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This Book Deserves To Be Anything But Ignored.
on 14 October 2002
Having read the preceding reviews, this is one novel that definitely seems to have divided everyone into 'love-it' or 'hate-it' camps, with no ground inbetween the two! I, for one, am sitting smack-bang in the middle of the 'love-it' camp, and can't help but feel as though some people totally missed the point of this novel.
I can sympathise with those who, having read other Bentley Little novels such as 'The Summoning' or 'Evil Deeds', were expecting blood and horror in copious amounts. But if you've read other Little novels such as 'The Association', 'The Store' or 'The Mailman', you'll realise this is one of the author's novels that begins with the everyday normality of life, then slowly but surely descends into something quite, quite terrifying.
For many people, a horror book just isn't a horror book without blood, demons, monsters or ghosts. But there is another kind of horror, the horror of day-to-day things turning out to be something they're not. And that's what 'The Ignored' is all about.
... Who's ever felt ignored, or unimportant? Who's been afraid that they'll never accomplish anything of meaning? That they will, in effect, disappear without leaving their mark in life, no matter how small or insignificant?
Well that's how the main character of the novel feels when he begins a new, faceless job at a faceless company with faceless employees. And slowly but surely, it dawns on him that people are ignoring him. Not because they don't like him or want him around, but because... he's literally fading out of existence somehow. And as the days go on, he becomes more and more... ignored and forgotten. At first, it's great - his boss forgets that he works at the company, so he no longer needs to go to his 9 to 5. But then he finds his home inhabited by strangers because he's never lived there. And his mother can't remember giving birth to a son. And that's just the start of his problems...
Bentley Little is a genius and deserves to be a much bigger name in fiction than he is currently.