PDF KINDLE The Arcanum AUTHOR Thomas Wheeler
Hang Loose Without Booze kLL of a joyride through the occult and early American How do you mess up a story about Arthur Conan Doyle HP Lovecraft and Houdini attempting to avert the end of the world by recovering a lost volume of arcane lore and dubious provenance Just ask Thomas Wheeler Start by failing to do anyind of historical or biographical research whatsoever Lovecraft was social guy with a wide correspondence and a fairly excellent sense of humor which makes him a far complex personality than the Reclusive Necromancer Wheeler paint by numbers here Doyle based his most famous character on Dr Joseph Bell not himself and wrote eerie tales of supernatural horror which seems like the Challenges and Findings in Measuring the Behavioral Determinants of Obesity in Children in Europe kind of thing that would have merited a little attention here I ll admit I don tnow much about Houdini but I m fairly certain he and the other gentlemen of his era didn t speak in anachronistic metaphors the way Wheeler has them doingOnce you ve completely sucked the joy out of your novel by inaccurately depicting the main characters try to recoup your losses by stacking set piece upon set piece with little regard to sense or plot progression Got Houdini Let s put in an
escape with a high wire act Got Doyle Let s make him randomly deduce things in some situations but with a high wire act Got Doyle Let s make him randomly deduce things in some situations but others Got Lovecraft Let s throw in a little shittily written steampunk confrontation with a demon or something Not done yet Let s insert Marie Laveau into the narrative despite her having been dead for a few decades by this time and then HAVE HER RAISE SOME DAMN ZOMBIES Because well why not rightThis should have been precisely the ind of thing I adore a brilliant mash up of history and literature tinged with supernatural horror Instead it s nothing but a rather painfully epic disappointment with cardboard cut outs standing *In For Beloved Characters And *for beloved characters and episodes standing in for plot and a completely inaccurate rendering of HPL s
Cthulhu Mythos added on top just as a final ick in the teeth I suppose I can say that at Mythos added on top just as a final ick in the teeth I suppose I can say that at it was good for a laugh though I highly doubt that s what the author intended. S of deceptively disparate but decidedly connected murders And as he calls upon the scattered members of the Arcanum for aid he also finds himself embroiled in a story of war as old as time itself Not of a struggle between countries but between darkness and lightPeopled with the twentieth century’s most famous and infamous figures here is an extraordinary tale in which the stakes go beyond the realm of humankind into the divine From the Hardcover editi.
Thomas Wheeler ↠ 5 ReadAt the hell I was totally disappointed OK This one was a guilty *Pleasure An Occult Thriller *An occult thriller which a team consists of Harry *Houdini Marie Laveau HP Lovecraft and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It s like the League of *Marie Laveau HP Lovecraft and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It s like the League of Gentlemen but with real people yet eually far fetched The book begins with a silly but fairly entertaining premise Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Harry Houdini HP Lovecraft and voodoo priestess Marie Laveau form a group of sleuths tracking down supernatural events Turning historical personages into 21st century styled action heroes is hardly necessary but is harmless enough At first Unfortunately somewhere near the middle of I actually bought this book a couple of years ago on the recommedation of a co worker back when I worked for a book store I m sorry it took me so long to read it It was surprisingly good After Dante Club by Matthew Pearl I honestly didn t think I d find any author able to fuse well nown historical literary figures into a story and not have it come across as cheesey or cheap Thomas Wheeler did a great job Not only did I believe that I was reading the interactions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle HP Lovecraft and Harry Houdini but their pursuit of the mystery
and personal limits and demons felt right on The basis of the story was exciting and the stringspersonal limits and demons felt right on The basis of the story was exciting and the strings the mystery were satisfactorily tied I even loved the endingredemption comes in so many forms and this story we have each character finding their own redemption Delightful A perfectly wonderful way to spend an afternoon if you love Sherlock Holme Houdini and Doyle supernatural mysteries and turn of the century settings The author is obviously a great scriptwriter this read vividly and deliciously like a great movie So much fun I think I loved every page this book was AWESOME it had everything Lost tribes of Angels gonstic gospel nowledge historical fiction HP Lovecraft as a character in the book a twisted plot I didn t see all the way through until it came about at the end Uber rich Satanists you name it WOWI mean sure not high brow fiction but one HE. E group’s longest lived member Sir Arthur Conan Doyle determines to avenge Duvall’s death and uncover the secret left in his wake For the dead man possessed the world’s most powerful now missing artifact the Book of Enoch the chronicle of God’s mistakes within whose pages lie the seeds for the end of everything From the scene of the crime Conan Doyle embarks on a path that leads him to the sleazy underworld of New York City’s Bowery and a serie. ,
Tries to be the Last Templar meets Rule of Four meets Da Vinci Code meets League of Extraordinary Gentlemen And it just fails miserably The plot is essentially League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with real historical figures instead of literary ones I would watch the TV show in a heartbeat but getting through the book itself was a bit of a drag There are odd moments were you look at this detail or that and go oh well the
author did somedid some The next page however will have some random bit of anachronism that leaves you confus I got this cheap at the bookstore at the airport Not a lot of choice And it waasn t that good First of all the depicitions of Laveau Houdini Lovecraft and Doyle seemed wrong Tim Powers has a uote somewhere that when writing historical fantasy its important to fill in the gaps This one just uses names and doesn t care about the characters It read like a poor screenplay turned into a book Blah If Stephenie Meyer and Dan Brown had a baby that baby would have grown up into Thomas Wheeler and it would have written this book The writing is clunky and in places it s absolutely nonsensical The plot is difficult to follow which is a shame because I think *it could have been fantastic The whole time I was reading it I just ept thinking it was so close yet *could have been fantastic The whole time I was reading it I just La photographie au reflex numrique pour les Nuls, grand format, 6e dition kept thinking it was so close yet unbelievably far away My chief issue with the novel was the treatment of the female characters Each time a woman is introduced to the novel or even to a scene her breasts are mentioned I m notidding it s got to be 99% of the time Instead of using her legendary skills to distract hospital guards Marie uses her body and pretends to be a prostitute Naturally Marie was the love interest of than one member of the Arcanum Not one female character escaped being sexualized not even Houdini s wife who was probably my favorite Every time Marie was sassy or took initiative it felt completely pasted on It was pretty damn disgustingThat on top of flat characters and ridiculous circumstances seriously Houdini and Lovecraft escape by tightrope walking across the power lines wh. It is 1919 and the Great War has come to a close But in the shadows of the world’s major cities the Paha Mulus dan Indah killing has just begun In this perilous time as the division between order and chaos grows increasingly slim a select group of visionaries have taken it upon themselves to ensure the safety of humanity They arenown as the ArcanumIn London’s stormy Hyde Park Konstantin Duvall the Arcanum’s founder has been illed in a suspicious accident Dismayed th.