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review 2016-09-11 20:30
Clive Barker ColdHeart Canyon
Coldheart Canyon - Clive Barker

I have to say this book highly surprised me! When I saw this in the library I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. After being so heart trodden with the scarlet gospels, This was amazing!


The story started in Romania in the 1920s when a famous film starlot Katya Lupi returns to visit to her family with her talent agent Willem Zeffer. Zeffer visits an old medieval castle, which has been turned into a monastery and decides to buy a unique work of art, a series of sculpted and painted tiles depicting (in a grotesque and obscene manner) the local legend of a Count who was cursed to haunt the nearby wilderness for all eternity. Upon seeing this art he decided Katya has to have it and take's it back with them to the hills of L.A

 

Cutting to current times we then meet Todd. The curse that goes to the tiles are soon to fall on him, but will those around him help him in time?

 

The story and plot line to this is insane! The chars are very well written too, was this ever made into a film? If not it should be! I honestly couldn't put this book down. Clive Baker's mind is like a den of sordid pleasures, but he makes his written work so addictive! There are graphic scenes in this book so I will say if you're a bit sensitive to that then this book isn't for you. However Clive just has a way of letting his stories flow so you really get a sense of were he's put you in the hot canyons of L.A and i absolutely loved the tale because of that. A read i really enjoyed!

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review 2015-09-08 16:47
Book Review - Coldheart Canyon
Coldheart Canyon - Clive Barker

It's not often that I get REALLY excited about a book release, but I remember eagerly awaiting publication day for Coldheart Canyon, and running off to Waterstones in Yeovil (where I was living at the time) to pick up a hardback copy of this book.

 

Definitely one of my favourites. Dark and twisted as always!

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text 2014-11-05 03:58
Pick my next long journey, please and thank you.
The Terror - Dan Simmons
Coldheart Canyon - Clive Barker
Vampire World: Blood Brothers - Brian Lumley

Once I'm finished with Cujo, I will be reading Bird Box, by Josh Malerman, which is rather short book. After that, I want to tackle something big that doesn't have the King name attached to it. So, out of the three listed above, which one should I read? 

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photo 2013-12-21 19:55

Day 25 - A character who you can relate to the most

 

Tammy Lauper from Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker. She was a fangirl of the main character, Todd. So much so that when he pretty much fell off the face of the earth, as the president of his fan club, she made it her mission to find him. Boy, this isn’t painting me in the best light.

 

What I’m trying to say is that I related to the fangirl phenomenon. I have been a part of that in the past and still consider it a good description of me from time to time, though I’m older and more mellow than I was in my twenties. I understood what made Tammy tick, and I never felt at any point like Barker was dissing fans or trying to make her look bad. On the contrary, she seemed loyal and kind and tenacious in a way that wasn’t unhinged but rather could’ve been Todd’s salvation. A very positive portrayal of a superfan.

 

Also, the overweight thing. I am overweight, and so few female protagonists who could be considered anything close to a hero share this physicality that I was amazed. And stunned into pure joy that she’s actually pretty awesome.

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review 2008-12-12 00:00
Coldheart Canyon - Clive Barker Warning: If you have ever lost a pet, especially a dog, you are going to cry for the first 50 pages of the book. I have always like Barker because he writes good female characters, but every character in this book I wanted to smack. I only felt sorry for the main character when his dog died.
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