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Hemlock Grove: A Novel von [McGreevy, Brian]
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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"

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 801 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 331 Seiten
  • Verlag: FSG Originals; Auflage: Media tie-in, Movie Tie-In (27. März 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005VD8MTW
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen 3 Kundenrezensionen
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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..

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

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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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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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 Great Book AND Show! 4. Juli 2013
Von Nat Rose - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 UrbanDictionary.com)
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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3.0 von 5 Sternen I'm glad I saw the TV series first 15. Mai 2017
Von JAK - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Could this book have been written any more abstrusely? If I hadn't already known the gist of the story I'm not sure I would have been able to follow it. I'm neither ignorant nor illiterate but this writing style was so 18th century mixed with 21st century Gothic creepiness that it required rereading passages several times to tease out the meaning that was buried within. I'm all for using atypical vocabulary in stories but prefer the sentence structure to be somewhat easier to follow.

OK, the story was good. But I felt like I was watching a movie at a drive-in theatre (for those who know what those are) on a foggy night. The story was there but I had to strain to see it through the obscuring fog. That's why I'm only giving Hemlock Grove 3 stars. Maybe I've gotten lazy. I read for recreation not as an exercise in interpretation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Post-modern genius or teen-romance hack? 5. Mai 2013
Von Nicholas Moses - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 Better than expected 13. September 2016
Von roulette - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read reviews on the TV show based on this book. The reviews were pretty good and I decided to get the book. It is one of the best vampire-werewolves stories I have read. The characters are complex and they are not the typical good vs evil. Everyone has a motive to act certain way and the reader could empathize with them. I hope we could have a sequel and follow up with the characters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice mystery in a paranormal skin 31. August 2014
Von Niles Jacobsen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is not the genre I normally prefer to read, but my teenage son asked me to buy this for him to read. He finished it in two days and was singing its praises for weeks. I decided to see for myself and was pleasantly surprised. Brian McGreevy weaves a tale of intrigue and suspense while bringing the reader into the unknown.

Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, was a town in transition. Godfrey Steel Mill, founded in 1873, built the town manufacturing steel. But toward the end of the 20th century, manufacturing was falling out of favor in the United States. The Godfrey family transitioned from steel to health care and biotechnology. This also brought about a new type of worker - moving from braun to brain.

So the story starts amid this back drop in October, right after the harvest moon. A mutilated girl was found in Kilderry Park. The police suspect a wild animal, maybe a bear. But Christina Wendell believes it was Peter Rumancek, 17 year old gypsy who had recently moved to Hemlock Grove with his mother. You see, Peter had told Christina he was a werewolf. But is this possible? Werewolves don't really exist. They are creatures of legend, just like vampires. Clearly this was simply a case of a young man boasting to a girl. The rumor spreads through the High Schoolat any rate, casting doubt over Peter.

Enter Roman Godfrey, heir to the Godfrey fortune and class mate of Peter. He approaches Peter, asks if he is the killer, and after receiving a negative response forms an alliance to capture or kill the culprit. This is the essence of the mystery. Mcgreevy also introduces several other compelling characters that also play their part in the story and mystery: Olivia Godfrey, Roman's mother; Shelley Godfrey, Roman's 7 1/2 foot tall sister wearing crates on her feet full of potting soil; Norman Godfrey, Roman's uncle and Olivia's secret lover; Destiny Rumancek, Peter's cousin who is skilled in the ways of gypsy lore and witchcraft; Dr. Pryce, brilliant researcher working for the Godfreys and specializing in regeneration; and the federal agent sent to investigate the murders who was smarter than anyone gave her credit for.

All in all, I thought the book told a very interesting tale. The mystery, the characters, and the paranormal element made this a very interesting read.
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