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review 2017-03-08 00:41
A very strange tale....
The Wicker Man - Robin Hardy,Anthony Shaffer

'Much has been said of the strumpets of yore
Of wenches and bawdy house queens by the score
But I sing of a baggage that we all adore,
The Landlord's Daughter . . . '

'. . . Her ale it is lively and strong to the taste
It is brewed with discretion and never with haste
You can have all you like
If you swear not to waste
The Landlord's Daughter . . .'


So this book, I remember watching brief clips of the film on channel 4 years ago, but never quite got round to getting the book, although The wicker man is a book I've wanted to get for my Book collection for ages I finally got it.

Took me really less than two days to read this it's a strange tale set in the isles of Scotland,


Neil Howie, a Scots police Sergeant and fine upstanding Christian fellow, receives an anonymous letter saying that a girl has gone missing on Summerisle, a small island only barely under Scot protection, thirty-eight miles west of the last of the Outer Hebrides. Howie goes out to investigate, and finds that, while all the inhabitants of the island are seemingly quite forthcoming with what they know (save the none of them acknowledge the missing girl so much as exists), Howie is torn between his desire to see the case through and his offence at the various heathen goings-on on the decidedly non-Christian island.


This book blew my mind quite frankly, and after watching the film again. I was highly impressed. It flows though a strange, surreal sort of way. And I'm not going to lie, I didn't like the main protagonist Neil Howie, I think the that the author just made him very dislikeable and prune like.



Give this a read some time it's one of those horror classics that Makes you think the end will stay with you for a long time.



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review 2014-05-10 14:26
The Ritual - Adam Nevill

I got my well manicured Claws into this for the “May 2014 Group read.Via "Horror Aficionados" group in Goodreads" The theme of the month was Horror Outside and I do have to say this fitted Perfectly.


"When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn’t possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artifacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees"



Hands down right away! Adam plunges you in to the Plot, With no messing around. At once you feel you are there with them, Though every step of the way. Adam totally creates the feel of being in what you would perceive to be the Norwegian forest thick and dark and misty. I honesty couldn't put this book down, I just loved the whole intensively of it. From start to finish. The plot totally Twists around in the middle to the point I laughed out loud as I wasn't expecting it at all! I even researched the whole “black Metal sound and the drama of a real life murder case and my laughter soon stopped.” Didn't mean to say it put me off the book though!



“Adam Nevill” Is a one of those writers that I find a love for and he has a new fan here, So much so that I’m going to buy his other books and will be keeping a very close eye out for any of his new works! I absolutely loved the chars in the story too and there lingo if your not from England you will love the chars banter!


All in all a very Spooky atmospheric Novel and one I will prise highly in my horror collection a true novel for any modern day horror Fan!

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