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The House

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Give it a try!

I read this book beacuse a friend recommended it and claimed that it would scare the stuffing out of me. I read it, and although i wasn't completely terrified, i did enjoy the book though. It may not be no holds barred 'horror', but it'll shock you nonetheless, infact, ...
I read this book beacuse a friend recommended it and claimed that it would scare the stuffing out of me. I read it, and although i wasn't completely terrified, i did enjoy the book though. It may not be no holds barred 'horror', but it'll shock you nonetheless, infact, if you arent freaked out by the lude stuff that little girl does, then you need help. All in all, its definitly worth it and its got captivating characters that you get pretty attached to. Give it a try, i did and i certainly liked it!

posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2006

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A failure, through and through.

I had heard this book, The House by Bentley Little praised from many sources, it was supposed to be terrifying and shocking, revolutionary horror. The only thing I found shocking was that it got published. It's a failure through and through and I have no idea why Bentle...
I had heard this book, The House by Bentley Little praised from many sources, it was supposed to be terrifying and shocking, revolutionary horror. The only thing I found shocking was that it got published. It's a failure through and through and I have no idea why Bentley Little didn't throw the manuscript in the trash after he read it-- it's elemtary school stlyed bad. All good horror starts off in the seemingly real world, which is why The House falls flat on its back when, during the first 20 pages a woman is blungeoned to death by an army of midget clowns. The characterization is beyond poor, some of it starts off decent but only falls and fall, spiraling downward. You just don't care for the characters. Nothing makes you like them, and for the whole thing I was routing for them to get killed. The graphic pedophila most all of them participate in doesn't help you like them either. Some subjects, like pedophila, do require a deal of sobreity while handling them, and Little has none and executes his "story" terribly. And the story, God the poor excuse for a story. It's really bad. Aside from characters remembering, quite off-handedly, that a girl they see reminded them of the same one who decapitated and cooked their parents when they were young, too much happens at once. For the atrocity to be considered an actual novel, a bad one but a novel, characters can't have 5 or 6 major ephiphanies in a matter of two lines. The characters just aren't believeable. The story, and "scares", are ridiculous and laughable don't waste your time with Mr. Little's The House. It stinks. And do not DO NOT compare this to books like Stephen King's Bag of Bones or The Turn of the Screw; both of which are brilliant and could never be in the leauge with this awful "book".

posted by Anonymous on September 14, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Give it a try!

    I read this book beacuse a friend recommended it and claimed that it would scare the stuffing out of me. I read it, and although i wasn't completely terrified, i did enjoy the book though. It may not be no holds barred 'horror', but it'll shock you nonetheless, infact, if you arent freaked out by the lude stuff that little girl does, then you need help. All in all, its definitly worth it and its got captivating characters that you get pretty attached to. Give it a try, i did and i certainly liked it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Different Style, but as good as ever.

    Little's writing style is a little different with this book, but he is as good as ever. The lengthy introductions to multiple characters was a little confusing for me, and took me until about chapter 7 to catch up with them. However, this ultimately seemed completely necessary to get to know them before events started unfolding.

    Fantastic book that I really enjoyed reading... just like all of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Scary, adult themes

    Truly horrifying. Like other Little novels, I felt it could have been longer. But I enjoyed the varying viewpoint characters: they were well rounded, and the echoes of the spooky theme in their different but similar experiences amped up the chill factor. Great for fans of edgy horror without excessive gore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    highly recommended

    This book was very strange and captivating at the same time. From the very start I didnt want to put it down!

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