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Chance Matthews is drawn into a battle between angels and monsters because of something in her possession - a fossil of a creature that couldn't possibly have ever existed. But it did. And still does.
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- Aaron Canaan
Weird Lit done right
Don't let the vampire-romance-style cover of this novel fool you, Threshold is serious Weird fiction in the style of Machen, Leiber, Lovecraft, etc. with a vein of conversational 90's goth literary flair that injects character development and a sense of urgency into writing that those aforementioned legends could've used more of. If you're coming at Threshold from previous exposure to Dancy Flammarion, let me forewarn you that she is /not/ the main character of this novel. That's not a bad thing, it's just a warning so you know what you're getting into. This is Deep Time, 90s goth, geology, paleontologist, Fortean adventure-mystery and it's done well. As a Kiernan fan, this is where I feel like the author found their first voice.
As for Lauren Fortgang's reading of the book, I think she knocks it out of the park. The hushed, dry tones she adopts for male characters (Deacon, etc) is done without seeming absurd, she delivers sarcastic lines as if they came out of her own head, she actually seems to feel the characters (see. manages to make Chance Matthews sound as exhausted as she comes across in the text), and each voice is easily distinguishable so there's little risk of losing track of who is speaking whenever there isn't specific attribution.
- Flores Family
Boring. Don't waste 12 hours on this.
I only bought this book because of the character Dancy Flammarion, having read her Dark Horse comic stories. Without spoiling anything, she barely makes a presence in the book and the story drags on with the other 3 main characters. The narrator did a fantastic job using different tones to show a wide range of voice talent but the slow, boring and seemingly uncompleted story kills any further interest in this series, I'll stick to the comics.
I was trapped in the car with this mess of a story for a week with little to do but listen as it droned on. The narrator was awesome, no worries there, and the author really does do a good job of describing the scenes and all, but the story... yikes!
Hours and hours spent listening to conversations that go absolutely nowhere. Then the big climactic ending (which plays out in about 4 min) reminded me of that episode of Dallas that had everyone so ticked off.
If the phrase "What did you see in the tunnel Deke?" repeated ad nauseam is your idea of great story telling, then by all means give this one a listen. Otherwise, give it a pass.
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- Jim N
I found this novel disappointing on almost every level. The writing ranged from dreamy and evocative to lethargic but it was rarely involving and always felt mannered, almost forced. Caitlin Kiernan clearly has talent and I've enjoyed some of her short fiction but the young characters in this novel are so drenched in angst, the writing lays it on so thickly, that the book just drags. The languid reading by Lauren Fortgang reinforces the book's problems and the ending, while subtle, is extremely anti-climactic.
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I gave this book 4 stars because it is very well written, intelligent, and terrifying. But I have to admit: I did not enjoy the story. It is a dark book; no joy, no peace, no happiness. In that way, exactly like real life. I know many people prefer this, but when I read a book, I want to forget about the awfulness of life, even if it is only for that few hours. I want the monsters dead, I want to believe justice still happens, and that sometimes, people do live happily ever after.