I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
While listening, I thought two things, it must have been written in the 70's and that it was written for a movie. It was actually published in 1988 and it did start out as a script. The book has a sort of Ira Levine feel do it. Most of the scary happens toward the end and by today's scary, gory books, it is not that scary. It does build to a pretty good climax and from chapter 23 on it really gets good.
At first I thought the main character a little silly, since he did not believe in the supernatural, but did believe in the paranormal and telepathy. By the end this makes more since and I can not explain without giving away the plot.
I normally would not read another book by the author if the first book is only worth three stars, but in reading Herbert's bio, it sounds like his very first book Rats, might have been his best and pretty good by today's standard. He was criticized for it being too gory and too negative about London slums.
When I want really scary I turn to the three K's, King, Koontz and Kilborn.
Yes, I will admit that I was drawn to this because of the cover. The girl is fairly plain looking, but you put a veil on her and have her topless and I will notice, mostly have her naked. I then read the reviews and at the time it was five stars from one customer. I bought it.
I found all seven stories to be interesting and comparable to Steve Vernon. Course you probably don't know who he is either. These are basically off the wall stories with sex and violence and open ended finishes. Anderson leaves it up to you to image what happens to these characters after the stories. These are stories about the lower end of society (similar to Rowland's White Trash novels.) These people live in apartments or trailer homes. They drive beat up old cars and go to the Laundromat. None of the stories were great and none were bad. The last story is mostly porn and I mean hard core porn.
Andersen Prunty narrated his own work. One reviewer hated his narration. It was obviously amateurish, but I did not have a problem with it. No story has more then two characters, except the last one has three, so doing different voices was not a problem. Prunty was probably just trying to save money and get his stuff out there. He wrote it, so he should know how he wants it read.
THE FUNGUS UNDER THE TOE NAILS ADDED SOME ZESTINESS I ENJOYED.
This is one of those books where I feel I need to apologize for liking. This is not going to be for a lot of people. It is extremely gross. Not only is there a lot of gore, but also much excrement. I used to not understand why so many movie critics really liked some of the strangest movies. After reading or listening to hundreds of books a year I now understand. You get so tired of the same plot lines, twists, characters, moral issues, jokes, etc... that when something new comes along, something approached from an entirely different angle that it gets your attention. Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I liked this because, it is approached from the point of view of the Zombie. I liked it because, it does not try to bring across any type of moral message. None of the characters are likeable, the story has no message, it just plain gross. I would not want a steady stream of this type of book and 3 and a half hours was long enough, but every now and then, yea it appeals to me.
I GUESS I COULD CALL HER A PIECE OF S@@T AND MEAN IT NOW.