Next of Kin: A John Cleaver Novella (Anglais) Broché – 27 juin 2014
|Neuf à partir de||Occasion à partir de|
- Choisissez parmi 17 000 points de collecte en France
- Les membres du programme Amazon Prime bénéficient de livraison gratuites illimitées
- Trouvez votre point de collecte et ajoutez-le à votre carnet d’adresses
- Sélectionnez cette adresse lors de votre commande
Produits fréquemment achetés ensemble
Les clients ayant acheté cet article ont également acheté
Description du produit
Présentation de l'éditeur
We call them demons, for lack of a better word, but the truth is something much more mysterious. In the I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER trilogy, the young sociopath John Cleaver killed three of them, trying to protect his family, but he has no idea what horrors he's stirred up. . . .
Elijah Sexton was a god of the ancient world, but now he drives a hearse in a Midwest town, keeping his head down, avoiding the world as much as he can, drinking dead memories while his own mind drifts slowly toward oblivion. But when the memories he drains reveal the presence of another fallen god, Elijah is slowly drawn back into a war between humans and monsters—a war that threatens the woman he doesn't dare to love.
Next of Kin is the introduction to an all-new John Cleaver trilogy, beginning in 2015 with The Devil's Only Friend.
Biographie de l'auteur
Aucun appareil Kindle n'est requis. Téléchargez l'une des applis Kindle gratuites et commencez à lire les livres Kindle sur votre smartphone, tablette ou ordinateur.
Pour obtenir l'appli gratuite, saisissez votre numéro de téléphone mobile.
Détails sur le produit
Si vous vendez ce produit, souhaitez-vous suggérer des mises à jour par l'intermédiaire du support vendeur ?
Quels sont les autres articles que les clients achètent après avoir regardé cet article?
Meilleurs commentaires des clients
Un problème s'est produit lors du filtrage des commentaires. Veuillez réessayer ultérieurement.
L'histoire se concentre sur un "démon" pour les fans de la série; et détaille un peu le pourquoi du comment (sans approfondir) leur existence et le futur de John dans la deuxième trilogie (car il n'est pas vraiment présent dans ce livre).
Je recommande, imprimé par Amazon, taille non standard pour un livre, bonne qualité de papier sinon.
Pas déçu, histoire toujours intéressante et un John Clever toujours en proie face à ses démons aussi bien intérieures que réelles.
Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com
Sexton drinks memories. For a time, he killed people himself, “topping off” his memory as he pleases. Soon, though, imbued with a hundred thousand lives, he could no longer bear to kill. Instead, he works in a morgue and drinks the memories of the newly dead. He lives
"from death to death, sometimes two weeks, sometimes three, holding on as long as I can while my brain slips away like sand in an hourglass, grain by grain, loose and crumbling, until I can barely remember my own name and I have to find another. I drink their minds like a trembling addict, desperate and ashamed."
Other demons mock Sexton for loving humans, instead of using them, but his intimate contact with them made him a de facto member of the human race, his real self lost in the “overwhelming crowd” whose memories have been left in his brain:
"I’ve lived as a banker in Nebraska, as a soldier in the Confederacy, as a Portuguese sailor in the Age of Exploration. I wove silk in the ancient dynasties, I fought and died on the banks of the Nile. The memories sink and surface like flotsam, more painful every time. How can I kill my own heart? How can I hurt them when their joys become my own? So I wait for them to die, and then I drink in peace."
From the very beginning, then, it’s hard not to like, and even feel sorry for, Sexton. He has few friends; his one deep connection is with a man named Merrill Evans, a man suffering from a loss of memory that appears to be Alzheimer’s Disease. Evans is confined to the Whiteflower Assisted Living Center, which Sexton visits regularly. This is a demon with a conscience, a demon even worthy of pity. He is very nearly as fascinating as is John Wayne Cleaver, the star of Wells’s books.
The action begins when Sexton begins to lose his memory a couple of weeks after taking his last draught, a man named Billy Chapman who appears to have died of exposure, who was married to Rosie and loved her deeply. Sexton’s memory always goes quickly towards the end of the period between his drinks, and it is soon apparent that Sexton will need to drink from the very next corpse that comes through the morgue, regardless of its cause of death (Sexton tries to avoid the worst types of deaths, as they are too horrible for him to relive; drowning is especially awful). It is fortunate that a body arrives that appears to be another exposure case, and Sexton drinks him without thinking twice about it. But the drink makes it immediately obvious that the man was killed, and Sexton recognizes the murderer. It’s time to leave town, but Sexton loves Rosie just as Billy did, and he can’t bring himself to leave her.
So the machinery is set in motion, even if John Cleaver hasn’t appeared yet. The way Wells works this story in and around his novel, The Devil’s Only Friend, is masterful. The novel is narrated by Cleaver in the first person, so that what Sexton tells us in this novella fills in some blanks — though ultimately, those blanks are only blanks of emotion, rather than of events. It’s possible to read the novel without having read the novella, but the novel is richer and deeper if the reader has the melancholy of the novella as background. Wells impresses with his ability to weave the two stories around one another. And Sexton has a poetry about him that Cleaver doesn’t, making the prose unexpectedly lovely for a horror novel.
Read Next of Kin either before or after you read The Devil’s Only Friend; it contains no information necessary to the enjoyment of the novel, and the novel will not spoil it. I’m glad I read it first, so that I already had a sense of Elijah’s character, and someone to root for in what is becoming increasingly clear is a war by humanity against the demons. It is a surprisingly gentle tale the complements a violent, angry and disturbing one.
Originally published at Fantasy Literature website. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.
This story is basically a tie-over between the first and second John Clever trilogies. John himself is not the main character. Instead, we have Elijah, who is one of the "demons" of the sort John encountered in the first trilogy. However, he has no interest in destroying humanity. Instead, he seeks only to live his own life and to improve the life of a man who lives in a home and has no ability to form new memories. Unfortunately for Elijah, his demon comrades aren't about to leave him alone.
As always for Wells, this is very well written and enjoyable.
Cons: considering the price and size of this book, the typeface is unnecessarily small. It isn't unreadable, just surprising.
Update: After I read this, the next John Cleaver book, The Devil's Only Friend, comes out. Unfortunately, one of the main tension-filled plot lines was completely spoiled by this book. I'm extremely disappointed. I highly recommend reading that book before this one, if you want to read both.
If you are reading this review you must be trying to decide if this short story is worth you time and money before reading book 4. If that is you I would highly recommend it to you. I have read book four. What this short story does is gives you the backstory of a character that you will meet in book four. It is also just a heck of a good story on its own.
If you do read this first you will be privy to what is going on with this character. While John is wondering about him you as the reader will already have understanding. There are a few moments in book four that are even better if you have read Next of Kin.
If you don't read this first then there will just be a little more mystery for your first time through The Devil's Only Friend. If you do read that first I would still say reading this is very much worth it.
Short it is but totally worth it. Dan Wells is a fantastic author and the more time I get to spend in this world is always a good idea to me.
If you've never read one of the Serial Killer series novels, this isn't the place to start. Go back to book one, I Am Not A Serial Killer and start there. If you're already into the stories, this one definitely ties in with The Devil's Only Friend. Read this first because it will introduce you to some new characters and then The Devil's Only Friend will read even faster as a result.