Disappointing ... I really enjoy apocalyptic fiction, but this one is an obvious (and very pale imitation of) rip-off of my FAVORITE book The Stand .....moreDisappointing ... I really enjoy apocalyptic fiction, but this one is an obvious (and very pale imitation of) rip-off of my FAVORITE book The Stand ... "a dark man in a trenchcoat" is prominent during a pro-longed power outage (and "the change" of people into unstoppable zombies) and its chaotic results on a small suburb near Chicago. Very shallow characterizations, with emphasis on blood and gore. And one of those frustrating "is that the end?"(less)
After reading The House of Lost Souls, I was hoping for something akin to that. This book describes itself as being based on experiments done in the p...moreAfter reading The House of Lost Souls, I was hoping for something akin to that. This book describes itself as being based on experiments done in the parapsychology lab at Duke U., so of course! This should be my next choice. So far, it comes up short ... only because of the high degree of excellence contained in the previous selection. The Unseen, actually reminds me of The Devlin Diary (the present-day Trinity College part)& The Night Villa. A college, a much-educated female professor protagonist, a library (hooray!) and research, research, research!
Very slow, many times I questioned myself as to why I was still plodding through it ... lots of scenes telegraphed to the reader WAAAY before disclosure, trite situations, overblown personalities ... AARGH! But I stuck with it (not knowing why!) and was 'sort of' rewarded ... it picked up and was a little interesting toward the last few chapters. But below the quality level of what I have been lucky enough to read lately (The Devlin Diary, The Black Tower, The House of Lost Souls!) I guess it was worthwhile just for the location (Durham NC & Duke U.) & history of the parapsychology lab there ... I definitely looked into the websites and dug a little more ... another author like Richard Matheson (or F. G. Cottam!) should try their hand at the subject matter!(less)
I truly savored the last few pages of this book ... I could have finished it MUCH SOONER, but I just couldn't bear to say goodbye to it. it kind of re...more I truly savored the last few pages of this book ... I could have finished it MUCH SOONER, but I just couldn't bear to say goodbye to it. it kind of reminds me of how I felt reading December, a book I was very sad to see end. I CANNOT wait to read this author's new books!!! I think Dark Echo & Magdalena's Curse are the other titles.
Such intricate orchestration of multiple timelines leading to a present-day conclusion. I love that theme, in films as well as books. Such poetry of prose. The English (especially, the King's English --- or should I say Queen's?) never looked or sounded as good as it does as you read (& hear in your mind)this book!
The impending doom mixed with horror --- but there's no overindulgence or gratuitous violence – even the book cover is un-nerving --- a photo of a 20s girl with her face scratched out (looks like with an exacto-knife!), entering the gates of a gloomy English country house.
Contains my favorite themes --- 1920s-1930s, the UK, haunted people and places, multiple time periods, secret rituals, real people as characters, and ALL the characterizations are realistic in portrayal. The use of music as another theme of menace --- ragtime, modern songs (“Imagine”, the Fairport Convention songs) given a ragtime kilt gives so much more depth to the story. This is by far THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ this year, and I have been SO Lucky in my choices.
If you like atmospheric, edge-of-your-seat psychological suspense (that's not to say that there are some very sedate, almost pleasant scenes within), READ THIS BOOK!!!!