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James Herbert – The Rats | Review

Title: The Rats

Author: James Herbert

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating: 3.5/5

 

James Herbert - The Rats

James Herbert – The Rats

 

I quite liked The Rats for what it was, and I particularly thought the horror and the gore was done well when it came to the deaths. In a way, it reminded me of my supernatural thriller novella, No Rest for the Wicked, probably because they both have that sort of building sense of tension as the enemy seems to get stronger and stronger.

If you’re into horror (and pulp horror in particular) then you’re going to enjoy The Rats, but I can also see why it wouldn’t be for everyone. The writing is just right for the book itself, but it’s not as though it’s beautifully written or unmissable because of the way that Herbert uses the English language.

But it is pretty creepy, especially if you don’t like rats, and it’s also pretty brutal such as when a plan develops to stop the spread of the rats by feeding them infected dogs. The rats themselves are the kind of nemesis that you’d never want to come up against. Don’t bite me.

 

James Herbert

James Herbert

 

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Charles Bukowski – Pulp | Review

Title: Pulp

Author: Charles Bukowski

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 182

Rating: 5*/5

 

Charles Bukowski - Pulp

Charles Bukowski – Pulp

 

Pulp was short, sweet, and a hell of a lot of fun. In fact, the only criticism that I can think of is that Bukowski didn’t write more stuff like this, but then he didn’t get a chance – it was one of his final works, which makes parts of it more poignant than you might expect from him.

Loosely speaking, it’s a gritty detective novel that follows a P.I. called Nicky Belane as he investigates a number of unlikely cases for even more unlikely clients. It’s odd, because the mysteries themselves almost form a background for Bukowski to play with character and to philosophise on some of the deeper mysteries of life and the universe.

For me, it’s a unique take on a genre that I love but don’t read enough of, and so it was a pleasure to power through it. I read it in less than a day and it barely touched the sides, but it did leave a pleasant aftertaste. Read it.

 

Charles Bukowski Quote

Charles Bukowski Quote

 

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