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Mexican Gothic av Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mexican Gothic (utgåvan 2020)

av Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Författare)

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1,8291167,053 (3.73)85
"The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico"--
Medlem:Makenziepanzarin
Titel:Mexican Gothic
Författare:Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Författare)
Info:Del Rey (2020), Edition: 1st, 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Mexican Gothic av Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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    The Changeling av Victor LaValle (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Both involve some horror and creepiness, but I like The Changeling more than I liked Mexican Gothic.
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    The Once and Future Witches av Alix E. Harrow (Horishny95)
    Horishny95: I enjoyed Mexican Gothic very much. Would recommend this for those who like revenge.
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I kind of feel like this book needs a content warning - I've got a pretty extreme phobia of fungi and other things growing on other organisms, and while I did finish the book because it was just really good, I'm still itching all over... ( )
  LadyLudovica | Sep 20, 2021 |
An old-fashioned pot boiler that draws heavily on the tropes of gothic literature, but also has some new twists. ( )
  sturlington | Sep 19, 2021 |
This is an entertaining and easy read. It gives the reader the mixed feelings of reading a classic Victorian novel and a midcentury dimestore paperback romance/horror all at the same time. And I mean this second description in the best way. It is clear from the artwork in the interior cover of the book and from interviews with the author that she was actually striving to mimic in some ways the highly commercialized feel of a spooky midcentury mystery paperback. All in all, I would recommend this book and I really enjoyed returning to it every day during my reading. ( )
  dmbg | Sep 12, 2021 |
1 1/2: "Poor; lost interest - a chore, possibly put it down"

From the back cover: After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

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I had a hard time rating this book, because I read the first half, and found it reasonably good. It wasn't excellent, but it felt like other gothic mysteries I've read, and I enjoyed it. The main character was a bit too shallow for my taste, and for a book set outside Mexico City written by a Hispanic author, all the main characters except Noemi are British ???? Anyway, that aside, I enjoyed the mystery and found it interesting.

Then half way through the book jumped the shark so much into full magical realism, that I did a substantial skim. As in, I read the last 100 pages in 20 minutes

SPOILER COMMENT HERE. Really? Magical fungus/mushrooms that have been doing mind control keeping people alive for centuries? Really? Just stop. Don't make the mushrooms the bad guys in a poorly written book. END SPOILER COMMENT.

For more details, I'm going to borrow Amazon.com reviewer SusannahB's review, because I agree 100% :

"Set in Mexico in the early 1950s, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's novel 'Mexican Gothic' focuses on beautiful socialite, Noemi, who finds herself travelling to a remote mountainside estate after receiving a desperate letter from her recently married cousin, Catalina, who thinks her new husband, Virgil Doyle, is trying to poison her. When she arrives at High Place, a crumbling gothic mansion, Noemi meets the Doyle family, who are of English origin and all of them rather unusual characters. The handsome, cool and very collected Virgil tells Noemi that Catalina is merely suffering from a fever caused by a bout of tuberculosis and that Noemi need not worry herself about her cousin, but when Noemi tries to investigate further, she finds herself stonewalled by Virgil and the rest of the family - apart from the shy and gentle Francis, the youngest member of the family, who becomes very attracted to the lively and confident Noemi. As Noemi spends more time at High Place, the strangely menacing atmosphere begins to affect not only her waking hours, but also her dreaming hours and before long Noemi is having violent and macabre nightmares which seem too horribly real to be merely dreams. As time passes, and Catalina shows signs of acute mental distress, Noemi becomes convinced there is something rather sinister going on behind the scenes at High Place - but will she be able to discover what that is before something very unpleasant happens?

This story is one that I can only describe as an incredible gothic romp - and, by incredible, I mean it is just not credible. It is true that I initially became caught up in the story and I enjoyed the author's descriptions of High Place with its unsettling atmosphere and its proximity to an eerie, mist-enshrouded cemetery, but this tale was just too far-fetched for me to really take on board and it became even more unbelievable as the story progressed. I have to say that I'm quite easily scared, but I'm frightened by things that I believe could possibly happen and not those which seem altogether too bizarre, so instead of finding myself "mesmerised by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place" (as promised by the 'blurb') I actually found it almost comical in places - especially when amongst all the gory descriptions provided by the author, Ms Moreno-Garcia takes time out to describe Noemi's fashionable clothing for the day. That's not to say that there weren't parts to this story which held my attention and, as already mentioned, I enjoyed the atmosphere created by the author (and the cover on the book is gorgeous), but this was all a bit too fantastically bizarre for me and the book is now off to a friend who reads fantasy novels and who I feel will enjoy this more than I did." ( )
  PokPok | Sep 6, 2021 |
This rating is no shade to the author. She has a vivid imagination and I will definitely think about this book a lot. However, this is just not for me. I like more pleasure in my reading and horror/fantasy whatever is not for me. I assume there are lots of underlying messages, but I prefer my reading to entertain or inform. If it were not for book club, I would have dnf'd but in the end I am glad I finished it. ( )
  beebeereads | Aug 17, 2021 |
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