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Flesh and Blood Paperback – 15 May 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (15 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749316713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749316716
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.3 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The town and country’s filled with bay…the bushy man is on his way.’

I am a relatively late discoverer of Graham Masterton. Upon ‘going digital’, I came across his work in the form of his Katy Maguire police procedural series. I was unaware of the extensive catalogue of horror-based novels he has written. I started reading his horror works with, ‘The House that Jack Built’ and was immediately struck with the scope of his imagination. The next book to cross my path was, ‘Family Portrait’ and as both a fan of the horror genre and the works of Oscar Wilde, this novel soon elevated itself to one of the best I have read. Thus I have embarked on a literary mission to read as many of Masterton’s works as possible in 2015.

‘Flesh and Blood’ is an excellent story which begins with a father taking his three young children into a field. The man is clearly highly agitated by something, and makes continuous reference to ‘bad blood’ and to saving the children. Using a scythe, he then decapitates two of them along with two passers-by but the third child escapes. Chapter one thus sets the scene for a thoroughly enthralling story.

The story is rich with disturbing themes of genetic manipulation, incest, fear and murder. We meet members of a research facility who are looking to genetically humanise an enormous hog. And all the time, we fear the return of a human / plant hybrid which is due to return to cash in on a Faustian deal made with his ‘children’.

If this sounds incredibly far-fetched, then just go with it. This is classic Masterton. It is all based on Czech mythology and much of it will ring true. How many of our children’s nursery rhymes have similarly dark undertones? And afterwards, never forget:

‘Cross your heart, cut out your guts, and hide from the bristly hedge.’
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I have read quite a few Graham Masterton books now and have to say Flesh & Blood is my favourite. I am not a fast reader at all but managed to get through this in a few days due to the fact I couldn't put it down. It is definitely well worth a read.
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I'm a big fan of graham masterton, but recently his books haven't been up to his earlier work like burial or dark angel, however this was a very good read, I read it within a week of starting it because it is full of action from the outset, and vivid gore, not a book for the squeamish. Well worth a read, whether your a masterton fan or not
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This is a brilliant and creepy book, I love horror stories that ACTUALLY make your skin crawl and gives you nightmares - this is one of my all time favourites :)
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I would recommend this book to anyone that can find it. it is quite rare but worth the hunt. it is one of my favourites and i have been looking for my own copy for quite a while. i won't say what it is about because it will spoil it. but it is very detailed and well just awesome.
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Bizarre book revolving around an old Czech legend about a man who is half plant and his need for sacrifice of his kin over a huge amount of time, a giant pig who was given a human personality (unfortunately that if a murdered child) and the pieces of silver paid to Judas Escariot.
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Totally agree with the reviewer who said there was far too much going on here and he should have stuck to his original idea. The novel starts brilliantly with a tense scene as a father hunts down his children to kill them, apparently to save them from a worse fate but from then it it degnerates into confusion, gratuitious gore - it is essentially three novels crammed into one, sadly none of them any good. We have the story of the mysterious 'green man' and his grisly followers, we have a story about a giant genetically altered pig and we also have a political side story about an ambitious senator and his affair with a beautiful animal rights activists, resulting in a bill which aims to turn the US completely vegetarian (more unlikely than all the Czech mythology and pseudoscience behind it IMO!). It actually feels as if he wrote only the opening pages and handed the rest to a hack writer to complete. Instead of developing his original idea and characters he piles on more an more spectacle and totally pointless gore - for example, Emily is a fascinating character but we don't see enough of her and climax of her story is a total damp squib.

The so-called 'good guys' - Gareth and Nathan are just as repellant as the villains and I found the way the whole vivisection argument is presented completely unbalanced - those for it are all portrayed as rational and balanced and those against are portrayed as deranged lunatics. Gareth is completely amoral and I would rather have seen him meet a grisly fate than the huge number of anonymous characters who are casually killed off at one point or another.
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The legends surrounding The Green Man have always fascinated me, especially when they paint him as both a force for good and a force for evil, and for Masterton to use this as a basis for a horror story that also deals with genetic experimentation, giant pigs and the consequences of family history is a stroke of pure genius. This is one his longest books, and while it may not be the one of best loved among his fans I for one love how the book's length gave Masteron the space needed to cover the story properly. He doesn't waste a single line in the narrative. This was the book that I used to introduce my wife to his writing as she spent a year living in Iowa, where the book is set. She has since become a fan of the great man.
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