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The Hollow Places: A Novel (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: T. Kingfisher (Tekijä)

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"A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle's house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the "innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling" (Mira Grant, Nebula Award-winning author) The Twisted Ones. Pray they are hungry. Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she's discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle's house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring this peculiar area-only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts...and the more one fears them, the stronger they become. With her distinctive "delightfully fresh and subversive" (SF Bluestocking) prose and the strange, sinister wonder found in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, The Hollow Places is another compelling and white-knuckled horror novel that you won't be able to put down"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Hollow Places: A Novel
Kirjailijat:T. Kingfisher (Tekijä)
Info:Gallery / Saga Press (2020), 352 pages
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I'm not entirely certain of the appropriateness of saying a horror story was a lot of fun, but it fits. This was - at least for me - a great change of pace, unique story, and enjoyable characters to follow along with. The characters themselves wonder if they've stumbled upon a Lovecraftian/Narnia-gone-wrong and from there, trouble ensues. I won't spoil it, but as someone who has occasionally and irrationally loved stationary objects, one of my favorite parts was the realization that objects Kara had loved were able to briefly show they loved her back. Not to mention Beau the cat, who had a heroic role in it all. Reminds me a little of the same tone/spirit of Meddling Kids, though this one is a little less cynical and I liked it better. They're sorta playing in the same park, but not together. My first Kingfisher, but won't be my last. If you're drawn to this one, go for it! ( )
  angiestahl | May 1, 2021 |
I can’t be the only one who absolutely loves when a horror filled novel also has portions that make you laugh out loud, can I? It’s that perfect juxtaposition of terror and hilarity that are so hard to achieve. When it’s done perfectly though, you have this reader absolutely enthralled. So bravo to T. Kingfisher for doing just that! The Hollow Places got its hooks into me from the very beginning, and the absolute only reason this took me as long as it did to get through was because I was busy with work.

First, we need to talk characters. Anyone who has been following my reviews for any length of time knows how much I love books with solid characters. It doesn’t matter whether or not I’m meant to like them, I just want them to feel real. Kingfisher did this beautifully. Both Kara and Simon were wonderful, from their personalities right down their little quirks. The fact that this book was able to have these two stuck together, pitted against evil, and not have a weird instant love vibe made me smile so much. Kara and Simon are two peas in a pod. Witty, strong, and yet human. The amount of times that they acknowledged how screwed they were, and actually referenced themselves being stuck in a horror movie, got me. I adored them, and I was hardcore rooting for them the entire book.

As for the plot, well you really can’t ask for a more solid premise. Kingfisher leads the reader on a merry chase as Kara and Simon navigate this new willow world beyond the wall. Now, I’ll admit that I figured out the case of this anomaly well before Kara did. However that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. The tension built up was perfect, the horror just enough without going over the edge, and the whole atmosphere of this book leads you to want to hunker down in your own bunker until it’s all over. The ending especially? Well, I won’t spoil, but I thought it was fantastic.

Overall this was so much fun to devour. I’m honestly quite happy that I made it the first book of the year! If this sets the tone for the rest of my year of reading, I have zero qualms with that. Are you a reader who likes to be a little bit scared, and also laugh a lot? The Hollow Places is for you. ( )
  roses7184 | Apr 24, 2021 |
The first book in weeks that managed not only to snag my attention but kept me glued to the pages until the very end. I knew there was a strong possibility I’d like it based purely on the fact I’ve liked every single book from Kingfisher so far, but I think this one is my new favorite.

It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a horror novel that managed to properly scare me, and did The Hollow Places scare me, my god. I love cosmic horror; I love it when the protagonist starts to slowly unravel after facing something impossibly vast and unfathomably horrible that our puny human brain is just unable to comprehend. That feeling when you start involuntarily tearing up because the implications are just too much? The best. The body horror here is also top notch – so horrible my skin still crawls just thinking about it.

Got so scared reading about incomprehensible monsters that it helped me to get out of my own head for a bit. Loved every second. ( )
  tetiana.90 | Apr 12, 2021 |
Eigentlich eine gute Idee, einen modernen Remix von Algernon Blackwoods "The Willows" zu machen. Das Buch fing auch vielversprechend an, aber letztlich war es zu geschwätzig, endlose "wizzige" Dialoge und Selbstbetrachtungen der Ich-Erzählerin. Als Novella oder Novellette hätte es funktioniert, hier hatte ich aber den Eindruck, die Autorin hatte einen Vertag über 350 Seiten und musste jetzt liefern.

Zwei Sterne war vielleicht etwas harsch - ich erhöhe auf knapp 3 Sterne. ( )
  MrKillick-Read | Apr 4, 2021 |
This review is somewhat spoilery.

Very good body horror with a side order of fabulous characters, wonderful world building, mesmerising writing, and a beat perfect plot. Nothing quite like a 'resolution' happening halfway through the book to signify that the characters really have No Clue what is going on. ( )
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"A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle's house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the "innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling" (Mira Grant, Nebula Award-winning author) The Twisted Ones. Pray they are hungry. Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she's discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle's house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring this peculiar area-only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts...and the more one fears them, the stronger they become. With her distinctive "delightfully fresh and subversive" (SF Bluestocking) prose and the strange, sinister wonder found in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, The Hollow Places is another compelling and white-knuckled horror novel that you won't be able to put down"--

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