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Title : Shrike
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ISBN : 9780099270317
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Number of Pages : 576 Pages
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Shrike Reviews

  • Benjamin Stahl
    2018-09-23 04:16

    A Heartbreak Hipster ReviewSince Mel Gibson fought for the liberation of Scotland in like ... whenever that movie was set ... England's grumpy upper-tenant has been desperate to prove itself to the rest of the world. Enter Joe Donnelly ... Some bald guy nobody's ever heard of. Excluding the 60 people that rated this book on ... Hang on one second. Who the heck's this guy?"Why, I'm Joe Donnelly. Democratic representative of Indiana"."Oh, well, I'm sorry, Sir. I was expecting another Joe Donnelly"."I suppose you want to discuss my thoughts on LGBT rights?""Maybe another time, Joe"."You what?""I said, maybe another time". "Well, what in God's name shall we discuss. Abortions?""Now don't be insensitive, Sir. Abortions are a very serious - ""I'm being serious, goddammit". "Well, either way, I'm trying to review a book called Shrike"."What's that?""It's a horror novel.""Just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo weirdy nonsense!!""Exactly. Now will you please leave?""But I'm an American. I'm from Indiana"."I'm very pleased for you. I love the Indiana Jones movies"."Well, thankyou very ... Why, you ignorant son of a - ""Security!! Remove this man!!""But I'm an American!!"."Yes, you've already said. Now there's the door"."And I'm a politician!!"."Good for you. Nice work, by the way, idiot"."I ... I have a Wikipedia page"."Good day, Sir!!"Well, now that that asshole's out of the picture, I can start taking this thing seriously. Enter Joe Donnelly ... Oh, for goodness sake!!"You asked for Joe Donnelly?""Yes, but you're not him!!""According to Google Images, I am!!""SECURITY!! SECURITY!!""You calling me a liar?""Security!! Quickly!! He's fucking enormous!!!"Good Christ. Sorry to anyone who actually reads this review. Enter Joe Donnelly ... You might have seen him in that documentary recently. I think it was called Humpty Dumpty: He Fucking Exists!!!. But when he isn't in the hospital - having his head mended back together - he is also known to write the occasional book. Shrike never would have appealed to me ... had I not previously read (and liked) one of his previous books, Still Life. With a title that means shit - and a picture that looks more like Goosebumps - I would have shrugged it off as just some average horror trash. Absorb this image. This is the Shrike.Shrike means Butcher Bird means Asshole Who Impales Things On Sharp Stuff Because It's Sickly Amusing.The basic premise of this book is that some shadowy demon gets out, after a séance goes wrong, and it unleashes its wrath on the quiet town of Levenford.But don't worry!! Because we've got Mr. Jack Fallon!! The most clichéd detective since every fucking detective that ever existed. You heard me, idiot. Don't give me that look.So yeah, if anything fucked this book up, it was the protagonist being that infuriatingly atypical detective. Let me list some attributes that rank him as this. 1) He is emotionally haunted by the death of his daughter.2) He is emotionally haunted by the death of his wife.3) Because of these emotional hauntings, the poor bastard now has alcoholic tendencies.4) He has a gruff personality, but deep inside, he's just a teddy bear, desperate to be loved.5) He's lost faith in all humanity. He's an atheist. He rejects all ideas that aren't grounded with fact. At least, he does, until the novel realizes it's a fucking horror story, and thus cannot reach any conclusion if the stubborn asshole doesn't shift his beliefs.You know what I'd like? Just for a fucking change? A detective that's actually happy!!! Meet Detective Summers. Happiness is his middle name. This jolly chap is so popular than even the rapists he put behind bars have added him on Facebook. He has a retarded son, but it doesn't bother him. He loves his son dearly, and often takes him fishing, teaches him how to chat up all the girls in Special Needs without copping a sharpened pencil in the leg. He doesn't even mind that his newborn baby has black skin, and he chooses to agree with his oddly-evasive wife ... in that their baby's complexion was due to their recent holiday in Uganda, in which they ate nothing but African food. Mr. Summers - or Inspector Summers, if you please - is like, so content with his situation in life, that he even volunteers for the local Fire Brigade in the summer. (Granted, that doesn't mean much in the United Kingdome, but you get my drift). But no. We get the dark, brooding antihero, who is still blaming himself for the death of his spouse and child. The clichéd idiot who gets generic flashbacks of them smiling at him on a beach, or in the sunset or some old bullshit. We, as the readers, have to put up with the same tired routine of Fallon not believing in all that "mumbo-jumbo", when obviously the "killer" is not human. We're supposed to feel excitement when he finally puts his haggis aside, decides to take action, and starts listening to the psychic contrivance that is Lorna Breck. Because every detective story these days needs a psychic. And is she an interesting and original character? Anyone?Anyone else? I swear to God, this class ...The answer is no. That's ten points from Gryffindor. No. Lorna Breck is not an interesting character. And apart from being insufferably annoying, she might as well not exist. And by annoying, I mean she spends most of the time whimpering. Oh, Jack this, and Oh, Jack that. Oh, I can feel its pain!! Oh, I can feel its hurt!! She'll be feeling this if she doesn't shut the fuck up!!Oh, and we also have Jack's immediate superior, Ronald Cowie. The "handshaker" who does nothing but act like an asshole. The guy is such a bloody moustache twirler that he literally has a moustache. An ordinary except would go like this: Jack Fallon shook his head, futilely attempting to rid himself of the gruesome image. His dead daughter staring at him. "We need to act now, sir!! We're running out of time"."I make the calls around here, son" Cowie ejaculated, twirling his moustache. "And don't you be forgetting who's in charge of this operation".Jack couldn't believe his ears. Had to be the whiskey talking. "With all due respect, sir, innocent people may die!!""Too right they will, boy," Cowie drawled with a grin. "Now go and make me a pot of coffee, pronto". Jack stormed out of the office. Cowie cackled behind him. He made the man his coffee. But he used Double-Cream milk, instead of Skim.But what I found the least to my satisfaction was the thing itself. So this monster is basically a shadow, which was summoned up during a disastrous séance. And this thing goes about snatching children, killing people, and even possessing its victims into doing some terrible things ... like commit suicide, or write an essay on the political significance of the Dixie Chicks, which basically amounts to the same thing. And to Mr. Donnelly's credit, this rather silly concept is actually made kind of scary - for the fact that he cleverly describes it, by simply not describing it at all. You never get a clear impression of what it actually is. And while the countless death-scenes do make up an entire three quarters of the book - becoming so commonplace that when they do come about, you could practically skip through the next fifteen pages, and just assume the worst - they are quite effective when looked at individually.If you are still reading this overblown review, then you might be wondering why in Fuck's name I've given the book three stars, when I only seem to be criticizing it.Well, smartass, give me a chance and I'll tell you!!Like I said before, the parts in which people got killed were very disturbingly written. The Shrike itself turned out to be a genuine middle-finger to the audience, but until its stupid appearance is finally revealed, Donnelly's ambiguous execution works well. I might sound like a nutcase in admitting this. But I appreciated the fact that he didn't shy away from killing not just children ... but cute little babies, as well.His writing - while overly-descriptive, and often repetitive - was quite good. I must say, it did mark a notable improvement since his last book. (Not that Still Life was badly written, either).And even though I spat the dummy last night - in having bitched about the climax (or lack there of) - there was one short scene at the very end, set in a mental institution some time after the main story, which was annoyingly awesome, that I now feel compelled to give the damned book back its three-star rating. Way to make me swallow my resolve, asshole ... Anyway - before this old bastard gives me the back of his hand - I ought to finish this shit off. I find myself constantly apologizing for my reviews now - just on the off hope that they will be more popular than my face and my personality allowed me to be in High School - and, in keeping to that tradition, let me apologize once again. I'm Sorry. Lord knows I'm sorry. There's much more I could have said about this book. But to sum it up in one sentence, I'll just say "It was too long and too clichéd. It had shitty characters for whom I didn't care about in the slightest. But Hey, the writing was decent. And there were some really cool parts as well. Overall I did quite enjoy this book. But my God, I am glad to be done with it". I guess that was more than one sentence, but -OH SHIT, HE'S COMING!!!!!Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I'm supposed to be making a running joke out of this last nit-picky section now. Let's get started then. But being the throbbing tumour of heartache that I am ... there are still a few matters which I can't quite put aside here. Not without swerving onto the wrong side of the road - at that very last second - when my ex-girlfriend comes cruising down towards me and doesn't wave ...1) When I said before that Joe Donnelly's writing gets a little bit repetitive, I should have been incriminated for making such an understatement. There were certain lines in this book that just infuriated me. You want examples? Okay, how about the way he always describes the monster's horrible voice as sounding like "stone grinding against stone", "stone grating against stone", "stone scraping against stone", "stone crumbling against stone" - YOU GET MY FUCKING POINT!!!!2) Whenever someone feels scared in this book, they unfailingly show it in two identical ways. Firstly, their mouths "fall agape", and secondly, their eyes "Grow wide, like narrow diamonds of bottomless terror".3) I've never liked the use of the word "hurt" - not when it's used in a sentence like, "Oh, Jack, I can sense the hurt!!". It just feels lame to me, and I don't know why. The only time "hurt" sounds appropriate is in a sentence like, "No word in the thesaurus will effectively explain how much I am going to hurt you. Come here, you little bastard!!!"4) At the beginning of the book, as a means to make Jack more likeable to the discerning horror reader, it is stated that he has no opinion either way as to the existence of ghosts. He keeps an open mind. Except Donnelly obviously forgot about that part, because for the rest of the story, Jack stubbornly refuses all hints of supernaturalism when it's staring him right in the face!!!5) Aside from being just plain sappy and lame, Jack also has a strangely intimate relationship with his sister. Like, he spanks her and rustles her hair, and knocks hips with her and all that. Fucking, he runs baths for her and strokes her hair. Tell me that isn't creepy!!More Reviews here: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/...

  • Charly Remis
    2018-09-29 06:15

    Since Mel Gibson fought for the liberation of Scotland in like ... whenever that movie was set ... England's grumpy upper-tenant has been desperate to prove itself to the rest of the world. Enter Joe Donnelly ... Some bald guy nobody's ever heard of. Excluding the 60 people that rated this book on ... Hang on one second. Who the heck's this guy?"Why, I'm Joe Donnelly. Democratic representative of Indiana"."Oh, well, I'm sorry, Sir. I was expecting another Joe Donnelly"."I suppose you want to discuss my thoughts on LGBT rights?""Maybe another time, Joe"."You what?""I said, maybe another time". "Well, what in God's name shall we discuss. Abortions?""Now don't be insensitive, Sir. Abortions are a very serious - ""I'm being serious, goddammit". "Well, either way, I'm trying to review a book called Shrike"."What's that?""It's a horror novel - ""Just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo weirdy nonsense!!""Exactly. Now will you please leave?""But I'm an American. I'm from Indiana"."I'm very pleased for you. I love the Indiana Jones movies"."Well, thankyou very ... Why, you ignorant son of a - ""Security!! Remove this man!!""But I'm an American!!"."Yes, you've already said. Now there's the door"."And I'm a politician!!"."Good for you. Nice work, by the way, idiot"."I ... I have a Wikipedia page"."Good day, Sir!!"Well, now that that asshole's out of the picture, I can start taking this thing seriously.Enter Joe Donnelly ... Oh, for goodness sake!!"You asked for Joe Donnelly?""Yes, but you're not him!!""According to Google Images, I am!!""SECURITY!! SECURITY!!""You calling me a liar?""Security!! Quickly!! He's fucking enormous!!!"Good Christ. Sorry to anyone who actually reads this review. Enter Joe Donnelly ... You might have seen him in that recent documentary. I think it was called Humpty Dumpty: He Fucking Exists!!. But he also writes books from time to time. Shrike never would have appealed to me ... had I not previously read (and liked) one of his previous books, Still Life. With a title that means shit - and a picture that looks more like Goosebumps - I would have shrugged it off as just some average horror trash. Absorb this image. This is the Shrike.Shrike means Butcher Bird means Asshole Who Impales Things On Sharp Stuff Because It's Sickly Amusing.The basic premise of this book is that some shadowy demon gets out, after a séance goes wrong, and it unleashes its evil wrath on the quiet town of Levenford.But don't worry!! Because we've got Mr. Jack Fallon!! The most clichéd detective since every fucking detective that ever existed. You heard me, idiot. Don't give me that lookSo yeah, if anything fucked this book up, it was the protagonist being that infuriatingly atypical detective. Let me list some attributes that rank him as this. 1) He is emotionally haunted by the death of his daughter.2) He is emotionally haunted by the death of his wife.3) Because of these emotional hauntings, the poor bastard now has alcoholic tendencies.4) He has a gruff personality, but deep inside, he's just a teddy bear, desperate to be loved.5) He's lost faith in all humanity. He's an atheist. He rejects all ideas that aren't grounded with fact. At least, he does until the novel realizes it's a fucking horror story and thus cannot reach any conclusion if the stubborn asshole doesn't shift his beliefs.You know what I'd like? Just for a fucking change? A detective that's actually happy!!! Meet Detective Summers. Happiness is his middle name. This jolly chap is so popular than even the rapists he put behind bars have added him on Facebook. He has a retarded son, but it doesn't matter to him. He loves his son dearly, and takes him out fishing, teaches him how to chat up all the girls in special needs, without copping a sharpened pencil in the leg. He's so freaking happy that he isn't bothered by the fact that his newborn baby is black. He chooses to believe his oddly evasive wife, in that the baby's complexion was due to their recent stay in Uganda, where they ate nothing but African food. Mr. Summers - or Inspector Summers, if you please - is like, so content with his situation in life, that he even volunteers for the local Fire Brigade in the summer. (Granted, that doesn't mean much in the United Kingdome, but you get my drift). But no. We get the dark, brooding antihero, who is still blaming himself for the death of his spouse and child. The clichéd idiot who sees generic flashbacks of them smiling at him on a beach, or in the sunset or some old bullshit. We, as the readers, have to put up with the same tired routine of Fallon not believing in all that "mumbo-jumbo", when obviously the "killer" is not human. We're supposed to feel excitement when he finally shoves his haggis aside, decides to start taking action, and starts believing the psychic contrivance that is Lorna Breck. Because every detective story these days needs a psychic. And is she an interesting and original character? Anyone?Anyone else? I swear to God, this class ...The answer is no. That's ten points from Gryffindor. No. Lorna Breck is not an interesting character. And apart from being insufferably annoying, she might as well not exist. And by annoying, I mean she spends most of the time whimpering. Oh, Jack this, and Oh, Jack that. Oh, I can feel its pain!! Oh, I can feel its hurt!! She'll be feeling THIS if she doesn't shut the fuck up.Oh, and we also have Jack's immediate superior, Ronald Cowie. The "handshaker" who does nothing but act like an asshole. The guy is such a bloody moustache twirler that he literally has a moustache. An ordinary excerpt would go like this: Jack Fallon shook his head, futilely attempting to rid himself of the gruesome image. His daughter lay dead staring at him. "We need to act now, sir!! We're running out of time"."I make the calls around here, son" Cowie ejaculated, twirling his moustache. "And don't you be forgetting who's in charge of this operation".Jack couldn't believe his ears. Must be the whiskey talking. "With all due respect, sir, innocent people may die!!""Too right they will, boy," Cowie drawled with a grin. "Now go and make me a pot of coffee, pronto". Jack stormed out of the office. Cowie cackled behind him. He made the man his coffee. But he used Double-Cream milk instead of Skim.But what I found the least to my satisfaction ... was the Shrike itself. So this monster is basically a shadow that was summoned up during a disastrous séance. Okay ... I can buy that. Shit happens, I guess. And this thing goes about snatching babies, murdering people, and even possessing its victims into doing terrible things ... like commit suicide, and write essays on the political importance of the Dixie Chicks, which basically amounts to the same thing. And to Mr. Donnelly's credit, this rather silly concept is actually made kind of scary, simply for the fact that he cleverly describes it without really describing it at all. You never get a clear sense of what it actually is. And though the countless death-scenes do make up a staggering three-quarters of the book - becoming so predictable, that whenever they come about, you could feasibly skip the next ten pages and just assume the worst - they are quite effective when looked at individually.If you are still reading this overblown review, then you might be wondering why in Fuck's name I've given the book three stars, when I only seem to be criticizing it.Well, smartass, let me finish and I'll fucking tell you.Like I said before, the parts in which people got killed were quite disturbingly written. The Shrike itself turned out to be a genuine middle-finger to the audience, but until it's stupid appearance is revealed, Donnelly's ambiguous execution works very well. I might sound a bit like a nutcase in admitting this, but I actually appreciated the fact that he didn't shy away from killing not just children, but babies, as well.His writing - while overly-descriptive, and often repetitive - was good nonetheless. I must say, it marked a notable improvement since his last book. (Not that Still Life was badly written, either).And even though I spat the dummy last night - in having bitched about the climax - there was also a very quick chapter at the very end - set in a mental institution, some time after the main story - which was annoyingly awesome that I now feel compelled to give the damned book back its three-star rating. Way to make me swallow my resolve, asshole. Anyway - before this old bastard gives me the back of his hand - I really ought to finish this shit off. I find myself constantly apologizing for my reviews now - just on the off hope that they will be more popular than my face enabled me to be in high school - and in keeping to that tradition, I'll give an apology once more. I'm Sorry. Lord knows I'm sorry. There's much more I could said about this book. But to sum it up in one sentence, I'll just say "It was too long and too clichéd. It had shitty characters for whom I didn't care about in the slightest. But Hey, the writing was decent, and there were some really cool parts as well. Overall I did quite enjoy this book. But my God, I am glad to be done with it". I guess that was more than one sentence, but -OH SHIT, HE'S COMING!!!!!

  • Craig
    2018-09-28 09:10

    This would have received a higher rating if the writing had been more terse and less repetitive. Most of the abductions/murders are told from at least two viewpoints - the narrator's as it unfolds, and the medium/psychic's as she see it a few pages later. In some cases there's even a third telling as she recounts what she saw to the detective. This is disappointing because otherwise I enjoyed the plot.

  • Allison Shelvey
    2018-09-20 10:07

    My favourite book of all time by Mr Donnelly, loved it from the moment I picked it up. A definite re-read over and over again (about 6 times now I've read it). If you like to be chilled a definite book to read, and I bet you don't put the lights out to go to sleep aftewards!

  • Nadia
    2018-10-10 11:06

    i was not fond of this book, it dragged on a bit

  • Jackie Thurston
    2018-09-23 10:11

    A creepy horror story and very gory

  • Helen Russell
    2018-10-06 10:15

    my first ever donnelly read thats had me hooked on this author for yrs. was totally drawn into this story and as with others read several times.