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review 2017-06-10 18:42
Thin Air by Michelle Paver
Thin Air - Michelle Paver

In 1935, young medic Stephen Pearce travels to India to join an expedition with his brother, Kits. The elite team of five will climb Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain and one of mountaineering's biggest killers. No one has scaled it before, and they are, quite literally, following in the footsteps of one of the most famous mountain disasters of all time - the 1907 Lyell Expedition.

Five men lost their lives back then, overcome by the atrocious weather, misfortune and 'mountain sickness' at such high altitudes. Lyell became a classic British hero when he published his memoir, Bloody, But Unbowed, which regaled his heroism in the face of extreme odds. It is this book that will guide this new group to get to the very top.

As the team prepare for the epic climb, Pearce's unease about the expedition deepens. The only other survivor of the 1907 expedition, Charles Tennant, warns him off. He hints of dark things ahead and tells Pearce that, while five men lost their lives on the mountain, only four were laid to rest.

But Pearce is determined to go ahead and complete something that he has dreamed of his entire life. As they get higher and higher, and the oxygen levels drop, he starts to see dark things out of the corners of his eyes. As macabre mementoes of the earlier climbers turn up on the trail, Stephen starts to suspect that Charles Lyell's account of the tragedy was perhaps not the full story...


This is the third book I have read by Michelle Paver and like the previous two; Without Charity and Dark Matter is Thin Air an OK book, but like the previous book does this also lack something to make the book great. Now is this book way different from Without Charity since that book is a historical romance. However, Dark Matter is a horror book just as this one. Or rather both are ghost stories without any horror. At least that's how I feel. And, that's the big problem I have with this book. It's an interesting story, but it lacks intensity.

Thin Air is an interesting book about a group that decides to climb Kangchenjunga in India. I was quite fascinated with the books premise. Horror stories that take place in isolated places are great and I was quite looking forward to being swept off my feet. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. I liked the story, but I didn't love it. There were interesting moments, but I just felt that I never really connected with either Stephen Pearce or his fellow travelers. I liked the idea that one of the men from the previous expedition was left behind and that Stephen Pearce felt haunted. But, it just never got really interesting.

This book did not rock my boat. This is a book that sounded very good on the paper, but ultimately it failed to deliver, mainly because it was just not even a teensy bit chilling to read

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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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