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Preview — The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
The Silent Land
High in the mountains above a picturesque French ski resort, Jake and Zoe Bennett are alone on the early morning slopes when a nightmare crashes down upon them. With a...more
i have always called graham joyce "jonathan carroll-lite." and there is nothing wrong with graham joyce - i keep reading his books, don't i? but they are always seem to take place in the same neighborhood as one of jc's tales, just missing a certain je ne sais quoi that jonathan carroll would have supplied. but this book is just ripped out of jonathan carroll's diary, man. this is like dean koontz trying to write a horror novel set in maine. you ...more
fortunately, guessing the (entirely predictable) twists that come at the halfway and end points should not ruin the experience of reading this lovely and affecting book. unless you are the sort of reader whose experience rises and fall ...more
True silence. The freezing of all sounds. It wasn’t possible in the modern world, to listen to the sound of true silence. Perhaps not even in the ancient world, either: there was wind in the desert; insects in the depths of the forest; wave activity in the middle of the ocean. Nature did not tolerate silence. Only death accepted silence; and there was silence here.In The Silent World, Graham Joyce’s eighteenth book and 2011 World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award nominee, a young couple, ...more
It sounds almost post-apocalyptic, according to its summary: a married couple discovers they’re the only two people--and seemingly the only living creatures--remaining after an avalanche strikes the ski resort where they’re vacationing. Phone calls go unanswered, the Internet doesn’t connect, and the city’s boundaries may as well be electrified for all the luck they’re having trying to leave. All is so unfathomably quiet they can practically hear each snowflake land. Joy ...more
The plot was simplistic at best, but the only bad thing about this novel was the ending. Sometimes simplicity works for some authors, but bad endings never will. If the author didn't make the ending as cliche as it was, I would've loved this novel. Such a shame, it was an enjoyable ride.
The characters were well developed for me . Zoe and Jake were really fun to read, so no problems with the characters. I'll be honest and say that everyth ...more
As with Some Kind Of Fairy Tale ...more
The cover of this book is totally fantastic. If you slip the dust jacket off, you're left with different letters of the title on the book and different letters on the dust jacket. I puzzled over the letters on each for a while, hoping to find a word hidden, scrabble-like, in the letters, but even my scrabble dominating life couldn't find anything interesting.
As for the book itself - it had atmosphere, I'll give it that. Unfortunately, we're stuck in our atmosp ...more
LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
okay this book is an achievement, it's really there almost as good as thou shalt kill. Not so much the sci fi angle although that was interesting, but the character study was really well done.
this is probably the most true to life relationship I've ever read.
first lets detour and talk about my life. I'm in a very weird relationship with a guy I've been friends with for six years. He's one of my best friends, I love him, and I commonly tell him to go fuck off or take a time out. an ...more
A well realised psychological thriller that reminded me of Hitchcock. It starts with an avalanche that isolates a couple in a suddenly desertes Pyrenees sky resort. And then things start to get weird, really weird.
I liked the main characters and the evocative language of the writer, the tight control over plot and pacing, but most of all the human interest beyong the paranormal elements. the author tackles a diffi ...more
The plot seems simple enough--Zoe and Jake are a young couple on a ski vacation in the French Alps and are caught in an avalanche. But what Joyce does then is weave a story of love and loss in a magical web that is filled with both darkness and light.
Some of the most to ...more
I might have even given this 4 stars had I read it in winter. Does that sound weird? Some books are just seasonal to me, and this is definitely a cold weather book. I think it would have enhanced the experience.
Reading the first page, I was worried that Joyce's writing style (choppy and somewhat repetitive) would bother me too much to enjoy the story. Either his writing got better as the book progressed or I was just too engrossed to notice it anymore. This is a can't put it down / can' ...more
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 ...more