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To Wake the Dead by Ramsey Campbell

To Wake the Dead (edition 1980)

by Ramsey Campbell (Author)

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Title:To Wake the Dead
Authors:Ramsey Campbell (Author)
Info:Fontana (1980), Edition: n.e., 317 pages
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The Parasite by Ramsey Campbell


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When Rose is a child, she is taken to a séance where something happens, but she can’t remember it. As an adult, suddenly there are odd things happening to her. She is scared and doesn’t understand what’s going on, until a friend, Diana, tries to help her understand that Rose seems to be able to leave her body and float around. Rose doesn’t believe it at first, but things soon change.

It was ok. A bit odd at times, but I thought the end (probably the last quarter of the book) was much better than the rest of it, as it sped up as things really came to a head. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 7, 2019 |
This is the slowest moving horror story I have ever read. It’s not that slow to start- the odd things begin fairly early on. But the events drag horribly- much of the book is spent in denial of what is happening. Worse, none of the characters is very likeable. Not that they are dreadful people; they are just people I couldn’t care about. Even the protagonist, who I feared for at first, is portrayed too flatly to seem real. One character, who it seems like will be important to the protagonist’s development, just disappears halfway through the story and we never know what finally happened to her. The story is frustrating, more than anything. Even the end seems a cheat; a Deus ex machina appears to take care of the monster. Ultimately, it doesn’t really, but we’re still left to wonder what the deus ex machina was and why it intervened. This is a poor novel that might have been a good short story or novella. ( )
1 vote lauriebrown54 | Oct 2, 2011 |
Absolutely a train wreck.
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Oct 9, 2010 |
Currently rereading this. ( )
  bookaholixanon | Nov 25, 2014 |
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