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The Fury (1976)

de John Farris

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Gillian Bellaver's family is one of the wealthiest in the world. Robin Sandza's father Peter is a government assassin. The two teenagers seem to have nothing in common. Yet they are spiritual twins, possessing a horrifying psychic energy that threatens humanity. While dangerous and fanatical men vie for the secrets of their awesome power, Peter Sandza, using all the ruthless skills of his trade, makes a final desperate effort to save them. Exploring with extraordinary skill the myths and legends deeply rooted in the subconscious mind, this novel builds, scene by shocking scene, to a night of chilling horror that surpasses anything you've ever experienced . . . First published in 1976 and made into a successful movie written by the author and directed by Brian De Palma in 1978, The Fury is one of the all-time classics of the horror genre.… (mais)
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Another book pulled from the wayback machine. It's funny that I remember exactly where and when I read this (August 1977, I was 15 and at a cottage my uncle borrowed from a friend for the week), but only truly remembered one scene from the book, when Gwyn uses the hash oil on herself and then has sex with Robin--not surprising, considering Robin was the same age as me, and I was a bit of a horny kid at that age (aren't we all?).

So, it was a pleasant surprise to come back to this book 39 1/2 years later and find it really enjoyable. I was a little worried having recently shelved a couple of later Farris novels without finishing them. But this one had a nicely complex plot, some interesting characters, and some deep research into the subject matter. I guess what I'm trying to say is, Farris did his homework, and between that and his higher-brow writing style really elevated this story beyond the standard horror potboilers released around the same time.

If I could change anything, I'd change three things.

First and foremost, there's some dreadful spelling errors and, in at least one case, an entire opening line to a scene is missing. This book suffered from some of the more heinous sloppy editing/printing than was the norm for the time, I think.

The second would be to perhaps dial back a touch on some of the description and dream sequences and tangents, and instead show us some of the in-between growth or changes to Robin in his 18 months in custody with Gwyn. We see some of the beginning, then skip the better part of a year and find a very different person at the end.

Finally, Farris--assuming this isn't more printing errors where they mixed up page orders--makes some puzzling jumps around in time, sometimes shooting forward, then going back again. For this one, aside from relating some background info, I think a more-or-less chronological approach may have served the story a bit better.

Overall though, I truly enjoyed this novel--enough to consider reading its follow-up, [b:The Fury and the Terror|699465|The Fury and the Terror|John Farris|http://images.gr-assets.com/books/1312060603s/699465.jpg|1469032] shortly. At times, this novel reminded me of the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry. I'd even go so far as to say Maberry owes a debt of thanks to Farris for giving him a bit of a blueprint for Joe.

Recommended...even if it is 40 years old.

One final story that has nothing to do with the book, but it's kind of funny. Back around 1980 or so, I was over at a friend's place with a bunch of buddies. We'd just finished playing poker and were channel surfing (all three channels) to see if there was anything on. We came across Brian De Palma's movie version of The Fury. All I remember is the end, where Amy Irving (as Gillian) makes John Cassavettes (Childress - Childermass in the novel) explode.

My memory may be a bit fogged, but I seem to remember that scene showing Cassavettes exploding from a couple of different angles. Regardless, dude exploded. Then, because it was network television, the scene abruptly cut to a commercial...for pizza.

We laughed for about ten minutes over that one. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I had a hard time getting through this. It felt more like I was reading a screenplay than a book. Interesting premise and I actually liked the ending. I suspect I’d like the movie but the book just wasn’t for me. ( )
  jensteele | Apr 11, 2020 |
I really hadn't intended on reading this book this year. In fact, I really hadn't intended on reading this book at all. But having seen it at a book sale for a dime, I figured, why not? I remembered having seen the movie and not being terribly impressed by it…the only thing of note being that some scenes were filmed at Old Chicago, the first (so far as I know) combination indoor amusement park and mall. It was so far ahead of its time it even bombed earlier than it should've. But anyway.

This book came out during what I call The Great Horror Revival. Not that great horror ever went away, but it was Big Steve who brought it back into the center square with the sudden onslaught of "Carrie", "Salem's Lot", and "The Shining". Never mind their quality…consider the timing. They hit so hard and so fast—and rightly so—that suddenly everybody remembered, gee, horror books can be really cool! The films soon followed, and now everybody wanted to get into the act. Clearly the was some coinage to be had.

Not that John Farris needed it, of course, or was trying to cash in. No, it was just coincidence, I'm sure, that Farris puts out this book about highly talented PSI kids being chased by a couple of (probably) sinister agencies, one private, one governmental. Oh, and the father of one of them. It's all fairly complex and surprisingly engaging, which—perhaps not surprisingly—was the exact problem the film had…it just didn't grab you at all. Oh, there was plenty of action to be had—it is a Brian DePalma film, after all— but not much in the way of personality. So this is yet another case of, read the book, don't bother with the movie. Or, if you want to see the scenes with Old Chicago because you remember it fondly, by all means watch it; if nothing else it does feature the wonderful Carrie Snodgress, taken, alas, too soon.

Bottom line: this is a helluva entertaining read. I imagine a lot of the "kids with powers" stories that followed probably drew heavily from this one, as well they should. If only they were as original and well-drawn as this! You won't read it in a day, but you'll want to. Resist that temptation! This is a story to savor. Jamski sez check it out.

Oh. One more thing. When you go looking for this book, you should know that it's got a VERY open ending…meaning that there's sequels out there, and "The Fury" is good enough that you're almost certainly going to want to read them as well, so if you're in a bookstore and happen to find all three, by all means, get them. I can't vouch for the quality of the second two (yet, they're certainly on my list now) but based on the original you can hardly go wrong. Mind you, this doesn't apply in all series (see: "Twilight") but Farris knows his stuff and seems a solid bet. ( )
  Jamski | Jul 18, 2018 |
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This book was won in the Early Reviewers giveaway. I had wanted to read this since the early 80s but had never gotten around to it. I won this audio version read by Joe Barrett.
This was a good book, starts out interesting and builds on characters. This is the story of two psychic teenagers who have a terrible gift and don't know how to use it and the shadow government operatives who want to try and control it. There are some characters I would have loved to see fleshed out a little more, and some characters that are throw away. I was put off by some of the sex scenes and descriptions that seemed gratuitous and unnecessary.
Joe Barrett was a delight with his different voices and accents and characterizations. I would like to hear more from him.
Fun to listen to. ( )
  hredwards | Apr 3, 2018 |
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I was selected to review this audio book in the Early Reviewers program. I wanted to listen to and review this book but the CD that I received was not correct. The case and the CD said "The Fury" but when I played the CD, it was a book called "Jek/Hyde". I'm not sure what happened...I will not give a rating for this "review" but I am writing the review to receive credit under the ER program.
  Disco_grinch | Mar 28, 2018 |
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Gillian Bellaver's family is one of the wealthiest in the world. Robin Sandza's father Peter is a government assassin. The two teenagers seem to have nothing in common. Yet they are spiritual twins, possessing a horrifying psychic energy that threatens humanity. While dangerous and fanatical men vie for the secrets of their awesome power, Peter Sandza, using all the ruthless skills of his trade, makes a final desperate effort to save them. Exploring with extraordinary skill the myths and legends deeply rooted in the subconscious mind, this novel builds, scene by shocking scene, to a night of chilling horror that surpasses anything you've ever experienced . . . First published in 1976 and made into a successful movie written by the author and directed by Brian De Palma in 1978, The Fury is one of the all-time classics of the horror genre.

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