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14 Paperback – July 15, 2014
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"A riveting apocalyptic mystery in the style of LOST." --Craig DiLouie, author of THE INFECTION
"Takes a well thought concept and creatively expands on it to give the readers an excellent mix of The Twilight Zone, LOST & H.P. Lovecraft..." --Fantasy Book Critic
"A novel that should make Peter Clines a household name among not just horror fans, but fans of good stories, expertly told." --The Guilded Earlobe
"If you enjoy strong characterization and a whirlwind of genre-bending mysteries, you'll probably love the hell out of 14." --SFFaudio --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.
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My home is starting to slowly get back to normal now that I've finished the book. Fortunately Peter Clines has written more books so I can carry on blaming him for the state of my house and lack of sleep.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, I really enjoyed this book.
Many people here have given it 4 stars all the while saying it's a "gem", I wonder why. If it's a gem, in my view it deserves 5 stars. Some have liked the second half, others the first. Interesting. I really liked the whole of it, though I will admit that the end did not entirely satisfy, it was a little too predictable. But then, there aren't that many different possibilities, and if you've read a lot of books about time travel and switching dimensions before, then the solution of the mystery here won't surprise you all that much. I'm sure you could see it coming (I could).
Does that mean I should have given it 4 stars too? No. I still think this book deserves 5 stars because of how Peter Clines has handled his characters, the plot and, above all, the pace of telling. The pace is absolutely remarkable. He keeps his reader riveted to his book (I certainly was).
Also, another point: I think it is remarkable how he manages to introduce a large number of characters (all those tenants in the building, plus the building manager!) without losing us or confusing us and in fact, keeping us interested in each one (particularly the main one, Nate). And there we are, turning the pages, wanting to know more about this mysterious building...
Yes, definitely a recommended read.
This book is very well-written. The author developed the characters well and the relationships between them are realistic. What they say and do is believable, and matches their varying personalities. Great imagery in the book; it is easy to picture in your mind the things the author describes.
This book will have you staying up late and just as curious as the characters as to what is happening in the apartment building. It is engrossing and fast-paced, and thankfully not too short or rushed; at the same time it doesn't drag at all. The ending is quite satisfying - no cliffhanger here.
The plot to this book is unique and not like other books. This uniqueness is one of the reasons I gave 5 stars; it is not often (unfortunately) you read something with a truly original plot that hasn't been done time and time again. Thats not the only reason I'm giving 5 stars! It is very well-written and intriguing. I'd recommend this book to anyone!
Ostensibly this novel seems like your standard "creepy old 19th century building full of ghosts and mosters" story. However, without spoilers, I'll just say it is not like that at all. There NO ghosts or other supernatural elements in this book, and that's actually a good thing here. While he takes plenty of time building up the mystery and darkness around the apartment building, Clines never reverts to cheap jump scares, basic horror tropes, or other uninspired story-telling. The build-up to the reveals, and ultimately the nail-biting final act, is slow but logical. Most of the events in tbis story, even some of the more outlandish ones, seem all tied together in a reasonable way. It's clear that Clines has a well-thought-out, if not perfectly executed, story to tell here. The details are ultimately messy, but the overall sense of mystery and adventure keep you pulled in.
Other than some elements that are a BIT hard to swallow, the other failing tends to be that the story drags a bit, especially early on. Things a bit meandering or procedural, but for those that have read The Fold, this seems to less a feature of the author and more that this is the less refined spirtual predecessor to bigger and better stories. There's plenty of character creation and relationship building to make the story fleshed out and the protagonists relatable, but there are also stretches where things a bit dull or almost pointless feeling, and the dialogue swings between emtpy and witty.
Still, the story has a clear sense or progression, and other than a few obligatory conveniences, many of the events feel like a natural result of prior events.
Despite some shortcomings, I recommend this novel. Depending on your preferences, this novel may turn out to be too cheesy or contrived for you. But if you can suspend some disbelief and go into it like it's a classic Twilight Zone episode, you'll love it.
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Very interesting story