The Rats (Rats #1)
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Decent story, enjoyable horror, plenty of cringing and I have to say, where would we ...more
There are rats and then there are RATS.
A scientist has brought back an oversized rat from a radioactive island, and he begins breeding it with the local London rats. These rats are famous in their own right for bringing down London more than once with plague in the long, distant past.
Obviously, we all need bigger rats, right?
That would be a negatory.
Rats do what rats do best which is out rabbit rabbits in the area of fornic ...more
There is this little house in a lane that gets forgotten and overgrown and after some time people forget about the house and that it ever was there. The last person who lived there was taken away and put in home for the insane.
Years later London finds out what probably has driven her insane when the attacks start by a new ...more
In this horror story by James Herbert rats have mutated to the size of dogs and kill off humans. It follows multiple characters living in London trying to survive the attacks from these super rats. I read the special 40th anniversary addition which is absolutely gorgeous.
I like that it starts with the first kill, that means you are with the story from the start and see how these rats evolve. It also shows very many aspects off the story, the people who are attacked, the bystanders, the scientis ...more
Every other fe ...more
The premise couldn't be more simple in setup. A new breed of rat, which is larger, more intelligent and far more vicious, starts to appear in London, England. These new rats start their killing from the very start of the book to the end. It's a cast of characters trying to figure out where the rats are coming from and trying to eliminate them. Easier said than done however.
The book is dark and brutal all the way thro ...more
Summer, 1974 (possibly 1975): I went to the Botanic Gardens to see if any of my mates were there, and they weren't. So, I want to the café to get an ice cream, but being a 10-year old bookworm decided to look at the novels in the rotary racks they had just inside the door. I would h ...more
The Rats is truly the horror novel template whic ...more
well written no wonder this book sent Herbert career sky rocketing blood sucking rats devour everything in their wake even a baby that made me sick what else can i say BLOODY BRILLIANT 5 big stars
The time is the mid 70's and a schoolteacher becomes embroiled in a desperate search by authorities to find and exterminate these l ...more
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I found this book at a large book sale recently, and my edition has a cover that looks like rats ate half of it. Immediately intrigued by this, I just had to buy it.
While I'm not a big fan of rats, they do not really terrify me. Or at least, they didn't use to. The story features an infestation with very large rats that are working together to slaughter humans. This is the stuff of nightmares.
My edition features an introduction ...more
Kiiiiiiind of interesting as a 1970s museum piece at a superficial level. Socially, it's a point in history where East London still spells WW2 bomb damage, Ronan Point high rises and docks. There's a level of opportunistic sleeze about the relationships that feels very Jimmy Savile-era. And a gay man gets a pretty progressive-f ...more
I have to say though, everything in it is pretty bad.
The characters were awful. He did something really annoying which was overdeveloping the minor characters (aka the characters that pop up randomly, have 6 or 7 pages of backstory and then die straight away) and underdeveloping the main characters. I literally know nothing of the main character except where he w ...more
I read this book many years ago in some form of paperback and quite enjoyed it. This is a beautiful hard cover edition with a die cut cover published by Pan Macmillan, so how could I pass it up.
I purchased the Centipede Press set also which are a set of 3 Herbert books.
This is number 40 of 300 signed numbered copies, signed by:
Jason C ...more
Let's see if I can get a good pictorial reference here for The Rats...
Obviously not even close. Remy just wants to make you a meal, not make you the meal.
Closer...but still, Jenner was really just evil all on his own.
We've got the size going for us here...but comparatively to Herbert's rats, this guy is just down right adorable.
Ah. Here we go.
The Rats is about big friggin' rats. Really big rats. Dog sized rats that eat people. And they don't discriminate like some horror books. They don't JU...more
First of all, what I enjoy most of all were... the rats. The killing frenzy. The history behind each attack. One of the best scenes is when the writer gives us four or five pages about a woman fall from being a true believer through whore and now a hobo. Btw that's the only good female protagonist. There aren't any more.
This is the seventies guys and girls. Things were different. Even Stephen ...more
Like a lot of older books, this feels more like a curio from a bygone age rather than something I'd willingly sit down and read on it's own merits. It's gleeful ...more
Ok, understood. All of the above follies could be blamed on the era in which "The Rats" was written. But one thing that I could not understand was that the protagonist (Harris) did not eve ...more
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 ...more