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The Little People Paperback – 1 Dec 2000

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Brownstone Books (1 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587152363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587152368
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Set in a remote castle in the Irish countryside, which has recently been converted into a hotel, this novel tells the story of a group of guests who have come to the castle for various reasons. As both the new owners and guests learn more about the sinister history of their gothic retreat the tension begins to mount. Soon after hearing tales of "little people" and dubious Nazi experiments the commuity becomes increasingly paranoid. And when the group's emotions and fears come pouring out the result is terrifying mayhem.
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By The Dapper Dude VINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2015
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Book arrived as described. Happy with the quality and the purchase of the book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b39e414) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x9b6d3084) out of 5 stars An Unusual Thriller 18 Oct. 2008
By Mark D. Prouse - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read this book a couple of times, but many years ago, I wasn't sure it would hold up. I had lost my hardback copy way back in the seventies, and could never find another, until this renewed publication.

Christopher writes in a poetic, descriptive style, and this story unfolds slowly at first. A lot of time is taken to set up the characters, and the first part of the novel is frustratingly slow in a few places. But the book is not long, begins to pick up speed in the middle, and it practically races to its heart-pounding finale.

Concerning a group of miniature people discovered living in a remote old house in the southern Irish countryside (which has become a hotel run by the woman to whom the estate was willed), this story reveals itself as something different from what it seems at first. One might think of fairy tales and pixie dust, but this yarn is more sinister, and answers fewer questions than are asked. The story is actually plausible, if one does not look at the science too closely.

My one complaint is that the characters are overdrawn for a slight plot such as this, but I think I understand why Mr. Christopher did it this way. Explaining it would give away the ending, so I'll let it suffice to say that I would have liked a lot more action and just a little less psychoanalysis of the numerous characters. There could have been so much more to this work, I feel, but in its favor, it's an atmospheric chiller with some memorable passages that lingered in my mind for years. Expanded some, and handled the right way, THE LITTLE PEOPLE would make for a fascinating movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcd7ad4) out of 5 stars The "Little People" of the book aren't the Nazi Elves 9 July 2015
By Daley-Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book could be seen as "boring" and full of mundane backstories and psychological profiles of the characters in it when the promise was a book about Nazi elves. Throughout my reading of this, I kept wanting the story to go back to the action of the "Little People" (Nazi elves!). The story barely touched on this at times. At the end of the book, I realized the author's intent was to write about "The Little People"-not the Nazi elves, but rather the horror of the characters being so entrenched in their thinking, mundanity, and so wrapped up in their own worlds that they could be nothing except "little people". Despite having such a crazy discovery of Nazi elves, they were all so wrapped up in their small concerns and how everything relates to them, they could see nothing else. At the end of the novel, everyone goes home, frustrated and lost, leaving their discovery of these awesome Nazi Elves alone and untouched. "The Little People" is about people's inability to get pass their own psychological perils.
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HASH(0x9c34a984) out of 5 stars I liked the picture... but don't like to read 6 Feb. 2015
By Aesoe - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought the book, never read it. But I felt like a book about a Nazi leprechaun that has a whip would be better than 50 Shades of Grey. I am just waiting for the movie adaptation so I don't have to spend the time reading this book though.
7 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf83fd8) out of 5 stars engrossing 3 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book a long time ago (shortly after being published) and as with all John Christopher's works, I was not let down. His books are always thought provoking, sometimes scarey, always worth reading!
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