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Houdini Heart by Ki Longfellow
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Aug 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: speculative-fiction, lesser-known-gems
Recommended to Byron 'Giggsy' by: Bruce Boston
Recommended for: all horror fans, all writers, pretty much everyone

Longfellow pays homage to and takes influence from Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Steven King, Hitchock, Houdini, and the Wendigo legend, but creates a distintly new and fresh modern psychological terror. The novel takes it shots at Hollywood and reveals the trials and tribulations of writers, and the horror that they suffer unto their own minds.

I also found many similarities to the popular and polarizing work of Danielewski's House of Leaves , although I'd guess unintentional. Those liking House of Leaves I feel are likely to love this, but this work also succeeds in every area House of Leaves drew complaints. In the end, you don't need Danielewski's if you can write like this.

side note: while this is not of the young-adult genre, it does seem to be a good fit for young teens wishing to read some good horror that doesn't include vampires that sparkle.
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Reading Progress

August 1, 2011 – Shelved
September 7, 2011 – Started Reading
September 8, 2011 –
page 77
30.31%
September 10, 2011 – Shelved as: speculative-fiction
September 10, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 18, 2012 – Shelved as: lesser-known-gems

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