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The Darkening Dream (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. Januar 2012

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Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dark and Imaginative... 18. März 2012
Von Michael Araujo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Think of Salem, Massachusetts and you would think of the Salem Witch Trials, but we aren't in the 1600's. The year is 1913 and tales of witches are long gone, substituted by those of the vampires. Aside from them being called vampires, what do these vampires have in common with those that we know of in today's world? Absolutely nothing. When Andy Gavin went back in time with The Darkening Dream, he not only brought us to old traditions but to old rules. Farewell to the vampires that sparkle and fall in love with teenage girls and hello to the vampires who burn in the sun, sleep in a coffin and attack for pleasure.

Having received an email from Andy to review his novel, I was a bit hesitant at first. Vampires aren`t generally on my reading list, but how many spoiled apples did I have to go through before I finally gave up? With each word he typed though, I became more and more curious. He revealed the fact that he was co-creator of Naughty Dog, and when I finally saw the cover for the novel I just couldn't turn it down at all. How could this man, this creator of games such as Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, create a novel about vampires to hold my attention. Not to mention he added Egyptian gods to the mix. A weird mix but yet I set off on the journey.

The Darkening Dream treats us to a dark story about a girl named Sarah who stumbles into some trouble because of these visions she's having. With the help of Alex, a Greek Immigrant and her twin friends, Anne and Sam, she sets off on this terrifying adventure against an elderly vampire, a demon-loving Puritan warlock, Egyptian gods, all in the name of saving the holy trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. While the plot-line might seem a bit of random and something on the path of comedy, it is the complete opposite. Never have I seen such an odd group come together so well and truly terrify me and the characters.

I absolutely loved the characters both the good and the bad. They were all written so well, with each of their personalities shining through on the pages brightly. From the very beginning, the story, the writing, the characters all seemed so fresh and new. From the very beginning, you become connected to these characters and yearn to learn more. They're all written with secrets behind them that makes you want to bring out your shovel and dig a little deeper than what the author has given. He made me connect to each and everyone of them in their own little ways. Of course the credit is given to the way he writes.

Like I said before, Andy Gavin gave me this refreshing new story that seriously set out against serious competitors and set the table for them. I was completely surprised at how amazing the writing was for someone who was only a debut author. I immediately connected to the words and could not let go. I grabbed each and every word and let it sink in as the story formed. Everything from the characters, to the way they spoke, to the way he narrated their actions was just perfectly written to the dot. The mixture of the Egyptian gods in the end actually made sense and made one think that anything is possible and can be taken seriously. Even after being finished with the story, it still amazes me how well it was written.

To go a little deeper into the characters, I'd have to focus on the vampires because after all this a vampire novel. The way they were shown simply amazed me. I longed for a novel where I would get killer vampires who attacked for blood and kept to their old traditions of turning into fog and bats, of sleeping in their coffin and staying away from the sun. Knowing that these vampires had a rows of sharp-fanged teeth got me excited for who their victims would be. But when the excitement went down I realized, this put the fear I had of vampires back in its place. Reading in the dead of night with only a book light on and no type of noise whatsoever, I found myself extremely uncomfortable during one part where the 900-year-old vampire torments the characters outside of their home. Knowing that he couldn't get in but wouldn't leave them alone seriously set me on edge and even writing about it now I'm getting that feeling again. The fear of how I felt when I was younger had suddenly hit me and I had to put the book down for a few minutes and turn the lights on.

I've always been afraid of vampires when I was younger, all the thanks should be given to my sister, but with current vampire novels it became sort of a joke. So I thank you, Andy Gavin, for making that fear return again and for reminding me why years ago I had to sleep with two beanie bag babies tight on my neck. A simple childish phobia that had long gone is beginning to return and I couldn't be more happier to welcome it with opened arms. Let's just hope that there's a sequel, especially with that killer ending.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No sparkling vamires allowed! 11. September 2013
Von Ccbilbo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
No sparkling vampires here! I picked this book up for free from the website Pixel of Ink. I didn't know what I was getting into when I picked this book. Other than just the description of the book, I was in the dark. I don't like to read other book reviews. To me it's like reading the last few pages first...I want to find out what this was like on my own.

The Darkening Dream is based in Salem, MA. It's early 1900's, the Witch trials have been done. Cars are just coming out. Sarah doesn't understand her dreams. She is hearing a horn blow, in her head. Then she touches this young man and she has a vision. What is going on with this young woman?

Sarah, Anna, Sam, Alex and Emily find out there are vampires in their town. A murder of a child opens their eyes to a world they only thought existed in fiction. Sarah and her friends learn that there is a real thing as magic. They find out that good and evil do exist. There is a such thing as the Garden of Eden. Demons actually exist.

Sarah finds out that she is stronger and more capable than she ever thought. It's up to her and her friends to save themselves, family and possibly the world. The only question is, Is her faith in God strong enough?

The Darkening Dream, is heavily laced with religion. You learn about the Jewish religon and a little hint of Catholism. You don't feel ignorant about the Jewish faith by reading this book. The description of what things are and why they are done is well written.

I haven't looked to see if there is another book that follow this. If there isn't, there should be. The ending leaves you with so many questions. Great book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Vampires, Mythology & The Occult - Seamlessly Meet. 27. Mai 2012
Von M. DeKalb - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Salem, Mass. 1913.

A young woman (Sarah) has begun having peculiar nightmares, always accompanied by a select set of visions: a tree with bloody roots and the sounding of a ram's horn. She and her friends (siblings Sam & Anne) meet Alex and while walking along the outskirts of town encounter the corpse of a young man badly mangled. A few days later, post-burial they see him again and give chase - serendipitously, Alex has before encountered the Undead (much more intimately than he realizes, actually).

After the encounter with the vampireling we are more deeply introduced to previously secondary character family members. These persons provide a wealth of information as it relates to what the vampire would be seeking, how dangerous and how experienced the head vampire could be and the precautions to take against this being.

Pastor Parris... a very interesting priest, indeed. Playing with the hand of hell to further his own avaricious ends.

After being sucked into another realm and returned the end of the battle is near. To resume life.... If you could consider it that - Sarah does the unthinkable. The ending leaves many, many loose ends and paves potentiation for a sequel.

Mixing vampiric lore, witchcraft, occultism, Egyptian mythology, Judaism, Christianity and well, the location needs little mention this story has the potential to create a Celtic knot of belief, tradition, rite and ritual. Thankfully the author crosses the systems seamlessly and counter-points one with another to add to the story. The reader won't be bogged down by preaching or the authors religious zealousness because it all seems to lend to the story.

Overall, an interesting myth / religious tempered jaunt into vampire lore with a rather unsuspected ending.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting story, well-told, with a nice layering of mythologies 8. Januar 2013
Von Bob Milne - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
While it's not a 'bad' novel by an means, The Darkening Dream is one book where I had a hard time finding the hook to keep me reading. The characters were a bit too thin to truly engage me, and a bit too independent for the first decades of the twentieth century, which made it hard to take their plight seriously.

Having said that, Andy Gavin does an admirable job of mixing magic and mythology, presenting us with a world that is fascinating to explore. Rather than placing religion and the supernatural at odds with one another, he brings them together, adding an interesting new edge to not just his vampire, but the overall tale. Some readers may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of mythology included here, with various cultures and themes represented, but it added to the overall story.

The characters themselves were a bit too religious for my tastes on the one hand, and a bit too progressive in their attitudes on the other hand, but their core beliefs were entirely in keeping with the time period, so I can't fault Gavin for that.

For a while, I wondered whether I had inadvertently stepped into a YA piece of dark fantasy, but then the horror - and the dark sexuality - reared its gratuitous head. I was actually a bit shocked at what the author put his characters through, and if I'd been able to make a connection, then I think he may have creeped me out. Sarah is the one character in whom I took any sort of significant interest, and that was largely after the fact, with her twist decision at the end of the tale a high-point for me.

One minor complaint in terms of the narrative is that some scenes were just too short, making me wonder why Gavin bothered with the POV change at all. It almost felt like a quick splash screen in a video game, transitioning between one element of the story to another, so it may just be habit. I like my scenes long and in-depth, giving me a chance to become immersed in the story, but that's a personal complaint.

Overall, an interesting story, well-told, with a nice layering of mythologies. It's a bit too mature in some senses for the YA market, and a bit too simplistic in others for the adult market, but I suspect it would make a great read for those looking to make the transition.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen recommend it for everyone 10. Dezember 2012
Von Mindy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I seriously couldn't put this book down. I loved the cultural references and how that impacted the main characters and their interaction. When I was about the age of the characters in the story (ok a little younger) my best friend was Jewish and I found the culture fascinating. I still do, so I loved that the main character was Jewish and how that culture impacted her and her choices.

I found all the characters to be well-rounded and believable. The story was rife with descriptive detail, yet you never felt that the author was spending time describing things. I just felt like I was in the story. I could picture everything.

I give this story 5 out of 5 clouds and recommend it for everyone. I plan to let my kids read it since they enjoy the genre. It would be the perfect Christmas gift for your fantasy/vampire reading fan (and no I don't get paid to say that). 

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