 14 as a horror novel with a touch of other elements, with interesting characters and a mystery thrown in for good measure. There were a couple of plot lines, especially regarding the history of some of the characters, that didn't feel completely tied up, but also fit in with the mystery element of the book.

The audio version is quite good, I enjoyed the narration and it fit well with the feel of the book, right down to giving me literal goosebumps at the climax.
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