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You live surrounded by the claims of other people: to your labour when they call it peace, your life when they call it war; to your celibacy when they call you a bachelor, your body when they call you a husband. They tell you where you shall live, what you shall do, and what thoughts are dangerous.” This sentence speaks volumes about the tension between the two characters of "The View," but also of the sensitivities of each character toward one another. One should not be surprised, then to find that "The View" is winsome and absolutely heart-rending. It has caused in me a genuine fear of growing old, something I have never really felt before. This is more from the sense of things past and lost than worry about future decrepitude. This is the empty hole at the center of nostalgia, a true existential dread. This story bit deep into my heart. It hurt, and I am better for it.

The View: A beautiful, sad fable about a man who is pixilated by a magical woman in a magical house, and then lives on, literally older and sadder. There is such a powerful aura of romantic longing and desolation around this story. The first half of this was really good. But once we found out what was going on, the whole thing fell apart. Completely. Author of: close to 50 "strange stories" in the weird-tale and ghost-story traditions, two novels ( The Late Breakfasters and The Model), two volumes of memoir ( The Attempted Rescue and The River Runs Uphill), and two books on the canals of England ( Know Your Waterways and The Story of Our Inland Waterways). This graphic novel is about John Constantine trying to do find out the real deal behind the unscripted hauntings in a reality horror show. But as he works it out, horrors from his past come running at him, jaws open, literally ;)⁣After giving it a moment of reflection here’s my final two cents: Dark Entries is a John Constantine story for fans of John Constantine. If you’re in the fan club, I’m sure you’ll dig it. If you’re not in the club, you’ll probably be bored just like I was. Bind Your Hair’ follows a young woman, Clarinda, as visits her fiancé’s family home and develops a fascination with Mrs Pagani, a charismatic woman she meets at a party. Again it is the atmosphere of the setting – the wet, foggy lanes lined with dripping trees – that make the greatest impression. This is a classic example for novels of horror, ghost, exorcism, monster, spooky genre! Ian Rankin starts the story as if the plot is small and easy and just another Haunted-house story. But with one after another surprisingly enjoyable twists it becomes so huge and so epic (from Heaven to Hell all the way) that it is beyond explanation! Constantine's TV is a portal to hell. That's a nifty concept, but the idea that throwing it out the window would break the spell doesn't fit -- certainly not in Constantine's story-world, in which de-demonizing objects and places (and people) is often the pretext for multi-issue story arcs. I just started re-reading the series from the start, so I'm especially sensitive to the way tiny objects linger in the storyline like houses with hidden mold carcinogen, waiting for an unsuspecting new tenant. In an actual Hellblazer storyline, that TV would end up in a Salvation Army, and its parts would then be reused by some unaware Internet start-up, which would then discover a demon is its most generous angel investor. And Constantine, at this stage, would foresee such an eventuality and work to avoid it.

Somehow it simultaneously roams around the fields of murder mystery, thriller, suspense with excellent balance and grabs 200% attention of the reader's mind. The writing is so smooth as if we have already been reading about this long ago. The characters, the twists, action, the dialogues are top notch! No, seriously top notch! And Mr John F'ing Constantine is at his best in the book luv! (Satan can go n' eat his heart out. Wait, does he have one?) Choice of weapons : A weird love/obsession story with many twists and curves. A nightmarish narrative with an abrupt ending that it will make you start over.I've tried to read John Constantine/Hellblaizer comics a few times and they just don't grab me. This is an OK, self-contained story. I can't really say much about it, because there are some major twists and turns that shake things up at several points. Let's just say, Constantine is brought in to investigate some weird events. There's come vague commentary on Reality TV. Strangeness happens. Forgotten the title or the author of a book? Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Visit BookSleuth

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