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The Wicked de James Newman
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The Wicked (edição: 2017)

de James Newman (Autor)

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AN ANCIENT EVIL RISES...BURNS...KILLS...After a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evil...They were wrong.Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles--David, Kate, and seven-year-old Becca--are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were recently shattered by an act of sexual violence.Before long, David realizes that his family's troubles are worse than he could ever have imagined.An ancient demon lurks beneath the town of Morganville, an unholy creature conjured into existence by the Heller Home tragedy.Its name is Moloch.It is hungry for the souls of the townspeople.But most of all, Moloch wants the children. It will not rest until it has them.All of them.… (mais)
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Título:The Wicked
Autores:James Newman (Autor)
Informação:Apex Book Company (2017), 318 pages
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The Wicked de James Newman

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  boogirl13 | Dec 14, 2017 |
David and Kate Little are looking for a fresh start after encountering violence in their hometown of New York City. Moving themselves and their small daughter to Morganville, North Carolina, David and the pregnant Kate hope to put the demons of the past behind them. Unfortunately, Morganville is a small town with something rotten growing within it. As bizarre deaths and behavior sweep across the small town, David and Kate find themselves at the epicenter of a demonic force which seeks to destroy everything they hold dear.

The Wicked is pure, delightful camp. Newman has confessed to being a big fan of the cult horror books of the ’70s and ’80s, and this book is a fun, gruesome ode to the very best examples of the genre. Newman largely leaves tongue outside of cheek, letting the plot develop in all its disgusting, violent glory. But every now and again, a blazing light of self-awareness winks through the story, letting the reader know that Newman knows exactly what he is doing, and he is loving every minute of it.

Fans of cult horror (think Robert McCammon, or early Stephen King) will love this book. Horror fans as well should rejoice that a generally derided genre is getting such a strong new entry. With the rabid popularity of the It movie, and the delightfully funny rise of Grady Hendrix (my review of his delightful Horrorstor can be found here), it seems like the horror genre might well be on the cusp of a renaissance. I, for one, cannot wait to see how all this plays out. ( )
  irregularreader | Dec 8, 2017 |
David and Kate Little are looking for a fresh start after encountering violence in their hometown of New York City. Moving themselves and their small daughter to Morganville, North Carolina, David and the pregnant Kate hope to put the demons of the past behind them. Unfortunately, Morganville is a small town with something rotten growing within it. As bizarre deaths and behavior sweep across the small town, David and Kate find themselves at the epicenter of a demonic force which seeks to destroy everything they hold dear.

The Wicked is pure, delightful camp. Newman has confessed to being a big fan of the cult horror books of the ’70s and ’80s, and this book is a fun, gruesome ode to the very best examples of the genre. Newman largely leaves tongue outside of cheek, letting the plot develop in all its disgusting, violent glory. But every now and again, a blazing light of self-awareness winks through the story, letting the reader know that Newman knows exactly what he is doing, and he is loving every minute of it.

Fans of cult horror (think Robert McCammon, or early Stephen King) will love this book. Horror fans as well should rejoice that a generally derided genre is getting such a strong new entry. With the rabid popularity of the It movie, and the delightfully funny rise of Grady Hendrix (my review of his delightful Horrorstor can be found here), it seems like the horror genre might well be on the cusp of a renaissance. I, for one, cannot wait to see how all this plays out. ( )
  irregularreader | Nov 3, 2017 |
Esta resenha foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Resenhistas do LibraryThing.
Full confession:
I received a free copy of the ebook version as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

So this was good campy B-movie fun for the most part, if a bit unnecessarily gross at times and containing too many stereotypes for my taste. Some of it I understand is part of the general schlocky feel the author was going for, but most of the presentation of middle aged women, larger people, elderly people and gay men was problematic in a lot of parts (especially the way that any time any of these people were portrayed having sex, the reader was supposed to read it as "gross"). I was also a bit put off by the fact that one of the only characters in the book described as black was the man who rapes Kate. I get that because David is convinced that the baby Kate is carrying is the rapist's offspring and not his own, this is a way to finally reveal whether or not the baby is his when he/she is born, instead of making David be a total ass who forces Kate to get a paternity test, but once the baby is born and David realizes the baby is just as white as he is, as far as I can tell this never affects anything else in the story despite what a big deal is made out of it early on. If anything, it would enhance David's character if the rapist was also white and so short of a paternity test David never really knew whether or not the baby was "his", and yet he loved and protected the baby anyway.
At some point the book seems to get fixated on how horny Moloch makes all of his followers, and ignores the potentially interesting reasons behind why some characters are susceptible to his influence while others are not, or how/why Moloch is the demon, out of all the demons out there, that Briggs ends up summoning (despite the fact that from everyone else's descriptions of him Briggs seems to be drugged up and incompetent - did he just accidentally summon a demon?), and I ended up feeling that as powerful as Moloch seemed to be for most of the book, it was pretty damn easy to take him down in the end. ( )
  melabonbon | Jun 27, 2017 |
Esta resenha foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Resenhistas do LibraryThing.
I received a free copy of The Wicked via LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Well, that was a lot of fun. The Wicked is everything that I loved about the good old fashion trashy horror novels of the 80's. It's a bit of a car crash. It's cheesy, it's gruesome, it's fast paced, it's your stereotypical good vs evil horror, but that's why it's so good. It's a roller-coaster ride that blasts through the doors of every ghost train and haunted house in the park without allowing you to catch your breath in between. There's no fancy prose, no heavy wordy detail, no pages and pages of world building or character building. It's straight up horror, no bells or whistles and I had a blast reading it.

Definitely one I would recommend. ( )
  Scarlet-Aingeal | Jun 2, 2017 |
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AN ANCIENT EVIL RISES...BURNS...KILLS...After a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evil...They were wrong.Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles--David, Kate, and seven-year-old Becca--are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were recently shattered by an act of sexual violence.Before long, David realizes that his family's troubles are worse than he could ever have imagined.An ancient demon lurks beneath the town of Morganville, an unholy creature conjured into existence by the Heller Home tragedy.Its name is Moloch.It is hungry for the souls of the townspeople.But most of all, Moloch wants the children. It will not rest until it has them.All of them.

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