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A wealthy Hollywood cowboy-cum-movie-producer travels to England in the hope of seeing a ghost, or a voice from beyond: "Something uncanny, you know. Anything. One lousy uncanny thing." He hangs out with a marvelous old woman--a professional skeptic armed with a sword cane and an ever-puffing pipe with a skull-shaped bowl--and the other staff of a semi-tabloid rag called Bizarre! He meets the woman of his dreams, who is billed as being utterly inaccessible and frigid to boot. Then before you can say "conspiracy theory," Andrew Klavan has whipped all of them into a humorous confection with elements of German romantic art, English Gothic architecture, 19th-century ghost stories, Norse mythology, South American cult leaders, Nazi witchcraft, and the Holy Grail. Even the ghost of M.R. James has a key role in the plot.
It's not a deep novel--you get the sense that Klavan doesn't take one iota of it seriously--but it's good supernatural fun. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The story itself is exciting, full of twists and turns.
The plot became a bit more interesting towards the climax, but even one of Klavan's own characters (Bernard) remarked upon the quality of the ending.
The only suspense this book generated what whether or not I would burn it before I finished reading it.
Andrew Klaven is a wonderful writer. The story veered into the supernatural, but was well thought out. The hero, Storm was very interesting. I enjoy Mr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Cargill
After loving Klavan's most recent release, A Killer in the Wind, I dug through my to-read-pile and pulled out this older title of his that I had bought and not yet read, some time... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Yolanda S. Bean
The story dances a line between mystery, horror and thriller, and does so in the best of ways. The Uncanny is a story about vocation, about freewill and fate, about evil and... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by DJT
This was the first thing by Klavan I've read, and I liked it a lot. It's a skilfully plotted and written supernatural thriller. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The Uncanny is a unique and original mystery/suspense novel.
I was pretty much in awe of the characters throughout the whole book. Read more
This book did not have much of a plot to it. It was also a downer for a reason I shouldn't divulge but it has to do with the circumstances of the hero which made a happy ending out... Read morePublished on November 19, 2002