The Circle

The Circle

by Bentley Little

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BN ID: 2940149024667
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date: 12/04/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 137
Sales rank: 319,545
File size: 132 KB

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The Circle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
Several years ago I happened upon this author when I picked up his book The Association at a yard sale. Since than, he is hands down the author whose books I've read the most. The Circle is three stories that all center on one night in a neighborhood. It is told through the perspective of three of the residents who are all having experiences like and unlike the others. You will find yourself laughing out loud at some of the utterly crude storytelling, blushing at other times hoping that nobody knows what you are reading, but the entire time you are also deeply engrossed in the plot. Over the years Bentley Little has entertained me with some fantastic, over the top, horror stories. His storytelling skills have made for some sleepless nights, because of "just one more chapter." His stories, in the past few years, weren't at the same level as his earlier ones, but The Circle brings me back to what I like best about him. The quirkiness, crudeness, and as reviewer William M Miller stated, "It is always refreshing to read when author Little bravely goes to places most writers consider taboo."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories were very weird and scary. But then again, Bentley Little writes novels that are extremely frightening. Excellent
mpsarch More than 1 year ago
Very scary.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
All three of the short stories in this novel are related. I liked two of the three stories as I thought the third story just was too weird for me. I like weird, I really do, but that story was way out there for me. I wanted to read a novel by Bentley Little for Halloween Bingo this year and time is closing in on me so this novel is what I have choosen. Three short stories, one gross but richly, one greedy and dark and one driven and brutal. The first short story is about a boy in a loin cloth. Helen is at home alone when this boy runs into her house, runs purposely into her bathroom and shuts the door. She waits and finally he opens the door and runs out. She runs after him. He runs into their garage. Strange? Yes. But, what is even stranger is, what Helen finds in her bathroom when she checks. She cannot let this boy leave now. Helen believes that her future lies within this boy. This tale gets even more twisted as it progresses and I was dying to know what other secrets this boy held. It’s a gross one but rich. The second short story is about a group of boys who want to visit a shrine which is in the backyard of a woman who is thought to be a witch. It’s the opportunity to have a wish granted but what would that wish be? This could be a fun adventure or it could be a trip they wished they never attempted. The last story is exciting! There is screaming out on the street and a neighbor goes out to investigate. This neighbor has been watching his horror films as what transpires, tells me that this man is not taking any chances. I enjoyed the depth and breadth of his undertaking as he tries to come to grips with what a young boy tells him he has seen just a few minutes ago. Oh, this neighbor is driven and this story is brutal. This was a very short novel and one that I enjoyed immensely. Bentley Little, I will be reading you in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 57 pages long. Broken down into 3 chapters. Moves pretty fast. Kwepps you interested. Had for me a strange but interesting ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even for Bentley Little these short but related stories are pretty far out there! I am a long time fan of Little and these did not disappoint.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While his novels are usually really good these short stories definitely were lacking. It felt as though you were thrown into the middle of the story with no explaination of what was really going on. Might have made a good novel but needs to be more developed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago