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Haunt is a tripping-balls Los Angeles noir, where a mysterious dame drags you through a time-warping Bizarro hall of mirrors. She's the girl of your dreams. Too bad she's dead. OR IS SHE?In Haunt, "you" are the hapless corporate tool and rock star wannabe turned private Dick. Here, even your most inconsequential choices can make all the difference between a Hollywood endin ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Fungasm Press
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Mangrii
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: others
Te llamas Richard, tienes 26 años, vives en Los Ángeles y sueñas con ser músico, pero de momento trabajas en una oficina. No tienes amigos por que no dispones de un sofá, pero una mañana al salir hacia tu trabajo ves uno, ¿Lo coges o no? Así empezarás a tomar decisiones una y otra vez, porque tú mismo, el lector, eres el coprotagonista de la historia. Seréis tres personajes en la historia, Sarah, la chica que es un fantasma porque está muerta, dado que han encontrado su cadáver y que le ha ocurr ...more
Bill
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this one on my tbr for a while now and when I saw that it had an audible companion, I snatched up the audio. It was the first time I used the Whispersync function, switching back and forth from reading to listening. It worked surprisingly well and I kind of dug it.

Laura Lee Bahr pens a weird one here. Shifting narrative perspectives, timelines and story threads - this should have been a total mess. It wasn’t. From the lead character “You” to a ghost, to an investigative reporter in lo
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Danger
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Haunt is a novel that twists both the conventions of narrative and time into a colorful and kaleidoscopic knot. It is a mystery that begs to be unraveled: a ghost story and a crime noir and a dark romantic comedy, all rolled into one. The prose here is relaxed, yet razor-sharp. The story is engaging, even at the breakneck speed it is told, beckoning you like a spirit itself to travel further into the maze - even when you are aware that each hallway you are about to enter is full of booby traps. ...more
Antonio Spaghetti
3 estrellas, 4, 3, 4 y así es el libro que más difícil me resulta puntuar. Fantasma ofrece muchas cosas buenas;
Originalidad, buenos personajes y aunque la historia me resulta que no es nada del otro mundo, está contada desde una peculiaridad y una atmósfera que hacer que la novela sea casi única. El problema está en que en su parte final se desinfla, durante todo el libro se hila una historia que parece que va a ofrecer una parte final extraña y soberbia digna de ponerla en los altares de culto.
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Carla Estruch
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, leoautorasoct
Coges un puzle. Mezclas las piezas. Colocas algunas del revés, otras del derecho y esas de allá que han caído de la mesa las escondes debajo del sofá. El resultado es Fantasma.
Algunos dirán que el puzle es un desastre. Otros, que es arte. Muchos querrán arreglarlo, ponerlo en orden, darle un sentido. Pero todos coincidirán en que es raro y adictivo.
M.P. Johnson
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Smart, Exciting, Totally Unique Ghost Story

This book is smart in a way that is sort of baffling - not because I don't get it, but because I totally do. There's no pretension. It's super readable. It's smartness isn't in the use of big words. It's not trying to be experimental for the sake of experimentation. Yet it does experiment. It breaks new ground and messes with perspective and chronology in a way that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a page turner of a ghost story at its core. I'
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Marina
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5/5

Que Maravilla de novela. Me parece una genialidad todo. La narrativa, los personajes, la trama...todo. Y me parece super valiente editar esto como primer libro de un sello. Viva el Bizarro.Viva Orciny Press y Viva Laura Lee Bahr!!
Sergi Oset
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He de reconocer que mis únicos referentes hasta la fecha en el Bizarro eran el «Baise-moi» de Virginie Despentes y «Exquisite corpse» de Poppy Z. Brite publicados por Reservoir Books en un ya lejano 1998. Pero, de hecho, no he encontrado en la lectura de Fantasma nada que pueda relacionarlo con los dos libros mencionados anteriormente (salvo la voluntad de transgredir). Laura Lee Bahr se mueve en el Bizarro con mucha clase, no hay ni una pizca de zafiedad en su novela, sabe cómo describir los as ...more
Mariano Hortal
Vaya irrupción a lo grande de la nueva editorial Orcinny con este libro de la autora norteamericana; parece increíble que a nadie se le hubiera ocurrido esta idea hasta entonces: volver a los cuentos de Elige tu propia aventura y utilizarlo narrativamente quitando las opciones. Exponente de la Bizzarre Literature, el resultado es una experiencia en la que la forma se come con patatas cualquier idea preconcebida que tuviéramos, la verdad es que es difícil de olvidar. Y está muy bien acabado.
Michael Adams
Interesting chronology-hopping alternate-reality switching bizarro crime-drama ghost-story romance. The convoluted structure made things a little hard to follow along with at times, though the prose was lyrical and melodic throughout.
Tamara Romero
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro
When I find such a unique novel as this I feel the obligation of telling everybody. Haunt is the winner of last year's Wonderland award, kind of a literary equivalent of 'Mullholand Drive', with a touch of Werner Herzog's 'My son, my son, what have ye done'. It tells the story of three characters: a beautiful dead woman (or not), a detective/journalist who loves her and wants to find out what happened, and you. Yes, you. The one who's reading. In this story your name is Dick and you live in L.A; ...more
Francisco Jota-Pérez
Ritmo perfecto y una estructura que funciona como un tiro, para proporcionar una de las experiencias de lectura más fascinantes y divertidas con las que yo me haya topado últimamente en cuanto a literatura de género editada en este país se refiere.

Una historia de fantasmas que es mucho más que eso (una autoficción bizarra, un relato policíaco embrujado, la radiografía de una sociedad urgentemente necesitada de pequeños exorcismos), pero que no es más que una historia de fantasmas.

Personalmente,
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3,5
G. Brown
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, favorites
You Don't Know What This Book Is.

You don't know why you bought this book. (I met Laura Lee Bahr, but you didn't, so why did you buy it? It's a mystery.)

You start reading this book. You don't know what it is. But you can't put it down. It's like being led by the nose. It's like being in love. You keep reading in hopes you can figure it out.

But then you give up trying to figure it out, because there is no way to figure out magic, and you just enjoy the ride, enjoy being led by the nose. The book
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Bouman
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
la historia está construida como si fuese un juego para el lector, un puzzle mental en el que encajar todas las piezas, como recorrer todos los caminos de un laberinto para conocerlo al detalle. Es posible que no estés entendiendo nada, pero para que os hagáis una idea, Tamara Romero desde la introducción nos pone en la peculiar situación que supone leer Fantasma. Laura Lee Bahr inicialmente escribió la novela como si se tratase de una tipo “Elige tu propia aventura”, de esas en ... more
Tatiana (El Ratón de Alexandria)
Un viaje oscuro, sórdido, surrealista y a la vez luminoso, eléctrico y ligero; una narración que fluye con la levedad de un espíritu entre la novela negra y una fantasía canalla, urbana, que supongo que es ese género en el que me empiezo a adentrar llamado bizarro.
Laura Lee Bahr domina perfectamente una estructura desestructurada, que hace que el lector permanezca atento y enganchado, sin dejar que se pierda ni soltarle de la mano; varia entre el narrador omnisciente y una segunda persona que ap
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Ezra Werb
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
HAUNT fits into my favorite category of art: It's unlike anything I've ever read before. Not just the story itself, but the way it's told is so unique. Some of it is in third person, some in second person ("You" are one of the characters) and the narrator has such an original voice.

The only thing I can compare it to is: If Kurt Vonnegut adapted a David Lynch movie. So if you dig Lynch or Vonnegut or any artist who takes risks, definitely read this.

The narrative is non-linear, but the theme of de
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Enric Herce
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro de difícil valoración. Para quienes disfruten explorando nuevos caminos a la hora de explicar historias, sendas no trilladas que ofrecen una experiencia lectora distinta, será un cinco. Quienes antepongan la coherencia de la historia por delante de todo, y exijan que la mayoría de los flecos de tramas y subtramas queden bien atados, no sé si llegaría al cuatro. Mi gusto personal se sitúa en un punto medio, aunque siempre me han fascinado las historias que saben atraparte mientras te arr ...more
Pablo Bueno
"Fantasma" es un libro extraño. *MUY* extraño y, no por casualidad, se enmarca dentro de la colección “bizarro” de Orciny press.

Ni siquiera me voy a atrever a valorarlo. ¿Me ha gustado? No lo sé. ¿He estado tentado de dejarlo? Sí. ¿Lo hice? No, de hecho no pude descansar hasta acabarlo, así que supongo que cumple su objetivo de dejar confundido, enganchado e intrigado al lector.
Pedro Proença
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite book. Review to come.
Xavi
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: llegits-2016
Creo que he conseguido ordenar un poco lo que pienso sobre la novela.
Al final 3'5/5 :
http://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/201...
José Del Río Fortich
Una gran historia, diferente y gamberra. Cruce de Mullholland Drive y Los Otros. Paranoica y radical. Felicidades a Orciny por traernos estas maravillas.
Bill Hsu
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the multiple unreliable narrators in the beginning, but thought it needed more to sustain through 300+ pages.
Ezequiel
3,5
Helena
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
O bien se queda todo demasiado en el aire o yo no me he enterado de nada del final.
Marina Lamanuzzi
Es un libro que empezó gustándome bastante, pero a medida que avanzaba fui perdiendo interés en él. La estructura fragmentaria y en segunda persona suelen ser elecciones narrativas que conllevan cierta dificultad, y en este caso el modo de desarrollar y entremezclar los episodios (sobre todo en la segunda mitad del libro), así como el tono y estilo general, no me ha enganchado. En definitiva, la idea de partida (un libro-juego donde todas las posibilidades y sus consecuencias se van intercalando ...more
Jim
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of the more innovative and entertaining audiobooks I've listened to. The production team makes use of multiple actors, sound effects and music to enhance the listening experience. And the story is bonkers in the best kind of way.
Grant Wamack
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this month I started a wonderful novel by Laura Lee Bahr titled Haunt published by Fungasm Press. Think The Others meet The Sixth Sense, but these comparisions are too simple. They don’t do this book justice.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill “I’m a ghost but I don’t know I’m a ghost story.” It’s so much deeper than that. Seriously, Bahr’s rhythmic prose and deep characterization gave me nightmares (the good kind).

“You” work at an office job with a girl who you doesn’t realize is dead and h
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David Barbee
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is a big long dive into a dark abyss. You'd better be ready for it. Because "Haunt" is a mindbender. It's a weird whirlwind that your sanity might not survive. It's a ghost/noir story set in L.A., following the destinies of three characters (two living and one dead) as they circle one another likes sharks, waiting for some gruesome end that's bound to come from wherever you're not looking.

Like any good murder mystery, there are twists and turns, but there's also stretching. Onc
...more
Karl Fischer
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, crime
Somewhere between poetry, CYOA, and ghost story, this novel is a scrappy, badass mutt of genre fiction. While its plot is purposefully ephemeral, converging on or departing from multiple storylines at once, it never let's go of the reader. Finishing most chapters is like waking up from a profound dream. Bahr takes you down elaborate pathways, allowing glimpses of the characters as they might be, as they could or should be, then rips you away to some other tragedy, some new development. Glorious ...more
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