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The Croning de Laird Barron
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The Croning (2012 original; edició 2013)

de Laird Barron (Autor)

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"Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us. Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. For Donald is about to stumble on the secret of The Croning."-- Provided by publisher.… (més)
Membre:coywolfling
Títol:The Croning
Autors:Laird Barron (Autor)
Informació:Night Shade (2013), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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The setting and lore are fantastic. The opening and closing chapters are some of the most interesting and engrossing stories I've read. Unfortunately I felt that the pacing of the rest of the book was very slow. Not 'build to suspense' slow, just slow. It felt like an amazing Novella turned into a full novel. Worth the read, but I had to force myself to continue through the middle area. There are a lot of side-stories that don't contribute to much of anything, even in the end.

Overall I'd recommend the book if you like Cosmic Horror. ( )
  b_coli | Nov 25, 2020 |
Don't turn out the light
the limbless ones will find you
they love you so much. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
This is my first Laird Barron and it will not be my last. In fact, I'm very excited to grab anything else he's written for all kinds of reasons: beautiful prose, a creepy old-school horror mastery that straddles the lines between haunting images, idyllic life, and mind-destroying terror.

Indeed, I fell down the rabbit hole of this fantastic exploration of an *obviously* wrong interpretation of the Hollow Earth theory. I got caught up trying to piece together the many different time periods, the cross-sections of a single lifetime. The horror aspects were awesome but it was the mystery that kept me coming back.

How could everything return to normal? Again and again? What is the truth? Or better yet... how is the truth?

It's easy to wave a hand and say this is a Cthuhlu-ish tale. It's more interesting to call this a really dark retelling of Rumplestiltskin. But what is the truth?

This is a wonderfully dark and beautifully written work of cosmic terror couched as an idyllic life well lived... with strange gaps. :)

No spoilers, but I should mention that I guffawed and rubbed my hands by the end. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I thought if I waited a few days, I would have the time to give this book the review it deserves, but I was wrong.

It deserves something though, so here it is: I think this book was outstanding. The prose, the imagery, even the vivid retelling of an old fairy tale-all converged to produce this "out of this world" novel.

It's literary, it's scary, it's darkly beautiful. You should read it.

That is all. ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
Mmm... Lovecraftian! Really well done, I just didn't *quite* feel the main relationship. ( )
  Loryndalar | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Barron has studied the work of his predecessors well; already acknowledged a master of the horror short story, he shows himself equally skilled at novel-length work.
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"Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us. Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. For Donald is about to stumble on the secret of The Croning."-- Provided by publisher.

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