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Those Across the River Hardcover – Import, 6 September 2011
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It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.
A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...
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“An unsettling brew of growing menace spiked with flashes of genuine terror—do not miss this chilling debut. Christopher Buehlman is a writer to watch. I look forward to hearing from him again. And soon.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Sibs
“Lures you into a different era, seduces you with eloquent prose and sensual period details, then clamps down on your jugular…An outstanding debut.”—Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Diabolical
“Beautifully written…with a cast of Southern characters so real you can almost see the sweat roll down the page. The ending is exceedingly clever.”—Boston Herald
About the Author
- Publisher : Ace; 1st edition (6 September 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441020674
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441020676
- Item Weight : 617 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
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To tell much more of the plot would give away the final third of the book. The first two thirds is a real slow burner of a novel with not much happening, especially in the first half. The narrative keeps you reading though and the foreshadowing used works well when there isn't much happening. Its well written for a horror novel. When the action begins its very readable and I ripped through the final quarter of this book very quickly as I wanted to read how it turned out. It doesn't pull its punches and really keeps a fast pace when the action does happen. However, it is a slight disappointment that 'those across the river' are actually a fairly standard horror fayre rather than a new creation. It is good that horror's stock villains are written this well and in this way but I somehow expected something new or a twist. The ending may not please all but I liked the final passage and its open ended finish.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I was expecting something original and felt slightly let down when it wasn't. That said its slow burning approach and being set in the 30's helped to give it a different feel. I would recommend to horror fans and those who enjoy period Americana. If you can keep reading through the slow first hundred pages then you have a very enjoyable novel.
The main problem with this book, to me, is that it is very promising; it starts with very good expectations and then, it comes to nearly nothing.
It has a very original premiss, but then it fails to accomplish it.
First of all, there is the use of language. Language is the prime matter of a novel, if that fails, there can be no proper building of a literary work. And in this novel there is a mix of clearly overdone passages with others where there is much profanity. Profanity, in the correct context, adds to the value of a written piece, but in this novel it looks like the author is trying to be modern just by using bad words. This is something which I also found in «The Time Traveler's Wife» by Audrey Niffenegger, like: «Hey I use a lot of c**t and f**k, how modern I am!». In the same line I should say that most sex scenes seemed quite gratuitous to me, and inserted there to make the work more modern and audacious (failing at both). Although the gory scenes were better embedded -if slightly overdone-.
Following up, the main characters fail to cause any kind of empathy, so at the end of the novel I really did not care what happened to them. Well-built characters have to cause some reaction, whether good or bad. In this novel, they are very plain and lack internal logic. Their characterisation is very thin. Therefore, you finish up reading about people you do not really care about.
On the other hand, the building up of the climax, the creepy elements, the decaying atmosphere is very well written. Sometimes it is reminiscent of «Southern prose» like «Fried Green Tomatoes» or «Ya-ya Sisterhood», but, as I said, it fails to bloom miserably. Also, the treatment of the supernatural element is original and very well chosen. Refreshing after so many vampire novels.
In conclusion, I enjoyed reading the book in spite of it flaws. But I will not read it again; I gave it to a friend. It is a book I would recommend to borrow at a library or get the e-book version if that is cheap enough in your country. For a more rounded off read I would advise you to try Sarah Waters or Susan Hill.
Frank, der Ich-Erzähler von THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER, ist eine sehr sympathische Hauptfigur. Er ist von seinen Erlebnissen im Ersten Weltkrieg immer noch gezeichnet und hofft zusammen mit seiner Geliebten Eudora in Georgia ein neues Kapitel in seinem Leben aufzuschlagen.
Die Nebenfiguren in THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER gefallen mir ebenfalls, besonders Eudora, die eine erfrischende Beziehung zu Frank hat. Auch die Stadtbewohner haben mich überzeugt. Hier hat mir der geheimnisvolle Martin Cranmer am besten gefallen, der mehr über die Vorgänge im Wald zu wissen scheint, als er zugeben will.
Die Handlung von THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER hat mir im Großen und Ganzen gut gefallen. Christopher Buehlman schafft eine unheimliche und bedrückende Stimmung und die Bedrohung durch den Wald ist überzeugend dargestellt. Ich muss allerdings sagen, dass mich die Identität der Heimsuchungen aus dem Wald etwas enttäuscht hat, und auch das Ende des Romans hat sich für mich etwas überstürzt angefühlt, aber insgesamt bin ich durchaus zufrieden.
THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER ist stimmungsvoller Horror der alten Schule. Christopher Buehlman erfindet hier das Rad nicht neu, aber er kann unterhalten. Empfehlenswert!