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Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy
by Raymond E. Feist
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars expect the expected, 12 Aug. 2003
Faerie Tale is an exploration of old Irish myth told in a modern day story. It's about a Californian family that move up to live in an old house in Pittsburgh. However once they settle in they discover that there is something in the woods, Sounds familiar?
Raymond E. Fiest is a talented writer that has unfortunately chosen to use chiche's inexhaustibly. The book reads like a screenplay and not actually a novel, where the reader feels like he or she is watching a movie. And not a very good movie.
The story reminded me of the film "Arachnophobia" where a family was plagued and haunted by spiders in their new house in the woods. This is surprisingly the same thing but with Irish faerie lore coming into play. Fiest has strayed very little from Irish mythology's original context, making him impotent to perhaps a little more original ideas and freer concepts. And also making it predictable.
The horror in this book, especially when he writes about what the faeries actually do to the family, is spine chilling at times and the author does have the gift to make a feeling into something tangible and alive. But nevertheless the plot is perhaps too predictable and the story fails to keep you riveted. Perhaps the author tried a little too hard to stick to reality and legend that he sacrificed some of his own uniqueness that I have come to expect from him.
The ending was just one long explanation to what had previously happened, reminiscent of the scooby-doo episodes when they all realise who-dunnit. Not my cup of tea.
However if you enjoy an easy read story that can give you a bit of the creeps you may find this book exactly what you're looking for.

by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good, 3 July 2003
This review is from: Neverwhere (Mass Market Paperback)
Neverwhere was by far one of my most enjoyable books. I was intoxicated by the author's ability to shape words and meanings so uniquely. The man has style. He has wit. He has a bloody good story, and no naff characters. The story: A guy from Scotland moves to London to get a job and a new life. And somewhere along the line he "Slips through the cracks" into another world that exist underneath London. All the characters are shaped so wonderfully and given such honesty that there is no none-entities as I have sometimes found in other books. I hate giving the story away so I'll just finish off by saying that everyone I've leant the book to has enjoyed it...and not all of them have my taste. The book carries a unique philosophy that will open your eyes to the world around you, and not just look straight ahead like the rest of the commuters you share your carraige with on the underground, giving you the refreshing "WAKE UP" you need.

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