Psycho (Psycho #1)
Robert Bloch's Psycho captivated a nation when it appeared in 1959. The story was all too real-indeed this classic was inspired by the real-life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life. Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most-loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.
Norman Bates loves his Mothe...more
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But Alfred Hitchcock only needed about nine grand to buy the rights to this book. Then it only took a blonde, a ...more
That’s what I tell my boys all the time. I hope they turn out just as friendly and loyal to their momma as Norman did.
Is there anyone even on the planet who hasn’t at least heard of Psycho before? What can I say that you don’t already know? Well, I can confirm that this book is short at roughly 200 pages. Due to its brevity, I can also say not a paragraph is wasted on filler. Every scene that occurs does so for a reason. What ...more
If by some freak of nature you happen to be in the dark regarding Robert Bloch's Psycho I will warn you not to go in the shower at the Bates Motel, and be green with envy that you can read the novel with no prior knowledge of the intriguing plot.
If you are familiar with Alfred Hitchcock's movie version (released in 1960) then you will notice two obvious differences when reading the book, the first o...more
My generation and everyone since has grown up with the concept of Psycho, stemming from Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller, but all this began with Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel.
Reading this after having seen the film and grown up with the story, I dealt with a fair amount of theatrical irony. While the film stayed mostly true to Bloch’s vision, there were some departures and these were enjoyable to experience. Bloch’s prose is tight and the atmosphere developed ...more
I am a great fan of Alfred Hitchcock and his films, but this is the only film that I haven't watched more than once. Sure, that includes a string of other Oscar winners like Shawshank Redemption and Forest Gump; I'm just a weirdo. Psycho really scared me when I was young, though. There was no way to explain how the silhouette of mother's chair rocked on its own while Norman was at the hotel. I don't like unexplainable things.
The novel was actuall ...more
A pesar de ya saber cual era el plot twist del libro, me enganche desde el principio y lo terminé de leer en 3 horas, definitivamente la película es casi igual, excepto que en la novela podemos reconocer a Norman Bates más como psicópata debido a que tb leemos lo que está pensando todo ...more
A gripping story!
If you've seen the movie this is better, you get that missing insight of being in Norman's mind. The story is a page-turner. Bloch is a good writer and has plotted the story well no sentence is wasted or boring. After reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter I thought I would try and get into rambling mind of a different kind of killer. Bates is obsessed with his mother wants to be like her And wants her to be part of him.
The novel "Psycho", written by Robert Bloch, was actuall ...more
The book, written in 1959, stands the proverbial test of time, as well. 'You do not want Mother using her keys.' Quite right. The poundin ...more
The movie Psycho gave us that bedrock upon which all future slasher films were built - sex = death.
The 'bad girl' - bad because she had premarital sex - will die. The virgin will live. (If you don't know these rules, you need to watch Scream.)
Psycho the film actually opens in the bedroom, where our heroine is in her bra having just had sex with a man to whom she's not married.
Norman Bates ...more
Of course, this book was already old when I read that SK book back in '89 and now I feel kinda foolish for putting off this classic so damn long.
What's my excuse? I thought the story would be kinda... you know... old. Out of date. Without tension.
I really shouldn't listen to myself.
Antes de ler o livro, eu nunca tinha assistido ao filme e pra falar a verdade nem sabia do que se tratava. Conhecia a famosa "cena do chuveiro" e só.
Por conta disso, esse livro me surpreendeu bastante. O clima de suspense dura por todas as páginas, e a leitura flui muito rápido porque você quer saber logo o que que tá acontecendo de verdade!
O que achei mais interessante foi essa coisa do mistério não ser "quem matou fulano?". Isso a gente já fica sabendo logo no começo e daí pra frente ...more
I think the book and movie are probably equally as good, but the movie really went on to greater acclaim due to the direction of Hitchcock. The story was loosely based on Ed Gein (as was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and a few more stories as well.) I think almost a ...more
I have seen the movie, though it was years ago. And so, going into the book with the foreknowledge of the plot and the twist, I was able to focus on the writing and the technique along wit ...more
How lucky she was indeed. Norman, the owner of the place, was about to close. He lived there alone with his sick mother. Since the town wasn't that close and the weather was that bad he invited her for dinner. After the weird conversation during the dinner, Mary returned to her room. It was there where she decide that this all was a big mistake, in the mo ...more
I wish I had read this before seeing the movie! How amazing would this story have been h ...more
This was a well written, fast paced book that kept me guessing until the end. Loved it!
So, I did it. I finally read Psycho by Robert Bloch. Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation of this novel is one of my all-time favorites--which is probably the case for you as well--but I never got around to reading the book until now. And I can't believe I'm actually saying this but... the movie is better.
While this source material for the film is very good and written i ...more
Robert Bloch may not be a great writer but he struck literary ...more
Sigh. I gotta write a "real" review now.
This is on my "film is better shelf". I'm not a devoted slave to the movie, though. I' ...more
“I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.”
When Mary Crane stops for the night in a tiny, obscure little motel she thinks nothing of the odd but seemingly nice manager Norman Bates. All she’s concerned about is getting cleaned up and resting before she sees her fiancé the next day. The two are going to finally be able to start their life together after Mary stole $40,000 from her employer. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan for Mary Crane.
Psycho is one of those mandat ...more
Norman resides in a lovely town, and is the proprietor of the local Bates Motel.
He loves birds and lives with his mummy, whom he adores.
The only problem is that she's a bit of a psycho bitch who enjoys hacking people up in the shower.
Norman will do anything to protect his dear mum which includes covering up her various extracurricular activities.
Now, if you haven't seen the original movie Psycho, I strongly advise that you do. Very rarely do I say a movie surpasses the boo ...more
Surprisingly the book wasn't perfect insta-love ...more
Lo leí mientras esperaba el estreno de la tercer temporada de Bates Motel y me comí un pequeñísimo spoiler de la serie pero idfc.
Me gustó mucho la prosa ágil y sencilla, y la manera en la que todo va tomando forma a medida que avanza la trama; también me gustó muchísimo la manera en la que la última línea corta con el suspenso del último capítulo.
Es muy atrapante y se lee muy rápido, por lo que no p ...more
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Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over twenty novels, usually crime fiction, science fiction, and, perhaps most influentially, horror fict ...more