Creed (Aziza's Secret Fairy Door, 79)
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earth. The last violent spasms of a dying planet. Then a series of ominous events signal the emergence of new and terrifying forces. While scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef a diver watches fascinated as a Its been many, many years since I read a James Herbert book and I'm not sure whether my tastes have changed a lot more than I thought they had or whether this just isn't a good example of a Herbert book. Joe Creed is a paparazzo. He lives for that one shot. Sadly, his involves celebrities caught with their pants down. Preferably literally.
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It has to be said that the tale isn’t the most atmospheric or suspense heavy. Instead Herbert has delivered an ingeniously fast-paced and wildly exaggerated horror novel, with plenty of odd twists and turns to keep the tale roaring ahead at a mile a minute. A good book, true horror...set up well, interesting folks coming and going...a little lesson in fictitious ancient history...some truly frightening imagery, nicely done...with a neat tie in to modern religion, which is always nice.We have a paparazzo named Creed that is generally disliked. He is greedy, selfish and obnoxious. Thing is, you are rooting for him anyway. Mr. Herbert created a deeply flawed, but likable protagonist. NEGATIVES: I wish the explanation and origin for the Fog was different. This is not necessarily a negative on the book but more of a personal preference. However this still didn't affect my enjoyment of the novel in any way. I am sure I have said several times that James Herbert was one of the writers I gained my introduction to horror from (the other being Stephen King). Now at the time a mixture of nativity and a limited range of choices (not sure if that is really the result of the former) meant that second hand markets and rummage sales were the only sources I knew of.
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The only somewhat odd thing was the sudden switch to sex-scenes about halfway trough the book. For most of the story, any reference of intercourse was pretty tepid. The kind of sleazy stuff you expect from a guy like Creed. But all of a sudden there are like multiple chapters of detailed sex, with different people in various locations.Sepulchre follows the "hero" Halloran as he works to stop an unknown force from kidnapping or assassinating his client.
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Dun dun! The whole thing sounds like that, like the voiceover for the trailer for a shitty movie. But it gets so much worse! Brace yourself, because I have a sex scene for you: Pretty typical Herbert, and by that, I mean a decent story and characters, the obligatory sex scenes, and a decent denouement. Can you say Sumerian mythological horror? I have read lots of ancient Egyptian horror, Cabala horror, Babylonian horror, even Aztec horror, but this was my first Sumerian horror story. The characters were well written from the main protagonist John Holman to even the most minor characters. All of them felt "real" and full of life. I thought it was excellently done.thing to engulf them in a colossal tidal wave of sand. All have seen a portent. A sign of unimaginable powers about to be unleashed. A sign that something incredible is about to begin.” (Synopsis taken transfixed by the play of a mysterious light amidst the monsoon rains - before a towering geyser of boiling water bursts from beneath the streets to scald him into oblivion. In the Chinese city of Kashi