The Ghosts Of Sleath.

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The Ghosts Of Sleath.

Postby bexyb » 12 May 2007, 23:13

Ive just finished reading this, and really enjoyed it, but was wondering if i imagined it, but it seemed to draw reference to some others books. I realise the main charecter was the same guy from Haunted, but was there alot of reference to The Dark in there as well? May just be me though.... :twisted:
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Postby jennyb » 12 May 2007, 23:39

I never noticed The Dark references, but you're right it is the same character from Haunted.
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Postby dark lord » 14 May 2007, 13:38

Both books share some similarities...
Namely between the Lockwoods past(in TGOS) and the nut with his sect in The Dark and what they were striving for, the connection with sheer evil and how they achieved this after death...
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Postby Brian O'Neill » 11 Apr 2008, 22:44

Just finished 'TGOS', and thought it was a good but not great read.
The pacing was a bit off in places, too slow at first, then it felt like it was one thing piled on top of another! The basic story of Ellen Preddle was compelling, but I found the story lost its impact as more characters were brought in. Plus, it felt like Herbert was repeating himself a bit near the end (those who've read 'The Fog' will understand). Not the firs time I've felt a JH book could have been about 100 pages shorter with no harm to the story.
Maybe I got spoiled by reading the not mega-long 'The Rats'.

As for David Ash...I was interested to see what more we'd learn about him, but now I feel like his story has run its course.
I'm not sure I'd be too enthusiastic to read a third story about him, though I like the Psychical Research Institute.
If they could keep the institute, but find a sensible way to write him out, it could work.
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Postby thomkindred » 11 Apr 2008, 23:27

Run its course? He still has to resolve things with his bitch of a sister
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Postby Brian O'Neill » 11 Apr 2008, 23:58

thomkindred wrote:Run its course? He still has to resolve things with his bitch of a sister


Which is what I was led to believe would be resolved in 'TGOS'.
Now, I guess it'll be resolved (or not) in the third book...a bit 'soap opera' for me, but it didn't ruin the story. I just didn't find it to be as 'crackling' as some of JH's othrs.
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Postby thomkindred » 11 Apr 2008, 23:59

No thats true. But I do like to see returning characters, which other than Rumbo, doesnt happen in any of his other stories
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Postby Brian O'Neill » 12 Apr 2008, 06:53

I liked 'Sea of Souls' on TV, so that's why the whole concept of the Institute caught my interest. There's some potential there, for Kate as well as anyone else who might be on the team...even David.
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Postby Brian O'Neill » 12 Apr 2008, 06:59

I liked 'Sea of Souls' on TV, so that's why the whole concept of the Institute caught my interest. There's some potential there, for Kate as well as anyone else who might be on the team...even David.
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Postby L » 12 Apr 2008, 12:21

My one gripe (and a minor one) with TGOS is that I thought the ending was a little rushed.

I would actually have preferred 10 more pages rather than 100 less :shock:
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Postby thomkindred » 12 Apr 2008, 14:40

Pacing is defnatly a problem with the end. I recently read half of the book and felt it had a nice slow build up. When I pick it up again i will comment on the end.
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Postby jennyb » 14 Apr 2008, 22:48

I loved TGOS, I remember it coming out and rushing out to buy it reading it in like a day, then rereading it the week after hehe.
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Postby thomkindred » 14 Apr 2008, 22:55

Im well excited for the next book!
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Postby jennyb » 14 Apr 2008, 23:02

Well me too, but was majorly disappointed with his last offering.
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Postby shark bite » 17 Apr 2008, 20:49

His next book is going to be another David Ash so it should be a great book can't wait. Loved Haunted and Ghosts Of Sleath.
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