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"This is a book of authorial wizardry, as Jones hopscotches among three time periods and locales (late 1800s Hungary; 1970s France and England; and present-day Snowdonia, in northern Wales) with grace, wit and dexterity."―Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News
"Jones doles out his narrative revelations with patience, turning over his cards deliberately like a well-trained casino dealer."―Entertainment Weekly
"A scary and exciting horror novel that keeps us off kilter, trying to figure out what's going on until we're so involved in the story that we couldn't look away even if we tried. . . . This is Jones' first novel, and you don't see many debuts more ambitious and memorable than this one."―Booklist (starred)
"The String Diaries is an engrossing, mind-bending supernatural tale, and Stephen Lloyd Jones is as exciting a new voice as I've come across in some time, a writer who understands what makes the pulse race."―Michael Koryta, author of Those Who Wish Me Dead
"I have never read a book with such frenzied impatience. The String Diaries is unputdownable. Stephen Lloyd Jones has written a debut novel as frightening and layered as Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian and as clever and riveting as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code."―Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh
"Reading The String Diaries made me feel, in the best sense, like a child again. Nothing was more important than the fate of Stephen Lloyd Jones's courageous and very human heroine Hannah Wilde. Meals went uncooked, bills went unpaid, as I waited to find out if she would win freedom for herself and her daughter against the forces of darkness. I was scared, enthralled and amazed by this stunning debut."―Margot Livesey, author of the New York Times bestselling The Flight of Gemma Hardy
"A marvel, a new take on a genre that one would have thought completely bled dry of new ideas by now,"―Joy Tipping, The Dallas Morning News
"[A] vividly written tale."―Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"An elegant and exotic neo-Gothic horror story....This globe-trotting, time-traveling page-turner continues with both passages of great beauty and buckets of blood... [T]hose who are willing to let Mr. Jones string them along, are in for an exciting ride."―Margie Romero, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"I loved this book."―Marcus Sakey, author of Brilliance
"With The String Diaries, Stephen Lloyd Jones has created a new mythology of the monstrous to rival Stoker's or Shelley's. Grounded in the real world and populated by characters we believe in, this is a book of magic for the doubtful, a fantastic tale for skeptics, at once transporting and convincing."―Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist
"This novel is a breakneck chase down a long and winding road with the devil sitting beside you in the car."―Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
"At once chilling and soulful, this hauntingly powerful tale weaves together the best elements of the psychological thriller, fantasy horror, and historical fiction. Stephen Lloyd Jones has penned a deeply inventive, dazzling debut novel."―Eliot Pattison, author of Edgar Award-winning The Skull Mantra and Ashes of the Earth --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00GG0GJZS
- Publisher : Mulholland Books (July 1, 2014)
- Publication date : July 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2085 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #832,181 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In a nutshell, it’s about a monster that’s been stalking this one family since the 18th century. Because it’s set across multiple time periods, it has this epic feel to it, which I appreciated. It’s also loaded with symbolism. Most of which went right over my head (me being a relatively literal person most of the time), but I “got” enough of it to realise there’s lots I probably didn’t “get”.
The editing is fantastic. Flawless. In fact, it reminded me of one of my biggest bugbears in modern fiction: the use of the word “alright”. I hate it because “alright is not all right”.
And I’ve had arguments about it with fellow authors, readers, and editors, because it’s so common... but it only seem to be self-published books and YA books that use it. And this book is neither, so I feel nicely vindicated, and will continue to rail against the evilness that is “alright”.
I don’t doubt that this book will go down as a literary classic, and they’ll be teaching it in English Literature classes at High School and University level in fifty or a hundred years’ time. It really is that good. And that important.
Having said that, it can be difficult to follow at times, because of the multiple timelines all running simultaneously. And sometimes the language and symbolism got a bit too “flowery” for me, or overly descriptive, and I zoned out, flipping pages on autopilot. Once I snapped back to reality, though, I always knew where I was and what was happening.
This is a fine example of Urban Fantasy... but to call it Urban Fantasy is probably cheapening it, doing it a disservice. Magical Realism, then? Hmm, maybe, but I wouldn’t call what happens in it “magic”, exactly. Horror? There are certainly some elements of horror in this story, but it’s far too complex a story to label it like that.
I don’t KNOW what it is. And I guess that’s true of all good books - they defy classification. Until one day they’re old enough and important enough that we just call them “classics”.
What was a little complicated to track were some of the Hungarian terms and what those characters at times meant to the story.
A great overall read!
Top reviews from other countries
Brought it to read on holiday, I could not put it down. Fantastic from the first paragraph to the last.
Several different seemingly separate stories in different timelines that slowly and intriguingly intertwine to an enthralling climax.
I read it in three days, gave it to my wife and she loved it to........