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Threshold by Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Jan 01, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: urban-fantasy, horror

I kept trying to put this down so I could get some errands done, but I just couldn't. It's like if Lovecraft and Carroll sat down to write a paleontological nightmare, urban fantasy style, with a generous dash of Beowulf thrown in.

It was a bit of a slower read than is normal for me with novels, but it's worth the effort to let yourself go and immerse yourself in the world. The use of language -- new compound words, unusual syntax, most scenes written in the present tense -- took some getting used to, but it was so consistently, logical done that it acted as a world building device in itself. The characters were simultaneously repellent and sympathetic. The story was a slow building descent into horror, where the characters are constantly wondering what's real and what's imagined. Then the ending... I need to think about the ending a bit longer.

It's not an easy read, neither light not schlocky. What it is, is new; I appreciate not knowing what's going to happen before it happens, even in genre fiction, and this really satisfied that need for me.

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