Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre

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Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre

I have read all of the previous reviews and the same squawk is heard Well in my opinion and that what this is, this book is a one of a kind written by a thorough author. All the pieces fit perfectly in what seems to be one of the best in it's genre. Folks it has a disclaimer in the beginning. It is gory and very raw but that is what works with this title. The film reference is unbelievably accurate. The voice throughout the entire book is loud and crass yet completely warranted! There is possibly not a book in the world that satisfies the bloodlust this one does. It is amazing and complete!

I will rush to get the sequel. On the other side of the coin I am American. I love a book that calls to me and takes me to places I've yet been. This author took me there. Mr Glenn showed me the beauty of a small village that I will never see with the ease of his pen. Thank you Sir for the opportunity to see your part of the world. One person found this helpful.

Ok I will start by saying that I usually like to read the who dun it type of books. I like the challenge to figure out the killer instead of being told who it is up front. This story was so great that I actually caught myself hoping the "bad guy" would win I was plotting right along with him hoping that he didn't get caught.

I won't give away the ending or any of the fine details but this was one of the best books out there! So glad I decided to read! There is enough twists and turn of events, killing, gore, relationship material to entrall most any reader! Done with book 2! Just as good, maybe a bit better. Again great reading with a few twist and turns and one "I knew it! The ONE person who gave this book a one star needs to read the entire book before bashing it. This book would likely appeal to everyone who is a fan or horror and gore.

It can be graphic at times, and, like real life, it speaks to the idea that people sometimes commit brutal crimes without real cause. For me, that's what makes it scary. The book is rich in detail, and it gives a little peek inside each of the lives of the victims. Some have a lot to hide, and that makes it interesting. I found myself hating particular characters because they were selfish or cruel in the most profound ways , only to fear for their lives in the end.

With no apparent reason to the reader, Han travels to a distant village and plans his murderous rampage of people he hadn't previously known. Good story for about the first half of the book then it becomes all blood and gore and no more story. Many movies are mentioned as well as verses from songs of yore. So ya, I liked the first half. Remember I said that the characters are cardboard cutouts, but since it's Whitman we're interested in it doesn't matter? Well, throwing these under-developed stereotypes into the forefront of the narrative is catastrophic: Although you flinch at their fates, you don't really care about them so emotional impact is low, and since you are no longer with Whitman his character journey halts, along with the plot.

Whitman starts by killing a couple hundred nameless villagers, but slowly draws inward to the circle of people he calls friends and family.

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Herein lies another disappointment: This completely undermines all of the excellent work of the first half of the book, treating it as filler before the gore-fest. Why have Whitman integrate if he doesn't have a problem killing his nearest and dearest? Why set up plot points and abandon them? Why have four extra people drive into the vilage for the sole purpose of being killed? Stripped of character and plot development the killing spree becomes monotonous and at times unintentionally humorous.

The only "disturbing" aspect of the final stages are the blase depictions of the deaths of children. As I said, the deaths become monotonous, and I found myself wanting it to end. Yet when the end comes it is extremely unsatisfying. One minute Whitman has achieved his goal and is in a village fast being encircled by police, army, mountain rescue etc, the next minute he is back at home with no explanation as to how he escaped.

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The return to normal life highlights the complete failure to develop the Whitman character throughout the book. The underdeveloped film theme degenerates further into cliched Batman-style one liners, and at one point the character actually says "I'll be back", Terminator-style.

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There are some rather glaring issues with the book, but it isn't anything a really tough edit wouldn't sort out. The central premise is compelling, and I genuinely enjoyed being swept along by it. If you can bear with some of the issues around the craft of the book, I recommend you read it. It's an ambitious work which just misses its mark. Apr 22, Vickie rated it it was amazing. I read this book and it's follow up back in October I recently discovered a third book in the Sinema series and having a recollection of an awesome book peppered with unimaginable blood and gore, I decided to have a second go at the pages and read all three in succession.

I must admit, it's far better second time round. Hannibal Whitman "Han", a fictitious person and a film fanatic decides to obliterate a small village of the map somewhere in the county of Northumberland by murdering every I read this book and it's follow up back in October Hannibal Whitman "Han", a fictitious person and a film fanatic decides to obliterate a small village of the map somewhere in the county of Northumberland by murdering every living person. He starts of by creating a fictitious persona who manages to wedge himself in the centre of the community under the guise if writing a book.

His cover was as a writer who planned on finishing a murder mystery book. He spent more than 6 months in the tiny village of Haydon, gathering intel on all it's residents.


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He started to build close relationships with many towns people, but a test run in the art of murder brought his status as outsider to every villager's mind. Select townsfolk firmly believed he had a nefarious hand in the disappearance of a suspected runaway. He continued to act as the perfect out of town visitor and despite outside police investigation, no evidence was found of foul play. That prompted Han to go ahead and viciously and without prejudice, systematically and brutally hack, chop, slice, shoot, stab, and partially decapitate more than people over a couple of nights.

This is not a book for the squeamish but having said that, it's not dark and depressing either. I'm starting in Sinema 2 very soon. Jan 30, Kim Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews rated it it was amazing. This is a story about a man. An ordinary man who is a film buff and runs a DVD store. He also has a vision of becoming the most prolific serial killer in UK history. He does his research, meticulously, and picks a village of residents in Northumberland. He packs his bags and goes to stay in the village under the pretext of writing a novel. He gets to know the villagers and befriends them.

Then one snowy night he puts his terrifying vision into practice. Well, this completely blew my socks off This is a story about a man.

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Well, this completely blew my socks off. Half the book was a slow burn as we got to know the characters and the other half just took off at a blistering pace and I almost couldn't keep up it was so frantic. I could quite easily see this as a film. I had several characters in my head when I was reading it, all from 'slasher' movies.

This book is so much more than that though. It seriously put chills up my spine and certain parts felt very claustrophobic as the terrified and trapped villagers tried to work out what was going on. The writing was wonderfully descriptive but not 'flowery'. In fact it was stark and in your face! The ending was great and left open for a sequel, which I am off to read now. A superbly chilling, gut-wrenching read at times.


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Almost unpleasant to read because it's so grim at certain intervals - there was scope for even more gruesome descriptions and the author chose to leave some of it to the imagination thankfully! A heavily laid-on theme is the film fan aspect and I felt it should have tied in to the events more meaningfully linked to a childhood trauma or some such rather than just being a running overlay throughout.

It got a bit much so I didn't really enjoy all A superbly chilling, gut-wrenching read at times. It got a bit much so I didn't really enjoy all the references, although I do think it was a nice idea in principle. It would have been 3 stars but I gave an extra star because I'm from the area and enjoyed the level of detail around the local references littering the novel - but probably most people would find those a bit too over-specific if they don't know the geography!

Overall an enjoyable read, if you have the stomach for it! Aug 20, Amy Shannon rated it it was amazing. From the prologue to the conclusion, this story kept a great pace and flow that provided suspense and horror. This reader couldn't put the book down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Being an American reader didn't matter, as even when the language or dialogue fit the characters residing in Northumberland, it didn't hinder the enjoyment and context of the story. It made it more realistic. From the eyes of the killer, stalking his victims, to the police who discover the horror, each From the prologue to the conclusion, this story kept a great pace and flow that provided suspense and horror.

From the eyes of the killer, stalking his victims, to the police who discover the horror, each character was perfectly executed no pun intended. It is not a story to be taken lightly or with ease, it's very gory and detailed with each kill. A murdering bastard, you know that. And there are consequences to breaking the heart of a murdering bastard. I wish I knew more about film-culture before reading this book as some of the references were a little lost on me, however the ones that I did get i found enjoyable and the use of them really served as something interesting and different about the piece.

I found the plot to be very engaging - not very scary, as some of the other reviewers pointed out, but a little gritty in places I was reading this book at the same time as 'Serial Killers: The method and madness of monsters', which is a non-fic I wish I knew more about film-culture before reading this book as some of the references were a little lost on me, however the ones that I did get i found enjoyable and the use of them really served as something interesting and different about the piece.

The method and madness of monsters', which is a non-fiction account of serial killers so I had in my mind the more graphic real-life accounts of what people have done when reading! Although the main character is not particularly detailed or relatable thank goodness! Apr 16, Fiona rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So I finised this yesterday, and I am surpised that it took me that long.

I was stuck to my Kindle reading this Loved it, it reminded me of a couple of fav authors, John Walker and Steven King!! I loved the story and what a twisted mind Mr Glenn has, in the best sense of the word.. I will not say what happens in the book, but the ending is a real shocker!! I see on Amazon t So I finised this yesterday, and I am surpised that it took me that long.

Hope you will look it out All best and enjoy reading.. May 11, Mark Heath rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first book takes you on a macabre journey as the main character sets out to butcher a village. Book 2 follows on as he embarks on a brutal plan to rid society of SCUM. Book 3 take that further as he joins a society to do the same thing but almost legally, until the bottom falls out of the plan.