- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Inkshares (July 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941758304
- ISBN-13: 978-1941758304
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I enjoyed this book thoroughly, horror historical magic fun." ―Felicia Day
"Nothing can prepare you." ―Naomi Kyle
"Abomination is an unexpected love-hate/buddy picture fantasy tale with swordplay, knights, and magic―though one with a heaping helping of many-tentacled, acid-blood-filled, gut-chomping creatures. We'll take that sequel now." ―The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"Abomination is truly fantastic. It's everything I loved about The Name of the Wind and so much more." ―Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Terminator, Aliens, and The Walking Dead
"An epic blend of black magic, badass monsters, broadswords, and bloodshed." ―Nicole Perlman, cowriter of Guardians of the Galaxy
"Bloody, unapologetic fantasy―this is history twisted by the hands of a master storyteller." ―Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Zer0es
"Whitta has done an incredible job weaving together historical fiction, fantasy, and horror. This is a book that stays with you." ―Veronica Belmont, Sword & Laser podcast
"Dark. Scary. Magical. Monstrous. Abomination is my kind of wonderful." ―Adam Christopher, author of The Burning Dark
"It's a story where the reader travels to some very dark places that Whitta has created, with elements of horror, action and (thankfully) humor that keeps you turning pages until you get to the last one." ―Elliott Serrano, Geek to Me
"The one-time editor for the acclaimed gaming magazine PC GAMER, Whitta has carved a name out for himself with his sensational screenplay for The Book of Eli, overseeing Telltale Games' The Walking Dead game and writing a draft for Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, Whitta's debut novel, Abomination, takes the writer deep into the world of dark fantasy." ―Fangoria
"Abomination looks to place [Whitta] even more prominently on the must-read map." ―Daily Dead
"One of the biggest debut novels of the summer is Gary Whitta's Abomination." ―Dread Central
"If you're looking for a true escape―from real life and from the standard fantasy tropes―then look no further." ―Science Fiction Book Club
"Abomination is an immensely satisfying combination of everything we love about fantasy and horror but so rarely see together in the same book. I cannot recommend it highly enough and will definitely be keeping an eye to see what Whitta produces next." ―Charlie Hopkins, A Reading Machine
"Abomination is remarkable for more than just the words between its pages, but also its road to publication, via Inkshares, a new publisher who offer authors a unique way to engage with their audience." ―A Dribble of Ink
"With Abomination, Whitta offers up a well-written, concise, quick-moving Dark Ages historical-fantasy tale of honor, redemption, and fortitude laced with horror elements that’s perfect for today’s audiences." ―Geeks of Doom
"Abomination is tons of fun." ―Revolution SF
"The abominations themselves are brutal and absolutely horrifying, which is a good thing. They are really nightmare-inducing and I certainly wouldn’t want to come across one!" ―Vicarious Caytastrophe
"Whitta has woven a compelling tale of inner darkness and perseverance, and of betrayal and secrets, into a highly cinematic, visceral experience. It is wonderfully paced, with fantastic and vivid action. A thrilling read!" ―Elan Samuel, The Warbler
"Suspenseful, frightening, and gripping to the final line, Abomination is a modern masterpiece of fantasy/horror fusion." ―VGBlogger
About the Author
Gary Whitta is an award-winning screenwriter best known for the postapocalyptic thriller The Book of Eli. He was also a writer and story consultant on Telltale Games’ interactive adaptation of The Walking Dead, for which he was the co-recipient of a BAFTA award. Most recently he served as a writer on Lucasfilm’s new generation of Star Wars projects for film and television. Abomination is his first novel.
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- No typographical errors
- Engaging plot
- Annoying head-hopping that distracted me from the story
- Clichés and language inappropriate for the time
After laboring through a few chapters, I decided I wouldn’t award the book more than three stars, perhaps less.
The first third reads more like a newspaper report or screenplay. It provides inadequate emotional involvement or description, especially during a specific scene that should have evoked tears and horror. Between that scene and the rest of the book, a fifteen-year gap occurs. Mentions are made of events that occur during those years. However, the book would be stronger with additional chapters that show those events.
Just when I was about to give up, I found myself wanting to stick with the story. The words took on new energy. I began to care about the protagonists. A niggling suspicion turned out to be true near the end. Laughs and tears accompanied my page flips.
After finishing the book, I reviewed the author’s bio. First novel! All right, that explains a few things. If Gary’s next book is as good as the last half of this one, I’ll buy it.
Abomination is a sort of alternate-but-not-alternate historical horror fiction that takes place in the dark ages, after the fall of the roman empire. The discovery of an ancient set of scrolls that detail rituals that allow the transformation of animals and even man into hideous abominations(see what I did there?) puts into motion a chain of events that leads to death, destruction and tragedy.
I'll leave the synopsis there, but suffice it to say that this book is mind-blowing. Whitta pulls no punches in the visceral gore and action, the terror leaps out of the page and sucks you in at every turn. Furthermore, the situations he puts his characters into are sometimes heartbreaking in their futility, which gives the story a lovecraftian feeling.
I enjoyed the book. It pulled me in and didn't let me go until I had finished it, and the conclusion was satisfying as well. 5 stars out of five, I definitely recommend.
I began reading this book so long ago. I have to agree with another reviewer: The first 6-8 chapters were important, but their pacing made enjoying the book difficult. I suppose sometime after I began the 6th chapter, I started to feel more and more drawn into the story. By the time I passed the 8th chapter's beginning, I was finding it more and more difficult to set the book down. When I found myself reading its last couple pages, I was crying.
A terrific strong female character. Great horror side to the story. Important and well told mores. A great book. I only wish I had stayed with it when I started reading this book. Nevertheless, its beginning was interesting enough to have remained memorable despite the break I took before reading the remainder of the book. Fantasy plus horror. A combination nearly impossible for me to resist, particularly when done this well. Happy reading!
Also, from what i remember, the size of the last "abomination" at first seemed massive then as the story progressed it seemed to get smaller and less imposing.
I thought the premise and some of the descriptions were awesome but the execution was meh.
If you are ok with writing that is more YA and nothing close to what most of the rave reviewers are saying, then the story itself is pretty entertaining and it reads quickly. Pretty standard fare for anyone who reads a lot of fantasy and I would give it three stars, but I had to take one for wasting my time with the first 100ish pages.
There was times I suspected I found a hole in this story, but Whitta addressed every open end and left nothing hanging.
A very concise and amazing story.
I only give it four stars because I felt it was a little disjointed at times, almost like several stories lumped together, but it's a minor thing and I may be the only one that feels that way.
Overall it's a good read and I definitely recommend it!