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Hemlock Grove: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Brian McGreevy
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"It takes a rare stroke of genius to reconfigure the gothic novel within the postindustrial barrens of steel country, and another entirely to upstage this conceit with a mythic and ambitious story of adolescence and alienation. Like a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe and J. D. Salinger, this is a real emerging talent."""--Philipp Meyer, author of "American Rust" "A wonderfully creative and twisted reinvention of classic monster archetypes, wrapped up in a mysterious thriller. I loved it. Brian McGreevy is a welcome new voice in horror literature, but be warned: it's not for the faint of heart, or stomach." --Eli Roth, director of "Hostel""This is . . . horror with a respect for its literary antecedents." --Yvonne Zipp, "The Washington Post"


An exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares.

The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues--though the authorities aren't sure if it's a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family--their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel--where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he's a werewolf. Or perhaps it's Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right--and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Buch = Serie: top Umsetzung- 14. Februar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Bin über die gleichnamige Serie auf das Buch gestoßen, und ich muss sagen, dass ich selten so eine 1:1 Umsetzung eines Buchs in Serie gesehen habe..
Buch (wie Serie) waren für mich ein erster Vorstoß in das Genre Horror, deshalb fand ich persönlich die Story spannend aber auch etwas krass (allerdings für echte Horrorfans wohl wiederum zu lasch?)..Die Charaktere sind überzeugend, allerdings hängt das teils offene Ende etwas in der Luft, aber lässt auf eine Fortsetzung hoffen..

Spoiler- alert:
TOP- ungewöhnliche Darstellung der altbekannten Thematik Werwolf/ Vampir (in diesem Buch glitzert kein Untoter ;-)

Zusammenfassend würde ich sagen, gruseliges und spannendes (Teenie-)Buch, (allerdings- und das mach ich normalerweise nie- empfehle ich die Serie (z.B. bei Lovefilm) noch vor dem Buch:-) sie ist noch gruseliger..

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The new horror 17. Mai 2013
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I first saw the Netflix series and was wondering what the book would be like... now I know it is brillant. In very odd art form the author draws the reader into a world so similar and yet so very different from the one we live in.
For everyone who loves slowly revealing complicated characters, who loves the shiver of sensing dark secrets, who loves slowly build atmospheres of odd sensations ... this book should be duty!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Das Buch ist besser als die Serie 6. März 2014
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Hatte die ersten beiden Folgen der TV gesehen und mir dann sofort das Buch heruntergeladen. Allerdings bin ich dann bei Folge 4 der TV Serie abgestürzt, während ich das Buch wahrhaft verschlungen habe. Tolle Story, mal was anderes, als der übliche Twilite Kram und sehr spannend. Allerdings in grossen Teilen nichts für schwache Nerven.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Post-modern genius or teen-romance hack? 5. Mai 2013
Von Nicholas Moses - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book isn't part of one of my usual genres, and I generally wouldn't touch books with it's cover art/Amazon description with a 15 foot pole. It sounds and looks like the setup for some tragic, overly affected take on Twilight.

But it's not. The plot is shockingly not full of holes (though there are some questions left unanswered, they aren't *unanswerable*), the actions of the characters are actually justifiable, and there isn't any awful fixation on the romance elements - which are sparse, as they should be. It's a story that includes vampires and werewolves, and those two concepts are the most sexual metaphors imaginable, and McGreevy seems to recognize that (and even manages to make a bit of self-referential fun of it). The story is good, and good enough to recommend the book based on. I watched the Netflix series, and it was also good - it followed the story (and in some cases the dialogue) closely, and the acting was good, so if you enjoy this book I'd definitely recommend it.

The story is good and manages to hover above cliché, sometimes even lambasting it. This isn't a happy tale, nor does it come to a contenting conclusion. One thing that the story does manage to handle very well is the juxtaposition of technology and magic - a technical challenge that seems inevitable for the genre (though as I said I'm no genre expert). There's "magic" in the story, no doubt about that, but it's exists in a naturalist sense rather than a romantic one. While the characters take the "magic" elements they can see at face value, there's a lot of discussion of other supernatural elements that are clearly taken as metaphor (for those who have read the book, the story Peter tells Letha is a good example). It pays homage to Frankenstein in a fairly neat albeit direct (Shelly? Like Marie Shelley? What a coincidence!) way, and the two doctors (one a morally obsessed but inadequate psychiatrist, one a power-mad researcher) play into that homage well.

The writing is interesting. A number of comments seem to think that the author should have hired a better editor. I'd respectfully suggest that they're not familiar with stream of consciousness writing. McGreevy's obviously borrowing a number of elements of his technique from the modernist writers. If you're completely uncomfortable with phrases like
"That is, most of a girl named Brooke Bluebell."
"Missing her exactly like he used to."
"Lost in her own thoughts."
Each one of those fragments and countless others appears in the text, capitalized and punctuated like a real sentence. I don't see them as editing mistakes, though, since they're clearly intentional. If that's the sort of thing that bothers you, though, you're probably not the kind of person who does a lot of reading anyway.

There are also several instances where dialogue continues (with no scene description) for a few (short) pages at a time. These are not the norm: most of the book is very concise, and there isn't a lot of extra dialogue. There really isn't a lot of extra anything: everything that happens in the almost 13 hour television series and more happens in this book's short 318 pages. There's something to be said for conciseness, and it works fairly well here. The author keeps you in the dark about at least a few things throughout the book and occasionally things are somewhat unclear due to the sparseness of the text.

There are certainly some flaws in the book, plot-wise. *SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT* A handful of characters that readers should care about have almost no development at all. Christina's friends, the totally forgettable twins, are an example, as are all of the show's major victims. Aside from that, Pryce is a particularly uninteresting character when he had so much potential to be the opposite (and muscular hypertrophy? really?). On that note, everything about the White Tower seems weak and unrelated to the plot. Ouroboros has nothing to do with the werewolf killings, or anything the main characters care about. As Olivia puts it, the only important function the biomedical lab does is provides her family money - she's right not just for her own concerns, but for the concern of readers. *SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT*

Overall it's an excellent read in a genre I would normally never touch. It seems to be the author's only release, as well, which is promising. His website is essentially a placeholder right now, but I'll be checking back for certain.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just like the TV series. 11. Mai 2013
Von Miguel Carvajal - Veröffentlicht auf
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After watching the Netflix TV series I was curious to read this book to see if it would clarify a few points that didn't quite make sense. I don't want to write any spoilers or give specific details, but those unclear points were explained by reading this book quite nicely. Definitely recommended to all fans of good horror and original stories.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book AND Show! 4. Juli 2013
Von Nat Rose - Veröffentlicht auf
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I actually got this book AFTER watching the show on Netflix (which is great, by the way. I think it actually enhances the book.) and wanting more information. The show is great with cinematography and characters, but of course details are left out, so this book was great. Reading it after I saw all the episodes was surprisingly enjoyable. You go in with a general understanding and then get many of your questions answered.
The book moves at a good pace, not dragging out any needless descriptions and Brian McGreevy has a surprisingly broad vocabulary (which I personally loved), so have your dictionaries near by!
There were some differences between the book and the show, as there usually are. I would recommend both.
Also, the word "Upir" is used in the book and never defined, although it is a very important word for the story.
Definition: "Upir" 1. "A type of dragon that feeds off humans but must die by its own hands to awaken its true powers.
(i.e. The upir are the most feared of the supernatural because of their blood thirsty fangs and their ability to hypnotize.)"
2. "Russian vampire that function during daylight hours. Eats children then their parents. Said to be the most vicious vampire."
(Definitions found on
There is a third definition, but it's quite inappropriate and irrelevant.

I would definitely recommend this book! I enjoyed it quite a bit!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Poetic goth 27. April 2013
Von deborah - Veröffentlicht auf
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The prose of the narrator had a rhythm that kept me connected to the story. It answers some questions left open by the Netflix series. I await the sequels of this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A solidly 3.5 read 3. Juli 2013
Von ChibiNeko - Veröffentlicht auf
I like this book, but I'd be lying if I said that is was a solid 4 star read for me. I feel that this was more of a 3.5, but I'm going to round up since there was more here that I liked than things that I disliked. I won't lie: you will likely either absolutely adore this book or you'll hate it with a passion.

Part of what I liked about this book were some of the things that I also disliked about it. I liked the way the characters spoke and acted, but then at the same time this tended to work against it at times. The characters are just far too precocious and well, "quirky" for their own good. I say quirky because there really isn't that great of an alternate word for the way they act. They're all interesting, but sometimes it just seems like the author tried a little too overly hard to make everyone as interesting and unique as he could make them. It makes for a fun read, but also a frustrating one since you never quite forget that these are all characters in a novel. Of course that isn't to say that you won't find some characters that you'll absolutely adore- I couldn't help but fall in love with Shelley, who is treated like a freak by just about everyone in town but is quite possibly one of the most intelligent people in the book. I was glad that they expanded on her character a little more for the television show. I just really can't get enough of her. Other characters are interesting enough and there wasn't anyone I truly hated, although at times I really just wanted to tell Roman to grow a pair.

Plot-wise, this was decent. The whodunit of the killer is rather well done and not really something that you could completely predict. I'd had the ending spoiled for me by Google searches, so I had the ability to look at some of the little hints dropped here and there. If you're curious, the television series seems to be almost identical to the book, down to the lines everyone says. The only difference is that Chausser isn't as big of a character here as she is in the TV show, nor is Christina, surprisingly. She's more shown in recorded side conversations than actual direct scenes. There's also a difference in how Nicolae was cast out from the gypsies, not that this makes a huge impact in how anything plays out.

Now I know what you're thinking: book or TV show? You could read both, but I'm guessing that at least a few people will be wondering if they should read the book since they weren't that thrilled with the show. It's understandable: sometimes the book will be better than the show and vice-versa. The book does have the benefit of allowing the reader a little more insight into what people are thinking while they're doing whatever they do, so the book has that going for it. However because the two are pretty much so identical that I'd probably say that if you didn't like the show, you're not likely to love this book. I'd recommend it, but only as a library read if this is the case. If you loved the show, go ahead and buy the book. You're probably going to like it.

My only warning is apparently there won't be anymore books for the HG series. Apparently the author changed his mind and wants to focus solely on the Netflix show. If you're not into television and/or don't have Netflix, you'll want to approach this with caution. The main plot point, the capturing of the murderer, is wrapped up fairly cleanly by the end of the book, but there are a lot of loose ends left over here. There's a sense of endings of a sort when it comes to knowing pretty much how things will end for a lot of people, but you're left with more questions than answers. It's not so bad that I'd say not to read it because of this, though. I'd just recommend that you know that there isn't a neatly tied up ending here. Overall though, this wasn't bad and if there is another book, I'd give it a read.
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