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Binding: Kindle Edition
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.6
Format: Kindle Book
Label: Tor Books
Manufacturer: Tor Books
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2008-03-11
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: 2008-03-11
Studio: Tor Books

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Editorial Reviews:

The classic Southern gothic gets an edgy modern makeover in Priest's debut novel about a young woman's investigation into the truth of her origins. What Eden Moore digs up in the roots of her diseased family tree takes her across the South, from the ruins of the Pine Breeze sanitarium in Tennessee to a corpse-filled swamp in Florida, and back in time to the Civil War, when the taint in her family bloodline sets in motion events building only now to a supernatural crescendo. Priest adds little new to the gothic canon, but makes neo-goth chick Eden spunky enough to deal with a variety of clich? menaces?a scheming family matriarch, a brooding Poe-esque mansion and a genealogy greatly confused with inbreeding?that would have sent the genre's traditional wilting violets into hysterics. Eden is a heroine for the aging Buffy crowd, and her adventures will play best to postadolescent horror fans.



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Summary: Great Start in a New Series
Comment: Pulled me in from the first page and kept me there until I finished the book. I liked it so much I went ahead and ordered the next two books in the Eden Moore series.

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Summary: four & twenty blackbirds
Comment: "Four & Twenty Blackbirds" is a Southern Gothic ghost story. At times, the story is disjointed & a bit too confusing, but the atmosphere Priest creates more than makes up for these shortcomings. The feeling is spooky & authentic. The plot heavily involves religion & the narrator's shady family tree, two things almost essential to any Southern Gothic novel.

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Summary: A wondeful read
Comment: Do you like a book tha pulls you in in the first 10 pages? this will be one of them. greatghost story and mystery.

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Summary: Awesome read !
Comment: I'm discovering a lot of new authors with my new Kindle. I've had it only 2 weeks and already read like 10 new books. This book was great. It drew me into the story right away, I couldn't put it down.

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Summary: Intriguing Tale with a Few Loose Ends
Comment: I was on the fence between giving this 3 stars or 4 and went for the 4. This was a great read, I like stories with geneaological backgrounds. It reminded me a bit of Monsters of Templeton....what disappointed me in the end was (at least for me), the author failed to tie it all together. I would have enjoyed one of the characters doing a quick explainer of how everything tied together in the end. Part of it may have been that I was reading the Kindle edition, and therefore have a hard time searching back to look up references to history / kinship,I had the same problem reading Monsters of Templeton. I'm still a little fuzzy on how the family relationships in this novel shook out. Even a little family tree at the end of the book would have helped me. Overall, though, this book grabbed me and kept me intrigued to the last pages.


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