- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (March 31 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0709085338
- ISBN-13: 978-0709085331
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 23.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 558 g
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This Rage of Echoes Hardcover – Mar 31 2008
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"'If you like your horror violent, dark and believable, then give Simon Clark a try.' SFX"
About the Author
Raised in a family of storytellers, he sold his first ghost story to a radio station in his teens. He lives with his wife and two children on the border of Robin Hood country in England. Visit www.brr-online.com/nailed
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When I say this was painful to read, I mean it. The first seventy pages or so I was getting though okay but the rest was like getting teeth pulled, this was some really obnoxiously lousy material that made me feel like I was wasting my time reading it. I even looked this book up online, trying to see if other people felt this way about it and most reviews on other sites pretty much say that Clark has missed the mark with this one. I wasn't even curious of the answer in the end; it was somehow just thrown in there without really making much sense, some sci-fi mumbo jumbo that would fit perfectly in a bad horror movie, the part where everyone starts to laugh because the reasons are that ridiculous. I got this from the library and even though it was free, I still felt annoyed for even bothering to read it through, I found someone's abandoned book mark half way through...some poor soul before me must have given up, rather smart solution...wish I followed, this is really not a good book, in fact it's one of the worst I have ever read. The characters make stupid decisions, they can't make up their mind who to fight and overall I couldn't care less if they survived and everything was repeated over and over, yes we get it, the copies are chasing the good guy, that's about it...be prepared for a doozy!
- Kasia S.
Why on earth does Mason risk going home and infecting his family? How does the 'Echo man' phenomenon work - why do some people end up being copied and others become copies - isn't it really Mason and his kind who are the infected ones and who should be hunted down and destroyed by the government instead of their poor victims? What on earth is the point of the character of Madeleine and why does she never turn evil? How does Mason know that the 'echoes' killed by his four friends aren't just innocent people since he doesn't see them change? I kept waiting for a really interesting explanation of the whole thing but no - another page another bloody death and so it goes on. I thought at one point the whole thing was building up to a really interesting scientific explanation involving dominant genes (something like the theory in King Blood) but no chance - instead it becomes painfully obvious SC is just churning out another novel and making it up as he goes along.
Worst of all is the deux ex machina device for ending the novel - the Eygptian mummy/alien/invisible friend who made me cringe the whole way through the novel. This was no way worthy of a writer with SC's ability.
I rarely say this but this book should actually have been twice the length, should have started at the beginning instead of half way through, should have filled in more of the details of Mason's childhood traumas and most of all the central concept should have been fully worked out before being committed on paper. A decent ending also would have helped.
This won't stop me buying other SC books but I really hope they are better than this. Can't recommend it sorry, though I really hoped I would love it ...
The book starts randomly with a bit too many elements than are needed. The author seems in love with his ability to add random, "creative" elements to the story. While this skill allowed the action to change directions rapidly, it did not make for a story. I often lost my ability to suspend disbelief as he piled on non-sequiturs
The main characters make huge personality changes due to transitory pressures upon them. The main character invents a wild belief of what is happening and it (the belief) transitions through hypothesis to fact without alteration. He states rules by which the antagonists must engage, but none of the rules are followed, most were not followed before the protagonist creates them.
I will say I read the book to its bitter end. I cannot say why. Perhaps I should have titled this review "So bad, you can't put it down." I do not think I will read another of this author's works. This should have never made it past the editor.