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text 2018-09-10 23:28
Reading progress update: I've read 258 out of 351 pages.
The Face That Must Die - Ramsey Campbell

may finish this tonight.

 

this would have been a good one to save for the last few days to Halloween, but aw well, too late now. my own fault, because I knew it had a high reputation among the author’s novels, but I picked it for early-ish September anyway. I’m sure I can find something else for Halloween week. I hope.

 

I’m totally loving The Face That Must Die...reminds me a bit of a later one that I worship even more, The Count of Eleven. putting things in perspective, this one is not likely to top my Ramsey favorite, Nazareth Hill, but it would be a big deal if it did...because that’s my favorite Horror novel by anyone. I don’t think I’ve entered that zone, but I am very happy with this very chilling tale!

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text 2018-09-10 16:59
Reading progress update: I've read 136 out of 351 pages.
The Face That Must Die - Ramsey Campbell

Campbell has always been a favorite of mine, and I seem to have latched on to one of his best books from way way back. absolutely loving this, and thoroughly creeped out.

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text 2018-09-09 22:08
Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 351 pages.
The Face That Must Die - Ramsey Campbell

I really want a Horror novel right now. not a whole bunch, yet, mind you - if I’m going to binge-read Horror, it’s gonna happen in Oct., not Sept., as was the plan all along. but my way-back plan of possibly only doing Crime & Mystery all through September fell by the wayside, when I made time for some SF, and now that the Halloween Bingo is in full force amongst many here, all that Horror splashing about has got me in the mood for it too. right now. um, I mean right after two stories in Dead Ends (some of which has been Horror anyway), and maybe a graphic novel. so, okay, around the corner from right now.

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review 2018-09-09 20:34
THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH by Ramsey Campbell
Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Ramsey Campbell

 

Quiet horror is one of my favorite sub-genres and with that in mind I was looking forward to this release from one of the masters. Admittedly, my expectations for this were high and I'm sorry to report that THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH didn't meet them.

 

A man, Ray, takes his wife and extended family on vacation to an island in Greece. It's the first time that the entire family has vacationed together and everyone has been looking forward to it. It's not long, however, before they begin to notice strange things. Why are there no mirrors in their hotel rooms? Why are different members of the family having similar dreams each night? Even more intriguing, why are those same family members displaying bite marks on their bodies? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

First,  I did like the writing style and quality, and I enjoyed the foreshadowing. (At times, I think the foreshadowing was the only thing that kept me reading.) What brought me down quite a bit was the pacing and some of the characters. I didn't feel much for any of them, other than Ray, the elderly protagonist and Jules, whom I couldn't stand. (Really, I couldn't stand him-a more annoying, fussy, controlling man you couldn't find anywhere.) I hated him enough that I considered quitting this book more than once. Between him and the pacing, I came *this* close. But every time I said to myself "This is it! I'm done!" something happened that kept me going.

 

Overall, I'm sorry to say that this book didn't work well for me. The writing quality is there though, which is why I'm going with 3 out of 5 stars. What doesn't work for me might work exceedingly well for you, so if the synopsis sounds good, go ahead and give it a shot. Ramsey Campbell is a master of the horror genre after all!

 

*Thanks to Flame Tree Press via NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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text 2018-09-07 14:30
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Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Ramsey Campbell
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