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Off Season – tekijä: Jack Ketchum
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Off Season (vuoden 2006 painos)

– tekijä: Jack Ketchum (Tekijä)

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JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
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When Carla and her friends retreat to a quiet beach town in New England during the off-season, only the locals, plus a family of barbarous humans, are there. Soon Carla and her friends learn just how small a step it is from civilisation to savagery.
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Teoksen nimi:Off Season
Kirjailijat:Jack Ketchum (Tekijä)
Info:Dorchester Pub Co Inc (2006), 308 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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    Ampiaistehdas (tekijä: Iain Banks) (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Like 'Off Season' this books is also sick, twisted torture porn, but much more complex.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 37) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
So, it seems I need a few new shelves to deal with the horror books I have been reading.
This book came to my attention while reading another anthology (can't remember which one), the author was named as being a "pioneer" in the horror genre. Apparently, this particular book was edited when it was first published because the publisher wanted to "tone it down" and change a few details. However, this particular edition that I read was the original, unedited draft. Also, this book was a major big deal in horror and gore when it first came out in 1981. There hadn't been any other books with the descriptive gore and subject matter. So, when I was hearing about it in a modern anthology, I checked to see if Amazon had it, and it was available in Kindle Unlimited. So, I checked it out.

So, in a nutshell, if "The Hills Had Eyes" took place in a sea side town that was "off season" and only partially populated, this would be the book.

Comparing the book to modern day extreme horror and gore, it doesn't compare in the gore and cringe factors, however it is very psychological. It is a modern rated "R" to "NC-17". Whatever was in the modern 'The Hills Have Eyes" is probably in here. However, instead of stealing women to procreate, it's about taking people to eat, and unlike "The Hills Have Eyes", it takes place where there is a police presence.

So, I would say to read this book because it was good and kept my attention from the beginning. It was not predictable, you may have an idea of how things turn out, but for the most part, you won't be right. That was refreshing. I hate being right and not being so surprised.

There is cannibalism, violence, and sex - but the sex isn't quite sexy and erotic for the sake of sexy and erotic, but it was going on when the $hit hit the fan. I don't know if a trigger warning should be included. If you are wondering if you should read this book and are afraid of triggers, then I would probably choose something else. Also, there are children in the book, but they are the children of the cannibals and are not ever sympathetic. These cannibals live in a seaside cliff-cave, like humans who grew up without any knowledge of anything modern. They think and act primitively, like a pack of wolves almost. They have learned to hunt, and keep under the radar. They have no notions of taboo behavior.



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  Rellwood74 | Feb 18, 2021 |
Oh my god what a disturbing book. There were moments when I dreaded to continue reading it because I just knew that things would go horribly fucked up with a lot of gore. And it did. This is not the kind of books I usually read and I honestly don’t know if I want to read more of its kind. Not that the book was bad, it was good, just a bit too disgusting for my taste I must admit. I prefer paranormal horror that makes you wonder if you should check under the bed and the closet before you sleep not the kind that makes you feel sick.

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  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Okay, this book isn't going to be winning any prizes for insights into human nature. It was a horror book from a different time and I had lots and lots of fun reading it - with a couple of caveats.

The entire chapters of sex were boring and did not make me care any of the characters. Yes, I know it was the '70s/'80s. I lived through them. But even then, only showing a person's mating preferences and habits did not made for good characterization. Perhaps if they'd played board games and chatted?

Once the action got going though, it was blood and guts everywhere. Totally unrealistic violence and gore for gore's sake. It was way, way over the top. Mostly that means it's top-notch for a horror book from that era. OTOH, it also means that I've outgrown that kind of stuff. It's boring. Tension in a book doesn't come from the hacking and slashing, it comes from knowing how close the characters you like are from getting hacked and slashed.

That's what made the siege of the house so great. It was also nice to see a variety of personalities of, and reactions from both the male and female protagonists. They all reacted in various ways and we were privy to their thoughts.


The end was a surprise, which was a surprise.

I'm seriously hoovering between three and four stars on this one. The good parts were great and campy. The bad parts were so, so skip-able - So, this is kind of a 3½. I'm going to continue the series because this was such a quick and easy read. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Holy sexualized violence, Batman! This is absolute trash. Reasonably well-done trash, but it's got no redeeming value. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Feb 3, 2019 |
This book is okay, but it is by no means scary. It's not suspenseful at all. What's truly scary to me, and what constitutes a good horror novel, is the building up of tension, of not knowing exactly what the horror is. It's hard to even call this a horror novel. Splatterpunk is a much more accurate categorization of it. It's carnage for the sake of carnage. It's torture porn on a level with movies like Hostel and Saw, and to me that just isn't scary. It's boring. So this book only gets 3 stars. I'll stick with Stephen King for my horror needs. He's much more adept at realizing just what is truly terrifying, what can keep a reader up late at night too afraid to go to sleep... ( )
  LostInReverie | Aug 6, 2017 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 37) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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