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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    As an emigrant from Providence for graduate school and a frequent return visitor I found this book lovely and touching. It was evocative, in many ways, of my childhood.

    Ms Kiernan has written a beautiful novel that is wonderfully evocative of the city of my birth and youth. Frankly, I want to thank her for a gift that could only come from a new resident and new lover of Grandpa's city to an emigrant, such as myself, who misses and longs to return to Providence. I recall racing through the bus tunnels in high school, when we heard the bus speeding toward us we'd duck into these tiny alcoves that were barely large enough to give us the smallest bit of space between our fragile bodies and the racing steel behomeths. I remember fondly the all night parties in the train tunnels, we didn't call them raves back then. I remember the maze under Brown University that led to the GCB. Ms Kiernan has truly made alive the city of hidden things and mysteries that I remember from my youth. The city of HP Lovecraft, and lest we forget, the city that finally drove Edgar Allen Poe mad. She writes with the knowledge of a newcomer who learns everything about a place that the oldtimers never bother to learn, and for a couple of delightful hour Ms. Kiernan returned me to a time and place that I thought I would never see again. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    Be warned this book is intense and worth every moment of your time

    I am still a little off kilter from this read. It is haunting and more than a little frightening. Not that the monsters aren't scary, not that the characters aren't depraved it is just that this world is so very possible. We are not asked to integrate mythology into the everyday. No, we are informed that our lives are normal and that we won't ever have to face the terrors and emptiness of this world, thank God for that and thank Ms Kiernan for a wonderful read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Caitlin R. Kiernan pays homage to Lovecraft in this scary tale

    The children of the Cuckoo or changelings are taken from their cribs by hell-hounds and given to ghouls to train as obedient slaves. They learn to hate everything and everyone Above ground and to serve their masters Below ground. Soldier, a changeling, is given assignments by the ghouls¿ minion the Bailiff to kill beings living Above ground who threaten their exposure and to assassinate changelings who break the rules. Soldier believes her superiors plan to exterminate her as her usefulness has ended.----------- Eight year old Emily Silvey of the yellow eyes is warned by Saben Whiteto avoid horses when she visits her stepmother in New York or she, her stepmom and her friend will be dead. When a woman in a dream also warns her that she is in danger and to leave her father, she complies even though she has doubts about the veracity of her vision. When she meets Soldier, both realizes they are linked and try to save one another from the ghouls who are coming to kill Soldier and abduct Emily as she serves a special purpose in their master plan-------------- Caitlin R. Kiernan pays homage to Lovecraft in the scary DAUGHTER OF HOUNDS. There is a sense of the foreboding gothic that creeps out the audience and the antagonists who set much of the pace seem freaky and deadly. Reminiscent of Poppy Z. Brite¿s darkest thrillers, Ms. Kiernan provides Goth horror fans with a suspense laden tale that keeps readers¿ attention because they want to learn why Emily is so important throughout this one sitting tense tale.----------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Excellence

    I'm not one for spoilers so I'll just say that I never tire of rereading this tale. You won't either. Caitlin R. Kiernan's writing is precise, expert. No awkward expositions here. Her characters and the worlds they inhabit are fully realized, and they mesh seamlessly with our own. This is storytelling at its finest.

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