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Someone Like Me - Tom Holt

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Author: Tom Holt / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      03.02.2010 23:19
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      Gripping horror tale from Tom Holt as part of the Quick Reads series

      Fans of Tom Holt's writing will instantly be surprised with this short story. His usual comedy is replaced by what is a gripping horror tale, albeit very descriptive and full of tension as opposed to gore. Set supposedly at some point in the future, yet having the world somehow reverted to a lack of cars and planes, a good deal of the population died out, and survival reduced to fighting off strange predatory creatures.

      In all honesty, it's presented very much like a sort of 'I Am Legend' tale, although this story takes us underground with a hunter, whose job it is to seek out the creatures who prey on us and kill them. As the situation is described over the first few chapters, the hunter (in a narrative format) takes us down underground in pursuit of a creature who has already killed and who must be stopped.

      The tunnel they disappear into is vividly described, with the claustrophobic elements well documented as we realised that it is complete pitch black down there, and that the hunter is operating on other senses and not sight. The descriptions are very clear despite limited pages. This is a Quick Reads short story, designed to encourage reluctant readers to dive into the world of fiction and hopefully enjoy it.

      The clever thing about the descriptions is that, despite it being very clear that it is complete darkness, I found myself developing a very clear mental image of events. I suppose if I was in a similar position to the hunter, I may attempt a mental image to help me navigate and find the creature. There are some extremely tense moments as well as some gruesomely descriptive fight scenes, and things do get a bit frantic.

      All this time, the hunter's tale manages to retain a certain air of casualness about it, reminding us from time to time that he survived, else he wouldn't be here to tell the tale in the first place. This didn't spoil it, although what it did do is reduce the horror element and tension somewhat. It helped the story flow even more, and I whizzed through this. Some tense moments I felt my mouth opening and even my breath stopping for a few lines, so Holt definitely managed to grab my attention.

      All this leads to some surprises underground for the hunter, who is never named. The surprises shocked me, and I hadn't seen the concluding 6 or 7 pages coming at all. It was a very good ending to a very good tale, and one I highly recommend. The fact that Holt manages to go the whole book without having to give anyone a name shows that the tale itself was enough without the need for individuality. The characters are developed as much as is needed, and it's done very well indeed. The Quick Read book was part of a series that was priced at £2.99 per book, although I know you can get them for a little less at the moment. Highly recommended.

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        05.08.2009 22:15
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        A brilliant book for everyone to read, just not at night.

        'Someone like me' by Tom Holt is an extremely scary and touching short story. It is only around 100 pages long in large font but there is plenty of time for Tom Holt to portray his message.

        We follow a bounty hunter in this novel who hunts the local beasts. These 'things' are portrayed as terrible to us in the first chapters as we hear about them cutting people throats with rusty hooks and other such tales. The bounty hunter has a duty to kill whatever attacked the town and so he follows the trails down into the sewers which was not so wise as it is their territory. Little does he know that while down there he is going to find out something completely new about the creatures.

        There is a very high amount of descriptive and creative writing in this short story. This stroy was incredibly touching, deep and just rwally grabbed hold of me and pulled me in to the point that i ended up reading the whole book in one go as it was just far to interesting to put down.

        This book was just outstanding and i think that everyone would be able to relate top the contents of this story. If you ever get the chance to read it, do it!

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        10.07.2007 18:12
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        A well written short but sweet piece.

        No-one saw them coming and by the time they did it was too late. Now no-one can remember how they arrived. These beasts have slaughtered millions for meat and the World has regressed into the dark ages. A place were electricity no longer exists and modern technologies are the mythical tales of ageing madmen. Out of this chaos comes a hunter-by-trade who is tracking one of the beasts. Will the hunter become the hunted?

        “Someone Like Me” by Tom Holt is part of a quick reads series. Quick reads were created to get reluctant readers involved in the marvellous world of fiction. “Someone like me” certainly succeeds in having everything that you would expect from a quick read. It has pace, tension and action in volumes and it is a novel you find yourself drawn into very quickly. Those of you who are familiar with Holt’s work may be shocked by what is a massive departure for him. Gone are the ridiculous moments of comedy as “Someone Like Me” is a much darker affair. Indeed, this is so much an out and out horror novel that it is hard to believe Holt has written this at all.

        The writing style of "Someone Like Me" is very much in narrated from the eyes of the hunter. Holt intentionally gives us only his view to deal with and this gives the novel an instantly claustrophobic feel which adds to the tension and atmosphere. This is matched with restrictive, oppressive settings and often gory moments of action. Holt’s writing is crisp and descriptive and he does a great job of winding the plot up to fever pitch.

        Unsurprisingly, a novel as short as this is not going to be packed full of characterisation and imagery yet in the sparse amount of pages, Holt does surprisingly well. We can visualise the hunters surroundings vividly and get to understand some of the reasoning as to why he plies his craft. Holt does well not to create a hero and the quandary as to whether the hunter is actually any better morally than the beast he is hunting is an intriguing one.

        This is a novel with a lot to admire, very much in the same vein as Richard Matheson’s “I am Legend” , it is an original piece of post-apocalyptic horror that does exactly what it says on the tin. For those people who struggle with a longer book or are wanting to get back into reading this is an ideal place to start. Even if it is not the raucous comedy novel you would expect from Holt.

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        Nobody knows where they came from. Nobody knows what they want. The creatures are killing humans for meat and nobody, it seems, can stop them. Now one man - a hunter by trade - has trapped one of the creatures. Under the ground, they face each other. And only one of them will get out alive.