Back in 2010, while this book was being written, I was recovering from surgery and fell upon discovering Krampus. At that time I think it was still an obscure Alpine tradition that few outside the region knew about. Certainly not in any areas outside major metropolitan cities. I was immediately drawn to the character due to how I felt about Christmas as an adult. For many of us the Christmas season is not a joyous time. We are under pressure to coform to societal norms unlike any other time of year. We resent the money spent on presents for others, forced travel at a time of year when it is dangerous, family gatherings that promise anxiety and depression along with rich food and drink we studiously avoid all year. Christmas is dark, spooky and scary on a level that rivals Halloween. And that is the point. When told we have to act all cheery and nice to avoid ruining the holidays , many of us take an attitude of defiance. Most of us never act out our discomfort and displeasure with this time of year. Enter Krampus. He is our avatar and agent of destruction. He wants his holiday back. He wants us to dance around a bonfire guzzling our favorite adult beverage! Krampus scares the bejezzus out of little brats who disturb us as we lie at our ease. Beats them with switches and for the truely nasty ones, drags them to hell. He hates Santa and wants him dead. Hell yes! This is the catharsis that this book delivers in Spades. Indulge your hatred of Christmas cheer. Read this book!
The story blends darkness (devils, torture...), with humor (a redneck finds Santa's magic sack) and Christmas. This is now one of my favorite books. Bravo to the narrator as well. He did an excellent job in giving the characters unique voices. Very entertaining. Loved it.
It's not your usual X-mas folklore/horror story. The characters are real, their plights are almost visceral in how well the author presents them, and the unreal is woven with the normal perfectly.
The humanity in the immortal creatures presented.
Character! The narrator is able to adjust accents and personalities fluidly.
Yes. I listened to it almost straight through!
It is slow to start. At first, I wasn't sure and almost returned it. But I am so glad that I didn't! Within 3-4 chapters I was hooked!
...yet the tale is right up my alley. I'm a huge fan of author's in this bailiwick - people like Adams, Gaiman and Pratchett who can weave old lore into modern day. That may be the problem; I've been spoiled by their great writing before reaching this. That may also be the reason for so many positive reviews from other listeners; they're entranced by this sophomore book because it's one of their first encounters in the genre.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
The Yule Lord is an ancient Lord who was banished by Santa Clause 500 years ago. He sets out to right the wrongs perpetrated against him and take his Yule throne back. A lot has changed in 500 years and his only knowledge of it has been the occasional news paper. His band of minions are the undead, however, surprisingly not as violent and evil as the local mob and crooked sheriff.
Great, weird, violent Christmas read. I loved how the story just kept on getting better and better. The characters were so crazy, a nightmare come to life, that being said, the flip side was their fantastical vulnerability. This is not for anyone who is offended easily about religion or gore.
The narrator was good, just make sure you have the volume control close. A dark Christmas tale with a historical fantasy at its core. Ho Ho Ho
What a GREAT story! Likeable characters and a wonderful fantasy. Almost made me not like Santa Clause anymore. Klampas is a sympathetic devil and the main characters are all very enjoyable. Made me cry, made me laugh. An absolute gem of a book!
Rocking around the Christmas tree, tossing good taste aside for blow-molds and blow-ups in your front yard, having another cup of Christmas cheer. Hell, yes! 'Tis the season! And you are caught up in it! It all sounds festive and like great fun, everybody's doing it...until you wake up in the morning, your head feeling like someone fell out of a chimney on it, and you see a copy of Krampus lying on the bed next to you, tangled sheets tossed on the floor. OMG, what have I done? I'll tell you what you've done...
I compare making this choice in Audiobooks, to the choice of getting hammered. Starts out great (down the hatch) you're committed to get your holiday on (why yes, I'll have another, ) rock out with your (Yow! don't mind if I do)..."I came in like a"... (maybe 1 for the--you know)...you're disgustingly drunk, and hope there is no record of your folly anywhere. You have grandkids, after all! You'll never do it again, you promise. You straighten your ear buds, and try to regain some reading dignity.
I'm sure Brom isn't getting any thing good in his stocking for this contribution to Christmas. I'll learn; a few more sessions of dangling a novel over the toilet, and I'll learn..
As the header says...this book is okay. It's not particularly exciting but not entirely boring either. The characters aren't particularly captivating nor are they completely uninteresting. I can't highly recommend it but I know there are many out there that will like the story if the user reviews can be trusted.
If there is one bright spot in Krampus, it is the narration by Kirby Heyborne. His tonal shifts and accents are great and specific for each character. I would gladly listen to him in future audiobooks.
That's really all I can say concerning Krampus: The Yule Lord. I just don't have any strong reactions concerning the book, pro or con. It's like an action movie...not great but decent entertainment if there's nothing else to do.
Fascinating dark fairy tale, woven into the modern reality of rural West Virginia. One of my best listens ever! Krampus, the Yule Lord of old, reappears in the world after a 500 year absence, and finds he's been supplanted by Santa Claus, who has stolen his magic sack. The battle between Santa and Krampus is one plot line of this tale, the other is that of a down-on-his-luck young man, Jesse, who gets caught up in the drama. It was hard to stop listening, as there is plenty of dramatic tension throughout the story. Also, I enjoyed learning more about ancient mythology and Yuletide traditions. And the narrator was fantastic - I would give the him 10 stars if I could!
(There is a lot of violence and heavy use of the F-word, so if that offends you, skip this one.)
Totally original.. no mistletoe or sleigh bells in this novel. I'm not always a fair reader, because I have to have a book that keeps my attention, preferrably from the first page. This one works. A couple of scenes are violent and very graphic, even compared to authors such as King. However, they are necessary for this story line. A new and refreshing look at the "light and dark" of Christmas, with a solid blend of fantasy, horror, and suspense.. and yes, Christmas.