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  • Title: Houdini Heart
  • Author: Ki Longfellow
  • ISBN: 9780975925515
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • HOUDINI HEART harkens back to the masters of suspenseful supernatural horror Poe, Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, but speaks with a wholly fresh voice Once caught in its pages, there s no escaping Longfellow s terrible tale Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood s biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars The doting mother of their golden child But now She s alone,HOUDINI HEART harkens back to the masters of suspenseful supernatural horror Poe, Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, but speaks with a wholly fresh voice Once caught in its pages, there s no escaping Longfellow s terrible tale Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood s biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars The doting mother of their golden child But now She s alone, tortured by a horrifying secret no woman could bear Pursued by those she can t outrun, anguished by a guilt she can t endure, and driven close to madness, she flees to the one place she s ever called home a small town in Vermont where River House still stands To a child, the splendid hotel was mysterious and magical and all its glamorous guests knew delicious secrets Cocooned in its walls, she will write one last book Her atonement Or her suicide note But life is never as you dream it, and River House isn t what she d always imagined it was Intense, literary, and harrowing, Houdini Heart is a tale of bone chilling horror, emotional torment, and psychological terror Gripped by River House, trapped in an aging hotel of mirrors only Houdini could escape, how much can haunt a mind before it too is only a thing once imagined A haunting and disturbing journey through the psyche Erika Mailman, Author of The Witch s Trinity
    Houdini Heart HOUDINI HEART harkens back to the masters of suspenseful supernatural horror Poe Lovecraft Shirley Jackson but speaks with a wholly fresh voice Once caught in its pages there s no escaping Longfel

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    1. Houdini Heart is the Mulholland Drive of books Like Lynch s movie, it s this, it s that It s not this, it s not that People can discuss it, argue over it, think about it, read it again and again, but camps get created Some might think it s a dream Some a descent into madness Some think she s trapped in a haunted house Or hotel Or town For some, the creative process is set out in this woman s terrible tragic story Perhaps it s about the destruction of the self to make art Others have no patience [...]

    2. Couldn t resist reading an entirely different book by someone who has filled her work with such intense meaning and historical accuracy What a surprise Longfellow seems to be able to write anything This one is nothing like The Secret Magdalene or Flow Down Like Silver Hypatia of Alexandria It sneaky and sly and up to date and strange and pure literature even though it goes down like oil It s about a writer, a second rate writer, whose life has come to such a pass partly through her own doing tha [...]

    3. This is an intense novel of mainly psychological horror no zombies, werewolves, vampires At the same time, it is a tribute to a good deal of horror fiction and film that has preceded it While telling its own story, it echoes precursors from Lovecraft to Shirley Jackson to Hitchcock to Stephen King, with too numerous to list along the way Although the narrator protagonist is living in a huge five story rooming house, once a grand hotel, the novel creates a sense of claustrophobic terror that kee [...]

    4. Slyly captivating and insidiously disturbing It s deceptively light conversational style like the best of Stephen King suckered me right in and before I knew it, pages flying by, I was deep into this masterfully written supernatural psychodrama, like M R James by way of Patricia Highsmith A night dark and utterly convincing depiction of a mind unravelling, leavened by genuine wit and compassion and made all the compelling by a beautifully rendered central character who I couldn t help but be bo [...]

    5. Holy beeswax I ve never come across a writer who can change her or his entire style and do it with such panache This is one creepy book and it s so tricky You go in feeling sane and come out not so sure what sanity really means any This is the story of what one of the book s real life characters calls an ordinary person forced into an extraordinary situation I was already a fan of Longfellow s Can I be a devotee

    6. I than enjoy Longfellow s historical novels, but this one really surprised me I wound up not knowing my own knees from my elbows I had no idea what to expect and that s what I got A story told in first person as if the reader were that person, and you go along, gradually learning why you re in Vermont and why you re in River House and what you ve done But you re never prepared for what you re going to do next You think you could never do these things, that you re not that kind of person, but yo [...]

    7. I can t help but let the book speak for itself Horror stories make some kind of sense There s a monster of some sort An infinite variety of monsters In horror stories you either get eaten by the monster or you have to defeat the monster Ghost stories have their own kind of sense Something truly haunts a place Or it haunts a person A demon, the newly dead, a force, usually ill intended But this story makes no sense at all It s very atmospheric, it goes as deep as you want it to, it can be interpr [...]

    8. Longfellow pays homage to and takes influence from Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Steven King, Hitchock, Houdini, and the Wendigo legend, but creates a distintly new and fresh modern psychological terror The novel takes it shots at Hollywood and reveals the trials and tribulations of writers, and the horror that they suffer unto their own minds I also found many similarities to the popular and polarizing work of Danielewski s House of Leaves , although I d guess unintentional Those liking House of [...]

    9. Just this minute put this book down on the table I feel wobbly I can hear the woman talking talking talking even now, commenting on her own interesting slide into insanity or into the black hole that is River House or into true sanity which is creative I could have listened to her talk for much much longer She made me cry and she horrified me and I understood her and I didn t understand her and what a fascinating woman I think she has to be the best anti hero I ve ever found And I don t know her [...]

    10. Spellbinding Mesmerizing A work of unique brilliance And so easy to read So easy, it s like falling down Alice s Rabbit Hole Whoops And you re gone But where are you when you get to the bottom Houdini Heart Houdini Heart What a title when you know what the book is about It s about an escape artist A woman who escapes from feeling, and perhaps, even from life I was trapped from the first few paragraphs Highly recommended.

    11. I ve just put this book down and feel compelled to say something about it I ve been so long in the mind and world of the heroine who has no name which took me a long time to notice , I feel like I m still there I m seeing my own world as she saw hers Creepy This is one of those books that once you begin, and have to put it down for any reason, it calls to you read me, read me, come back and read me So you do even if reading it gets a little weirder by the page It starts out so easily, so sadly, [...]

    12. Horror is not my thing at all, and although this is horror, it s also supernatural horror and I love the supernatural Something about its first few sentences grabbed me I ve already loved Longfellow s other books, so different and I raced through it just a little slower than my heart The insight into the writer s mind, the stories of real writers, all those deaths, the hotel, the haunted little town, the real world crisis, all went up to make it a page turner until the last page I didn t want it [...]

    13. 4.5 stars Loved the symbolism, metaphors, vivid imagery and Ki has a very easy to read style The sub text in certain passages rattled me And I enjoyed the mystery of it all I think too many writers spell things out too soon or too easily and this story doesn t Definitely quiet horror, which I find much chilling than the over the top, in your face variety Don t want to give away any spoilers, which would be easy to do since everything is connected I suggest you just go purchase it.

    14. I ve started this so called review five times now A review is talking about the book, what s it about, how does it read, is it like this book or that book, is it a success or a failure Did I enjoy it I m not good at all that It s why I don t write about the books I read, the ones I don t like, or even the ones I love But I wanted to say something about this particular book A lot of people love it A couple don t like it at all Now that I ve read it myself, I can see why it would be seen so differ [...]

    15. With this book I am now officially a fan A total about change from The Secret Magdalene and Flow Down Like Silver Hypatia of Alexandria, so much so, I am stunned Houdini Heart is a deep swallow of slow acting poison Wow.

    16. Oh the writing I reveled in it I became the woman, absorbed into her world as the protected woman in The Yellow Wall Paper became part of the walls of her cage room Jumping from true sounding tales of horrid Hollywood to a haunted hotel in Vermont, always observing, always with something witty and acerbic to say But true things, real things So steeped in the creations of others she can t tell her own world from theirs So steeped in guilt and sorrow, she is ready to die If she s not already dead [...]

    17. Where did this come from Just when you think you know a writer, they come from out of nowhere with a completely different book I was electrified as I read it We are completely inside this woman, with her every step of her way We don t know what the world outside her head is really like, if her perceptions are accurate or deluded All we can do is walk in her shoes, think her unusual thoughts, see what she sees or thinks she sees This is NOT your usual horror It s magically real with real horror a [...]

    18. Now here s a book Controlled, playful, strange, knowing, written by a skilled, impeccable hand It contains a heroine to die for, or with I was with whoever she was from her first mutterings There s a book within this book It pretends to be bits and pieces of our anti heroines best novel, but when you take it out, and lay it down all by itself, it s a short story And here is the key or the heart of thing, I think The Windigo s Daughter eats people like any self respecting windigo would And she s [...]

    19. As I think Sondra said in the review of this book, every reader will understand this book in his own way I have just finished it and I am gobsmacked Not only because of the book itself, but how it managed to creep under my skin, seep into my brain and affect my everyday life while I was reading it Now I don t mean to sound dramatic or easily influenced, but I suppose it s part of each reader understanding the book based on their own experiences.First of all, the writing is fantastic, it s so eas [...]

    20. Racing through this right now Be back for a review But I can already tell what my rating is Wow.Update finished not long after I started The Wow stays Someone here wrote that this is like the movie Mulholland Drive I couldn t agree I thought I knew what was happening, and then I didn t, and then I did And then when I turned the last page, I did and I didn t I love that It means I can chew on all the levels, all the possibilities, all the tricks, and all the truths This is horror all right But i [...]

    21. This is one of those rides that comes out of nowhere and slams you It takes awhile, you re lulled in, and then whammo I d heard about the book one evening when some friends were discussing it Arguing about it is like it After that, I had to see for myself so I borrowed a copy from them I can t compare it to anything I ve read before Getting into this woman s mind was a dazzling trip I wanted to be there and at the same time it was so disturbing to be there This isn t one of those books where ou [...]

    22. I think I ve never read anything like it Written in first person directly to the reader, but not like a letter from abroad, like a letter to herself describing in chatty witty detail all she sees and feels as she free falls into hell But I m not sure it s hell Perhaps she has gone home where she belongs Perhaps she has been completely taken over by the artistic process Perhaps all of these things She is a monster I grew to love Like Grendel One of my favorite books Clever Brilliant This book an [...]

    23. I can t imagine anyone not liking this novel Scratch that not loving this novel But how to describe it As an elegant version of Stephen King s The Shining told from a female perspective A love story to literary and cinematic horrors past, present and future A taut psychological drama resplendent with dark humor and twisted storytelling All these things None One of my favorite reads of 2011 and without a doubt destined to join my ever expanding list of favorites it comes highly recommended from m [...]

    24. This was one of those books you say you can t put down, and really mean it There s not a word in the wrong place, or a scene that isn t just right I ll never forget it As a writer myself, I recognize it in myself It s a cry from the haunted heart.

    25. This was an amazing book It was troubling, unsettling, interesting and thought provoking It has been many years since I have read a book of this calibre that interwove so many story lines and thoughts I will definately read this book again.

    26. Whoa that s creepy I loved Houdini Heart and could prattle on for hours about Longfellow s first person pov of a murderous, cannibalistic slide into absolute madness But before reviewing the book, I need to brush up on my Windigo Wendigo mythology thanks The Wendigo is part of the traditional belief systems of various Algonquian speaking tribes in the northern United States and Canada, most notably the Ojibwe and Saulteaux, the Cree, the Naskapi and the Innu people.Though descriptions varied som [...]

    27. This book was given to me as a present Until I read the first few pages I wasn t sure why It s very clear now She knew once I began I wouldn t be able to stop It s everything I love about books Incredibly written by a writer with perfect pitch, a story that unravels before your eyes, layers and layers of meaning, telling little touches about a real writer s need to write, horror and magical realism woven together so closely it s like being lost in a maze And our heroine is honest, funny, witty, [...]

    28. I had no idea what I was in for when I began this book But Houdini Heart is extraordinary The writing is exquisite, and I love the voice Longfellow created for this work Despite the unreliable narrator and the confabulous events she relates, her voice remains piercingly honest It is unforgettable And despite her heroines precarious mental state and loss of equilibrium, the narrative is a perfect balance of terror interwoven with sly humor, without mitigating either That s a tough balancing act t [...]

    29. This stunning ride on a mind bending journey through a talented writer s final days on the run, spent in a hotel that whispers of writers past, thrilled and unnerved me I never could determine the dividing line between fantasy and reality in this often funny, always witty, sometimes heart wrenching, and even gruesome story This has it all, I could not put it down, and I loved the ending.

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