Threshold

Threshold

by Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Threshold 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
bgdave More than 1 year ago
Kiernan is not for everyone. Villains are not simple. Heros are far from perfect. The horror is not splatterpunk. If you like HP Lovecraft, Poppy Z. Brite or really off beat southern horror in that vein then buy this book. I like Low Red Moon the best but all of Kiernan's book's take us to a place that looks a lot like the south I grew up in. Minus the monsters . . . mostly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to read and read often. It pains to to think how long it took me to finish this. After too many months of trudging through this book in the hopes that maybe the next chapter would get better, I'm done. I¿m absolutely disappointed with this book and thankful I borrowed it from a friend. Paying the list price would have been better spent on the razors I¿d rather slit my wrists with. The characters were uninteresting. I never once felt attached to any of the characters. I didn¿t care what happened to them. The pace was slow. The book didn't pick up and get moving until the last 30 pages and at that point I was still asking myself, 'Hmm, do I still really want to finish this?' Well, I did and now I feel like I¿ve wasted my precious time. This review system allows nothing less than one star. Personally I don¿t think it¿s worth any stars but since the one star is pretty much mandatory, I do feel I should applaud Kiernan¿s talent at painting a visual picture of the world within the book. That alone would be worth a single star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is undoubtedly the strangest book I've ever read. It seems freakishly real at times just because it's hard to distinguish between actual events and the characters' nightmares and hallucinations. It's a very interesting book but a little unsettling, probably because of the aforementioned confusion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was slow moving and had so much to do with the past and nightmares it was hard to keep interested in the book at all. It took a hundred pages for the author to explain what the publishers summerized on the back of the novel (the book is only 307 pages long). A redeming grace was some of her phrasing when describing the scene around the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I kept waiting fot this book to get better. It never happened, everthing about it was so abstract. It was like a bad horror movie that you keep watching hoping for the promise it keeps hinting at that never comes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I made a special stop at the bookstore the day this was released, read the prologue, and then I knew: Ms. Kiernan's done it again! Another captivating story that had me looking at the clock and thinking, 'get some sleep, or just one more chapter?' In Threshold, Ms. Kiernan does a fabulous job of not letting the reader know exactly what's going on, but still keeping their attention. With interesting new characters, geologic information that made me want to know more, and an unexpected ending that had me smiling wide, if you loved Silk, you'll love Threshold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caitlin R. Kiernan returns with a second novel that should erase anyone's doubts as to whether she 'can do it again.' If anything, Threshold is indicative of a significant maturation of Kiernan as an artist. Readers who weren't so keen on Kiernan's examination of Gen X subculture in Silk may find Threshold more to their liking, as the characters are generally more accessible to mainstream readers, though still quirky enough to evoke past masters of the Southern Gothic and grotesque (Faulkner, O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, etc.). This time out, Kiernan delves deeper into the tradition of 'weird fiction,' the territory of Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood, only hinted at in Silk. The title is the key, as Threshold drags us along with its characters across the barriers of worlds that divide the present from the past, and sanity from chaos. Terrible, fantastic, ancient things lurk beneath a mountain, things that must be faced. But this isn't merely a spook story. Kiernan's dabbling in the stuff of heroic fantasy here as well, drawing on the AngloSaxon poem 'Beowulf,' for example, to give the book a deeper level of meaning. Threshold is about the lengths we go to to save, or lose, ourselves. It's truly terrifying and the author's poetic voice continues to amaze!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kiernan immediately draws you into a world both familiar and off-kilter, with the contemporary southern city life populated by fascinatingly real characters. Her prose is most like that of Bradbury, poetic and drawing you into a building sense of dread that she has carefully crafted. Excellent book from an increasingly important American author!
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