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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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Groan!

    Glad I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it! Started off okay, seemed a little promising sometime around 1/3 into the book, but then lost its way. Ended up feeling like a really bad, cheesy made-for-tv movie. Don't waste your time, not at all a good ghost story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    didn't do it for me

    "The Birthing House" by Christopher Ransom had grabbed my interest by the premise of a scary story, but falls flat. This book did not frighten or excite me in anyway. The birthing house is a Victorian mansion in Wisconsin that was once a birthing house and now seems to be haunted where new owner Conrad Harrison purchases without consulting his wife in Los Angeles. Although they move into the house, his wife soon leaves for a new job and Conrad stays behind. Why? I don't know and I don't care. Some chapters worked but mostly not. I did not leave the book with chills running through me but with much disappointment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2009

    Very Interesting at first, downer toward the end

    I was really into this book from page one. However about 15 pages toward the end, I completely lost interest and I found the ending to be very ridiculous.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Title is misleading

    Not as scary as you would think.. could have been a lot better

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Boring

    I kept waiting for something interesting to happen that would explain everything but it never did. Very disappointing book.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Ho Hum...

    I was full of expectations and was hugely disappointed...

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

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    DISAPOINTING/Good concept;poor follow thru

    This story started out well. Ransom set the story up and the chartacters are strong, but it strays all over the place. The issue of the virgin births is not thorough enough. This could have been a fabulous book, but it falls short. I believe,this could have been a truely fantastic triligy; the story of the house, the story of the snakes and his wife and how they came to be associated and "why" him. I just felt this missed the Horror mark by miles. Again, it starts out good and goes down hill from there. The characters just did not have enough story to come to life. Very disappointing. (I was at the Mall and saw this. I left B&N, and did my walk thru the Mall with my teen daughter. I told her I just had to go back and get "that" book. I was up all night and finished it the next morning. I should have waited to read the reviews!!! :(

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