** spoiler alert ** Horror stories are like stand up comedy. If the audience is not in the right mood then it can fall flat on it's face. Horror can be funny when it should be scary in the same way that a comedian dying on stage can fill you with empathetic distress.
What i'm saying is: Read this book tucked up in bed on a dark winter night to get the most from it. (or if you didn't like it, it's your fault!)
I've rated the book at 4 because you can't give half marks, but I felt that it was hovering at 3.5-4 in my current mood. I am after all reading some of it in the day on a bright summer day.
It's a novellete and it's novel (as opposed to being a gimmick). The story is a letter from the previous owner of your house to you explaining their experience with the malovelent force that preyed upon them.
Being a novellete, it's naturally quite short, but punchy with it. The pacing is perfect. If you're not filled with dread you're at least turning the pages to see what's happening and how it's going to end.
I feel the plot did what it needed to do. I didn't feel that there were any loose ends. I dind't need to know more about the dark force in the story.
I didn't get a lot of personality from the main character (which is often the way with 1st person pov stories), save that he's obviously into self preservation (who isn't? save the archtypical hero). He's a bit of a jerk though - he could have left the lungs somewhere that people don't usually sleep rather than setting someone up.
I particularly liked the grammar used with the Russian character. I'm not a big fan of the use of vernacular spelling (e.g. clipped words etc) to convey accent etc, so it was really nice to see the effect achieved without resorting to that style. I could hear the Russian accent as I was reading it.
I liked the way the story concluded. The idea of a lung transplant (with or without anaesthetic) scares me. The idea of surgery full stop scare me. I like that the choices are horrible thing (a) which leads to death or horrible thing (b) which may lead to death but certainly a reduced life expectancy.
From another angle, I like the idea that the whole thing could be made up (yes, I know it's fiction), but I mean that a sinister person could have simply written the letter to plant the seed of horror in the mind of unwitting fool (i.e. me, the reader). I don't know if that was ever the intention of the author.
The one thing I definitely take from this story is that I will be reading other things from this author.
- フォーマット： Kindle版
- ファイルサイズ： 302 KB
- 推定ページ数： 63 ページ
- 同時に利用できる端末数: 無制限
- 出版社: Retribution Books (2012/10/18)
- 販売： Amazon Services International, Inc.
- 言語: 英語
- ASIN: B009TAQWKE
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能）: 有効
- Word Wise: 有効
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 136
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: 洋書 有料タイトル - 3,054,222位 (洋書 有料タイトルの売れ筋ランキングを見る)
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