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Blood Crazy [Hardcover]

Simon Clark
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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March 2001
Everything seems normal until, one Sunday, civilization turns to ruins. Adults have become murderously insane, infected with an uncontrollable urge to kill the young, even their own children. This is the way the world ends.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ublished in January as a mass market paperback, this crude generation-gap shocker from British author Clark (Darkness Demands) will thrill the adolescent audience for which it's unashamedly intended. A wild premise on a "Saturday night in April, every adult human being on this planet" goes mad and begins murdering everyone under 19 ensures almost constant action. Those kids lucky enough to escape their insane, zombie-like elders, labeled "creosotes" or "kaybees" for "crazy bastards," gather in communes in an obvious nod to Golding's The Lord of the Flies. After finding his brother dismembered by their parents, narrator Nick Aten (rhymes with Satan) observes, "adults seem to be actually afraid of their children...whom they feel compelled to destroy before we destroy them." Nick's theory is later confirmed at story-stopping length by another character, who explains the killings in Jungian evolutionary terms. Clark keeps the sex and violence relatively restrained. At one point, as part of "a sadistic new sport called Carrying the Can," Nick crosses an icy river by walking over the heads of a living bridge of standing creosotes. Finally and predictably, Nick faces a deadly confrontation with his relentlessly pursuing father and mother. Rebellious teenagers will enjoy the vicarious revenge on their parents, but the more sophisticated would do better to read Jung. (Sept.)Forecast: Despite this novel's weaknesses, Clark is a rising star in the horror field, and his fans will ensure a sell-out for this deluxe hardcover edition.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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'Readers will relish Clark's uncomplicated cocktail of chlorophyll and human blood' - Financial Times on The Night of the Triffids 'A master of eerie thrills' - Richard Laymon 'The hottest new purveyor of horrific thrills currently working on these shores' - The Big Issue --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars You're kidding me, right? May 29 2012
By J.R.
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Alright, so after immersing myself quite thoroughly in the post-apoc world again (I seem to do this on occasion), I thought I'd try out something similar but a little different with "Blood Crazy".

It's one of those books that you keep reading to see if it gets better as you go along, and find yourself committed juuuuuust enough to finish it.

It's a catchy enough idea when you read the synopsis, however the explanation of how the main plot comes about (why all the adults begin killing their children) is so poor, it's ridiculous. I actually said out loud during the resolution: "SERIOUSLY??" I got the distinct impression that the author had NO idea how to explain this, and just came up with something arbitrary. I don't buy it, you won't buy it, and the characters don't even buy it.

There are patches of decent writing in this, so you do find yourself giving a crap about the supporting characters, for instance, but you can't shake your disappointment with the main character until the very end when he remotely redeems himself. (Maybe this is the parent in me responding to a very capable teenager who chooses NOT to live to his potential!)

There's a fair bit of sex, partying, gratuitous violence, etc... and in many places, it's rather akin to Lord of the Flies as it looks at the dynamics of a community in which there are no adults present. Ultimately, that would be the merit of this book, if there is something good to be drawn from it, or a reason to be reading it: how these kids and young adults survive without adults. Don't get your hopes up though; even this is not particularly exciting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original Story July 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I got to admit I was drawn in by the premise of Blood Crazy. Adults go crazy one day and start killing children. It is one of the most original stories I have read.
The charaters are really developed, and the story moves at a good pace. You wont find yourself getting bored with this book. The ending was really satisfying, and it does leave room open for a sequel.
I recommend this book for anyone into Scifi, Horror, or anyone interested in a completly oringinal story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a YA novel, as marketed. Jan. 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Simon Clark, Blood Crazy (Leisure, 1995)
How this book gets characterized as a young adult novel is completely beyond me. Hey, folks: just because a novel's protagonist is under twenty-one years of age does not make a novel aimed at the young adult market.
Nick Aten ("rhymes with Satan") goes to bed one night convinced that all is right with the world. He wakes up the next morning and finds out how terribly wrong he is; something has caused all of the world's adults to go crazy and start killing their children. Those who have no children just go after everyone under a certain age (undetermined at the beginning of the book). Needless to say, the children are not altogether happy with this. Nick escapes and heads out of town, banding together with various other survivors against millions of people whose whole goal is their destruction.
In other words, it's your basic post-apocalyptic novel. And from that perspective, it's a good enough read. It's hard to review this objectively, since I had it marketed to me as a young adult novel; it reads like an adult novel, and so I'm concerned my ideas about it are going to cross one line or the other, since the two are often entirely different animals. Thankfully, it's a decent book as both, though a little on the adult side for being a YA read.
Simon Clark has a good sense of the dramatic, and the book is paced and plotted well. Granted, postapocalyptic lit is fast becoming its own subgenre, and it's not too hard to plot these days (a reading of The Stand, a reading of Swan Song, and a screening of The Omega Man, and you're pretty much set; elements of all three show up here, of course). His characters are for the most part solid and well-built, with a few cardboard-esque exceptions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but nothing new Jan. 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book I read from Simon Clark (I've read 4 since then). I found this to be the weakest of his books. Too much wandering and too many coincidences to be believable for my taste. Nonetheless, it is well written. For new Clark fans, I would recommend trying "Darkness Demands" first - a darker and more mature novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Children's Book Nov. 13 2003
By ARADES
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is probably the worst attempt at writing horror I have ever seen. Yea sure it's scary, if the scariest book you've ever read is "Where the Wild Things Are" as a child. However if you are above the age of 8, I would strongly suggest reading something actually worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most gut-wrenching book ever! Nov. 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When i started with the first page, I was automatically hooked on the entire book. Simon Clark really knows how to tell stories of the end of the world in a completely different way. If you love horror, then you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finished in Eight Hours Oct. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those that need a fast paced type of read , this is the one. I read a little of everything, but lately, I felt a bit bored with some other types of work. I read ten pages, and borrowed it from my brother. Eight hours later I was finished. Very fast paced and easy to follow. A strong storyline, with survival of the fittest as the principal element. I am purchasing this book myself and others written by Mr. Clark because of what I just read. Don't take my word for it, if good vs. evil is your thing, try it. You won't be disappointed.
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