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Blood Crazy Hardcover – Mar 1 2001


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications; Signed edition (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587670283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587670282
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.9 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 921 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,805,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Dennis Duncan on July 15 2004
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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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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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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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By ARADES on Nov. 13 2003
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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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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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By A Customer on Oct. 14 2003
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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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