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Old 22-03-2013, 16:34   #41
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Martin Amis gets a lot of money because of publishing wankery and nepotism. He would never make much money based on the number of people who read his Christ-awful stories.
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Old 22-03-2013, 23:52   #42
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RIP. Loved 'Domain'.

Still have 'Ash on my Kindle from some cheap amazon offer. Might give that a read now.
I wouldn't. Like everyone else I devoured his books as a younger teenager. But when I tried to read Ash after seeing it at 20p on Amazon it was just disappointing. I couldn't finish it. I'm not sure if his other stuff was actually better, or if it's just because I'm older, but either way, I wished I hadn't bothered.

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Old 23-03-2013, 16:54   #43
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Never read any of his stuff, always had in the back of my mind that he was of the Stephen King/Dean Koontz ilk (is that accurate?)

Bought The Rats on Kindle from the recommendations here.
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Old 23-03-2013, 18:03   #44
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Never read any of his stuff, always had in the back of my mind that he was of the Stephen King/Dean Koontz ilk (is that accurate?)

Bought The Rats on Kindle from the recommendations here.
Yes, pretty much, but very British...
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Old 23-03-2013, 18:04   #45
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Read the rats series when I was much younger and enjoyed them. Not sure I'd enjoy them now as my only real recollection is that of over described rat biting, almost Stephen King stylee. Fluke was superb and a real touching story. Moon I found tiresome. I'd say Dean Koontz's Watchers is better than anything I've read by JH, although Fluke is close.
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Old 23-03-2013, 18:33   #46
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That's a real shame. I loved reading his books. Fluke was brilliant. Also love Stephen King and Shaun Hutson, not sure why the latter is not appreciated more. R.I.P. James.
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I'd say Dean Koontz's Watchers is better than anything I've read by JH, although Fluke is close.
Watchers is better than anything else dean koontz has written too, and i'm a big fan. Fantastic book. I cried like a baby
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Old 24-03-2013, 17:38   #48
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Watchers is better than anything else dean koontz has written too, and i'm a big fan. Fantastic book. I cried like a baby
Yeah, couldn't believe how much they messed it up in the film. It didn't need to try and be Gremlins and was much the worse for it. All of the pathos and character arc stripped out to make a teen friendly slasher flick.
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That's a real shame. I loved reading his books. Fluke was brilliant. Also love Stephen King and Shaun Hutson, not sure why the latter is not appreciated more. R.I.P. James.
IMHO because Hutson tends to pour out low quality shockers with considerable rapidity (at times more than one a year) with a subsequent loss in quality and depth.

If you read a Hutson and then a Herbert you immediately notice the difference. I espescially like Herbert's "mini character" stories where even people who only get a very brief appearance get several page sor more giving you their story. Example of this might be the prostitue in the open pages of Domain, or the woman down-and-out in The Rats; she is not simply a disposable character who gets eaten. Herbert goes to some lengths to explain why she is there - you get a fair amount of her life story. Then she gets eaten.
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Fair point. Haven't read anything by either in about 15 years.
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Loved Herbert's work in my teens; Rats, Domain, Sepulchre, The Dark, 48 all great. I probably wouldn't be much of a reader now if it wasn't for his influence.
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I only saw this.

Currently reading The Ghosts of Sleath. Read Ash and then Haunted. Enjoyed them. This was after reading the Magic Cottage and The Fog.

Amazon have a bunch of his books on for 99p - might fill my boots!
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Just read The Rats and can't say it's inspired me to check out any more of his books. The rats had more personality than the characters. Really creatively nasty, though.
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On my 4th attempt at reading 'Ash'.

Got past 200 pages into it, and am not going to let it put me off this time.
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Watchers is better than anything else dean koontz has written too, and i'm a big fan. Fantastic book. I cried like a baby
Watchers is his best book, but Phantoms comes close, especially for pure creepiness. Loses it at the end though. I also loved Night Chills.
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Finally finished Ash.

Way too long, and just seemed like the writing was very dated.

One bit of some amusement was when the lead referenced The Rats which was worth a chuckle.

Shame as I enjoyed Haunted.
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Wonder if anyone can help me here. I saw some James Herbert books on sale and have re read a few. I remember two I really liked but can't think of the titles. One is about a painting with two people in the distance who gradually get closer each night and second one the lead character learns to travel through a house through the beams and bricks....

Probably not described too well and possible not even James Herbert but I can't think who else wrote them unless they were Sean Hutson?
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It's not The Magic Cottage, is it? Such a long time since I read it.

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It's not The Magic Cottage, is it? Such a long time since I read it.

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Could be, I'll have to have a look
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