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The Town
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2000
THE TOWN has some of Little's best characters to date: Russian immigrants living in the SouthWest US. Their sub-society is well-portrayed; if he did not know the workings of this group beforehand, he reasearched them well. The feeling of menace is strong from the first scenes onward, at the book's peak, it is almost overpowering. An excellent read! Well worth the price of admission!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2004
I can honestly say that this book will appeal to non horror fans as much as to them. It recounts a story that most of us have probably heard somewhere along the way in some shape or form.
The story evolves around a family moving back to the small village that the parents grew up in hoping to recapture small town life but instead coming across evil in its barest form.
Very well written with a story that keeps those pages turning.
I would place Bentley in the middle tier of 'horror' writers at this point in time, but more stories like this with a little more originality could escalate him into the company of your Koontz's, King's and Piccirilli's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2005
I'd never read anything by Bentley Little before, and to be honest I really wasn't expecting too much out of this book and as I progressed through the beginning I decided that this really isn't what I'd call a 'good book'. However neither is it what I would call a 'bad book' it sat somewhere in the middle in that, often ignored, grey area of average.
The Town (or Guests depending on the nationality of the release) is about a lottery winner returning to his home town in Arizona in order to provide his children with a better environment to grow up in. That's the outside excuse the motives seem to be more to do with the parents being bored after quitting their jobs.
Almost the moment they get to town strange things start to happen and things go on from there.
Like I said this is an average read. Parts are darn exciting but a lot of it is a little too stretched and a little slow and other parts don't really make much logical sense. However that doesn't fail this novel at all and the ending in particular is a rampant and exciting journey. Although I found some parts to be rushed through and felt other parts dragged on too long.
I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone looking to start with Bentley Little, or just looking for something different
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This is a moderately entertaining horror story, though not one of the author's best. Here, California lottery winner Gregory Tomasov is now a man of means. He decides to move himself, his wife, their three children, and his mother, back to his home town of McGuane, Arizona. The Tomasovs are of Russian extraction and were brought up in the Molokan religion. As a group, Molokans are milk drinking pacifists, who live strictly by the tenets of the bible and recognize both Christian and Jewish holidays and celebrations. This makes them a much misunderstood group, and their beliefs have subjected them to persecution throughout the ages. Gregory's mother is an old school Molokan, although Gregory and his family have fully assimilated into the American culture.

When they move to McGuane, the Tomasovs are, unbeknownst to them, moving into a house where mass murders took place, as a man killed his entire family and himself in one night of senseless carnage. Meanwhile, Gregory's mother, Agafia, is very upset that her son did not invoke the old Molokan tradition of inviting Jedushka Di Muvedushka to come live with them in their new house in McGuane. He is what Molokans call the Owner of the House, an unseen little man with a beard who keeps those in the house safe from harm.

When they get to their new house, it seems that the town is going through some changes. Evil seems to be lurking everywhere and odd things seem to be happening....in the dark. Despite being reunited with his best friend from childhood, Paul Mathews, owner of the local coffee house, it seems that maybe moving back to McGuane wasn't such a good idea for Gregory and his family. Their house has some of the family members spooked, and the old ritual bath house on their property has a miasma of evil hanging over it. As more and more bad things happen in the town and to the townsfolk, the talk is that perhaps the newcomers are responsible. Moreover, to the locals all the Molokans in the town seem to be suspect, as well.

Meanwhile, Agafia has joined up with other members of the local Molokan church, as she knows that evil is afoot in the house in which she, as well as her son and his family, are living. She also knows it is afoot as well as in the ritual bathhouse. She feels that it is up to her to cleanse the house and bathhouse of the evil within. She believes is her fault bad things are happening for not having invited the Owner of the House to live with them, as Molokan tradition demands. Evil, however, will not go down for the count without a fight, a fight that is proving to be more than that for which even Agafia bargained.

With most of the author's works, there is a jarring sexual note that is interjected into the story. This book is no exception. Some of it is, as always, shocking. The only difference is that, in addition to being shocking, there is one incident that is absolutely side-splittingly funny and involves probably one of the most grounded characters in the book, Odd Morrison, the local handyman. You will know what I mean when you get to that part of the book. It is, in fact, the highlight of the story in my estimation. I do not know when I last laughed so hard. Odd is one of my favorite characters in the book, along with Agafia. All the others pale in comparison.

In any case, while this is not one of the author's best efforts, fans of the author and those who enjoy the horror fiction genre will derive a modicum of enjoyment from its pages.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2007
The previous reviews tell you the storey so i wont go over it again. It was a good read but not bentleys best. Bit too much background detail on the russian religion side and not enough splatterhouse gore for me.
I have progressed to bentley little having read all of richard laymon and steve gerlachs' books but Bentley is not nearly as graphic or frightening as the other two, which may suit the tame horror reader. try the university or the excellent rage before reading this. Better still, read richard laymon or steve gerlach if you havent already.
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on 21 June 2015
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