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Breeding Ground [Paperback]

Sarah Pinborough
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5 July 2011
Life was good for Matt and Chloe. They were in love and looking forward to their new baby. But what Chloe gave birth to isn't a baby. It isn't even human. It's an entirely new species that uses humans only for food-and as hosts for their young. As Matt soon learns, though, he is not alone in his terror. Women all over town have begun to give birth to these hideous creatures, spidery nightmares that live to kill-and feed. As the infestation spreads and the countryside is reduced to a series of web-shrouded ghost towns, will the survivors find a way to fight back? Or is it only a matter of time before all of mankind is reduced to a...Breeding Ground.

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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing; Reprint edition (5 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1428516255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428516250
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,239,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Pinborough was born in 1972 in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, where her family still have their home. She spent much of her childhood and adulthood travelling all over the world - her father, now retired, was a diplomat and so her early years were spent roaming the Middle East before, at eight years old, she packed her trunk and headed off to boarding school for a ten-year stretch, the memories of which she says still provide her with much of her material for horror writing . . .

She now lives about five miles from where she was born, with her cats, Mr Fing and Peter. She is a member of the British Fantasy Society, The Horror Writers' Association and, along with fellow horror authors Sarah Langan, Alex Sokoloff and Deborah LeBlanc, is part of the writing collective known as MUSE.

Although best known as a horror writer, with a number of published novels already under her belt, Sarah has begun to also write supernatural thriller novels, and is branching out into YA, under a pseudonym. A Matter of Blood is her debut novel on the Gollancz list: a dark, compelling psychological thriller with a touch of the supernatural, a must-read for all Steve Mosby fans.

Her influences include Stephen King, Clive Barker, Graham Joyce, Michael Marshall (Smith), John Wyndham, Dean Koontz and Madonna . . . and she admits that she really doesn't know what people who don't write do with their time. Housework, probably.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly disconcerting 19 Feb 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'll keep this short to avoid any spoilers.

I'm a big fan of 'End of the world' type stories ranging from Domain by James Herbert to The Rift and anything involving Zombies. It's been a while since I read anything that left me feeling unsettled, (really since I read Domain about fifteen years ago).

The book is well written which just makes the fairly unpleasant subject matter work all the better, the quality of the writing is excellent, something that's been sadly lacking in a number of novels I've read recently.

So, I'm not going to spoil it at all, suffice to say that I've loaned my copy to three people, they've all gone on to buy the author's other two books.

It's the end of the world, but via a really original route :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80s stile horror 31 Jan 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great fast paced enjoyable read. If your one of these people who needs everything explained then don't read it because you'll end up pretty unhappy. If on the other hand you loved 80s horror movies that made your skin crawl but didn't waste a lot of time explaining how the monster came about you'll love it. Its action packed and i'll definately be reading her other three books now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original... 16 Sep 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Apocalyptic novels aren't really my thing, but I was recommended this after reading Conrad Williams's THE UNBLEMISHED. If the end of the world were really my thing, I'd probably give this five stars, but I just can't do it. It's extremely well written (it's apparent Ms. Pinborough teaches English) and scary both in its description and its content.

As an annoyingly fickle reader, I have to say, I was very impressed - so much so I went out and bought THE HIDDEN, Ms. Pinborough's debut novel
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking characterisation 7 Sep 2013
By Kat
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Breeding Ground has been on my TBR since October 2011 and was on my wishlist for several months before that. And yes, this is a horror book about spiders - arachnophobes beware.

The story begins with a young couple, Matt and Chloe who discover that, although unplanned, Chloe is expecting their first child. Their lives are typical of a couple in their early thirties, and although unexpected, both are excited about the prospect of their new arrival. It's only as Chloe's pregnancy progresses that things start to take a turn for the unusual, as she puts on weight rapidly and becomes moody and unpredictable.

The realisation that things are not normal comes slowly to Matt, and that's the first part of the plot I had an issue with. I get that he was caught up in his job and Chloe's difficulties, but he doesn't notice that something unusual is happening in his town and indeed around the country until the shit hits the fan late one night and it seemed unrealistic that he hadn't seen anything unusual on the news or even within his town.

In some parts of the story I liked Matt, at others I would have greatly enjoyed slapping him - he moves from woman to woman without much show of emotion (OK, he's a man but do we really need to be so stereotypical?) and he isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer - he misses vital clues when another woman falls pregnant that are exactly the same as Chloe experienced only a short time before.

There's a cast of other survivors, some interesting, some completely annoying and a whole bunch that kind of melt together into one person rather than having individual personalities and I kept getting confused as to who exactly each of these characters were and I couldn't tell you their back stories by the time I reached the end of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do not say she looks fat for heavens sake!! 4 Sep 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
End of the world books are good aren`t they?
if done right of course which this one was in my opinion.

the story is the standard disparate band of survivors trying to stay alive when the world has gone crappy and in this case keep out of view of some pretty nasty creatures. They are a good group too, likeable and realistic.

if you like this kind of thing then give this book a shot, its a good no brainer read ( is that even a sentence? )

Paul, Cardiff
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