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Hemlock Grove: A Novel Paperback – March 27, 2012
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“This is . . . horror with a respect for its literary antecedents.” —Yvonne Zipp, The Washington Post
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But it's not. The plot is shockingly not full of holes (though there are some questions left unanswered, they aren't *unanswerable*), the actions of the characters are actually justifiable, and there isn't any awful fixation on the romance elements - which are sparse, as they should be. It's a story that includes vampires and werewolves, and those two concepts are the most sexual metaphors imaginable, and McGreevy seems to recognize that (and even manages to make a bit of self-referential fun of it). The story is good, and good enough to recommend the book based on. I watched the Netflix series, and it was also good - it followed the story (and in some cases the dialogue) closely, and the acting was good, so if you enjoy this book I'd definitely recommend it.
The story is good and manages to hover above cliché, sometimes even lambasting it. This isn't a happy tale, nor does it come to a contenting conclusion. One thing that the story does manage to handle very well is the juxtaposition of technology and magic - a technical challenge that seems inevitable for the genre (though as I said I'm no genre expert). There's "magic" in the story, no doubt about that, but it's exists in a naturalist sense rather than a romantic one. While the characters take the "magic" elements they can see at face value, there's a lot of discussion of other supernatural elements that are clearly taken as metaphor (for those who have read the book, the story Peter tells Letha is a good example). It pays homage to Frankenstein in a fairly neat albeit direct (Shelly?Read more ›
The book moves at a good pace, not dragging out any needless descriptions and Brian McGreevy has a surprisingly broad vocabulary (which I personally loved), so have your dictionaries near by!
There were some differences between the book and the show, as there usually are. I would recommend both.
Also, the word "Upir" is used in the book and never defined, although it is a very important word for the story.
Definition: "Upir" 1. "A type of dragon that feeds off humans but must die by its own hands to awaken its true powers.
(i.e. The upir are the most feared of the supernatural because of their blood thirsty fangs and their ability to hypnotize.)"
2. "Russian vampire that function during daylight hours. Eats children then their parents. Said to be the most vicious vampire."
(Definitions found on UrbanDictionary.com)
There is a third definition, but it's quite inappropriate and irrelevant.
I would definitely recommend this book! I enjoyed it quite a bit!
Now for a second disclosure: I have not finished watching the Netflix series yet. I'm about halfway through it at the time of this writing. While the Netflix show seems relatively faithful to the source material...well, that's not necessarily a good thing. I've delayed writing this review because I've had trouble figuring out a nice way to describe how much I disliked this book. I wouldn't go so far as to simply rewrite Roger Ebert's infamous review of "North," but this book is still pretty bad.
"Hemlock Grove" by Brian McGreevy primarily follows Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy teenager who has recently moved to the town of Hemlock Grove (and the novel's resident werewolf) and meets rich kid Roman Godfrey, who Peter identifies as an upir. While there's no direct explanation what an upir is until the end, it doesn't take much work to figure it out. After some gruesome murders of local teenage girls, the two decide that it's up to them to find out who is responsible. Why them and not the police? Because we wouldn't have much of a story then, would we?
This where things begin to fall apart and fast. These two teenagers are actually stupid enough to think that it's up to them to solve these murders. Aside from the supernatural element that they detect, why them? It doesn't help that these characters are never made out to be smart in any other respect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it. Watched the series before reading as books are always deeper. Loved the show as well, but the book pulls the strings tighter and weaves an even stickier web.Published 4 days ago by Bynnsha19
Horror with real interesting caracters. The plot is very good and differentPublished 4 days ago by katana
If you've seen the tv-show you'll notice it's exactly like it, word for word. Which, for me, kind of takes the thrill of reading it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Stephanie A.
I had watched this on Netflix and was disappointed at the ending. This explained it all!Published 1 month ago by Djaina
This book was a great read for me since I'm into the horror/suspense genre. I decided to read the book before I watched the series, typically I watch the series/movie before I read... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jammie Harris
I read this book after seeing the Netflix show. The show follows the book really well and I really enjoyed reading the book.Published 1 month ago by Trisha
Bought this because I missed the Netflix version of this book so much once they canceled the show - what a pity , the first season was absolutely beautiful , the actors for the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kitty .E
First let me say I loved the Netflix series (except season 3) I was amazed to see how closely the show followed the book - until the end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Connie Barnett