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Creed
Creed
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A devil of a chiller, 5 Nov 2010
This review is from: Creed (Paperback)
I love this book. Joe Creed is a washed up photographer who witnesses a disgusting act in a graveyard. He then is hunted and taunted by demons and other creepy characters. There are a lot of laughs in this book as well as creepy suspense. It is obvious that Herbert enjoyed writing this book and I enjoyed the idea of unappreciated 'monsters'. The scene in the novel when the demonic character is revealed in Creed's photographic studio is genuinely creepy and unsettling. There are some shocks in the novel too which is well written with a nice wit. An enjoyable read and the novel contains enough action and suspense to keep the reader hooked to the end.
5 stars


Fluke
Fluke
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluke wil charm you, 4 Nov 2010
This review is from: Fluke (Paperback)
This is a charming tale about a dog who used to be a man. It is well written short novel and the main character Fluke is adorable. This is very different to Herbert's usual offerings of chills, gore and horror. It is a funny and touching story about a dog's search for acceptance and his soul in the natural world. Fluke gets into some adventures and scrapes-there is enough drama to keep the reader going to find out about Fluke's human past and history. Fluke's friend Rumbo is a charming creation too. Very different from Herbert's usual novels, but well worth reading. Suitable for teenagers too.
5 stars


The Rats
The Rats
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you dare..., 2 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Rats (Paperback)
Absolutely superb! The debut novel of James Herbert is excellent and is well worth reading. The book was written over 30 years ago and is a horror classic. Herbert draws on his East end childhood and a lot of the action and suspense is based in the bombed out houses Herbert would have known as a child. The rats are terrifying and Herbert writes about their horrific attacks on their unfortunate prey with relish. This book has lost none of its power and it is very difficult to put down. Herbert is an excellent writer and a great plotter of atmosphere and suspense.
A novel well worth reading but beware of the nightmares!
5 stars


Haunted
Haunted
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Ash is a flawed hero, 2 Nov 2010
This review is from: Haunted (Paperback)
I love ghost stories and this short novel quickly grabs you by the throat. This is quite a short novel by Herbert and more like a Novella, but it is well written, with plenty of twists (sometimes predictable) and the main character of David Ash is convincing. I read this book when I was a teenager and read it again recently. As I have said in previous reviews James Herbert is a highly underrated writer. In Haunted he crafts a good ghost story, chilling shocks and the atmosphere created by the haunted house is disturbing. A book which is well worth reading and I cannot wait for the third David Ash book to be published next year.
5 stars


Once...
Once...
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Fairytales can come true..., 2 Nov 2010
This review is from: Once... (Paperback)
Another great novel from the master. I read this book is less than a week and I loved the atmosphere and horror set pieces Herbert so effortlessly creates. It's a novel about fairies, magic and the beauty and horror of nature. The supernatural involving a dangerous witch also plays a full part in the novel's narrative and action. I think Herbert's writing goes from strength to strength and this novel is well worth reading. The main character of Thom Kindred is well crafted and the suspense grows on you-I couldn't put this book down towards the end.
I highly recommend it.
Another winner from the master.
5 stars


Domain
Domain
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The best and most terrifying book of the Rats triology, 31 Oct 2010
This review is from: Domain (Paperback)
I first read this book as a 16 year old and read it again recently. The horror is intense and shocking throughout and the main character Culver is credible and well constructed. The mutated rats are terrifying and Herbert creates shocking gore with aplomb and skill. Herbert creates a terrifying post nuclear vision of weakened humans being at the mercy of these disgusting rats and the tone of the novel is chilling and dark. This novel gave me nightmares and really unsettled me-which is a testament to the writing craft of James Herbert. Herbert got me into reading and wider literature and for that I will always be a big fan of his creative flair and horrific visions.


Others
Others
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine chiller from the master, 31 Oct 2010
This review is from: Others (Paperback)
Others is a superb and disturbing read. I read this book in less than a week and the action and suspense grips you throughout.
James Herbert is a fine and underrated writer and the main character in this novel is a clever and sensitive creation. There are twists and turns throughout the novel and the horror in the last third of the novel is intense and spooky. I thoroughly recommend this book and I think it is in the same league as Herbert's earlier masterpieces like The Dark and Domain. I do not agree with people that Herbert has lost his touch. I think he is a fine writer and is able to create a real chilling atmosphere that grips you. This novel is beautifully written and well worth reading. 5 stars.


Nobody True
Nobody True
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Moker is a creepy character, 31 Oct 2010
This review is from: Nobody True (Paperback)
This book is a slow burner but the action and suspense really grips you after the demise of the main character Jim True.
There are some good twists in this novel and Herbert creates a chilling atmosphere. I enjoyed this book but not as much as The Secret of Crickley Hall. Nonetheless it is full of suspense, creepy and the scenes involving the serial killer Alex Moker are particularly chilling. At times, the dialogue is a bit clunky, but this overall a good book and a compelling read. Especially the last third of the novel which is full of twists and action.


The Secret of Crickley Hall
The Secret of Crickley Hall
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herbert is the master, 25 Oct 2010
Absolutely superb. I loved this book and read it in three days. It starts off a bit slowly but the action and supernatural suspense soon grips you. A great read and the atmosphere created by Herbert is creepy and compelling. It is a good old fashioned English ghost story with plenty of twists and some extremely dark revelations about child abuse and torture carried out at Crickley Hall during the Second World War. I would thoroughly recommend this book. Herbert proves once again that he is the master of unsettling chillers. I cannot wait for Herbert's latest novel Ash to come out next year.
A truly macabre and gripping ghost story with tense supernatural action and creepy characters.
5 stars


The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848
The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848
by Munro Price
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, engaging and gripping, 25 Jun 2010
Munro Price was my History lecturer at University and he was a clever and witty Teacher. This book is a gem: absorbing,engaging and written with a real verve. Dr Price explores a period of French history which is often overlooked. I have studied French History from 1789-1914 and have previously been interested in the French revolution, but this book has inspired me to read up on this important (and often neglected) period of French history between the revolutions.


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