Magic Cottage, Das Haus auf dem Lande
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Magic Cottage, Das Haus auf dem Lande

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,058 ratings  ·  135 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, 347 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Bastei Lübbe (first published 1986)
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mark monday
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
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
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
Vanessa Woolley
My sister recommended James Herbert and decided that since she thought I'd not have the heart nor stomach for horror (as I'm a fan of fantasy and dislike seeing anything gruesome or bone chilling freaky), that starting me off with The Magic Cottage would be a good first choice. Unfortunately, I expected serious horror and was disappointed by the time I was halfway through the book and hardly anything had happened. So this is what I disliked about the book; 1. The writer spends most his time talk...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to bookczuk by: Netstation
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-...more
I read this while on holiday in England a few years ago, it was quite a good thriller.
Very atmospheric
Sharon Hattingh
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
Loved this book, even though it scared the he'll out of me.
Claire C. Riley
I love this book!
Megan Cullen
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...more
Jul 01, 2012 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nicole by: Bayo Oyetunde
I am not someone who gets scared easily. The fact that I read this book by myself at night in bed alone with just a faint bedside lamp did play an important part in making me uneasy. I would put it down after reading a couple of chapters and start imagining all kinds of dread hidden in the shadows of my own house.

The tale of an enchanted cottage in the woods and how a city dwelling couple encounter its charm doesn't seem like the kind of plotline to scare anyone. The story progresses from the g...more
Lisa M
The story revolves around Midge and Mike, a couple looking to get away from city life for a more relaxed new life in the countryside. Midge feels guided towards an isolated fairy tale cottage deep in a forest.

From the first viewing the cottage seemed to have a life, a power about it that they could not put their fingers on. As the story unfolds you learn more about the previous owner Flora who died there and the meaning behind a local 'religious' group who are far too friendly and suspicious fo...more
I was expecting a horror story, as James Herbert is pretty famous for those, but I didn’t really get one with this book. I wasn’t disappointed though I just had to switch my expectations to another track.

Mike Stringer, the narrator of this tale, and his partner Midge (Margaret) Gudgeon relocate from busy London to the countryside, close to the New Forest. Their new home is Gramarye, a run down cottage set in woodland and close to the village of Cantrip. Odd though it may seem when they eventuall...more
The main problem I have with Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ is that in the opening scenes, before they even reach the hotel, Jack Nicholson already appears to be quite mad. How you can empathise with a character’s descent into madness when he starts off halfway there? For the first hundred pages or so of this book I had an odd sense of déjà vu. The lead female character is so dreamily open and accepting to all the strange events happening around her, that it seems to remove a lot of the tension. Surely...more
The last James Herbert book I read was 'The Secret of Crickley Hall', which left me hiding under my duvet, and quaking in my slipper boots, at two in the morning. So I had very high expectations for this book.
Firstly I'm unsure on whether I liked the fact the novel was written with hindsight - I think perhaps this spoiled some of the tension that should have occured naturally. The thing that struck me most to start with was the writing style. It is written to the reaser, not FOR the reader. It w...more
Charlotte Phillips
This is my first James Herbert since I read The Fog as a teenager. I've gravitated in the ensuing years towards Stephen King, but after the recent TV adaptation of one of James Herbert's stories I picked up The Magic Cottage. There were fab things about this book. I loved James Herbert's writing style, his characterisation really drew me in. I really felt Mike was well drawn and there were some very funny parts to his inner dialogue, he had a dry outlook. I loved the character of Val too, she wa...more
Serene Wong
Purchased this ebook at Kobo before reading the contents. Earlier on, I remembered this book from a long ago memory that I have already read before, during my childhood days. However, I was too young at that time to fully comprehend and absorb the contents of this book.

To sum it up: this book is great. I loved it. It talks about a couple Midge and Mike, who purchased a cottage at a secluded area. The cottage used to belong to an old lady named Flora. Flora has the ability to heal animals and oth...more
Sherri Dub
I read this book over twenty years ago, and loved it just as much as I did then.
I like the way the male character narrates the story, but appears to effortlessly bring the other characters and the "magic cottage" to life.
I especially liked the way each character had a different mission, yet their mutual interests made them a tight fit. No one was a "fluff" character or non-essential part of the story.
James Herbert had the foresight to keep the pages moving, with his direct approach to keeping t...more
I'm not a big horror fan but The Magic Cottage really appealed to me. It has a really solid storyline that builds carefully to give you a good insight into the characters and the scene. The first part of the book is mainly expanding the character profiles - couple Midge and Mike, and charting their move from the city to the country. By the time the "horror" element kicks in in the latter part of the book, you feel you know the characters really well. It's not so much a blood and gore book as a p...more
Pat Gerber-Relf
I think this was the last book before James Herbert passed on. A shame, a good writier of the third dimension and this did not disappoint. Just be careful what you choose as your home before you buy it. The magic in that cottage grew throughout the book.
More like 2.5 stars, I suppose. It's well-written and the characters are decent and such, but there are two main problems I had with it. The first is that the rate at which the plot progresses is very slow. It doesn't feel like much happens. At all. It feels like there are more sex scenes than actual horror. The second issue is that when stuff DOES happen it's usually fairly clichéd. Herbert appears to have realised this only after finishing the book and rushed back, dotting cynical references t...more
Lesley McCullough
This started out as a nice ‘magical’ story of a couple moving into their dream cottage. After you get comfortable strange occurrence’s begin, leading to a crescendo of magic, fear and evil. I don’t recommend reading this in the middle of the night with low lighting…..scary. I kept sneaking looks into the shadows……

A real page turner. A few twists and turns, although I had suspected them it did not ruin my enjoyment. This is the first James Herbert novel I have read (by recommendation) and was sur...more
I bought this because it had so many great reviews but I didn't really find it all that scary. I was expecting to be jumpy and terrified, I wasn't.

I also don't think much really happened until I was 2/3 through the book. Then when stuff did start happening it was all a bit ridiculous and I don't feel like it fit in with the tone of the book thus far.

The twist at the end was good and it was an easy book to read. For first person narration I didn't mind it too much and I quite liked the characters...more
Cora Pettie-collins
I really enjoyed this book, not what I expected in the end but enjoyable none the less.
Gary Morley
Maybe it's because I've been desensitised to a lot of things by Hollywood (and my own way of life) but something about this book just simply didn't feel like a horror.

The narrator was perhaps a touch too cocky, too cliche, and too casual to really feel any great amount of tension in this book. There were even a couple times when I considered giving up on it completely. But I pressed on because, despite the significant lack of things to scare me, it was an enjoyable story. More of a tea-cup ride...more
This is the first James Herbert I've read in quite a while (even though it is quite an old one). It's written in first person, which I don't always like. The book did take a while to get going, I thought, too much scene setting and a bit boring before the action started.

Once it got going, it was fairly good and went along at a decent pace to keep me interested. The story felt a little bit contrived and simplistic, but Herbert's writing is still good enough to want to keep reading.

Overall, a pret...more
Marie Cope
I read this book as a friend of mine said this is how I write, in my debut novel Bonds. I can see where they are coming from.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it is full of mystery and magic, but I would have preferred the Synergists to have come across as more mystical and less 'religious cult', but that might just be me.

I would also have preferred it to be Midge that had the magical powers as this would have rung true. To give Mike this honour, so late in thebook, didn't really work for me and...more
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