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Breed

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  2,339 ratings  ·  580 reviews
Alex and Leslie Twisden told each other they would do anything to have children. The price didn’t matter. But the experimental procedure they found had costs they couldn’t foresee.

Adam and Alice Twisden’s lives seem perfectly normal. Except that, every night, without fail, their parents lock them into their rooms.

And the twins know that the sounds they can hear are not jus...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Mulholland Books
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Greg
If you want a fairly entertaining book to read in it's entirety on a three and a half hour train ride this would be a fairly good choice.

Stephen King, in superlative tourette's he seems cursed with when blurbing a book, calls this the best horror novel since Peter Straub's Ghost Story. I haven't read Ghost Story so I can't say it's the best horror novel written in the past thirty two years (I doubt it though, just a feeling) but I don't think this is the best horror novel written in the past th...more
Giselle
Horror has always been my thing. I get thrills out of being scared, and I love when a good mystery is involved as well. Breed definitely brings both aspects. These people start to get truly bizarre side effects from an out of country fertility treatment, and frankly it freaked me the heck out. The mystery part gets less "mysterious" and more "What is going to happen next?" during part 2, when we fast-forward 10 years later to the kids' perspective, and change from horror to more of a high speed...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Rosemary's Baby is easily one of my favorite horror movies of all time. Rosemary Woodhouse's descent into terror and paranoia, her protectiveness of her unborn child, the simultaneously comical & horrifying geriatric satanists next door - these are all expertly crafted horror elements that speak to the frightening aspects of pregnancy, ambition, and betrayal. (This is to say nothing of Mia Farrow's - and Ruth Gordon's - powerful performance!) When I r...more
Lou
When the old system lets you down and kids don’t seem to come to fruition couples look down many avenues for a solution and solace.
Adoption is one root or as like the couple in this story flying over to a dirty untidy strange doctor in the middle of a town unheard of to the masses to be guinea pigs in a new breakthrough in medicine is another. From the first impressions they had when they were introduced to this great doctor they should have fled on their heels for the exit door, his surgery and...more
Stella
Not my usual read, but from the Kindle sample I downloaded it looked interesting so I purchased the book.

And as I was reading, I got increasingly annoyed with the author's reference to Slovenia. I get it that he was trying to create a setting of a small, remote, backward country with no laws where experimental medical treatments may be done on humans - but Slovenia??!!

The author assumes everyone is as ignorant as he is and repeats several times that nobody has ever heard of Slovenia. Really? Wh...more
Bandit
The only way this novel could have been more impressive is if it had, in fact, been a debut, not just a pseudonym debut for a well known author. In the cover blub King proclaims this book the scariest horror novel in about 30 years. I'm not sure I'd go that far. It wasn't scary per se, it was deeply disturbing, alarming and unsettling. As far as horror goes this was as much of a work of literary horror as it gets. It was literature with scary aspects, phenomenally well written exploration of the...more
Jason
It being October I thought I would read a "horror" novel and who better to suggest such a novel than Stephen King, the master of horror himself. Mr King said that this novel was the best he has read since Straub's Ghost Story. After reading this novel I have to wonder if King thinks that most everything that has been written since Ghost Story is garbage and that his expectations are very low indeed.
Breed is written by Scott Spencer (Endless Love) under the pseudonym of Chase Novak. He sets the...more
Michael
Look, if you are looking for Nabokov this isn't the book for you. BUT...if you are a fan of highly entertaining and elegantly moving prose, then this is the read for you.

The story is pretty good and the ending is, like some other reviewers have noted, pretty damn good. But what is amazing about this book is that the flow of the writing and narrative is unrelenting. I could not_put_it_down. I was consumed by it.

I am a writer and reader who likes to be entertained. I have very low tolerance with...more
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
Breed is a chilling and horrifying tale. It is terrifying and not like anything I have read before. Breed is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Breed takes you on a disturbing tale of one couple`s journey to have children. They will do anything and I mean anything to have kids. After all hope has been lost, or so they think, they hear of a doctor who has a magical ability to get women pregnant. Even after all of western medicine has failed them, this doctor seems to know the secret.

What star...more
Kealan Burke
Thank the marketing department for the intrigue generated by this one. It certainly has an excellent hook: "A couple struggling to have a child, undergo treatment to have one, but once their kids are born, the unlucky siblings begin to realize that there's something amiss with their parents." It seems like a nice twist on a familiar theme, but alas, it isn't. The writing is excellent, the pacing serviceable, and yet the whole novel feels broken somehow. Good ideas go unexplored, characters who s...more
She-Wolf Reads
I’ll start with a caveat. I’m no big fan of horror. I tend toward science based sci-fi. Arthur C. Clarke being at the top of my list of favorite sci-fi writers. So, when I was asked to review an advance copy of Breed by Chase Novak (the pen name for Scott Spencer), I was apprehensive. I have very little background or interest overall in the genre. And, after reading the sticker on the cover offering a quote by the King of Horror himself, Stephen King, who hailed Breed as “the best horror novel I...more
Judah
Closer to 3.5 stars, really.
Let me start off by saying that I understand why some people have categorized this as a "werewolf" novel, but it most-assuredly isn't.

**Very slight spoilers**

Likes:
The feral children of the park.
Leslie's inability to find the correct words at times. This was one of the more disturbing aspects of the book for myself.
The inclusion of gay characters who suffer from/must deal with internal debates not because of their actions, but because of the perceptions of others.
The...more
Sonia
1 out of 5. I feel disappointed... the book had so much potential in theory and didn't deliver it... I endure so much icky facts, and feel like the only purpose was to gross the reader, since there hadn't weight to the story. Right now I'll probably say it was the worse from 2012... I have to take a pick of this year's list to make sure, but I'm almost certain it was. And it wasn't the type of story or the (view spoiler), it was the writing.

I liked the twins....more
Stephanie

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Alex and Leslie's relationship was always strong. They were happily married for years, and even the age difference couldn't make a dent in their blissfully happy lives.

That is, until the couple began wishing for a child. After years of trying with no success, Alex and Leslie begin to look into unorthodox methods, with disastrous results.

Ten years later, the Twisdens have ever...more
Stefani
Dec 23, 2012 Stefani rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody!
As much as I was looking forward to this book, by the end I hated it. No, hated it not a strong enough word. I loathed this book. So many times I wanted to put it down and never pick it back up, but I soldiered on until the very last page and began to wish I had followed through with the urge to abandon it. This book was a perfect example of a great idea that was executed terribly. This was written by bestselling author Scott Spencer, under the pseudonym Chase Novak. I, for one, will not be chec...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2012/08/...

When Leslie meets Alex Twisden, it’s pretty much love at first site. 17 years her senior, Alex is everything Leslie wants in a man: successful lawyer, wants a family, and absolutely adores Leslie. Leslie is quite capable on her own, working for an up and coming children’s publisher, and quite frankly, she’d have married Alex if he was cab driver (or other such blue collar profession.) But he’s not, and they’re deliriously...more
Vegantrav
******SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW******



Desperately seeking fertility, Alex and Leslie, as a last resort, seek the help of Dr. Kis in far off Slovenia. He injects both Leslie and Alex, painfully with a large syringe, with a mysterious serum. Shortly thereafter, they become ravenously hypersexual, and Leslie is soon pregnant and eventually gives birth to triplets: Alice, Adam, and a genetic monstrosity, Bernard, whom we are initially led to believe is euthanized but is actually spirited away by a devo...more
Roger Miller
I'm not a fan of horror novels -- I'm usually too squeamish and don't see the point of freaking myself out with the tortured product of someone else's dystopic vision. I heard the author of "Breed" interviewed on NPR and was impressed. I look into his earlier novels (written under his real name, Scott Spencer) and realized he's been nominated multiple times for the National Book Award. That told me that "Breed" isn't some piece of dreck -- and it's not. It's a fast-paced, shocking, relatively be...more
Hannah
This book was completely ridiculous- which was not to say that I didn't enjoy it. The plot is something out of an overdone B-Horror movie: A wealthy childless couple, having exhausted all other methods of procreation travel to a mysterious doctor in Slovenia who treats them with a number of injections to increase their fertility. The drugs work almost immediately, and nine months later the woman gives birth to healthy twins and their malformed sibling, who is immediately whisked away. But of cou...more
Jennyb
Who would have thought that the guy who wrote Endless Love would write a horror novel? Well, he did, and not only that, he did a fairly decent job of it. This novel -- a "Rosemary's Baby"-esque creeper -- won't change your life, but it's a fun, decently written light read. It drags in parts (partial spoiler), as when pages upon pages are chewed up with the father chasing his errant children through the streets of New York and also at the end when the mother is trailing about Slovenia. It's also...more
Debra
Stephen King recommended book. The blurb on the front cover says "The best horror novel I've read since Peter Straub's Ghost Story. By turns terrifying and blackly funny. Breed is a total blast."

Stephen King said in Entertainment Weekly's column The Best Books I Read in 2012: "Alex and Leslie want a kid, and the biological clock is ticking. Thanks to a sinister fertility doctor, they get two for the price of one, great twins named Adam and Alice. Only one problem: Their parents are turning into...more
Nathan Rostron
I was very much enjoying the brooding, slightly camp atmosphere and chisel-cut sentences of Scott Spencer's pseudonymous werewolf novel, "Breed," especially it's (very) darkly funny take on the desire for children taken to the extreme, until I got to the climax of the book, in which "Chase Novak" basically copies a very famous climactic moment from one of Scott Spencer's own very famous early novels. The laziness or sloppiness or would-be sneakiness of doing so is made only more depressing by th...more
Kelly Coffee
I am in utter shock and so disappointed this book ended like a big ole smelly shart. It was a great book, well written, humourous, ominous, everything a reader could want from a great read, but then it ended as if the author just got bored and didn't feel like thinking about this story anymore. WHY the author ended it so flatulently is beyond me; it had SO MUCH POTENTIAL to be one of the best books I've read in a while, and now... now I'm just irate! Novak couldn't come up with ANYTHING BETTER?!...more
Nardos
Books centered around cannibalism and cruel parents are not usually my cup of tea, but what can I say? sometimes you just want to read something gruesome and crazy.
Hollowspine
So. Not my typical read, right. Well, I kinda liked it because it had such a disgusting cover and I picked it up since it was recommended on a booklist. It turned out to be a disappointing and rather silly book.

The premise, pregnancy gone wrong, has been done before and done better. Although I wouldn't say the book was a complete shambles I wouldn't say it was well written either. The real kicker for me was the author's arrogance. He treats Slovenia as if it's an unknown, like his readers must...more
Tom
I read the exerpt in the Guardian newspaper online, and I was both a little grossed out and intrigued. The story of a New York couple, for whom everything is within easy reach, cars, clothes, opera. Everything but an Heir for father Alex's stunning townhouse and fortune, and a wee darling cherub for Leslie to mother. However, a last resort trip to an unethical and creepy fertility doctor in Slovenia sets the couple, and subsequent family down a scary path. Twins Adam and Alice are born, and we m...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received this book from Librarything early reviewers giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Breed: A Novel by Chase Novak is about a very wealthy couple who can't obtain one thing with all their money-- children. Alex Twisden is determined to have children of his own, and Leslie, his wife, wants to make the man she loves happy. Through a series of creepy events, they find a fertility expert in Slovania, who makes their dreams... and nightmares come true. When the twins Adam and Alice realiz...more
Melissa Lee-tammeus
I picked this up because it was recommended by the horror god himself, Mr. King. Then I found on that Novak (pen name) is actually the guy who wrote Endless Love (yep, that one). So, I figured with those credentials, why not give the horror genre another shot? I'd actually given up on it for a time - it seems blood and gore runs the show these days and not much surprises me. This had some of that but I have to admit there was one scene that had me a bit freaked out - is the crazy lady really in...more
Christa  Seeley
Originally posted at Hooked on Books

I picked up a copy of Breed this year at BEA and initially I was incredibly excited for it. A horror novel in the vein of Rosemary's Baby? What's not to love about that? As I started reading, however, I found that this book was nothing like I expected to be and that this was both good and bad.

Breed is divided into two parts and my feelings about these two parts are as different as night and day. The first part focuses in on Alex and Leslie and their struggles...more
Sheila
This book could have been so good. The idea, though requiring quite a bit of suspension of disbelief, is a good one for a horror novel, and the "monsters" were well done. However, the writing was mediocre, the characters blank, and the plot had too many unresolved things to be truly enjoyable. I thought the present-tense narration didn't work very well--it felt too distant from the characters, and there's a lot of telling not showing. We know Alex and Leslie want a baby, but only because we're T...more
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