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I do understand that he does come from there but it takes a true talent to make you feel like you are there. When Timmy arrives in Ireland, things take a turn with skeletons popping out of the closet and the dark town history comes to light. The action is fast paced and a real page turner that scared and exhilarated in equal measures. When the scares come in, this is where the story becomes its strongest. The imagery is very crystalline description providing an ending that is very moving and stays transplanted in your memory long after reading.
Vessels is the final novella which starts to connect the dots to what is happening to Timmy. We find Timmy alone on an island outside of Dublin after a life changing experience that happens to one of his parents. Timmy is now Tim and he is ready to just give up on the world. All is going to plan until a presence makes itself known who is ready for revenge. This was an exciting read. I enjoyed the way that all the points started to come together to form the bigger picture.
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It was good to have a character from the past make an appearance but would have liked them to play a bigger part overall. Saying this, they do play a huge emotional part to the story which will hopefully lead to the conclusion when it comes out. This, I felt was one of the strongest of the novellas as it started placing pieces of the puzzle together to start forming a bigger picture. Perrigrine is a story written like a fairy tale that turns to nightmare. This was exceptionally written and the tone is slightly different than the rest of the novellas concerning Timmy Quinn.
I really liked this story and found all the characters very interesting and pushed me to finish this in one sitting. The mother is terribly monstrous and the horror itself comes from her mothering skills that had an enormous pay off at the end. This is the part of the saga that made me excited about the next instalment. This warped fairy tale is what gives the saga substance. It has real solid mythos surrounding it and you will find yourself devouring every word, phrase and sentence until the very end.
I found this a lot more comprehendible as a set than I did reading each story as a one-off. Kealan Patrick Burke has a real talent and I am reading more and more of his work and I am starting to become a real fan. His descriptions and situations can truly become awe inspiring but at the same time frighten you with his imagery. This is a definite must read and highly praise this ingenious series. He's one of the cursed few who are able to see behind the curtain between the world of the living and the stage upon which the dead act out eternity. The dead whisper deadly secrets of both worlds to him as they use him to exact vengeance upon the living.
Stage Whispers collects the first 4 Quinn novellas and one short story used as a prologue to the first four acts of this tragedy--the final ac "All the world's a stage, Timothy Quinn, but it's not the only one Stage Whispers collects the first 4 Quinn novellas and one short story used as a prologue to the first four acts of this tragedy--the final act is still in HC. This is a series that friends have been nagging me to read for more than 2 years and I always found a way to put them off. My bad. From the opening lines of this work, author Kealan Patrick Burke mesmerizes with prose that is densley beautiful--poetic, eerie, desperate and melancholic--as he relates the events of year-old Timothy Quinn's loss-of-innocence summer vacation The Turtle Boy ; Quinn's relocation to the birth plasce of his father at 17 The Hides ; and finally to Blackrock Island off the coast of Ireland 10 years later Vessels.
Act 4 Peregrine's Tale is the story of Quinn's adversary's fall from innocence, setting up what is certain to be a great final act. There's so much to love about these works. Great characterizations, moody atmosphere, true horror.
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The strongest of the pieces is The Turtle Boy. The Hides is a more conventional horror story, but is a terrific continuation of events. Vessels is in some ways the least successful of the bunch in that is fails to move the locale as did the first two , but at the same time it succeeds in darkening the scope of the series to an almost unbearable point. Peregrin's Tale is the shortest and seemingly simplest of the stories, but the horrors at it's dark heart are magnified by the preceeding events. But what runs through all these tales IS heart.
It's what makes the series so compelling. Burke makes you feel every pain and every terror that plagues Timothy and his circle. Even that of his antogonists is felt by the reader and adds another level to the horror of this masterful work. I give Stage Whispers the highest of reccomendations. Oct 24, Denali rated it it was ok Shelves: , chicago-public-library. I am truly hesitant to give 1 star ratings but this was such a drop off from the first one that I came close. The Turtle Boy was a good read and so, interested in the further adventures of Timmy Quinn and impressed with Burke's generosity in giving the first book away for free, I picked up the rest of the Quinn collection.
It was not very good but not so bad that I stopped reading it. While it has the characters of the Turtle Boy, they're not as fully developed, the writing is different especia I am truly hesitant to give 1 star ratings but this was such a drop off from the first one that I came close. While it has the characters of the Turtle Boy, they're not as fully developed, the writing is different especially the terrible dialogue and the haunting visions have been turned into full blown CGI set pieces.
Jun 25, Claudia rated it really liked it. The final book about Timmy Quinn, "Nemesis," doesn't come out until the end of the summer. That seems much too long a wait for me. The twist is dark and terrifying and therefore exactly what I like to read. The characters are well defined and even though each book leaps ahead several years there is still a nice sense of continuity. Although I would gladly have spent until the end of summe The final book about Timmy Quinn, "Nemesis," doesn't come out until the end of the summer.
Although I would gladly have spent until the end of summer reading what happened during those missed years. The last book is a full novel and you can be assured I will get it on the day of its release. Aug 14, Tanya rated it really liked it Shelves: kindle , horror. I had gotten the first story for free and really enjoyed it, very spooky. I was excited to see the rest of the stories available in this collection.
The 2nd and 3rd follow in the same vein. The 4th is from a different perspective and totally left me hanging. Apr 10, Samantha rated it it was amazing. I liked all of the characters and very much enjoyed Burke's way with words. I felt cold and wet and scared in the stories where Timmy visited Ireland, and I felt like I was a kid following young Timmy to the pond where he discovered the Turtle Boy. The parents were developed in an interesting way that parallels real life: when you're y The version I read does NOT include "Nemesis.
The parents were developed in an interesting way that parallels real life: when you're young, you don't feel that your parents have their own lives hidden in the shadows of your life as their child. As you grow older, you start to discover family secrets and flaws that only seemed to appear to you until later in life. I love how that was captured here. I enjoyed the descriptions of the spirits and certainly felt creeped out through all of the stories. It was a great read! I loved every single story in this collection. All of them have a unique twist to the murderer that kept me wanting more.
Poor Timmy, it seems everyone around him is a closeted murderer. Is there anyone in the world who isn't a killer. My copy did not include the final novel in the series, Nemesis. I will have to get this so I can finish Timmy's story. Aug 24, Chandni rated it liked it Shelves: reviewed , own-ebook-copy , horror , librarything-giveaways , zz-reading-bingo , When it comes to horror books, movies, and TV shows, I have nerves of steel.
I'm rarely affected by them, which is why I can't judge horror novels by how scary they are. I can only judge them by how atmospheric they are and how much emotion they evoke in me. Kealan Patrick Burke is extremely gifted at creating a tense, foreboding environment and I really enjoyed this collection of novellas.
You quickly learn that Burke's writing is descriptive, vivid, and almost lyrical. He can transfi 3. He can transfix you in the moment and make you feel like you're right there with the characters. We start with a young, naive and innocent Timmy in The Turtle Boy. It was by far my favourite story of the four because it was so captivating and atmospheric. I could feel Timmy's fear as if it was my own and I loved the ending.
It was amazing how at the end of such a short tale, Timmy ended up far older than his eleven years. Both of them built to a frantic climax, but there were passages that dragged for me and the dialogue wasn't always great. I did enjoy the change of scenery to Ireland though and it added a new level of melancholy to the stories. I also really enjoyed Peregrine's Tale even though it was a different protagonist. It was the shortest story of the four, but still packed a punch and I found myself wanting to know more about Peregrine.
This is a solid book of horror and one of my favourites. I highly recommend it. Sep 12, Jody rated it it was amazing Shelves: thriller , favorites , good-fiction , kindle-fire , sci-fi , horror , mystery. There are those times when you read a story and the whole world disappears. This was one of those times. I read it on a whim because I was in-between books and immediately was sucked in. As soon as I finished it I bought Stage Whispers to get 4 novellas in one and each one of them sucked me in.
If his other work is like this, then why haven't we heard more about Burke? I am so glad I stumbled across this guy. I hope the library will get some of his stuff in because I want more Burke. A fitting end to the Turtle Boy series that answered a lot of questions going all the way back to the start of the saga. It moved quickly even though I was intentionally trying to slow it down and savor the final chapters. The ending left a lot of room to continue the story and I will be anticipating its release.
Highly recommended! Then, I put off reading it for no good reason I can think of. Anyway, reading it now! Dec 11, Heidi Ward rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle , horror , 21st-century , own , ghosts-and-hauntings , series-or-sequel. I will review all 5 Timmy Quinn books together, shortly. Loved this series!
Feb 24, Susan rated it really liked it. A fitting end to the Timmy Quinn series. Answers to several questions about previous events and an ending that is not final. Kealan Patrick Burke had proven time and again that he doesn't need a lot of pages to scare the crap out of you.
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With novellas like Tent and Blanky, the terror and tension are on full display and finished in under 80 pages. Nemesis, on the other hand, is the longest book by Burke that I have ever read, and that sense of unease is as prevalent as in any of his shorter works. After the first four parts of the Timmy Quinn saga, all short novellas, Burke finally finished Tim's story, as well as his Kealan Patrick Burke had proven time and again that he doesn't need a lot of pages to scare the crap out of you.
After the first four parts of the Timmy Quinn saga, all short novellas, Burke finally finished Tim's story, as well as his life, with Nemesis. I thought this book would be a bit verbose, due to Burke's skill at driving the story full-tilt with few words, but this novel showed the same pace as his shorter tales. With the backstories of the characters involved in The Stage, KPB did a wonderful job bringing his Timmy Quinn saga to a satisfying conclusion. Nov 19, Zen Bookworm rated it it was amazing. Apr 24, Mike rated it it was amazing. So after 20 years away from the horror genre, I started reading it again.
I hoped to find some fresh new ideas and voices in the genre, and I was not disappointed. I picked up book one in the series Turtle Boy for free on my Kindle, and I was hooked. Burke has a deft mastery of the art that elevates the prose and easily transports you in to Timmy's world. I quickly bought the rest of the series and was delighted that they lived up to the standard set by the first book. Nemesis was a fitting conclus So after 20 years away from the horror genre, I started reading it again.
Nemesis was a fitting conclusion to series with some nice tense moments and plenty of "where is he going to go with this? My only complaint is that we didn't get to learn more about the other characters who shared Timmy's Curse. One of Burke's strengths in my opinion is his ability to create nice exposition moments that don't disrupt the flow of the book, and I would have loved some flashback chapters on each of them and how they ended up meeting.
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Oct 05, Lorraine Versini rated it it was amazing. I finished the novel a few weeks ago now, I still don't know how I'm going to review it. I don't know why, but I have that image of a dot to dot drawing when I think of the first four books in the Timmy Quinn series. But the dots are so far apart you don't really know what the final picture is going to be like. And then Nemesis comes along, and connects everything. And you're like in awe because you have a masterpiece in front of you. Nemesis answers all the questions.
The whats, the whys, the whe I finished the novel a few weeks ago now, I still don't know how I'm going to review it. The whats, the whys, the whens, while injecting a whole new "story" in the bunch. A story which has nothing to do yet everything to do with Timmy. And it's tied in so well with the whole Timmy plot, that it makes the reader wonder if Mr Burke had this planned right from the start, or if it came along afterwards but the author very skillfully put the pieces together.
It's the perfect ending to the series. Bit sad now! Reader, prepare yourself. It's quite a ride! Mar 25, Squire rated it it was amazing Shelves: kealan-patrick-burke. The final chapter in the dark saga of Timothy Quinn begins where Vessels left off. The Curtain has fallen; Quinn and his paramour return from Blackrock Island as the world of the dead and the living are preparing for war.
What his and his child's role is to be in the coming conflict is yet to be revealed All of the seemingly disparate elements of the Quinn serial come together in this atmospheric, grotesque, gory, and incredibly dark, yet ultimitaely uplifting novel. Author Kealan Patrick Burke has fashioned out of Quinn not only an anti-hero of epic proportions, but a thesis on the nature of the artist and the lengths he will go for his art.
It's an ending and new beginning that will not disappoint fans of the series. They are collected in Stage Whispers that is out in paperback and ebook. And so it comes to pass, the journey of darkness begetting darkness and even the hero's light being shaded by vengeance in the end. The journey through Stage Whispers culminating in Nemesis was extraordinary. I found myself caught up in weeping as much for the thugs as the victims.
The criminals acts begging what had gone so wrong in their lives to create such damage. The victims, I chastised, when they chose vengeance, because it made them no better than those they sought to retaliate against y And so it comes to pass, the journey of darkness begetting darkness and even the hero's light being shaded by vengeance in the end.
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The victims, I chastised, when they chose vengeance, because it made them no better than those they sought to retaliate against yet would we not all choose vengeance if the right act was committed against us. The confusion of it all when not even a good deed depending on who it was interpreted by went unpunished, did you see that one coming? I ached for Timmy and Kim for the life they would not be able to share and cried for the daughter who would not know her father on this side of the curtain. I enjoyed this read and will most certainly be reading more by this author.
May 15, Denise rated it it was amazing. As the final or is it? I started this series long after all of the books came out so there was no waiting in between to see what happens next. I would recommend starting with Turtle Boy to understand where it all begins.
All of the books were great reads with enough twists and turns and secrets to keep you turning pages late into the night. I'm glad I found KPB and took a chance at what could of been just another ghost story. Can't wait to read more of his books. Jan 11, Julie Baker rated it really liked it.
This book treated me the way that Neil Gaiman books do. I had to read it in small spurts because it was so haunting I would go nuts if I didn't take a break. Vivid dreams, weird thoughts and many other small things make this such a good book. I never would've expected things to go the way they did and I'm freaked out by the end. I fell for Peregrine's routine just the same as Kim. Goodbye Tim Quinn, you were a great "friend" while I had you!