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Moon por James Herbert
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Moon (original 1985; edição 1986)

por James Herbert (Autor)

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The nightmare begins before you sleep . . . James Herbert's Moon follows Jonathan, who fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the 'sightings' began, visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils, violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts becoming intense. He witnessed the grotesque acts of another thing, a thing that glorified in murder and mutilation, a monster that soon became aware of the observer within its own mind. And relished contact. A creature that would eventually come to the island to seek him out . . .… (mais)
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Título:Moon
Autores:James Herbert (Autor)
Informação:Random House Value Publishing (1986), 272 pages
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An interesting take on psychic powers, and some interesting twists to keep you guessing until the end of a fairly entertaining read. It does have the feeling of a 1980s BBC drama but there are some very good, very suspenseful sequences. It’s difficult to get any further into the characters because I don’t think they’re particularly well fleshed out nor deep but it’s still an enjoyable read. ( )
  aadyer | Aug 20, 2021 |
Moon by James Herbert

It's the Eighties. Stock markets are booming. The draining effects of the oil crises and recessions are all forgotten. Like everyone else at the time, James Herbert liked his hero to have it all. If only those pesky supernatural forces wouldn't keep getting in the way.

Jon Childes is an English teacher on the Channel Islands. Divorced, with a kid back on the mainland, he's dating beautiful Amy Sebire. She's much younger than him, a fellow teacher and the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Life is pretty sweet but Jon has been tormented with nightmares ever since he nearly drowned:

"The after-vision of the dream was still with him, yet it resisted focus. He could sense only a white, shimmering thing, a taunting spectre. It faded, gradually overwhelmed by the moonlight flooding the room.
Childes pushed himself upright in the bed, resting his back against the cool wall behind. He was frozen, fear caressing him with wintry touches. And he did not know why, could find no reason."

Dark forces are circling the island, drawing evil power to themselves from humanity's most painful experiences and biding their time as their strength grows until they are powerful enough to act:

"It watched from beneath a tree, the cheerful sunny day giving the lie to the misery witnessed at the cemetery. It watched from the hiding place and smiled secretly. The little casket disappeared from view, swallowed by the dank soil, green-edged lips eagerly wide. The father three something in after the coffin...a toy, a doll."

Jon is susceptible to psychic messages and his thoughts become troubled as the evil power gains traction on the island - defiling the child's grave and torturing an old man in one of the mental hospitals. Jon glimpses the violence being done to others by the mysterious power lingering among them:

"The first vision flashed before him, dispersing the pressure for an instant. He could not be certain of what he had seen, the movement too soon gone, the dark heaviness quickly crowding back, causing him to swerve the car."

Jon Childs is a confusingly complex sort of hero. He's keen to connect emotionally with his glamorous young girlfriend, yet sleeps with his ex-wife during a rare visit home to see their daughter. But when the kids at his school face mortal danger, he steps up without a thought for his own safety.

This novel has a different feel to the early James Herbert works, with their focus on mankind as the instigator of our own destruction. I liked the shift towards a dark force with other worldly origins.

Enjoy! ( )
1 vote johncadamssf | Jun 23, 2019 |
Jon Childes has found a peaceful life. He lives on one of the Channel Islands, working at three different schools teaching computer science. His ex-wife and daughter live in England, but he’s found a new relationship with a fellow teacher, Amy Sebire. He hopes the horror from his past is gone forever.

But it’s not. Once again, the psychic visions are occurring. Once again, he’s made a connection with the mind of a vicious murderer. When this happened before, Childes was able to convince a police detective that he was for real, and together they caught the killer. The visions and the stress they caused were the cause of his marriage collapsing. This time, not only is he seeing what the murderer is doing, but the killer is aware of Childes, too. And he wants to hurt him. He is making his way closer and closer to Childes, hurting the people he cares about.

There is an air of constant menace to this book. Despite a good number of scenes taking place in daytime, I felt it was always dark. The atmosphere was very well done. Sadly, I did not much like Childes, and the women in the story are not fleshed out at all- his ex-wife is frankly unbelievable. Good for a dark read but not great. ( )
1 vote lauriebrown54 | Oct 24, 2015 |
I was expecting this to be a "not to be read in the evenings" kind of book. I was suprised to find it wasn't actually that scary - particularly compared with other books I have read by the same author. It was much more a crime thriller than a traditional horror story. Some aspects of it are pretty graphic and unpleasant but there isn't anything particularly frightening about it. As a crime thriller it's not bad, the psychic element makes it quite original. It is very dated, the main character is a computer science teacher and this book really shows how far we have come IT-wise in the last 25 years. ( )
1 vote cathymoore | Dec 10, 2011 |
Although I enjoyed this book which had a good plot I found it not to be one of my favourites from James Herbert. I thought the lead character to be a bit wishy-washy and that there was too much emphasis on the 'love' scenes. If I had wanted graphic sex descriptions I would have chosen a different type of book. ( )
1 vote Heptonj | Nov 25, 2007 |
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The nightmare begins before you sleep . . . James Herbert's Moon follows Jonathan, who fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the 'sightings' began, visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils, violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts becoming intense. He witnessed the grotesque acts of another thing, a thing that glorified in murder and mutilation, a monster that soon became aware of the observer within its own mind. And relished contact. A creature that would eventually come to the island to seek him out . . .

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