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The Cormorant

Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Publisher's Summary

"[An] artful first novel, reminiscent of the tales of Poe... Gregory uses a low-key style and subtle lyricism to build an atmosphere of nightmarish horror in a tale that could become a classic." (Publishers Weekly)

"[A] first-class terror story with a relentless focus that would have made Edgar Allan Poe proud." (New York Times)

"[N]o summary can do justice to the subtlety of Gregory's first novel, with its fresh, vivid, sensual prose and its superb descriptive and evocative power. An extraordinary novel - original, compelling, brilliant." (Library Journal)

"A work of tremendous self-assurance that leaves the reader with a lingering sense of unease and announces the arrival of a considerable new talent." (British Book News)

A young family receives a welcome surprise when old Uncle Ian dies and leaves them a cottage in north Wales. For Ian's nephew and his wife, Ann, it seems a stroke of incredible good fortune, enabling them to leave their unfulfilling lives in the city for a newfound freedom in the remote seaside cottage. There's just one catch. Uncle Ian's will has a strange condition: The couple must care for his pet cormorant or forfeit the bequest. They think nothing of it at first: Uncle Ian was eccentric, and the bird is amusing in a way. But when the cormorant begins to show a violent and malevolent side, they soon find that Uncle Ian's gift may not be a blessing but a curse. 

Stephen Gregory's first novel, The Cormorant (1986), received widespread critical acclaim, winning the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award and earning comparisons to the works of Poe.

©1986 Stephen Gregory (P)2018 Valancourt Books LLC

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Waste of credit and time

The first half of this book is about our narrator’s experiences with his unusual new pet. It’s a bit interesting but not scary at all.

There were 3 unnecessary, unpleasant and weird sex scenes that were included and didn’t add to the story, including one seriously fckd up scene where baby gives mum an orgasm in the bath. Seriously WTF.

The rest of the book had a bit more suspense but was a slog to get through. I kept waiting for something scary or shocking or even interesting to happen, and when finally something did happen, it was underwhelming and disappointing.

Overall this felt like a waste of a credit and waste of 6 hours.