"It is no good reading Herbert in the middle of the day with dance music playing on the radio or cd player. However if you play something with a mood, something perhaps celtic in sound, then the barriers between this world and that of the book you are reading begin to blur and you are transported into Herberts' world. The Magic Cottage opened very well and I was hooked. When this was writeen I was about 6 (20 now) so some of the references to stuff from the eighties or before that were lost on me. But that didn't stop my enjoyment of the book. I was disappointed that more wasn't made of the events surrounding a certain characters death in the book (no spoilers here) and, reading this book in 2001, it was difficult not to see how much of a knock off Midsummer Murders on ITV is of this book. I read this book in 3 days. Mostly from ten o'clock one Friday until 6 o'clock the next morning, without noticing the movement of time. Halfway through, I just had to finish it. The pull of the story was so strong. Where as King and Koontz are in your face and scientific respectively with their horror fiction, Herbert is so subtle the effect is twice as good. In four days, as a result of this book, I bought 9 more. Check out second hand bookshops to help get the full range as it might work out cheaper. I'm reading another book at the mo, but I can't wait to get back to Herbert again. Long may this talented writer continue to entertain."
Submitted by Martin Drury - November 2001