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Jago [Paperback]

Kim Newman
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8 Mar 2013
Paul, a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world, and his girlfriend Hazel, a potter, have come to the tiny English village of Alder for the summer. Their idea of a rural retreat gradually sours as the laws of nature begin to break down around them. The village, swollen by an annual rock festival of cataclysmic proportions, prepares to reap a harvest of horror.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Reprint edition (8 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781164231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781164235
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A tour de force which succeeds brilliantly." --The Times

If you enjoy bold, bloody and undeniably adult horror then I suggest you look no further than here. --The Eloquent Page

"One of Newman s best works and a must-read." --Killer Aphrodite

"Most horror writers would kill to be able to create such a delirious, hallucinogenic concatenation of nightmares on the page... Newman s wit, invention and descriptive powers have never been more vividly stated. --Horror View

About the Author

Kim Newman is a well known and respected author and movie critic. He writes regularly for Empire Magazine and contributes to The Guardian, The Times, Time Out and others. He makes frequent appearances on radio and TV. He has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truly horrifying 19 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
After reading Newman's Anno Dracula on several occasions, when the chance to read and review a publisher's copy came up, I jumped at the chance. However, after reading it, I'm almost at a loss as to how to approach it in review. So, let's try this:

The Good: Newman has a wonderful style and is to my mind one of the foremost writers of the horror genre. He takes the time to fully develop his characters, and make you truly want to root for them in the face of whatever horrific situation he's devised. His thought process is truly twisted, so don't expect your "run of the mill" horror novel. There were moments while reading this novel that I was either horrified, or grossed out, which is generally the intent of horror. The climax of the novel also makes up for what comes next.

The Bad: This is a 300 page novel packed into a 643 page shell. Newman is a master of universe building, but spends so much time putting the pieces in place, it holds back the novel. It took me six months to read this novel. Every time I got fed up and said, "where the hell is this going," I'd put the novel down and read something else until I was ready to attempt it again. There's also some subtle irony in that we don't meet Anthony Jago, beloved leader of the Agapemone cult (and whose name graces the cover) until almost halfway through the novel. There's never really any development of his character, except through brief moments from his past, and even then they're told from the point of view of those around him. We never really get an explanation of what makes this God on earth tick.

The Ugly: There are some truly disgusting moments in this novel, so be forewarned. On the other hand, if you love a good gross out, then this is the book for you--if you're willing to invest the time. For me, I think I'll go re-read Anno Dracula.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well...I'm not even sure where to begin 6 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
So first of all, this book took me absolutely MONTHS to finish. I'm not a slow reader so this was an odd sensation for me. Please don't assume that because it took a long time it must have been a bad book, the book was great, there are other reasons.

Each chapter in this book tells part of the story from a different characters point of view, eventually blending them together. It works pretty well, although it did take me quite some time to get my head round the characters because of this. It also meant that I found it difficult to just pick up the book and read a bit as I found that if I only read a chapter I would forget what on earth had been going on and who it happened to. Maybe that is just my poor memory I don't know. I ended up reading the book in large chunks when I had the time and found it much easier going...

On to the story... It starts of weird and then decides that 'weird' is for babies and goes into night-mare mode. There is so much going on at the beginning I'm still not sure how it ended up being tied together at the end, but it was. I thought it was really well written and absolutely MESSED UP. It is also one of those books you really can't say too much about without spoiling it.

WARNING: If swear words and a lot of weird sex stuff offends you, you probably won't like this book. You're missing out, but there is quite a bit of it...

(Full disclosure: I received this free from the publisher to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not altered by this.)
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It's not often that a novel is set in Somerset, with its yokels talking in softly burred accents, and it's less frequent that those novels are apocalyptic page turners. Newman, one of Empire magazine's film critics, took every bad horror movie he could think of and lumped them into Jago. And then he went further, including the Green Man (if you're scared of Morris dancers or forests, that will make it much, much worse for you), the War of the Worlds, children's sick jokes, and much more.

There's few things that made an impression on me the first time round; there was the farmer rutting with the soil of his farm. A sentence like "Farmer Maskell fertilised his fields" tends to stick with you, if you're a teenage boy. Most of the other sexual references (and there's a few, this being a more respectable version of a lurid Shaun Hutson horror) passed me by when I was younger, or I just blotted them out. I'd completely forgotten about the pub full of sick jokes (which is something I remember Will Self doing similar things with in The Quantity Theory Of Insanity), I'd never encountered the Ramones so I wouldn't understand the `gabba gabba' references and somehow I'd forgotten all the religious imagery. The F***ing Hell feels reminiscient of Slither, which appeared in cinemas about 15 years later, but I suppose the collapse of flesh into monstrosity predates that, with films like Society and much more besides.

I suppose it would be surprising if I hadn't forgotten something; Jago is a hefty wodge of a book, and although some things will stick with each reader (the Moebius strip of a plot is probably one of them) there will be details you forget, or just miss in the first place.

With twenty more years of reading horror, it's nice to appreciate some of what Newman was doing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Kims best
After the triumphs for me of Anno Dracula and The Hound of the Durbervilles, there seems to be an appetite for putting out Kim's bottom drawer stuff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. King
1.0 out of 5 stars A shocker! (Shockingly bad that is)
This book is an absolute shocker, not because it is any good, but precisely because it is so bad: the best way I can describe it is as a bloated and fly-blown corpse, one that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J Whitgift
3.0 out of 5 stars Sriking and shocking but not Newman's best
Originally written by Kim Newman in 1991, Jago still feels fresh. I have really enjoyed his Anno Dracula series and Professor Moriarty and the Hound of the D'Urbervilles. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel Cann
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinister Cult Horror
Alder is just like any other village, everyone knows everyone else's business and some of the families have lived there for countless generations. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page)
5.0 out of 5 stars like, crazy
not a fan of the dracula stories but this, alongside the quorum, is in my top five book list. which doesn't exist, but that's another story
set in a country village around the... Read more
Published on 1 April 2006 by radio atlantis
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quatermass, not the pits either
I feel as if I have just finished the best possible example of a genre that's not really to my liking. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Newman at his best
If you are a fan of Kim Newman (or Jack Yeovil, whatever), as I am, you will probably think about this book that it is not quite what you expected. Read more
Published on 14 April 2000
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