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review 2017-01-23 12:07
Expedition to Kangchenjunga...
Thin Air - Michelle Paver

I love stories about climbing expeditions so I try to read as many as I can. This one focuses more on the ghost story aspect versus a lot of climbing details which is still great but if you are looking for a more technical perspective then you probably want to read a true account instead of this.


With that said, I enjoyed this story immensely but when it's all said and done, it didn't 'wow' me like I was hoping for. It had all of the ingredients of a good ghost story but I just didn't get that eerie, creepy feeling that I felt like it should have evoked, which is why I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5.



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review 2016-06-27 11:14
Ghost of "Gruhuken" - 4.5 stars....
Dark Matter - Michelle Paver

I am immensely fascinated with the Artic so anytime I find a book set in the area, I snap them up. I also love a good ghost story so if you combine the two I'm in heaven! And that's exactly what you'll find in Dark Matter so I knew going into it, that it just had to be good. 


In 1937, a 28 year old, down-on-his luck guy named Jack, is offered the chance to join an Artic expedition to a remote uninhabited area named Gruhuken. From the start, the expedition is cursed with problems and after departing, the crew learns that Gruhuken may not be the picturesque & "uninhabited" area they were hoping for...


This is the perfect ghost story especially for a cold winter night. It's chilling, spooky and very atmospheric! I wish the ending was extended a little more though and that's the only reason I didn't give it a full five stars. The loose ends were tied up nicely but I felt like they were rushed and compacted into just a few pages. Actually the book was so good I could have used about 100 more pages but even a few more would have been nice. If you like ghost stories though, you don't want to miss this one. 

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text 2015-10-29 22:34
Halloween recommendations
Dark Matter - Michelle Paver
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
The Girl On The Landing - Paul Torday
Nos4 R2 - Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
The Shining - Stephen King
'Salem's Lot - Stephen King

This is pretty much a re-blog of something I posted a couple of years ago during the 30-day book challenge.

I have to confess that I'm a bit of a wuss when it come to scary books and movies, and I'll always choose pschological subtlety over buckets of blood. So if you want a good old-fashioned ghost story, with chills and things you just catch out of the corner of your eye, then these will be your bag. They are all very atmospheric with spooky houses and things that go bump in the night.

Dark Matter – Michelle Paver
The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
The Girl on the Landing – Paul Torday

Or maybe you lean towards a bit more gore and/or horror? You can’t go wrong with Stephen King and Joe Hill. I had no idea Joe Hill was King’s son, but he’s certainly following in his father’s footsteps.

NOS 4R2 – Joe Hill
Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill
The Shining – Stephen King
Salem’s Lot – Stephen King

But if short stories are more your bag, try these Victorian/Edwardian classics.

The Monkey’s Paw – W W Jacobs
The Signal-Man – Charles Dickens
Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – M R James

And finally, I have to recommend Ray Bradbury. His books and short stories are perfect for autumn and Halloween.

Something Wicked this Way Comes
The Halloween Tree
The Golden Apples of the Sun

Happy Halloween!


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review 2015-06-09 09:10
La magia del lupo
La magia del lupo. Cronache dell'Era Oscura vol. 1 - Michelle Paver

La magia del lupo, é un racconto ambientato in una foresta, il giovane Torak, ha appena visto spegnersi davanti ai suoi occhi il padre,esperto cacciatore, dopo essere stati assaliti da un orso indemoniato.


Torak cercherà più volte di seguire il suo destino e salvare la foresta dall'orso, ma vi saranno stolti che gli metteranno sempre i bastoni tra le ruote. Cercheranno addirittura di ucciderlo per addempire la profezia sull'uomo che ascolta.


Un racconto crudo dove Torak va a caccia, sbudella e cucina le sue prede in compagnia di Lupo, e scoprirà segreti su suo padre che cambieranno per sempre la sua vita.

Una storia semplice che fa trasparire dei temi importanti come quello dell'amore fraterno e della fiducia reciproca che rendono possibile l'impossibile.

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review 2014-07-25 00:00
Dark Matter
Dark Matter - Michelle Paver I was in the mood for a scary ghost story, so I picked this up next. I’ve previously read Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by this author – which I liked – but this book is very different. First, its much more adult and second, the themes are very different.

This book is very short and I read it in two sittings – and it freaked me out. I kept thinking about the ending and the mystery of the ghost long after I was finished. I even admit I asked my brother to keep me company because I was a little too scared to be alone.

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