- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 900 KB
- Print Length: 343 pages
- Publisher: Severed Press (17 Nov. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004YWG662
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- Customer reviews: 50 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #688,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One day in a normal town, people just start going crazy nuts . It begins with isolated incidents of violence where peoples underlying resentments and repressed anger erupts into acts of savagery. Quickly, like a virulent virus of viciousness, the violence spreads and soon most people are effected and everything escalates.
The plot focuses mainly on one man who seems untouched by the madness and has to witness society collapsing around him.
People, male and female,old and young, meek and mild, regress into barbarity. Hunting each other, ravaging, killing and worse. Every little darkness in the soul bubbles to the surface and is allowed to run amok in the streets and homes of the once civilized suburbia.
The writing is brilliant, even though the pages flow red with carnage and I wanted to look away, the writer kept me hooked from the very start, giving me small glimers of hope,of sanity and normality only to snatch it away again and replace it with desperation. But, although I was shocked and disgusted there were some social and psychological 'what-if's' investigated here that added depth and intellect to this gruesome tale. This book is also highly enjoyable in a car-crash rubber-necking kinda way and the pace never slows so my interest never wained. If you can stomach it, you will find a energetic juggernaut of a book that will enthrall and disturb you in equal measure. A must for anyone who likes their gore smeared on the walls. Also brilliant in a similiar way isCarnal SurgeryThank you.
Disturbing but brilliant.
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Naja eigentlich ist die Thematik 'back to the rules' aus zivilisierten Menschen werden Neanderthaler spannend. Aber in diesen Fall nicht. Die Handlungen wiederholen sich andauernd. Und der ständige Verweis auf animalische Instinkte nervt KEIN TIER verhält sich dermaßen.
Brutal ist das Buch durchaus nach den ersten Seiten wird leider klar, das außer Gewalt nicht viel übrig bleibt.
As usual, Curran's writing is good, and the book does not fail on his use of description, dialogue, or other mechanics. While Curran overuses certain unusual words to the point of distraction, and the phrase "he/she knew it" (though not as much as in The Hive), these points are not enough to ruin the book. There are some typos as well, more than I remember in other books, but again not a ton and not a deal killer.
The issues I have with this book are several fold. First, I am not someone who considers themselves squeamish. The violence in this book, however, is so prevalent and so relentless that it begins to lose all impact. While this may have been one of Curran's goals, to desensitize the reader to the horror in the same way as the main character, but ultimately that feels hollow. The parade of borrow feels almost banal and routine by the end. The constant catalog of atrocities both from the main character and others points of view becomes both repetitive and lacking in any impact. The same issue arose in The Hive with descriptions of the city in the arctic - it becomes so common that you just don't want to read about it anymore.
Next, the plot is lacking. The progression lacks focus as if the main character is not really sure what to do, which leads to him seemingly wandering aimlessly for most of the book. With half of the book from the POV of primitive humans, their simplistic goals are similarly unfulfilling as a reader. The idea off why the people are going crazy is interesting, but the plot progression just doesn't build on it adequately.
Ultimately , I wanted to like this book. The concept of people going crazy is a great one, but many books seem to just miss the mark. The Devil Next Door sadly falls into the category and I can't recommend it to anyone but a Curran completist.
The writing is good, you feel what Louis feels, his sense of confusion and horror. His want to see if his wife is ok and him trying to protect a young girl named Macy. Around him the people he knew are regressing into beasts and Louis is trying to find a way to understand and survive.
The only problem comes in with the lack of actual story. This book does not go any deeper than 'everyone starts to go crazy and there is lots of gore'. There is a lot of repetition, people doing and saying the same things. A few mentions here and there about what is the cause of this situation, but not much. Mostly this book is start to finish extreme violence and blood and guts. As one who likes tales that don't shy away from violence, I found this book to deliver on that end. However it is not as good as a story as his other book 'Dead Sea', so it was a let down in that area. Tim Curran is definitely a great writer, and if you are looking for a mindless gore-fest then this book will give you that, however its all it gives you.
This book is funny! One of my favorite parts in The Devil Next Door is when a older guys(I think he was a retired military officer)told a ten year old kid to prove himself by bringing him back some young gee gee. I lol at that part of the book. Also another funny part was when the mail man came by. Some people may find it horrible because of all the violence that are in it but for me its just right!
There is a book for everyone in the world. I thought all books were dead right boring. However the author Tim Curran has shine some light in my face. Everyone in this book is freaking turning back to prehistoric humans and its causing them to act like wild animals. Its funny that this author didn't get into trouble for putting teens and 10 year old's in ultra violent and sexual situations. Living civilized in modern times one day then slowly turning back to uncivilized animals is what this book about. Plus the violence.
The Devil Next Door begins with the world going mad. Louis, your typical suburban guy on his way home from work stumbles across two guys beating the absolute crap out of a young boy, leaving him for dead. When he tries to help the kid, the kid goes nuts on him and he is forced to knock him down himself. Puzzled, he calls the cops. The cops then appear odd, very odd. They talk to him like cops shouldn't talk to anyone and they discuss this poor dead kid as if he was a bit of trash on the street. Louis is scared and scurries home. This is the beginning of the end. Within hours, this whole town called Greenlawn has turned itself from a town full of respectable kids, adults, teachers, accountants and fashion sales people into raging, animalistic, primitive, cavemen type monsters. People strip their clothes off, piss on their lawns to mark their territory, rape their neighbours and worst of all they hunt. They hunt because that is what is in their instincts and they cannot stop hunting. They move from house to house, person to person, some forming into clans in order to hunt in packs and each one is wanting to be the leader and each one is just as hungry for strength, power and respect as the next. Poor Louis and one of his neighbours find themselves stuck in this nightmare. They don't have anywhere to run, anywhere to hide, anyone to call or turn to when the entire town are violent, cannibalistic maniacs that don't even speak English anymore, let alone be reasoned with.
I have read a lot of books about people going nuts and starting to kill each other. Stephen King's The Cell, David Moody's Hater, just to name two off the top of my head. But this one is different. Curran not only tells a great story but is brutal in telling it. You don't just hear about the little kid that went nuts and killed his teacher. You read about how he toyed with him, slashed him up real good, got him on his knees, threw a spear through his back when he starts to gets tired, slashes his throat and finally rips his heart out of his rib cage and eats its so that all the essence and power of this person is then passed onto the eater. The whole book is like this, one big long story of carnage, mayhem and torture that all occurs within a small 24 hour window.
At first I struggled with this book. There are so many characters and the first 100 pages or so is just story after story, individual after individual that is either turning into a savage or getting torn apart by one. There are many stories and Louis and his neighbour, Macy are in there somewhere but they aren't the most dominant part of the story. Not initially. About 180 odd pages through is where I really got into it. It then turns from what is happening to the entire town into what is going to happen to Louis and Macy. The town start forming packs and slowly start fighting each other and Louis gets stuck in the middle of it, just trying to survive in a world of animals where everyone is fighting for blood, a meal, their territory or some power. Only when you really read about these people going backwards in time almost, getting worse and worse, more and more `simple' and progressively becoming animals rather than human beings does it get really interesting. And while this is happening, Curran doesn't back off on the gore either! Which makes it even more fun to read once it starts to really warm up.
I had read some of Curran's short stories and I absolutely adored them. Which is why I turned to his novels. I also have another of his called Dead Sea which I am keen to read. His writing is very blunt. I almost wonder if he is Australian at times with his casual language and references to brands of cigarettes, places and even slang language that he uses from time to time in his novels. But reading the back of the book on author information, he lives happily in the USA. But his writing is something I find myself drawn to, no doubt in its rawness and honesty I am sure. He doesn't beat around the bush at all and that is something worth reading! If you don't want to get bogged down by details, want to experience one friggen scary world where absolutely nobody can help you because they are all raging, primitive, psychopaths then definitely give this book a go. And definitely not for those with a weak stomach. This book is graphic! Even some parts of it made me wonder what pushed Curran to go quite that far in certain scenes. Due to this, I cannot see this one turning into a movie anytime soon. But that's fine with me. The book was well and truly good enough!
Depressing ending with savagery, gore, bloodshed, cannibalism and violence leading you to that terribly depressing ending. I thought about quitting this book quite a few times but stuck with it. I'll try Hive next. If that's a strike out too, ill be finished with Mr Curran, but I hope it's not.
Whoo, this was bad. Read this if you enjoy reading graphic descriptions of cannibalism, kids being skinned and roasted on spits, people being chopped to pieces etc etc ... endlessly. There's no STORY here, no moments for human emotion, no bigger theme.... just gore and more gore.