Since George Lister’s chemical plant closed down, Innertown has been a shadow of its former self. In the woods that once teemed with life, strange sickly plants grow. Homes that were once happy are threatened by a mysterious illness.
Here, a young boy named Leonard and his friends exist in a state of confusion and despair, as every year or so, a boy from their school vanish
I've taken a few days since finishing The Glister to think about it and come down from my excitable state, so that this review didn't read like an incomprehensible smattering of "oh wow!" and "brilliant!". This was only my second Burnside novel, but I feel confident in saying that he is one of my favourite contemporary authors. He writes with such mastery, and the way that he illustrates Innertown and its ghostly, menacing atmosphere is distinct an ...more
I'm not sure how to summarize the story, because I didn't really feel like there was much of one really. We follow a couple of different people's perspectives, but for the ...more
This book is not a typical horror or mystery novel. It’s more of a very long dark fable complete w ...more
On the former, The Glister gets a fantastic score, 4 or even 5. A sort of literary horror, the whole work is laid over with a subtle, sinister edge. The nearly feral teenagers, the remains of the chemical plant poisoning not only the land but the people, physically and psychologically was done with sinister and often subtle edge and a dreamlike quality.
The initial set-up was ...more
I'm straight down the middle with it, from a rating perspective. There were some amazing and highly quotable lines, so I was able to up my kindle-highlight game a bit since I was reading the mobi version. (sidenote: thank GOD I picked up the kindle version for cheap when it went up on sale.) And the book maintained most of its creepy nature, though at a terribly slow, plodding pace. I was extremely careful when ...more
The Glister is neither a traditional horror story or mystery novel, although there's plenty of horror and mystery to it. Burnside creates a Hitchcockian atmosphere of s ...more
I can understand why there are a lot of middling reviews for this book, as plot-wise you’re not going to get a neatly concluded story with all the loose ends tied together. The blurb on the back of the book reads like a crime novel, but you’re getting something else completely.
Glister is unsettling, darkly atmospheric and dreamlike. This world is a horrible ...more
I had high hopes for this novel. And I did enjoy it a lot. I liked the creepy otherworldlyness of the setting. It felt normal and yet also very strange. It reminded me a bit of Michael Faber's 'Under the Skin'. You recognise the place and the people but something doesn't feel quite right.
I like the ever present tension. But I found myself getting frus ...more
But the English major in me was drawn to the charactarizati ...more
Now teenage boys are disappearing, and there seems to be a cover-up involving a wealthy local businessman and an incompetent policeman.
After a poor beginning, I became more e ...more
Well, but... As another reviewer put it, it ultimately reads like a brilliant 75 page short story embedded in... I'm not sure what. A few other good short stories, mostly describing characters who aren't directly involved in the action in the main one? And what of the so-called "ending"?
Ultimately, the middling score seems to be just about right.
George Lister's secretive chemical plant fueled Innertown's economy for decades, but since its closure, its legacies are poverty, clusters of rare cancers, and a local wilderness populated with rumors of an unnatural selection of misshapen wildlife. When Mark Wilkinson--the first of several teen-aged boys to disappear every 12-18 in the coming years--is found hanged in the "poison woods" over a bizarre shrine of boughs, glass, and tinsel, the town constabl ...more
some one gave it to me to read.
it is actually about a 15 years old boy growing up in an unnamed town.
his name is leonard wilson.
the town he lives in his called innertown and it is a part industirial ruin.
he has a relation ship with a girl called elspeth and the story revolves around that.
then strange things starts happening in innertown .
young teenagers start to go missing in that city and they are no where to be found.
different people suggest different th ...more
"The definition of a page-turner really aught to be that this page is so good, you can't bear to leave it behind, but then the next page is there and it might be just as amazing as this one."
"That's the wonderful thing with nerds: they're enthusiasts. Not having a life ...more