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The local sheriff of Dead River, Maine, thought he had killed them off ten years ago—a primitive, cave-dwelling tribe of cannibalistic savages. But somehow the clan survived. To breed. To hunt. To kill and eat. And now the peaceful residents of this isolated town are fighting for their lives…
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- ASIN : B00BT6VZZI
- Publisher : 47North; Reprint edition (March 12, 2013)
- Publication date : March 12, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1213 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 300 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,904 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
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The one thing that was killing me with this book is as soon as something big starts happening, the character in the middle of the fight goes off on some memory or tangent and yanks the reader out of the action and down memory lane with them. It happened at least 4 times and it caused me to just start skipping to get back to the literal bloody fight that was happening before the tangent.
Of all the kids and adults that go missing every day, how many wind up this way? Do we want to know, do we really want to know...?
I just discovered Jack Ketchum, read his first book, OFF SEASON, and was blown away by it. Wow, I thought, here is an author who isn't afraid to go the limit. The violence and gore were truly over the top, but what set it off from similiar stories was that no one in the book, absolutely no one, was safe. The prose had a raw, visceral quality that made the reader overlook or at least forgive certain infelicities in the writing (beginning too many successive sentences with the same word, using the "said John" construction instead of "John said", etc.). In short, a masterpiece of the genre, and a truly frightening read.
I immediately picked up OFFSPRING with high hopes. Alas, these hopes were dashed. First of all, the storyline is basically a retread of the original: Ketchum assembles a group of characters in an isolated cabin in the Maine woods and sets his cannibal family loose upon them; these scenes alternate with others that focus upon the police investigation. I don't have a problem with recycling the plot; my complaint is that it's done in such an anemic way. First, the victims are not nearly as interesting as those in the first book. Second, very few of them are killed--in fact, only two out of six actually die. Yes, two of the survivors suffer horribly at the hands of the cannibals, but the final scene shows them sitting in a hospital room smiling, as if all is right with the world once more. A typical Hollywood happy ending. The ones who really get decimated are the cannibals, but with names such as First Chosen, Second Chosen, the Girl, the Woman, it's hard to keep them straight, let alone work up any interest in them. Finally, the prose style is far weaker than in the original: pages of sentence fragments alternate with long run-on sentences that go on forever.
In short, a major disappointment. I had been looking forward to reading more Ketchum, but if this is how he's mellowed, I won't bother. One reviewer likened OFF SEASON to the film director Wes Craven's early work, and I would agree. Unfortunately, OFFSPRING reminds me of Craven's anemic later work, after he sold out to Hollywood.
Sure, parts of it seem like more of the same, but Laymon's "Woods Are Dark" cannibal novels had four in the series plus mentions in other stories and all of those were good as well. Isn't that how most sequels go? Haven't you seen all of those Chainsaw movies that are virtual remakes of each other?
Bonuses for the limited edition of Offspring include the unexpurgated text and two afterwords by Ketchum. I would recommend this one for your Ketchum collection. I'm glad it's back in print again, and hope to see Leisure release a mass market edition.
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
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It’s helped by the fact that the writing has depth and intelligence and you’re never quite sure what the outcome will be.
A tense gruesome read.
If you like vicious murder, blood-sucking and molestation this is for you