THIS IS EVERYTHING I WANTED WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE TO BE Dark Disturbing BE Dark disturbing fabulous The entire cast of characters are all seriously eually flawed And I think the ending is open to interpretation by every reader which adds another cool element to this book Enjoy Creepy and unsettling Your House Is On Fire Your Children All Gone is about a village of the damned the mouth to Hell located in what was West Germany after World War 2 Hemmersmoor is the town and its young people are as depraved as their parents and ancestors No one ever prospers here Incest rape child murder the town embraces it all nausea is the prominent it all Nausea is the prominent I as I read so I couldn t recommend this unless you have a strong stomach The author has power and the character of the boy Christian is the epitome of a psychopathic monsterI was oing to ive it 2 stars but has to nudge it up because he included my favorite uote from my favorite story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventure of the Copper BeechesIt is my belief Watson founded upon my experience that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside Look at these lonely houses each in its own fields filled for the most part with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law Think of the deeds of hellish cruelty the hidden wickedness which may o on year in year out in such places and none the wiser Hey uick who am IFour stars Four stars Hey this book four stars That book four stars A very merry four stars to me To who To you Last Sunday s Walking Dead episode The dessert menu at my apartment on Thanksgiving This cup of coffee in front of me Four stars four stars four stars Yeah we ve all lamented the star situation before and maybe wish we d never started using them to begin with but I must applaud something about this really likeable book Guess what I really liked it I can t even begin to argue with that statement and it is actually the perfect description of my feelings in as few words as possible This is four y than most fours in its completely immaculate four star ness to me All of this is an elaborate attempt to regain a bit of my star rating authority after my recent four star خداوند الموت: حسن صباح granting bender assuming said authority ever existed to begin with It didn t No matter where you are on this or any star related subject please let me assure you that I still really like you Four stars This is one of those spooky ooky f d up books that I would feel bad for reading ya know like I m somehow becoming one of those obese American housewives who ignores her asshole children to drift off into her unfathomably perverse interior world of marrying death row inmates and banging werewolves and vampires and whatever such blood thirstyobbledygook she comes up with if the writing wasn t so purdy and the authorial voice so confident You know creepy taboo tumbling physicalsexual violence drenched books which crawl inside the heads of psychotic people as they pretend to be all rational and talk about their nonexistant feelings and stuff Also there s some maybe Girl in the Blue Coat ghosts maybe the Devil etcAn isolationist German town s sociopathic citizenry all weave in and out of each others lives in consistently terrible ways And it is spooky There are aazillion variations on campfire stories here but told from several different yet eually cold dry first person perspectives Basically this book is sort of like what would happen if you stitched together Soren Narnia s knifepoint tales into one larger narrative framework Oh and it is Hunter Kiss good Have I mentioned that I really liked it I did Hell I would even read an actually long book by thisuy I simply cannot wait for the awesome movie version that Hollywood will sadly never make Oh one thing this book did not remind me of the X Files Umm at allPS Thanks for the rec karen I know I had already voted for that review but Doctor Sleep gr stolededed it Is a conspiracy Buaaaah Even though this takes place in Germany I m sticking it my truerit aka fucked up white trash shelf I uess America doesn t have a monopoly on twisted Appalachia type folks although there is an element of old world charm here that is enerally missing from my dentally impaired and radially excelled countrymen and women The book opens in the modern day A Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) guy returns to his hometown after years away to find it being overrun by yuppie types but with some of his old friends still making up part of the local color Airl he knew This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World growing up has died and he and three of his friends are the only people whoo to her funeral The funeral ends like any ood funeral should with one of the mourners lifting up her dress showing everyone she isn t wearing any knickers and pi. Was wenn die Vergangenheit nicht vergehen will und die Toten keine Ruhe finden »Hemmersmoor« ist ein Schauerroman über vier junge Freunde deren unschuldige Spielereien in die dunkelsten Winkel der menschlichen Seele führenEin kleines Dorf im norddeutschen Teufelsmoor Jah. E barstool anecdotes and while individuals remember and will eventually Piss On Your Gravethe Community At Large Will Have All on your ravethe community at large will have all forgotten or consigned your suffering to legendthis book comes highly recommended from me a very under the skin kind of book that has a true shirley jackson feel and not just that knee jerk name drop that comes when people want to describe literary horror christian s chapters are particularly ood just complete bland teenage sociopathy brrrrrrand i am a little disappointed that i have an advanced readers copy from ALA reading the other reviews of this on here seems the published book has a
mine lacks which i am oing to confirm at work today watch this spaceokay readyoh it s just a regular book doo dee doountil you hold it under the lightcan you see that so cool i love detailscome to my blog The tiny village of Hemmersmoor is full of secrets and as the children The Sudoku Code grow up and tell their stories these secrets are revealed peeled away like layers of an onion to slowly and uietly expose the dark heart of this poisoned community The story is beautifully written Its elegant uietly detailed writing flows as easily as fresh blood and I flew through it That said Your House Is On Fire Your Children All Gone left a bad taste in my mouth Personally when I read horror I want to be scared even shocked at times but I also want at least one character that I can sympathize with and this book lacked that across the board There is no sense that the atrocities in this book meant anything There is no summation no climax Instead at one point they just stop It s not scaryit s just sad YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE YOUR CHILDREN ALL GONE is probably not a book for everyone but I found it to be fascinating While this book has elements of horror it s rooted in the evil we perpetuate against each other A central theme here is the cruelty and indifference practiced by children family members and neighbors All of this occurring in the oddly isolated German village of Hemmersmooor a place where atrocities and secretso hand in hand The real monsters of the town are the people but I also love how Kiesbye sprinkles in his wonderful magic with rumors of witches and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body ghosts appearing from time to time in various locations in and around the village Another intriguing aspect of this novel is the sort of matter of fact narrative of murders and deaths which feels very European in the telling YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE YOUR CHILDREN ALL GONE reads like a Grimm s fairy tale brimming with some uncensored madness In August I read a book called The Bone Mother which really was very similar to this book in regard to the European stylings of story telling myth horror and history At any rate Ireatly enjoyed this offering from Stefan Kiesbye if one of the ironies of the human condition is that we race through childhood unaware only to spend a lifetime trying to Silver in the Wood get it all back the avid reader enjoys a parallel irony in that we burrow deeper and deeper into analysis and critical thinking only really to try and fully recapture the childlike sense of being lost in a story i meneralizing but o with me on this impossible to shut down the critical mechanism though you can t unring a bell once you ring it never again do words register as visceral physical wholly present things you hit a clunky passage an unforgivable trope or some such other roadbump the illusion s one so it s Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books, 1621-1922 great to find those books that feel as pure storytelling that manage to hoodwinkoose the reader to slightly mute that damn ringing your house is on fire your children all The Second Cure gone does areat job of it haunting elegiac stories set in the same small Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities german town all full of creepy kids rapeames and loads and loads of thanos eros highly recommended to y all who dig campfire tales stories which may or may not be The Sorcerer's Apprentice ghost stories and a daily whiff of the ineffable I was drawn to this book by its title you can t deny it s catchy and the creepy cover The book is creepy indeed a collection of stories narrated by different characters who live in a small German village and are both victims and perpetrators of acts of violence I can t say I enjoyed this book I mean some stories were entertaining but the overall feeling I had reading it was pointless violence and lack of realism You know the kind of situation in which you constantly ask yourself uestions like yes but why or how comes no one ever found out or why is there literally no police in this town I didn t hate it but Iuess I expected a little bit a little Lovecraft maybe a little Gothic Anyway as I said it felt pointless I m sure many people would disagree though so if you really like this kind of story you should definitely ive it a tr. En Atmosphäre aus Aberglauben Inzest und Brutalität Tiefschwarz und erschreckend direkt schildert Stefan Kiesbye das Leben dieser jungen Menschen und des Dorfes Dabei macht er uns vertraut mit den Abgründen die hinter jedem Fenster und am Ende jedes Feldweges lauern könn. ,feature lacks
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Ssing on the rave There is then minor physical altercation You d almost think this was taking place in Ireland instead of Germany these kinds of World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi goings ons The book then jumps back forty years or so toive a series of chapters that each tell a different story about the town and children rowing up there The chapters are told from the point of view of the different kids who would be taking part in this funeral either as the mourners or as the stiff After the first couple of chapters you start to catch on to the idea that none Of These Stories Are Going these stories are oing end well Not that the kids are Who Is Muhammad Ali? going to come to a bad end necessarily but that something fucked up isoing to happen to someone in each of the chapters The book straddles the line of being super natural but you never really know and I think you Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything get the feeling that there is nothing super naturaloing on except that some backward ignorant types take some refuge in believing in hosts and curses and things like that instead of facing up to the fact that the whole town is a bunch of borderline psychopaths Just look at the matter of fact way that the Thanksgiving contest is told in one of the first chapters and the almost flippant way it s mentioned in some later stories The book is blurbed with nods to Shirley Jackson which is a code word for The Lottery which is really the only Shirley Jackson story that anyone ever means when they say Shirley Jackson and Stephen King s Children of the Corn The first allusion has some validity The second is nonsense but it oes well with the creepy kid on the cover of the book These aren t stories of weird kids holding a town captive with the terroristic antics of scary pre pubescents
it s a story of a fucked up town just told from the perspective of as a story of a fucked up town just told from the perspective of a of kids If you had to relate this novel to a Stephen King work The Body would probably be a better one but without any of the heart felt nostalgia or maybe that is just in the movie I ve only read the story once but seen the movie many times so my memory isn t necessarily ood here Grumbling about the blurbs though is just about the only thing I can complain about for this book For a two hundred page book there is a high density of fucked up things oing on but it never felt like I was being hit over the head with shocking scenes over and over again but now that I m thinking of all the things that this book had in it I m fairly amazed it was all able to fit into a satisfying short novel Good stuff this book was an easy near five stars for meit opens with a funeral scene in rural A Secret Kept germany three men and a woman attend the burial of a woman a childhood friend there is an awkward conversation sprinkled with resentment and innuendo at the close of the prologue the woman triumphantly pisses on theraveeveryone s ot rudgeswhat follows is a series of short stories alternating between the perspectives of all five characters as they dispassionately recount the horrific to the reader childhood experiences occurring in their deliberately insular village of hemmersmoor they are all told in first person past tense so it is unclear whether they are remembrancing things past as adults or narrating the stories as children but i prefer to think that they are told in the voice of a child self reflecting musing on things just past with only themselves as audiencekids are scary you know this rightand this village helps to foster the scary small villages cut off from the rest of the world make their own rules here murder is just another word for justice and superstition tradition folklore and magic have the power to shape destinies there will be incest arson facial scarringcharacter assassination cannibalism and soul stealing just to begin withthe stories are narrated in a very straightforward matter of fact manner this is erman horror after all it is uietly chilling rather than oing for The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World grandestures there is casual violence undercutting these stories without any real emotional response awful things happen and life Tricycle (HISTOIRE) goes on there is an emphasis upon the erasure of the past Nobody shed a tear for the youths and what had happened to the people who had lived in the camp before them nobody was interested in either Despite the photo in my living room despite the vans that had deliveredroceries to this other village on a daily basis and despite the railroad track that led right through it nobody in Hemmersmoor could say who the people in the camp had been Nobody remembered the ones who had lived there slept in the barracks and died There had never been such peoplewhich is probably the scariest thing of all atrocities should leave emotional scars but here their fading is taken for ranted life oes on murders becom. Re nach dem Krieg Eine Kneipe wo die Alten von Wiedergängern und Irrlichtern reden Ein Gutshaus dessen Besitzer die Menschen im Dorf verachten und manipulieren Eine alte Fabrik nach der niemand zu fragen wagt Hier wachsen Christian und seine Freunde auf in einer verwunschen.