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The Resort

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,693 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Bram Stoker award-winner Bentley Little cordially invites you to The Resort.

Welcome to The Reata, an exclusive spa isolated in the Arizona desert. Please ignore the strange employees and that unspeakable thing in the pool. And when guests start disappearing, pretend it isn't happening. Enjoy your stay, and relax. Oh...and lock yourself in after dark.

ebook, 400 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Penguin Group US
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Angel Gelique
4-4.5 stars...

Welcome to the Reata, an exclusive resort located within the desert of Arizona. The Thurman family are taking advantage of the incredible off-season rates. For five nights, they'll be in for an unforgettable stay.

The Reata boasts the best accommodations...
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Unbelievable facial massages...
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A most...charming...owner...
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They won't have a care in the world...
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The Thurmans plan to have an incredible time. And no doubt, they do. But it is unlike anything they've ever expected. They experi
Nearly 48 hours after finishing it, I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book.

Disturbed? Check.

A tad sickened? In there.

Smidge confused? Yup.

As for what else is in the mix, I still can't quite say. The basic idea was fun -- haunted desert resort tailors boogeymen to individual guests, pits them against one another. The Shining comparisons are obvious, but the differences plain enough that once you're past the setting, The Resort becomes its own book.

I'm just not sure that I liked what
Alistair Cross
Bentley Little's strange (but impressive) imagination is unparalleled in its ability to find, and precisely deliver, terror in the most complacent and comfortable places, and 'The Resort' is a great example of that. Bentley Little is one of the few writers who can give me nightmares, and this book in particular emblazoned some very creepy-cool and eerily bizarre images onto my mind that, years later, are still as terribly vivid as the day I read about them.

Bentley Little, (and 'The Resort' in pa
Phil Wolf
I'm pretty close to finishing this book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I was afraid that Little would be one of those authors who write in non-linear weird-to-the-point-of-being-psychodelic authors but nothing could be farther from the truth based on this book. There is enough mystery about the supernatural to keep you interested and guessing. If there is an answer to the riddle, this is one kind of book where it is divulged in the very end. I have begun to wonder which Little book ...more
Little´s best book so far !
Continuing reading Bentley Little and now knowing what to expect, Resort was pretty much exactly what I expected. It followed the formula of taking an ordinary thing (in this case vacation at a fancy resort) and slowly turning it into a terrifying nightmare, one creepy thing at a time. I thought the story was a tad drawn out, but it was a very quick read, so that sort of cancelled each other out. The horror aspects of the book I can take or leave, it did go over the top more than occasionally, w ...more
Five big old stars for weirdness, for creating characters that I gave a shit about, for keeping me guessing, for making me chuckle, and for creating an environment that I could immerse myself in. I had so much fun reading this one. For most of the book, you get to sit back and watch normal people get thrown into the WEIRDEST situations, some of which are so strange that you have to laugh. There are also some epic battles towards the end that make Braveheart seem like a jerk-off waste of time. I' ...more
I'm not really sure what to think of this book.
It was your typical Bentley Little book, idyllic scenario turned nightmare.
I liked the first 250 pages of the book, sometimes it even creeped me out and that doesn't happen a lot, but the last 60 were really hard to read through. I have that problem with a lot of Little books, I just think that most of his story solutions are far-fetched.
The last part of the book mostly consisted of the main characters running around, searching for someone instead
The Basics

The Thurmans decide to take a vacation, and what better place to spend it than a five star resort? The Reata has fantastic reviews, lots of activities, and reasonable rates in the off season. Then the inconveniences and the disturbances start to pile up, until it’s clear the Reata has a mind of its own.

My Thoughts

Sometimes you read a book because you want a good, gory time. I picked this out as part of my October reads because I had a feeling Little wouldn’t let me down on that score.
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Vince Liaguno
The Resort is one of those books only a writer with a loyal following like Little can get away with. Little, who is to the Southwest what Stephen King is to Maine, again sets his titular terror deep in the Arizona desert and again uses a working class family as the protagonists of this 2004 tome. Lowell Thurman and his wife Rachel are set to enjoy a well-deserved vacation with their family – teenage twins Curtis and Owen and thirteen-year-old Ryan – at an exclusive desert resort called The Reata ...more
Alan Overholser
This horror novel was pretty flat. It was never particularly spooky, although it approached spooky at times. I have only read two of Bentley Little's books now, but I see a pattern. People find themselves in settings--whether it be a school, a resort, etc--where people are acting very strangely and it's clear that something sinister is at work. And it usually ends up being some supernatural force trying to kill everyone, but one of the main characters finds a way to expose and defeat the evil gh ...more
Bentley Little's novels are so hilariously idiotic, my best friend and I read them aloud to one another for chuckles. Absolutely nothing scary about them, except perhaps the redundancy and ineffectiveness of his prose.

His characters are always uber-terrified of rather mundane things, yet underreact to serious horrors. There is never a single likeable character to relate with. 3 pages are devoted to one guy's spider phobia & the spider in his hotel room doesn't actually ever do anything but a
Jun 28, 2007 shay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tourists (nahhh)
Shelves: horrorific
Here is some genuinely creepy stuff. It's eerie, disturbing, and most importantly, convincing - the kind of book that you still worry about once you've put it down. My only complaint is that the ending came out of nowhere. It was a really, really, convenient plot twist and not the climactic end that I was expecting...It felt rushed, which was disappointing because the rest of the story felt so refined in it's oddness. But I'd still recommend Bentley Little because everything else was just so dar ...more
Very disturbing and strange but overall an interesting read.
The ending is a little confusing, lots of things are never explained, but still, this is a very fun, escapist horror novel. Not for everyone, but if you like your genre reading to be on the bizarre side, you just might like it. I've read three books by Little, and he is a master of the slow build, with seemingly normal situations getting more bizarre by the page. Some shocking scenes and wacked out ideas. I liked it.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
In the first half of the 90's I worked at a resort in Scottsdale. Two of those years were night shift in the security department. Anyone who has worked in the hotel industry can vouch for some of the crazy shit that happens at one. My expectations were probably too high for this novel. I liked it, but it seemed to hedge a little.
Jewell Moreno
This was my first book by Bentley Little. Honestly I would have liked it much better if it wasn't so uber sexual. After finishing I understood the reason, but still it was excessive, and I couldn't help but feel half of it was used for sheer shock value, and to get that obligatory "R" rating. The same way HBO likes to create vampire porn. I found this disheartening because Mr. Little has a genuine gift for the creepy, and his characterization is relatable. I think he'd have a much broader audien ...more
Well, the one thing I have to say about this book is a bit of a spoiler, so...
The Resort is a creepy tale of a haunted resort located in the desert of Arizona. Lowell Thurman and his family are booked to stay at The Reata for a restful five day retreat. This posh resort is supposed to offer the best accomodations money can buy and a discounted rate during the off-season makes the vacation seem like a dream come true. Unfortunately, something is wrong with The Reata. Lowell, his wife Rachael and their 3 sons begin to experience strange occurences and they are all feeling a ...more
Joe Stamber
After finishing my 3rd (I think) Bentley Little book, the jury is still out as far as I'm concerned. While The Resort was an improvement on my 2 previous experiences of Little, it still didn't tear any trees up. Everything I read about Little and his writing makes me think that I should really like his books, but after Laymon, Ketchum, Konrath, Strand, Masterton and the like there's something missing from Little's books that these others have.

The Resort follows several guests at a luxury resort
Dave Moore
Good job by Little, doing what he does best. He presents his puzzle piece-by-piece so that, like the characters in the story, you know something is going on that's unnatural, you're just not sure how it all fits together.Little takes the time to flesh out his characters with actual personalities, and has these personalities interact with each other and the situations in which he places them. He makes great use of juxtaposition in this story, using both media and the physical objects in the tale. ...more
John Anderson
Ak. This was an easy, quick read with good bits of writing surrounded by way too much crazy crap.

Mr. Little exposes his protagonists to a ridiculous variety of horror elements throughout most of the book but due to an increasingly obnoxious plot device which is introduced early on, he is able to keep his characters in the resort, still trying to make the most of their vacation, rather than fleeing en masse.

There are so many random seeming elements of horror popping up throughout the book that m
Aug 09, 2010 Mackenzi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who love outlandish and elaborate horror
Shelves: scary
This book was really terrible for me. The writing style and plot was alright. I am in full support of haunted buildings and am always excited to read something that is set in my home state. I would still recommend it if you really enjoy the type of horror with more visual scares and shocking imagery than psychological thrills.
But the book felt too forced, like the author was trying to cram in just as much of every haunted/cult/ghost experience he could think of and stick in in this book. It was
Chris Cangiano
Little is a good writer and has a great knack for creating weird and disturbing scenes. He keeps true to form with The Resort. A family spends 5 days at a truly creepy resort in Arizona in the off-season. In the course of their stay, lots of weird and unsettling things happen to them and the and its all leading up to big finish. However, the end seems rushed and everything wraps up rather too neatly. This is a problem that I've had with a lot of Little's writing. He is chock full of great ideas ...more
Sarah Underhill
Sep 19, 2007 Sarah Underhill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Social Commentary / Supernatural horror fans
Shelves: bentely-little
This was the first book by Bentley Little that I read and I fell in love with it. I love how Little can take an issue and not only turn it into a social commentary, but also find a way to put a horrific supernatural spin on it.
This book reminds me of a supernatural, adult version of Lord of the Flies. Obviously it exhibits many differences, but if follows the same concept of a group of people left to their own devices, only governed by the laws of nature.
I found the ending had a rushed feel to
Not sure what I think about this one. It kept me reading and wondering, but I am not sure I really enjoyed it. It was creepy at times and just strange at others. It didn't make a ton of sense, but still kept me going. I wanted to know how it ended and then when it did, I felt let down. The only redeemable character died. Huh. Odd choice. I really can't figure out what he was trying to say with this one, if anything. I did enjoy certain parts of it, others left me flat or flat turned me off.

I th
Barbara ★
This is the one and only Bentley Little book I will ever read. What crap and a waste of money!

I found this book to be a disturbing parody of a horror novel. For inexplicable reasons, the characters all seemed to have Tourette's Syndrome. Out of the blue just blurting out weird sexual idioms and irrelevant comments. The story was very choppily written - just jumping all over the place with no real purpose to this style of writing. I did like the main characters (a family of 5) who where inexplica
Started off hot as hell. That's meant in a good way. You could actually see yourself there. Then, Mr. Little went all crazy and "stuff." In fact, it was so crazy that I can't even remember what happened. If you're in the mood for an excellent first third of a book, then The Resort is recommended.
Darren L.
I gave this novel a two because there are moments when Bentley Little sears an image into a reader's mind forever. You have to give the guy credit for that. Still, this is a disappointment. Little has amazing talent, far more than what he shows here. On a good day, he can give Clive Barker, Steven King, and Dean Koontz a run for their money. The Resort, however, is a choppy mess of images and impressions that are more shocking/perverse than creepy/frightening. The end is AWFUL. The so-called exp ...more
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Bentley Little is an American author of numerous horror novels. He was discovered by Dean Koontz.

Little was born one month after his mother attended the world premiere of Psycho. He published his first novel, The Revelation, with St. Martin's Press in 1990. After reading it, Stephen King became a vocal fan of Little's work, and Little won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 1990. He mo
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