Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review: Crawlers

The Eulogy (From the Publishers): Ben is on a school trip. So is Jasmine. What they don't know is that not everybody in the theatre is there to watch the play and, in fact, they'll never get to see it . . .
There is panic at the Barbican when the fire alarms start wailing, but the strangely silent theatre staff, trap them inside the building rather than letting them out to safety. Ben, Jasmine and their classmates soon discover that there's no fire - what's happening is much weirder, and much scarier.
Strange spider-like creatures swarm through the building attacking people and turning them into vicious killers, and the kids have to run for their lives. But barricaded in an office, with these creatures waiting outsde for them, the children realise they're stuck. Will they ever get out? And, more importantly can they trust each other . . . ?

The Epitaph (In a Nutshell): An excellent survival horror with some disgustingly creepy monsters and a great group of characters!

Dearly Departed

We are gathered here today to discuss Crawlers, by Sam Enthoven. Straight away the cover grabs you by the eyeballs and doesn’t let go. I mean really, it’s disgusting – but in a good way! I’ve heard tell that it’s a squashed dead squid the publisher picked up from a fish market and slapped on somebody’s neck. I wonder who volunteered to be the neck?
And once you get past the cover, it’s just as thrilling an experience. Straight away we’re introduced to ‘The Queen’ who we come to understand is some kind of grotesque monster who wants to cause mayhem and destruction. Bad news for the main characters, who are finding it hard enough dealing with the Queen’s crawler subjects without worrying if one among them is a traitor. I loved the tense scenes in this book, and it felt incredibly claustrophobic at times which amped up the horror really well. Lots of scares and edge of your seat moments, not to mention busily flicking through pages wondering just who will get out alive!
4 Skulls - Dead Good

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