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University Mass Market Paperback – 27 Apr 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (27 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451183908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451183903
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,578,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 July 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bentley Little serves up another of his signature horror stories with this book. Though it is one of his earlier works, some of his later ones, such as "The Store" and "The Association", have their roots in this book. This book is not for the squeamish, however, due to the sadistic sexual content and extreme violence.

As the title indicates, all the fun and games take place at a University, specifically the University of California at Brea. The school has always had a high incidence of violence on its campus, but this one semester, it takes it to the point of no return. Murder, rape, sodomy, sadism, maiming, castration, and animal cruelty are just some of the extracurricular activities to be found on this campus. A small group of students and professors band together to try to stem the tide of evil at the University, and therein lies the tale.

The author is a tad self-indulgent, as the book is somewhat repetitious, at times, and the story seems to falter or meander every now and then. Moreover, the characters tend to be somewhat one dimensional. Still, it is a new riff on the classic tale of good versus evil. Diehard Little fans, and I am one, should enjoy it.
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A better book from bentley,sex,Gore and guts,when a university gets taken over by evil the terror begins,quite a lot of different deaths the students go nuts and go killing non stop action I liked it
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By A Customer on 14 Jun. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A scathing indictment of academia as well as a dark comedy with gut-wrenching scenes of horror, Bentley Little takes on conformity, racism and a whole host of issues within the pages of this powerful book. A true treat for literate horror fans.
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starts off boring then just gets more silly by the page,20 years old now and Bentley has done a hell of a lot better since
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8783da14) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x877e91d4) out of 5 stars Little's Gory Little Novel 31 Jan. 2003
By Jeffrey Leach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"University," Bentley Little's 1995 effort, is the archetypical Little novel. Loaded with lots of humor, gore, and oddball observations about a normal American institution gone amuck, Little delivers his usual wallop to the stomach with this effective shocker about a university gone mad. It is important to classify Little's novels into two categories: the first is social satire, the second straight horror. "University" falls into satire, firmly ensconced with "The Mailman" and "The Store." For Little's straight horror novels, check out "The Walking" or "The Return." While "University" is not as gripping as Little's other satirical novels, it still offers the casual reader or diehard Little fan plenty of fun landscapes to traipse through.
The University of California at Brea seems to be your normal run of the mill university. With an enrollment of roughly 25,000 students, UC Brea serves the needs of students of all types, including ethnic minorities and the physically disabled. Like other universities around the country, UC Brea occasionally has some problems with violence, rape, or theft on campus. But something sinister is occurring at UC Brea, something that at first appears unexplainable. Why are rapes gradually increasing on campus? Why are the students in Ian Emerson's literature courses more apathetic than usual? And what in the heck is happening on the sixth floor of the university library?
Gradually, UC Brea is becoming psychotic. You see, UC Brea is alive, inhabited by a living organism slowly growing more powerful with each passing semester. The university feeds off its students, gaining greater strength as the students become crazier. Students start disappearing, either inexplicably or due to "experiments" conducted by faculty and staff. Minorities begin to experience disturbing episodes of blatant racism, especially when elections for student president result in a race riot. Finally, sickening murders and suicides become the norm as the university prepares to "graduate" with its students. UC Brea is one huge, raving madhouse with only a few stalwart souls wandering the tree shrouded campus and the hallowed halls of learning.
As is par for the course in a Little novel, we meet the few good people struggling against an unfathomable evil. There is Ian Emerson, a burned out professor trying to forget his ex-wife's infidelity while forging a new relationship with girlfriend Eleanor. Ian's only real friend in the English department is Buckley, a rambunctious Chaucer scholar with a fondness for drink and dirty movies. As the madness increases in danger and intensity, Jim and Faith join the fight. Jim is the editor of the school paper and has a front row seat to the bloody carnage unfolding on campus. Faith, Jim's girlfriend, does work study in the library while trying to avoid her dysfunctional family life. Finally, there is Gifford Stevens, a former professor on a crusade across the country to hunt down evil springing to life in our nation's institutions of higher learning. Stevens acts as the catalyst for our heroes, bringing them together to fight UC Brea's burgeoning horrors.
Little always loves inserting gore scenes in his novels, but "University" may be his most brutal novel to date. In an effort to satirize America's university system, Little injects his violence with a huge dose of steroids. The book contains scenes of animal murder, violence directed against ethnic minorities, and nauseating scenes of sadistic torture. I understand what Little is trying to accomplish here, but that knowledge does not make reading this book easy. On a lighter note, the story contains what is arguably the funniest (and grossest) description of a body falling off a roof ever captured on paper. Overall, for those with weak stomachs, be aware that "University" is chock full of sickening scenes.
In terms of style, "University" has its ups and its downs. There is a coherency in this book missing in many of Little's works, as all the story threads reach resolution and the conclusion is fully developed and lengthy (something not seen in many of Little's books). Even the characters attain greater likeability here than in his other stories, although they still are one-dimensional at times.
Regrettably, the editing job in this book is poor. At one point, the word `perpetuated' appears in the place of `perpetrated.' Even more egregious is the extensive padding in the book. For long stretches of the story, Little inserts repetitive statements where none should be. This complaint appears elsewhere, and those statements are essentially correct. I suspect that the story was not long enough, so the editor sent the manuscript back for beefing up. Instead of extending the storyline, Little threw in tons of dependent clauses. These revisions are unnecessary and annoying.
Despite a few glaring flaws, "University" is a prime candidate for inclusion into the top five books produced by Bentley Little. The plot ideas are entertaining, the characters are engaging (to some extent), and the conclusion works. This book is not as entertaining as "The Store," but newcomers to Little should definitely pick this one up.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x877e9228) out of 5 stars Simply horrifying. 2 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read all the reviews for this book, and I don't think there's a single one that gives it three or four stars: everybody either loves it or hates it.
The people who hated it talk about how they thought the violence was too graphic, there was a lack of subtlety, or the characters were too shallow. All true, to an extent. And the very notion of defeating supernatural demons with high explosives, though comforting, is awfully unimaginative.
However, those complaints don't diminish the sheer power this book has. Its horror is so strong that some people are put off by it (hence many of the negative reviews). Bentley is brilliant at slowly moving from the real-life horrors of modern teen apathy and violence to the darker and more brutal paranormal stuff later in the book. I've never seen someone who captures the terror of violence as well as Little does.
I am a college student, and what scared me the most about this book was its plausibility. That's right. At my school, violent incidents have been on a steady upswing. Crimes have been getting more frequent, and much sicker and more brutal. The most frightening factor of University is just how closely its first few chapters mirror real life.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x877e93fc) out of 5 stars THIS IS NO HARVARD... 29 July 2009
By lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bentley Little serves up another of his signature horror stories with this book. Though it is one of his earlier works, some of his later ones, such as "The Store" and "The Association", have their roots in this book. This book is not for the squeamish, however, due to the sadistic sexual content and extreme violence.

As the title indicates, all the fun and games take place at a University, specifically the University of California at Brea. The school has always had a high incidence of violence on its campus, but this one semester, it takes it to the point of no return. Murder, rape, sodomy, sadism, maiming, castration, and animal cruelty are just some of the extracurricular activities to be found on this campus. A small group of students and professors band together to try to stem the tide of evil at the University, and therein lies the tale.

The author is a tad self-indulgent, as the book is somewhat repetitious, at times, and the story seems to falter or meander every now and then. Moreover, the characters tend to be somewhat one dimensional. Still, it is a new riff on the classic tale of good versus evil. Diehard Little fans, and I am one, should enjoy it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x877e9a2c) out of 5 stars Another classic by Bentley 30 Jan. 2009
By Kevin K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book took me forever to find but it was well worth the search. In my opinion this author is at his best when he is doing books such as this.

If you like "the store," "the resort," or "the association" than you will DEFINITELY like this. This is could quite possibly be my favorite Bentley Little novel, its a travesty that this book is so hard to find but it is a gem.

Any horror fan in general should find this book virtually impossible to put down, NO ONE builds up to a conclusion like him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x877e99d8) out of 5 stars My first bentley little experience 14 Nov. 2013
By Robert Reiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Some genuinely creepy images and scenes will haunt my nightmares for days to come thanks to this novel. That's what a good horror novel should do. The ending you see coming after just reading the first few chapters and I was hoping for more when I finally got there which is why it gets four as opposed to a perfect five stars.
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