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Haunted by James Herbert
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Feb 26, 2011

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bookshelves: horror-thriller

Stephen King gushes over James Herbert; I don't see why. Herbert is a decent writer and storyteller, to be sure; but, I found nothing fascinating about HAUNTED. For a haunted-house story, it was pretty clear from the beginning that Herbert never intended to do anything different from the already established sub-genre of horror fiction (how can a writer expect to top THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE?). With that said, it does have an interesting protagonist, an anti-hero named David who is battling his own personal demons while trying to debase the supernatural. But the supporting cast in this novel is laughable. (view spoiler) Overall, this is a fast read that suits the Halloween atmosphere. Perhaps because it was written in the early 80s some of the pizzazz has been lost. Perhaps. You could do worse for a "fright" read. That being said, I am still going to read some of Herbert's other titles, they just won't be moving to the top of the TBR pile any time soon.

RECOMMENDED (with reservations)
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October 21, 2010 –
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page 127
October 18, 2012 –
page 201
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October 22, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Robert Allen I've always liked his books

Benedikthe I found the main protagonist to be the worst part of the book haha. It is funny how different we all are.

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