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Nevill's Best Yet,
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This review is from: Last Days (Paperback)
Last Days is that rarest of creatures - a book that delivers the pace and accessibility of compelling genre fiction along with the rich rewards of the best literary novels. I'll say nothing about the plot, other than to warn that it grips from the outset and doesn't let up until the story's disturbing conclusion.
Nevill's success is founded on a unique imagination and an exceptional writing talent that creates dialogue so natural and descriptions so vivid that the reader's disbelief is rapidly and permanently suspended. The book also seems thoroughly researched and this adds a real authenticity to both Kyle's film making and to the Mansonesque commune that is his subject - so much so that you might have to look up cults of the 60s and 70s on Wikipedia to separate the truth from the imaginary.
The author has been compared favourably with some of the biggest names in horror and whilst it's true to say he's that good, to say he is anything like them is not. Last Days does not resemble the work of "Britain's Stephen King", but it might be that of M R James on acid transcribing the nightmares of Cormack McCarthy.
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Initial post: 28 Jul 2012 04:52:07 BDT
Peelsticker Toothacher says:
-". . .like M. R. James on acid transcribing the nightmares of Cormac McCarthy"; *now* that's a sentence I wish I heard more often!
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