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Subject: The Exorcist
Date Posted: 10/28/2007 11:00 PM ET
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I just finished re-watching the Exorcist (an old favorite and halloween tradition in my house) and I was wondering if it was worth reading the book.  Has anyone read the book and does it live up to the movie?

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Date Posted: 10/29/2007 2:35 AM ET
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I read the book and I remember enjoying it. I was just telling my husband that I laugh so hard at horror movies like the exorcist, but the books creep me out because then I can imagine the stuff in my head without being distracted by funny-sounding demon voices and whatnot. heh.
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Date Posted: 10/29/2007 4:03 PM ET
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I have a book called Exorcist The Beginning (I've never read it).

From the back of the book

In the aftermath of World War II, Lankester Merrin finds himself in the remote Turkana region of Kenya. Haunted by memories of the war, he has taken a sabbatical from the priesthood and journeyed far from his native Holland. He has come to lead the archeaological excavation of a mysterious, Byzantine church, buried in pristine condition as if on the day it was completed. Directly underneath the church, Merrin discovers a much more ancient crypt-and finds himself face- to -face with unspeakable evil.

Madness descends on the local villagers and the contigent of British soldiers sent to guard the excavation. Merrin watches helplessly as the atrocities of war are repeated against another innocent village-atrocities he'd hoped never to see again. The blood of innocents flows freely on the East African plain, but the horror has only just begun...

It's on my shelf


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Date Posted: 10/29/2007 6:46 PM ET
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I read the book when I was 14 and it scared the crap out of me. If I remember right it's pretty close to the movie.
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Date Posted: 11/2/2007 5:25 PM ET
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It is very similar...It has been years upon years since I have read.  It is a good read

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Date Posted: 11/5/2007 9:11 AM ET
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I highly enjoyed the book, probably more than the film, it really was a great read.

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Date Posted: 11/5/2007 10:40 PM ET
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The book was far and away better than the film. More exploration of the crisis of faith theme, which really is the central plot. Also more creepy stuff. One part in particular still gives me the chills thinking about it.

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Date Posted: 11/17/2007 11:33 PM ET
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Book is GREAT! It's spooky without the visuals LOVED it.

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Date Posted: 11/20/2007 10:44 AM ET
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There is a sequel to it also. I forget the name now. check that out.

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