✓ The White Forest ↠ Adam McOmber

  • Title: The White Forest
  • Author: Adam McOmber
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  • Page: 204
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  • ✓ The White Forest ↠ Adam McOmber - The White Forest, The White Forest Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath Jane has a secret an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man made objects and
    Adam McOmber
    Adam McOmber s novel, The White Forest, will be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, in September 2012 He is also the author of a book of short stories, This New Poisonous Air BOA Editions, 2011 His work has appeared in Conjunctions, StoryQuarterly, The Fairy Tale Review, Third Coast, Quarterly West, The Greensboro Review and Arts and Letters He has been nominated for two 2012 Pushcart Awards and received an AWP Intro Award He lives in Chicago and teaches at Columbia College where he is also the associate editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika.


    Literary masterpiece The story itself is odd yet compelling The first ten pages are confusing but slowly the conflict takes shape Jane, a somewhat backward girl, senses the living souls of matter Sometimes deafening and disturbing and other times calming and complete, Jane shares her gift with her best friends, Maddie and Nathan Unfortunately, Jane knows little of human nature and petty jealousies The story gathers speed even in nineteenth century England, as Maddie and Jane try to solve the mys [...]

    Fantastical and haunting, from the start THE WHITE FOREST has me riveted to the page I can t tell if our narrator is out of JANE EYRE or THE TELL TALE HEART, but her measured description of her strange world has me captivated Jane is a contradictory mix of petty emotion and open hearted loneliness, making her grateful and jealous of the attention of her friends Even intriguing, her otherworldly gift seems both dangerous and innocuous, linked both to her mother s death and a meaningless presenta [...]

    Janie Harrison
    Annotating for reading class, REREAD 2016READ 2016 I reread this book because of the way magic is organic, because it deals with a sort of goddess myth, Victorian magic and superstition, because of tone and mood, and some of the best details I absolutely love Jane I wish I had my first review, but I ve deleted it My conflict with the book on first read was the use of flashbacks, and how some of the story is a flashback within a flashback, and also I wanted The White Forest to be dangerous than [...]

    Tahlia Newland
    This is a difficult review to write, because it s a well crafted book and I d like to like it, but for me, White Forest misses the mark conceptually and in its overall mood Though some will love its dark pagan undercurrents and fuzzy mysticism, I think it s unnecessarily confusing.The story White Forest is set on the edge of Hampstead Heath just after the Crimean war The main character, a young woman called Jane Silverlake, can hear the souls of man made objects we re already on shaky conceptual [...]

    Where I got the book I was offered a free review copy by Simon Schuster in return for an honest review Touchstone, the publisher of The White Forest, is a SS imprint SPOILER ALERT I ve tried very hard not to give the story away, but hints of it may show through in this very long review I m really writing for those who have already read the book and want to know what others think about it So if you re here because you re wondering whether to read this novel, you might want to read it first and th [...]

    Wendy Darling
    Well, if you compare any author to Sarah Waters, I ll be pawing at your door Fingers crossed

    The author has crafted together a winner of a story on many levels.He has chosen the dark and Gothicness of Victorian London amongst the days of Edgar Allen Poe and Percy shelly and set the story around a vast evergreen of beautiful and haunting of the Hempstead Heath, plagued with a deep ancient mythical past that has an ever present energy calling a particular woman Jane that traces its origins possibly back before man and religion treaded upon its soil.There are big questions over the main pr [...]

    Written in beautiful, 19th century sque language, full of visually sumptuous sceneries and vividly depicted, memorable characters, The White Forest is a gorgeous gothic novel that combines elements of historical fiction, fantasy, horror and romance.Set in Victorian England, this seductive and mysterious novel tells the story of one young man s sudden disappearance and the frantic search that ensues The well born son of Lord William Ashe, Nathan, goes missing It happens not long after Nathan fasc [...]

    Christy B
    I love historical fantasy that doesn t have vampires, zombies, and werewolves and The White Forest was a perfect example of historical fantasy done right We get the feel of the time period, but with an added mystical atmosphere.The specific date the story takes place in is never mentioned, but it takes place after the Crimean War The story revolves around Jane Silverlake, who has a gift, a gift I don t want to even begin to explain because I ll just ruin it Jane is friends with Maddy and Nathan, [...]

    5 Stars I need time to formulate my opinion about this book I absolutely lived the writing, its originality, the dark Gothic tone, the Victorian and slightly steampunk setting, the vivid somewhat dense descriptions, the imperfect flawed and at times cruel characters Then again, this left me hungry for something , to be further convinced Regardless I loved this and would give it 4.5 stars, may be even 5 stars It was exactly the kind of book I like to read.I ve decided this deserves a 5 star rati [...]

    This new novel soon to be released is both a beautifully written and compulsively readable literary thriller McOmber writes with an enviable imagination and the sense of foreboding, mystery and eroticism throughout all are handled with expertise.

    Bizarre, is one word I would use to describe The White Forest by Adam McOmber but not necessarily is that a bad thing Our tale starts off on a mysterious air, quite normal enough, in a Victorian England The imagery and mood built by the narrative is both vivid and captivating, promising us with a mystery to unravel a crime to solve, secrets to unveil.And then, towards the end of the novel, the world of Jane Silverlake took a tumble into a rabbit hole of her own spiraling deeper and deeper until [...]

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.The White Forest was not what I was expecting at all Perhaps I should have been, but I tend not to read blurbs at all or not closely, because they sometimes contain spoilers Anyway, I thought this was going to be a gorgeous novel of historical fiction, and it certainly starts out that way Then it changes into fantasy horror, so be prepared for that.The writing of The White Forest is lush, dark and gothic I very much appreciate McOmber s style and use o [...]

    We all go through these fazes where we just feel we can not find anything good to read This last month that is where I have been at, in book doldrums So, just to put it in perspective, I crave good plots and interesting characters like a diabetic looking for the next hit of sugar And, it has been a bit thin on the ground lately, sweet wize I went back to old tried and true favourites, but, it is not the same no new surprises, that novelty that thrills and has you stand up at the end and say wow, [...]

    A love triangle, white apes, and a cult Oh, my Yes, I will admit that I was first drawn to this book in the store due to its gorgeous cover But, then I saw the title and read the inside flap and was even intrigued The enchantingly strange plot sounded like everything I ve wanted in a book Girl has an unusual gift Story takes place in a beautiful Victorian England setting Interesting trio of friendship that soon becomes a tension filled love triangleWith that in mind, I had high hopes for this b [...]

    More akin to a New Weird, a Fey fantasy or even Urban fantasy than to a real Gothic novel Twee descriptions and prissy characters do not add up to a faux Victoria novel The characters are much too modern to ever feel like you re experiencing the past Constant and irritating digressions dull what very little pace there is I was very much looking forward to a Gothic novel, and I did not find one here It s billed as a scarey read It s not It s boring from start to finish.

    Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersJane Silverlake has always been a strange and aloof child, growing up in the isolated, deteriorating Hampstead Heath outside of London Following her mother s strange death, Jane has discovered she possesses a unique ability she can perceive the souls of manmade objects, sensing their auras and resonant sounds and colors Even , Jane can transfer this experience through physical contact, an ability that she both relishes especially to exact revenge on a par [...]

    Three Stars A unique gothic read that will have you thinking outside of the box.Jane has led a solitary life since her mother passed away when she was six She spends her days hiding in the shadows, listening to everything around her Jane has a unique gift She has the ability to hear and feel inanimate objects Everything has its own distinct voice The house servants are frightened of Jane and accuse her of devilry Her father is lost in his own grief, he loves her but fails to see her Jane s world [...]

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    Fantastical and haunting, from the start THE WHITE FOREST had me glued to the page I couldn t tell if our narrator was out of JANE EYRE or THE TELL TALE HEART, but Jane s measured description of her strange world had me captivated Jane is a contradictory mix of petty emotion and open hearted loneliness, making her both grateful and jealous of the attention of her friends Even intriguing, her otherworldly gift seems simultaneously dangerous and innocuous, linked both to her mother s death and th [...]

    I have mixed feelings about this book it left me in a weird mood, kind of depressed and grouchy and blank The imagery is cold and frigid, not of this earth I kept picturing the landscape like one that had the life sucked out of it and all that was left was a white husk.The story is told from the point of view of Jane Silverlake a plain girl who sounds like she has an ethereal beauty, white skin and gray eyes She is not a nice person, not really She torments her maid, and her feelings for her fri [...]

    A period piece that crosses into the supernatural which is heavy in description and mood I have to say, it is very clear that Mr McOmber has done his homework when it came to the time period and history that he was writing about Not only that, he obviously studied the language and mannerisms that defined the time The White Forest is thickly filled with a a usage of words that are nearly dripping in richness and beauty The beginning of the story pulls you in with a mystery that is both confusing [...]

    Rabbit Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!
    I just bought my copy on So when Sarah and I buddy read this, I have a copy no matter what.Edit Where to begin to describe this book The characters were flawed but believable I didn t feel like punching anyone, but there were some unlikeable characters but you were supposed to hate them.There was a love story but it didn t feel like it took over the plot, but it was a big part of the plot The most important theme was friendship when it came to the dynamics between the three main characters.Ther [...]

    Tara Bilbao
    This book started out as a very intriguing tale and was a bit of a page turner Unfortunately, I never received the answers that I was looking for within the storyline and many aspects of the plot were not resolved Frequent allusions to subplots that could have been quite interesting to help the story along and given depth to the characters , were just left adrift and never investigated The draw of the fetches to the cult was never explained thoroughly enough to believe that these young men would [...]

    This is exactly what I need right now YA is making me angsty.

    Liza Nahas
    Great gothic read, beautiful vocabulary, lush settings, intriguing characters Reminds me of Great Terrible Beauty and The Night Circus.

    I was familiar with the realms of unnatural, for I myself was an unnatural Not a monster in appearance I looked like other young women, though perhaps not as primped and manicured But I wasn t the same as other girls My friends believed I was sick or gifted Either way, I was unfortunate Something entirely new upon the earth The White Forest by Adam McOmber I don t often do this, butRun, don t walk, to your nearest bookshop or whatever means you have for feeding your reading addiction and get you [...]

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Jane Silverlake is a peculiar girl Her mother died and her father never got over it consequently, he neglects her and their family estate in the heath of Victorian England She barely ever leaves the house until one day, Madeline, a new girl to town rescues her from her misery and befriends her They even allow a lord s son, Nathan, to accompany them on their daily walks and in turn, the three become fast friends Jane isn t your normal girl though She has a gift She can see into the souls of man m [...]

    The White Forest plunges the reader into the aftermath of the disappearance of one Nathan Ashe, a high society youth, and the two women who love him Maddy, a debutante with a family in disgrace, and Jane Silverlake, a main character harboring the supernatural ability to sense the souls of objects Nathan is fascinated by Jane s abilities, and, convinced she is the key to some cosmic mystery, presses her to include him in ever greater experiments to see where her power leads But Jane has no idea o [...]

    I m surprised that a male author chose to write this particular type of story He has a good feel for the female perspective If I hadn t already known that the author was a man I may not have been able to tell Not that he writes women perfectly because even some women find that difficult but he definitely has insight.Reading this reminded me of A Great and Terrible Beauty in a lot of ways I don t want to take away from this story by comparing it to another but there are a lot of parallels to Libb [...]

    4.5 StarsThe White Forest is a mystifying and gorgeous debut novel that surpassed my simple expecations and bewildered my senses This undoubtedly unique, if somewhat esoteric, novel is unlike any I have read But having said all of this, it isn t without it s flaws.Something that I think will impede many people from reading The White Forest is the pacing It does start rather slowly and I found myself having difficulty being captivated This can be felt through the language and throuigh the charact [...]

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