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Magic Cottage, Das Haus auf dem Land

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  4,256 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
Midge und Mike, zwei junge Künstler, haben ein romantisches Landhaus bezogen. Die magischen Kräfte, die von dieser Idylle ausgehen, schlagen in nacktes Grauen um, als Mitglieder einer seltsamen Sekte auftauchen.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Bastei-Lübbe (first published 1986)
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mark monday
Feb 29, 2012 mark monday rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horrortime
this is not a bad book. i don't think this is a particularly good book either. easy to read and not particularly painful to get through... i read it all through one long rainy night. Herbert is a real professional: the screws are tightened expertly, our two leads are sympathetic & realistic (although one of them is a wee bit off), the mysteries unfold at a good pace, creepy supernatural goings-on abound, some enjoyable twists & turns pop up, and of course a mysterious & possibly thre ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 80-s-horror
Published in 1986, this James Herbert novel is a lot of fun.

Herbert had the talent to write very different types of stories. From flat out splatter like The Rats or The Fog, to comedic humor like the horror story Creed, I know that Herbert guarantees me a good time. The Magic Cottage was not a disappointment.

A fun, slow burning story about a loving couple wanting to get away from things and instead ending up in the middle of things. Strange happenings at their new cottage in the country, happeni
I have never read anything by James Herbert, and was very intrigued with the premise of The Magic Cottage: A young couple are strangely drawn to a crumbling, oddly charming house in the country. On their tour of the cottage, the garden is overrun with weeds, walls are damp, moldy, and cracked, doors are warped, and the massive stone lintle over the stove is in immediate danger of falling. The former owner, an reclusive elderly lady who made herbal remedies for the community and communed with nat ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Bandit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an absolute delight, a thrilling and exciting story from its nicely understated beginning straight down to its boombastic final showdown and picture perfect ending. Classic Herbert, to take on a what could have been yet another young couple buys the house in the remote area(the subject is actually referenced in a book in an awesomely meta way), all is not as it seems and make it so clever, unique original and fun. Other classic Hebert elements are present as well including well dev ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Addy rated it it was amazing
This book was very different from The Fog. It was more subtle and was a slow read at first, but began to pick up after the halfway point. The way it was narrated, like someone telling you a story was neat. The descriptions of the quaint little cottage out in the woods with beautiful scenery was wonderful to escape to. As the story progressed, I got caught up in how fast it moved. It got quite sinister, dark, and evil. I loved it! I would definitely recommend to those who like subtle horror and a ...more
Franco  Santos
¡Por Dios, así se termina un libro!

Herbert sí sabe cómo concluir una historia... Fue espectacular. Cuando creés que ya no puede ser mejor, el autor te redobla la apuesta. El último cuarto del libro fue un huracán.

De los mejores finales que leí.

Es una lástima que sea tan pesado y repetitivo hasta la página 220, aproximadamente.

Kimberly Yates
Jun 16, 2016 Kimberly Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally saw everything described in this book in great detail. Herbert captured the perfect description of a magic cottage deep in the woods. I expected more things to occur inside and around the cottage and towards the end, I was just left with a wanting.
Totally creepy story, I was creeped out by the "SYNERGIST TEMPLE" in the woods. Freaky, crazy..This is why I love James Herbert. He can make me see it, feel it, smell it, and just completely pull you along into this magical journey that usual
Vanessa Woolley
Sep 25, 2015 Vanessa Woolley rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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Jul 12, 2015 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always found Herbert a bit hit and miss. Haunted was one of the first 'grown up' books I read and I thought his whole back catalogue would be equally impressive, but many years ago when I started to tackle it I found a few books that I dropped after page twenty. Still maybe I'm older and have different taste now, so after enjoying this one I might give some of his other titles another look.

There's a slow build in this book and that's to its credit. The characters are interesting enough that
Linda  Branham Greenwell
May 01, 2013 Linda Branham Greenwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy, 2013
This is a story about Mike and Midge who move into their dream cottage, Gramarye - and soon begin to discover that things are not as they originally seemed. There is something off-beat and disturbing about Gramarye, Mike can feel it, Midge seems oblivious to it. Animals come into the house and eat out of their hands, they befriend a little red squirrel who comes in daily and chatters away at them. They name the squirrel, Rumbo. Wounds heal spontaneously. It all sounds pretty silly, but it is all ...more
Jul 04, 2010 Jaimey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up at a garage sale. An interesting story where a modern couple find a perfect fairytale cottage - however there is an unexplainable power within that can only be described as magical. Magic is a constant theme throughout the book and is explored well and ties in with the modern context. What is magic? The book begins with witchery and nature around the cottage, and as the cottage's neighbours are revealed, delves into references to religion, charlatans and magicians, some metaphysic ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
First of all I am a MASSIVE James Herbert fan. At first this book was really slow moving and I started it over many times before finally reading it through. I have a original print form 1986 which still had spelling mistakes in. Anywho, as i said it was slow to start off but at it gets into it and the two main characters Mike and Midge begin having suspicions about the Magic (capital M for a reason) it really turns into your typical James Herbert page turner hard to put down book. I felt that it ...more
Jan 27, 2009 bookczuk rated it liked it
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A cottage was found in the heart of the forest. It was charming maybe, a little run-down, but so peaceful - a magical haven for creativity and love. But the cottage had an alternative side - the bad magic. What happened there was horrendous beyond belief.

One of my earliest introductions to Herbert's work, and still one of my favorites. More suspenseful than outright horror, but scary all the same. However, I think I prefer my magic cottages to be made of gingerbread..I have no fingernails left-
Apr 22, 2016 Luke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently spent some time in hospital, and thought this work might make a good companion. From the blurb, it suggested a zippy, not thoroughly taxing read. Fair enough, I thought: I'll zip through it while waiting for day surgery and that will be that. Popcorn consumed.

So somehow, it's ten days later and I've only just finished it. And why? Because I kept feeling like I had to flog myself onwards toward a finish line that wasn't really worth it when I got over it.


The novel, Herbert's 12t
Mar 25, 2015 Kayleigh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was heavily recommended to be me by my mum who is someone who reads exactly the sort of book that i do not. I'm not in to horror, i'm not interested in reading anything 'supernatural' or 'paranormal' because i like my fiction to be grounded and real and easy to relate to. So this was a very different sort of book for me to read as it was none of those things and everything i typically avoid when i'm looking to read something new. My mum was so enchanted by this book that i thought i'd give ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Riana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike and Midge moves into a quaint cottage in the countryside. Right from the start, they’ve had an intuitional feeling about the place – a strange sense of recognition. Finding unexpected joy and inspiration in their new home, they push all apprehension to the back of their minds. Surely these bizarre imaginings are merely due to all the fresh country air they’ve been getting, right?

I guess you could say the “haunted house” idea is a bit of a cliché, but author James Herbert himself makes no se
Jun 23, 2015 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I first read this book many, many years ago and remember being blown away by it. Yet, when I came to pick it up again, I was surprised at how little had stayed with me - the general gist of the story, the twist at the end and that was it. So it was almost like reading a new book this time round.

The premise is out of any standard horror movie and the narrator, Mike, freely admits this. Him and his girlfriend, Midge, move into their ideal cottage, deep in the woods, only to find that their is a st
Apr 19, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, thriller
Perhaps it is because I am a fan of Stephen King, and James Herbert's writing style is similar, but I really enjoyed the style of this book. The way things are described, the atmosphere created and the general creepy tone is great. Unfortunately, which is what took it down to four stars, Herbert has a tendency, here, to be too obvious. He will use his character voice to explain to the reader what we should be thinking and feeling for ourselves. It's like writing a really tense paragraph full of ...more
Jul 12, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hokey, hackneyed and cliched, but a huge amount of fun. The climactic scenes were priceless.
Jul 07, 2015 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, it was the title that intrigued me, then the synopsis and finally the story itself drew me in fully. Two artistic people moving into a magical cottage. What more could you ever ask for? It is told from the musician's point of view, the reluctant one, who ended up captivated not only by the atmosphere of the house and surroundings, but a little squirrel named Rumbo visiting every day.
As they explore their new surroundings, they also come across a mansion, inhabited by people from all ov
Sep 17, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Not the best Herbert I've read but it was different to his other horror fictions. This was less scary for one by far. The chapters were also twice as long as usual.

Please don't take my 3* rating as bad. This was really enioyable and as always well written. I just can't say I enjoyed it as much as his other stories.
Feb 27, 2010 Marisella rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, gothic
I'm enjoying this book, the scenes are well set up, and Midge and Mike are engaging. I can't wait to find out Midge's past; how she lost her parents and why that event was so terrifying. The cottage itself sounds beautiful and eerie at the same time, and the Synergists make my skin crawl. more later!
Rodrigo Marinho
Dec 04, 2014 Rodrigo Marinho rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book.
James Herbert, together with Stephen King, has an aptitude to imagine interesting stories to which we, the readers, will want to know how it is going to develop.

The eerie setting, the likeable characters, the easy to read (and follow) writing style make this a rather enjoyable book.

Downside? Can be very slow at first. The true story only starts developing half-way through the book.
The ending is also a somewhat let down. It is as if James Herbert creates this crescendo o
Jon Stasiak
Feb 04, 2016 Jon Stasiak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All time favourite book. I've read it loads of times and still love it. It's dark, mysterious, enticing.... Just a great book.
Oct 21, 2008 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boo-scary-books
I read this while on holiday in England a few years ago, it was quite a good thriller.
Very atmospheric
Sharon Hattingh
Mar 12, 2014 Sharon Hattingh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always.....Herbert ROCKS!!! This was my first ever Herbert. I read it nearly 20 years ago and decided to give it another go. Although I still remembered the story somewhat, this 2nd time around was so revisiting a good friend. So sad to think that there will be no more....the death of this remarkable author means that there is a lot less magic in the world. Thank goodness for his work; a beautiful legacy left behind for us to enjoy forever. Read the Magic Cottage, my friend ...more
Bobbie Brown
Oct 27, 2015 Bobbie Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-reads
Loved this book, even though it scared the he'll out of me.
Claire Riley
Nov 21, 2010 Claire Riley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
I love this book!
Megan Davis
Apr 28, 2013 Megan Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first horror book. All my life I have avoided them, and for some reason, recently, I decided to start reading a few.

Herbert's writing is delicious. I did not expect to find such a master of prose in this kind of book. I was very pleased. His descriptions, day-to-day puttering of characters, and humour are so natural.

The story was tantalizing. A magic cottage in the woods where strange things happen--good things and bad things. What's not to like?

I must say I enjoyed the first half
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He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his 19 novels have sold more than 42 million
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