Jeg er normalt ikke til spøgelseshistorier, da jeg finder den slags fortællinger fortærskede. Men denne her viser hvordan det skal gøres i en moderneJeg er normalt ikke til spøgelseshistorier, da jeg finder den slags fortællinger fortærskede. Men denne her viser hvordan det skal gøres i en moderne kontekst.
June 1, 2015: "The Animator's House": Truly an unsettling story. That's a rarity these days, but this one got me just the right way. A short story withJune 1, 2015: "The Animator's House": Truly an unsettling story. That's a rarity these days, but this one got me just the right way. A short story with many nuances and layers, in a clear and deceptively simple language. I will never think of animators the same way again.
June 2: "In the Cellar": A nice ghost story. With an ending I did not see coming. It gave the story depth and a more sinister glow.
June 3: "The Animal Aspect of Her Movement": So far the weirdest story. Very dreamlike, nightmarish. Not in the monsters-be-here way but more in the WTF department.
All in all not quite as good as the first two but still worth a read.
July 6: "The Demon": So far the weakest story in the collection, but with some nice atmospheric touches.
July 7: "Back Home": General impression: I felt the same as when I read "The Ghost". And an ending too obvious, in my opinion.
July 8: "A String of Lights": Strange in an almost Lynchian way. That's a compliment;-)
October 2: finished. Review of the other stories coming as soon as I have time to write them.
September 11, 2014: "Under the Overpass":
About that definiOctober 2: finished. Review of the other stories coming as soon as I have time to write them.
September 11, 2014: "Under the Overpass":
About that defining moment when you lose your innocence as a child. I liked the sombre tone. A good start for the collection.
September 12: "The Other Village" + "The Uninvited Guest":
The first is a fine little story of leaving negativity behind, with some great, atmospheric scenes. The latter was ok but in my opinion not quite as good as the first two stories.
September 13: "A Seed on Barren Ground":
A woman has lost her baby late on pregnancy, her husband leaves her and a nurse sends her to a strange place where things happen in the tent.
A weird tale with a clear focus on dealing with such a loss. And a strange twist in the end.
September 15: "Writing on the Wall":
My favourite so far in the collection. A chilling story of estrangement. It takes place in Warsaw... Well, on the surface, anyway;-) Not much is described of Warsaw but it stirred memories from the one time I was there, years ago. Perhaps that added to the charm, for me?
September 19: "A Chorus of Yesterdays":
A nice little weird story. It reminded me a bit of Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann".
September 21: "The Sweetest Song":
The longest story so far. An older man lives with his nephew after his wife dies. A woman enters their life and now things take a sinister turn. It includes mysterious birds.
September 23: "Fading Light":
A man lives alone with only the dog his wife left him. His friend is now left by his wife. The story evolves around the sadness, the emptiness and futile attempt at trying to piece together some sort of meaningfulness to it all. All the while they live alone in their own apartments, never talking and sharing.
It all takes place in a dark, crumbling world resembling our own all too much. Great story!
More individual reviews coming, as I read the stories. I like that the author's voice stands out.
(Purchased directly from the publisher, their moving sale Summer 2013.)...more
A fine read but not quite as fine as the first two in the series, the superb THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and the sequel,(WARNING: SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW)
A fine read but not quite as fine as the first two in the series, the superb THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and the sequel, THE ANGEL'S GAME. One of the reasons being that this one stands less alone; in fact, when the end is reached, THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN feels more like an introduction to what is really about to unfold than a story in itself.
Also, much of what is going on appears to be centered around THE ANGEL'S GAME, so now I need to reread that one. I don't mind that, much, but it clearly isn't true when the author, in the introduction, says that these stories can be read as standalone novels. Especially this one, it seems to me, can't.
This time we're back with Daniel Sempere as the protagonist. He is now a father, married and (of course) helps his father in the bookshop. Fermín too helps out. But of course a stranger comes in and things change. This time most of the mystery and the plot revolts around Fermín's dark past, much of it from his time in prison. Here the author from THE ANGEL'S GAME, David Martín, also plays a central role.
Zafón is still a gifted writer and has a wonderful imagination, as well as an aptitude for words (thanks must also be given to the translator, Lucia Graves, for a very fine job), but the result this time didn't quite match the first two novels. I have quite high expectations for the fourth, though, since what looms ahead sounds very promising, I must say.
I won't say more about the plot etc. (that would ruin too much, after all) but say that, in the end, things have apparently only just started. A sort of a cliffhanger, if you will.
Fantastisk. Intet mindre. Krybende uhyggelig og gribende (man føler virkelig med den stakkels dreng). Og så er den velskrevet og -artikuleret som få rFantastisk. Intet mindre. Krybende uhyggelig og gribende (man føler virkelig med den stakkels dreng). Og så er den velskrevet og -artikuleret som få romaner i dag. Og en imponerende balance mellem på den ene side at følge drengen og hans tanker og følelser og på den anden side at flette gamle danske sagn og myter ind. Hold da op.
Jeg kan ikke finde noget at kritisere. Læs den!...more