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4.0 out of 5 stars Great atmospheric horror
Great read. Vintage in its style. The army, nuclear scientists and some ancient horror out in the countryside. Feel of the Quatermass films and books. Good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly lacking
Part of the problem when you bring a book up to date from an earlier time is that the things that scared the viewer back then is something that can be quite tame by todays standard. Such is the case with this adaptation of the Hammer 1956 film X: The Unknown where radiation is the fear of the day.

Sadly by bringing it forward to today's setting a lot of what...
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great atmospheric horror, 5 Nov 2012
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Great read. Vintage in its style. The army, nuclear scientists and some ancient horror out in the countryside. Feel of the Quatermass films and books. Good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making X-The Unknown known!!, 14 July 2012
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Shaun Hutson has done a brilliant job of novelising the screenplay to this 50's Hammer classic. He previously novelised another Hammer movie, Twins Of Evil. With X-The Unknown he has updated the story by moving it from the 1950's to the present day, whilst at the same time keeping true to the theme and tone of the original piece. It reads like vintage Shaun Hutson horror fare and will delight both his literary fans and Hammer officiandos alike. It will also serve to introduce new people to an old, but certainly not forgotton, masterpiece
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly lacking, 16 Aug 2012
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Part of the problem when you bring a book up to date from an earlier time is that the things that scared the viewer back then is something that can be quite tame by todays standard. Such is the case with this adaptation of the Hammer 1956 film X: The Unknown where radiation is the fear of the day.

Sadly by bringing it forward to today's setting a lot of what was assumed back then has sadly bitten the dust in not only theory but has been blasted into oblivion by fact. That alone took the book well out of the realms of believability which whilst you can suspend whilst watching the film sadly just niggles the reader.

Whilst Shaun's writing is a highlight for the publisher, as a reader I was sadly hoping for a lot more than was actually presented as this book felt flat not only in the subject matter but also with the characters within that weren't fleshed out enough for me to care for them as a reader. All in a great shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars X The Unknown, 15 Mar 2014
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An excellent read,very true to the original plot but brought up to date the "Shaun Hutson" way, well worth it..
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4.0 out of 5 stars X, 11 Jan 2014
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been a fan of shaun hutson for a long time ,so glad he is rewriting these old hammer classics from the sixties
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book, 27 Nov 2013
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I love Shaun Hutson novels and this is yet another that doesn't fail to impress. Read it cover to cover very quickly and really loved the suspense! X
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dont buy very poor writing, 3 Aug 2013
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very poor for shaun hutson .it read like a hammer films script early sixties style.i think mr hutson must have watched the film of the same title then tried to modernise it a bit .very poor shaun i have been a fan for a long time so i was very dissapointed with this book/
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept the flavour, 28 July 2013
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Being a fan of Hammer films and Hutson I was intrigued by this marriage. Hutson updated the story while all the time keeping the overall feel of the original script. Both Hammer and Shaun have a style all of their own, but each was equally mantained which I found very impressive. All through the book I could feel the charm and feel of the film which was unique to Hammer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 50's science fiction, 23 Jun 2013
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updated to the modern day without losing the overall feel of the original movie on which the story is based. Embellishes the plot without straying too far from the original screenplay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good update, 20 May 2013
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The original story was set in the 1950's and was good for its time, but this version has been updated to the 2010's making it a good read. With this update it would be interesting to see if anyone would pick it up and re-make the movie
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