I have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed with this book. I was really looking forward to reading this one, and on the whole I do like Joe HillI have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed with this book. I was really looking forward to reading this one, and on the whole I do like Joe Hill as a writer. This book started out fantastic. From the first page I was gripped. I do think that Hill has a great mind, love his twisted imagination, and there where some brilliant, and captaining ideas within this book. But on the whole it didn't really come all together for me.
After the moment of Vic growing up I found the story came to a screeching halt. It all just seemed to drag on too slow, without much actually happening. I kept reading, and waiting for something interesting to actually happen again. Also it didn't help that I really didn't like any of the characters within the book or much care what happened to them with the exception of Maggie Leigh who I thought was an awesome character and I loved the Wraith itself.
Towards the end it did start to get interesting and good again and draw me more back within the story but I did find Vic to be presciently frustrating. ...more
This is a difficult book to rate or review because I have such conflicting feelings about it. As a lover of 20th century literature I am open to experThis is a difficult book to rate or review because I have such conflicting feelings about it. As a lover of 20th century literature I am open to experimentation, and unconventionality, and enjoy artists who push the boundaries and challenge how we perceive things. But I also cannot help but to think that just because something is experimental does not make it a work of genius.
When experimentation works in harmony with a good strong story it can create a truly masterful work, but one of the problems I had with this book is the way in which I felt that the experimentation at times had a disharmony with the story. Some of the tricks and gimmicks distracted from the story instead of further enhancing it, there were things of which I did feel may have been there just to be there, and did not serve a perhaps beyond being different for the sake of being different, and in a novel I think the story should still be important.
With that being said, I do believe that the author does have talent as a writer. There was some good writing provided within the book. There are two different stories that run parallel to each other, that of the Navidson Project, and his unnatural house, and that of the narrator Johnny. I felt that the story of Navidson was really good and strong and quickly engaged my attention and had me captivated. I could not wait to read what would happen next with the house, and the family, and I cared about those characters.
I loved the journal entries of Tom, and thought his jokes were great. I also felt that in the sections of text in which there would be several pages of only a few lines had an almost poetic quality to them which I enjoyed. I also have to add that I did really enjoy the letters of Johnny's mother.
But overall when it came to the telling of the story of Johnny while it starts out interesting at first, I found that Johnny very quickly grew quite annoying, and the more I was drawn into the Navidson story, I would get irritated when Johnny interrupted to ramble and bellyache about his life some more and I wanted to just get through those sections as quickly as possible to return to Navidson. I felt a disconnect with Johnny and did not really care about him, his life, or what became of him.
I also felt there were points in which the story did feel like it was dragging on, and was perhaps stretched out longer then it needed to be and it kind of felt like it just kept going, and going, when there really was nothing else left to be said.
All in all though it was an interesting read, certainly very different. ...more
A beautiful, chilling, eerie, and heart-breaking story about love, life, and death. This was one of the most gripping, remarkable books I have read inA beautiful, chilling, eerie, and heart-breaking story about love, life, and death. This was one of the most gripping, remarkable books I have read in a long time. The writing was powerful and superb. At times even poetic. Joyce did a fantastic job at truly drawing the reader into the story. At times it felt as if I really was there, I could truly feel the starkness and isolation of being stranded alone within the snow.
There are points within this story that really can give chills, and make the spine-tingle, and I loved they mystery of it, particularly at the beginning, when much like the characters themselves, you really do not know what is going on, and I began to think of a thousand different possibilities, and had no idea what direction the author was going to take.
Then slowly you start to realize what has happened, but even then you are kept guessing, and do not know just where things are going to go, what is going to happen next.
It is a real page-turner of a book. Once I started reading, I just did not want to stop. I just had to know what was going to happen on the next page, and the writing was so fluid and beautiful.
I loved the dynamic between the main characters Zoe and Jake. I though Joyce did a great job in the portrayal of their relationship. While they clearly loved each other, and you could feel their love, and need for each other, at the same time they were not perfect, and their relationship was not flawless. I found it very realistic. ...more
At the onset, and on the surface this book initially felt a bit like a modernized version of the Great Gatsby, a story about the shallow lives of theAt the onset, and on the surface this book initially felt a bit like a modernized version of the Great Gatsby, a story about the shallow lives of the upper class and their complete self-observed attitudes of which make them oblivious to anything going on around them. It is a darkly satirical novel about American culture of the 1980's, and sadly much of what is alluded to in this book still can be seen as applicable today. In ways I could not help but find this a rather darkly comical novel, as it was a bit of a nostalgic read for me. The author did capture the culture of the 80's so well, and so it took me back, particularly seeing certain things pop up that are practically non-existent in this day and age.
But as the story progresses it soon takes a much dark and more disturbing tone. One of the things of which I did so thoroughly enjoy about the story is how stubble it was and slowly builds. When you first get a glimpse of the true nature of Bateman, the narrator of the story, it really gives you a double take and leaves you wondering. As he is engaging in one of his usual rants, of giving off a laundry list of what everyone is wearing, or this and that new hot restaurant that just opened up, and so on and so forth he casually slips in a mention of this horrific act he committed and without skipping a beat keeps right along with the usual mundane commentary of his. So you are left not quite sure if you just read what you thought you read. Then as the story continues on you can see how Bateman begins to unravel more and more and the tension really builds because you feel as if he is spiraling down towards a complete breaking point.
The ending of the story I thought was brilliant, because of the fact that it does not end in any way one would expect. ...more
One of the things of which I most enjoyed about "The Woman in Black" was the atmosphere of the story. Susan Hill did a wonderful job of capturing theOne of the things of which I most enjoyed about "The Woman in Black" was the atmosphere of the story. Susan Hill did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of a 19th century Gothic ghost story. There where aspects of the book which at times made me think of "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James. The story did have this great, dark, creepy feel to it. And like with the traditional Gothic novel she really used the environment to enhance the mood of the story with the fog, and the marshland and this feeling of complete isolation.
At the same time there was an almost sort of timelessness about the story. She created this feel of something taking place within the past, yet at the same time if I recall correctly there is never a specific date or year given to the story so the story isn't necessarily set in a definitive period of time. It could easily transition into more modern times. One could picture this story playing out in a small town of village.
I thought she did that very well, capturing the feel of a classical ghost story while at the same time making it relateable to the modern audience.
With that being said there were a few issues I had with this story. While it did have this great heavy atmosphere and there where some creepy scenes on the whole I did find the story to be particularly scary, for best effect perhaps it would be better to read this story at night, or on a gloomy winter day.
In some ways reading this story was a bit like watching an episode of Ghost Hunters, there are all these little moments, strange sounds, and these things that might be kind of scary especially if you were staying alone in this big old house isolated from the rest of civilization and knowing you cannot leave until the tide goes down, and there is nothing but boggy marsh land to see for miles around, but then nothing really happens at the end of it. I kept waiting for all these little things to build up into this one really scary moment. But in a way it was kind of anti-climatic.
There where somethings which I felt the movie was able to do more effectively than the book. Particularly regarding the mysterious deaths of the children in the village. I thought that was very creepy in the movie, but in the book it is just mentioned in passing.
I will say though that I thought the ending of the book was a lot more powerful (and I think also just made more sense) than the ending in the movie.
All in all it was a very well written book and fun to read a very classical ghost story....more
This book seemed a bit like zombies meets Stephen King's The Tommyknockers. I have to admit that I found it paled in comparison to Lindqvist's "Let thThis book seemed a bit like zombies meets Stephen King's The Tommyknockers. I have to admit that I found it paled in comparison to Lindqvist's "Let the Right One In" which I thought was a brilliant work. But considering that zombies have been done to death (no pun intended) I do appreciate the rather fresh and original perspective this book brought to the subject.
This book was not about your movie zombies who are out to eat human flesh, but rather Lindqvist explores the social and moral problems that would occur should an event occur in which the dead should arise again. It explores the subject from various different points of view, from the scientific to the spiritual, and how the families of the "revliving" as they were deemed in the book would be affected and their reactions to the event.
Some very interesting and thought provoking ideas were put forth, but I did feel as if the ending was a bit anti-climatic, I felt as if the book was building up to this really big event, and that there would be some grand conclusion, but nothing is really explained or made clear. ...more
This was certainly a very different, and very strange book with a lot going on within it as it seems Hand crosses over through several different genreThis was certainly a very different, and very strange book with a lot going on within it as it seems Hand crosses over through several different genres. In reading it I could not help but to think of The House of the Seven Gables meets Post-Apocalypse.
The world is on the brink of collapse, with global warming, the destruction of the ozone layer, and an event everyone calls the Glimmering, the earth is dying. Disease runs rampid and there seems to be a sort of anarchy within the streets. And amid of this there are bizarre and seemingly supernatural events which take place.
The book is told in two main plot lines that begin to intersect with each other. The first story resolves around Jack Finnegan, middle aged man who inherited his grandfathers wealth and estate (which is a mansion that does very much remind of the House of Seven Gables) coping with the fact that he is dying of aids, and struggling still to get over his old lover Leonard Thorpe. Leonard Thorpe is a seems to be a destructive force who reeks havoc in the lives of everyone he encounters, and is apparently lacking in any moral scruples.
The second story revolves around Trip Marlowe, who is a pop icon superstar as lead singer of a Xian rock band, in spite of his rock star status he is kept in a sheltered existence by his religiously conservative mangers who are bent on protecting his Christian reputation. But Trip's world is turned upside down when he agrees to make a deal with Agrippa records and their CEO Nellie Candry seems to have her own ulterior motives. ...more