This was (un)interesting book... it took me so much too read due to the lack of interest of the first two chapters... after that it was a ride but nev...moreThis was (un)interesting book... it took me so much too read due to the lack of interest of the first two chapters... after that it was a ride but never an interesting. A duality of opinions within my being with no true wining.
The story is simple.. the ordeal through which a man and its child must overcome the loss of a wife/mother. The man is recruited to take care of an odd hotel (deadfall hotel) and from that moment on nothing is at seems. The hotel changes its indoor appearence to suit each visitor. its a sentient being if you much.. of course each visitor/resident is unique as well. The book its divided in long named chapters, and in my opinion it could have succeeded better in a short story format.
Each chapter, as I said its a story in its own but also follows the main plotline I told before.
It was an accomplished tale overall but at the same time most of the chapters fail to capture my attention. The only one I can remenber vividly is The King of the Cats.
I think i can understand all the chapters meanings and we could feel the husband passing from each stage of lose of someone, within each chapter.
A read with reservations. Reccommend to must people who like character centered novels. To people who like horror novels.. meh.
To the ones who liked The Shining? Its psychological horror of a different kind. Its like in football. Barcelona playing style or english style? It depends on each person...(less)
**spoiler alert** The Setting: Northern Europe. The Time: Dark Ages. The Participants: Vikings vs Draugr(Zombies). What can go wrong?
Bjolf and his Vik...more**spoiler alert** The Setting: Northern Europe. The Time: Dark Ages. The Participants: Vikings vs Draugr(Zombies). What can go wrong?
Bjolf and his Viking crew attack a village only to find it destroyed by another Viking party. As they flee they arrive at a strange place (also in the north) but with strange rituals. There they must battle not only other viking but also undead viking. The ending was fitting to the tale and leave an open door to a sequel if the author needs to return.
The characters are likeable and as we learn more about them we familiarize not only with Viking way but also the other and most numerous northmen that live in those lands. Vikings were the invading parties that set to plunder and conquest. The other northern had nothing to do with them. As the real vikings also this band is composed mostly by nothern man but also people from other lands. British residents , Rus, Sammi. Pretty much anyone who wanted to join.
The Draugr were a really legend from the northern man and so it was interesting to see them in a book. The way they came to being was also innovative because The ending as I said was good but at the same time dissapointing. The zombies were made by people from the future. Time Machines and such. But that didn't prevent me to enjoy the tale and that's what's important.
The short chapters make the story flow and action, history lessons, beasts and landscapes fill the pages.
Another criticism was the way he used the characters. Some characteres enrich the setting but in the end most of them were forgotten.
I would suggest to anyone who enjoys zombies, vikings and action centered books.(less)
An Hammer production movie script meets Night Train & Strangers on a Train. This is what I say. I always enjoy watching Hammer films so when I rea...moreAn Hammer production movie script meets Night Train & Strangers on a Train. This is what I say. I always enjoy watching Hammer films so when I read the synopsis of this book I had to read it. The first read of the year 2012. I had never read anything by this author and after reading this book I will try again I guess (If I have the time).
This story is a story within a story. The story is about a writer who has come from America to write a script for Hammer Production but the great chunk of the book is about the script itself that he wrote in a couple of days. I must say it was a nice tale and I good see it as a movie script. If Hammer productions had the money to do it. We get to see Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and that's always a joy.
The tale itself is set on the brink of WWI and four passangers embark on a train on their way to hell. They must confront their worst fears and battle it's residents.
Of course the writer wrote this as a tribute to Hammer films so you've got several stereotypes that are presented on the movies. The fatale female or the problematic vicar are two examples. Even the monsters are there. The writer even says that there is no problem with the budget because most of the set would be taken from other movies (like it was done in real hammer films).
In the end you will be satisfied with the book if you used to see the Hammer films. If you didn't you will want to see them. Nice book, nice characterization, nice plot. A good read.(less)
This was an interesting reading. I don't know why but usually I am not a big fan of short stories but I am afraid delving into a mammoth book of 600 p...moreThis was an interesting reading. I don't know why but usually I am not a big fan of short stories but I am afraid delving into a mammoth book of 600 pages or multi-books series, even at the same time I want to read several series I've got here. But since the other way I slept in my mother's home and having no books to read I started this one and what and it was a bag of mix feelings.
'Pied-A-Terre' by Stephen Volk is a nice tale about the purchasing of a house. I really was interested in the tale even if a bit predictable (reminded me of a gothic tale of the old days). It seems it had some truthful in it.
'In The Absence of Murdock' by Terry Lamsley is a tale that very much nods its head to Ramsey Campbell and Jules Verne. Although it is set in modern times, it does lean itself to a very Victorian feel. The final paragraph lends itself to a classic Victorian ghost story with true invention.
'Driving The Milky Way' by Weston Ochse was in interesting view on the term "house". House is where your heart is I guess. Nice interesting tale that delve into friendship and regret. Good tale.
'The Windmill' by Rebecca Levene has a supernatural setting about a convict and his odd partner in the cell. Good characterization by Levene.
'Moretta' by Garry Kilworth was a good tale set in rural england (Gothic story again) with a lovecraftian feeling.
'The Dark Space in the House in the House in the Garden at the Centre of the World' is God/Paradise setting with nice twist in the end. I enjoy the "God" parts more than the humans. (it's strange, you've got to read it to understand what I am saying).
'An Injustice' by Christopher Fowler is one of my favourite. It left me breathing hard until the very end. It's depressing and you will live as the main character. Believe me when I say that. It left me sad. Good Tale Mr Fowler.
'The Room Upstairs' by Sarah Pinbourough it was a nice tale about a robber as he stay in a haunted house as he waited for orders. It was a nice horror story with a good happy ending.
'Villanova' by Paul Meloy is a okay tale that is safe by the ending which leave you breathless. The ending apart deserves a five star rating.
'The Doll's House' by Jonathan Green is a horrifying tale that will grab you by your throat even if a bit predictable in the end.
'Trick of the Light' by Tim Lebbon was a good tale and other that will make you wonder about love and what means to have a haunted house.
'What Happened To Me' by Joe R Lansdale was a fitting ending. It starts slowly and you get a Arthur Machen/Lovecraftian horror tale. It was a good tale about a tale that is "True".
In the end I was satisfied and a couple of these writers are very good and probably I will try reading other tales by them.(less)
I read this book for two reasons. First I wanted to read a light reading and then I wanted to read a book with few ratings. In this case it had one ra...moreI read this book for two reasons. First I wanted to read a light reading and then I wanted to read a book with few ratings. In this case it had one rating and zero reviews.
First of all, I can understand why this book had few ratings. It's a shareworld with two previous unsucesseful books, by a relative unknown writer.
I did enjoy the book. Not so much as to try reading the previous ones. I like the mix between magic and science. A kind of steampunk. Unfortunally it wasn't that explored in my opinion. Since, nobody is going to read the book, I am going to give a spoiler. The ending was my favourite part. Basically some sage stole the magic from all mages and if he died, magic died with him. Everything that was magical, in the world, would fall. So they ponder of what to do.
"The thing about magic, is that once everyone knows how it's done, it's not magic anymore. It's just science. And I Like science."
"For millennia magic and science have woven themselves around each other on Inan, like creepers twining around a tree. Like... serpents. But no more. Today we are left with science and nothing else. And who knows where that will take us?"
Now if you substitute magic with religion you get the same thing. All this book has some information on how religion magic is not that good.
The characters were not that developed. They were there. Leah our main character was also the only one who evolved. A light-hearted girl who never took anything serious had now the responsabilities to take over the work and have person beneath her.
Pag 91 - "The library was theoretically avaiable via wrist-port to everyone. And yet Grefno preferred to use the books themselves. The crispness of the dry paperr, to smell the musty spines of the leather-bound volumes..."