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Knives, Forks, Scissors, Flames

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“Some towns change with the times while others seem to fall through the cracks, entering an oddly timeless domain. The latter is the case with Strathleven, in which the rituals and darkness of the past seem always to be glimmering just below the surface of a seemingly normal shell. Wonderfully controlled and with a very deft, beautifully done tone, Knives, Forks, Scissors, ...more
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Published October 26th 2016 by Panhandler Books
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Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Some people take the old customs very seriously."

Benno, his wife, and stepson are new to the town of Strathleven. On the surface, it looks to be such a beautiful, tranquil village, yet when the stabbed and beaten body of an unknown woman is found one day . . . no one seems to care much. Before long, signs proclaiming "The King must die!" are popping up all over the village, a suspicious minister appears to be leading Benno's wife astray, and some of the villagers have become inordinately
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I have one more of his books to go and I will have read all of his. Really liked this one. Dark, Gothic modern story - kind of like The Wicker Man. Stefan Kiesbye is really a superb writer and storyteller.
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Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A cross between Harvest Home and The Camera Killer. More later
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What a disappointment. I was so pumped to read this because Your House Is on Fire... left such an impression, but I don’t even know where to begin with my criticisms for this book.
First, characterization was poor. The main characters were almost impossible to relate to. I appreciate when authors leave some mystery to characters to make readers wonder who can be trusted, but in this case the ambiguity led to flat, confusing characters. Additionally there were so many minor characters introduced
Jamie Killen
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
For fans of Kiesbye's Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone, this book acts as a kind of thematic sequel. In both cases, we have a small German town whose traditions and history are slowly rotting it from within. In both cases, we have brutal acts of violence and cruelty justified in terms of the town's history and survival. The biggest difference lies in perspective; Your House was immersive, showing the gradual decay of the town through multiple POVs over the course of decades. Knives, ...more
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Stefan Kiesbye has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. Born on the German coast of the Baltic Sea, he moved to Berlin in the early 1980s. He studied drama and worked in radio before starting a degree in American studies, English, and comparative literature at Berlin’s Free University. A scholarship brought him to Buffalo, New York, in 1996. Kiesbye now lives in Portales, ...more