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Horror novel - The Wasp Factory.

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The horror-novel genre has been pushed and stretched to all kinds of lengths and angles in recent years, but, this having been said, a great horror novel remains what it always was: one that psychologically intimidates the reader and not one that relies on the gory effects and new ways to depict death, one that involves brilliant writing, one where the characters are engaging you into the plot the more you go along, oh, and one that has a tremendous plot, or more specifically, a tremendously disturbing plot to go with it. The Wasp Factory has all of the above in strong dosages. While this book has been written almost 20 years ago, I don't see why it wouldn't spawn the kind of "noise" it did if it came out today. It's that good. The story sets its epicentre around Frank, a teenager who lives with his father on a remote Scottish island and who seems to be living in a world of his own that resembles a dimly lit nightmare. ...read more.


Well since the author chooses to build up the atmosphere of the book and only reveal 3/4s of the way what it exactly is I wont spoil the surprise for those of you who plan to read the book. Furthermore, and as if all this wasn't, peculiar enough, Frank's life seems to be one big web of complications: his brother Eric has been locked up in an asylum for the lunatics (even though the average reader will, justifiably think that this is where Frank belongs too) but he's now escaped and is "coming home" in a process that has "showdown" written all over it. Then there's Frank's father, a rather mysterious figure, who seems to notice nothing strange at all going on, ever, and who goes about everyday life chores as if he's the only normal person left in Frank's immediate environment. Frank's also got a thing about rabbits and frogs with whom he has some type of secret war going on complete with weapons, strategic plans, bases, territories and domains etc. ...read more.


As Frank relates how he murdered his relations in startlingly original and unexpected way, he does so in such a blas� fashion it's almost as if he's reading out a grocery list. Consequently it seems strange that what in the end lightens the horror of murders of young children in an obviously ironic fashion should prove so offensive. Still, that certainly doesn't mean that there aren't several incredibly disturbing scenes, which definitely rate among the most horrific things I've ever read before. In particular, the circumstances that dictate Frank's elder brother Eric's madness are absolutely horrific and fairly difficult to read due to the extreme content of it. Already a cult novel it's obvious to see why The Wasp Factory has garnered so much acclaim, in particular due to the shock ending that makes a warped kind of sense in it's over-the-top fashion but will still cause your eyes to open even wider than they were whilst you were busy reading the rest of the book. ...read more.

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