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Format: Paperback. Publisher: Back Bay Books. Author: John Fowles. Language: English. Street Date : August 4, TCIN : UPC : Description Book Synopsis A superb novel Evil has seldom been so sinister. This tale of obsessive love–the story of a lonely clerk who collects butterflies and of the beautiful young art student who is his ultimate quarry–remains unparalleled in its power to startle and mesmerize. A bravura first novel As a horror story, this book is a remarkable tour de force.

The success of his first novel, The Collector, published in , allowed him to devote all his time to writing. Fowles spent the last decades of his life on the southern coast of England in the small harbor town of Lyme Regis. Report incorrect product info. Shipping details Estimated ship dimensions: 0. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time.

Fiction Classics Loading interface About the author. John Fowles 87 books 2, followers. He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional.

Of his childhood, Fowles said “I have tried to escape ever since. After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years. World War II ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by he had decided that the military life was not for him.

Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discovered the writings of the French existentialists. In particular he admired Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, whose writings corresponded with his own ideas about conformity and the will of the individual. She had it read from cover to cover the day it came.

She was hesitant to loan the book out to some of her friends because she enjoyed it so very much. I love to see her read with such vigor and enthusiasm, I read this book also and thought it was well written for her age group. I was very pleased with this book, to see my granddaughter reading and now she watching for the sequel. This book had so much potential. The premise was awesome if a bit overused.

However the idea of the grandmother and her rules was enticing. I also enjoyed the character of Vanessa and her dark secret. However, I don’t want to give away the ending the story wraps up way too fast at the end.

As you reach the climax the problem is solved within a page in the story just ends in a picture perfect way. It just felt like a fake out. There was no explanation given for the solution or where the magic even came from. It was a major disappointment. If you like the genre of creepy doll ghost stories, I would try a different book than the collector. I bought this for my 10 year old daughter. She was very excited to read it after seeing the review in the schoolastic magazine.

She said it wasn’t very scary, and she read through the entire book in about 2 hours. She liked it, but it wasn’t a favotite. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Bought for 8 year old daughter who hasn’t been much of a reader My daughter finished this book in a matter of days, I bought the next one, she has almost finished that too. In the space of two weeks she has went from non reader to avid reader and has asked for all of this authors books!

Always a fan of Halloween and spooky treats, I think we have found her genre! On the back of this author thank you K R Alexander! Santa will now bring a child’s kindle and a further 3 books by this author have been ordered on Kindle form with, I’m sure, the rest to follow! Report abuse. Don’t hesitate, just buy this book and you won’t regret your decision.

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Alexander is the pseudonym for fantasy author Alex R. Under this guise, K. His first book, The Collector , debuted from Scholastic in the Fall of ‘

 
 

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It is unlikely I’ll ever reread it but I might finish the series if it is a part of one. Maybe not a work of genius, but highly entertaining. I might reread this at some point, and I will almost always finish the series if part of one. I found little to no issues with it at all. I will probably reread this and possibly more than once. I will definitely finish the series if it’s part of one. Apr 01, Mercedes Yardley rated it really liked it.

The Collected is a spooky Middlegrade book about dolls that scrabble around the hallway at night. It’s deliciously spooky for little ones without being truly scary, although I read it with my daughter during the daylight hours only. I’d suggest this to anyone who loved the book Wait Til Helen Comes.

Feb 17, Tay Orton rated it it was ok. Not nearly as great as the first one. Hoping my students like it a lot more than I did.

View 1 comment. Oct 26, Robbie Myles rated it really liked it. The follow up to The Collector did not disappoint! This sequel follows the events that transpired in The Collector and is told from the perspective of Josie’s sister, Anna. In a whirlwind, Anna has seemingly forgotten all that took place with the evil spirit, Beryl. The dolls, the house in the woods, all of it remains a blur to Anna. Slowly, she starts uncovering the heinous events that went down at the creepy house in the woods.

Anna becomes increasingly alarmed, but at the same time has to push The follow up to The Collector did not disappoint! Anna becomes increasingly alarmed, but at the same time has to push back her own inner hunger for power. Her own desire to be something else entirely, something she’s never been before. Anna is faced with personal anguish throughout the book and eventually has to battle her own inner demons in order to save her family and the world. Just like the first book, K.

I had a ton of fun with this Scholastic darling and will totally be reading more from the author. Jan 22, Kelly Starnes rated it it was ok Shelves: children-s. I did not care for the writing style or the plot of the whole book, really. Jan 18, Jana rated it it was amazing Shelves: ya-books , mystery.

I can see what all the hype is about this author a very good YA thriller me and my daughter will definitely be reading more by him! Jan 14, Abigail rated it really liked it.

OK, Great work! The only thing I didn’t like was that there was so many short chapters and it kinda messed up the point. I loved the plot and I am now officially scared of dolls so thank you for that.

Highly recommenced. Good job! May 14, Ms. Yingling rated it liked it. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Even though she doesn’t remember the travails of her older sister, Josie, in The Collector five years ago, Anna does have a vague awareness that dolls act differently when she is around them.

While her friends play with dolls, Anna has noticed that with her, the dolls play back. When their grandmother dies, both girls leave the city with their mother to clean out their grandmother’s house. Right away, it is apparent that their grandmother’s descent into dementia w E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Even though she doesn’t remember the travails of her older sister, Josie, in The Collector five years ago, Anna does have a vague awareness that dolls act differently when she is around them.

Right away, it is apparent that their grandmother’s descent into dementia was rapid; she had broken dishes and scrawled over every surface she could find.

Anna is missing her grandmother terribly, because she feels that she is the only person who really understood her, and was sympathetic about Anna’s odd relationship with dolls. Josie is beside herself, and just wants to leave. She keeps reminding Anna of the rules their grandmother had: No dolls, don’t open the windows, and don’t go into the woods.

Anna thinks this is a bit ridiculous and doesn’t understand why her sister is so insistent. As the family works to clean out the house, strange things begin to happen. Anna has visions of dolls appearing, attacking her, and calling her name, but doesn’t take any of it too seriously. When she finds a hidden room in the house where her grandmother left notes for her, she starts to feel that perhaps this is an issue that only she can put to rest. Will Anna, with Josie’s help, be able to defeat the force that has wielded such power over her family?

Strengths: This creepy cover will immediately appeal to readers who like creepy doll books like Bell’s Frozen Charlotte, and the fact that it is a sequel will guarantee that readers will pick it up. This was definitely creepy, and had the added element of a mystery that needed to be solved. Weaknesses: I liked the first book, but this was rather repetitive. This author has been writing a lot of really fantastic horror books lately, but this one just felt a bit rushed.

What I really think: Will probably purchase, but was vaguely disappointed. May 17, Natalie rated it it was ok Shelves: middle-grade. My daughter brought this home from the book fair. She made sure to comment what slim pickens she may have used “cooler” words here there were this time around. Alexander and thought I’d skim through this one. This was not nearly as creepy as I had hoped. There are few things creepier than creepy dolls. I hadn’t even read the first book in The Collector series, so everything My daughter brought this home from the book fair.

I hadn’t even read the first book in The Collector series, so everything should have been a deliciously creepy surprise. This is where it fell flat. It was just Super repetitive. Anna is annoying and makes really stupid decisions. It was hard to root for her to survive. Am I allowed to say that about a young girl in a middle grade book?

There were some good atmospheric descriptions, but it wasn’t enough to save the story. Will my daughter like it? Did I think it compared to Follow Me? Nov 16, Amber Martin rated it liked it. The Collected takes place 5 years after the events of The Collector and is told from Anna’s point of view as opposed to her sister Josie’s in the first. While not as fast paced as it’s predecessor it was decent. Anna has no real memories of what happened to them at their grandmother’s house all those years ago but Josie never forgot and is constantly on edge.

While she doesn’t understand what is going on with her sister she knows there is something she should be remembering but can’t. That is un The Collected takes place 5 years after the events of The Collector and is told from Anna’s point of view as opposed to her sister Josie’s in the first. That is until strange laughter is heard from the woods all over again.

Beryl is back and this time it’s Anna’s turn to save the people she loves. Much more like her grandmother then she would ever know, only she has the power to stop the evil in the woods.

I didn’t find this to be as well written, and there was an overuse of the term “once and for all”, but I am glad Alexander wrote a follow up. Beryl was written in such a descriptive way that she creeped me out and cemented the fact that my life long hate for porcelain dolls is there for good reason.

Dec 08, Andrea rated it it was amazing. When my parents saw the cover of this book, they were a little iffy, about whether or not it was appropriate for my age.

Even if I am in eighth grade. Even so I was able to convince them, and was able to read the book. It is quite interesting how Ana can tell dolls play back when she is around, but when Beryl appeared I was so shocked because I though she was dead since that’s what the first book had stated.

In conclusion, great read for children, and a very gripping boo When my parents saw the cover of this book, they were a little iffy, about whether or not it was appropriate for my age. In conclusion, great read for children, and a very gripping book. Mar 03, Owen rated it liked it.

I like the intensity and suspension that I got from reading this book. It was also an easy read! Chapters were short and it was easy to understand. It can sometimes be kind off hard starting a book but this book was different, it grabbed my attention from the beginning. I would recommend this book to probably year olds. Nov 21, Sara Edwards rated it liked it Shelves: , reading-with-j.

I am reading this with my 10 year old in the spirit of encouraging reading – so I want to add a bit more to my review. Overall, the story is entertaining. My complaints really lie with the fact it took a long time to move forward in the story and there was a lot of repetition. Further, we get very little information about Anna, Josie, the mother I think that is a good book for its intended age group, but I would have liked some changes in I am reading this with my 10 year old in the spirit of encouraging reading – so I want to add a bit more to my review.

I think that is a good book for its intended age group, but I would have liked some changes in pacing as well as some additional details that would have further tied us to the family.

Mar 20, Destiny Little rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The bad thing about this story is that you forget about how much Josie loved her sister and why she saved her in the first place. Not only that but you never find out beryls obsession with Josie even in the 2nd book she just wants Josie and it never says why.

You also don’t find out what happened with victoria and why she got turned into a doll in the first place. It left enough open for a 3rd book but I don’t see why it was needed. My 9 year old found another of this author’s books at a book fair, so I read this one, wanting to see how scary it was. While the story is interesting and the doll coming to life chilling, the fact that the main character is a witch is, frankly, a disappointment.

Anna, the main character, is marginalized by her mother and verbally abused by her older sister. This is definitely not a book I would pick for my 9 year old to read.

Jan 25, Kristyn Hand rated it it was amazing. My favorite genre is horror and even though it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be, it was still spooky and gives you some goosebumps on the arms. May 10, Katie rated it liked it. Read this for my fifth grade class because they wanted a scary story.

She even manages to make friends with a popular girl named Vanessa. When Vanessa invites Josie back to her house to hang out, Josie doesn’t question it.

Not even when Vanessa takes her into the woods, and down an old dirt road, toward the very house her grandmother had warned her about. The house that has been calling for her.

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One person found this helpful. My daughter loved this book!! She Hope’s there is a second one!! Spooky good book. My granddaughter wanted to read this book so badly and so I ordered it for her.

 
 

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Comic shops will have purchased limited-edition Free Comic Book Day comics, which are created and released each year for this event only (collector’s. I saw this book at my kid’s book fair and the cover just called to me. This is a good book for the middle grader maybe from 5th on up. The plot wasn’t very long. Read age-appropriate book reviews for kids and parents written by our experts.

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