Profil für Claude Avary > Rezensionen

Persönliches Profil

Beiträge von Claude Avary
Top-Rezensenten Rang: 3.505.213
Hilfreiche Bewertungen: 7

Richtlinien: Erfahren Sie mehr über die Regeln für "Meine Seite@Amazon.de".

Rezensionen verfasst von
Claude Avary "West Coast Reader" (Los Angeles, CA USA)

Anzeigen:  
Seite: 1 | 2
pixel
Darker Than You Think
Darker Than You Think
von Jack Williamson
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen And better than you could hope..., 1. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Darker Than You Think (Taschenbuch)
It is great to have this pulp classic (first published in the pages of "Unknown" in the early forties and expanded in 1947) back in print. This is the best in "epic horror"; every chapter has a new suprise, a new shock, a new monster -- but Williamson keeps it all together in his focus on a tortured and confused protagonist, caught between his friends and his confusing "lust". Although supposedly a werewolf novel, the author expands the story into a titanic struggle of humanity and the dark unknown, a struggle that lasts through all time and infects all of us. Impossible to put down, and worth it for the surprising emotional climax that reverses all conventions of horror (at least as horror was known then). Get it now!


I Married a Dead Man (Crime, Penguin)
I Married a Dead Man (Crime, Penguin)
von Cornell Woolrich
  Taschenbuch

2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the author's best, 9. Februar 2000
This is the last novel of Woolrich's main period, before he hit a creative dry spell that lasted until his miserable lonely death of a stroke in 1968. It is also one of his least forgiving: depression, despairing, a look into the hopeless webs of fate that seem to ensnare us. Life, the protagonist tells us is a game -- one we and her are destined to lose. The third person story that falls in-between the first person prologue and epilogue is one of Woolrich's most imaginative and dark, albeit not always logical (Woolrich's work is suffused with logic holes that defy you to explain them, but you probably won't even notice them because the prose and suspense is no all-consuming). It's been adapted to film three times, but none have successfully recreated the true existential dread Woolrich's prose creates. (Riki Lake and existential dread . . . I don't think that works)
Very little of Woolrich is in print, and you really owe it to yourself to read one of the great works by the greatest suspense author of all time.


Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan of the Apes
Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan of the Apes
von Edgar Rice Burroughs
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Still one amazing adventure story, 9. Februar 2000
It's incredible that eighty-eight years after it first appeared in "All-Story", Tarzan of the Apes is still an absolute thrill to read. Burrough's original Tarzan is a fascinating creation, more intelligent and brutal than the many sanitized versions that have appeared in Hollywood since the silent days (and somehow the Lord of the Apes had his biggest financial success in a Disney(? ) film). Tarzan is here a vehicle for the author to explore the binary nature of humanity and the thin line between civilzation and savagery that exists within everyone. Oh, and it's filled with action! action! action! and pathos! and action! and pathos! It isn't remotely relistic for a second, but its a grand fantasy that wins over new fans with each generation. Your life is a little less exciting if you haven't read it.


The Cornell Woolrich Omnibus: Rear Window and other stories
The Cornell Woolrich Omnibus: Rear Window and other stories
von Cornell Woolrich
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Well, at least something is in print, 16. Januar 2000
For those of you who have never met him, let me introduce you to Cornell Woolrich, the greatest suspense writer of all time. He's cruel, he'll wring you dry, he'll pummell you physically and emotionally until you just about break down. And you'll never be able to get enough.
Now let me introduce you to the ONLY thing that is in print from this remarkable man, who wrote over twenty novels and a few hundred short stories... The Omnibus, which contains I MARRIED A DEAD MAN and WALTZ INTO DARKNESS, two of the last novels of his "main" period and both written under the psuedonym William Irish, and five short stories collected under the Title "Rear Window". I MARRIED A DEAD MAN is one of Woolrich's best: existentially terrifying, incredibly depressing, and wholly dependant on bizarre coincindences that you must just accept as being part of his cruel and mocking universe. WALTZ is a strange choice to include, since it uncharacteriscally takes place in a period setting (1880s Louisiana) and depends less on crime and suspense than his other works, but it is nonetheless captivating -- his dark view of life and love still sits at the helm, but this novel isn't representative of his work the way you would expect for inclusion in an "Omnibus".
As for the shorts, they are uniformally a strong group. "Change of Muder" and "Post-Mortem" are solid if not incredible, but they do show you what some of his typical magazine work was like. "Rear Window" (which was first published as "It Had To Be Murder") is still a great story, even if you've seen the movie a few hundred times. Woolrich keeps the action tense and clautrophobic they way no one else can. "Momentum" (first published as "Murder Always Gathers Momemtum") is a delirious action nightmare that outdoes Camus on the existential level (Woolrich is far far ahead of any French writer for existential despair -- and yet he's the one out of print, go figure!). It resembles another excellent story, "Dusk to Dawn" that Woolrich wrote a few years before.
And then there's "Three O'Clock". Oh God. God, what can I say about this story? Woolrich's biographer called it his greatest a work, and to read it is "to die a little." Be warned, this is a wrecking piece of prose, so tense and so frightening that you will never forget it, although you may try....
This collection is worth the price just for this short story alone.


The Untamed
The Untamed
von Max Brand
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 8,31

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the classics of the genre, 13. September 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Untamed (Taschenbuch)
Frederick Faust (a.k.a. Max Brand and eighteen other psuedonyms) wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote -- 30 million plus words in his career -- and just about everything he turned out is worth reading. And "The Untamed" is one of his best. Forget "The Virginian" and Zane Grey's pokey novels, "The Untamed" is the fictionalized west that we know and love, where men and women were larger than life and strode across a fantasy world of death, lawlessness, and strange beauty. After reading this novel, pick any other Faust/Brand title and give it a try: I guarantee you that you won't find a dud.


Power Tarot: More Than 100 Spreads That Give Specific Answers to Your Most Important Question: More Than 100 Spreads That Give Specific Answers to Your Most Important Questions
Power Tarot: More Than 100 Spreads That Give Specific Answers to Your Most Important Question: More Than 100 Spreads That Give Specific Answers to Your Most Important Questions
von Trish Macgregor
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen Aptly titled!, 8. Juni 1999
POWER TAROT is a no nonsense tarot book that will absolutely energize intermediate tarot readers (I agree with some of the other reviews that the book isn't for very beginngers -- the card descriptions are a bit difficult). The spreads cover almost any situation and not only provide answers, but new ways of looking at the questions. The demystification of the tarot that the authors practice actually makes tarot more powerful because it makes it accessible. Their distinctly modernist and Jungian philosophy of the tarot is also inspiring. Highly recommended.


The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
von Shirley Jackson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best horror novels of all time..., 1. Februar 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Haunting of Hill House (Taschenbuch)
This is definitely one of those books that "gets under your skin" without you even knowing it. Without resorting to cheap thrills and creaky ghost cliches, Shirley Jackson crafts a horrifying story about a haunted house that figuratively "devours" people -- and we must live in the mind of its current victim! The prose style and the deft handling of this difficult bit of perspective are unmatched in horror literature. Once you read that opening paragraph, you too will find that you can never escape from Hill House... for there's nothing you can do if it doesn't want you to leave...


The lord of the rings
The lord of the rings
von J.R.R. TOLKIEN
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen A simple statement, 28. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The lord of the rings (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Only one thing need be said about THE LORD OR THE RINGS: what Homer's ILIAD and ODYSSEY were to the ancient world, LOTR is to our age -- the greatest epic of our time, a work that defies rational criticism and appeals to all people in a purely spiritual level. Those who resist...well, they would've probably called Homer's work "unrealistic garbage" back in the eight century B.C., so why let the small-minded bother us now? Utulíe'n Aurë! Aiya Eldalie ar Atanatari, utlíe'n aurë!


The Simarillion
The Simarillion
von J. R. R. Tolkien
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the Great 20th Century Achievements, 26. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Simarillion (Taschenbuch)
There is nothing quite like this in English literature, nor will there ever be again. Tolkien has crafted a work that sings and hums like the best translation of the Bible...no, it goes beyond the Bible with its more unified visions and greater sense of poetic beauty. The passion and pathos of this epic document of the Elves in the first age of our earth (and let me make that clear -- this is our history, or Earth, not that of a fantasy world) almost overwhelms you. You can say to yourself empirically "I know this is merely a story created by a 20th century linguistics professor" but your heart and spirit will never doubt the tale's truth. That is Tolkien's remarkable achievement: he makes the fantastic more real than your own reality. This isn't "escapism"; if anything, it will draw you closer to the truly beautiful things in our own world.


Inferno (Modern Library)
Inferno (Modern Library)
von Dante
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Ciardi's the Best, 23. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Inferno (Modern Library) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
There's no doubt about it...Ciardi's is the best translation of the haunting and powerful poem about the medieval view of God's divine plan. Ciardi dumps archaisms and goes for the throat of Dante's poetry and meaning. You'll never touch another translation after you read this!


Seite: 1 | 2