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Camera Killer, The

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  287 ratings  ·  23 reviews
On Good Friday, a brutal double murder takes place in the woods, and the killer records the sickening crime on videotape. With the local media building up excitement — and outrage — at the scheduled airing of the footage, two couples in the midst of celebrating the Easter holiday find their idyll interrupted by the breaking news.

Against the backdrop of twenty-four-hour new
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Paperback, 115 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by AmazonCrossing (first published January 1st 2001)
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Cheryl
What do you get when you mix a killer with a video camera? A sick home video of a killer in action. Only this killer does not really do the killing so much as he pressues his victims to take their own lives. The victims..several small children. The video has been released. For four friends at a house party, the video changes everything for them.

This is a book that it sounds way better then it actually was. All I have to say is "What?" I don't mean this in a good way either. I want to know what
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Alexandra
Unglaublich, hab noch nie einen Krimi/Thriller gelesen, der nicht nur bis zur letzten Seite sondern bis zum allerletzen Satz nervenzerfetzend spannend ist. Großes Kino, kurz und prägnant erzählt, perfekt inzeniert mit einer sehr außergewöhnlichen Sprache des Ich-Erzählers.
Ach ja der Inhalt: In der Steiermark in einem kleinen Dorf werden zwei Kinder vor laufender Kamera von einem unbekannten psychopatischen Irren ermordet bzw. gezwungen sich selbst zu töten. Die Kriminalstory wird nicht aus Sicht
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Linda
Very often, translations of novels leave something to be desired. In the case of The Camera Killer, the question is whether or not the translation does justice to the original. The premise of this book is gruesome but provocative. How would people react to seeing actual murders play out in video, a habit pursued by some serial killers. The narrator is a man who is following just this scenario with his female "partner" and another couple, and the plot follows the psychological impact imposed upon ...more
Julia Hörmayer
Das Buch war ziemlich langweilig, da es nicht aus der Sicht eines Detektives/Polizisten geschrieben ist, sondern aus der, scheinbar unschuldiger Menschen. Das war auch der Grund, weshalb mir klar war, dass er der Mörder ist. Er schreibt ja, dass er beauftragt wurde, alles aufzuschreiben. Die einzige logische Erklärung dafür wäre, dass es entweder er oder einer seiner Freunde war. Denn er wusste ja auch nur die Dinge, die sie im Radio brachten - jedenfalls ließ man uns in dem Glauben. Was sollte ...more
Lisa
Apr 07, 2013 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: John Burnside
i agree with Linda's review - the premise is fascinating but the language is so stilted that you have to wonder if it's the author's intention or the fault of the translation. From the first lines - " I have been requested to commit everything to paper" - you realize that you're reading a report, so the language could reflect the narrator's mindset at the time of the writing of the account. It would be worthwhile to have a look at the original or a different translation.
manfred
da gibz nicht viel zu rütteln. tough, straight, ansatzlos... sprachduktus ausgewählt, perspektive eingestellt und durcherzählt bis zum logisch richtigen ende. das flutscht, auch wenn sich die schreibe in ihrer umständlichkeit dagegen wehrt. alles kalkül. ein durchkalkuliertes unterfangen, das uns der herr glavinic da serviert. anyway - guter text.
Robert Beveridge
Thomas Glavinic, The Camera Killer (Amazon Crossing, 2012)

Full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

Note: I know the actual release date on this book was previous to 2012, but Amazon has a nasty habit of taking down any reference to the original publications of anything they republish, so I haven't been able to find the original pub date on it yet. Sorry.

I was already familiar with Thomas Glavinic (viz. 10Oct2008 review of Night Work) when this popped up on the
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Karschtl
Ein Ich-Erzähler berichtet sehr detailliert über ein Osterwochenende in der Weststeiermark, und was er dort so alles getan und erlebt hat. Und zwar wirklich detailliert, er beschreibt ganz genau was er gegessen, was wer wann gesagt hat, wann er aufs Klo ging.... Da das Buch den Anschein eines "Tatsachenromans" erwecken will, und der Ich-Erzähler demnach kein professioneller Autor sondern ein ganz normaler Mann sein soll, ist der Stil anfangs auch etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. Die Sätze sind eher ku ...more
Marzio
Feb 06, 2014 Marzio rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: none
A book with one only goal: disturb. Well, achieved.
After all Glavinic avoids seeking too much the help of easy ways to disgust, or just dares to go straight to the sickest.
The suspence is well driven and the plot is not immediately predictable. Only the torment inflicted to the victims (reader included), I felt, is way too insisted.

I'd recommend fathers and mothers to keep themselves away from this, they won't lose that much anyway.
Ashley
Is all I have to say is WTF?! Seriously. I got this book from the library (#2 - Woohoo!!), and let me just say that this was most definitely NOT a good read. In fact, it was horrible. This was just one long mess of a chapter (seriously, no chapters), written so choppy with zero point whatsoever. I loathe this book. And yet, silly me, I had to finish the stupid thing to see if it got progressively better. Spoiler alert. It didn't. Jenn, since I know you never listen to my advice on these things, ...more
Phoebe
Sehr interessante Story und wirklich nette Kritik an Medien, sowie Seitenhiebe auf den Klerus.
Alles in allem allerdings etwas langwierig (obwohl schnell) zu lesen, weil der Schreibstil für mich auf die Länge gewöhnungsbedürftig war.
Die Formulierungen sind zwar oft sehr spielerisch, aber grundsätzlich klingt es wie ein Nicht-Schriftsteller (oder sehr schlechter Reporter), der minutiös die Geschehnisse dokumentiert.
Meiner (bestätigten) Vermutung nach, ist dies allerdings so beabsichtigt. :)
Ein int
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Tori
This was a very strange book. I absolutely hated the ending.
Colonelperry42n
I actually read the English version (I found it on Amazon Kindle for $2) I was excited about this book, bc I love Austrian lit and how dark it is. . .while extremely dark and overall a decent horror story, there was something majorly wrong with the translation, and I can't figure out why. . .the translator was an Oxford graduate who co-authored films with Roman Polanski. . .was the narrator supposed to be speaking that horribly? I want to reread the German version and see if I was missing someth ...more
Amy
Jesus, this was not an enjoyable read. I really hope the awful writing was down to the fault of the translator rather than the author. But apart from that the killer was obvious from the beginning- I guessed very soon on in the book and was right, and I don't like guessing who the murderer was in when reading or watching murder mysteries.
And my lord how these people ate! It seemed to be all they did throughout the book.
Deborah
I read this in English, of course. Thought it needed polishing pretty badly, but that may have been a function of the translation. The concept was interesting, and the ending surprised me. Would recommend it to someone looking for a quick and compelling read.
Selen
The writing sounds too mechanical at the beginning. But once you get used to it, you start enjoying the story - which is about public/personal reactions to horrifying double murders during the course of two(3?) days following the events.
Mesonline
Gruselige, schreckliche Idee. Jedoch sind der Umgang mit dem Geschehen und die Sensationslust der Menschen/Medien beeindruckend realitätsnah. Das von Glavinic gezeichnete Bild der deuschen Privatsender ist mehr als zutreffend.
Birgül
en başta adına aldanıp saçma sapan sapıkça uyduruk kıydırık bir cinayet romanı sandım. fakat okuyunca öyle olmadığını anladım. okuduğum diğer cinayet romanlarına( ki tam olarak cinayet romanı da denemez) hiç benzemiyor. tavsiye
Sadi
This is one of the most boring books i've ever read. It confused me very fast and in the end i didn't really got out how they found out who the murderer was.
Chris
Oct 14, 2012 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I listened to this book and was ready to give up on it. However, the more I listened the more I became hooked. The ending was a surprise.
Begüm
Bu senaryodan çok çok daha iyi bi' roman çıkabilirdi. Sonu da aceleye gelmiş gibi, dandik, güldürmedi.
Michaela
krimi, irgendwie... abgefahrene idee, doch in userer welt vielleicht gar nicht so weit hergeholt
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