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A Cosmology of Monsters av Shaun Hamill
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A Cosmology of Monsters (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2020)

av Shaun Hamill (Författare)

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"If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it." --Stephen King Noah Turner see monsters. His father saw them--and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersive horror experience that the whole family operates. His practical mother has caught glimpses of terrors but refuses to believe--too focused on keeping the family from falling apart. And his eldest sister, the dramatic and vulnerable Sydney, won't admit to seeing anything but the beckoning glow of the spotlight . . . unti it swallows her up. Noah Turner sees monsters. But, unlike his family, Noah chooses to let them in . . .… (mer)
Medlem:mikaylag
Titel:A Cosmology of Monsters
Författare:Shaun Hamill (Författare)
Info:Titan Books (UK) (2020), Edition: Titan, 448 pages
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A Cosmology of Monsters av Shaun Hamill (2019)

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I think I'm going to be (as per usual, it seems...) the odd man out here and say that, while I enjoyed this novel, I didn't love it. I guess I was expecting...I don't know...more.

For instance, Hamill goes to great lengths to have the idea of Lovecraft float through the narrative. His characters read the books, his chapter titles are named after Lovecraft stories...but honestly, Lovecraft truly has nothing to do with this story. Honestly, Hamill could have moved the story up seven years and changed all the Lovecraft references to Stephen King references, and it literally wouldn't have made any difference to the story whatsoever.

As well, I guess (and this is likely more a failing on my perception than anything from the actual novel itself) I was expecting more of a horror novel, and less a mystery of disappearing people. And for a story grounded in that, when somebody admits to essentially knowing a cape-wearing, flying, magical werewolf (sorta), no one ever really seems to bat an eye. "Cape-wearing, flying, magical werewolf? Okay, I hear ya. Go on with your story..." I just couldn't quite buy into that.

For all that, however, I will absolutely agree with the other reviewers that Hamill has a deft touch with his writing, and this is a very good read overall. The characters are well-drawn, the dialogue is good, the situations are both sweet and bitter as they should be.

For me, this was a Joe Hill story that fell in Shaun Hamill's lap instead. Which is likely good, because Hamill handled the love stories with a lot less gooey stickiness than Joe Hill can often be guilty of.

One final note on the audio book, and this is directed to the directors and/or producers out there. Please, for the love of all that's holy, stop adding dramatic noises and/or music to the tense scenes (or any scenes, for that matter) in an audio book. If you can't trust your narrator to add the proper amount of levity, or gravitas, or energy, or whatever to the text as they read it, and feel you need to spice it up with some crap-ass sound effects or soundtrack, hire a different reader instead, fer chrissakes!

The narrator was fantastic on this book, but my entire listening experience was muted almost to the point of ruination by the music and effects added any time anything slightly suspenseful happened. For this reason alone, I'll suggest reading the book and not listening to this one. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

Noah's family has been haunted by something. Starting with his grandmother, then his parents, his two sisters and now him. At just 7 years old he comes face to face with the monster. But he doesn't feel fear. He finds in this monster a friend and a companion for years. Yet his family still seems cursed. Like something is still haunting them.

Likes:
~Horror
~Monsters
~Plot twists
~The characters
~Original
~Some romance
~Steady pacing

Dislikes:
~Could have been scarier
~Some more romance would have been good
~Would have liked to know more Noah at the very end

I really enjoyed this book. It's supposed to be a horror, and while I can see why, it isn't very scary. But it is such an original take on a monster story. A lot of the story seemed like it should have felt slow but it really didn't. Because even though nothing much happened, it was written in a way that kept and held your interest. Always giving just enough till the big ending. The character where interesting and real feeling. I'll be keeping on eye on this author. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
When he is six years old, Noah Turner hears a scratching outside the window and discovers a monster outside his bedroom--a monster he comes to think of as My Friend. That monster becomes his companion as he grows up and his family is plagued by tragedy, until something happens that forces Noah to question who his friend is exactly and what it wants with his family. This is an engaging first novel--all at once a family story, a coming-of-age story, a love story, and a horror story with a very dark secret. It's also a tribute to Lovecraft and to those haunted-house attractions that pop up near small towns around Halloween. A great read, and I look forward to more from this author. ( )
1 rösta sturlington | Jan 2, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book that I borrowed from the library.

Story (5/5): The youngest child in the family, and narrator, Noah takes us back a generation to explain how his mother Margaret married the horror/sci-fi/Lovecraft obsessed Harry. When Noah is younger things in his family start falling apart; his sisters constantly have nightmares, his father is acting erratically, and his mother is using all her energy trying to hold the family together both financially and emotionally. That’s when the monster starts to visit Harry…

This was an amazing story of a family that makes a living off of horror and creepiness and faces a number of challenges. Wrapped in and out of their story is the mystery around missing children and large furry beasts. This story had so many layers and I loved them all. The ending was amazing, unexpected yet completely perfect. It was creative and fascinating and I am so happy I read this book!

Characters (5/5): Every character in here is amazing. From Noah’s mother, to his Lovecraft obsessed father, to his fame obsessed sister Sydney, to his brilliant, yet chronically depressed sister, Eunice, to the monster who scratches on Noah’s window and finally to Noah himself….these are all amazing characters that are incredibly complex and interesting. I loved them all and found myself completely absorbed in their normal, yet strange lives, and their struggles.

Setting (5/5): I absolutely loved the setting as well. This is a small town setting but much of book takes place in the custom haunted house that Noah’s family builds in their backyard. Then later we spend time in the house of horrors named “The Wandering Dark” that Noah’s family runs and operates. Towards the end we even end up in alternate realities. Hamill does an excellent job capturing the atmosphere of all of these places and really makes them come alive.

Writing Style (5/5): This book is perfectly written. The way events are laid out is beautifully done and the way the story is crafted is exquisite. The characters, the mystery, the settings...they are all perfect. I am seriously in love with the writing style here. And, oh my gosh, don’t even get me started on the ending!!! It was so well done; it matched the dark tone of the story perfectly and absolutely blew me away.

My Summary (5/5): Overall this is one of my favorite books of the year and will stay with me a long time. I am considering buying a copy because I think this is one I will re-read at some point. I loved this book utterly and completely. This was such a unique and engaging story, things ended up coming together beautifully here and I loved the ending. I can't wait to see what Hamill writes next and would highly recommend this book to those who love the strange and unusual and don’t mind a dark tone to their stories. ( )
  krau0098 | Dec 18, 2020 |
I love it when a debut novel catches me completely by surprise. A Cosmology of Monsters is creative, engrossing and just plain entertaining. It's a mash-up of monster horror, coming-of-age and family saga with a splash of strange fantasy and fate. The Turner family's story spans decades and is told by the youngest child, Noah. His family is plagued by monsters....both real and imagined.

I don't want to give away too much and ruin any part of the story, so I'm not going to say much about the plot or even the structure/POV of this novel. It all works together to bring the story full circle. I can say that this story completely sucked me in. I was up reading until the wee hours because I wanted to finish. Very entertaining read!! And very well-written. The story was something new....and it's well told. Nice mix of creepy and emotional.

I totally did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I expected a run-of-the-mill monster sort of story. But this book is so much more. Totally surprised me! Loved it!

I'm definitely looking forward to more by this author. I like his style.

**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Knopf-Doubleday via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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"If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it." --Stephen King Noah Turner see monsters. His father saw them--and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersive horror experience that the whole family operates. His practical mother has caught glimpses of terrors but refuses to believe--too focused on keeping the family from falling apart. And his eldest sister, the dramatic and vulnerable Sydney, won't admit to seeing anything but the beckoning glow of the spotlight . . . unti it swallows her up. Noah Turner sees monsters. But, unlike his family, Noah chooses to let them in . . .

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