In the recent past I repeatedly read about the author's work, so I finally decided to give him a try with this book and I was rewarded with a truly asIn the recent past I repeatedly read about the author's work, so I finally decided to give him a try with this book and I was rewarded with a truly astounding over-the-top story. I was not aware that this story is a thriller rather than a horror story, but was quite satisfied to see how the author managed to create a deeply eerie atmosphere throughout the book that had me on edge the whole time.
The characters were expertly built, each one standing out in her/his very individual way without being exaggerated, but still perfectly believable and real all the time. There never was a dull moment or a situation where I did not agree with the way the story developed, and though the ending was quite spectacular and satisfying I was also sad to see that the book was already over.
For me, this was the perfect introduction to the author's work and definitely not his last book I've read. Highest recommendation!...more
This was a solid story, not remarkable, but not too bad either. A girl with the gift of second-sight has visions, also of the murder of her brother. FThis was a solid story, not remarkable, but not too bad either. A girl with the gift of second-sight has visions, also of the murder of her brother. Finally, with her powers, she can help uncovering the truth. With some predictable plot lines, but nevertheless suspenseful and entertaining. A smooth fast reading to get away from it all for a couple of hours....more
All stressed out from christmas preparations? Sit down, sip a cup of your preferred hot beverage, nibble a cookie (or more) and have fun reading 'TheAll stressed out from christmas preparations? Sit down, sip a cup of your preferred hot beverage, nibble a cookie (or more) and have fun reading 'The Naughty List'! It's a perfect way to relax and spread a huge smile on your lips. Santa and his reindeer rock!...more
'Die Schandmaske' beginnt wie ein klassischer Krimi mit dem Fund der Leiche. Was erst wie ein Selbstmord erscheint, wird bald zu einem Mordfall, denn'Die Schandmaske' beginnt wie ein klassischer Krimi mit dem Fund der Leiche. Was erst wie ein Selbstmord erscheint, wird bald zu einem Mordfall, denn schliesslich gibt es plausible Motive und ausreichend Verdaechtige. Die Verstorbene Mathilda Gillespie hinterlaesst ein nicht unerhebliches Vermoegen, und ihre ungeliebte Tochter ist auch schon zur Stelle, um das Erbe anzutreten. Doch mit der Testamentseroeffnung kommt die ueberraschende Wendung, denn als alleinige Erbin ist die Aerztin benannt, die Mathilda offenbar als einzige leiden konnte. Und damit beginnt ein Verwirrspiel voller Zweifel und Intrigen, bei dem jeder aus dem Umfeld der Toten mindestens einmal in Verdacht geraet. Jedes Kapitel beginnt mit Auszuegen aus den Tagebuechern von Mathilda, welche teilweise Licht ins Dunkel bringen, aber auch neue Verdachtsmomente ins Spiel bringen. Das Ende bietet gleich in mehrfacher Hinsicht eine Ueberraschung, denn die Aufloesung kommt voellig unerwartet und der boese Bube ist zum Glueck doch nicht so schlimm... Ein Spitzenkrimi, den ich genauso wie 'Die Bildhauerin' bis zum Ende nicht aus der Hand legen konnte....more
This book delivers a good old-fashioned monster tale, where the creature is after some children. However, this one comes with a twist, as the creatureThis book delivers a good old-fashioned monster tale, where the creature is after some children. However, this one comes with a twist, as the creature is no other than Krampus, Santa's Dark Servant. He takes those children that are on the naughty list for behaving badly, especially for bullying other kids. If the children freely acknowledge and honestly regret their deeds they may be spared a brutal punishment. But this year in New Jersey, Krampus made a mistake, and now he is the one in trouble.
This was my second book based on the Krampus legend, and while 'The Dark Servant' stayed close to the original legend, at the same time it was kind of a stereotypical monster story. There where several though very minor things that bothered me. The references to the Nazis, while legitimate, seemed unnecessary. Also, I was not convinced why Krampus made his appearance in New Jersey, of all things. Finally, Krampus was made ridiculous on several occasions, which was entertaining but also counteracted the sense of dread and horror.
While I would definitely recommend this book as a well-written scary monster story, when it comes to Krampus I prefer Brom's interpretation of the legend: Krampus: The Yule Lord....more
A very sentimental ("heartwarming") story which is a great example for a good short story. Straight to the point, without unnecessary sidetracks, provA very sentimental ("heartwarming") story which is a great example for a good short story. Straight to the point, without unnecessary sidetracks, providing just only the details required to understand the characters and their actions. Loved the touching last sentence....more
Honestly, I had already lost hope and deeply mourned the vampire genre for being ruthlessly sucked dry of its last drop oI love, Love, LOVE this book!
Honestly, I had already lost hope and deeply mourned the vampire genre for being ruthlessly sucked dry of its last drop of originality. But just at this moment of deepest despair 'The Lesser Dead' seems to appear out of nowhere, bopping me in the head and yelling "Hey dumbass, here I am - still undead and kicking!".
The cover alone convinced me that I not only wanted to read this book, but that I absolutely needed to read it at once! Ok, that was not entirely possible, as I had to 1. order the book, 2. wait for delivery and 3. finish my previous book (I keep a very polite policy about that). An electronic copy (though I have to admit that would have been faster) was out of the question - just take a look at the cover and tell me you can hide such a beauty in the digital abyss of your e-reader! Imho, it requires to be displayed and admired in an appropriate way. Also, I was so damn sure I'd love this one that I wanted to show it off on a bookshelf. Yeah I know: silly me, but sometimes you just have to follow your gut feeling and sometimes you're even lucky.
At first glance, the summary and its tone reminded me of books like Bottomfeeder or Already Dead, but while I still feel they are somehow similar at the same time they are completely different. Hard to explain and probably a very personal experience.
Nevertheless, when I started reading the book it was like a revelation. I was sucked right in and devoured each sentence, each word, each letter like I had been starving for some time (and in a weird sense it was also true). While I did not immediately sympathize with the main character, Joey, he was gently growing on me despite of his arrogant attitude. On the other hand Cvetko, his undead and, as opposed to Joey, totally unimpressive friend, was very likeable - or so I thought.
The story is told from Joey's POV, which was a bit arduous at times, considering his penchant for the latest fashion and detailed description thereof. I enjoyed these passages as a light mocking of the long-winded descriptions I dreaded reading the Vampire Chronicles. Funny what associations the mind can create.
The plot itself was very original and mostly unpredictable, with several nasty twists that really got me by surprise. While the ending was on the verge of overdoing it, it managed to get it's act together at the last minute. The gore level reached a satisfying range with several interesting new scenarios. Not to mention the children - horror stories with children have an additional scary factor by default. The combination of childish innocence and incomparable cruelty always gives me the creeps.
So, if you like reading [vampire|horror|*] stories and are not squeamish about some blood splatters, this may just be the book you are looking for. Needless to say: highest recommendation!...more
Phantasmen ist nach Asche und Phönix ein weiterer Roman von Kai Meyer, der in der Bittersweet Reihe des Carlsen Verlages erschienen ist. Und wie schonPhantasmen ist nach Asche und Phönix ein weiterer Roman von Kai Meyer, der in der Bittersweet Reihe des Carlsen Verlages erschienen ist. Und wie schon sein Vorgänger spielt diese Geschichte in einer mehr oder weniger realen, dem Leser vertrauten Welt und ist nicht wie frühere Werke historisch oder extrem fantastisch aufgehängt. Und genau das ist auch hier mein Hauptkritikpunkt: mir fehlt die Magie, die überbordende Fantasie, die einen mit jeder Seite aufs Neue erstaunt und in ihren Bann zieht.
Natürlich ist es nicht verkehrt, neue Wege einzuschlagen und wie hier z.B. die Möglichkeiten einer postapokalyptischen, science-fiction-verbundenen Idee auszuloten. Aber leider konnte mich der Plot, der in grossen Teilen einem Road Movie glich und dessen Auflösung auch keinen wirklichen Höhepunkt darstellte, nicht wie erwartet fesseln. Viele Fragen blieben offen und das Potential der Ausgangssituation, dass die Welt auf einmal von Geistern bevölkert ist, blieb in meinen Augen unausgeschöpft. Ein durchaus lesenswerter und unterhaltsamer Roman, die ich persönlich aber zu den schwächeren Werken des Autors zähle....more