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review 2016-12-07 07:31
Über die Bewohner von Sleepy Hollow
Die Legende von Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving (Klassiker der Weltliteratur) - Washington Irving

Die Bewohner von Sleepy Hollow leiden unter Visionen und Erscheinungen, darunter ein furchteinflößender Reiter, der auf seinem Pferd kopflos durch das Tal zu traben pflegt. 

Die Legende von Sleepy Hollow hat meiner Ansicht nach Lagerfeuer-Charme. Sie gehört zu den Geschichten, die man mit gesenkter Stimme, im Feuerschein und einer Taschenlampe in der Hand als Gruselklassiker erzählt, und die vielleicht den kleinsten Zuhörern Gänsehaut beschert.

Als Kurzgeschichte von Washington Irving hat sie leider nur sehr mäßigen Eindruck auf mich gemacht. Denn es dauert eine gefühlte Ewigkeit, bis es zu den schaurigen Szenen kommt, die der Klappentext verspricht. 

Washington Irving thematisiert vielmehr das gesellschaftliche Gefüge im dörflichen Zusammensein, geht über die Liebe und die Eifersucht, bis er schelmische Boshaftigkeit und Schadenfreude zuschlagen lässt.

Der Schreibstil ist sehr ausschweifend, beschreibt unzählige Details und fordert den Leser, sich mit dem Tal Sleepy Hollow auseinanderzusetzen. Mit neckischem Unterton geht Washington Irving auf die Menschen dieser Region ein, dabei sind Erscheinungen oder Visionen letztendlich zur Randerscheinung verkommen, während man bei vielen Figuren einer Charakterstudie ausgesetzt wird.

Zuerst ist man im Tal Sleepy Hollow unterwegs. Man lernt die Bewohner, Sitten und Gebräuche kennen bis man dem Lehrer Ichabod zur Seite gestellt wird. Hier wird man großteils über seine Wesenszüge, sein Benehmen, seine Motive und sein Gebaren aufgeklärt, bis sich der Gruselklassiker dem Showdown annähert.

Dieses Finale hat weder schaurigen Charme noch erzählerische Finesse, sondern wird in wenigen Episoden abgehakt und hat auf mich einen sehr faden Eindruck gemacht. Zwar mochte ich den Schluss gern, aber auch hier wurde die Geschichte dem Gruselanspruch leider bei Weitem nicht gerecht.

Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass „Die Legende von Sleepy Hollow“ durch erzählerische Kunst - vorausgesetzt sie wird gestrafft und aufgepeppt - gut am Lagerfeuer erzählt werden kann. Mir hat die Geschichte trotzdem nicht gefallen, weil ich sie als langweilig empfunden habe, obwohl sie wohl zu den Klassikern der Gruselliteratur zählen mag.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2016-11-12 16:36
Non-squicky Horror Books
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves
A Christmas Tale - Austin Crawley
Bloodfire - Helen Harper
Hell Bound (Heroes in Hell) - Andrew P. Weston
Dinosaur Lake - Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Wolf Hunt - Jeff Strand
Ghost Story - Jeff Brackett
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
Firestarter - Stephen King

I tried to answer on a thread about Horror books and BL wouldn't let me, so I'm doing a post.


The context is one of my Fantasy reading friends was trying a Horror book and quit reading when the plot got rapey. So would I!


So the post I wrote out and couldn't post explained that I don't like human ng take on metPHYSICAL IDEAS.monsters. No serial killers, general gorey stuff, rapists, psychos, or other things you can read in the news.


The one exception to the gore is werewolf books. You can't have a good werewolf story without making a mess, and to some extent vampire stories can get uncomfortable because they do kill people after all. Same with animal monsters, creature from the black lagoon etc.


I won't read anything where animals get hurt, again the exception being when the animal is the monster. I just read Bats for example, but I won't read stories where cats or dogs are hurt. No Cujo for me. Ironically, the only fluffy bunnies who bled in a tory I enjoyed was in Watership down.


What I do like tends to be supernatural Horror. Ghosts, demons, the unseen spiritual entity or an interesting take on metaphysical ideas.


So I tagged a few books I've really enjoyed for this post, but wanted to tell my friend that anything on my Horror shelf that has a rating is guaranteed not to have anything to do with rape, no psychokillers (except Cabal, which I haven't actually read) and no hurt animals. No tortured children either, I don't need that sort of thing in my head.


So, since I've made this a post, I'm inviting anyone to make suggestions that fit the above criteria. Excellent writing especially, I don't have time in my life for mediocre books.


I like the sort of Horror that is basically an extension of Fantasy. Not Romance but Dark Fantasy. Demons should be scary.

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text 2016-11-01 15:28
Halloween Bingo wrap-up, October reads and aftermath
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo,Walter J. Cobb
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves
The House of the Seven Gables - Robert S. Levine,Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The British Table: A New Look at the Traditional Cooking of England, Scotland, and Wales - Colman Andrews,Christopher Hirsheimer
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
The Museum of Things Left Behind - Seni Glaister

I finished 7 books in October, 5 for Bingo and 2 Netgalley selections. I made Blackout on Bingo, yay!


I enjoyed the Halloween Bingo very much. That's sayng something because I don't usually do challenges. I can't deal with the stress of my own obsessive nature and I'm not the world's fastest reader.


However, this one was of special interest since I've been in a Horror book phase and I love Halloween! Would I do it again? Quite probably next year. Will I do other Bingos or challenges? Mmmm.... maybe. Certainly not right away.


I enjoyed choosing the books to fill the squares, but the one downside is I'm a random reader and I felt constricted by my own commitment to read all the books I chose. I also felt a little guilty about neglecting Netgalley books.


On the up side, I read 6 Classics, most of which I've wanted to read for ages:


The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Dracula by Bram Stoker


I learned that not all books with young protagonists suck:


Bloodfire by Helen Harper

Demoniac Dance by Jaq D. Hawkins

Willa Wicked by A.M. Hudson


The bottom one was a bit young for me, but I really enjoyed the other two. I also learned that I really don't like Cozy Mystery but I can enjoy a Mystery like Thorneyhold by Mary Stewart.


I read a couple of 'fun' books:


Goblin Tales by Jim Hines

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy


and enjoyed some lesser known author Horror:


Hell Bound by Andrew P. Weston

Letters to the Damned by Austin Crawley


Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Gleaves


A few of the reads didn't strike me enough to mention and I might have DNF'd them if they weren't for the challenge, but it gave me some discipline to go ahead and get through them.


Over all it was great fun and I thank the organizers once again for making it so fun! I even won a prize. :D

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review 2016-10-28 19:50
Review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
The legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving


This story was part of the landscape of my childhood. I grew up in New York, on Long Island, but my father was an upstater, and my mother actually lived in Tarrytown itself when she and my grandma first came to this country. As integral to my folk knowledge as songs like "Low Bridge, Everybody Down" were.


Though the atmosphere of the book is actually more evocative of winter/Christmas (which is appropriate for ghost stories of the time), every time the leaves changed and the weather got temperamental, it would always feel very Irving-esque. This is heightened by Arthur Rackham's beautiful, complex illustrations, every inch of which contain something to look at. Houses and trees, take on human qualities, unsettling 9 year-old me, who received this book as a present for my birthday, and who had always suspected that empty windows were eyes, and that unseen gazes peeked out from the dying leaves of autumnal trees.


Is it scary? It certainly was for me as a child, but as an adult I can appreciate it as the masterful folk tale that all historical ghost stories are and should be.

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review 2016-10-20 11:40
Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves

by Richard Gleaves


I really enjoyed this story. Apparently there is to be a series and I'm almost tempted to continue it.


The writing was generally good. The author uses 'would' and 'had' too much, but otherwise it's rather good. It's definitely strong on distinctive characters and I found I rather liked Jason. His quirky grandmother reminded me of Maude out of the '70s movie Harold and Maude.


The story itself is about a teenager who has to grow up too fast because his parents are dead and his grandmother at eighty doesn't have much time left to care for him. She moves them to Sleepy Hollow without warning Jason and he learns that he's part of the local legend as the last surviving relative of Icabod Crane. Descendants of other characters from the Washington Irving story make appearances too.


This was especially enjoyable because I had read the original story so recently and almost spooky as some names from The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne also appear and I was reading this book concurrently! There is witchcraft and ghosts involved and the spooky element steadily increases through the story. It had everything the original didn't! Including a breathtaking finish that had me glued to the pages.


Unfortunately although it did finish, it didn't really end. It wasn't left on a cliffhanger, but too many elements were left unresolved for the next book in the series to take up. I hate that. It loses a star for that and whether I read further in the series will be down to my whims.


However, I did really enjoy it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the book.

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