Blyskotliwy horror, stanowiacy polaczenie klimatu niesamowitosci z okultystyczna tajemnica z przeszlosciKtokolwiek sie tutaj urodzi, musi juz tu pozostac do smierci Ktokolwiek sie tu przeprowadzi, nigdy juz tego miejsca nie opusci Witamy w Black Spring, malowniczym miasteczku w dolinie rzeki Hudson, przesladowanym przez wiedzme z Black Rock, kobiete, kt ra zyla w siedemnastym wieku i kt rej usta oraz oczy sa zaszyte Milczaca, krazy po ulicach miasta i kiedy chce, wchodzi do dom w, kt re sama sobie wybiera Nocami bez konca wystaje przy dzieciecych l zkach Wszyscy wiedza, ze jesli kiedykolwiek otworzy oczy, konsekwencje moga byc straszliweDorosli obywatele Black Spring dobrowolnie nalozyli na siebie kwarantanne, uzywaja najnowoczesniejszych technik, zeby nie dopuscic do ujawnienia klatwy, ciazacej nad miastem Ale sfrustrowani taka sytuacja nastoletni chlopcy postanawiaja zlamac rygorystyczne zasady zycia w Black Spring i sprzeciwic sie bezustannej udrece Jednak ich sprzeciw wkr tce pograzy miasto w spirali sredniowiecznych praktyk z zamierzchlej przeszlosci ,,To jest totalnie, blyskotliwie oryginalna ksiazka.Stephen King,,HEX przyprawia o gesia sk rke, wciaga od pierwszych stron i jest niezwykle oryginalny To jeden z najlepszych horror w 2016 roku.George R.R Martin,,HEX jest reminiscencja najlepszych powiesci Stephena Kinga nie potrafie sformulowac wiekszej pochwaly To ksiazka mrozaca krew w zylach, poruszajaca i gleboka.John Connolly,,Jedna z najoryginalniejszych, najinteligentniejszych i najbardziej przerazajacych powiesci, kt re zostana opublikowane w XXI wieku ,,New York Journal of Books ,,HEX wynosi gatunek literacki, jakim jest horror, na nowy poziomSarah Lotz...
|Publisher||:||Zysk i S ka Auflage 1 1 Januar 2017|
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Seit 300 Jahren hält der Geist von Hexe Katherine die Bewohner von Black Spring in ihrem Bann, Niemand kann der Stadt entfliehen und jeder weiß, dass ihnen Tod und Unheil drohen, sollte die Hexe je ihre Augen öffnen oder etwas von dem Geheimnis an die Außenwelt dringen.Klingt viel versprechend, doch leider macht der Autor nicht viel daraus. Die Story hat ein paar kleinere Highlights, ansonsten plätschert sie in gewohnten Gruselfahrwassern vor sich hin. Dazu gibt es flache Charaktere, die im Laufe der Geschichte nicht wirklich eine Entwicklung durchmachen und oftmals ein Genreklischee bleiben.Auch der Schreibstil ist bisweilen etwas umständlich und ungelenk, besonders in den Vorankündigungen für die Videos und Blogeinträge ist der Stil sperrig und wirkt mehr wie ein Voice-Over im Film als ein Teil eines Buches.Auch das HEX Team selbst wirkt leider streckenweise sehr Klischee beladen, wie eine Mischung aus den Men in Black und McCarthys Kommunistenjägern. An dieser Stelle wird auch sehr schnell klar, wieso ein niederländischer Autor seine Geschichte in den USA ansiedelt. Die Unterdrückung, Geheimhaltung, Verschleierung und Verschwörungstheorien gehören zu den USA wie das Lasso zum Cowboy und so lässt sich dieser etwas unglaubwürdige Aspekt der Geschichte mit dem guten alten Klischee leichter verkaufen, als in Europa.Obwohl das Buch nicht der große Hit ist, als der es in manchen Rezensionen gerne dargestellt wird, es ist ganz nette Unterhaltung für zwischendurch, wenn man nicht zu hohe Erwartungen hat.
I dont think I have to say mich about the premise. Its nothing youve read a thousand times before and executed well. Having read numerous horror books this was something I could hardly compare to others and was the main factor that caught my attention. I liked the atmosphere, setting, writing style and characters. The ending was mediocre but nothing that ruins the trip at all. I cant look at the poor rating of this book and be too lazy to come here and say I discovered this book by accident and Im really glad I did.
I saw this book on a list of Horror books to read during the month of October and the premise had me hooked instantly. I absolutely had to know what was going on with this town and why! However, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I was going to and I ended up DNFing it.I’m not sure if it is due to the translation of the book or just the way in which it is written, but I often felt confused as to what was going on and from who’s perspective we were actually reading. The events themselves didn’t particularly flow very well and there was no real explanation happening as to why the Black Rock Witch haunted the town and the people. I felt pretty lost throughout most of what I read, which led to me putting the book down to do something else.The book is told from various POV’s – ranging from people who live in the town to the people who are tasked with controlling the town and making sure that no one moves there (other than the people who already live there) and making sure that the witch remains a secret from the rest of the world. I didn’t feel like the various POV’s had their own voices, but rather blended together, which made it difficult to differentiate between the various characters. It was easy to forget who was who and where they belonged within the story.I’m not sure if I just didn’t read far enough or whether it was just me, but the creep factor of this book was basically non existent (it may also have something to do with the fact that I had no idea what was going on). I went into this book expecting to be so scared that I didn’t want to go to sleep, but that just didn’t happen. Even the description of the witch didn’t really creep me out…All in all, I was left feeling pretty confused throughout this book – whether because of the translation to english or the writing itself, I’m not sure. I wasn’t particularly creeped out, which is a shame because this book sounded so promising! I gave this book 1/5 stars.
To his credit Olde Heuvelt starts of with a pretty unique idea: the witch that doesn't seek revenge by actively killing the ancestors of the people who forced her to do unspeakable things, instead she punishes them by just being there, visible, menacing, unpredictable. At the same time she imprisons them in their small town, because everybody who wants to get away becomes suicidal. That is never really explained, but it works well enough because everybody is led to assume that this is due to the foreboding and mysterius powers the witch exerts. So the author has a lot of good things going here and for a time everything works just fine. I was really looking forward to seeing how the witch would respond to the young folks' campaign and what would happen once the witch really opens her eyes...This is where this narrative turns into a total letdown. Unless you are a fan of predictable violence porn, the conclusion is so disappointing, I couldn't even bring myself to reading it all in one go. I kept hoping that something, anything would happen that makes this interesting, worthwhile something that would do justice to the high expectations raised by the initially good concept... it wasn't to be... Somebody here called the finish a "totally unnecessary Grand Guignol" - that is spot on! That is exactly what it is; a grand, violent spectacle that disappoints on so many levels that you can hardly keep track. Most disappointing: the witch and how her case is "resolved"...This book has been likened to Stephen King's Pet Sematary, apparently even Stephen King likes it. As a veteran Stephen King reader, I can tell you that this cannot hold a candle to Pet Sematary. Brazenly copying the final scene of Stepehn King's book , if anything, has made things even worse.
This was one of the more surprising books I've read this year, in that its probably one of the most solid horror novels of 2016 yet it hasn't received that much fanfare. I wouldn't have heard of this if I hadn't seen it in a friend's Facebook feed and it looks like much of its readership comes more from word of mouth than an intense media marketing campaign. That's good in some ways but bad in others, as this very much deserves more readers than it has received.What impressed me so much about this book was how much it relied on human evil as opposed to supernatural evil. There's a definite supernatural presence, so much so that the townsfolk have learned how to adapt their lives to the constant presence of the Black Rock Witch, to the point where it actually ends up making some of the townspeople complacent. I will try not to elaborate too much at the risk of spoilers, but it's likely the adults' begrudging acceptance of "this is how it is" that causes the teenagers to start recording and even taunting the Black Rock Witch. It's natural for children to try to see how far they can bend or break the rules as a way of challenging authority and while they know that the witch is deadly, they've also grown up with the knowledge that not much (if anything) will happen as long as you don't touch her, listen to her words, or undo any of her bindings. That leaves a lot open to interpretation. Another thing that intrigued me is that the witch isn't entirely portrayed as this horrible evil thing. This I can't really spell out without spoilers, but I will say that Olde Heuvelt does try to show that life does not deal in absolutes and that actions can have an impact on outcomes.I will warn people that this book is slow moving, so much so that the action doesn't really get started until the last fourth of the novel. You can see where things are going and there is tension, it just takes a while for the powder keg to explode here. This isn't entirely surprising since there has been a lot of movement towards books of this type, but I know that this won't be everyone's cup of tea. I suppose the best endorsement I can give this book is that I started listening to this on audiobook and ended up purchasing an e-book copy because I got so into the novel that the audiobook version just went too slowly for me.
First, I applaud any author with the talent and discipline to publish a blockbuster novel (in two languages, nonetheless). Second, I very much wanted to like this book. It's rooted in traditional folk horror -- a genre I feel is sadly under-represented in today's literary landscape. It's also a clear nod to both the legendary W.W. Jacobs short "The Monkey's Paw," and Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" -- which is, itself, a masterful tribute to that earlier tale. In fairness, too, the core "HEX" concept and associated visuals are pretty darn terrifying. So let me try to articulate why this story didn't work for me at all:1. Too Much ExpositionCelebrated ghost story writer M.R. James once noted that "nicely managed crescendo" is essential to any horror tale. "Into a calm environment," he said, "let the ominous thing put out its head, unobtrusively at first and then more insistently, until it holds the stage.” In "HEX," the "ominous thing" is with us from page one -- and then for numerous pages, before we get any clarification that explains what's going on. Unfortunately, once that exposition arrives, it floods the story so it almost feels we're listening to a rambling documentary about the ominous thing. Which makes the thing feel a LOT less ominous.2. Technology Too Clever for Its Own GoodI get it. This is a modern witch tale, and technology is actually intrinsic to the dynamic that (eventually) makes everything fall apart. But that technology takes such center stage that it practically becomes a main character -- again, greatly distracting from the slow burn of the "ominous thing." Worse, the presence of that same technology leads to plot holes larger than the Lincoln Tunnel. The author asks us to believe that this New York hamlet is utterly disconnected from the outside world -- then force-feeds us every manner of modern media, making us realize (repeatedly) why this dynamic would be impossible in any first world country today.3. Weirdly (Over-)Similar Narrative StructureThis is perhaps the most troubling aspect of "HEX." Flip to Part 2 of "HEX," which begins with Chapter 23. Simultaneously, flip to Part 2 of 1983's "Pet Sematary" (which begins, "It's probably wrong to believe there can be any limit to the horror which the human mind can experience."). Read the succeeding chapters side-by-side. I'm all for creating a tribute to a modern master (and elements of "HEX" are *definitely* based on "Pet Sematary" throughout). But these latter chapters are a little too close for comfort. Entire phrases, cadences, narrative beats, even word choices have been used to craft this newer novel's framework. As a lifelong horror reader, I felt insulted that someone would think this could actually go unnoticed. I also felt confused by the Stephen King review on the cover: "Totally, brilliantly original." Wait, are you kidding???4. Off-the-Rails EndingSo much for the "ominous thing." The ending of "HEX" -- which I understand was re-written from the original Dutch, for some reason -- is the horror movie equivalent of hurling everything at the camera simultaneously. Please don't tell me over and over "this situation is totally terrifying" -- SHOW me scenes that unnerve me. Don't crank the chaos meter to 14+ -- take a cue from "The Monkey's Paw," which proves understated scares are the most horrifying kind. The ending of this book was over-the-top confusing, inconsistent, frenzied, silly and awful.
I really enjoyed this novel! It was the first I've read by this author, but I'll definitely be a return customer for more of his writings. I love the plot; a 350 yr old witch has a sleepy little town terrified of her (who wouldn't be based on the description of her - the stuff of children's nightmares). I found the character development to be very good, despite a lot of character movement throughout the story. The sociological aspect of the town's collective and individual mentalities with regard to the witch and the horrific "hex" she had over them was fascinating to me. Mr. Heuvelt considered every angle and was even able to weave a variety of strangely hilarious situations throughout the story. Honestly, I wasn't thrilled with the ending (Amercian version) and may need to reach out to a Dutch friend to see how that version was different. Finally, I am amazed and impressed with the Dutch author's meticulous grasp of the English language. Perhaps I can attribute some of that to the Dutch school system (apparently multilingual proficiency is the norm over there). However, the author goes well beyond basic mastery of the language and provides some beautifully artistic prose in this book. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes a good scare. Again, the ending went in a different direction than I wanted, but it was a very fun ride / read overall.