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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 1998
Betley Little's THE IGNORED is, without a doubt, the best horror novel of 1997. If you cannot identify with the emotions here, you're just NOT from this planet, and your spaceship is waiting for you in Roswell.
Because who hasn't felt ignored at one time or another? Who hasn't felt like no one notices them, and who hasn't thought that, no matter what they do,they'll never get ahead?
Aah... THERE'S the twist, though. THAT'S where Bentley Little spins his magic, and those who have been ignored are no longer. Revenge. And it is so sweet, isn't it?
Yep.
THE IGNORED won't let you down. It will touch you, and then, my friend, you won't be ignored any longer.
Enjoy!
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VINE VOICEon 4 February 2012
Our protagonist, Bob Jones, wakes up one day and realises that he is average. Not just average but Average in absolutely every way. He is average looking and of average height and build. His favourite movies are always exactly the same - and in the same order - as those listed as "Most Popular" in the newspaper. He earned straight C's at school. He works a bland, boring job where nobody pays attention to him. He realises that he has never been good or bad, or even different, in any area of his entire life as for back as he can remember.

When he starts working at a new corportation, doing an incredibly dull desk job and seen thereafter breaks up with his girlfriend, he begins to notice that he is SO average that he is Ignored. he is so bland and unnoticeable that people begin to forget who he is. He talks to people and they look straight through him.

To test how ignored he is, he starts playing micheivious pranks at work to see how far he can go...

I don't want to give the plot away and further than that as it is best that the plot twists come as a surprise.

Overall, I enjoyed this book but ironically (given the subject matter) I found myself losing interest in the story about half-way through as it meanders and gets boring. However, it picks up and I much enjoyed the final part.

I would recommend to Bentley Little fans or those interested in the premise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 1998
Apparently, this is one of those books you either love or hate. I loved it! Brilliant, perceptive and thought-provoking, it's not for the slice-and-dice crowd, but any educated reader who isn't terrified by the implications of this tale has no soul.
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on 26 October 2014
I love all the bentley little books iv read so far but not this one. The resort the store haunted fabulous. Pure scary escapism. But this one really not my cup of tea.its nasty if anything .and you feel nothing for the main charecter. Stopped reading.two thirds of the way through it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 1998
After reading the readers reviews of this book, I was prepared for an all out, can't put it down, horror/thriller. What I got was a slow moving, redundant novel with no basis in reality and an absolutely silly concept. This is the first book by Bentley Little that I've attempted and that was because of the glowing review by Stephen King (who must be selling his reviews to the highest bidder at this point in his career). The story line drags along and just keeps repeating itself and even if you can forgive the complete lack of morality on behalf of the Ignored, you can't "ignore" the fact that you are reminded of their condition on almost every page and always in the same manner. We know what their problem is, now get on with developing a story line and creating some excitement. I wish this book had been as good as some people thought because it would be nice to discover a new talent in genre where everyone else is now concerned only with volume and not wi! th quality.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 1998
I will not elaborate on why I did not like this book because it would take too long. The whole story dragged on and on. I continued reading the story hoping that there would be some sense to it, but that did not happen. Maybe his other books are better, I don't know but I just don't understand how anyone could call "The Ignored" a horror book. The only reason I bought this book was because the ratings were good but I guess everyone thinks differently.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 1998
Interesting premise but it just didn't go anywhere. Unfocused and redundant to the point of being maddening, The Ignored got sillier with each page. A real disappointment after the high praise I had heard about the book.
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