Hi guys, I'm a long time lurker but a first time poster, just finished reading this and liked it so I thought I'd take the plunge and post my thoughts on it.
Another pacey and quick read from Mr Hutson, it's great to see him do a Zombie book during the undead renaissance that's been going on over the last few years, made all the better for the inclusion of some Voodoo, something that's curiously missing from most Zombie movies and books (guess we can thank George Romero for that). The only thing that was a slight disapointment to me was the lack of much of his trademark sex and gore!, it's not completely "dry" but there's only one sex scene and not that much gore (the opening chapter is pretty gross though!). Great cover and at the back of the book there's an interview with Mr Hutson and a preview of Charlie Hustons' Already Dead .
I don't know what it is with Hutson and James Herbert that I can never get enthused to read their recent books, even though I adore the early stuff. I've had a copy of Twisted Souls hanging around doing nothing for ages but whenever i look set to take the plunge something else catches the eye.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
I don't know what it is with Hutson and James Herbert that I can never get enthused to read their recent books
I can't comment on James Herbert as the most recent of his books I've read is The Others but I've read a bit of Shaun Hutsons' recent stuff and I've liked them, in fact, I'd say I could grab a book from any stage of his writing career and find them equally enjoyable...I do have a special place in my heart for Slugs and Spawn though, love those covers!. Thanks for the warm welcome btw!.
Hutson's the best for me guys. This book was a welcome return to form and had great subject matter. One of his more thinner novels so its a lightning fast read. His latest book sadly is poor IMO and bears a striking resemblance to the video game Manhunt.
Post by H_P_Saucecraft on May 11, 2009 23:32:49 GMT
Just finished this (my third Hutson in a row, the other two being Assassin & Chainsaw Terror) & I thorougly enjoyed it, I just kept reading. I can only echo Django's sentiments about the gore, less than usual, but it comes across as just being restrained rather than wimping out. Hutson has still got it.
I may go for Dying words next (Captives is on pause) or something else before I have a Hutson overdose .
blimey dave, you already have my undying respect for your quest to find every Hamlyn - but to do three or four Hutsons in a row... nothing against SH, but i always find it hard to read more than two books in a row by one writer, even one i truly love. it always palls for me, so to keep that love alight... top man!
ps - you seem to have kickstarted everyone on the cracking coverscans again!
Post by H_P_Saucecraft on May 14, 2009 20:20:34 GMT
Thanks for the kind words, PH, more Hamlyns on the way soon depending on auctions (thankfully, not all at the same time, staggering them as much as possible, to be kind to the wallet. & I will start reading them soon ).
Started on Dying Words, but have paused it & I'm reading SAS: Black Magic In New York instead, as mentioned on the latest Nels thread.