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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  276 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The small town of Sullivan has barricaded itself against the outside world. It is one of the last enclaves of civilization and the residents are determined that their town remain free from the strange and terrifying plague that is sweeping the land—a plague that transforms ordinary people into murderous, bloodthirsty madmen. But the transformation is only the beginning. Wi ...more
Paperback, 426 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Dorchester Publishing Trade (first published September 26th 2003)
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mark monday
back in 1995, Simon Clark wrote a nifty post-apocalyptic novel called Blood Crazy, featuring the adventures of a young man in England as he meets other survivors and evades groups of murderous not-quite-zombies. I loved it. seven years later, Clark wrote Stranger, an irritating post-apocalyptic novel featuring the adventures of a young man in America as he meets other survivors and evades groups of murderous not-quite-zombies. well I suppose it is true that every writer revisits the themes and s ...more
Keith Chawgo
The Stranger is an odd book that I actually enjoyed by the time I got to the end. Unfortunately, the beginning seems to meander about the place and then about a third of the way through, the book kick starts to something resembling a zombie novel, though this is not a zombie novel.

As the book begins, you are faced with a load of dialogue for the first chapter then by the second chapter we are introduced to the narrator who is a bit odd and kind of hard to identify with. As the book gets moving,
At first I was like meh. It took me a minute to get past some parts in the beginning--occasionally this author tends to be a tad too obvious at times.

I guess I'll get my criticisms out of the way first

1) One of my pet peeves with apocalyptic books is that they ALWAYS start off like 6 months to a year after everything goes to hell. I'm always wildly curious to find out how things start from the moment zombies rise up, or in this case, the entire population of South & Central America flood th
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
4.5 stars

Surprised how varied the reviews are on this one. Personally loved it. Found it intriguing and the end a surprise.

This apocalyptic type tale involves a young man, Valdiva, who has the extraordinary talent of noticing if someone is infected with the ‘Gantose plague’. It originated in South America and originally people thought that the bug would stay there, since it never seemed to be infecting others. Eventually, of course, it spreads across the world. At first people are terrifying af
I actually quite enjoyed this book though a few questions plagued my mind throughout the course of it. If hives needed to feed on live humans then why was the first stage of the disease filled with the killing of uninfected humans??? Also if Greg was truly a result of the hive completing its metamorphosis then why did he want to or why was he prone to have this need to kill those that were infected?
Even with all those questions I truly did enjoy the book
This is somewhat similar to one of Clark's other novels, Blood Crazy. A plague turns humans into murderers, forcing survivors to live behind walls, or always be on the move, avoiding the killing hordes. In one town of survivors, a man named Greg has the ability to sense the disease within infected people. His position as screener/executioner allows him to live comfortably until the day he wrongly decides to venture beyond the town's perimeter.

Roy Richard
New twist on the apocalypse

New twist on the apocalypse

Good read. Contains a unique twist to what could be zombies and the end of the world. The main character Greg is easy to chat for and to be hopeful with. Ending is fulfilling but leaves open the chance for a follow-up. Thanks Mr. Clark for a good summer read
Armand Rosamilia
Loved it! Loved the pacing of this book, the characters aren't perfect and they have real problems, and there are some threads left open to let you use your own imagination... and I am a total sucker for Apocalyptic stories, especially when the author uses something other than shambling/running zombies as the enemy.

Armand Rosamilia
Aug 03, 2007 Kevin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans.
So much more than I expected. Gruesome but powerful...I did not want it to end. Unfortunately, none of his other books have been as good.
Adam Wilson
Stranger, as of May 2011, is probably my second-least-favorite novel of all time. It holds the silver medal and will remain forever in the shadow of Sephera Giron’s Borrowed Flesh. My least favorite book ever isn’t a novel but a collection by John Shirley, but that isn’t important. I hated Stranger. As usual, I went into it with no knowledge of what it was about. I only knew it was horror and that is what I love. This is another apocalyptic, human race on the brink of extinction, people quarante ...more
Robert Beveridge
Simon Clark, Stranger (Leisure, 2003)

Back in the old days, when I joined Chapter-a-day (now DearReader), Stranger was one of the first books I had an excerpt of sent to me via email. I liked the premise and a friend of mine had been talking Clark up to me for a while (and this is the guy who recommended Simon Maginn, so I trust him implicitly), so I decided to give him a go. Of course, it then took me years to actually get round to reading the novel. I have a procrastination problem sometimes.

Jason Bradley Thompson
Like "Blood Crazy," the other Simon Clark book I've read, this has an interesting premise ruined by lame execution and writing. In brief: America (and the world) are invaded by a horde of immigrants from South America, who (surprise!) are infected by a sort of time-delay plague which causes them to become crazed murderers, which (surprise!) then turns out to be just Phase One of an even weirder and grosser transformation.

It sounds cool, but when you actually read it, it's a drag and doesn't make
Red Thomas
This was one wacky book. I have no other way to describe the saga that is the life of Greg Valdiva.

Starting out, I thought this would cover what happened to the little town of Sullivan, but as Greg ventures out into the world around him, things start to get really weird.

I enjoyed the way that the things that inhabit the world outside of the town are different than usual zombies. In a way as to not give anything away, I will simply say that they are not even in a humanoid form. I was highly curio
Todd Charlton
Simon Clark destroys the world again in Stranger. Greg Valdiva knows when someone has Jumpy and he can't stop himself from hacking that person to death. Solid horror with a rip roaring climax.
Strange. The title says it all couldn't get past page 37. Negative star's are required to rate this book.
Excellent book. The author does an excellent job of bringing you into his post-apocolyptic world.
Mary Whidden
If they just would have ate people, it could have been a zombie book.
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Born, 20th April, 1958, Simon Clark is the author of such highly regarded horror novels as Nailed By The Heart, Blood Crazy, Darker, Vampyrrhic and The Fall, while his short stories have been collected in Blood & Grit and Salt Snake & Other Bloody Cuts. He has also written prose material for the internationally famous rock band U2.

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