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The Birthing House

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I really enjoyed this book. It started fast and strong and finis

I really enjoyed this book. It started fast and strong and finished at nearly the same pace. I appreciated that the author allowed us to learn about this house and its inhabitants as the characters did, choosing not to spoon feed a lengthy back story before beginning th...
I really enjoyed this book. It started fast and strong and finished at nearly the same pace. I appreciated that the author allowed us to learn about this house and its inhabitants as the characters did, choosing not to spoon feed a lengthy back story before beginning the current story. I am most thankful to those authors who don't underestimate the intelligence of their readers, and Mr. Ransom seems to have that quality in spades. I finished this haunted and possessed journey in two sittings, each before bed, and enjoyed every minute of my time with the characters. Kudos to the author for putting a unique spin on an old tale for those of us who just simply can't get enough of our haunted houses, possessions, ghosts, and paranormal horror.

posted by Integrity_Consultants on August 17, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Great horror, but has a few pitfalls

Oh my. Where to start. There were plenty of parts where the hair on the back of my neck stood to one end. It hit me by surprise too. (If any of you have read it, remember the popsicle doll part? argh!) I had the misfortune of reading that part at night right before bedt...
Oh my. Where to start. There were plenty of parts where the hair on the back of my neck stood to one end. It hit me by surprise too. (If any of you have read it, remember the popsicle doll part? argh!) I had the misfortune of reading that part at night right before bedtime. So, there is plenty of horror and suspense. The thing is, although the horror parts are very well written and enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, the storyline and characters don't really give the story substance or depth.

I didn't really like Conrad, or Joanna. Conrad hasn't grown up yet and still acts like an 18 year old teenager who still on raging hormone syndrome. Joanna doesn't help much with things either as she appears to be whiny, selfish, and acts like a B-movie diva. Despite the book's great horror moments, Conrad ruins it all with his Lolita moments with Nadia, his constant thoughts about not getting any "action", and his immaturity just has no boundaries. It can be quite eye rolling and very tedious.

What also bugs me, are some moments where things are mentioned, and then are just forgotten. Like the snakes Conrad has as a hobby. One of them undergoes a miraculous conception.....and....that's it. Then you have that strange family that used to live in the house before Conrad. They had children - not very normal children. Bad things had happened to them while in that house. Nadia used to babysit the kids. Then they moved out. Hrm. It's these kinds of details that needed explaining to make the plot and story more enjoyable and thus, more comprehensible.

Now here's the part that really bugged me. There was one single chapter dedicated to how he and and old ex girlfriend spent the night together making love. It was descriptive. It was long. It was very detailed. At that point I thought to myself "Why would you write a chapter all about that, and why should I care?" I actually skipped ahead. I found it unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story. So they had sex. Whatever. If I wanted detail and the dirt I'd get myself an erotic novel. I believe it's not needed here.

The ending was all right. It was something I did rather expect out of a horror novel. Although it did leave me feeling rather as if there should have been a lot more to it. Nevertheless it did succeed in getting me scared in certain parts of the book. It was too bad it fell short in other areas, and the chapter I mentioned above just nearly killed the book for me. Overall, if you don't mind these shortfalls and just want to read it for the thrills, go right on ahead. The horror moments of the book do deserve credit.

posted by Sensitivemuse on June 13, 2010

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

    should have read the other customer reviews first

    The premise of the book sounds very intriguing. What a disappointment. Read the first 100 pages and tossed it aside. Who cares. Characters are whiney, story line is stupid w/o any real suspense and the writing is like a 6th grade school boy's. The picture of the house on the cover is nice though.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Don't Bother!

    This was a HUGE disappointment! After reading the description that this book would "keep you up at night" I was excited only to be completely let down!!
    I'm not even sure what happened in the end....the entire book seemed like many random thoughts pushed together.
    Sadly, I recommended this to my mom before I read it and she wasted her money too!!
    Sorry - just did not deliver.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

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    Save Your Money...

    The Birthing House is Christopher Ransom's first book and it should be his last. One of the worst novels I have ever read. Was the Jo in the tub the real Jo or the ghost of Jo? What happened to Nadia's baby? What happened to everyone? The entire novel was a waste of my time and money. If you are intent on reading this book, get it from the library, you will be glad you did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Not worth the time or money

    Im on chapter 5 and i fail to see what the storyline has to do with the haunted birthing house. Seriously, all that has happened is the main character Conrad has whined about women. Also, i dont need to know about his sexual frustration, i want to know about the haunted house! Worst book ever.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Fuck it

    F it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    TERRIBLE

    The adult married male character talks, thinks and acts like a sexually frustrated 16 yr old male virgin! The wife is off in na na land. Struggled to get to chapter 3 and gave up. First time ever for me in my 50 years of reading that I threw a book in the trash! The book is pure porn and appears to be written by a 12 year old. Save your time and money!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Just awful.

    Poorly conceived and not worth the time.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

    Forget this book!

    I found this hard to read, it was confusing and overall sucked! I of course like an idiot finished it and was so dissappointed! I really thought it would get better... it was dumb and hard to read. Didn't like it at all

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    Waste of time and money

    Bought this book hoping for a creepy story. Lets just say than I was very let down. A very old house with a ghost.....how could you get that wrong? This book got that totally wrong. There was no closure, you never found out what happened to any of the characters. But by the end of the book you really don't care. You just want it to end. The book was poorly written and confusing. The ending was so bad that I can't even begin to describe it. It was like the author was unsure of how to tie everything together or how to end it....so he just threw something together. It was awful. 'International Bestseller', huh? I don't know who is buying or enjoying this book. Don't even get it from the library. It is not worth your time to even read it. I wasted good money on this thing. I would like a refund.

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