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review 2017-03-28 23:24
Review of Some Will Not Sleep by Adam Nevill
Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors - Adam Nevill

I finally got around to reading Adam Nevill and only wish that I had done so sooner, this man is amazing. I had originally bought a limited copy of Some Will Not Sleep as a bundle with a T-shirt and bookmark from Adam's online store, Ritual Limited, but also ended up buying the e-book so that I didn't have to smudge my gorgeous copy. That book cover was all the convincing I needed to know that I needed it in my collection.

 

I have a love/hate relationship with most short story collections, as it sometimes feels like authors like to squeeze in their garbage stories just to get them published, sandwiched between reprints and the few good stories that hooked you into buying it in the first place. There was not a single story in Some Will Not Sleep that I didn't love or that I think was less than stellar. The stories are creepy in a way that most authors can't pull off. With a blend of folklore mixed with the utterly irrational and bizarre, it's unsettling in a way that makes you want to crawl under the covers of your bed like a child, from the things lurking outside that shouldn't exist. I'm pretty sure that more than 'some' will not be sleeping after reading this.

 

I had previously read Adam's free 3-story collection called Before You Sleep which has one story that isn't in this collection and it's also very good. The plan at this point is to pretty much just read everything this man writes from here on out, he's -that- good.

I did not receive a free copy.

 

I bought both the limited edition version and the e-book and they were both worth it. :)

 

© 2017 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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review 2016-12-31 17:23
Review: Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill
Under a Watchful Eye - Adam Nevill


I would like to thank Pan Macmillan for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book.

 

I have had this book on the go for a few weeks now and it's not holding my interest. I'm a fan of the author's other works, but for some reason, I'm just not feeling this one. There's is too much dialogue and not enough storyline or action, and it's slow. Too slow - Over half way through the book and it feels like nothing has happened kind of slow. I also don't care enough about the main character to want to keep reading. I find him really irritating and have no interest in where his story is heading.

 

When I put the book down I'm not drawn to pick it back up. When I do pick it up, in the hope that perhaps in just one more page things will change and I'll begin to enjoy it, I find myself getting bored and my mind wandering. I'm constantly wondering if, or when, something is finally going to happen, or I find myself thinking of other books I could be reading instead.

 

I have given it a good go, I'm past the 50% reading mark, but it's not holding my attention or drawing me back to it. So, I think it's time to put this one aside and accept that it's just not for me.

 

 

 

 

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text 2016-10-26 16:24
Powerful and Prescient -- a Halloween story
Lost Girl - Adam Nevill

 A book review for Halloween...

 

Lost Girl is a prescient and powerful story of the end of days. In fact, it is a story of the near-future set in a world that is only a minute away by any measure, where climate change-caused immigration and urban uprising have become a critical crisis, and the world is fast falling apart. In the midst of such upheaval, one man must find his missing daughter and confront a risen horror that is taking advantage of the chaos. Adam Nevill is one of the master storytellers, and this is his most incisive story yet.

 

Lost Girl is the searing novel by Adam Nevill about the all-too-close-to-reality possibilities that await us as the world becomes more crowded, more affected by climate change and less hospitable to humanity. However, it's not just a commentary on our present and fast accelerating condition. Instead, Nevill manages to weave fine touches of horror storytelling into his tale and link this terrible tale to his other works with subtle references as well. As always, masterfully written and astonishingly well crafted. 

 

Highly recommended, but only if you can keep your eyes open as the darkness rises and rises around you. Powerful stuff: an amazing work by an astounding writer.

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review 2016-07-10 11:30
Apartment 16 - Adam Nevill

I was disappointed with this book. The only thing that made me finish it was curiosity but you know what they say about that! The author was out to shock and nothing more. I didn't feel any tension or fear whilst reading it and I certainly won't be in a hurry to read it again, or buy any more books of his. I read The Ritual a while back and enjoyed it which made this one that much more disappointing. Pity.

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review 2016-01-13 15:43
Searing Story
Lost Girl - Adam Nevill

Lost Girl is a searing novel by Adam Nevill about the all-too-close-to-reality possibilities that await us as the world becomes more crowded, more affected by climate change and less hospitable to humanity.

 

However, it's not just a commentary on our present and fast accelerating condition.

 

Instead, Nevill manages to weave fine touches of horror storytelling into his tale and link this terrible tale to his other works with subtle references as well. As always, masterfully written and astonishingly well crafted. Well done, Mr. Nevill!

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