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Think of it as the vacation resort of the collective unconscious. With the powerful prose that has earned him awards and accolades, Steve Rasnic Tem explores the roots of fear and society’s fascination with things horrific, using the many-layered metaphor of the Deadfall Hotel. Drawing inspiration from literary touchstones John Gardner and Peter Straub, Tem elegantly delves into the dark corners of the human spirit. There, he finds not only our fears, but ultimately our hopes.
Cover art by John Kenn Mortensen.
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By Simone K on 03-23-18
Not Scary So Much As Interesting
With a title like 'Deadfall Hotel' I expected some serious paranormal happenings. The story delivers on this, in a sense, but this tale felt more to me like a drama about a daughter and father experiencing a traumatic loss than a ghost story. So if you're interested in a touching story that happens to have some paranormal elements, this is for you. If you want spooks, I'd pass on this one. Matt Godfrey does a stellar job with narration, as always!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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By Jason R. Davis on 03-27-18
“You can check out any time you like, but you can
Richard has lost his wife and in his grief, has accepted a job offer at a very unique hotel. It is one of mysteries and wonder, and where the dead can walk the halls with the living. It is a place where dreams can take shape and pets can mutate into monsters.
This book is an interesting read with some odd directions, and for the most part, I found it highly enjoyable. Now I’ll say that with the caveat that I do not feel like many others will like this book. It has an odd detached tone to it while things are happening and it leaves the reader like you are never fully brought into the secrets of the hotel. I enjoyed that because our main character often never feels like he has fully been brought into the fold.
It also does not have a straight central story line where it leads to a massive climax that gets resolved. Instead, the book introduces us to the main character, we have a few adventures with him and his daughter and then the story is over and we are left saying goodbye. I’m okay with that, however the end isn’t fully explained and we’re left not fully understanding what changed. It is the ending that keeps me from rating this book higher.
I did listen to this as an audiobook and the narrator did a fantastic job. In fact, the next audiobook I am going to listen to, by pure coincidence, is also narrated by him and I am looking forward to it.
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