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The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
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it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobook
Read 3 times. Last read September 21, 2022 to September 28, 2022.

Several times I watched Hellraiser as a kid, never knowing it was based on a novella written by Clive Barker. And several times - despite its cheap effects - the sheer thought of something so metaphysically neutral scared me. (Of course, I had to ration my reasons later in life.) There wasn't anything good about Pinhead, nor was there anything pure evil about him and his gang of Cenobites. There was just something that seemed rather in the between - like the Grim Reaper, who is thought to be as an evil entity, but really, he's just a wraith doing his job.

Thinking sheer genius, because Clive Barker is a genius, what I got was a play by play of the motion picture adaptation. While I read Barker's words, scenes from the movie played in my head. I shouldn't be at all surprised by this, as Barker was both director and writer of the film. There are notable changes from the novella and its adaptation brethren - like there being no actual Pinhead.

Nevertheless, it was a good book, and I praise it higher than most others have on Good Reads. Still, it's not enough to say it's five-star worthy. Four stars at most.
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Reading Progress

January 27, 2010 – Started Reading
January 27, 2010 – Shelved
January 27, 2010 –
page 1
0.61%
January 27, 2010 –
page 50
30.49%
October 7, 2019 – Started Reading
October 12, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 12, 2019 – Finished Reading
September 21, 2022 – Started Reading
September 28, 2022 – Finished Reading
September 30, 2022 – Shelved as: audiobook

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