[PDF / Epub] ☂ Shadow Land By Peter Straub – Mgiworx.co.uk

Shadow Land Some of thesurreal moments, as well as the occasional switches in narratives, made this book a little hard to follow at times, but there IS a reason I gave this book five stars it was terrific It s not the all out horror fest that the cover of the 1980 s paperback promised, but there were some truly gruesome scenes towards the climax, as well as a general tone of mounting tension throughout.Tom Flanagan is a very memorably three dimensional young protagonist, and all the conflicts of c Some of thesurreal moments, as well as the occasional switches in narratives, made this book a little hard to follow at times, but there IS a reason I gave this book five stars it was terrific It s not the all out horror fest that the cover of the 1980 s paperback promised, but there were some truly gruesome scenes towards the climax, as well as a general tone of mounting tension throughout.Tom Flanagan is a very memorably three dimensional young protagonist, and all the conflicts of childhood innocence and naivete being challenged by oncoming adulthood and in this case, someunusual challenges make him all thebelievable.The twisting narratives, like multiple concentric circles overlapping each other at times are also highly engrossing, and never boring not even the miniature stories which have everything to do with the plot, and cannot be skipped The only thing that I fear may turn a lot of readers off is the slow buildup of the first 140 pages or so, describing the boys in school I cannot begin to tell you how important it all is to the story later on it s not just filler Shadowland was an enchanting read, and all thewelcome for its subject matter in the wake of the Harry Potter phenomenon Seriously read it, and enjoy it thoroughly Revisited ReviewI really enjoy this kind of horror Shadowland has an elaborate build up, and the reader invests quite a bit in the story before things start going awry This means that you actually do care about what happens next There s also a very real world feel to the events, however bizarre things eventually turn out You almost, almost feel that this could actually happen That being said, I wasn t using the term bizarre loosely just now This is one sinister story, and if the body cou Revisited ReviewI really enjoy this kind of horror Shadowland has an elaborate build up, and the reader invests quite a bit in the story before things start going awry This means that you actually do care about what happens next There s also a very real world feel to the events, however bizarre things eventually turn out You almost, almost feel that this could actually happen That being said, I wasn t using the term bizarre loosely just now This is one sinister story, and if the body count isn t exactly apocalyptic, the psychological toll this novel takes is quite extraordinary Straub has a way of infusing even the mundane with a sense of sinister purpose Every single sentence drips menace Something of note is the structure of the novel, which is split into two very distinct sequences The first half of the novel depicts events that play out at a certain school, where we are introduced to key members of the cast The second half of the book deals with two of the pupils and their time at Shadowland, which is, at first glance, the estate of an uncle of one of the boys I can hardly say too much , since that would be giving away some of the plot Of course, the events depicted in the first half of the novel have a bearing on the events that are depicted in the second half of the novel, so there is some excellent foreshadowing This is not a quick read, and at times I found the book a bit complicated, not to mention mind numbingly weird It s good stuff, though, even when it s taking its time.Being a Straub novel, when things start going wrong they go very wrong This is not a gorefest, however What it is, is creepy as heck, and very suspenseful with some genuine shocks thrown in for good measure Excellent characterisation, some philosophical meanderings and lots of allegory and metaphor relating to religion and the occult add spice to what is already a good story Despite the somewhat deceptive pacing it is an engaging and chilling read If you like Straub s novels or atmospheric old school horror in general, you might want to check this out Just stay away from any mind altering substances while reading it the experience might ruin you Strange to think that a perfectly good novel can be ruined by a few missteps, but that s the case for me here Shadowland is, for the most part, impeccably written Straub is a smart author, an intellectual even, and the rather clinical arm s length he keeps from his subject and characters is interesting and distinctive Although that means empathy with his protagonists is nearly impossibly to achieve, I don t necessarily need that if there are things happening that keep my mind active and my im Strange to think that a perfectly good novel can be ruined by a few missteps, but that s the case for me here Shadowland is, for the most part, impeccably written Straub is a smart author, an intellectual even, and the rather clinical arm s length he keeps from his subject and characters is interesting and distinctive Although that means empathy with his protagonists is nearly impossibly to achieve, I don t necessarily need that if there are things happening that keep my mind active and my imagination engaged So it s not the distance that made me give this 1 star, it s how Straub loses control of the effects that he is trying to create The first third or so, set at an academy, was mainly fascinating But later, when the fireworks and the dreamworks start happening, so did the bloat It all became a case of trying too hard for too long Those dream sequences were grueling The climactic series of magical battles were at first annoying, and then overwritten, and eventually boring I did not expect this book to become a slog, but that s what it became for me It didn t help that the framing of the story a journalist writing an article was pointless and unnecessarily distancing, in a book that already has a clear lack of feeling Bonus critique the fate of one of the central characters was a pathetic joke And I mean that literally it was a ridiculous and mean spirited joke, one based on the character s last name, and it was awful to see a sympathetic character treated in such an offhand way Not just by the villain of course, but by the author The gloss of it being an inspirational death ugh only barely concealed the disdain and disinterest underneath.So yeah, this was a good book, until it became the shadow of a good book Get it How s that for a cheap joke, Straub.PLACEHOLDER REVIEW Something better I hope because this one involved a lot of Huh Oh, that s what s happening Sigh And repeat.RTC, maybe, if the interest can be magically summoned This book is severely weird I have a lot of thoughts Review coming soon. I didn t love this as much as I did the first time around, but it was still pretty damn good. It s been a long time since I ve read anything by Peter Straub I loved his earlier novel Julia and its accompanying 1970 s film adaptation starring Mia Farrow, but often I have trouble finding his books for sale, and I get distracted into buying something else I m glad I decided to buy a copy of Shadowland While it s definitely not a book for everyone and it can be a very strange piece of fiction, it s a really incredible story Initially it was recommended to me by a friend because they comp It s been a long time since I ve read anything by Peter Straub I loved his earlier novel Julia and its accompanying 1970 s film adaptation starring Mia Farrow, but often I have trouble finding his books for sale, and I get distracted into buying something else I m glad I decided to buy a copy of Shadowland While it s definitely not a book for everyone and it can be a very strange piece of fiction, it s a really incredible story Initially it was recommended to me by a friend because they compared it to another book I read recently and loved, The Satanic Mill While there are similarities between the two, Straub s Shadowland is definitelyrooted in horror Shadowland works on a simple premise Two friends from boarding school are taken on as apprentices by one of their uncles, retired stage magician Coleman Collins While it might be expected that Collins would just know a bunch of silly card tricks and Houdini type stuff, this old magician is actually very powerful and very sinister, as well Much of Shadowland focuses less on this aspect andon what our two main characters endure while at their boarding school environment Straub does a great job at capturing the struggle for power and esteem that magic promises, especially for two boys in an environment where bullying is rampant The romanticized allure of magic is also a really captivating subject, and the unfolding darker truth is presented in an unforgettable and engaging way here I wasn t expecting the ending at all, and it was definitely one of the most memorable in any horror novel I ve ever read I could only make it through half this book before I just had to quit Another Straub novel that did not work for me. I really a fish walks by eating a taco want to like this tiiiiin rooof book but rustedI just get sidetracked once there was a mouse and a squirrel, but that was a long time ago just kept getting distracted a taco walks by eating a fish by the trippy dream sequences the sound of a thousand mute voices saying nothing and random interjections did I have a pointand I m pretty sure am I methat in the end nothing nothingreally yes nothing, remember the moral of the fish tacohappened. Peter Straub came to prominence in 1979 with Ghost Story, an old fashioned spooky ghost tale which I wasn t really a fan of though I appreciate it A year later, in 1980, he published Shadowland, a coming of age novel which can be classified as dark fantasy with horror elements This time, I say, he penned a winner Shadowland is concerned with the friendship of two boys Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale which began at the private all male school they both attended As both try to fight the Peter Straub came to prominence in 1979 with Ghost Story, an old fashioned spooky ghost tale which I wasn t really a fan of though I appreciate it A year later, in 1980, he published Shadowland, a coming of age novel which can be classified as dark fantasy with horror elements This time, I say, he penned a winner Shadowland is concerned with the friendship of two boys Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale which began at the private all male school they both attended As both try to fight the horrors all young boys have to suffer at one stage of their lives or another, Del introduces Tom to his world of magic tricks When they both decide to spend the summer at Del s Uncle s house in New England, Tom discovers that things can be muchsinister than they seem At Shadowland, their lives will be changed forever and after that summer nothing will be the same Shadowland is a beautiful novel unlike most fantasy or horror works Straub is a master prose stylist who crafts to perfection he wrote the novel longhand in multiple journals, and then retyped it on a typewriter who can imagine a writer doing that nowadays and the result is an intricately detailed work, structurally complex and above all, stylish Opening with a prologue which reads like a feverish dream which makes us see the strangest things, the novel expertly morphs into a coming of age school story, and only after that unleashes its full power Straub introduces characters, plots and subplots within those, but nothing is without purpose in this story he draws heavily on various folk tales and even includes some of his own making thereby seducing the reader who is surprised with each revelation and the horror is only starting From the afterword That same year, I had been moved by John Fowles novel, The Magus, which suggested a way to unite the powerful strangeness resulting from the oral tradition withconventional narrative satisfactions No one familiar with The Magus who reads Shadowland can fail to notice Fowles influence on me, which was profound and pervasive but this influence was above all liberating, not enslaving Fowles demonstrated how the seductive uncertainty implicit in theatrical illusion and, evenimportantly, the emotional effects of this uncertainty, could find expression in a narrative that itself moved through successive layers of surprise, doubt, suspicion, and uncertainty.Reading Shadowland is much like witnessing a spectacle of illusion and the uncertainity it evokes The aura that something is terribly wrong never leaves, and if an enchantment was cast, it is a dark and haunting one One of the things that are immediately noticeable is Straub s shift in approach to horror Ghost Story was largely constrained by the Victorian history of the genre, where the horror needed to be subtle and only hinted at Though Shadowland is a subtle and suggestive work, it escapes this convenction and Straub plays with the subtle and blalant terror wth marvelous results Shadowland is a masterful, unacknowledged work by a writer who has remained in the shadows far, far too long Peter Straub possesses an imagination without boundaries along with the gift of marvelous storytelling and the ability of bringing things to life with the most amazing imagery and constructing atmosphere that is gothic, unsettling, elusive and hallucinatory all at once Intriguing and complex, Shadowland will please every reader who enjoys well crafed fiction that demands full attention and forces to think about what it presents A truly magical tale This Tale Of Supernatural Horror From The Author Of Koko , The Talisman And Mr X Concerns Two Boys At A New England Boarding School Del Introduces Tom To His World Of Magic Tricks But At Shadowland Del S Uncle S Lakeside Estate Their Hobby Suddenly Takes On Muchsinister Tones ☆ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, PDF / Epub ✩ Author Craig Russell – Mgiworx.co.uk The Talisman And Mr X Concerns Two Boys At A New England Boarding School Del Introduces Tom To His World Of Magic Tricks But At Shadowland Del S Uncle S Lakeside Estate Their Hobby Suddenly Takes On Muchsinister Tones


About the Author: Peter Straub

Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy colored paper, he took matters into his own hands and taught himself to read by memorizing his comic books and reciting them over and over to other neighborhood children on the front steps until he could recognize the words Therefore, when he finally got to first grade to find everyone else laboring over the imbecile adventures of Dick, Jane and Spot See Spot run See, see, see he ransacked the library in search of pirates, soldiers, detectives, spies, criminals, and other colorful souls, Soon he had earned a reputation as an ace storyteller, in demand around campfires and in back yards on summer evenings.This career as the John Buchan to the first grade was interrupted by a collision between himself and an automobile which resulted in a classic near death experience, many broken bones, surgical operations, a year out of school, a lengthy tenure in a wheelchair, and certain emotional quirks Once back on his feet, he quickly acquired a severe stutter which plagued him into his twenties and now and then still puts in a nostalgic appearance, usually to the amusement of telephone operators and shop clerks Because he had learned prematurely that the world was dangerous, he was jumpy, restless, hugely garrulous in spite of his stutter, physically uncomfortable and, at least until he began writing horror three decades later, prone to nightmares Books took him out of himself, so he read eventhan earlier, a youthful habit immeasurably valuable to any writer And his storytelling, for in spite of everything he was still a sociable child with a lot of friends, took a turn toward the dark and the garish, toward the ghoulish and the violent He found his first effect when he discovered that he could make this kind of thing funny.As if scripted, the rest of life followed He went on scholarship to Milwaukee Country Day School and was the darling of his English teachers He discovered Thomas Wolfe and Jack Kerouac, patron saints of wounded and self conscious adolescence, and also, blessedly, jazz music, which spoke of utterance beyond any constraint passion and liberation in the form of speech on the far side of the verbal border The alto saxophone player Paul Desmond, speaking in the voice of a witty and inspired angel, epitomized ideal expressiveness, Our boy still had no idea why inspired speech spoke best when it spoke in code, the simultaneous terror and ecstasy of his ancient trauma, as well as its lifelong so far, anyhow legacy of anger, being so deeply embedded in the self as to be imperceptible, Did he behave badly, now and then Did he wish to shock, annoy, disturb, and provoke Are you kidding Did he also wish to excel, to keep panic and uncertainty at arm s length by good old main force effort Make a guess So here we have a pure but unsteady case of denial happily able to maintain itself through merciless effort Booted along by invisible fears and horrors, this fellow was rewarded by wonderful grades and a vague sense of a mysterious but transcendent wholeness available through expression He went to the University of Wisconsin and, after opening his eyes to the various joys of Henry James, William Carlos Williams, and the Texas blues rocker Steve Miller, a great joyous character who lived across the street, passed through essentially unchanged to emerge in 1965 with an honors degree in English, then an MA at Columbia a year later He thought actual writing was probably beyond him even though actual writing was probably what he was best at down crammed he many and many a book, stirred by


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