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Book Title: Swimmer|
The author of the book: Graham Masterton
Edition: Severn House Publishers
Date of issue: January 1st 2002
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.34 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.3
ISBN 13: 9780727856975
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This past weekend, I read both Swimmer (Jim Rook Series) (Bk. 5) and Demon's Door (Jim Rook Series), and my impression of both is basically the same, so I'm combining them for one review.
These books are fine if you are in the mood for fast-paced, supernatural action. I'm reading another book right now by a certain very famous horror writer from Bangor, Maine, and, in the time that it takes that author to introduce you to all the main characters, Masterton has already gotten you through that, killed off a few people in gory ways, maybe even killed a cat and brought it back from the dead, and gotten you close to the climax of the book. Both styles have their merits, but my reading time was going to be heavily interrupted this weekend, and the Maine writer's style was not going to suit my circumstances. (What's his name again?)
In SWIMMER, special ed. teacher Jim Rook is up against a spirit who takes the physical form of water. I imagine she looks a lot like the bad terminator from "Terminator 2" when he's in the midst of taking form as something or someone -- all clear and glassy.
In DEMON'S DOOR, he's up against a Korean fox-woman spirit, and time has gotten confused, with days repeating themselves, and, at one point, Jim Rook getting to see himself as an old man.
In both books, these spirits are stalking and killing off Rook's friends and students. Exactly how many times does Rook say: "Call 9-1-1! Tell them to send paramedics!" Sorry, but after a while the word would get around: Don't enroll in Jim Rook's class!
Fun. Silly. Not too scary. Not boring at all. These books are fine if they are what you are in the mood for.
But I still think an American editor would be useful. At one point there was a recess at the college where Jim Rook teaches. Recess? I remember that term from elementary school, but are there colleges where there is something called recess?
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Read information about the authorGraham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men's magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles which eventually became Burroughsi novel The Wild Boys. At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. At this time he started to write a bestselling series of sex 'how-to' books including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. His latest, Wild Sex For New Lovers is published by Penguin Putnam in January, 2001. He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men's Health, Woman, Woman's Own and other mass-market self-improvement magazines.
Graham Masterton's debut as a horror author began with The Manitou in 1976, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man. It became an instant bestseller and was filmed with Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Burgess Meredith, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens and Ann Sothern.
Altogether Graham has written more than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers (The Sweetman Curve, Ikon) to disaster novels (Plague, Famine) to historical sagas (Rich and Maiden Voyage - both appeared in the New York Times bestseller list). He has published four collections of short stories, Fortnight of Fear, Flights of Fear, Faces of Fear and Feelings of Fear.
He has also written horror novels for children (House of Bones, Hair-Raiser) and has just finished the fifth volume in a very popular series for young adults, Rook, based on the adventures of an idiosyncratic remedial English teacher in a Los Angeles community college who has the facility to see ghosts.
Since then Graham has published more than 35 horror novels, including Charnel House, which was awarded a Special Edgar by Mystery Writers of America; Mirror, which was awarded a Silver Medal by West Coast Review of Books; and Family Portrait, an update of Oscar Wilde's tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was the only non-French winner of the prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France.
He and his wife Wiescka live in a Gothic Victorian mansion high above the River Lee in Cork, Ireland.
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