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Seed Paperback – July 17, 2012
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Note: There are some semi-spoilers below. Proceed at your own risk.
This novel left me feeling as if something was missing. I don't know. Maybe a lack of anything hopeful or positive? There was certainly no balance. No good/evil. No yin/yang. No depth. The parents acted without any rhyme or reason, i.e. walking out on the psychiatrist. I'm not sure why that part was even part of the book, as it didn't take the story one step further down the road. The father knew what was going on, why did he waste the money?
I also was confused by the devil's physical presence as a shadow. Why have a shadow when the "devil" (not just a demon, mind you, but the Big Guy Downstairs), lived in the father, then the daughter? Was this an in-and-out Lucifer? Why this family? Why the tattoo? Can The Devil really be photographed? Does the devil really need the whole conception thing in order to live on? If his current body dies unexpectedly, is he dead, too? So many questions without answers.
I didn't feel invested in any of the characters, probably because of the lack of development. Well, okay, I did care about the dog and cat, and I was disappointed in how they were, shall we say, handled. There were other options at this author's disposal that would have provided more filet mignon and less roadkill. More Academy Awards and less snuff film.
In the end, I felt as though there was a lot of gratuitous, horrific violence done by young children. It appeared to be written more for shock value and Kindle ratings than for creating an interesting novel that will stand the test of time. This author can write, the talent is there, but Stephen King she's not.
Jack's six year old daughter, Charlie, is the smallest of the Winter's. After the accident, she suddenly develops an attitude problem and has problems sleeping. As things start to go south with Charlie, Ahlborn teasingly unveils Jack's past. The result is a gripping, spine-chilling story told against the background of the Deep South. While using a child to tell a horror story is not new (think "The Omen," "The Exorcist," "Poltergeist," etc.), little Charlie gains the reader's sympathy even through her darkest moments. Also, by having a second child in the picture, Charlie's ten year-old sister, Abby, we have more than one point of view of what's going on. A particularly gruesome scene with the family dog is the perfect example of how a six year old can be the scariest thing in the world.
With the Southern Gothic Georgia and Louisiana as the background to the story, "Seed" scares the reader based on verisimilitude: one gets the sense that stories like this happen in Louisiana every once in a while. Ahlborn developed very strong, believable characters we've all met at some point.
While the story is very solid, enthralling and moves at the perfect pace, the end of the story is what truly sets this novel apart from anything else out there and the reason why you should get "Seed" as soon as it hits the market on June 1.Read more ›
I found myself immediately at odds with the story. I hated one of the four main characters and was left largely ambivalent about the others. I thought that I would grow to care about them as the story progressed.
But as I wound my way through the story, I was left only frustrated. The characters didn't grow any more likable and ultimately, the author began killing off the only characters of worth: a dog and a cat.
The desperate story flails along, as one horror follows another, and the reader is left with a general sense of discontent when the ending comes to a crashing display of predictability.
In general, I don't mind a slightly predictable story, or even a story that has been rehashed a lot of times. Sadly, this story feels like the author penned herself into a corner, couldn't think of any clever way out of it, so she just wrote whatever came to her, which was neither clever, nor satisfying.
I'm not one to fault a book for not having a happy ending, and while I don't want to give spoilers, I feel it's necessary to say that all the horrors of the book came without any semblance of balance. No good came to any character in the book, no good came from any of the atrocities that occur. One reviewer stated that a book can't have demons without having God. I couldn't disagree more. This book doesn't need holy good to balance out the demon, but it needs SOMETHING. The book progresses with each and every fear realized, with only evil progressing successfully. If the book offered some semblance of a chance at the protagonists succeeding, it might seem worth reading.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hated the gratuitous gore, references to Stephen King ( butt-kissing), and the emptiness of the tale. At least King
has better insight into human nature. Read more
I got about 25 percent through this book and I found it disturbing...I like a good scary story as much as the next person, but this was bothering me, I wasn't enjoying the read. Read morePublished 8 days ago by drmaxdog
Wow, scary,smart,heartbreaking, a thousand other words but the one that fits best...evil. Evil that goes for generations, that tears families apart (bitterly). Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
This isnt some major horror story to be winning awards but i did "enjoy" it. I think you feel about the characters they way the author meant you to. Read morePublished 11 days ago by squishy
Good story and character development. Looking forward to reading more by this author. First book i have read from Ahlborn. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 26 days ago by Trisha Danielson
I read scary stories for the catharsis of good vs evil - no catharsis here. There is never any hope, redemption, or heroism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pandafusion
In my opinion, liked the ending where Jack, Aimee, and Abby died. It was a bitter sweet ending, but I think that it fits with the "atmosphere" of the book, dark... Read more