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Isis av Douglas Clegg
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Isis (urspr publ 2006; utgåvan 2009)

av Douglas Clegg (Författare)

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New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg brings us Isis, a beautifully illustrated, unforgettable novella that is sure to become a classic tale of the supernatural. If you lost someone you loved, what would you pay to bring them back from the dead? Old Marsh, the gardener at Belerion Hall, warned the Villiers girl about the old ruins along the sea-cliffs. "Never go in, miss. Never say a prayer at its door. If you are angry, do not seek revenge by the Laughing Maiden stone or at the threshold of the Tombs. There be those who listen for oaths and vows....What may be said in innocence becomes flesh and blood in such places." She was born Iris Catherine Villiers. She became Isis. From childhood until her sixteenth year, Iris Villiers wandered the stone-hedged gardens and the steep cliffs along the coast of Cornwall near her ancestral home. Surrounded by the stern judgments of her grandfather--the Gray Minister--and the taunts of her cruel governess, Iris finds solace in her beloved older brother who has always protected her. But when a tragic accident occurs from the ledge of an open window, Iris discovers that she possesses the ability to speak to the dead... Be careful what you wish for...it just may find you.  … (mer)
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Titel:Isis
Författare:Douglas Clegg (Författare)
Info:Vanguard Press (2009), 128 pages
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At once I was sucked into this tale for it's light atmospheric effects and it's heavy, though lightly painted, themes of myth and classic horror tales rolled into a singly well-drawn story.

Classic horror themes abound, of always paying the dead their price, tying the Osiris/Isis story to old Irish legends, only to be tied to the christian by the end.

It's perfectly reasonable to tie christian characters back to a christian moral, of course, and the images and the feelings of awe and its reverse were quite delightful. I was reminded of what could have been a truly classic ghost story with risen zombies and resurrections all placed nearly a century ago more than a modern tale of horror. The time and place lends itself fine for that interpretation, with daddy going off to fight in a world war to leave the children and mother behind. Alas, not a problem. It's classically written, classically told, with a deft touch with all the myths bursting out from every page.

It's also scary, and delightfully so, with particularly good characters filled with complex psychologies and loss.

It was a great setup and even though I am fine with the christian interpretation, I find myself wistful and rather having wished for an actual Isis/Osiris theme to come home to roost. But still, I find no faults with how it actually turned out, because it was very effective.
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Beautifully written supernatural tale. Douglas Clegg has been one of my favourite authors for some time and this novella cements that position. A quick but wonderful read. ( )
  nwdavies | Aug 21, 2014 |
I am uncertain as to why this book was offered on its own rather than as part of a short story collection. The illustrations were very good (sort of a Dore/Gorey combination), but the story itself wasn't terribly compelling, and felt incomplete. If it were to be offered as a stand-alone book there were many pieces that should have been expanded (the brothers, the nanny, the father, the mother--clues and inferences, but no completion). ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
The novella concerns a young girl living in a manor in England with her family. After a horrible tragedy, the young girl tries to call up the forces of the dead to solve her life, and to see a loved one again. As the book says numerous times 'death has a price', and she finds out deaths price in a fairly gruesome way.

It was marked as a suspense, though to be honest I didn't find it all that scary. A younger audience would probably be more frightened by the cautionary tale.

Regardless, I thought it was a really interesting little story. It was imaginative and there were some great supernatural elements. As I said, I didn't find the book to be scary, however it was thoroughly entertaining. It was also beautifully illustrated throughout. The whole novella was actually quite visually beautiful.

So, while a younger audience might be frightened by the story, I think an older audience would appreciate this novella as an unusual fairy tale about consequences and death. I absolutely recommend this novella. ( )
  mrn945 | Jul 14, 2011 |
Iris Catherine Villiers wanders the gardens and cliffs of her home at Belerion Hall with her brother Harvey. The two are close and the relationship makes up for the lack of attention from her mother, father, and two older brothers. Iris and Harvey enjoy listening to the stories told by the gardener, Old Marsh, who loves to tell the two tales of death and resurrection. In their grandfather's library, they discover books on demons and ancient rights and begin playing around with spells they believe only to be harmless words and symbols. When an unfortunate accident takes Harvey's life but leaves Iris alive, she does something unheard of --- she brings Harvey back from the dead.

Isis reads like a morbid fairytale. Bones, death, sex --- all are topics in this tale. Love and loneliness play large roles infusing the story with a sad overtone. The book is studded with black and white sketches that leave you with a grim vision of the story and the the grave deeds of Iris.

Isis is a short book, 113 pages, made even shorter by the illustrations but it's captivating. I read the whole books while eating lunch (which I wouldn't necessarily recommend due to some of the content). While the story is about death, it is more creepy and morbid than scary. I picked this book up because of the cover and I worried that it would not live up to the love at first sight affair that made me bring it home from the library. I am happy to report that this short read was worth it. It's impact is much bigger than it's actual physical size. It's a sad, disturbing tale of death with carefully chosen words to evoke the sadness and loneliness that accompanies death in it's numerous forms. ( )
  justabookreader | Mar 30, 2010 |
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New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg brings us Isis, a beautifully illustrated, unforgettable novella that is sure to become a classic tale of the supernatural. If you lost someone you loved, what would you pay to bring them back from the dead? Old Marsh, the gardener at Belerion Hall, warned the Villiers girl about the old ruins along the sea-cliffs. "Never go in, miss. Never say a prayer at its door. If you are angry, do not seek revenge by the Laughing Maiden stone or at the threshold of the Tombs. There be those who listen for oaths and vows....What may be said in innocence becomes flesh and blood in such places." She was born Iris Catherine Villiers. She became Isis. From childhood until her sixteenth year, Iris Villiers wandered the stone-hedged gardens and the steep cliffs along the coast of Cornwall near her ancestral home. Surrounded by the stern judgments of her grandfather--the Gray Minister--and the taunts of her cruel governess, Iris finds solace in her beloved older brother who has always protected her. But when a tragic accident occurs from the ledge of an open window, Iris discovers that she possesses the ability to speak to the dead... Be careful what you wish for...it just may find you.  

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