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Will Gordon

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Beware of the very misleading description

Gesamt
1 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 04.12.2017

John Darnielle does a halfway decent job narrating his novel. But since he wrote this he should be able to narrate it properly. And since the performance is in no way outstanding three stars seem fair for that part of this review.
But this review is about the content, not so much the presentation. So let us dive in!

The description makes this book seem like some kind of horror novel, but it turns out to be some slow, boring and incoherent mess.
The book (you just cannot call it a story) starts just as the description states, so far, so good. After a whole while, and therefore after several passages that do not add anything to the plot (at this point you still think there is something resembling a plot) and assumedly are there for character description you will think: "Well, this sure is a slow burner."
And when something finally happens we enter part two, which is not at all connected to the narrative you where just following. Again you have quite some time of boring passages, during which you start to understand how this all connects to part one, and when the speed finally picks up and something interesting happens we jump back to the narrative of before and into part three. More boredom, more character description, more of whatever this is.
And again, when something finally happens we jump into part four. This part is about entirely different people that find the master tapes of the video scenes from the beginning of the book.
Sure, you get the connection, but in the end this all amounts to nothing.

After a while this book reminded me a lot of "The catcher in the rye". And considering who John Darnielle is he might feel honoured by this comparison. And quite a few people reading this might think this is high praise. But it is not, I despise "The catcher in the rye"! That book was boring, tedious and pointless, just as this book. And the prose, despite what some may say, us just nothing special. It's neither elegant nor especially authentic. This is true for both novels.

I did not know the Mountain Goats when I purchased this. Had I known them and therefore who Darnielle is and what his style is, I might have expected something strange like this book. But I went by the description alone and that was a grave mistake.
There is no proper suspense, no proper story arc, no proper resolution, no proper narrative.
If you liked "The catcher in the rye" and especially if you like the Mountain Goats this might be for you, otherwise just move along.
This book is a waste of time. Which is quite fitting, considering the videos this book revolves around where a waste of time as well.

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Amazing!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.10.2015

The writing is superb, the speaker is jaw-dropingly versatile and the story is thought provoking. Highly recommended!

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A licensed novel as they come

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 19.09.2015

I really don't know why I bother anymore. Bland, predictable, run of the mill... those are about the only words that come to mind. Oh, extraneous would be another one.

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Ein Fiasko

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 25.02.2015

Wenn der Prolog eines Romans zwei Drittel des gesamten Buches einnimmt, und im letzten Drittel dann die eigentliche Geschichte nicht mehr genug Platz findet, sollte eigentlich jedem Autoren dämmern, dass etwas nicht ganz rund gelaufen ist. So ein Machwerk dann aber tatsächlich beim Verlag ein zu reichen grenzt schon an einer Frechheit.
Die ersten 16 Stunden sind gähnende Langeweile, in denen etliche Personen im Detail eingeführt werden, die dann aber später letztlich keine wirklich relevante Rolle mehr spielen.
Technische Hintergründe werden im Vorderen unendlich aus gewälzt, im Späteren dagegen nur im Nebensatz eingeworfen.
Und am Ende bleiben fast alle Fragen die im Laufe des Buches gestellt werden unbeantwortet, da das was die Hauptfigur mutmaßt halt nur Mutmaßungen bleiben.
Selbst die geheimnisvolle Fähigkeit der weiblichen Hauptrolle wird nicht erklärt, und ihre Notwendigkeit für die Geschichte ist fraglich.
Ich möchte denen, die sich ggf. an die gekürzte Fassung wagen wollen nicht zu viel spoilern.
Ach ja das ewig lange Gedudel zwischen den Kapiteln nervt nur und hält unnötig auf. Was soll so etwas?

Einzig der Sprecher wusste zu über zeugen, den höre ich mir gern wieder an. Aber ein Buch von Andreas Eschbach nie wieder.

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