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Maplecroft von Cherie Priest
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Maplecroft (2014. Auflage)

von Cherie Priest (Autor)

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" Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.... The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean's depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness. This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe. "--… (mehr)
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Titel:Maplecroft
Autoren:Cherie Priest (Autor)
Info:Roc (2014), 448 pages
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Maplecroft von Cherie Priest

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    Jacaranda von Cherie Priest (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Unnamed horror and a masterful use of suspense join these two stories together.
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I'm having trouble picking a rating. I liked the commitment to the gothic mood and the premise that maybe Lizzie Borden had a Very Good Reason to make free with her axe. There were moments when the plot really took off for me. And then some other times when I tired of one or more of our epistolary narrating characters. But it certainly was new and different. So I'm giving it the 4th star for that. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
how do I explain .... written in the style of journals from multiple parties, I was drawn into this novel. The name, Lizzie Borden, caught me as a "wow" factor and Priest took me on a ride that I was not expecting. ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2015/04/maplecroft/

Lizzie Borden is infamous. Accused of murdering her father and her step-mother with an axe, she was put on trial but acquitted. Nevertheless, when the people of Fall River think of her they think of an axe murderer. Now she has moved across town and lives with her sister. An isolated life, almost hermit like. Their few visitors include Dr. Seabury, as Emma, Lizzie’s sister suffer from consumption. From time to time they also welcome Nance, an actress who is Lizzie’s lover, although Emma doesn’t really like her.

And then there are the unwanted visitors. The strange monstrous creatures that seem to come from the sea and must be destroyed. Chopped with Lizzie’s axe and their bodies deposed of in the “cooker” the Borden’s have installed in their secret laboratory in the cellar.

I’ve never read any H.P. Lovecraft, but this books feels like everything I think of when I hear “Lovcraftian”, monsters from the deep, unexplained horror, and an overwhelming sense of dread. It is just a wonderful book.

It is told as a series of journal entries from various characters, as well as the occasional letter and report. So everything is told in first person narration, well, almost everything, I think there is a newspaper article or two in there as well, and there are a variety of POV characters. Elizabeth Borden herself, her sister, their friend the doctor, being the main ones. Through them we learn just why Lizzie took that axe to her parents, and why she continues to carry it around. But nobody really knows what is going on. They are doing their best to fight whatever these creatures are, whatever this infection is that seems to be taking over more and more people, wreaking more havoc, not just on Fall River but spreading much further than that, but they don’t know where it comes from or how to stop it. Everything is trial and error.

Some things work, like the old folk tale of iron keeping the fae away, although these invaders are nothing like fairies, but others seem to have little effect.

But as well as the battle against the ocean and its monsters Lizzie, Emma, and all the others also have all the usual interpersonal relationship issues that any group of people might face. Emma is almost bed-ridden, she is dependent on Lizzie, and resents Lizzie for that fact. Lizzie is madly in love with Nance, but won’t trust her enough to tell the truth, and Dr. Seabury is an outsider but with his own personal issues to battle.

The interplay between all the characters is just wonderful, you can empathise with each and every one of them, wanting them all to get along while understanding that sometimes issues don’t just get sorted out.

Maplecroft is an awesome book and I’d highly recommend it. It is the first book by Priest I’ve read although I have heard her spoken of highly of before. The second in this series, Chaplewood, is expected out later this year. It is one that is certainly being added to Mount TBR. You should probably read it too! ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
A lot of authors whom I really like consistently list H. P. Lovecraft among their influences. Accordingly, I read a collection of his short stories several years ago and found myself disappointingly underwhelmed. I've never been able to pinpoint why. Short stories written by horror authors will generally scare me infinitely more than their novels. I have enough imagination to take a premise and run with it once the lights are out. I also prefer horror that doesn't spell out too many details. Again, give me just enough to scare myself and I'll be happy to fill in any blanks. H. P. Lovecraft does this. And yet I mostly find his stories overwrought and hysterical for no real reason. Maybe there aren't enough details? Maybe Cthulu and his ilk are beyond my powers of imagination? Or maybe his characters irritate me in the Gothic manner of Victor Frankenstein, who is mostly incapable of anything more than the vapors once he creates his Monster? Whatever it is, I'm most definitely not among Lovecraft's fans.

But this mashup of Lizzie Borden and Lovecraftian horrors absolutely worked for me.

We meet Lizzie and her sister Emma shortly after the notorious murder of their father and stepmother. The women are living in fear of an unnamed horror that is taking over their hometown. They're trying to research it and combat it as best they can but Emma is an invalid and Lizzie is--well, notorious Lizzie Borden. The horrors unfold slowly and the women reluctantly involve more characters in their research as the madness spreads.

The horror elements are clear enough to scare me yet they leave my imagination plenty of room to play. The tension builds and builds to the inevitable stormy conclusion. There's no real resolution because frankly, no one really knows what the hell just happened, but the immediate Problem is wrapped up nicely enough to satisfy most readers while leaving plenty of room for a sequel.

The--epistolary? not exactly the correct word, but close enough--format allows first-person access to many characters' thoughts and motivations, which adds some nice depth to relatively minor yet important characters. At the same time, it takes time away from Lizzie and Emma's development. I wish I had more time in their heads, so I knocked my rating back a star.

This was a perfect read for my annual October spooky-book-fest and I'll be searching out the second book in the Borden Dispatches. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Nov 19, 2020 |
Atmospheric and creepy, with a mysterious Lovecraftian menace explaining the actual 19th century crime. Some readers might consider it a bit too mysterious, but I enjoyed it. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Jun 27, 2020 |
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" Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.... The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean's depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness. This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe. "--

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