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A Cosmology of Monsters: A Novel (original 2019; edición 2020)

por Shaun Hamill (Autor)

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"If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it." --Stephen King Noah Turner see monsters. His father saw them--and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersive horror experience that the whole family operates. His practical mother has caught glimpses of terrors but refuses to believe--too focused on keeping the family from falling apart. And his eldest sister, the dramatic and vulnerable Sydney, won't admit to seeing anything but the beckoning glow of the spotlight . . . unti it swallows her up. Noah Turner sees monsters. But, unlike his family, Noah chooses to let them in . . .… (más)
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Título:A Cosmology of Monsters: A Novel
Autores:Shaun Hamill (Autor)
Info:Vintage (2020), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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A Cosmology of Monsters por Shaun Hamill (2019)

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When he is six years old, Noah Turner hears a scratching outside the window and discovers a monster outside his bedroom--a monster he comes to think of as My Friend. That monster becomes his companion as he grows up and his family is plagued by tragedy, until something happens that forces Noah to question who his friend is exactly and what it wants with his family. This is an engaging first novel--all at once a family story, a coming-of-age story, a love story, and a horror story with a very dark secret. It's also a tribute to Lovecraft and to those haunted-house attractions that pop up near small towns around Halloween. A great read, and I look forward to more from this author. ( )
1 vota sturlington | Jan 2, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book that I borrowed from the library.

Story (5/5): The youngest child in the family, and narrator, Noah takes us back a generation to explain how his mother Margaret married the horror/sci-fi/Lovecraft obsessed Harry. When Noah is younger things in his family start falling apart; his sisters constantly have nightmares, his father is acting erratically, and his mother is using all her energy trying to hold the family together both financially and emotionally. That’s when the monster starts to visit Harry…

This was an amazing story of a family that makes a living off of horror and creepiness and faces a number of challenges. Wrapped in and out of their story is the mystery around missing children and large furry beasts. This story had so many layers and I loved them all. The ending was amazing, unexpected yet completely perfect. It was creative and fascinating and I am so happy I read this book!

Characters (5/5): Every character in here is amazing. From Noah’s mother, to his Lovecraft obsessed father, to his fame obsessed sister Sydney, to his brilliant, yet chronically depressed sister, Eunice, to the monster who scratches on Noah’s window and finally to Noah himself….these are all amazing characters that are incredibly complex and interesting. I loved them all and found myself completely absorbed in their normal, yet strange lives, and their struggles.

Setting (5/5): I absolutely loved the setting as well. This is a small town setting but much of book takes place in the custom haunted house that Noah’s family builds in their backyard. Then later we spend time in the house of horrors named “The Wandering Dark” that Noah’s family runs and operates. Towards the end we even end up in alternate realities. Hamill does an excellent job capturing the atmosphere of all of these places and really makes them come alive.

Writing Style (5/5): This book is perfectly written. The way events are laid out is beautifully done and the way the story is crafted is exquisite. The characters, the mystery, the settings...they are all perfect. I am seriously in love with the writing style here. And, oh my gosh, don’t even get me started on the ending!!! It was so well done; it matched the dark tone of the story perfectly and absolutely blew me away.

My Summary (5/5): Overall this is one of my favorite books of the year and will stay with me a long time. I am considering buying a copy because I think this is one I will re-read at some point. I loved this book utterly and completely. This was such a unique and engaging story, things ended up coming together beautifully here and I loved the ending. I can't wait to see what Hamill writes next and would highly recommend this book to those who love the strange and unusual and don’t mind a dark tone to their stories. ( )
  krau0098 | Dec 18, 2020 |
I love it when a debut novel catches me completely by surprise. A Cosmology of Monsters is creative, engrossing and just plain entertaining. It's a mash-up of monster horror, coming-of-age and family saga with a splash of strange fantasy and fate. The Turner family's story spans decades and is told by the youngest child, Noah. His family is plagued by monsters....both real and imagined.

I don't want to give away too much and ruin any part of the story, so I'm not going to say much about the plot or even the structure/POV of this novel. It all works together to bring the story full circle. I can say that this story completely sucked me in. I was up reading until the wee hours because I wanted to finish. Very entertaining read!! And very well-written. The story was something new....and it's well told. Nice mix of creepy and emotional.

I totally did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I expected a run-of-the-mill monster sort of story. But this book is so much more. Totally surprised me! Loved it!

I'm definitely looking forward to more by this author. I like his style.

**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Knopf-Doubleday via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
This was an interesting read. I think Shaun Hamill is a very skilled writer. One of the best first lines in a novel that I've ver read: “I started collecting my sister Eunice’s suicide notes when I was seven years old.” Who couldn't want to read more? I had a hard time putting the book down to go to sleep, and I found the family dynamics really interesting, especially how they revolved around the whole horror and monsters theme, particularly Lovecraftian... how it affected them all and was intertwinted in their lives. I love how we learned that things that happened so early in their lives had such influence unconsciously on them later... what they became obsessed about, and how they interacted with others. It was also very insightful about human needs for love and acceptance, friendship, understanding, and what monsters are. I gave me a lot to think about and talk about with my husband. It mght not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to someone looking for something with a little more depth that is different than the usual fare. ( )
  LongDogMom | Nov 6, 2020 |
Cosmology of monsters is a really excellent melding of family drama and eldritch horror about both the lingering scars family trauma can leave and the the literal scars a cadre of monsters leave. The language is straightforward and the mysteries in the story reveal themselves at a satisfying pace. I will say, I have mixed feelings about some of the subplots, especially the Eunice one, which seemed a bit over the top; I could almost feel the author dragging this character through grief to fuel the main character's sadness. I think Shaun Hamill was ambitious and had a lot he wanted to fit into the story without lingering too much on details. It's just much more plot driven than I usually read, which isn't a bad thing. That's the only reason it loses a star, in my view. That being said, the actual narrative is a quick absorbing read. In fact, I couldn't put it down and finished in two days.

Highly recommended for anyone who liked the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, family dramas with an otherworldy twist, and monster lovers. ( )
  kitlovestea | Oct 20, 2020 |
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"If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it." --Stephen King Noah Turner see monsters. His father saw them--and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersive horror experience that the whole family operates. His practical mother has caught glimpses of terrors but refuses to believe--too focused on keeping the family from falling apart. And his eldest sister, the dramatic and vulnerable Sydney, won't admit to seeing anything but the beckoning glow of the spotlight . . . unti it swallows her up. Noah Turner sees monsters. But, unlike his family, Noah chooses to let them in . . .

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