- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451200152
- ISBN-13: 978-0451200150
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Town Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2000
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A pregnant woman gives birth to a cactus, a small church grows hair and bleeds, a man sprouts an umbilical cord and, one by one, residents of a tiny Southwest town die violently. These and other bizarre events begin occurring shortly after Gregory Tomasov returns to his old hometown of McGuane, Ariz., with his wife and three children. The old adage "You can't go home again" has perhaps never rung more true, as Bram Stoker Award-winner Little (The House) draws upon elements of religion, the supernatural, sexual fantasy and psychological horror to create a modern-day ghost town. Almost immediately after they unwittingly move into an old farmhouse where a deranged man once murdered his family and committed suicide, the Tomasovs are transformed. The two younger children become obsessed with the shadows inside the home's bathhouse, shadows that eat dead animals, torment children and kill mercilessly. As the deaths mount and small-town life becomes more dangerous and freakish, residents begin to blame the Tomasovs, whom they believe carry some kind of curse. Not until the terrifying finale, which takes place during a sandstorm and blackout, does everyone realize the evil's roots. What, in a lesser writer's hands, would have been an obvious conclusion remains a mystery until the end. While reminiscent of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, Little crafts his own vivid landscape full of dark corners, twisted characters and a gruesome plot. (May)
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Oh, and there wasn't any strange episodes of unwashed sex that makes one party walk funny the next day. Not that that especially bothers me, but it seemed like Little was on that kick for a while, like some sort of writer's tic. Just seemed kind of contrived and thrown in there, like King or Koontz on one of their famous superfluous political/ social rants. Now that I think about it, I prefer the unwashed nasty. Anyway, I digress. I give it three stars and it's easy to dance to.
I've now read 6 of Little's novels. I've liked each one for different reasons. However, I've often gotten to the end of his novels thinking "Big build-up, let-down of a climax." I'm happy to report that THE TOWN delivers all the way to the end. It's a fun read (with very disturbing issues), it's a quick read, and some of the everyday objects turned into the macabre were enough to give me goosebumps! I recommend this one to anyone who likes good, chilling horror. After this, you might want to check out THE IGNORED by Little.