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4.0 out of 5 starsWeird Stuff!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2014
That's what's always happening in Orangefield. Detective Grant has went through a lot of weird stuff and now he's finally at the end of his journey in this book 3 of the trilogy. I enjoyed all 3 books and highly recommend them if you're into weird stuff.
3.0 out of 5 starsMaybe the first should have been a standalone.
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2017
Not a Good starting point for Al Sarrantonio try toybox instead. The third installment in a trilogy that really should have ended with number one. If it wasn't for Grant the hard boiled been there done that detective I would have rated this even lower.
I found this sequel to his previous work to be wanting and undeveloped. It seemed an after thought. As a matter of fact, 1/4 of the book (a slim offering already) was a reprint of the novella Sarrantino had used as the impetus to this book. I would have preferred the story line around the Carnival - Halloweenland - to have been fleshed out and better developed.
4.0 out of 5 starsFun Homage to Halloween and October
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2009
For years, Ray Bradbury was the undisputed master of everything that was fine and good about that darkly magical month October and its climax, Halloween. His novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and his short story collection "The October County" were autumnal portraits of the mystery and magic of those smoky weeks before a traditional night of tricks, treats, and the celebration of all things fantastic, phantasmic, and otherworldly.
Recently, however, prolific author Al Sarrantonio has taken up the "pumpkin mantle", so to speak, with his wonderfully atmospheric and imagery-filled Orangefield novels, "Horrorween", "Hallow's Eve", and "Halloweenland". In Orangefield, Sarrantonio created a world where it was always October, always just before Halloween, where the tang of apple cider spiced the air, the leaves wove a tapestry of brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows, where the Jack O'Lanterns always grinned with manic glee...and ominous, dark and terrible things were always afoot.
Cemetery Dance's signed, limited hardcover edition of the final chapter in Sarrantonio's Orangefield odyssey, "Halloweenland", is a worthy addition to any collector's stash. Hardcover, artistic interior design, the stirring art of Alan M. Clark gracing the cover, it's an attractive piece, indeed.
As a tale, "Halloweenland" isn't quite as powerful as its predecessors, (however, novels in the falling action of a trilogy often aren't, by nature), but for the most part, he delivers the goods again. He pulls a neat trick with the reappearance of two protagonists from former tales, and - as always - his prose is a treat to read. Sarrantonio paints portraits with words and imagery as well as anyone writing today. "Halloweenland" pays a worthy homage to a season loved by many.
This edition is limited to 1250 signed copies. Visit Cemetery Dance's website and purchase one before supplies run out.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2007
Detective Bill Grant has seen a lot of strange events (weird s**t as he calls it) over the years as a police officer in Orangefield N.Y. , the Halloween capital of America. It's enough to drive a sane man crazy or at least drive one to drink. Detective Grant hopes that Halloween this year will be relatively peaceful and free from any supernatural events. But this is Orangefield. Nothing is ever normal around Halloween. A few weeks before Halloween Jack Carlin is killed in a hit and run accident. After being notified of the time of his death, his wife, Marianne, claims that is impossible because Jack came home and made love to her an hour after he was supposed to have been dead. Samhain sightings, a mysterious pregnancy, harassing phone calls, and the bizarre death of one of Jack Carlin's best friends keep Detective Grant busy as he tries to figure out what Samhain, the Lord of Death, is doing this time around in Orangefield.
HALLOWEENLAND is not the first story set in Orangefield that features Det. Bill Grant. I was unaware of the previous stories while reading the book. That lack of knowledge did not take anything away from my enjoyment of the book nor did it hinder my understanding of the story. However, I think if someone has already read the previous stories with Det. Grant, they will probably have a deeper appreciation of the novel (for instance, characters from previous stories make appearances). The book moves at a fast pace and is very easy to read. I could have read the novel in one day, but because of a busy schedule took about three days to read it through. I did have a few minor qualms about some of the spiritual elements of the book, yet I found HALLOWEENLAND to be a fairly entertaining novel anyway. Overall, it is an average Halloween suspense yarn.
The collection also includes the novella, "The Baby". "The Baby" is basically the first part of HALLOWEENLAND, but with a completely different ending.
I listened to the Audible version.The 3rd in a series,this book was nearly great,except I found some of it a bit confusing.We are given back the first narrator,Gene Blake,who does wonderful character voices.Orangefield,once known as Pumpkinfield,is famous for it's Halloween traditions.There is a big festival, a carnival and pumpkins are everywhere. Lurking within some of them are spirits and envoys of the Lord of the Dead.Sam Hain finds that his whole being is in question.The battle for the world will happen on what may be the last Halloween ever.A great culmination to a really fun series. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"