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Andrew Pyper

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Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario, in 1968. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a law degree from the University of Toronto, although he has never practiced. Kiss Me, his first book of short stories, was published to in 1996. visa mer Pyper the went on to the position of Writer-in-Residence at Berton House, Dawson City, Yukon, as well as at Champlain College, Trent University. His first novel, Lost Girls, was a national bestseller in Canada and a Globe and Mail Notable Book selection in 1999 as well as a Notable Book selection in the New York Times Book Review and the London Evening Standard in 2000. Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Pyper's second novel, The Trade Mission, was published in 2002, and was selected by The Toronto Star as one of the Best Books of the Year. Outside of fiction writing, Pyper is a regular contributor of essays and criticism to Canadian magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Quill & Quire and Saturday Night. He is also a Contributing Editor for Gear magazine. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av Andrew Pyper

The Demonologist (2013) 656 exemplar
Lost Girls (1999) 431 exemplar
The Killing Circle: A Novel (2008) 285 exemplar
The Guardians (2011) 180 exemplar
The Damned (2015) 173 exemplar
The Wildfire Season (2005) 151 exemplar
The Only Child (2017) 136 exemplar
The Homecoming (2019) 87 exemplar
The Residence: A Novel (2020) 50 exemplar
Oracle (2020) 38 exemplar
Kiss Me (1996) 21 exemplar
Rendezvous 1 exemplar

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BooksInMirror | 15 andra recensioner | Feb 19, 2024 |
4.5

Phenomenal

Do you enjoy atmospheric ghost stories with a literary bent to them? Then you will not want to miss The Residence by Andrew Pyper’s. Many of the reviews have said this is up to par for the author by this is my first read by him. I am thankful to NetGalley that this book was put on my raider. I have been doing readathons to try and get my self out of my reading slump and finished this at 1am. Even though my review is delayed with the publication I loved the spooky factor. I felt like this could be part of an episode of Supernatural and considering it is one of my favorites shows I am here for it for sure. The Residence is historical fiction, a fact I did not realize when I picked it up, and I thought the setting gave it a wonderful, Gothic sensibility. I requested this book on an impulse because I loved the concept and the cover. But this story is not only creepy and terrifying in places, but it is also quite sad. I loved this combination of terror and emotion when you add the lyrical writing style it is magical.

The story takes place in 1853 and follows the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce and his wife Jane, and their terrifying experiences in the residence of the White House. The story opens with a personal tragedy. Right before the inauguration, Franklin, Jane, and their eleven-year-old son Bennie are traveling by train when the train goes off the rails and Bennie is instantly killed. Jane is destroyed, having already lost two other sons to disease and complications with childbirth, and she refuses to participate in her duties as First Lady. Instead of doing her duties she urges Franklin to get someone to fill in for her at the important events. Instead of trying to function and try to get better Jane spends her time in a room across the hall that was suppose to be Bennies room where she spends her time writing letters to her dead son.

She is so at a loss that she invites the Fox sisters to do a séance in order to communicate with Bennie. She gets so much more then she bargained for when the séance brings forth a demon who has been attached to her since childhood and is hell bent on bringing destruction to everyone it comes across. This was so creepy that it had me jumping at my own shadow. It has elements of the obvious ghosts as in Bennie, but it also has moving dolls that gave me Chuckie vibes. Both Franklin and Jane see ghosts of their dads and that adds to the sadness because Jane feels responsible for her father’s death because of the close relationship with the demon she calls Sir.

The creepy atmosphere the sad circumstances that led to everything taking place makes this one of those reads that can really scare you. This is a very short book that packs a very big punch. I know I mentioned that this is a historical fiction and out side of a few mentions of Franklins leadership skills and democratic choices this is more of a spooky story meant to chill you to the bone. Not only do I recommend this to everyone who loves a good scare I recommend going back and reading more books by this author like I plan to. 4.5 stars a solid spooky read.
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b00kdarling87 | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 7, 2024 |
Narration Elevates Mediocre Story


Awarding 2.5 stars but rounding up to 3 for the outstanding narration, my expectations were high, fueled by my admiration for Joshua Jackson in Fringe and Dawson's Creek. Unfortunately, this novel fell short of my expectations.

Nate Russo collaborates with the FBI on missing persons cases, considering himself more a seer than a psychic. His unique gift enables him to locate the missing but forces him to share in their terror. Unwillingly bestowed upon him by The Bone Man, a terrifying ghost from his childhood home, Nate's gift becomes a curse.

As The Bone Man escalates his actions, Nate is compelled to return to his hometown to find a missing girl before it's too late. Despite the excellent narration, the storyline disappoints. The revelation of The Bone Man's origin story lacks impact, and the ending offers no surprises. Exclusive to audio, the dialogue feels somewhat mismatched for the medium.

However, for Audible enthusiasts, there might be merit in giving this a chance. While it didn't resonate with me, your experience might differ, particularly if you're a fan of the auditory format.
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b00kdarling87 | 3 andra recensioner | Jan 7, 2024 |
I'm a huge fan of Pyper's novels, so I wanted to give this collection a try. And it's...fine? Pyper's writing is gorgeous, and there are moments where the prose itself shines so much that I'm glad to have read the book. The stories themselves are slice-of-life literary pieces that read fairly unevenly, with a few stand-outs rising above the others. (My favorites were "Breaking and Entering", "Kiss Me", and "Magnificent".) This is one of those collections where the themes running through the stories are so similar that the tone and feel becomes repetitive after a while, so I would say that this is one of those collections which is better read in small bites every once in a while rather than straight through (which is how I normally read collections). It's also worth noting that it feels like sex/sexual situations comes into play for shock value as much as anything at various points in this collection, eventually leading me to feel like the writing here just isn't as mature as Pyper's more recent fiction, which of course would make sense.

I'd absolutely recommend Pyper's fiction to anyone who loves fiction on the darker or stranger side of the map, but I probably won't find cause to recommend this little collection.
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whitewavedarling | 1 annan recension | Oct 28, 2023 |

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