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The Birdman Cycle

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A family of three: Nick, Laura and little Reese Dale. They have just moved into a new apartment.Reese now has her own room; Nick and Laura have their own room too. Everything is grand.Can that be? (It can never be.)For there are strange, disturbing things happening in their new apartment. Nick believes it's Laura. Laura believes it's Nick. Only Reese knows the truth. Can ...more
ebook, 140 pages
Published December 2012 by Thomas Rose-Masters
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Jun 12, 2013 Istros Books rated it it was amazing
This is the most interesting, unusual, disturbing and clever book. The front page art kind of sums it all up - this is not the average young family living out their dream. Someone amongst them is very damaged and dangerous - but who? Lies are told and truths are hidden, and yet we never really find out who is the culprit. Even at the every end, we are left to make our own decision, and with the unnerving conviction that whomever we blame may well be the wronged one.....
The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}
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5 Stars

Readers in search of splatterpunk gore need not apply here. The author mentions that this is a novel of “literary psychological suspense”; for this reviewer, it seems more akin to the Classic Gothic subgenre of the 19th century, with resonances of a few contemporary novels and novelists. Carefully couched in an unnamed location, the story centers around three individuals—or is it more than three?---living in a vast penthouse apartment high
C.K. Raggio
Mar 13, 2013 C.K. Raggio rated it it was amazing
I don't scare easily. I'm trying to remember the last book that really creeped me out. I'm talking, I almost had to stop reading because I was scared I wouldn't fall asleep creep out. Nothing is coming to mind, and I read a lot of true crime, and books littered with gore and violence. The Birdman Cyle has neither. But what it does have is way better. The only author I can think to compare Thomas Rose-Masters to is Hitchcock. Yes, the Hitchcock. This book is seriously that good. Classic oozes ...more
Scott Andrews
Mar 06, 2013 Scott Andrews rated it it was amazing
When I sat down to read ‘The Birdman Cycle’, I must admit that I was hesitant. By and large my reading list tends to contain tub-thumping, moralistic rages against the unfairness of life itself and not thrillers. Therefore it’s fair to say that I was curious to find out if my reservations would obstruct my enjoyment of the book. They didn’t.

The very first thing which struck me about this book was how for the first two thirds of the book, the narrational style seemed so very detached to the point
Jun 30, 2013 Milan rated it it was amazing
In few words, this novel is artistically striking, remarkably interesting and thought-provoking. From its beginning and those obscure verses till the end, The Birdman Cycle takes the reader on a psychological journey that he would never expect— a journey that makes him at the same time both deeply disturbed yet strangely excited because it offers profound questions that stay in one’s mind even after the book is finished; and it is because of these factors, I just couldn’t put the book down.

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Jun 09, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a family moving into a new house, unfortunately packing their old psychological pitfalls with them. It becomes clear soon enough that this is not really a "family", but a union of 3 completely different people whose everyday interaction doesn't go deeper than what one would find on a breakfast commercial. I think every reader who's been a member of any dysfunctional family can relate to the concepts of the book.

The narrative style is very direct, with gripping goth metaphors
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because in life there are no happy ends 1 6 Apr 10, 2013 01:53AM  
Making Connections: 757. THE BIRDMAN CYCLE by Thomas Rose-Masters 4 38 Feb 28, 2013 11:09AM  
Thomas Rose-Masters holds a PhD in Literature and Cultural Studies. With no fixed abode, he travels and lectures around Europe, and the States. He is an experienced actor, singer and entertainer. He has many imaginary pets. It was suggested that he take up writing by the first of many psychologists he visited as a child, and it proved of no help whatsoever, but it keeps him and several other ...more
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