The Neighbors


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Post April 08, 2009, 12:16:24 PM

The Neighbors

The Neighbors:

A fast, easy and somewhat spooky read. Perfect next door neighbors with "Swedish" or "German" accents who couldn't figure out what a pie was for.
Pods in the basement. Undertones of the 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kevin McCarthy & Dana Wynter.). Was the injection for making people go crazy? Or was the protagonist really hallucinating?

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Post April 09, 2009, 12:10:11 PM

The Neighbors

I appreciate the author's straight forward style of writing. It's crisp, and to the point. There's a good balance between the dialog and the events that pushes the story along quickly.
Just a thought - I think it would have been creepier to actually have Susan and Jack be doctors in the room at the hospital. It might show that the main character incorporated the neighbors into his delusions - or they actually were THEM and his wife was in on it. An enjoyable lunchtime read.
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Post April 11, 2009, 08:36:22 PM

On "accents"

Anybody remember Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue"? Various witnesses reported hearing shouting in a foreign language -- but no two witnesses agreed as to WHICH foreign language. However, each witness described the language as unfamiliar -- if the witness spoke German, he or she guessed it might have been (say) Spanish, if the witness spoke Spanish, he or she guessed it might have been Russian.

The "joke" was that the language was orangutan -- the murders had been committed by a trained ape (trained to shave its master as part of a carnival act), trying to carry out its training on panicky strangers. So -- Our Hero thinks the neighbors have a "Swedish or German" accent. People who spoke Swedish and/or German would probably think otherwise.

(Rose Tyler to the Doctor: If you're an alien, how come you sound like you're from the North? (Northern England, she means)

The Doctor: Lots of places have a North...)

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Post May 03, 2009, 02:34:40 PM

Nice stort one. Loved it and enjoyed the ending very much.

The next door neighbor stores are some of the best in Sci/Fi. Who lives next door and what are they really up to!!

Of course in today's world one's neighbors can look strange or even weird without anyone batting a eye.

But in the fifties, it seemed most neighborhoodd did in fact look like the Nelson family or Leave it to Beaver!!

The dads always had a suit on and the moms always had an apron one!!! At least on TV, so a strange looking family would really have stood out!!!

But today if an space-alien family did move in, they would probably appear more normal that the rest of the neighbor!! At least where I come from!!!
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