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The Homing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Don't Waste Your Money

    This is the book that convinced me I will never understand why John Saul is so popular and to quit trying. I place it as the worst book I've ever read. Luckily it was at the bottom of a box of books from a yard sale so I didn't feel I wasted too much money on it.

    The characters are weak and one dimensional. I had more empathy for the animals in the book than any of the children. It seemed to me that the story was too all over the place and not one character could make an intelligent decision. I suppose in another author's hands the concept could have been an excellent thriller, but Saul executes it so poorly that I can't believe I managed the entire book. I guess I'm just a masochist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    I'd give it a 1/16th star, but one was the lowest option

    If this wasn't the worst novel I've ever read, then it had to be close. Where to start... For one, the characters were so ridiculously unbelievable it was laughable. The emotions, thoughts, and dialogue were simple, trite, and horrifyingly bland. I've seen more realistic personalities and emotional reactions from professional wrestlers than I found from the individuals in this book. I¿m amazed at how unbothered some of these peeps were despite grisly, and quite super-super-natural happenings. The story ¿ which in another¿s hands might have had potential ¿ sloshed through some pretty well worn territory and, I thought, was predictable before the first 100 pages and was ultimately crippled by the generic prose. The only way I¿d ever recommend The Homing is if a person had never read a book in their entire life and, being that this would be their first experience to popular fiction, I could confidently say that everything else they read from then onwards would be vastly improved. Not to belabor my point (which bitters and sits in my mouth like battery acid), but if this book were a movie, then it be going straight to video. Granted this was the first Saul novel I¿ve ever read so I can¿t speak to his other work, but I¿d need some thorough convincing before I ever pick up another one of his books again. My final recommendation: Unless you¿re a glutton for punishment, don¿t buy or read this book. There are way too many good ones out there waiting for your time and attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2000

    not that hot

    John Saul pulled me into his world of horror with his book Second Child. I found this book to be lacking character that his other books have had in the past. The bug idea was a good one, but for those of us who have seen Creepers... its been done!!! Is his work becoming a production of middle material??? Mass horror never becomes classic scare tales. I hope his novels can bring themselves up to speed with his competition and his original work that I so greatly love.

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    Posted March 2, 2013

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