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Nobody True Hardcover – Unabridged, 10 Sep 2003

4.3 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (10 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140500519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405005197
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title Nobody True is a complicated set of puns on its own plot; adman Jimmy True has no body because he was off on one of his regular astral jaunts when someone stuck him through the heart and carved him up like meat. His rather privileged position as an invisible observer of his own murder investigation enables him to discover uncomfortable truths about almost everyone he knows--his wife, his young daughter, his business partner--and a darker set of truths about the serial killer whose victim he appears to be. Jimmy has many problems with trust--his paranoid mother and absent father have seen to that--and at first his posthumous experiences confirm all his worst dreads. This is a book about learning valuable lessons and not thinking simple versions of the truth are necessarily the most accurate ones; it is among the most odd Herbert horror thrillers and like several of his best books has an attractive emotional core underneath all the gore and nightmare. Occasional wordiness and too much occultist waffle about dreaming, death and soul travel do not stop this also being intermittently one of his most gripping. --Roz Kaveney

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More provocative and disturbing fare from Herbert. What happens when you lose your body? Jim True knows. He has returned from an out-of-body experience to find he has been brutally murdered and his body mutilated. No one can see him, no one can hear him, no one, except his killer, knows he still exists. Freed from his body, True embarks on a quest to find his killer and discover why and how he has managed to survive. As he closes in on his murderer, True discovers that even the very people he loved and trusted have betrayed him. He meets his killer, a sinister figure who can also leave his body at will. An epic battle ensues between them. James Herbert has a guaranteed audience, and they will flock to buy this one.

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...that's what he tells us anyway.
He was away from his own body when somebody murdered him. Who? I'm not going to tell you, that would be against the point.
James Herbert's latest book is like many of his more recent works- less focus on 'splat' horror, more focus on a thrilling and psychological journey into the bizarre. It starts a little too slowly for my liking, but once it gets itself going, it's fairly relentless, the peaks always higher that the troughs, always leaving you wanting more.
It's not as 'horror' as The Rats or The Fog, but I enjoyed it. It's written with JH's usual flowing prose, enough detail put in to give the flavour, enough left out to let your imagination fill in the gaps (something many authors seem unable to do of late, with every blade of grass and crack in the pavement described in the finest detail...).
If you like good stories, good horror stories, or good (if offbeat) thrillers, you'll like this. If you like James Herbert, you'll probably love it. I did.
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This is the first book that I have read by James Herbert, attempting to escape the clutches of Stephen King.
Nobody true is the only book that kept my eyes glued to the pages, completely oblivious to the world around me. I was completely enthralled by the life of James True. The concept of living a life, outside the body, with no real substance, was utterly disturbing. I really began to feel for the character in his attempt to discover who murdered him whilst in his out of body experience. How do you protect the people you love when you cannot touch? The plot is full of twists that will leave you wondering the outcome right through to the very last page.
James Herbert is in a class of his own, making supernatural occurances become reality. It leaves you wondering what really does happen in death. This book really does make you feel extreme sympathy for James True in his lonely attempt to reveal the truth about his killer.
Read this book, as even people with extremely vivid imaginations will be shocked by the deeply disturbing events that are explored in this truly fantastic novel.
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I remember walking into the college library last year when i was bored out of my face and noticing this book on the 'new titles' shelf. I read the back and the words ' I wasnt there when i died ' just made me throw the book open and read and read and read. Yes my friends thought id gone mad this book would be my new best friend for the next 3 days.
The book spends a long period explaining the last 30 years of the charactor's life, his experiences inside...and outside his body. Until his sudden murder outside his body. Jim true's life in the physical world is horrendously cut short, but he's left powerless and now only a bi-stander to the working system of the world. He uncover's things in his life that would of been impossible to guess, it makes you question your own life, what things are going on behind you back.
Herbert describes wonderfully the complete and utter sorrow of jim and his predicament, it makes you truely feel for the charactor and his unimaginable torment of being but not being. The book occationally describes out of body experiences in little detail, just a pause from the story you are being told from jim himself in attempt to explain the unexplainerble.
Jim, stuck in his predicament, seems to be drawn to this dark, evil charactor, one who's exploits influence jim to finally end the story in one amazingly well crafted ending. Id argue one of J.Herberts best. The book seriously leaves you thinking so much that after a couple of days you feel insane, insane but very satisfied with this terrific addition to Herberts outstanding work. Get it, or as i did, borrow it at least.
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I shivered with The Rats, peeked under the bed after The Fog, stuffed the duvet into my mouth during Lair. But Nobody True did nothing for me. The idea is a good one. But the standard of writing is not what I have come to expect from James Herbert whom, until now, I have held to be the best horror writer in the world - bar none. There are too many asterisked asides which serve only to interrupt the flow of the narrative. Good writing would have dealt with all of these 'explanations' within the body of the narrative.
I also feel that the subject was poorly researched. For instance, I was amused at how Mr True could walk through doors yet still hitch a lift in a car. What kept him from slipping through the seat, for goodness sake?
I may sound a bit cynical here, but I suspect this was an earlier effort that failed to find approval early on in James Herbert's writing career. Now that anything with his name on the cover is guaranteed to sell, did someone somewhere think they'd found an easy way to extract another book from the author? I sincerely hope I am wrong.
Come on James. Let's have another and show us that you can still do it!
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So many people have given this such low ratings- this is unfair!!

I have read most of James Herberts' books, and although a little different from his other stuff, this is exceptional. Right from beginning to end it had me hooked.

What really makes this book stand out is the ending... such powerful writing, it made me cry- a mean feat!

HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!!
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