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.
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...
Unbelievable facial massages...
They won't have a care in the world...
The Thurmans plan to have an incredible time. And no doubt, they do. But it is unlike anything they've ever expected. They experi ...more
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 ...more
Bentley Little, (and 'The Resort' in pa ...more
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more
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 ...more
The Resort follows several guests at a luxury resort ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more