Strangewood Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Golden co-wrote the illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which became the launching pad for the cult favorite comics series Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, The New Dead, and The Monster's Corner, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, a BBC radio play, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson), and a network television pilot.
Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at www.christophergolden.com
Top Customer Reviews
The idea of a writer having to face the very reality of his/her creation has been done before, but in Strangewood the story is so expertly crafted, the characters so startling in their vibrancy that you forget the idea that the plot has been done before. Because in this case it hasn't. The world of Strangewood (and its inhabitants) would itself make a very entertaining fantasy series (and in case you haven't heard of Harry Potter there is a market for this). Christopher Golden's talent is excruciatingly apparent in this novel and while I read this I kept thinking to myself "man, this is a fun read" which it was. Probably one of the most memorable and enjoyable reads of 1999 and a book I can't recommend enough. For fans of Horror or Dark Fantasy this is a book for you!
The characters of Strangewood are well drawn and quickly became more vivid to me than the "real life" characters. I found the romance in the book (Joe and Emily) to be jarring, less interesting and eventually tiresome. Perhaps I just hated spending time on the romance when I was so fascinated with what was happening in Strangewood. I also enjoyed discovering the relationships between the Strangewood residents and the "real life" folks who were able to visit them. The characters in the story struggled against things they could not control and against their own weaknesses while in a world of suprises and mysteries.
The story is engrossing and Golden is a writer I will look forward to further books from.
The author has an expert handling of genre blending that makes the reader appreciate the real talent on display here. Elements of fantasy, horror, and good old-fashioned human drama all contribute to some pretty impressive suspense. The page-turning plot cleverly built to a logical conclusion, but still left enough room for guesswork. All of characters created for the land of Strangewood are lovable in their own way. You'll become attached to all of them just as easily as you'll relate to the central family whose emotional drama constitute the story's backbone.
Simply put, Strangewood is a grand tale that is a great pleasure to read. It is escapist fiction at its best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big fan of Mr. Golden and found this to be a solid if predictable short story. It's the perfect little nugget for the Halloween season.Published on December 28, 2012 by Doc Redbat
I think this is probably a very well written book, but I found it hard to suspend disbelief and become involved with the extraordinary world the writer has created. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by J. Proctor
Strangewood is another dark fantasy by Christopher Golden that positively oozes imagination. In a genre that is cluttered with cookie cutter plots, cardboard characters and... Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by Erin K. Simons
Thomas Randall is the creator of Strangewood, a hugely popular children's series with echoes of Frank L. Baum's Oz, C. S. Lewis' Narnia, and A. A. Milne's Hundred Acre Wood. Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Strangewood is the story of a writer who confronts his demons come to life. It fits nicely on a shelf with Jonathan Carroll's Sleeping in Flame, and with Stephen King's The Dark... Read morePublished on August 8, 2006 by Earl P. Dean
I read the entire book on a long plane ride, basically becuase it was very straight forward, fun and easy to read. Having read Mr. Read morePublished on July 21, 2006 by J. Resnick
This is one of my all time favorite books. Christopher Golden's imagination knows no bounds, and nowhere is that more apparent than in this novel. Read morePublished on September 22, 2005 by luv2read56
Being in the Buffy fan community, I'd heard a lot about Christopher Golden, but had never actually read any of his work. Read morePublished on September 21, 2005 by Lana Baker
As another reviewer stated, this one kind of defies description. A writer of children's fantasy ends up being kidnapped by his own creations in order to save their world. Read morePublished on September 19, 2005 by J. Cobb