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A book that starts in Hell has got to be expertly paced, and no-one has ever accused British King of Horror James Herbert of lacking any of those skills. Hardly has a damned soul agreed to an angelic offer he cannot refuse than Nicholas Dismas is limping down the mean streets of contemporary Brighton searching for a child who may not even exist. Nicholas has only one eye and is short, lame and hunchbacked; he finds himself living daily with the hatred a society obsessed with normality dishes out to those who cannot conform. This is a book about exploitation and prejudice which touches some raw nerves; it makes you think as well as making you shudder. Dismas--who feels sorry for himself but not too much of the time--is one of the more three-dimensional characters in Herbert's work, and his love for the tiny and beautiful Constance is genuinely touching while not entirely avoiding sentimentality. There is horror of a classic visceral kind here--one of Dismas's colleagues dies in a peculiarly vile fashion--and a nursing home turns out to contain a real heart of darkness, but the real horror is the shabby ways in which people treat each other. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"As always, Herbert's writing is compelling, and his characters...vivid and complex."--"Library Journal" "The king of British horror...An admirable balance between terror of the supernatural and the darkness of the human heart."--"Publishers Weekly"See all Product description
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I was put off by the opening chapter but decided to press on. After reading the first 15%/20% I was sorely tempted to give up, but finally decided to continue, much as I disliked the all too frequent bracketted asides.
I did complete the book but, frankly, I felt it was more of a fairy story than the horror story which I had eagerly anticipated when I purchased the book. For me, the only disturbing part of the story was the author's comment at the close of the book, which I won't enlarge on. You should read it for yourself!!!
however the feeling soon changed. the opening chapter was fantastic, and intriguing and pulled me straight into the book. although the opening chapter doesnt really continue in the same vein, i got stuck into the main story and characters and i sailed through the whole book in no time. the story of the main character and unlikely hero nicholas and his unknown fight to save his soul was brilliantly written. the story is mysterious enough to pull you in, and gives you a little more along the way to keep you hooked. but when the 'others' are introduced to the reader, the story and horror really settles into your heart and brain and the story hits full adreline right to the fantastic climax.
many herbert books are good and enjoyable, but usually by the time ive read one and started on the next i can barely remember much about the previous book ive read, which is fine because it entertains me for the duration. but this book has stuck with me for weeks now, and i believe it will worm its way into the hearts and minds of all fans of this genre.
whats more, at the time of writing this the kindle edition is only 99p. you cant buy anything for 99p as brilliant as this awesome piece of entertainment
It is a story told by one person, Nick Dismas the hero, and you really do get right into the heart of the story that way. It can feel claustrophobic at times, but this is horror and I think in a way it adds to the atmosphere. The characters are fantastic, and my only regret is that we didn't see enough of Ida, I really took to her and liked her!
One thing worth commenting on, it is a story written a few years ago, so it was quite funny in a way reading about how the characters were working without the internet, and having to indulge in good old fashioned sleuthing. Makes you realise just how far we have come in just a few years.
It is a long, well written and gripping read - but that is just the way I like it, so no complaints here on that score!
To an extent, part of this is true.
What however makes this book so different and so original, is the central character Nicholas Dismas; a man with such physical deformities, he resembles the elephant man. Quite a stark contrast to other "heros" who are 6ft tall, handsome and charming.
Whilst by it's own admission Others is a gripping thriller expertly written, it is society's intolerence and prejudice of Nicholas's character that will linger a long, long time after you have turned the last page of this book. Enthralling.