A brilliant mixture of paranoia and Lovecraftian horror from one of today's most decorated and well-respected authors of horror/dark fantasy. When his father disappears, Gavin Meadows’ search uncovers a race of semi-human beings that have existed in—and under—the city for centuries.
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Very Slow Going
Frankly, a little grating. He has a rather annoying way of over-enunciating.
No, it really wasn't. The premise was good. I liked the initial set up of the characters. But writer uses the very frustrating ploy of making the protagonist inexplicably oblivious to the very uncanny things he starts to see. And frankly, it's a narrative device I haven't got a lot of patience for.
I actually usually have no problem with a rich story that develops slowly. However, this didn't have enough substance to justify the 10 hours of listening. The plot moves at a glacial pace and there just isn't any excuse for it. Plus although he's a competent writer, it is not as if he's literary enough to engage you with the beauty of the language while he moves glacially through the plot.
It probably would have made a very good long short story or a novella.
I've noticed a lot of this particular problem recently. Either writers or editors or publishers who allow a small story to stretch out into a very long book.
- Madeleine "Audiobook addict."
A Frustrating Experience
I think if there was more true fear and paranoia, and less daily irritation. The hero spends most of the novel being worked up and pissed off, and not enough being truly afraid.
I'm not sure I'd like to visit his works again. If you've ever read the "How many male novelists does it take to change a light bulb?" series, he gives off a very strong vibe like that.
I think he delivered the cruel police duo with a very vivid voicing and small-minded suspiciousness.
Really, frustration was the biggest reaction. I nearly got halfway through it, but I kept having to stop. There were hints of horror, but mostly it was a very well-crafted literary delve into the feeling of being at the DMV on a bad day.
The author can evoke some good images, but I think he hits the "water imagery" too heavily here.