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So unheimlich kann Schnee sein. So bedrohlich die Stille. So hypnotisierend das Grauen

Beim Skifahren in den französischen Pyrenäen wird ein junges Paar von einer Lawine verschüttet. Zwar gelingt es Jake und Zoe sich zu befreien, aber als sie zu ihrem Hotel zurückkehren, finden sie alles verlassen vor. Mobilfunkverbindungen sind zusammengebrochen, jeder Kontakt zur Außenwel
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 2011 by Goldmann (first published 2010)
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Will Byrnes
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
True silence. The freezing of all sounds. It wasn’t possible in the modern world, to listen to the sound of true silence. Perhaps not even in the ancient world, either: there was wind in the desert; insects in the depths of the forest; wave activity in the middle of the ocean. Nature did not tolerate silence. Only death accepted silence; and there was silence here.
In The Silent World, Graham Joyce’s eighteenth book and 2011 World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award nominee, a young couple
Amalia Gavea
‘’Once I had a dream and in the dream I went to bed and fell asleep and was dreaming. And I knew I was dreaming inside a dream. Do you think it’s like that? Do you?’’

I’ve always thought that the winter landscape mirrored purity, tranquility, beauty. The white of the snow, the complete silence, the moon casting its beams creating a scenery that is otherworldly, almost unnaturally beautiful and mystifying. I feel more at peace with our universe when I find myself in the ‘’white’’ nature up in the
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Delee by: Lisa

It was snowing again. Gentle six-pointed flakes from a picture book, settling on her jacket sleeve. The mountain air prickled with the ice and the savour of pine resin. Zoe pulled the air into her lungs, feeling the cracking cold of it before letting go. And when the mountain horn seemed to nod and sigh back at her, she almost thought she could die in that place, and happily.

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Jake and Zoe are celebrating their tenth anniversary at the ski resort where they first met- Saint-Bernard-en
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-end
i have always called graham joyce "jonathan carroll-lite." and there is nothing wrong with graham joyce - i keep reading his books, don't i? but they are always seem to take place in the same neighborhood as one of jc's tales, just missing a certain je ne sais quoi that jonathan carroll would have supplied. but this book is just ripped out of jonathan carroll's diary, man. this is like dean koontz trying to write a horror novel set in maine. you are setting yourself up for judgment, my friend, a ...more
mark monday
youngish married couple go on a ski trip. avalanche! when they extricate themselves from the snow they find that everyone at their ski village has disappeared and that time now moves differently. what the hell?

here's a clue spoiler: (view spoiler)

fortunately, guessing the (entirely predictable) twists that come at the halfway and end points should not ruin the experience of reading this lovely and affecting book. unless you are the sort of reader whose experience rises and fall
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engrossing story that starts with a married couple caught up in an avalanche. From the cover and title you get the impression this is a post apocalyptic story, the only similarity to being that kind of story is that they are the only ones who seem to survive an incident in the whole village. All the holiday reps and tourists gone but everything seems eerie and strange. One strange occurrence is that there is an abundant supply of food in the stores and the meat does not go off. They try to sk ...more
Sophia Triad
"I asked you if you thought we're trapped here, or if we've been freed here."
"Depends while way you choose to see it."
"Exactly. There isn't a right answer, is there? It depends on how we choose to see it. If we choose to see it as if we're trapped here, then our situation is tragic. If we choose to see that we're liberated here, then it's the opposite."
"Comic isn't the opposite of tragic."
"I mean to say, if we choose to see it the right way, we could have the most magical time here.
Edward Lorn
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silent Land is my first experience with Graham Joyce. Gregor Xane told me to read this book with my face, so when I found it at my local UBS, I snatched it up with extreme prejudice. That doesn't make any sense, does it? Oh well...

First and foremost, I must comment on how gorgeous the American first edition of this book is. The dust jacket seems to be made out of a durable tissue paper. Look at the cover and imagine that the black letters are written on the book and the gray letters are on
Terrible terrible book. A couple on their holiday retreat gets caught in an avalanche while skiing which they survive. When they return to their hotel, it’s deserted. The whole village is empty. They are alone. After some failed attempts to contact the outside world and some tries to get out by a car themselves, they decide that there is nothing else to do, so they ski, then they eat and have sex then ski again then ski some more and have more sex then ski ski ski ski... I have now decided that ...more
Will M.
Would've been a 5 star, but the ending ruined everything.

The plot was simplistic at best, but the only bad thing about this novel was the ending. Sometimes simplicity works for some authors, but bad endings never will. If the author didn't make the ending as cliche as it was, I would've loved this novel. Such a shame, it was an enjoyable ride.

The characters were well developed for me . Zoe and Jake were really fun to read, so no problems with the characters. I'll be honest and say that everyth
Zoe and Jake were the first ones on the slopes at a ski resort in the French Pyrenees when they heard a deep rumble. As they headed toward the trees, an avalanche buried them in the snow. Fortunately they were able to dig themselves out and get down the mountain to their hotel, but found a strange silent world awaited them. They were unable to communicate to the outside world, and they only had each other. Time was playing mysterious tricks on them.

This is a fantasy novel that has frightening mo
Kealan Burke
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful love story and meditation on life and death, made all the more heartbreaking and poignant by the passing of the author last year. A wonderful novel from a talent that will be sorely missed.
Wayne Barrett

Actual 4.5

This is only my second Graham Joyce novel, but I am becoming a fan.

Having experienced 'near death' myself, I am very attuned to perspective when it comes to living. Without giving any spoilers I will just say that I thought this was a very deep journey into the mysteries of our meaning. Who are we, why are we, how does our past influence our presence, our future?

The book captured and held my interest from beginning to end. This is one of those that doesn't have a lot of action and clim

It sounds almost post-apocalyptic, according to its summary: a married couple discovers they’re the only two people--and seemingly the only living creatures--remaining after an avalanche strikes the ski resort where they’re vacationing. Phone calls go unanswered, the Internet doesn’t connect, and the city’s boundaries may as well be electrified for all the luck they’re having trying to leave. All is so unfathomably quiet they can practically hear each snowflake land. Joy
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Although this story had a good premise, the execution feel flat. Zoe and Jake were dull and two-dimensional; while the book jacket promises an illustration of the power of love, the story doesn't even come close. We never get the feel that these two have actual chemistry, and we rarely see any displays of emotion from either of them. The setting, while eerie at first, becomes dull as the story wears on. The characters express several times that, while it's only been a handful of days since ...more
This book was unbelievable. I was so uncomfortable reading it, it was so eerie and spooky. I tried to make it last because the whole mood of the book was incredible. My advice is to not try to predict where it's going, just let yourself be taken for the ride. This was probably the best book I've read this year.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, read-2013
After a devastating avalanche, Jake and a pregnant Zoe amazingly dig their way out only to find they are literally all alone at a French Alps ski resort.

After the disaster, this book turns creepy and frightening with a touching romance story and a (view spoiler)surprise ending!


Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not long after reading Some Kind Of Fairy Tale, I was at my local library branch and checked to see what else they might have by Mr. Joyce. This was it, and even with no blurb on its inner cover to give me a clue as to what it's about, I plucked it off the shelf. I was as unknowing of this novel's world as is the story's married couple after the first few pages. I suppose that added to the suspense, though I was able to figure out rather quickly where it was going.

As with Some Kind Of Fairy Tale
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Goodreads First Reads Giveaway book.

The cover of this book is totally fantastic. If you slip the dust jacket off, you're left with different letters of the title on the book and different letters on the dust jacket. I puzzled over the letters on each for a while, hoping to find a word hidden, scrabble-like, in the letters, but even my scrabble dominating life couldn't find anything interesting.

As for the book itself - it had atmosphere, I'll give it that. Unfortunately, we're stuck in our atmosp
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tara by: Gregor Xane
I enjoyed Some Kind Of Fairy Tale very much and wanted to read more of Joyce. The plot of Silent Land appealed to me: a married couple buried in an avalanche in the French Pyrenees, their escape and then their surreal survival story in the abandoned resort village. It took me some time, however, to warm up to the book. Even for me, it dragged at the start, and I missed the quality of prose writing and characterization I'd found in Fairy Tale. The plot was relatively easy to guess, and even thoug ...more
Audrey Dry
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro recomendado en el Club de Lectura (Temporada de Invierno: El libro invisible) en el grupo La Cafetería de Audrey

Bueno, no sé qué decir de este libro. He tenido muchos sentimientos contradictorios a lo largo de la historia. He llegado a no soportar a Jake y a quererlo; a sentir lástima por Zoe al mismo tiempo que la veía algo insoportable, a veces. Pero la historia es genial. Compensa muy bien el suspense/misterio con el terror y el drama. La redacción sabe mantener el ritmo y la historia e
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
Simply a stunning book to me. It so reminded me of a great Murakami novel. This novel stole me away, it is not often that I read a book in a sitting, let alone give up precious sleep to do so. This is an amazing story about love, life, perspective, and dreams. I was moved from the first word until the last. Jake and Zoe are very likable and their love for each other seemed to be nearly tangible. I loved the unfolding of the mysteries of the setting and the fact that much of this novel power come ...more
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I glad no one told me the ending or I wouldn't have read this. Even a hint of the ending would be a major spoiler so you will just have to take me at my word on this. Graham Joyce's forte is setting an eerie environment which he does so marvelously throughout this strange book. The best way to describe this work is "Couple with issues is trapped in situation defying logic and explanation". We are taken for the ride and I loved the way the author teased out various plot possibilities while keepin ...more
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
one of those books that you wouldn't want to add or subtract any paragraph from it.
A well realised psychological thriller that reminded me of Hitchcock. It starts with an avalanche that isolates a couple in a suddenly desertes Pyrenees sky resort. And then things start to get weird, really weird.
I liked the main characters and the evocative language of the writer, the tight control over plot and pacing, but most of all the human interest beyong the paranormal elements. the author tackles a diffi
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kandice by: Lisa Eggers
Original story about a married couple that encounters an avalanche while skiing in Europe. The author had me on the edge of my seat throughout the story.
Gregor Xane
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Excellent!!! Both extremely effective and affecting. Graham Joyce's writing is compulsively readable.
This novella came complete with a plot that sounded so up my street, it might have been created for me - after narrowly escaping an avalanche in a skiing resort, a young married couple return to their hotel to find not only it, but the entire town, apparently deserted. Not only are they unable to find another human being, but all lines of communication are cut off and no matter what they do to try and get away, they can't seem to escape the eerie 'silent land' in which they appear to have become ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british

okay this book is an achievement, it's really there almost as good as thou shalt kill. Not so much the sci fi angle although that was interesting, but the character study was really well done.

this is probably the most true to life relationship I've ever read.

first lets detour and talk about my life. I'm in a very weird relationship with a guy I've been friends with for six years. He's one of my best friends, I love him, and I commonly tell him to go fuck off or take a time out. an
Martin Belcher
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake and Zoe, two people deeply in love are on a skiing holiday in the beautiful village of Saint Bernard en Haut in the French Pyrenees, whilst up on the ski slopes they both get caught in a huge avalanche which buries Zoe alive. She manages after a few minutes to wiggle herself free and finally escapes from her snowbound cocoon to be reunited with Jake who mysteriously also survived the avalanche. They are both shaken by their ordeal and make their way back down to the village but find themsel ...more
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Graham Joyce (22 October 1954 – 9 September 2014) was an English writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for both his novels and short stories.

After receiving a B.Ed. from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 and a M.A. from the University of Leicester in 1980. Joyce worked as a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988. He subsequently quit his po
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