Two monstrous evils.
This quiet suburban town of Hampstead is threatened by two horrors.
One is natural. The hideous, unstoppable creation of man's power gone mad.
The other is not natural at all. And it makes the first look like a child's play.
The plot in a nutshell
What you’ve got here is essentially a town that is periodically plagued by a sequence of terrible events: serial killings; disappearances; children dying under mysterious circumstances. This only happens once every generation and only the i...more
First off, I found that this novel’s strength was also its weakness. Early on in the novel, Straub delves into Hampstead’s history, a Connecticut town that almost literally goes all to hell. The town, and its inhabitants, are in terrible trouble from more than one facet of evil, si...more
After I read (and was completely scared shitless) by Ghost Story in high school, I was afraid to read anything else by Straub. I remember passing up Shadowland and this book; by then I was in...more
As a novel, Floating Dragon operates on the ever familiar canvas of "horror in a small town", popularized in the 70's by Salem's Lot. While Salem's Lot was lean, swift and fast-paced, Straub's novel is much longer, much more com...more
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I had just read Ghost Story and found it original, frightening, and enjoyable...so I picked this one up in paperback. It's the book that put me off Peter Straub for years. I won't go into great detail here, but frankly instead of frightening I found this one while at times disgusting also to be almost silly. The pathetic pervert tu...more
But wait! The premise: Small, wealthy east coast town saved by battered woman and man with glowing phallic symbol before it's destroyed by evil-cloud-controled-reptilian-gynocologist.
Ok, maybe it's not so hard to give this one star.
I give the first 610 pages five stars. If you read it and find your opinion slipping toward the end, stop reading and savor the first 98 percent.
BTW, and I am not exaggerating... there was a violent scene in this novel that was so brilliantly written I felt faint after reading it.
How much of the story was down to DRG and how much to the 'dragon' if any?
I especially enjoyed the final scenes describing the encounter with Gideon Winter/The Dragon and couldn't put the book down till I had finished.
Will definitely be reading more Peter St...more
So no, I can’t say that I liked this book very much.
It is not bad but I would not want to re-read this this in comparison with The Stand which i read so many times.
When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy...more