Hardcover î Muladona PDF Ê

Hardcover  î Muladona PDF Ê I found the author s writing quite poor and the story simpler than I was expecting The tales told by the Muladona were, as another reviewer mentioned here, ofteninteresting than the story itself Towards the end of the book though I found it overall to be improving, and thus my rating is 4 and not 3 stars. I bought this on the strength of the author s superb debut novel The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires which is an excellent, superbly constructed and very gripping read, too This story is steeped in traditional lore and dreams, it glistens with atmospheric detail and it certainly didn t disappoint It s not visceral horror thank god but a slow suspenseful very unsettling strange tale It s not light entertainment but a work of literary genius, a story that has the scope and subtlety t I bought this on the strength of the author s superb debut novel The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires which is an excellent, superbly constructed and very gripping read, too This story is steeped in traditional lore and dreams, it glistens with atmospheric detail and it certainly didn t disappoint It s not visceral horror thank god but a slow suspenseful very unsettling strange tale It s not light entertainment but a work of literary genius, a story that has the scope and subtlety to truly haunt you I would definitely buy any new book Mr Stener Carlson publishes I ve read this in the hardcover format from Yorkshire s extraordinary independent publishing house Tartarus It s a story that belongs among sturdy, well designed covers The dying days of World War I, the Spanish flu devastates the small town of Incarnation, Texas The sheriff closes the church and quarantines the dying in the schoolhouse The townsfolk huddle alone in their houses to avoid infection Each new day brings fresh corpsesBut something worse than the flu is coming Verge Str mberg, son of the domineering town pastor, is a sickly boy who lives in a world of books His mother disappeared when he was seven, his older brother ran away Now his father leaves him to tend a church in another county That s when the Muladona begins to visit him Every night, the Muladona, a doomed soul transformed into the Devil s mule, visits Verge and forces him to listen to a horrific tale Each night, as Verge huddles under his bed sheets, the monster s supernatural tales tear his soul apart Verge s search for the demonic creature s true identity leads him through the dark history of Incarnation, from the murder of the Indians by the Spanish settlers, to the disappearance of his mother In the end, Verge will have to confront the Muladona alone to rescue the memory of his mother and to save his immortal soul 2.5 starsThere are some intriguing ideas in this unusual horror novel set in early 20th century Texas during the first World War and the worldwide outbreak of Spanish flu, but the execution is so amateurish, the dialogue so laboured and sometimes laughable, that it s hard to get beyond the words on the page to see and feel what the author is trying to convey The first half of the book is considerably better than the second and some of the Muladona s early stories are exceptionally well told, in 2.5 starsThere are some intriguing ideas in this unusual horror novel set in early 20th century Texas during the first World War and the worldwide outbreak of Spanish flu, but the execution is so amateurish, the dialogue so laboured and sometimes laughable, that it s hard to get beyond the words on the page to see and feel what the author is trying to convey The first half of the book is considerably better than the second and some of the Muladona s early stories are exceptionally well told, in an old fashioned style that fits the historical character of the narrative beautifully and is strongly reminiscent of actual horror fiction of the era the book is set in Had Carlson kept to that style while expanding the slightly claustrophobic story outward this might have been a fine book, but ascharacters arrive and the first person narrator is forced to engage in dialogue, the whole thing falls apart and the end result is melodramatic and risible rather than horrific in effect The last chapter before the epilogue is one of the most eye rollingly bad things I ve ever read I do have to wonder where the editor was here why didn t anyone rein Carlson in Why didn t they say Hey, you had a good thing going before but this is just a bit much Maybe you could tone that ultraviolet prose down to a nice lavender or something Why don t editors do things any 3.75 5 for this one. Terrifying, profound, and beautifully written Eric Stener Carlson is a great story teller His erudition is evident from the many interesting references to literature and folklore His humanity is evident on every page Horror novels don t usually move me to tears This one did Highly recommended See my review here See my review here This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Love it This book is fascinating, so well written The individual tales within the main story are superb, specially Sand Castle Brilliant Interesting labyrinthine tale that suffer from a clumsy immature first person narrative perspective and an unsuccessful attempt at dialect The entire novel is a framing story with seven tales that may or may not be real I found the first person perspective, the clumsy plotting at times and the dialect distracting Certainly Beelzebub can come up with somethingclever or profound than Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades It s this sort of thing that distracted me from bei Interesting labyrinthine tale that suffer from a clumsy immature first person narrative perspective and an unsuccessful attempt at dialect The entire novel is a framing story with seven tales that may or may not be real I found the first person perspective, the clumsy plotting at times and the dialect distracting Certainly Beelzebub can come up with somethingclever or profound than Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades It s this sort of thing that distracted me from being enchanted by the complex structure of the overall tale.First person is always dodgy when you are dealing with someone who you want to come across as average but not exceptional The problem with the narrator writing in retrospect in what attempts to be dialect is also distracting The dialect does not come off as real enough, or necessary enough, to keep the reader from wondering why it is there at all This probably won t be a problem for as many people as it was for me It always came off as strained to me Like somebody trying to guess at a Texan s dialect.What dragged at times finally got going about 2 3 of the way through The embedded tales were sometimesinteresting than the novel itself and the mostly seamless intertwining of story within story was the most effective and engaging part of the whole for me So to continue beating a dead horse close but no cigar Intense, labyrinthine and frightening story with a real soul to it I ve red it 5 times cause I m working to adapt it as a concept album with my band and each reading has made me discover new links between all the seven tales and the main story This is great art if you like horror stories with real depth Highly recommanded

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