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May 6th, 2011, 08:23 AM #16
That's Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, UK, Cheerwell.
If you're interested in castles, Cheerwell, I highly recommend Marc Morris's Castle: A History of the Buildings that shaped Medieval England. Great reading, not too technical and presents some interesting stories associated with each building. And of course, it too has Bodiam Castle on the cover. Pretty original fortification, as the huge moat gives the castle the appearance it is placed in the center of a small lake.
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May 6th, 2011, 01:30 PM #17
Excellent, thank you for the recommendation, newfie.
Sorry about the little off-topic bit.
May 6th, 2011, 03:25 PM #18
May 7th, 2011, 04:06 PM #19
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That's weird I have just read this book without realising it was book of the month.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Like others have said the first half of the book is stronger than the second. However, I really liked the explanation behind the monster and thought the loose ends all came together nicely.
I was a little disappointed how one of the main POV characters seemed to just stop. I was satisfied with their end but thought it seemed to come to an abrupt end.
That being said, atmosphere oozes out of every brick and in a world full of vampire tales, this older story comes up trump. I will definitely be checking out the other books in the Adversary cycle.
May 9th, 2011, 01:18 PM #20
I finished the book on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the novel. I love the deep backstory hinted at for both the monster haunting the keep and his adversary.
The ending was a bit trite, but it worked for the most part.
May 12th, 2011, 11:41 AM #21
Just started this one yesterday. About 100 pages in so far and liking it. I'm interested to learn more about the red-haired man, and the girl Magda.
May 16th, 2011, 10:41 PM #22
So far, the love tryst between him and Magda was pretty predictable and not that interesting.Spoiler:I'm interested to see how the alliance between Molasar and Cuza plays out.
May 17th, 2011, 02:17 PM #23
For those who have finished, I have a question about Molasar...
The true nature of Molasar was ambiguous and I liked that. I like that FPW played with the Vampire legend and left hints that Molasar could indeed be a vampire. What pleased me the most however, is that Molasar wasn't a vampire in the Dracula sense and rather something else. An Elder race so to speak.
Were others here pleased or disappointed that Molasar was NOT really a vampire?
May 18th, 2011, 12:24 AM #24
Spoiler:I was very pleased to find out that he was not a vampire. Indeed, you have to go further in Adversary Cycle and Repairman Jack to learn about Rasalom, which is his real name. What you learned in The Keep just barely scratches the surface of the history between Glaeken and Rasalom, and The Keep itself is seen quite a few times as well. Keep in mind that the timeline for the Repairman Jack books basically takes place over the full timeline of The Adversary Cycle. I would recommend that you read The Adversary Cycle first, if you plan to continue, BUT do not read Nightworld (final Adversary Cycle book) until after you have read the last Repairman Jack book. FPW is going to re-release a new version of Nightworld very soon that has more content and better integration between the two series. By the time you have read all those other books, if you do, the new version of Nightworld should be out. I actually read The Adversary Cycle first, including Nightworld, so I sort of know everything that is going to happen in the end.
May 23rd, 2011, 12:48 AM #25
Well, I finished The Keep back on Tuesday, but I haven't had a chance to get over here and talk about it. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I felt like it all ended a bit too clean for my tastes. It sort of had that hollywood ending where things wrapped up all pretty and the guy got the girl too, or vice versa in this case I guess.
I was also a bit disappointed with the fact that Rasalom was this extremely evil being, but was held at bay by a magical cross/sword grip.
I think the reason I'm disappointed was that this novel started out as anything but standard fantasy/horror fare. Wilson put steadfast baddies, Nazi's in a position where you could sorta sometimes feel a bit sympathetic towards them, then he centered the narrative around a woman who wasn't just some damsel in distress all the time, but in the end it was the ultimately evil guy getting destroyed by a magical sword.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book for what it was, but I guess my expectations for the pay-off didn't match the potential I foresaw.
May 25th, 2011, 07:01 AM #26
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May 26th, 2011, 01:26 PM #27
May 27th, 2011, 11:18 AM #28
I realize I popped in here and there in this discussion, but haven't made a proper post yet.
I didn't know what to expect with this one, so I approached it as a totally blank slate. I generally enjoyed it, but I'm usually less picky about quicky reads like this one. I did find the writing to be a bit thin and workmanlike. It didn't do a lot to conjure images or set moods, something I thought the book could use more of.
I quite liked the opening of the book with the mysterious messages from inside the keep and then a flashback to when the German's first arrived. This was maybe my favorite section, and had he continued on with or fleshed out this aspect of the book a little more, I may have liked it overall a bit more. Instead we moved into something a little more common and predictable with the old historian and his loving but put-upon daughter.
As to the vampire, something else, ancient evil thing. I'm not totally against vampires, so if that was well-done I'd have been okay with it. I really liked phase two where he was just something else feeding on dark energies (sort of a source for the vampire legends). Phase three isn't uninteresting, but the reveal was done in such a bland way that I didn't much care for it.
Other than the opening segment and a few other bits here and there, the whole thing did feel fairly paint-by-numbers throughout. I'd be willing to try some more Wilson if I can get my hands on it for cheap.
May 29th, 2011, 07:29 AM #29
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Just finished, and Erf and Corporal Blues have pretty similar views. Everything goes downhill once the nightly killings stop.
More later after I've had a sleep.
May 29th, 2011, 06:31 PM #30
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OK, some more coherent thoughts now that I've had a sleep.
The opening is great: the mystery of something killing the men, then tension between the two commanders and the panic of not being able to do anything to stop it.
Once Theodor and his daughter arrive though, the tension dissipates. We're instantly given a reveal (with waaaay too much exposition) of the bad guy who we weren't even sure was anything other than an it prior; the killing stops and the clunky romance starts.
By the time we move on to the last act with magic swords (and hilts), even more infodumps ("we must hurry and stop them before the world ends, but first let me spend several pages explaining my back story") and, gasp, a timeless battle between order and chaos, I was lost.
The book transformed from a horror novel with great atmosphere to a rather bland fantasy novel.
Sorry, just recalled one interesting note in the middle: When Theodor starts to doubt his faith because of the reaction of Molasar to the crucifix and Jewish prayer. Could've been interesting, but didn't really go anywhere.