Disturbing, Fascinating. Stayed with me for days. Recommend.
I saw the film some time ago; it is mediocre, hardly more than a sketch of the original story. Faber's book offers a coherent account of the purpose of Isserley's frenetic drives along that Scottish highway, but as a comment on today's society or even as science-fiction I've read better.
The book is better than the movie. It gets into the main character's thoughts and shows what happens to her victims. And she is not alone.
a really thought provoking book, with a complex female character< I highly recommend this one
In & Out Vodsel
One of the most haunting stories I've ever read. It's so creative I can barely believe it. Still, slow-motion nightmarishness. A mix of the philosophic and gruesome blood hash death! It gets the Kelly D. Snuff Maximus Award for nastiness and blood drenched slaughter. If they ever made a movie that followed the book strictly, it'd make John Hurt's chest exploding scene seem like Winnie the Pooh getting his head stuck in a pot of honey.
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You may have seen the movie and think there's no need to read the book. If so: read the book! It is very different from the movie and equally brilliant.
Dutch-born, Scottish-based writer Michael Faber wrote what I think is one of the great novels of our time, his massive, sweeping, ironic take on the Victorian novel, "The Crimson Petal and the White." I was familiar with "Under the Skin," his debut novel, from Jonathan Glazer's film, starring Scarlett Johnansson, one of last year's best (and most misunderstood) film. The book is quite a bit different and while it was an intriguing and original blend of sci-fi, horror, and social satire that recalled Huxley and Alex Garland, it didn't really come together for me. It's still well worth reading, as there's not much else like it in current fiction. But definitely see the film.
Fantastic! Really 'out there' with a new, yet credible plotline. NOTHING like the movie, which barely takes a hint of the theme as its basis.
If you don't mind more than a modest pinch of horror -- not for the squeamish if you're empathic, this is a great escapist science fiction story.
modest SPOILER alert:
The protagonist is a female underdog from a severely impoverished planet of fellow 'humans' as they think of themselves who deal with us, animals far less than human in her and their view.
An original story with a well written narrative. The themes are a bit tired and trite. The characterization especially for the fringe characters is not fully developed. Overall a pretty good read. Worth it if you are interested.
A lot different then the movie but a really good book.
The Movie is Visually compelling like the books Prose is poetic.
The book helps make sense of a lot of the movies visuals.
You could see why the director did what he did in the movie.
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