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Houdini Heart Paperback – April 25, 2011
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I don't know any other book with a story vector quite so perfectly paced. It's rather like swimming in a clear, serene pond, floating languidly, amidst a mastery of language and descriptors delicious, rich and funny as Tom Robins, Thomas Pynchon, or even sometimes Joyce, and almost lazily sensual. But as one floats, the sense of a current slowly and subtly increases, until before you know it, it's as though you're swirling in a mad blender with blades swirling beneath the surface that are sure to chop you up. You want to scream for it to stop, but it's so beautifully and masterfully done that you need to see what happens next.
Flashing between the glamor of Hollywood and a small, bucolic town in Vermont, this book's protagonist invites empathy even as she leads you into her full blown insanity. She's a monster you've never met, yet somehow you know. By the time she's done with you, you've gone through her three dimensional circus of dementia right along with her.
If you like Steven King, Lovecraft, Alfred Hitchcock movies, and even a touch of Jaqueline Suzanne, this is a dark, lovely, wonderful and harrowing tale full of movie stars, sardonic humor and good old fashioned horror. It shakes you up, and then spits you out more than a little changed. Devilish fun. Highly recommended.
These techniques, badly handled, jut out of the work at odd angles, never quite cohering into a coherent vision. In their fragmentation, they do not interact as related, messy pieces that organically shape an arc that is more than the sum of its discrete parts - worse, they interfere with each other.
Ugh - so many awful things about this "book", but the worst of all is the message:
"Real Artists" are those who live on the edge of madness, on the outskirts of "normality", those who are driven to create out of a passion to escape the boundaries of the conventional, "real world", those who self-destruct in their pursuit of their art, those who abuse and neglect their loved ones in egotistical self-absorption...Read more ›
The author's voice is a creepy,dry,rustling one,echoing with nostalgia from the past,quietly.grimly taking you on a tour of madness.
Houdini Heart is one of the best horror stories you will read.
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Some readers have likened this book to Edgar Allen Poe, I found it more like The Twilight Zone. Very well written and leaves itself open to many different interpretations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lynn L
This is my first Longfellow book. I worship writers who produce interesting prose. Longfellow delivers on every line. I will definitely read more of her work. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. McLean
I believe books are to each there own. Having said that, this book, for me, was aggravating. I picked it based on the rave reviews it had. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Annalisa
I'm having a tough time getting all the way through this one. Maybe just because of the depressive storyline. Writing is entertaining.Published on September 9, 2013 by KA
4.5 stars. Loved the symbolism, metaphors, vivid imagery and Ki has a very easy-to-read style. The sub-text in certain passages rattled me. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Lee Thompson
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Like Gilman's classic, "The Yellow Wallpaper" this tale is told from the perspective of a woman descending into madness, but unlike Gilman's powerless and subservient heroine,... Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by S.G.
Ki Longfellow is a remarkable writer, with a strong and nuanced grasp of language and a sense of pacing and drama that will immediately pull you in to the book and keep you... Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by Diotima Mantineia