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
Gory, shocking, and moderately offensive, The Rats reads like a campy B-movie train wreck one doesn't want to watch but cannot look away from.
Sure, the rats might have been selectively bred to be giant and vicious, but they are still rats: they are still little bundles of loveliness with their little ears and cute noses. They are not scary. Don’t demonise rats James, it’s not cool!
I happen to be very fond of rats, and they are often very misrepresented in fiction and media. Sure, you might say they are disease carriers and pests, but in reality who pesters who? ...more
Welcome to London, the ground zero of a terrible rat infestation.
Nope, Ratatouille rat infestation was almost cute. This is much worse! Let me put it this way. If you are on the streets, You'd have a better chance surviving a Zombie apocalypse than this rat invasion! Not only they can devour you in minutes, a bite from these mutant bastards will infect and kill you within 24 hours!
This is a bl ...more
Herbert's writing is brilliant, and the story launches straight into the action, with rats having their fill of human flesh in the first chapter. What follows is basically a near-200-page massacre.
The plot is so incredibly simple: mutant rats are attacking people and devouring them in horrific ways. There's nothing particularly smart about it, but what it lacks in intelligence it makes up for in graphic, gory detail.
I really enjoyed the way Herbert introduces charact ...more
There's a new breed of rat in London, England, and they're bigger, more intelligent and more vicious than their predecessors. These rats are thirsty for human blood and as they feed, their bloodlust becomes more and more rampant. As the rats wreck havoc on those living in London, the question becomes: how do you eliminate hordes of r ...more
Decent story, enjoyable horror, plenty of cringing and I have to say, where would we ...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
THE RATS....not your average ordinary big rats....but ugly humongous bristled creatures larger than a dog....attacking type creatures with teeth like electric saws and a taste for human blood. They first arrive in th...more
Herbert's The Rats gives a chilling insight to what a world overrun, with the creatures that bear their name in the title, would look like. There is a central story-line but this is interspersed with an assortment of additional narratives that relay confrontations with these terrifying creature ...more
If you’re doing the same at home, please imagine every time you read the word “rats” that it is delivered as it is in that song. It will make the review significantly more entertaining.
So, James Herbert was an awesome horror author. I feel I cannot stress that enough before I begin this review, because “The Rats” proves that was not always the case. Now do not get me wrong, this book is actually quite entertaining, and d ...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
I was constantly looking at it sitting on a bookshelf in our home, and being drawn to the terrified face of the man, as well as those two little words:"The Rats"and being charged with nervous anticipation, wondering exactly what I would find between the pages. Somehow, I sensed that when I did finally have enou ...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
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
All his stories combine interesting but everyday characters with some bizarre or extreme event - the combination of the two makes his books even more scary - it could happen to ANYONE!!!
The story is told in a chatty, laid-back style that is contrasted with the huge phenomenon of the monstrous rats invasion!
Very skillfully woven and completely absorbing - I love ...more
Every other fe ...more
I read The Fog a few months ago and I was curious about The Rats, the first novel from the author and a success that made Mr. Herbert instantly known; and when I saw it in the Kindle Flash discounts, I could not resist.
Despite its fame, as Neil Gaiman comments in the prologue, it is still a first work and and you can see it in some aspects, but the pace is good and the reading is very entertaining.
The characters are well described. Somehow their behavior seems more like a mo ...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
Summer, 1974 (possibly 1975): I went to the park to see if any of my mates were there, and they weren't. So, I went 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 have been lo ...more
The Rats is truly the horror novel template whic ...more
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
This was a solid, old school, creature horror tale. It’s set in London during the 1970s so it’s a bit dated but I still enjoyed it. There’s a smart and heroic main character trying to help the UK government defeat the rat epidemic. Harris was a bit full of himself at times but I had to cheer for someone!
There are tons of rats causing chaos and death in London and this is a nightmare for most people. Rats breed way too fast and are definitely disgusting! Most peop ...more
Almost as soon as it was in my semi-reluctant, but still greedy an ...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