28 July 2014

Macabre Monday: Mini Book Reviews (The Maggot People by Henning Koch; The Fallen by Dale Bailey)

maggot people horror novel

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

My rating: 2/5

I was interested in the premise of the book--a man turning into a "maggot person" just can't help but peak my interest--and the beginning was fairly interesting. We meet the main character, interact a bit with him, and then of course, things get a bit weird and disgusting when he sleeps with the female maggot person who infects him, making him one of them. I still could have been fine with that, though, as nasty as that sounds. 

What took the book down a notch for me was the fact that he has to wiggle his way through obstacles such as the threatening Mama Maggot, priests with guns, and eventually, how to literally wiggle his way out of somewhere. 

That may all sound fine and good, quite exciting, yes? To an extent. Most of it is just ludicrous and you must have an enormous amount of suspension of disbelief for this book to even begin to make it through. If you make it to the ending, you will still probably hold up your hands in discontent; is this what the book has been about the entire time because there really is nothing else to show for it, and uhh...this was the weirdest twist I've ever laid eyes on in a book. I'm still mad when I think about it.

So, was the book creepy? It definitely had a creep factor. Maggots inside of the characters cannot be taken lightly. Would I recommend reading it? Maybe just the first 50-100 pages... 

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

My rating: 4/5 

I'll just go ahead and say, I wrestled with putting this under the "horror" genre because it fits under so many other genres as well. I decided to post it, however, because it deals so much with the supernatural, and I think a lot of us can say how spooky that is, and also because many of the passages creeped me out--the tension of this book is unbearable at times. 

While there are some religious themes, as is probably obvious from the cover, this is not a book that the old lady sitting next to you at church would read. The book is so well-written and the characters are given a great deal of attention to, which really brings you into the story. Reminded me a bit of Stephen King in a way, which just shows how promising this novel is! 

There is something deeper than the characters going on in the story, and I love that we don't really find out until the end of the story exactly what that is. Plus, you don't wait the whole time and have it be something completely roll-your-eyes stupid. 

A tense, thrilling, creepy, shocking book that takes you for a ride. Definitely read this one! 

That's it for this Macabre Monday. Head over to Kate's blog to see her spooky Macabre Monday!

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