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Book Title: The Shrine|
The author of the book: James Herbert
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 986 KB
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Edition: Audible Studios
Date of issue: September 10th 2013
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Read full description of the books:Ok so my horror revival continues - this book (along with the other works of James Herbert) was the next stop after exhausting Stephen Kings prodigious publication list. This story to me at the time was totally different to what I was used to. Where Stephen King concentrated on characterisation and how they dealt with terrible and impossibly situations both physically and ethereal - James Herbert took his characters and put them through hell with all the blood and guts he could find.
** At this point I want to jump in and point out however that along with many other authors, James Herbert's books developed and changed through the years - his early books where very visceral and tactile - sometimes at the expense of characterisation, but as the years went on he would mature and start to take on a more subtle and restrained approach and in some ways even more terrifying style. The Shrine was one of his early books and some of the scenes certainly reflect this.**.
The story once up to speed certainly picks up pace and does not pull any punches - something that shocked and surprised me at the time since it was the first time I had read anything so graphic (it was before the short lived "Splatterpunk" phase and total over the top extremes) and for me as a teenager it was something raw and new. Now I guess I am more cynical and jaded - not to mention desensitised and feel that if anything it is rather dated. That said I think it has dated itself with its view of England and the sleepy community it is set in. However it was not long before I felt the same thrill and tension I did when I first read it all those years ago and quickly got in to wanting to see how it all came to a conclusion. As with all my reviews I will not give the storyline away, I will save that for those who have better reviewing skills than I, just that James Herbert was a British horror treasure and It is a shame he is no long with us.
Read information about the authorJames Herbert was Britain's number one bestselling writer (a position he held ever since publication of his first novel) and one of the world's top writers of thriller/horror fiction.
He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his 19 novels have sold more than 42 million copies worldwide.
As an author he produced some of the most powerful horror fiction of the past decade. With a skillful blend of horror and thriller fiction, he explored the shaded territories of evil, evoking a sense of brooding menace and rising tension. He relentlessly draws the reader through the story's ultimate revelation - one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside. His bestsellers, THE MAGIC COTTAGE, HAUNTED, SEPULCHRE, and CREED, enhanced his reputation as a writer of depth and originality. His novels THE FOG, THE DARK, and THE SURVIVOR have been hailed as classics of the genre.
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