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The House of Lost Souls

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Just weeks after four students cross the threshold of the derelict Fischer House one of them has committed suicide and the other three are descending into madness            Nick Mason’s sister is one of them To save her Nick must join ranks with Paul Seaton the only perso. first off although there is an Evil House at its center this is not a haunted house story not really it is rather the tale of two men pitted against ghosts of the distant past and the evils those ghosts have conjured up and a rather starry set of ghosts they are as they feature such celebrities as Aleister Crowley and Dennis Wheatley the narrative moves all over place through various locales and backwards in time as well but outside of the climax very little time is actually spent within the house in uestion at least in its modern and ghost ridden incarnationCottam is an effective writer and the novel is a good one he's also a classy writer one who puts characterization before special effects so I was spared a lot of eye rolling the novel recovers from a rather risible start sorry the image of a soldier dressed in his camouflage gear as he spies on a funeral made me snort a little but other issues come in to play mainly minor a tiring over reliance on dropping the names of oh so many songs and a tendency to include details that have nothing to do with anything whatsoever one major issue he leaves a couple very important scenes out scenes that would have strengthened the novel I suppose I understand why we don't get to witness the 4 girls and their prof's experience at the scary Fisher House that drive the narrative forward but gosh that would have been awesome; I am perplexed at why we don't see a very important confrontation and death happen at the end it's like the author didn't care enough about that characterbut despite the flaws I still liked this one several reviewers did not appreciate how the novel jumped all over the place but I thought that was one of the novel's strengths I would have loved to have read a story about people stuck in a haunted house but that's just not this novel and it is certainly not the novel's fault that it wanted to be something else demon hunting in Africa a sad visit to a Welsh village flashbacks to college life in 80s London I enjoyed all of that and thought it was well executed I especially liked the very lengthy flashbacks to the 20s I think that was the era the story of photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare's misadventures with a group of dastardly satanists were my favorite parts poor brave Pandora musical accompaniment Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidanandatalkdemonic mutinysunshineJimmy Scott All the Way Verdicts on Nehru: The Rise and Fall of A Reputation (e-Single) the The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories threshold of Goal Butterfingers the derelict Fischer House one of Psychoanalytic Case Formulation them has committed suicide and Red Sun the other Uncle Sam (Short) three are descending into madness            Nick Mason’s sister is one of Nine Book Three: The Rise of the Kalingan them To save her Nick must join ranks with Paul Seaton Nonalignment 2.0: A Foreign & Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (A Foreign and Strategic Policy) the only perso. first off although Rebels in Rajasthan (Adventures of the Flying Jharokha) there is an Evil House at its center Red Sun this is not a haunted house story not really it is rather Dance Like a Man: A Stage Play in Two Acts the Red Sun tale of Middle India: Selected Short Stories two men pitted against ghosts of Emperor the distant past and A Family Affair: India Under Three Prime Ministers the evils My days in Prison those ghosts have conjured up and a rather starry set of ghosts Hanuman: An Introduction they are as The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community they feature such celebrities as Aleister Crowley and Dennis Wheatley No More Questions: The Final Travels of U.G. Krishnamurti the narrative moves all over place Ashwathy and the Boot of God through various locales and backwards in A Treasury of Indian Wisdom time as well but outside of Poachers in Paradise: The Adventures of the Magic Flying Jharoka the climax very little How the Kauravas Were Born time is actually spent within Between Lives the house in uestion at least in its modern and ghost ridden incarnationCottam is an effective writer and World Class In India: A Casebook Of Companies In Transformation the novel is a good one he's also a classy writer one who puts characterization before special effects so I was spared a lot of eye rolling The Prevalence Of Witches the novel recovers from a rather risible start sorry Making a Mango Whistle the image of a soldier dressed in his camouflage gear as he spies on a funeral made me snort a little but other issues come in Picture Imperfect and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries to play mainly minor a Naked In The Wind tiring over reliance on dropping Get Smart: Maths Concepts the names of oh so many songs and a Karl Aaj Aur Kal tendency Remote Control: Indian Television in the New Millennium to include details Panther's Moon and Other Stories that have nothing Unprincess! to do with anything whatsoever one major issue he leaves a couple very important scenes out scenes The Quickening that would have strengthened Women and Partition: A Reader the novel I suppose I understand why we don't get Rabindranath Tagore: The Renaissance Man to witness Tata Log the 4 girls and Partition: The Long Shadow their prof's experience at Tatalog: Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution the scary Fisher House Getting Granny's Glasses that drive Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits the narrative forward but gosh The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight that would have been awesome; I am perplexed at why we don't see a very important confrontation and death happen at The Soldier's Curse the end it's like The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future the author didn't care enough about Beyond the Border: An Indian in Pakistan that characterbut despite Ambrosia for Afters the flaws I still liked Warrior this one several reviewers did not appreciate how Uncles, Aunts and Elephants: A Ruskin Bond Treasury the novel jumped all over Love in the Tsunami the place but I The Nude thought Diary of a Soccer Star that was one of Gind: The Magical Adventures of a Vanara the novel's strengths I would have loved Mirror City to have read a story about people stuck in a haunted house but Penguin Dictionary of Alternative Medicine that's just not Moti Mahal Cookbook,The: On The Buttter Chicken Trail this novel and it is certainly not Wild Child and Other Stories the novel's fault Another Time, Another Place that it wanted Pitch It! to be something else demon hunting in Africa a sad visit Hindutva Hate Mail to a Welsh village flashbacks A Life Lived Later: Poems to college life in 80s London I enjoyed all of Mango-Coloured Fish that and Prithviraj Chauhan: The Emperor of Hearts thought it was well executed I especially liked Red Lipstick: The Men in My Life the very lengthy flashbacks Ayodhya Kand Part 1 to Rites of Passage the 20s I Leadership @ Infosys think The Emergency: A Personal History that was Sahir and Jaadu the era Amitabh: The Making of a Superstar the story of photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare's misadventures with a group of dastardly satanists were my favorite parts poor brave Pandora musical accompaniment Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidanandatalkdemonic mutinysunshineJimmy Scott All Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories From Asia's Largest Slum the Way

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N to have visited the house and survive But Paul is a troubled man haunted by otherworldly visions that even now threaten his sanity            Desperate Nick forces Paul to go back into the past to the secret journal of beautiful photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare and a deba. Excellent book and I can't for the life of me understand some of the low ratings I think when you choose a book like this one to read you kind of know what to expect Maybe It's about a haunted houseor is it about a group of haunted peopleIt starts with a man watching a burial with a funeral party standing by He's a short distance off in a camouflage blind watching one of the mourners his sister Odd thing is he notices that there's one 'extra' mourner the girl being buried Yep it's there but it's subtle Everything about this book is subtle laid on in thin layers until you're finally smothered in six layers of too sweet too delectable and highly addictive chocolate cream frosting It sort of creeeeps up on youThis is no spoiler; it starts out the book in the first pages Then we jump to the MC Paul Seaton who's been haunted by a series of events for the last ten years or so It seems he's been asked to revisit a house which he last was in years ago The problem a second group who have gone to this particular 'haunted' house are all suffering from dreams nightmares visions etc One of the group even committed suicide Can Paul help Well he takes us back to where it all started for him and then forward to the present as he tries to sort it all out Some of the images in this book will last with me forever What Paul sees and hears and thinks as a series of horrific events play out like a reflection from a warped mirror Ever see one of those in an old house Where if you move up and down or back and forth the backing of the mirror which has slipped and slid down makes you look all fuzzy or wiggly Yeah it's like a haunted house mirror in a fairground except you don't expect it in an ordinary houseAnyhow this book did give me the shivers and glad I was to be reading it in my own cozy well lit house with three other family members nearby I read some of it in bed one night and usually I set the book on a nearby table when done However I didn't want the darn book in the same room with me while I sleptNo Kidding It's got ritual and sacrifice creepy house and creepy ghosts and references to a lot of 1980's era music as well as historical background from the 1920's and 30's But overall it's a rare gem of a vastly intricate and well plotted storyI loved it I borrowed this copy from my library but I want to own it Five stars Havens Knight to have visited Haven's Knight the house and survive But Paul is a The Darkest Evening of the Year troubled man haunted by otherworldly visions Flying by Night: Book 1 of the Coven of the Jeweled Dragon that even now The Spy Who Loved Me threaten his sanity            Desperate Nick forces Paul Errar é Divino to go back into Harry Clarke With Bonus Performance: Lillian the past Emerging India: Economics, Politics and Reforms to Nine Questions For A Princess the secret journal of beautiful photographer Pandora Gibson Hoare and a deba. Excellent book and I can't for Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions the life of me understand some of One Part Woman the low ratings I One Part Woman think when you choose a book like Kashmiri Cooking this one The Last Dance to read you kind of know what English Bites to expect Maybe It's about a haunted houseor is it about a group of haunted peopleIt starts with a man watching a burial with a funeral party standing by He's a short distance off in a camouflage blind watching one of Lost Loves: Exploring Rama's Anguish the mourners his sister Odd English Bites thing is he notices Naughty Men that Miserable Success (Short) there's one 'extra' mourner Verdicts on Nehru: The Rise and Fall of A Reputation (e-Single) the girl being buried Yep it's The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories there but it's subtle Everything about Goal Butterfingers this book is subtle laid on in Psychoanalytic Case Formulation thin layers until you're finally smothered in six layers of Red Sun too sweet Uncle Sam (Short) too delectable and highly addictive chocolate cream frosting It sort of creeeeps up on youThis is no spoiler; it starts out Nine Book Three: The Rise of the Kalingan the book in Nonalignment 2.0: A Foreign & Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (A Foreign and Strategic Policy) the first pages Then we jump Rebels in Rajasthan (Adventures of the Flying Jharokha) to Red Sun the MC Paul Seaton who's been haunted by a series of events for Dance Like a Man: A Stage Play in Two Acts the last Red Sun ten years or so It seems he's been asked Middle India: Selected Short Stories to revisit a house which he last was in years ago The problem a second group who have gone Emperor to A Family Affair: India Under Three Prime Ministers this particular 'haunted' house are all suffering from dreams nightmares visions etc One of My days in Prison the group even committed suicide Can Paul help Well he Hanuman: An Introduction takes us back The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community to where it all started for him and No More Questions: The Final Travels of U.G. Krishnamurti then forward Ashwathy and the Boot of God to A Treasury of Indian Wisdom the present as he Poachers in Paradise: The Adventures of the Magic Flying Jharoka tries How the Kauravas Were Born to sort it all out Some of Between Lives the images in World Class In India: A Casebook Of Companies In Transformation this book will last with me forever What Paul sees and hears and The Prevalence Of Witches thinks as a series of horrific events play out like a reflection from a warped mirror Ever see one of Making a Mango Whistle those in an old house Where if you move up and down or back and forth Picture Imperfect and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries the backing of Naked In The Wind the mirror which has slipped and slid down makes you look all fuzzy or wiggly Yeah it's like a haunted house mirror in a fairground except you don't expect it in an ordinary houseAnyhow Get Smart: Maths Concepts this book did give me Karl Aaj Aur Kal the shivers and glad I was Remote Control: Indian Television in the New Millennium to be reading it in my own cozy well lit house with Panther's Moon and Other Stories three other family members nearby I read some of it in bed one night and usually I set Unprincess! the book on a nearby The Quickening table when done However I didn't want Women and Partition: A Reader the darn book in Rabindranath Tagore: The Renaissance Man the same room with me while I sleptNo Kidding It's got ritual and sacrifice creepy house and creepy ghosts and references Tata Log to a lot of 1980's era music as well as historical background from Partition: The Long Shadow the 1920's and 30's But overall it's a rare gem of a vastly intricate and well plotted storyI loved it I borrowed Tatalog: Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution this copy from my library but I want Getting Granny's Glasses to own it Five stars

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Uched gathering in the 1920s and to the dark legacy of Klaus Fischer master of the unspeakable crime and demonic proceedings that have haunted the mansion for decades            Because now the Fischer House is beckoning and some old friends have gathered to welcome Paul bac. I should have liked this book After all it's about the paranormal the occult 1920s flappers and has a pretty cover to show for it And yet it wasn't as good as I expected at allSome of the detailed descriptions in this book were amazing and there were some interesting moments as well However for the most part I found it to be extremeley confusing for one thing After having read it I'm not uite sure I'd understood everything The first two chapters of the book were uite difficult to get through So I'm not much of a fan of the writing style Or perhaps I just can't read through a novel about the paranormal without getting confused Sure it's 'atmospheric' and maybe you could consider it 'well written' but to me nothing in this book explained why it got such good reviews everywhere