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text 2018-04-07 19:02
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 374 pages.
The Killing Kind: A Thriller - John Connolly

Immediately after finishing the second book in the Charlie Parker series, I had to pick up book number three. And I never read one book after another in a series. But Connolly´s books are so compelling, I just have to know what happens next.

 

This time around Charlie Parker gets hired to investigate the alleged suicide of Grace Peltier and there is a lot of hinting at bad things to come. In the prologue there has already been a creepy death caused by spiders *shudder*.

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text 2018-04-02 06:38
Reading progress update: I've read 21 out of 387 pages.
Dark Hollow - John Connolly

Billy Purdue was poor, poor and dangerous with some bitterness and frustration added to spice up the pot. The threat of violence was always imminent with him. It hung around him like a cloud, obscuring his judgement and influencing the actions of others, so that when he stepped into a bar and took a drink, or picked up a pool cue for a game, then sooner or later, trouble would start. Billy Purdue didn´t have to pick fights. Fights picked him.

It acted like a contagion, so that even if Billy himself managed to avoid conflict - he generally didn´t seek it, but when he found it he rarely walked away - five would get you ten that he would have raised the testosterone level in the bar sufficiently to cause someone else to consider starting something. Billy Purdue could have provoked a fight at a conclave of cardinals just by looking into the room. Whichever way you considered it, he was bad news.

 

John Connolly is so good at describing the personalities of his characters (even if they are only minor characters). And I have to admit, the fighting cardinals made me giggle.

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text 2018-03-18 21:13
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
Every Dead Thing - John Connolly

As she touched me, I heard and felt, deep within myself, the blade cutting, grating, separating muscle from joint, flesh from bone, soul from body, the artist working on his canvas; and I felt pain dancing through me, arcing through a fading life like a lightning flash, welling like the notes of a hellish song through the unknown girl in th Louisiana swamp. And in her agony I felt the agony of my own child, my own wife, and I was certain that this was the same man. Even as the pain faded to its last for the girl in the swamp, she was in darkness and I knew he had blinded her before he killed her.

"Who is he?" I said.

She spoke, and in her voice there were four voices: the voices of a wife and daughter, the voice of an old obese woman on a bed in a wine-dark room, and the voice of a nameless girl who died a brutal, lonely death in the mud and water of a Louisiana swamp.

"He is the Travelin´ Man."

 

11% into the book and I´m hooked. This book is dark, creepy, mysterious, brutal and utterly compelling. I have to devote a considerable amount of time to it tomorrow.

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review 2018-02-10 16:15
Märchenhafter Roman
Das Buch der verlorenen Dinge - John Connolly,Claudia Feldmann

Nach einer schweren Krankheit ist Davids Mutter gestorben und die Trauer bringt den Jungen fast um. Trost findet er in seinen Büchern, die flüsternd aus den Regalen zu ihm sprechen. Während sein Vater mit einer neuen Frau einen Neuanfang wagt, wird David vom Krummen Mann in die Märchenwelt seiner Bücher gelockt. Zu spät erkennt er, dass diese Buchwelt schwerer als die Realität wiegen kann.

„Das Buch der verlorenen Dinge“ ist ein entzückender Roman, der sich mit dem Leser in einer Welt zwischen Traum und Realität bewegt. Es geht um Verlust, Trauer, Mut und das geschriebene Wort sowie die Liebe dazu.

Anfangs lernt man Protagonisten David kennen. Er ist ein kleiner Junge, der von seiner Mutter Abschied nehmen muss. Diese Zeit ist verwirrend und furchteinflößend für ihn, weil er nicht begreifen kann, was mit seiner Mutter nach ihrem Tod geschehen ist. 

Eine Zeit lang ist er mit seinem Vater allein, doch dann wagt dieser mit Rose einen Neuanfang. David kann und will diese Frau nicht an der Seite seines Vaters akzeptieren und flüchtet sich in seine Bücherwelt, wo der Krumme Mann bereits gierig seine Finger nach ihm streckt.

Diese Märchenwelt ist anders als es David geahnt hätte, weil hier zahlreiche Gefahren lauern:

„Jemand versuchte, eine Geschichte zu erschaffen, und David war ein Teil davon, aber die Geschichte bestand selbst wiederum aus anderen Geschichten.“ (S. 118)

So taumelt David durch altbekannte Märchen, Gedichte sowie Geschichten und neue Interpretationen davon. Allem hängt eine düsterer, gefährlicher Schatten an, der sich über Davids Abenteuer und Leben erstreckt. Teilweise ist es humorvoll und beinahe lustig zu lesen, weil man die Wahrheit hinter dem Klatsch und Tratsch aus der Märchenwelt erfährt. Zum Beispiel, wie die Sache mit Schneewittchens Prinzen wirklich abgelaufen ist:

„ … der Kerl kommt also auf diesem Schimmel angaloppiert, aufgeputzt wie ein parfümierter Teewärmer, und mischt sich in Sachen ein, die ihn überhaupt nichts angehen. Kaum hat er sie abgeknutscht, ist sie nämlich aufgewacht […] Erst hat sie dem Prinzen eine gelangt, weil er sich ‚Freiheiten herausgenommen‘ hatte, und dann gab's eine Gardinenpredigt, dass er nicht mehr wusste, wo vorne und hinten war.“ (S. 130)

Dann schlägt Autor John Connolly wieder sehr ernste Töne an. Dabei wird auch an blutigen, gewalttätigen Szenen nicht gespart. Köpfe werden auf Lanzen gespießt, schmerzvolle Tode gestorben und manch ein Wegbegleiter Davids haucht unterwegs sein Leben aus.

Mich hat dieser Roman sehr begeistert, berührt und richtig in der Seele getroffen. Es steckt viel Leid und Trauer drin, die negativen Seiten des Lebens werden betont, und gleichzeitig zeigt Connolly, dass es immer Hoffnung gibt und man sich Herausforderungen stellen muss.

Dieses Buch wurde wohl für Kinder und Jugendliche geschrieben, doch für Kinder ist es meiner Ansicht nach aufgrund der brutalen Stellen nur mit Vorbehalt geeignet. Dafür ist es für Erwachsene ein wahrer Lesegenuss. Ich habe gelacht, war erschrocken, habe mich gefürchtet und fast geweint, und spannende Lesestunden in dieser Märchenwelt erlebt, die mich verzaubert haben.

Meiner Meinung nach handelt es sich bei „Das Buch der verlorenen Dinge“ um eine schimmernde Perle für jedes Bücherregal, womit sich John Connolly mit seinen skurrilen Märchenadaptionen in mein Leseherz geschrieben hat.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2017-12-29 18:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Books of 2017
Ararat: A Novel - Christopher Golden
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman
The Changeling - Victor LaValle
Hell Hound - Ken Greenhall,Grady Hendrix
Bone White - Ronald Malfi
The Wilderness Within - John Claude Smith
A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction - Grady Hendrix
Elizabeth: A Novel of the Unnatural - Jonathan Janz,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton
The Trials of Solomon Parker - Eric Scott Fischl

 

Please note that these are not necessarily books published in 2017, only books I've read during this year. I also had to change the title from novels to books, because of the awesome PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, which is more of a reference book. I've read a lot of great books this year, and making up this list was so difficult, that I've added a few "Honorable Mentions" at the end of the list. 

 

Without further ado, (please click the cover to see my original review):

 

1.Ararat: A Novel - Christopher Golden  by Christopher Golden. I haven't read very many books by Mr. Golden, but I own quite a few of them. I have had the pleasure of meeting him numerous times at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, where he is always friendly and humble. This story about the discovery of Noah's Arc was fun and frightening all at once and I loved it!

 

2. The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman  by Christopher Buehlman. This author is my favorite discovery of the year. Over the past 12 months I've read or listened to every novel he's written and I'm eagerly awaiting the next. The Suicide Motor Club features a road trip with vampires in American muscle cars. It couldn't have been more perfect or fun for me!

 

3.The Changeling - Victor LaValle  by Victor LaValle. This novel was just AMAZING. It's starts out in one direction and ends up in a totally different direction: none of which could be predicted and I love that! 

 

4. Hell Hound - Ken Greenhall,Grady Hendrix  by Ken Greenhall. This novel was originally published in the late 1970's. Brought back by Valancourt Books with a new cover and an introduction from Grady Hendrix, this book about an evil dog is spellbinding fun!

 

5. Bone White - Ronald Malfi  by Ronald Malfi. I find myself thinking about this book a lot lately, since the frigid cold weather began here. This novel was a cold and creepy read and I just loved it. 

 

6. The Wilderness Within - John Claude Smith  by John Claude Smith. A surreal, unique and intense read that I think about anytime I look out into the woods behind my house. 

 

7.A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly  by the AWESOME John Connolly. I've read a lot of series books over the years and very few of them have kept up the quality continuously throughout like this series about fictional detective Charlie Parker. I feel in my bones that the series is coming to an end and I will be so sad when that happens. 

 

8. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction - Grady Hendrix  by Grady Hendrix. I don't even know what else to say about this GORGEOUS volume. It's a reference book, really, but no reference book EVER in history was as much fun or as pretty as this one. With colorful commentary about the times in which these books were originally written, no other book has had such a powerful impact on my TBR list as this one. 

 

9.Elizabeth: A Novel of the Unnatural - Jonathan Janz,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton  by Ken Greenhall. This is his second entry on my list. Originally published in the 70's, (like Hell Hound above) and brought back by Valancourt Books, this novel is CHILLING in its depiction of a nasty, calculating witch of a girl. (Also, please note both of these are referenced in Hendrix's PAPERBACKS FROM HELL.)

 

10.The Trials of Solomon Parker - Eric Scott Fischl  by Eric Scott Fischl. This book isn't classified as horror, but I put it solidly in the land of dark fiction and as such, it belongs on this list. I know it's not a popular or well known book, but it sure was a unique, fun and interesting ride. This one slid under most everyone's radar, but I thought it was great and I humbly hope its mention on this list helps it to get more attention. 

 

As mentioned above, I have three honorable mentions, (click title to see my review):

 

THE LISTENER by Robert McCammon. Much as I loved ARARAT, this was my favorite book of the year. Except that it isn't even out yet. Publishing in 2018, I didn't feel it was fair to add it to this list. (And even though I read it in 2017, be assured that it will be on my BEST BOOKS OF 2018 post.) An amazing novel of magic, friendship, crime and love, I cannot wait until more people read it, so I can discuss it with them!

 

SPINAL TAP: THE BIG BLACK BOOK by Wallace Fairfax was a total blast. This book features fun facts about the fictional band as well as a discography and other interesting tidbits. I haven't seen this book mentioned or talked about anywhere, and that's a damn shame. Any fans of the film This is Spinal Tap would love this book. 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY  by Chet Williamson was a fantastic book of quiet horror. It was slow burning and horrific, but not in a bloody or gory way. I took away from it a sense of the value of life and time-we have to make the most of the time we have. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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