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Book Title: Unheil|
The author of the book: James Herbert
The size of the: 8.11 MB
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Date of issue: 1998
ISBN 13: 9783453036765
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Reader ratings: 3.6
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I almost stopped reading this. (view spoiler)[There is this scene in the first part of the book that goes beyond disturbing. I pushed through it though. I was rewarded by a very good book. You see, I was afraid after that scene that it would be one of those shock for the sake of shock books where gory and disgusting scenes are piled up one after another. Fortunately, that is not the case here. Or, at least, I haven't experienced them as such. (hide spoiler)]
The Fog mostly consists of short horrifying scenes where you see what the fog does to people. These outrageous snippets are not just crammed in the book. They have a purpose in the overall story and they are placed well within the book to show the horror and degradation the fog brings with it. Depending on your personal opinion, you could consider these as either an opportunity for people to get their (un)deserved revenge or simply revealing their true terrible personalities.
(view spoiler)[Some characters get their revenge whether they deserve it or not: a poacher gets his revenge on a rightful owner who had beaten him up, a neglected hard-working woman gets hers on her drunk spendthrift husband, a man who after years of cheating his wife goes to kill a man she fell in love with (I was annoyed by this one the most). (hide spoiler)]
I didn't like how some of the characters got a lot of space in the story only to show how they or other people around them would be influenced by the fog (the Bournemouth episode was preceded by quite a long story).
The book starts with Holman, the main character who is a sort of a linchpin that holds the whole story together, witnessing the initial disaster in a small village in Wiltishire. He would play an important role in getting rid of the threat, of course.
This book is published 40 years ago and certain things may appear a bit outdated. If you try very, very hard to pay attention to that. The Fog is so well written that most people won't care or pay attention to the outdated parts.
I know the romance isn't important to many people but for me it made this book even better. What I loved is how James Herbert didn't shrink from romance. A lot of times if there is a couple in a horror book, the relationship is hardly presented as a good thing. Someone always cheats or even worse. Maybe the authors are aware they couldn't pull it off.
Here, while it doesn't get a front seat, the romance is good and there.
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Read information about the authorJames Herbert was Britain's number one bestselling writer (a position he held ever since publication of his first novel) and one of the world's top writers of thriller/horror fiction.
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 copies worldwide.
As an author he produced some of the most powerful horror fiction of the past decade. With a skillful blend of horror and thriller fiction, he explored the shaded territories of evil, evoking a sense of brooding menace and rising tension. He relentlessly draws the reader through the story's ultimate revelation - one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside. His bestsellers, THE MAGIC COTTAGE, HAUNTED, SEPULCHRE, and CREED, enhanced his reputation as a writer of depth and originality. His novels THE FOG, THE DARK, and THE SURVIVOR have been hailed as classics of the genre.
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