[[ Audiobooks ]] The Damnation Game Author Clive Barker – Andy-palmer.co.uk

The Damnation Game This was a hard one to get through, I wanted something to scare me and instead got something completely different.The very beginning was actually interesting, though quickly turns into a seemingly disjointed multitude of points of view, which only make sense much later in the novel This came across as completely unnecessary and only makes it harder to get any traction It takes a very long time for anything significant to start happening, and then you almost wish it just went back to what it wa This was a hard one to get through, I wanted something to scare me and instead got something completely different.The very beginning was actually interesting, though quickly turns into a seemingly disjointed multitude of points of view, which only make sense much later in the novel This came across as completely unnecessary and only makes it harder to get any traction It takes a very long time for anything significant to start happening, and then you almost wish it just went back to what it was before What was somewhat interesting at first, quickly reveals being incredibly shallow and from that point on the book becomes utterly boring til the end.At about the halfway point The Damnation Game switches gears and spends most of its length repeatedly trying to gross you out and not very convincingly, actually in what seems like a checklist of sickening depictions and unnecessarily detailed descriptions What turned me off the most was the fact that the book doesn t ever try to scare you, it just getsandsickening as it goes on This trope works quite well when it s done once and well , not when every other scene past the halfway point is like hey, here s some gross stuff I arbitrarily picked from this list.The writing is all over the place, at times it s surprisingly good, but most of the time it just seems to go out of the way to try to be unnecessarily descriptive about irrelevant things I actually had to pull up a dictionary several times, and I can t say I feel anyliterate now that I know what a coprophiliac is.Overall I don t think there s much for anyone unless you really feel the need to be disgusted by the events in the story or by the actual book If it weren t for my obsession with finishing every book I start I probably would ve quit before I was halfway done I ve heard lots of good things about Clive Barker, but after reading The Damnation Game I can t say I m exactly inclined to check any of his other works Oh thank goodness that is over and done with While I can see shades of Hellraiser and style it was generally disappointing, not scary, a bit gross, and far far too many dogs died Cemetery Dance came out with a slipcased oversized signed limited edition, I have 361 598 audible note Simon Vance did an amazing job as narrator Any enjoyment I had was from his spooky melodious voice Oh thank goodness that is over and done with While I can see shades of Hellraiser and style it was generally disappointing, not scary, a bit gross, and far far too many dogs died Cemetery Dance came out with a slipcased oversized signed limited edition, I have 361 598 audible note Simon Vance did an amazing job as narrator Any enjoyment I had was from his spooky melodious voice This is, hands down, the scariest book I have ever read Ever I read it for the adrenaline genres week in my Reader s Advisory class Since I only had a couple of days to read this and another book 716 pages in 2 days , I stayed up till about 2 am reading this BAD IDEA I started out reading it in the lounge, but moved into my room at some point And that was when the trouble started At some point I needed a bathroom break But I was too scared to open my door and run the 3 feet to the bat This is, hands down, the scariest book I have ever read Ever I read it for the adrenaline genres week in my Reader s Advisory class Since I only had a couple of days to read this and another book 716 pages in 2 days , I stayed up till about 2 am reading this BAD IDEA I started out reading it in the lounge, but moved into my room at some point And that was when the trouble started At some point I needed a bathroom break But I was too scared to open my door and run the 3 feet to the bathroom I was afraid the bad man from the story would be out there I d like to take this moment to point out that I was 27 when I read this No matter how much graphic violence on dead dogs or how much rotting meat crawling with maggots and oozing with puss is shown, a horror story demands a little. There are several reasons I choose to re read this novel This debut novel by Clive Barker appeared on the horror scene after he established himself as the next big thing After Stephen King Due in part to an introduction by Ramsey Campbell ,andimportantly the prediction by Stephen King that the future of horror itself was Clive Barker What a burden this praise put on Barker who is less of a horror writer than an author of Dark Fantasy.Funny, after that King never really had much nice t There are several reasons I choose to re read this novel This debut novel by Clive Barker appeared on the horror scene after he established himself as the next big thing After Stephen King Due in part to an introduction by Ramsey Campbell ,andimportantly the prediction by Stephen King that the future of horror itself was Clive Barker What a burden this praise put on Barker who is less of a horror writer than an author of Dark Fantasy.Funny, after that King never really had much nice to say about Barker I think like many people King thought Barker was a great short story author but not as good at the novels Lets get something clear I like Barker s novels, with a few exceptions like Gaillee which I find unreadable I like almost everything I have read by the man There was a time when he was my favorite author.When Damnation game came out Barker had a mountain climb The six volumes of the books of blood were ground breaking to say the least He was already considered by many to be a young master of the macabre How would this translate into his first full length novel.When it was released I was already a horror and Barker reader I was in 8th grade so Lets be clear I didn t get a lot of the subtext I read the Damnation Game and honestly I didn t get it Oh after begging to get the 20 hardcover for my birthday, I wasn t about to quit And yes I thought I liked it.Recently I decided to re read it Not only as an adult who could grasp what happened in it, but as an author myself Would I still see Barker as the genius I believed he was when I was young Some have suggested that this is CB s only novel length horror tale I disagree as Coldheart Canyon and Sacrament are both prime examples of Barker style horror They have a Tinge of fantasy but so did the books of blood Sacrament to me is an underrated masterpiece and the best of Barker s later novels Coldheart Canyon is Barker s most straight forward Horror tale, better than most give it credit for, but it is still 100 pages to long in this reader s opinion.So Damnation Game, the structure of the novel holds up well It has been often noted the opening is brilliant A thief wondering in the ruins of world war II Poland seeks out a card game with a gambler that is legendary for never losing Puzzles and games often are gateways to the fantastic in Barker s universe and here the card game and the gamblers spirit lead on a path to darkness.After winning the Card game the thief assumes the Card player s luck but even after sixty years the thief cannot escape the devil s due.The novel has strong characters in Moumalion the last European, Breer the razor eater and of course the Hero ex con Marty Strauss.Not as excessively wordy as some of Barker s novel, but it is a bit long, still I was in it the whole time The story is dark and disturbing, the characters sympathetic when they should be and fascinating when they are evil.Is it Barker s best work Not sure, it is my favorite What makes Barker special as a story teller is that no one else could create these novels From the first to the last page Barker has a style and skill that cannot be imitated Many have tried, Tone maybe but Barker s art and imaginary worlds are unique Consider the art, films, plays and prose of this man He is gifted with an intense imagination This may not be his best novel but it s his darkest and tightest novel If you haven t read it you have missed a horror classic Barker, in general, is a heck of a lot better writer than fellow horror icon Stephen King except in King s short stories He keeps his narrative together with a smooth action curve even when there s little action and restrains himself from having his characters add juvenile comments and sophomoric humor His hero here, Marty, a semi parolee, is a nuanced character who learns as he goes, expanding his internal horizons even as the horror slowly mounts Indeed, all the characters are full, c Barker, in general, is a heck of a lot better writer than fellow horror icon Stephen King except in King s short stories He keeps his narrative together with a smooth action curve even when there s little action and restrains himself from having his characters add juvenile comments and sophomoric humor His hero here, Marty, a semi parolee, is a nuanced character who learns as he goes, expanding his internal horizons even as the horror slowly mounts Indeed, all the characters are full, contradictory human beings, with the chemical industry titan, Whitehead, able to alternate convincingly between unleavened arrogance and small minded fear Even Mamoulian, the semi supernatural villain, has sympathetic qualities.Barker also has an eye for the truly horrific image a reanimated dog eating its own hindquarters and delivers what may be the highest maggot count in history without it seeming pointless verbal shoveling.So why not the fifth star Because, unlike King, Barker maintains an authorial distance from his characters as though watching a lab experiment unfold that, at least to my mind, dampens the immediacy of the horror You might well think otherwise I was very disappointed by this book Barker s The Great and Secret Show is one of my favorite books of all time, so admittedly, I have a rather high bar that I expect from him Despite my expectations, this piece of shit book simply will not do First of all, the pacing was god awful, which is evidenced by my tendency to scream DO SOMETHING by the end of every chapter When something finally does happen, it s not interesting enough to pay off for the boring lead up You know when a book sp I was very disappointed by this book Barker s The Great and Secret Show is one of my favorite books of all time, so admittedly, I have a rather high bar that I expect from him Despite my expectations, this piece of shit book simply will not do First of all, the pacing was god awful, which is evidenced by my tendency to scream DO SOMETHING by the end of every chapter When something finally does happen, it s not interesting enough to pay off for the boring lead up You know when a book spends most of the story in one setting, you re in for some trouble The book continues plodding through the mercilessly trite and mundane plot, even going so far as to reveal that Mamoulian, the antagonist, is not the Devil, or indeed, even a devil, but merely a human who had mysteriously gained powers via an enigmatic monk Well whoopity shit This decision seemed to be Barker s way of misleading the reader from the predictable, yet whollyinteresting, revelation of Mamoulian being some sort of an agent of Satan Speaking of Mamoulian, I also hated the characters the protagonist, Marty, depressed the hell out of me, and I couldn t relate to him at all Whitehead was infuriatingly cryptic, which kept the story going at a crawl Carys is an annoyingly, mentally unbalanced junkie yay and Mamoulian was an innept, and wholly uninteresting, villain There just isn t much to like with this book I only gave it 2 stars because I barely managed to slog through it The next book of Barker s I plan to read is Weaveworld, which I hear is good, and it better be, or Barker will be put in my literary penalty box, which is ten timeshorrifying that that nonsense about Mamoulian s haunted bedroom 4.5 stars.Let me first say that Clive Barker s writing and use of language is impeccable By far one of the best writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading I loved this story quite a lot, and I grew connected to the main character in this bookthan I have in any book in quite a while My main problems with this book lay with the antagonist while Mammoulian is an intriguing character I still don t entirely understand his motivations This bargain or agreement between him and Whitehead 4.5 stars.Let me first say that Clive Barker s writing and use of language is impeccable By far one of the best writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading I loved this story quite a lot, and I grew connected to the main character in this bookthan I have in any book in quite a while My main problems with this book lay with the antagonist while Mammoulian is an intriguing character I still don t entirely understand his motivations This bargain or agreement between him and Whitehead wasn t the average Faustian agreement, so I was kind of confused as to what he wanted or was promised.There were also many loose ends, certain characters had supernatural abilities that were never fully developed or explained, and the story itself could have been much longer and substantial This would have brought my rating up to a 5 I can definitely tell this was Barker s debut novel, and his transition from the shorter medium to his first full length is apparent, yet The Damnation Game is still worth any horror reader s time The Damnation Game bleeds the dark, sensual eroticism and morbid imagination that has become the Barker signature The novel offers out a feast of emotion to submerge yourself in, from bizarre and horrific scenes of brutal violence to moments of heart wrenching literally romance It was Barker s first full length novel, published for the first time in 1985, after the release and cult success of the first three Books of Blood This first novel presents a theme which has reappeared in many of hi The Damnation Game bleeds the dark, sensual eroticism and morbid imagination that has become the Barker signature The novel offers out a feast of emotion to submerge yourself in, from bizarre and horrific scenes of brutal violence to moments of heart wrenching literally romance It was Barker s first full length novel, published for the first time in 1985, after the release and cult success of the first three Books of Blood This first novel presents a theme which has reappeared in many of his later pieces of work for example The Great And Secret Show and Galilee with two powerful men fighting for a cause, both with different intentions and ultimately destroying themselves as a result Barker has sown the seeds of a fantastical world within the pages of this book, where the reader is truly gripped by the imagination Clive has unleashed within It is a masterpiece of a disturbing atmospheric darkness and the storyline s suspense and plot development are outstanding It s very hard to put this book down and you will honestly find yourselves immersed within the novel within seconds of picking it up.I strongly recommend this masterpiece of dark fantasy horror to anyone and everyone Please buy yourself a copy There are things worse than death There are games so seductively evil, so wondrously vile, no gambler can resist Amid the shadow scarred rubble of World War II, Joseph Whitehead dared to challenge the dark champion of life s ultimate game Now a millionaire, locked in a terror shrouded fortress of his own design, Joseph Whitehead has hell to pay And no soul is safe from this ravaging fear, the resurrected fury, the unspeakable desire of The Damnation Game

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