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Masterton's older novels are quality hardcore horror. They exude evil and I can sympathise with one reviewer's mother who did not want Masterton's book near her Bible.
In the 1980's, horror went splatter, with blood and guts flying and people being ripped to pieces. Importantly though, the novels and films still remembered from this era, are those that managed to combine splatter with a good sense of human nature/empathy and a great story line. Clive Barker comes to mind, as does several of Masterton's works. Masterton is particularly brilliant in weaving a sense of normalcy and decent human relationships, which makes the brutal horror stand out much more effectively and punch the reader in her/his guts.
BUT Masterton's recent work has dropped the good stories and the empathy. What now remains is brutality and gore. In this book, the horror centres on the rape and degradation of innocent women. That MIGHT work if was part of a really good and empathic story. Instead, I got the feeling that Masterton's story was merely some excuse for being able to describe drawn-out and senseless rape scenes. As those scenes have no logic to them and as you never come to know the victims, the scenes are not horrific, but simply offensive. And repetitive. The book falls flat.
If you can appreciate quality splatter horror, do read Masterton's early works. Don't waste your credits on this.
Repetitious, unbelievable and unexciting. Very silly indeed. Wouldn't buy more by this author. Terribly amateurish. Try reading Stephen King instead.
What made the experience of listening to Fire Spirit the most enjoyable?
I enjoyed the narrator and the descriptive language... was paced very nicely to build up the tension
What did you like best about this story?
The story was gripping and I couldn't guess what was going to happen next. It was a very innotive and unusal story.
What does Stephanie Cannon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The characters come to life with the narration and pace of the langauge. I enjoyed the different voices that she used to differentiate the characters
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book make me skwirm as it was quite graffic in certain areas