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Wither [Mass Market Paperback]

J. G. Passarella
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1.0 out of 5 stars what a disappointment! Oct. 22 2003
By mary o
Format:Mass Market Paperback
after all these fabulous reviews, i was eager to get my hands on this book. now i'm just glad i didn't pay for it.
ok, interesting concept: three modern women (in one case, a little girl) begin experiencing the same nightmares of life in 17th century new england. oh my! they seem to have something to do with the "town witches" hung exactly 300 years ago. too bad they weren't burnded at the stake!! they just happened to have been transformed by their leader into evil flying creatures who need to feed every hundred years. and our three gals just happen to be their idea of halloween dinner.
still, i kept reading. i was hoping something exciting would eventually occur. no such luck. there was nothing to make me at all interested in the characters. i absolutely hated the professor (karen), who seemed to think that her boyfriend (& father of her unborn child) was beneath her because he was "only" a contractor. wendy was so one-dimensional--"oooh, i'm a witch! i'm so different! i cast spells in the nude!!"--that i just kept thinking SO WHAT??? and the little girl (abby) just seemed to be tossed in because witches come in threes, right?
the end was so ridiculous, it seemed like even the author was tired of these people. midnight (the witching hour, of course!) came and went, and with it, convenient ends to the icky flying nightmares.
OR WAS IT??!!?
ah, the author is hoping to make it into a tv movie: pg-13 all the way, with two naked "rituals" in the woods (could be shot from the back--no full frontal, now), and one fade-to-black sex scene to spice up the previews!!
save your money and your time. skip this one, and it's inevitable sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars W-O-W! March 14 2003
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Windale, Massachusetts has a heritage of witches. Three evil women were accused of witch craft and hanged over three hundred years ago. However, Wither, Rebecca, and Sarah did not die. Now, they are little more than monsters with a caretaker who is more of a slave to them. He must feed them and then dispose of the remains. It used to be cattle. Now they mainly feed off the college students who dwell in town.
THIS Halloween, the three witches plan to drain the life force of three women, so they may "live" again. Wendy is a college student who dabbles in white magic. Karen is a single, pregnant professor. Abby is an eight year old who stumbles across the graves of the three witches. The circle is cast. The battle begins.
***In a word, "WOW!" I wish I could make all horror fans go purchase this one! It's hard to believe this is J.G. Passarella's first novel. From page one chills went down my spine. I never put the book down. A definate "Keeper" to be read many times in the future. It is a dark, irresistible, and demonic story to keep you up at night!***
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest horror novel of all time! Jan. 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading Passarella`s Buffy: Ghoul Trouble and Angel: Avatar novels I decided it was my turn to take my first steps into the world we know as horror.
After eagerly awaiting for Wither to arrive I opened to the first page, with hands shaking with excitement. I was secretly hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed, because if you read a book that disappoints you it can put you off the whole genre, well for a little while anyway. As if by a magic spell Wendy Ward captured me in the town of Windale and all that lies with it. I have never been so captured by a book in my whole life. Passarella has woven a magic hook into Wither that makes you want to read more and more until it's over. Looking at the clock with bloodshot eyes I noticed that ten hours had passed, I had been enchanted by it for that long. Well maybe I'm over exaggerating a little bit {grin} but everything is in all good reason.
The thrill of reading Wither made my heart race a million beats a second, trying to keep up with the blinding pace of the greatest horror novel ever so far. This is a must read for all horror fans and a welcome with arms open if you, like me are taking your first steps into reading horror.
Wither is definitely the most hair raisingly scary novel ever. It beats any of Stephen King's works any day.
Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun witching despite minor problems Nov. 19 2002
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While not one of the best books that I've read, Wither was still on the good side. It's a enjoyable read.
The story focuses on the events occurring in the small town of Windale, Massachusetts. Three witches are being reincarnated and are wrecking havoc in the process. The story was good and most of the characters were portrayed in enough depth as to be believable.
However there were a few things that I didn't like. The story jumped around in time at a few spots; one of the main characters was in class in the middle of the day, it then jumps to someone else at night (no problem yet), and then it jumps back to the first character just getting out of class (problem now). START SPOILER WARNING The other thing was with that you find out the witches come out of this hibernation state once every hundred years and that they need a new body every five hundred years, but why? No valid reason is ever given. It's just a convenient plot device that rings as being unauthentic. END SPOILER WARNING
Despite those two problems though, I found the book enjoyable and fun. It's probably more appropriate as a movie though and not as a book. Curiously the copy that I have says that it will soon be a "major motion picture from Columbia Pictures" but searches on Internet Movie Database come up blank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i highly recommend the wendy ward trilogy!
when i first saw wither i didnt think much about it and put in in my pile of to be read. then someone recommended it to me, it was the best recommendation i have recieved! Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by HORRORLADY
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan for life
While browsing a Borders Paperback section looking for interesting titles to buy my wife for her Birthday one year I came upon 'Wither's Rain' which I later found out was a sequel... Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by J. Chiang
5.0 out of 5 stars Wither is a wonderful read !
If you are looking for a good horror story to curl up and read, then you will want to pick up Wither. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Joseh S. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Witches
Passarella turns the mythos of witches on its ear. He writes one of the most engaging Witches in Wendy Ward that I have ever come across. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Jerry Gaither
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant!
I really don't have all that much to say about this book other than the fact that it's one the best horror books you will probably ever read. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by J. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed Something New
All I can say is I was looking for something new and have now read Wither & Withers Rain 2 times apiece! I cannot wait for Withers Legacy to come out. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by Anne Feeney
Wither is one of the greatest horror novels for years and 100s of positive reviews for this novel back up that this is so. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2003 by Christopher Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Excitement!
I finally finished reading my copy of this great novel and I'm glad I did - especially with Jack's newest coming out in just a few weeks. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by Jon F. Merz
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you "witch" for...
When a young women performs a ritual in the woods, she unintentionally awakens three who were condemned as witches three hundred years before. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by ZombiKitty
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