Thursday, August 18, 2011

Spirit by Graham Masterton

iconiconI bought Spirit a few weeks or so ago, when the ebook was on sale for only $2.99.  (I'm addicted to ebook sales, if you can't tell!)  I hadn't heard of the author before, but the book had some good reviews, so I thought I'd try it.  Besides, I'm a sucker for a ghost story!

Interestingly, even though the book is horror/suspense, it's written in a rather literary style.  You know, longer paragraphs, longer descriptions, slower action scenes, and I don't even know how I would describe the tone — a little bit distant from the characters, I suppose, and slightly old-fashioned.  The novel is set in the 40s and 50s, and if I hadn't already checked the publication date of this novel (1995), I would have sworn it was written back then, too.

Despite the slightly different tone and style of writing, and despite the fact that I don't normally read this kind of horror, I really enjoyed this book.  I didn't really find it scary (I think the last time I was scared by a book I was about 8, reading Roald Dahl's The Witches), but it was haunting, intriguing, and kind of sad.  I thought the connection to literature was rather original, as well, and enjoyed all of the literary references.  I'll probably read "The Snow Queen" next so that I can see for myself the parallels in the novel, even though the author seemed to do a good job of explaining them.

An enjoyable read, though it's not very horror-like — for some people, like me, that's a good thing!

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