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Unbury Carol: A Novel av Josh Malerman
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Unbury Carol: A Novel (utgåvan 2018)

av Josh Malerman (Författare)

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"The Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Bird Box returns with a haunting tale of love, redemption, and murder. Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times. but her many deaths are not final: They are comas,a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days. Only two people know of Carol's eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and--when she lapses into another coma--plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her. alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol's dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave. And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her--summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself. The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page. Advance praise for Unbury Carol "Unbury Carolis a Poe story set in the weird west we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet."--Stephen Graham Jones​, author of Mongrels "With vivid prose and characters that leap off the page, guns a-blazing, Unbury Carol creates its own lingering legend, dragging you along like an obstinate horse toward a righteous storm of an ending."--Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma "Bleakly lyrical à la Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor."--Library Journal (starred review) "This one haunts you for reasons you can't quite put your finger on. Malerman is too fierce an original to allow anyone else's visions to intrude on his. [He] defies categories and comparisons with other writers."-- Kirkus Reviews "Breathtaking and menacing. [Unbury Carol is] an intricately plotted, lyrical page turner about love, betrayal, revenge, and the primal fear of being buried alive."--Booklist (starred review)"--"Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. You see, every so often Carol descends into a death-like coma that she calls the Black Place. For two to four days her heartbeat slows way down, her breathing all but stops, and to the eyes of all she would appear dead as a doornail. Only two people know of her condition: her husband Dwight, and her former lover James Moxie--the most legendary outlaw the Trail has ever seen. Just before Carol can share her secret with a friend, she falls into the Black Place once again, only this time, Dwight begins preparations for her funeral two days hence, hoping to inherit her fortune. When a telegram arrives for Moxie, notifying him of the upcoming burial of his lost love, he rides out of retirement and hits the Trail once again, desperate to save Carol from a premature burial. Hot on Moxie's heels are threats both human and...other"--… (mer)
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Titel:Unbury Carol: A Novel
Författare:Josh Malerman (Författare)
Info:Del Rey (2018), Edition: First Edition, 384 pages
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What a weird ride that was. ( )
  hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
Unbury Carol has a strong premise, an interesting magical aspect, and a cast of somewhat mixed characters but somehow the plot falls flat... oh and the pacing is terrible.

What I liked:
1.) The premise, a wealthy woman has a condition that makes her fall in a sort of comma, in which she can still hear what happens around her. Her husband takes advantage of the fact that no one knows of this to try and bury her alive and keep her wealth. The most infamous outlaw of the land hears of the “passing” of her once lover and knows he must go in her rescue.

2.) Some of the villains. Specifically Smoke and Rot. Smoke is a handicapped arsonist outlaw. He’s crazy and I while I didn’t like his singing I did like he was presented as a real villain with a backstory and all that. Rot is a bit more mysterious and while his background is not truly explored it is ok given that he’s supposed to be a supernatural entity.

3.) Moxie’s “magic”... that is, his ingenuity and way of making those around him believe he could shoot with magic.

What I disliked:

1.) Dwight. He’s a weak villain. A unlikeable scaredy-cat. He’s not meant to be likeable but he’s one of the worst things in this book.

2.) Pacing. The main story is supposed to take place in a space of two days... it feels like an eternity.

3.) After all Moxie was completely unnecessary. Which makes most of the story unnecessary and the villains irrelevant. While I liked how Carol’s late mother turned out to be the real heroine it completely undermined the need for the characters of Smoke, Rot and Moxie. If Moxie had not been present the story would have had a very similar ending and thus it renders the journey completely unnecessary.

The story is enjoyable, though I feel there were many missed opportunities, many weak plot points (Dwight is ok with burying Carol alive but not with pinching her nose so she couldn’t breathe). It uses some deus ex machina elements that were completely unnecessary and IMO failed to inspire the promised horror... it is a good western.

6.5/10 ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
3.5 stars!

Hell's Heaven! I haven't been this torn about a book in a long while. UNBURY CAROL was brave in exploring new territory, (weird western, I'd call it), while at the same time it wallowed in repetition.

Carol has a rare condition which causes her to fall into a coma for days at the drop of a hat. To anyone unfamiliar with her disease, she appears to be dead. It's important for at least someone to know what's going on with her so that she doesn't get buried alive by mistake. However, Carol is reluctant to tell many people for fear of rejection, and in one case, the departure of her true love who just didn't want to deal with the responsibility. Will she ever find true love again? Will there ever be a cure for her malady? You'll have to read this book to find out.

I'm going to attempt to be honest here, while also attempting not to spoil anything. I feel obligated to mention the repetition of certain words and phrases. They had me rolling my eyes repeatedly. "Hell's Heaven" (!), is a phrase that nearly everyone uses to no end. It's this world's version of OMG, or Holy S**t, I guess. One overused word was "outlaw." (I get it. These are outlaws. We're in the west, they're wanted and/or BAD men.) Lastly "pig-shitt**s." Low down and dirty are the pig shitt**s. I get it. EVERYONE gets it. I'm speculating that the author used these words and phrases with the aim of world-building, and perhaps they helped to accomplish that...at first. After that, they just became so repetitious and irritating that it became kind of funny. (Or that could just be me, I'm told my sense of humor is off.)

Speaking of that world-building-I've read that the hardcover has a map of the Trail. (Everything that happens in this book happens along the Trail itself, or in the villages and towns located on the Trail.) That map is something I would like to see and I'd also like to read more about the Trail in the future. The villains in this book were interesting and a lot of fun, and they ALL had seemed to have some history that involved the Trail. In most cases, those people and the Trail's history were more interesting than the main characters-at least for me.

So, again, I am torn. I loved the creativity and imagination that went into Carol's disease and the building of this western world, while I was bothered by the repetition and what felt like an anti-climactic finale. Where does that leave us? At a 3.5/5 star rating. As always, your mileage may vary and I wold love to hear your thoughts on UNBURY CAROL when you're done!

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.* ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
A modern take on a classic western tale with a supernatural twist. Carol is a strong and compassionate woman, beloved by her small rural township of Harrows, the northern most township on the legendary Trail. But she has a secret condition; Carol is prone to death and often lapses into a coma-like state and for all appearances looks to be dead. During her latest bout of coma, she is betrayed by her husband, the only other person who knows her condition for what it is, and he works to bury her alive. Word makes it to an outlaw who shares a history with Carol and as he rides to save her from her premature burial, he is followed closely by sinister figure shrouded in death.
  DevilStateDan | Jan 26, 2020 |
Josh Malerman does not disappoint. I enjoyed his first book, Bird Box, and now I have withdrawal from Unbury Carol. When I looked at the premise of this I thought, no way, I can't read a whole book about unburying Carol. However I decided to give it a chance and I am so thankful I did. I really enjoy Malerman's style of writing. I feel like I am in the story and as though I understand all the characters. My favorite part is that he accomplishes this without needing 15 pages of description about each person. I couldn't put this book down. I had to know what happened to each character, least of all Carol really, lol. I also needed to know how Moxie did "magic". I even enjoyed smaller characters such as sheriff Opal and others. I liked reading each character's struggle and their journey. And of course, the man called Smoke. I could easily picture him in my head. Thanks to Malerman I'll be thinking about this book probably as long as I thought about Bird Box after finishing it. ( )
  bookswithmom | Dec 18, 2019 |
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"The Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Bird Box returns with a haunting tale of love, redemption, and murder. Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times. but her many deaths are not final: They are comas,a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days. Only two people know of Carol's eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and--when she lapses into another coma--plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her. alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol's dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave. And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her--summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself. The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page. Advance praise for Unbury Carol "Unbury Carolis a Poe story set in the weird west we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet."--Stephen Graham Jones​, author of Mongrels "With vivid prose and characters that leap off the page, guns a-blazing, Unbury Carol creates its own lingering legend, dragging you along like an obstinate horse toward a righteous storm of an ending."--Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma "Bleakly lyrical à la Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor."--Library Journal (starred review) "This one haunts you for reasons you can't quite put your finger on. Malerman is too fierce an original to allow anyone else's visions to intrude on his. [He] defies categories and comparisons with other writers."-- Kirkus Reviews "Breathtaking and menacing. [Unbury Carol is] an intricately plotted, lyrical page turner about love, betrayal, revenge, and the primal fear of being buried alive."--Booklist (starred review)"--"Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. You see, every so often Carol descends into a death-like coma that she calls the Black Place. For two to four days her heartbeat slows way down, her breathing all but stops, and to the eyes of all she would appear dead as a doornail. Only two people know of her condition: her husband Dwight, and her former lover James Moxie--the most legendary outlaw the Trail has ever seen. Just before Carol can share her secret with a friend, she falls into the Black Place once again, only this time, Dwight begins preparations for her funeral two days hence, hoping to inherit her fortune. When a telegram arrives for Moxie, notifying him of the upcoming burial of his lost love, he rides out of retirement and hits the Trail once again, desperate to save Carol from a premature burial. Hot on Moxie's heels are threats both human and...other"--

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