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Twisted Ones Paperback – 1 October 2019
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"A fresh spin on traditional [southern] gothic elements."-- "Chicago Review of Books"
"Righteous, folkloric horror. The devil is waiting in between these pages."--Chuck Wendig, New York Times Bestselling author
"She knows her genre and audience well enough to perfectly walk the line between comfortingly familiar and delightfully fresh and subversive."-- "SF Bluestocking, on THE SEVENTH BRIDE"
"The writing. It is superb. Ursula Vernon/T. Kingfisher, where have you been all my life?"-- "The Book Smugglers at Kirkus Reviews, on BRYONY & ROSES"
"This occult thriller with heart boasts genuine scares."-- "Publishers Weekly"
My favourite thing about the novel...is the unpredictability of how the story progresses, the subversion of the most common horror tropes. Fear not, we know from early on, given the framing narrative, that the dog survives.-- "The Book Smugglers"
Laden with cosmic fright, The Twisted Ones connects the foreboding of ancient folklore with the horrors of modern life. But it does so with a sharp, witty voice and a compelling first-person protagonist who finds herself precariously straddling worlds she never knew existed.--Jason Heller "NPR Books"
A Library Journal Best Horror Book of 2019
"A dark fairy tale adventure for contemporary readers. Mouse is a great character and the journey is enchanting in the best way - full of terror and humor and friendship."--Jeffrey Ford, author of Ahab's Return and A Natural History of Hell
"A deliciously horrifying read. I adored it. In turns deeply human and uncanny, The Twisted Ones reads like the world's most terrifying episode of Hoarders. Don't sleep on it. In fact, be prepared to never sleep again."--Nebula Award-winning author Alyssa Wong
"By turns warm, witty, and frightening, with a charming protagonist, a diverse and vibrant supporting cast, and -- best of all -- a noble, dimwitted dog. Fair warning: there is a razor in the center of this confection, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I won't be forgetting grandmother's house anytime soon."--Nathan Ballingrud, author of Wounds and North American Lake Monsters
"Innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling, T. Kingfisher isn't just breaking into the horror scene, she's breaking it down. With a hammer."--Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Mira Grant
"Reads so fast and so effortless that you don't realize how in thrall you are to it. It's the sensation of being a little kid who stayed out too long past dinner and sure, you were having fun, but now it's a moonless night and the forest is dark and you are hopelessly lost. This is righteous, folkloric horror, and the devil is waiting in between these pages."--Chuck Wendig, NYT bestselling author of Blackbirds and Wanderers
"The Twisted Ones is a weird, shimmering story told with sharpness and grace - somehow both wild fairy tale and quiet, personal horror in equal measure. It's a strange and lovely balance, expertly crafted for daytime laughter or nighttime trembles."--Cherie Priest, author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft.
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- Publisher : Gallery / Saga Press (1 October 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1534429565
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534429567
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.29 x 21.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 229,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Many people will love this story. If you have a bent towards the macabre style of story set in the real world then you may well give this five stars and a rave review.
Spooky, other-worldly but very much here and now.
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I believe this was my first ever folk horror read, although I didn’t much care for the centre plot of the story so to speak. However, I did throughly enjoy the book. Straight away from the synopsis I got MPHFP vibes. Step-grandfathers journal and a series of horrible terrors. I found the characters very strong and likeable. It really brings back that old fashioned neighbourhood spirit. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and found it so humorous at times.
Back the issues I had with the plot. What I liked was a unique twist, normally it would be a teen and her family, not perhaps a young women on her own. This did add a good perspective to the story. Before you found out what the mystery was the author definitely kept you guessing, planting different theories through the narration. It was such a huge premise and build up that I struggled with the idea that revealing the big mystery would perhaps ruin the book but this wasn’t entirely the case, For me even when the mystery was revealed it fell short for me and I didn’t much care for it. The way it was delivered was good but I didn’t like the idea. It was just missing something.For me there are so many loose ends and things weren’t really explained enough to help understand what was going on. I feel like the book should of been been longer.
In short I very much enjoyed the story but it was the centre of the plot and idea I didn’t much care for. It wasn’t what I was expecting. From the quote on the cover I guess I was expecting something more demonic & paranormal. I find it so hard to explain 😅 but was a good read.
It does make this unique, most of the traditional cosmic horror tend to be narrated by characters who don't feel like real people. Lovecraft's ...well, even calling them 'protagonists' is giving them too much credit, they're barely even plot devices. Most of the traditional cosmic horror writers were bad at characterization. It made it easier to ignore the actual impact of the horror.
Cosmic horror doesn't usually scare me. This came a lot closer than I expected it to.
The main character, "Mouse", is quite likeable, with a lot of wry humour to share, and really she is what saves the story from being a mediocre horror tale. The main premise, of a horrific fairy-type realm, seemingly inhabited by lots of animated bones, "just around the corner", is OK as it goes, but it is just put there on a take it or leave it basis, with no explanatory backstory. The author's declared aim of using a fragmentary second hand account of the hidden realm to provide background detail because it would be more realistic, really didn't work for me, and I found it mildly frustrating. Not saying this is a bad story, I did finish it, but it could have been so much better.
Ursulas stories have in the past been a tad uneventful for me but were saved by great characters...unfortunately that doesn’t apply here.
Book seems largely chats, whiskey, tuna sandwiches and coffee with a chase sequence at the end.