You get crazy people, doing weird things, weird deaths, suspenseful moments where every line you read you just want to read faster to find out where the author is taking you. The description of the town, of the streets and houses and the people, you can literally see it all around you, it was so well-written. I loved it, and I loved it even more when I finished and was reading the afterword where John Saul was thanking everyone who helped him, including my beloved Stephen King.
As a fan of Mr. King, knowing that he supported Mr. Saul throughout, made it even better for me. After reading this, I now plan on reading as many novels by John Saul as I possibly can.
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Mar 16, Peri Dotty rated it did not like it Shelves: I only got through about ten pages. I'm bummed because growing up, I read a lot of novels by Saul. I remember them fondly but now I'm scared to give them a re-read. The only thing I can think of is that this trilogy was published when JSaul was at peak popularity, and I can't blame him for churning out a few books to make bank.
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Luckily I got this copy free as an extra from a book sale. I'd be really bummed if I'd spent money on it. Oct 28, Penelope Bartotto rated it it was amazing. Classic chills and thrills from this acclaimed author. Keeps you guessing until the very end. Aug 14, Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was looking for a new read to check out while I waited to go back to my local library. While I was browsing the TN reads Regional Ebook audiobook download system online library system, this book caught my eye.
This was the first book I have ever read by John Saul in E-book form from the Tennessee Reads regional e-book and download system online library system. The Blackstone Chronicles was actually a pretty good Hey guys! The Blackstone Chronicles was actually a pretty good read. In each part of this six part serial novel the reader learns of the town's past with the Blackstone Asylum and of the families who receive a mysterious gift that came from the Asylum's evil walls and from the dark presence that resides there like a locket, a doll, a cigarette lighter, a stereoscope, and a razor blade.
All of the gifts cause chaos and destruction to the families and this premise reminded me of the "Tales from the dark side" TV series and the Twilight Zone. The storyline was pretty interesting and there were characters that you liked and hated. If you would like to check out this fast-paced read, then definitely check out the BlackStone Chronicles serial novel by John Saul.
Feb 09, Shannon Savhage Temptrest rated it liked it. My mother actually suggested I read "The Blackstone Chronicles," but her and I differ in our book tastes so I was hesitant. I tend to agree with her when she told me this book was good, and I enjoyed the story overall! I liked the horror factor, the idea that every story section was based around the Asylum and Blackstone, and I liked the idea of evil presented throughout the story. There were, however, some aspects of the book that just didn't work for me as a reader.
I don't want to give any sp My mother actually suggested I read "The Blackstone Chronicles," but her and I differ in our book tastes so I was hesitant. I don't want to give any spoilers away, so I'll sum up my biggest issue with the final section in this book titled Asylum. I guess I was expected some epic showdown ending to really make sense of all the strange things happening around the town, but in the end it kind of fell a bit flat and left way too many questions unanswered, for my liking anyway.
Still, I did enjoy the read, I liked the stories, the plot, the mystery, and the suspense throughout this originally serial series all compacted in one book! Sep 13, Michelle rated it really liked it. This book was originally written in 6 parts ala Stephen King with the Green Mile , unfortunately, I was not aware of its existence then so I read it all in one book. Fortunately for me, the book works either way. I am taking this from a 5 star rating down to a 4 because of not loving parts 4 and 5 of the story as well as being fairly unsatisfied with the ending.
I feel like maybe I'm dumb, but I didn't get it. Regardless of that, most of the parts of the book were just plain creepy and set a gr This book was originally written in 6 parts ala Stephen King with the Green Mile , unfortunately, I was not aware of its existence then so I read it all in one book. Regardless of that, most of the parts of the book were just plain creepy and set a great tone for the novel as a whole. I enjoyed the characters and definitely came to know, love and fear the village of Blackstone.
Oct 05, C. Bonham rated it it was amazing. I don't usually read this type of story but somthing about it intregied me so I read it. And I loved it. This a suspenseful mystery that will keep you guessing right up to the last chapter. With all of the hidden connetions and flashbacks this is a story that will easily hook any fan of LOST. Though the conclusion is sold it will still leave you longing to return to the town of Blackstone. Jul 15, Anthony rated it did not like it. The first story "An eye for an eye: It just seemed to fall off with bad writing, was very repetitive and easily predictable.
I was pondering if I would have read the originally published serial format maybe I would have a different opinion.
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Oct 24, Lacie Walters rated it it was amazing. I love the creepy atmosphere of asylums and John Saul is a master of suspense. Put these two together and sprinkle in some spine-chilling WTF-ness and you get Blackstone Chronicles. I would BEG for more of this from Saul. It's been years since I've read this and it still stays with me. I loved this serial novel. I enjoyed spending time in Blackstone. The pages felt as if they turned themselves and it was hard to put the book down.
That's all I can say. Nothing to scream about or get creeped out by. It was entertaining in the cookie-cutter, horror type of way; but nothing frightful or delightful. View all 6 comments. This novel is told through six stories that all center around a town and an old, decrepit asylum that has been shut down for forty years. The family isn't sure who the doll is for, Megan the daughter or their unborn child. The doll starts to make the mother and daughter go crazy until a tragic accident happens. When Jules picks it up he started to become para This novel is told through six stories that all center around a town and an old, decrepit asylum that has been shut down for forty years.
When Jules picks it up he started to become paranoid that his wife is having an affair and that his family is out to kill him and take over the bank. Although things are strained when Andrea first come homes the household becomes impossibly hostile after Andrea has an abortion that goes against Martha's believes.
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When Clara doesn't want it Germaine takes it back and starts to hallucinate. Part Five - Day of Reckoning Ed Becker finds a stereoscope that features their house fifty years ago. He starts to have hallucinations moments before tragedy strikes. Part Six - The Asylum All the previous five stories come together as the gift deliverer and Oliver's past are revealed. Overall I liked all the stories but that last one.
I found the patients symptoms and tragedies were closely matched. The story featuring the stereoscope didn't really match the tragedy that occurred to the Becker house but I'm glad. I really didn't want to read about animal torture. I didn't like the big reveal in the asylum as it felt kind of lame. I was hoping for ghosts or the devil or something more interesting. Still a good story and one I enjoyed immensely. My favorite stories were part one and two. Part five and six were good only for the fact that the two was starting to get paranoid which was interesting to read about.
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Nov 30, Donna Zigmont rated it it was amazing. I read these when they originally came out and loved them then. I still love them. John Saul is one of my favorites. Blackstone is a typical New England town in New Hampshire. I loved the main character of Oliver Metcalfe. He was brought up with wealth and entitlement but doesn't act that way, he truly is tortured by the sight of the asylum. I loved his relationship with Rebecca Morrison. They were so well suited for each other. Most of the people in the town I didn't like they were nosy busybod I read these when they originally came out and loved them then.
Most of the people in the town I didn't like they were nosy busybodies who had nothing better to do. They deserved what they got. I felt sorry for the first victim Elizabeth because she hadn't really done anything. Her daughter was a brat and needed a good smack. I liked the mystery of who was leaving these packages for certain people. I was certain after a while it was Oliver, But I was happy to be wrong. I never would've guessed who it turned out to be. Psychologically Insane Back in the day this started out as a serial novel I guess you could say that the entire town of Blackstone is the main character in the story.
The residents have generations of relatives that have lived here ever since the town was founded. One dark figure seems to know what makes each family tick and when he delivers his "cursed"objects to the families, that is when tr Psychologically Insane Back in the day this started out as a serial novel One dark figure seems to know what makes each family tick and when he delivers his "cursed"objects to the families, that is when tragic things really start to take place. Will the town overcome it's many tragedies or will the town become one of the many ghost towns that have infiltrated the U.
Pick this up and enjoy a psychological thriller that will keep you connecting the puzzle pieces all the way to the end, where the full picture is finally revealed!!! Sep 18, Sarah rated it liked it. I've been pulled in by quite a few John Saul novels, but this one wasn't quite what I was hoping for. As a serial novel, it's what you might expect - six parts, all with one running storyline pulling them together, but each with a standalone tale as well.
The first few parts each focus on a different character and a different cursed item. By the third one of these, I was bored with it - character gets item, death and mayhem ensue, we won't be hearing from that character again. I starte I've been pulled in by quite a few John Saul novels, but this one wasn't quite what I was hoping for. I started finding myself skimming parts of Part 4, and lots of Part 5. The sixth part concludes the common storyline, so I read that a little more closely.
But in general, not as suspenseful or thrilling as some other John Sauls I've read. Perhaps this would be more thrilling read separately with several weeks between each part, as it was initially published. This book was amazing. I loved every moment of reading this book and I found it very hard to put down. Although I found this book for free at a closing thrift store, it is in my top 5 thriller books. It is extraordinarily well-written.
The word choice always kept me on my toes and so did the story! I found the story to be thought out and executed perfectly.
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I also enjoyed vi Wow! I also enjoyed viewing the family tree and town map that is located at the front of this version. Jul 11, Geoff Battle rated it it was ok. Saul has used the serialisation of small novellas with one underlying story to facilitate the publishing of a series of short stories. Ideas that wouldn't serve as a standalone book don't combine to create one novel either and although they are all centred around the effects of items from an evil asylum, this is still a collection of short stories.
Marketed as such readers would have a greater understanding of The Blackstone Chronicles, however due to the episodic nature this lacks the usual Sau Saul has used the serialisation of small novellas with one underlying story to facilitate the publishing of a series of short stories. Marketed as such readers would have a greater understanding of The Blackstone Chronicles, however due to the episodic nature this lacks the usual Saul tension and sense of the macabre. Compared to Saul's usual standard this feels oddly lacking.
Dec 12, Jim Ohrt rated it did not like it. I don't read much horror so the tropes felt incredibly clunky to me. That said, there was hardly anything BUT tropes in this read. Moreover the characters were cardboard, the themes muddy, and the ending soul-suckingly trite. The only person I'd recommend this book so is someone who unironically enjoys the trash adventure television from the 90's and is looking for something especially vapid.
Mar 09, Casciato rated it did not like it. So there I am, looking at what's available for download from the library. Ten minutes after downloading it, I remember why the name sounds familiar. Some fifteen years before, in an airport bookstore, I had the same Saul experience! A different book, but the same basic premise -- vague name recognition, note he's a best seller, basic premise sounds fine. And, while I didn't hate i So there I am, looking at what's available for download from the library.
And, while I didn't hate it, I was underwhelmed I don't remember the book, and a few cursory attempts to find it failed; there was a teenager, and some occult rituals, and whatever. Anyway, I tell you this in part because the book itself is so fucking meh. If I could sum up Saul's talents as a writer, I'd peg him as relentlessly competent.
All the sentences make sense! The pacing is fine! This book throws out some horror tropes like cursed objects, an old asylum full of secrets and a madman's revenge. Not a bad start, if a little run of the mill, right? Except it then proceeds to do literally everything in the most obvious, cliched and uninteresting way possible.
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You learn all you need to know simply by hearing their job description: Wears tweed jackets, is not fond of speculation, confirmed bachelor! Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life, which might be a twist of sorts because he's not a greedy shithead, but c'mon, It's a Wonderful Life is so pervasive it has its own set of cliches. The plot is linear, predictable and dull, and the "twist" is so fucking obvious, I actually convinced myself it had to be something else for about a third of the book because it was just too obvious.
It's all written at about an eighth grade level explains the popularity I suppose At least, thanks to Goodreads, I am unlikely to make the same mistake with Saul again fifteen years from now He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree. After leaving college, he decided the best thing for a college dropout to John Saul grew up in Whittier California where he graduated from Whittier High School in After leaving college, he decided the best thing for a college dropout to do was become a writer, and spent the next fifteen years working in various jobs while attempting to write a book someone would want to publish.
Should anyone ever want to write a novel concerning the car-rental industry or the travails of temporary typists, John can provide excellent background material. Those years garnered him a nice collection of unpublished manuscripts, but not a lot of money. Eventually he found an agent in New York, who spent several years sending his manuscripts around, and trying to make the rejection slips sound hopeful.
Then, in , one of his manuscripts reached Dell, who didn't want to buy it, but asked if he'd be interested in writing a psychological thriller. He put together an outline, and crossed his fingers. At that point, things started getting bizarre.
His agent decided the outline had all the makings of a best-seller, and so did Dell. Gambling on a first novel by an unknown author, they backed the book with television advertising one of the first times a paperback original was promoted on television and the gamble paid off.
Within a month Suffer the Children appeared on all the best-seller lists in the country and made the 1 spot in Canada. Subsequently all 32 of his books, have made all the best-seller lists and have been published world wide. In addition to his work as novelist, John is also interested in the theater. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Explore the Home Gift Guide.
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