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Book Poe


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Original name book: Poe

Pages: Unknown

Language: English

Publisher: Brilliance Audio


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Category - Literature & Fiction

Bestsellers rank - 5 Rating Star

It's Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It's the one-year anniversary of his parents' deaths, he's stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries. But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri is assigned to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion. There, Dimitri meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer he falls hard for. But just as he's about to ask her out, he unwittingly unleashes malevolent forces, throwing him into a deadly mystery. He wakes up in the morgue - icy cold and haunted by a cryptic warning given by a tantalizing female spirit. As town residents begin to turn up gruesomely murdered, Dimitri must unravel the connections among his family, the Aspinwall Mansion, and the secrets held in a pair of crumbling antiquarian books. If he doesn't, it's quite possible Lisa will be the next victim.

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Customer Reviews
  • By Belinda on December 18, 2016

    When obituary writer Dmitri Petrov lands a gig covering the reportedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion, he finds himself in the middle of a family mystery with maybe a few too many coincidences.I went into Poe with limited expectations, having read mixed reviews of what some term a novel rife with “sophomoric humor.” Poe feels like a young adult novel in terms of voice, though not with regard to content. The blurb talks about gruesome murders, of which there are a couple scenes that yes, are a little disturbing. Is it horror? I wouldn’t say so, but the other book I’m reading right now is Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, which is. Poe is horror lite at best, sarcastic and more of a supernatural/paranormal novel than anything else.This is a fun read that doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s a pretty big cast (lots of minor characters to keep track of), of which Nachiel tripped me up the most (not only because I’m not a fan of any name that close to “nacho” but because I didn’t know where he came from). I think by that point I was in the midst of a serious case of “character soup.” The book goes back and forth through time (dream/wake/now/then), but the storyline flows with only minor hiccups.Would I recommend it? Sure. Just don’t expect something it’s not (dark horror) and if you’ve read it and enjoyed it, Poe reminds me a lot of Matt Schiariti’s Ghosts of Demons Past. Another book full of sarcastic wit with an antihero lead character, Ghosts touches on a lot of the same themes.

  • By Litha Nelle on March 1, 2015

    I think you have to be a certain kind of reader to love this one as much as I did. A lot of people went into this book thinking, "Young Adult" but I have to disagree- my teen self would've liked it, but mainly thought it too weird and gorey. I would compare this with Odd Thomas- if you liked Odd, you'll probably enjoy meeting Dimitri.The aspects that made this book perfect for me were the fact that Dimitri is a writer/journalist/sleuth- he has a book he's written that was a thousand pages and still going strong, he writes obituaries for the local paper, and has a droll humor/sarcastic personality. Other than the obituaries, that's pretty much me.Also: an abandoned mansion, ghosts, and some Halloween mischief. I read this at the right time of year.This is one of the most quotable books I've ever read- I was highlighting a lot while reading this on my Kindle. I think, for me, some of the best quotes are general thoughts I have had myself, and the author expressed perfectly:"I have watched enough cheesy detective television shows in my young life to know that when one is presented with an inexplicable mystery, the first order of business (after procuring good donuts and coffee--check) is to create a wall of clues with photos of suspects and article clippings, preferably in an artistic yet seemingly random fashion." ~Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn, page 96 Kindle edition""There was a day when writers actually read," he grumbles. "They could quote Keats and Socrates. Now anyone with a keyboard and a fifth-grade education can call themselves a writer."" ~Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn, page 284 Kindle editionEspecially that last one- nowadays it seems like writers themselves read fewer and fewer books, books that could (and can) shape them into better writers. If you plan on being a professional author, it only makes sense that you should support your profession by buying and reading books.What really made this a standout for me was a combination of things: the characters, the plot, the fast pace, and that quotable writing. Usually with books, I have a lot of things I would change about them, but this one proves itself to be my ideal as far as horror/urban fantasy/ghost stories.Poe is simply my new favorite Halloween read. It's spooky and my kind of funny, even if I had predicted some of the plot long before Dimitri had a clue. If you want a book that is both scary and contemporary to devour before this Halloween, consider Poe for your next read.

  • By Doyne on February 13, 2014

    For me, the most striking feature of this excellent debut novel was the true-to-life feel of the characters. Dimitri is intelligent and sensitive, but he has the bachelor apartment that has made me cringe way too many times. Although he’s certainly a geek, he can also be pretty slow on the uptake at times; like most of us, especially when the personal forest is too thick to see the trees. Lisa is also intelligent, and comes across as being tougher than Dimitri, but without being mean-spirited or nasty; common traps for a female lead. Both are flawed. I mean, really, really flawed, by traumatic pasts, unfulfilling presents, and futures promising very little improvement. The youngster, Amelia, is one of the truest child characters I’ve ever read: not a short adult in pigtails, but a girl who reflects her life experiences. The houses and apartment are also primary characters in Poe, but I can’t say too much about them without spoilers.I’m too wimpy to be a horror fan; Steven King’s “It” still scares me when those particular thoughts slip out of my brain’s compartment, and I couldn't even finish reading it. Poe required me to put down my Kindle and literally step away several times, but I couldn’t resist it for long. Even the supernatural characters were complex and believable. You might think you know where it's going, but then it ends up somewhere else entirely.So, yes, there were ghosts and demons and murderers (oh my!), but what made this book stand out for me was the honesty. The ending gave us a solid plateau to stand on to catch our breaths, but not everything was neatly tied up with a ribbon. I'm hoping that means there is more to come. If not this world, I hope the author keeps writing. I’ll certainly be reading!

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