4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as scary as The Ritual
Bought this for my mate, since he was kind enough to lend me The Ritual, genuinely the most terrifying book I've ever read bar none. Widely touted as the British Stephen King, I'd have to say Adam Nevill is equally imaginative, but in terms of sheer sleep-with-the-lights-on-for-the-next-week-ness, I'd say he's more comparable to Graham Masterton.
Published 8 months ago by Piper
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably Good
This book is not bad, not great either, but okay.
The story becomes quite predictable in some places, but it moves along with ease. i didnt quite get into the characters, which made me not care what happened to them.
Ultimately, a reasonable book, nothing special.
Published 2 months ago by I Reader
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as scary as The Ritual,
This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)Bought this for my mate, since he was kind enough to lend me The Ritual, genuinely the most terrifying book I've ever read bar none. Widely touted as the British Stephen King, I'd have to say Adam Nevill is equally imaginative, but in terms of sheer sleep-with-the-lights-on-for-the-next-week-ness, I'd say he's more comparable to Graham Masterton.
Highly recommended to anyone who loved The Ritual, or those who enjoy starting out on an innocuous and enjoyable journey that quickly descends into knee-tremblingly, heart-stoppingly, terrifyingly inescapable conditions during which our hero witnesses mind-bending strangeness and everyone's very soul is in peril...this is for you with highly polished brass knobs on!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He keeps improving,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read more!!,
This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)Absolutely loved it!! I could not put it down and I was genuinely frightened when I turned out the lights!! I have not read any books by this author before and I can't wait to read more!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Supernatural Horror,
This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)I have a special section in my bookshelf for Adam Nevill and it's not just because of the quality of his writing. The publication of Banquet For The Damned in 2008 marked a transitional point in the evolution of the current crop of British horror writers, the start of the current golden age in my opinion. Adam Nevill was, of course, the editor of the short-lived, but much admired, Virgin Books horror line which saw the horror section in bookshelves expand overnight. My copies of those books are treasured possessions but times move on and Nevill's follow ups have been just as influential in re-introducing supernatural horror to the masses. From the ghosts of Barrington House in Apartment 16 to the pagan Scandinavian wilderness of The Ritual, Nevill has consistently delivered quality horror fiction.
Last Days tells the story of Kyle Freeman, an independent film maker, struggling to make end meet, who is made an offer he can't refuse. Wealthy media tycoon Max Solomon wants Kyle and cameraman Dan to investigate the mysterious cult, The Temple Of Last Days which ended in bloody tragedy in the Arizona Desert in 1975. Initially the offer seems too good to be true but given his precarious financial position it's not long before Dan and Kyle are off to interview the few people left who were involved in the tragedy.
Of course, it turns out things were too good to be true and our unlikely heroes soon find themselves embroiled in a much deeper, much more dangerous tale of supernatural happenings which stretches back for centuries and is still very real.
Last Days for me was a book of three parts. The initial sections were perhaps the most engaging as Dan and Kyle begin to feel the influence of the supernatural in more and more lurid encounters. The drama escalates quite quickly as the boys' film-making becomes a fight for survival. The pace changes somewhat as the depths of the threat are explained through some protracted exposition in the middle section which is all fascinating and well constructed but just appears a bit slow after that thunderous start. The final few chapters bring us back to full speed though and the ending is suitably tense and fulfilling.
As always, it is the threat that engages most in Adam Nevill's work. Drawing on the ghost story traditions of the likes of M.R. James and Arthur Machen, Nevill creates a realistic occult storyline on which he hangs his grotesque monsters. And what monsters they are, working beautifully as they slowly emerge from vague threat to full-blown horror and our protagonists realise the full extent of the crisis they find themselves in.
I don't think this is Adam Nevill's best book but then he has set such high standards for himself. The main characters are interesting but some of the lesser characters seemed a bit weak and stereotypical (I'm looking at you Jed) this coupled with that tendency to exposition in the middle section knocked half a point off the total score but don't be mistaken, this is still a very good horror novel and one which fans of the supernatural should purchase without hesitation.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scariest Book I've Read,
This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)While reading this book I wouldn't go to the tolet in the dark! I've watched hundreds of horror movies and read hundreds of books and nothing has freaked me out like this book has. It is THE book that did what all others have failed to do: scared the crap outta me. It is also THE best book I've ever read. I can't reccomend this book enough. READ IT! If you love horror and ghost stories this is the book for you. It makes Blaire Witch feel like the Teddy Bears Picnic! I'll definitely be reading it again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts... Cults... Sex... Last Days,
This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)The power of a book is in the legacy it leaves.
I read LAST DAYS over six months ago, with the intention of writing a review as soon as I put the book down. All throughout I was looking forward to offering another review extolling the joys and wonder of yet another Adam Nevill tomb. I made notes as I read, inserted bookmarks where necessary after reading something completely mind blowing and told those around me how "fan-dabby-doozy" the book was.
But then I finished the book. And I put it down. And I abandoned the review. Notes were thrown away and bookmarks discarded. The book put back on the shelf next to all of my other Adam Nevill books and a Polish police procedure novel I'm still to read.
Why? Did I not like LAST DAYS?
No. I loved it. It's brilliant.
Was I so offended by something?
Far from it.
Simple: it's over six months and there are still parts of that book which reach out to me in my dreams and turn restful sleep into nightmares.
You see, I have a terrible memory. All too often I will complete a book and it will be forgotten within 48 hours of me putting it back on the shelf. So any book which stays with me beyond those 48 hours has done something right. And this isn't the first book to do this in 2013. There are a couple of others, which I intend to talk about at a later date. But with LAST DAYS... holy, holy... sweet Moly!
If you've read the book, you will know the scenes I am on about. If you are yet to enjoy Adam Nevill's brilliance, I won't spoil things for you with a heads up. I went into this book totally blind and it's only fair that you do the same.
What I can say is this: remember the true, nasty, real life documentary-type movies such as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and BLAIR WITH PROJECT? Well LAST DAYS contains elements of those and sum. But there's Waco in there. And Charles Manson. And Order of the Temple of the East. So many different ingredients and all of them terrifying - if manipulated correctly -
And as my dreams will testify, Adam Nevill is the master of manipulation.
This is his best book since BANQUET and will, with any luck, reach a huge audience and give the author the glory he deserves...
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read,
This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)Having read apartment 16 and not really enjoyed it ,I was a bit reluctant to read this . How wrong was I. Gripping from start to finish and very spine tingling creepy . One of the best horror books I have read .
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing.,
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?,
To my disappointment, it lived up to neither. Initially it seemed like a good choice, an interesting premise well drawn characters etc, but by the time I'd read the first 30% I was bored stiff. I carried on in the hope that it would get better (all those reviews couldn't be wrong, right) but it didn't.
The problem I had was the author's seeming belief that readers would be so overwhelmed by the horror of the supernatural creatures, he would be excused from devising a plot.
Of course there was an attempt at a storyline, but I found that I was skipping pages of repetitive text to find it.
It's a shame. This had the potential to be a good read, but underdeveloped characters, a bizarre repetition of text and a truly farcical ending turned it into a slog rather than a pleasure.
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite book!,
This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)This book has claimed the number 1 spot in my heart.
I haven't really read much horror genre before this, so I bought it based on reviews from other people here.
I read the prologue just before I went out to watch a football match and throughout the match I kept thinking about what I'd just read. It was only 4 or 5 pages, but I already had questions racing through my mind and couldn't wait to get home to pick the book up again (and I love football, so that speaks volumes!)
Even now, 3 weeks after finishing the book, when I am alone in the dark; whether it be in my room, walking down the pavement at night, walking across the landing to reach the bathroom after dark... My mind switches to my memories of this book and I get a little kick knowing I am safe in this real world, but teasing myself to imagine parts of the book are real and terror lies an arm's length away.
Honestly, never has a book ever had such an effect on me. I could draw up a storyboard, chapter by chapter because everything is still so vividly in my mind.
I am currently making my family read it and indeed writing this review, because I want as many people as possible to share what I felt from reading this book.
Lastly, I even e-mailed the author after I read it, saying how brilliant I thought his book is. He replied the next day with a very nice message, thanking me for my e-mail, saying he was very pleased I liked the book as it "took a lot of writing!"
Please, read this book.
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Last Days by Adam Nevill (Paperback - 11 Oct 2012)