American Gods by Neil Gaiman. There are some pretty obvious parallels though I didn't really like American Gods - I think Krampus is a much more likeable guy.
The party at the bar. If only Christmas were like that! We'd have a lot less suicides.
Excellent narration, in particular Krampus' voice is perfect - worthy of an award!
I saw a lot of parallels with American Slavery in this book. There is a lot of cruelty, which I suspect was mainly meant for cheap thrills, but which nevertheless did actually happen to slaves in the southern US. From the torture, to the dehumanization, rape, involvement of whole communities and taking of children it actually is not that far from the mark - just concentrated into a shorter period of time. I enjoyed the book because it was twisted and kept me on the edge of my seat. I disagree with some reviewers who imply that its too over-the-top ... I suspect its not as far from plausible as it may seem, and that's the scariest part of all.
Yes - if it was shorter for the author. As for the narrators I don't know if I could, they have come to represent this book so completely that I can't imagine them giving voice to other characters!
Saul Laski - love the accent and the narrator really seems to capture the man's personality.
One thing that I will say is the author literally explores every possible use of mind control. Talk about taking an idea to its full potential.
How calm and composed everyone was in the twin towers just before they collapsed. I guess that's New Yorkers for you - nothing phases 'em...even when it should.
Why do you need an evil force to coax people into behaving badly? You've plunged a whole town into an extremely stressful and terrifying situation, just let that be the driving force for their actions.
Characters just didn't seem real or believable. Made so much worse by the fact that their actions were being manipulated by a supernatural force. I can accept any situation as long as the characters are allowed to respond in what seems like a realistic fashion.
This is basically like Under the Dome by Stephen King except that the author has explicitly made every characters' reactions to the situation fake by design. Don't buy this book - get Under the Dome which is much, much better.
We rarely get a glimpse into the perspective of killers, but they too are human and more like the rest of us than I would have guessed.
Interesting subject matter, informative, well presented and easy to digest.
Too dry and monotone. I realize its a textbook but still.
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