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The Stormwatcher

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  178 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
"Of those writers who stoically refuse to trudge along horror fiction's well-worn path, Joyce, with British Fantasy Awards to his credit for Requiem and The Tooth Fairy, has perhaps had the most success. And now we can add to that list The Stormwatcher... For this remarkable, fine and almost unclassifiable book is a complete breath of fresh air, even considering his past a ...more
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Published March 5th 1998 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1998)
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My Inner Shelf
Mar 18, 2008 My Inner Shelf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporains
De plus en plus pesante au fil de la lecture, la tension psychologique entre les personnages tourmentés est superbement mise en scène. Les relations dégénèrent et la tension sans cesse grandissante mènent le lecteur jusqu’à la conclusion fatale. L’ensemble fait nettement penser au fabuleux et angoissant Tour d’écrou de Henry James. À mi-chemin entre roman fantastique et roman psychologique, cette histoire habilement conçue nous met en garde contre le secret, la dissimulation et le mensonge. L’am ...more
Bill Kupersmith
Dec 26, 2015 Bill Kupersmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-emma
Love & death are the most romantic subject for a story that there is, ever. Graham Joyce was unknown to me till I found his novel The Silent Land on the shelf @ B&N nearly five years ago. Downloaded a copy to my Kindle & found it very moving indeed but it was obvious from the Americanized vocabulary that an editor with a tin ear had vandalised it, & so ordered the real thing from Amazon.co.uk & read it again in the original. Not only was The Silent Land one of the most moving ...more
Lynn
Jan 14, 2017 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Graham Joyce's fantastical realism but this one had a bit too much dysfunctional family drama compared to the fantasy. Nicely atmospheric Dordogne setting, though. (Terrible kindle formatting issues, tho.)
Andrew
Feb 10, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
On the surface, a group of friends are holidaying in France with one of the couple's two children. The elder child, Jessie, has instances of disturbing behaviour and appears to be under the influence of one of the adults. But she isn't the only one who is disturbed and as the surface is cracked and the inter-relationships of the couples are revealed we understand that the world of adults is just as chaotic as that of the children. And as the storm which has brewed for days descends on the group ...more
Mark
Sep 14, 2010 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub-reads
His poetic language was quite lovely. He used imagery and descriptive language in a really remarkable way which I found very satisfying however the plot itself was weird, unsettling and not a single one of the characters rang particularly true. I have no problem with the use of swearwords or 'foul' language if they serve to illustrate character or create tension but Joyce's use of language in that context quite often appeared purely....if that is not a contradiction in terms...to show that he wa ...more
Trunatrschild
I think Mr. Joyce was using this book to practice his tension building. I've read nearly all of his books and so far, this was my least favorite. I think it's because none of the characters were attractive, even the children were just children, with nothing to make them anything but objects of pity. The author knew that the characters weren't pleasant as he mentions it in his dedication. The only thing that kept me reading the book was the desire to find out if my guess at who the 'instructor' w ...more
Freesiab
Jan 12, 2014 Freesiab rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I so want to love his books! The last quarter of this book was what the whole book should have been. Here were the problems 1. 2 congruent stories. Great plot device! It failed here. Neither story developed as a result 2. Strange and unusual story lines. Great! I love those! That's why I chose this book, however, you don't really pick up on it until way later and the principal isn't described. Ok, there are more but I'm over this book. I thought Silent a Land was over rated but at least I liked ...more
Terry Mark
Mar 30, 2014 Terry Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I write a book review I don't like to give too much of the storyline away, it's for others to discover. But just to say it's about a group of people holidaying in France with so many twists and turns that you don't know who's who and what's what, and then when you think you do everything is flipped on it's head. A brilliant read.
Fi
Huge fan of Graham Joyce but if this had been the first book written by him that I'd read? I'd never have picked another. If you're looking to read this as your first experience then please don't. Try The Tooth Fairy, Dark Sister or The Silent Land, please.
Ginger
Sep 28, 2008 Ginger rated it liked it
A book centering around power and the use and misuse of it towards an impressionable young girl. Human values are involved and a mysterious ghost (or not) is included.

This book is set in France and concerns two families on vacation together and a mystery that occurs whilst there.
Joe
Nov 07, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
Probably his best book next to Requiem. A little slow to start, but kept me wondering till the very end, and beautifully constructed as always.
Bill Mazzola
May 17, 2011 Bill Mazzola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'm still puzzling out what category this book was fits into - but it was emotional, dark, scary, weird and engrossing. joyce is 2 for 2 in my book. looking forward to the next one.
Aaron Badgley
This is the kind of book that I need to sit with for a while. I did not know what to make of it at first, but by the end it comes together. Not his best book, but well worth a read.
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Graham Joyce (22 October 1954 – 9 September 2014) was an English writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for both his novels and short stories.

After receiving a B.Ed. from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 and a M.A. from the University of Leicester in 1980. Joyce worked as a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988. He subsequently quit his po
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