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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought Oct. 25 2007
Format:Paperback
I was intensely dissappointed with this product. Nowhere on the page does it say that this particular version of Psycho is NOT the one written by Robert Bloch, but is in fact "Retold by Chris Rice". I hope everybody considering buying this product is aware of this excluded fact, and actually knows what they're buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery May 9 2014
By Hltmom
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Delivered with standard delivery in only 2 days! Price was great and can't wait to read it. It's a must have for a lover of the psycho series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bates is open for buissness May 26 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was an interesting piece of late 50s pulp fiction that is not bad, and ordinarily would not have been really remarkable, except it was the basis for one of the greatest horror movies of all time. I know what you are thinking; but this is Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"! Well, no it isn't. It is Robert Bloch's novel. The plot is the same as the movie; Marian Crane steals money from her boss, and runs away to be with her boyfriend. She ends up in a small rundown motel run by shy but odd Norman Bates (who is described as fat with glasses here). Well, the rest is history. The book is a little different in the level of violence that was in the book that was missing in the movie, and I thought that was pretty cool. The problem is that almost everyone in the world has seen the movie, so the end is kind of ruined. But it dose offer a little more insight into Norman; he likes books on voodo and hypnotism, as well as adult magazeens. He is a lot less sympathetic here than he was in the movie, but that is ok. It is a fast read, and it offers a little more insight into the movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a curious piece of 1950s pulp fiction.. Oct. 4 2003
By lazza
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'Psycho' by Robert Bloch would most certainly be long forgotten and probably out of print if it weren't for its brilliant film adaptation. Actually it is one of those unusual cases where the film is actually better than the book; the film's screenwriter (Joseph Stephano) did a great job. So what does the book offer?
While all the major elements found in the film 'Psycho' are also in Robert Bloch's original novel I found the book to be relatively poorly written. Great premise with a not-so-good execution. For much better psychological/criminal character studies I recommend 'The Killer Inside Me' by Jim Thompson, or one of the many early works of Patricia Highsmith. Robert Bloch simply doesn't have the same literary strength, and the characterizations are fairly thin.
However it is very interesting to note key differences between the film and the book, and so I believe fans of Hitchcock's film will enjoy reading Robert Bloch's novel. At least it's a short read, the perfect sort of book to carry on business trip.
Bottom line: the book that spawned Norman Bates. Somewhat disappointing but most will find some reading enjoyment from it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read ! July 13 2003
Format:Paperback
I bought this book to see how close the film was to the original story. In fact it was a very faithful interpretation, so there was absolutely no surprises.
One plus. The author is better able to get us into Norman (or is it Norma ?) Bate's mind than Hitchcock could do in the film. Otherwise it's a great story (derived from a real news event). It's too bad I already knew the end. Good read, though...
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3.0 out of 5 stars overrated April 8 2003
Format:Hardcover
it is certainly not my fault this is considered a classic. horror. thriller. not great, but good, either way. simple plot. superficial descriptions. don't really believe some of the characters. the turn of events are sort of...kitchy? the really great thing here are the story about the mother.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average rating, but it's still good. Nov. 5 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've always wanted to read this book ever since I saw Hitchcock's famous thriller movie that created the slasher film genre (true fact!). Hitchcock was faithful to the story, but made a couple of changes here and there with the characters (such as the description of the infamous Norman Bates). I highly recommend this book to those who have enjoyed Hitchcock's movies and to those readers who love classic thriller novels. I'm not a fast reader, but this book was so good and interesting that I finished reading it rather quickly. Part of the contribution to the fast reading may have been that the book is only 223 pages and looks like a book you would read in elementary.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I saw the movie first read the book second Sept. 22 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like my title says and I thought the movie was better,mostly because I expected what Norman Bates looked like on screen and in the book,he's totally different.A 40 year old short balding drinker and in the movie we know what he looked like and I couldn't feel sorry for the character in the book when I felt so sorry for Norman in the movie.Other then that,the book is pretty good,it's good to read alone on a scary night.Even though I give this book a so-so review,recommend reading it
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