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The Blackstone Chronicles Omnibus

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Creepy Book Based around Madness

The Blackstone Chronicles is a creepy set of stories all revolving over one thing... an Asylum. The stories/series sets itself around strange occurences that being to take place as one by one, objects are left at peoples doors. Each object contains one memory of madness...
The Blackstone Chronicles is a creepy set of stories all revolving over one thing... an Asylum. The stories/series sets itself around strange occurences that being to take place as one by one, objects are left at peoples doors. Each object contains one memory of madness, from a person who was in the Asylum 40 years ago. Told by a true story teller, John Saul knows how to write a good horror book. The Blackstone Chronicles is a definite MUST for fans of both horror and John Saul. With these creepy installments, one will NOT be disappointed.

posted by Lindsie on January 3, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

John Saul should stick to regular novels

I think this story would've been much better had he published it at one time, in one volume and forgotten the serial fad. He acknowledges in his foreword, worded differently of course, that he didn't have the cojones to do it until Stephen King published The Green Mil...
I think this story would've been much better had he published it at one time, in one volume and forgotten the serial fad. He acknowledges in his foreword, worded differently of course, that he didn't have the cojones to do it until Stephen King published The Green Mile in serial form.

The story line is good, but very repetitive. I don't know if Saul realized that his faithful fans who were waiting for the monthly installment didn't need to be told at the beginning of every part that there was a dark figure lurking in the Asylum looking for gifts. That's pretty well established in any reader's mind from the beginning; it's the huge unanswered question of the whole book: Who is the mysterious dark figure? I also think that there didn't have to be six "gifts"; Saul could've cut the "gifts" down to three or four and the plot/suspense would not have suffered.

All in all it's a decent read, but not as good as his regular novels. The revelation of who the Asylum's dark figure is made up for the repetition.

posted by Sarah_N_NC on October 1, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    Weak ending

    I am a big fan of JOhn Saul and this series was good. I could not put the book down, however I was disapointed with the ending. I saw it coming 150 pages earlier. However still a devoted fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    Good for a low type horror movie

    First of all, the behavioral acts of the characters aren't steady. They come up with new phrases suddenly, and some useless tempers that mean nothing throughout the novel. I can't believe that I bought this book cause of the ratings and everything people said about it. It's a waste of time and money of course. I do not recommend it by any meaning, you can find lot better things to pay money for. I'm angry for buying this one. I bought 8 novels at 1 time, and this one is the worst.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 27, 2010

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