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Book Title: Famine|
The author of the book: Graham Masterton
Edition: Ace Books
The size of the: 835 KB
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Date of issue: October 1st 1981
ISBN 13: 9780441227440
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.1
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This was pretty interesting. I wanted to read this book for a long time, but only got to it now. And I have mixed feelings.
This is when the 3,5 star rating would be useful. Famine deals with the breakdown of the American society - when crops start failing it Kansas everyone considers it just as bad luck, but when the failings start spreading throughout the nation people start becoming aware that there might be nothing to eat, and panic ensues...I won't reveal the reason for crop failures, but I myself found the idea interesting.
The beginning moves slowly. Ed Hardesty, a Kansas farmer witnesses the failure of his crops...for 200 pages or so, as the supporting players are introduced. The pace is slow, the characters rather simple, some things are cheesy and over the top. It is not until the second part of the book that the plot picks up and looses the staleness; social observations are accurate if predictable, and from all the gore and sex (come on, it's Masterton) several scenes stand out with such depth and feeling as if they were written for someone else, for another work, much like Mickey Rourke did in The Expendables. Still, they're not enough to make this book unique; it's capable, entertaining, but unfortunately doesn't stand out from the myriads of post-apocalyptic fiction.
It's good reading for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction; if it's in your hands you might want to give it a try.
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Read information about the authorGraham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men's magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles which eventually became Burroughsi novel The Wild Boys. At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. At this time he started to write a bestselling series of sex 'how-to' books including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. His latest, Wild Sex For New Lovers is published by Penguin Putnam in January, 2001. He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men's Health, Woman, Woman's Own and other mass-market self-improvement magazines.
Graham Masterton's debut as a horror author began with The Manitou in 1976, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man. It became an instant bestseller and was filmed with Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Burgess Meredith, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens and Ann Sothern.
Altogether Graham has written more than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers (The Sweetman Curve, Ikon) to disaster novels (Plague, Famine) to historical sagas (Rich and Maiden Voyage - both appeared in the New York Times bestseller list). He has published four collections of short stories, Fortnight of Fear, Flights of Fear, Faces of Fear and Feelings of Fear.
He has also written horror novels for children (House of Bones, Hair-Raiser) and has just finished the fifth volume in a very popular series for young adults, Rook, based on the adventures of an idiosyncratic remedial English teacher in a Los Angeles community college who has the facility to see ghosts.
Since then Graham has published more than 35 horror novels, including Charnel House, which was awarded a Special Edgar by Mystery Writers of America; Mirror, which was awarded a Silver Medal by West Coast Review of Books; and Family Portrait, an update of Oscar Wilde's tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was the only non-French winner of the prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France.
He and his wife Wiescka live in a Gothic Victorian mansion high above the River Lee in Cork, Ireland.
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