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Night of The Crabs (Crabs Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004U7V2P6
- Publisher : Black Hill Books; Ebook version of 1976 First Edition (August 15, 2010)
- Publication date : August 15, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 203 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 153 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1911415077
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,900 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When the full moon rises on the Welsh Coast a pack of giant crabs make their way on shore to feed on locals in their vicinity.
After witnessing the attack for himself, Cliff Davenport now has enough closure convincing him of what has killed his nephew and his nephew’s fiancé as well as several other bathers.
It doesn’t take long to convince the military that are stationed nearby that the meaty menaces are there! However, it won’t be long until they grow bold and travel further inland while feasting on any morsel they can pinch up!
They’re impossible, they’re invading, they’re indestructible!
Reading my first Guy N. Smith book was a long time coming, I’ve collected enough of his works and figured I’d start off with one of his more popular long running series.
Engaging is one word that describes this book perfectly. It’s a real page-turner that reels you in with a big net containing a lot of fans of his work.
Smith’s books are not all that deep. They tend to be straight forward with no padding nor minuscule details. Thus the book’s short length on only around one hundred and fifty pages.
While I read this book I was never bored and was quite pleased when I closed the back of the book in completion.
Back in ’76 it had been a year since Jaws came out and people were picking out other killer animal titles off the bookshelves. Quite a few of these titles became films. This actually had a deal with Amicus Pictures to be made into a movie. Somehow, someway, somewhere along the lines Amicus got full custody of the film and made it into Island Claws. Guy N. Smith didn’t even know a movie was made until a friend of his gave him a tape that at first was blank. Then it was revealed to be Island Claws. He thought the film was rubbish.
I kind of wish they did make a proper adaption of the film. Using miniatures, monster suits, practical effects and good ol’ stop animation could’ve made it a fun watch!
One aspect of the book I find a bit jarring is that Cliff Davenport and a woman by the name of Pat are constantly fumbling around with each other. On the lookout for crabs… Sexy Time! Feeling defeat….. Sexy Time! It was a bit over-the-top which works for the nature of the book when it comes to carnage and maybe.
Hell, the book could’ve been originally called Moaning in the time of Monsters and I wouldn’t have been surprised!
The collar grabbing quote of this book is that it’s in the tradition of The Rats which came out two years prior. Both The Rats and Night of the Crabs are U.K. titles so it was clever and truthful marketing. It’s a fun time with the over-the-top nature, inserted sex-at-random sequences, the abundance of an animalistic threat and how could we forget about the gratuitous blood and gore? Let’s talk about the good stuff!
While The Rats is far more graphic this has some bloody sequences as well.
Innards ripped from peoples bellies, people torn in two, limbs snaped off with crazy claws it’s a grubby mess!
There’s also some action packed invasion parts too. Mainly when the military steps in and tries to destroy the crabs. A train sequence diverts us from the army attack and shows us that the crabs can cause serious damage.
While everything is wrapped up in a nice bow in the last five pages the whole book is taut, fast and tons of fun.
I read this book in short-time and was pleased by the ferocity of the killer crabs. The monstrous beings are definitely threatening. They aren’t revealed immediately which makes it all the more eerie when Cliff and Pat see them for the first time. Even though we the audience and the two characters on the lookout know it’s killer crabs. The scene is greatly effective regardless of a somewhat weak build-up.
I look forward to reading more for Mr. Smith! He’s got a knack for taking a simple premise and making a book that is a helluva good time to read!
At the end of the day, Night of the Crabs is an engaging thrill-ride with bloody carnage, explosive action, sexual playtime and some crazy Crustacean snapping the Welsh Coast a new one!
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Actual dialogue. Yes, folks, that the level we're working at here.
Make no mistake, this is B-movie schlock that would make a painful horror movie if ever anyone tried a faithful adaptation. I can't tell if Smith was trying to be serious with this material or not. But, remarkably, I liked it... though probably not for the reasons the author intended. I mean, you can't take a story seriously when the head monster is labeled King Crab. There is no way not to laugh at that. This story has all the old hallmarks of Monster Movie 101: creatures that stay hidden for a time, then can't be stopped by anyone or anything until the hero of the story thinks up something that should've been thought up not long after the bullets began bouncing off crab carapace. There are no surprises, just... giant crabs and people getting killed by giant crabs.
I will recommend this book, but only if you like schlock horror and only will I recommend the first book. Yes, there are more crab books ("More Giant Crabs" or "Yet Again, Giant Crabs!" or "How About Giant Crabs?"), but I think the fun of the premise wears itself out in short order.
There are a few problems with the digital edition like bad paragraph breaks and words clumping together. PLus, a character in introduced as a botanist but thereafter is described as a marine biologist, two very different things.
Still and all,it's worth a quick easy read.
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Oh, the sheer and utter joy of reading this book! Every page has a quotable line, from the fantastic sex scenes and Cliff’s ‘warm moistness’ to lines such as; ‘Rapidly they were getting out of control. Nothing else mattered....not even the giant crabs!’ It’s like a perfect B-movie and demands nothing from you other than a swift turning of pages.
I bought this book following a recommendation from a friend and was gripped from the first page AND I’ve already bought the sequel. I can’t wait.
I would say Night of the crabs is certainly fast paced, there isn't any slow passages in it. The narrative flows and moves very quickly.
Some parts seemed a little ridiculous but in some ways, I think that is the USP of the book. Some of the lines can be read tongue in cheek.
All in all, an enjoyable and eccentric read - which I why I gave it 5 stars. Anyone who is looking for an emotionally deep read will be left disappointed. Night of the Crabs is great and deserves the 5 stars in the context of this niche genre.
A young couple on holiday in Wales go missing whilst swimming. The readers know that they didn't simply drown- something violent happened- but no-one else does.
The uncle of the dead boy- and boss of his girlfriend- drives down to Wales to try to find out what happened. Here he meets hot divorcee Pat, who tags along when he goes out investigating. This is when the sex in the dunes happens, shortly before the couple witness a deaf mute beachcomber being torn apart by a horde of crabs the size of cows.
Of course, no-one believes them, not until the crabs come ashore and tear up an army base.
Now, the authorities take notice, and tanks and soldiers appear on all the beaches. Not that it makes much difference. The crabs are impervious to gun and tank fire, and are led by an intelligent King Crab. It's only a last minute, poisonous, solution that saves the day.
The story is nowhere near as gory, or sexy, as I remember it (I was a teenager, okay). It rattles along at a great pace, though it could, on occasions, do with a bit more detail. I finished it in a couple of hours.
There are another four or five Crabs stories, and Guy N. Smith's back catalogue is now available for the Kindle. I think I'll be picking up more of them.
Within minutes after purchase downloaded I started reading the first book and completed the reading under a couple of hours.
Short and easy to follow through where I just stuck with it to see what would happen next. It is better entertainment compared than most CGI monster Straight to DVD guff out there.
Only grumble was could have been a little bit more gore for my liking and maybe more on the crabs tactics but then this is just the first book.