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The Store [Mass Market Paperback]

Bentley Little
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1 Jan 1998
From the author of THE REVELATION, EVIL DEEDS and NIGHT SCHOOL, a horror story in which the arrival of a new discount store in a small Arizona town begins a sinister chain of events.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; Reissue edition (1 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451192192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451192196
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Does for retail what Orwell did for government 1 Sep 2008
By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a great book, I've never read any of Bentley Little's books and this was the first, I can safely say that I will try his other books now and think I'll reread this one.

The book works on a number of levels, there's a horror dimension which keeps the reader guessing right the way through and is never spelt out properly in black and white, although I felt it was pretty clear and didnt need to be spelt out.

There's also a narrative on market power and market forces in a way also, a store rolls into small town America, before long more than 90% of the population are completely dependent upon the store for ALL their needs, then the store begins to create/encourage fresh needs, cater to unsavoury needs or vices, Store personnel move from buying of local politicians to outright seizing power and pushing a privatisation agenda that guarantees them absolute power.

I've heard people complain about this book, infact its part of what inspired an interest for me, that they felt it was an anti-establishment screed and that Little was horror writer turned dystopian and couldnt quite carry it off.

That's not what I thought at all, I think he carried it off well, it did make me think he was doing for retail what Orwell did for government without failing to write a pacy, engaging horror story. I know a lot of people who have entrenched views about market forces only ever being a servant, never the master, it's likely they'll hate this book or consider it too far fetched or extreme but I'd ask them to check their ideological blinkers for just a moment.

I kept thinking of Needful Things the whole time that I read this book but I think that this is superior in a lot of ways to Stephen King's version of devilry and temptation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST NINE TO FIVE... 26 Aug 2007
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is an entertaining work of contemporary horror by its Bram Stoker Award winning author. It is a creepy, inventive tale of horror that also works as a parable. Once again, the setting is in the Southwest, where in the sleepy, remote desert town of Juniper, Arizona, a lumbering retail giant called The Store has decided to put down stakes. The Store, reminiscent of a Wal-Mart, offers just about everything a consumer could ever want at prices that are unbelievably low. More importantly, it will be offering jobs to the towns constituents, jobs that are sorely needed. Yet, instead of bringing prosperity to the town, the town takes a turn for the worse.

When this retail giant disregards environmental concerns and destroys a beautiful meadow on the outskirts of the town, where it will be based, it succeeds in making an enemy of Bill Davis, a technical writer who works from home, where he lives with his wife. Ginny, and their two teenage daughters, Shannon and Samantha. As time goes on, Bill notices that The Store has brought evil into his town and fostered a cult-like devotion to its existence. He notices that there seem to be strange goings on at The Store, especially at night, where a black clad army of night managers seem to be holding down the fort. Moreover, against his wishes, both his daughters start working there. Bill finally tackles the store head on, as do a few others. All who come up against the store run into trouble. Even Bill, who already suspects the worst, is unprepared for how truly and fiendishly evil The Store and its President, Newman King, actually are.

This is a clever, allegorical story that suffers a bit from some moments of total implausibility having nothing to do with the horror aspects of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST NINE TO FIVE... 26 Sep 2006
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an entertaining work of contemporary horror by its Bram Stoker Award winning author. It is a creepy, inventive tale of horror that also works as a parable. Once again, the setting is in the Southwest, where in the sleepy, remote desert town of Juniper, Arizona, a lumbering retail giant called The Store has decided to put down stakes. The Store, reminiscent of a Wal-Mart, offers just about everything a consumer could ever want at prices that are unbelievably low. More importantly, it will be offering jobs to the towns constituents, jobs that are sorely needed. Yet, instead of bringing prosperity to the town, the town takes a turn for the worse.

When this retail giant disregards environmental concerns and destroys a beautiful meadow on the outskirts of the town, where it will be based, it succeeds in making an enemy of Bill Davis, a technical writer who works from home, where he lives with his wife. Ginny, and their two teenage daughters, Shannon and Samantha. As time goes on, Bill notices that The Store has brought evil into his town and fostered a cult-like devotion to its existence. He notices that there seem to be strange goings on at The Store, especially at night, where a black clad army of night managers seem to be holding down the fort. Moreover, against his wishes, both his daughters start working there. Bill finally tackles the store head on, as do a few others. All who come up against the store run into trouble. Even Bill, who already suspects the worst, is unprepared for how truly and fiendishly evil The Store and its President, Newman King, actually are.

This is a clever, allegorical story that suffers a bit from some moments of total implausibility having nothing to do with the horror aspects of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good service from Amazon Market place
Book arrived really quickly, and in good condition. It is old but I expected that. I cannot comment on the content as I am saving it for the beach n the summer, don't like taking... Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. O. Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars the store
this book is ace, did read it years ago, but lost my copy was pleased to be able to replace it and have the chance to read it again, reminds me of how tesco is taking over every... Read more
Published 21 months ago by jane doe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Store with no name.
This is the first Bentley Little book I have read and now I will be definitely be reading more. This is more a suspense or mystery novel than horror although there are some... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by vi
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired of this! I want stories!
I am sick and tired of Bentley Little's social satires poorly masked as horror novels.

I don't want to know about home owners association, giant stores that crush small... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2008 by Ricardo Rebelo
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing waste of real potential
The Store represents my first encounter with Bentley Little, and while he is clearly a talented writer who never allows the story to sag or slow down at all, what I viewed at first... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2003 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Terror is open for business!
Little has done it again!He has written a classic tale of terror with a novel twist. A mysterious department store has relocated to a sleepy arizona town and slowly takes it... Read more
Published on 7 April 2002 by Rodney Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars As Mystery books go, this one hits the mark
I'm gonna be quite to the point here. The book was great, held my attention throughout and truely created images in your mind as the Author had intended. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Little is an author obsessed with the dichotomy between individuality and groupthink, and his fear of institutions and large corporations has never been more fully articulated... Read more
Published on 14 Jun 1999
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