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Silk They are the young misfitssociety s castoffsurban strays looking for a thrill Something cheap, anything to get them through the night Sleepwalking on caffeine, nicotine, and drugs, they wait out the dawn in death rock clubs and shadowy back alleys Then into their midst comes the enigmatic Spyder A patron saint of the alienated and lost, she invites them into her mesmerizing world but has she been sent to redeem them or destroy them Poorly written, with a barely coherent and hardly discernible plot Caitlin Kiernan throws together a group of misfit outsider characters who do nothing but drink coffee, smoke cigarettes, and toss off the names of the cool bands to whom they listen Incapable hands, I d probably like it In her hands, ugh. I m reviewing this book late, about a decade after I first read it, but I recall my distaste for this book enough that, in comparison to my love for some of Kiernan s later books, demands some sort of review for some of those who have read Silk and, because of this experience, are not interested in reading anything else.This book reads like the fictional equivalent of white goth punk kids in highschool who think they re hard done by, despite the fact that their parents are wealthy and privileg I m reviewing this book late, about a decade after I first read it, but I recall my distaste for this book enough that, in comparison to my love for some of Kiernan s later books, demands some sort of review for some of those who have read Silk and, because of this experience, are not interested in reading anything else.This book reads like the fictional equivalent of white goth punk kids in highschool who think they re hard done by, despite the fact that their parents are wealthy and privileged, and who have no inkling about racism, colonialism, and only think according to subcultural hipster categories We re oh so oppressed because we re these white wiccan occultists who do drugs That s pretty much the view of reality, along with some derivative Gaiman shit which fits well with this way of seeing the world , that determines the plot of this book And it s worth pointing out, regardless of the quality of other Kiernan books i.e I think The Red Tree is the best haunted horror novels since Shirley Jackson , that this author, despite her queer and trans affinity, has resisted any non white political affiliations, defending even her use of the very problematic term exotic in this book The fact that she fell on the side of Laura Mixon and et al in the Requires Hate affair, and for reasons that were based on her annoyance that the Requires Hate blog attacked her for orientalism which she clearly doesn t understand, not to mention the whole appropriation of the dreamcatcher on the cover of this book , reminds me why I despised this smug, I m so goth I m just oppressed by being goth bullshit.It s sad, really, because this is what prevented me, for a long time, from reading Kiernan again It wasn t until someone who I really trusted told me to read The Red Tree regardless of that terrible cover , and told me that I shouldn t even compare this book with that one, that I risked bothering with Kiernan again and discovered, much to my surprise and pleasure, that at least in the realm of literature though not, unfortunately, in the realm of the political , she had developed.Skip this book if you re interested in Kiernan and read The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl Hell, even read Daughter of the Hounds or Low Red Moon Because, if you re like me, Silk might annoy you enough to dismiss her as an author when some of her later books are some of the best, literary examples despite poor choices in covers of the horror fantasy genre This is copy 113 of 450 signed numbered copies. This was actually a reread, though I can t remember when I first read it before I started cataloguing properly on Goodreads.Kiernan s work has gotten stronger with every book, and there s a scatteredness, as well as a kind of emotional distance, in this novel that isn t there in her later works The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl in particular, which are both masterpieces.But don t let that make you think that this is a weak book, because it isn t see the five star rating There is such a s This was actually a reread, though I can t remember when I first read it before I started cataloguing properly on Goodreads.Kiernan s work has gotten stronger with every book, and there s a scatteredness, as well as a kind of emotional distance, in this novel that isn t there in her later works The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl in particular, which are both masterpieces.But don t let that make you think that this is a weak book, because it isn t see the five star rating There is such a sense of atmosphere and place in this book, and all of the broken characters feel all too human You really get the impression that Kiernan tears out her heart afresh to create her books I am so pleased that she won the Tiptree for The Drowning Girl, and hope that it will get her body of work the attention that it deserves If you are a writer and you want to become a better writer, I recommend you read silk Caitl n R Kiernan s style of writing is amazing Her descriptions are rich and her metaphors and similes are like none you ve ever read before.Here is what the book is about written by Publisher s Weekly there s nothing smooth or sexy about this skin crawling debut from Kiernan, an author with one helluvan imagination and a startling lack of inhibition At the center of this modern gothic horror story is Spy If you are a writer and you want to become a better writer, I recommend you read silk Caitl n R Kiernan s style of writing is amazing Her descriptions are rich and her metaphors and similes are like none you ve ever read before.Here is what the book is about written by Publisher s Weekly there s nothing smooth or sexy about this skin crawling debut from Kiernan, an author with one helluvan imagination and a startling lack of inhibition At the center of this modern gothic horror story is Spyder Baxter, a deeply troubled young woman haunted by terrifying memories of childhood and her insane, abusive father But his transgressions were so heinous that the demons aren t just in her head any they ve taken on a life of their own and are taking over Spyder s house, crawling out of the basement and into everything and everyone she cares about Caught in Spyder s web of bad karma are a motley crew of disenfranchised Gen Xers all living on the edge and trying to heal various psychic wounds of their own They ve each got plenty of reasons to be hallucinating, and the author does a good job of blurring the lines between their bad acid trips and spectral sightings.Her style of writing is very poetic and at first you may have a bit of a learning curve before you can fully appreciate it s uniqueness.If youve ever wanted to dive into the gothic world then this book is perfect I highly recommend it well written, but after a while I lost interest in the tangledness of gothic girrrrrrls with prrrrroblems and darrrrrk histories. Goth girl s traumatic childhood of abuse may or may not be manifesting itself in menacing supernatural form to both herself and her circle of followers hangers on in this intense, arty, way goth 1997 novel Kiernan is very talented and her imagery burns with a unique energy, often grotesquely beautiful The supernatural aspects are handled through psychological means, flowing from character, avoiding the obvious terror novel tropes that we ve all encountered a zillion times before The book Goth girl s traumatic childhood of abuse may or may not be manifesting itself in menacing supernatural form to both herself and her circle of followers hangers on in this intense, arty, way goth 1997 novel Kiernan is very talented and her imagery burns with a unique energy, often grotesquely beautiful The supernatural aspects are handled through psychological means, flowing from character, avoiding the obvious terror novel tropes that we ve all encountered a zillion times before The book is subtle The downside of all this restraint, however, is that the story itself eventually loses a certain momentum, too often meandering in crucial spots for long spells of squalid ennui with her punky cast of beautiful losers when it should be moving along Slightly past the midpoint I began to long for just a littleplot and a lot less Goth Silk is certainly recommended to anyone with a taste for out of the ordinary, quality dark fiction, but in the end it is a book I admiredthat I actually enjoyed Disclaimer GIF use D And bad language I curse like a sailor most of the time in real life lolI loved this book so fucking much I want to own this, but luckily my friend is only getting it back next time she comes over, so I might get to read it again This book was very much poppy z brite esque which I adored, so if you liked poppy s writing, than I think you d like this one too.This is how I feel right now Disclaimer GIF use D And bad language I curse like a sailor most of the time in real life lolI loved this book so fucking much I want to own this, but luckily my friend is only getting it back next time she comes over, so I might get to read it again This book was very much poppy z brite esque which I adored, so if you liked poppy s writing, than I think you d like this one too.This is how I feel right now I loved down spiraling into this storyline There was never a dull moment, and it was packed to the brim with awesome music references that I insisted upon playing in the background as a soundtrack.I was immediately thrown headfirst into 90 s, when I was a mere juvenile delinquent a Guinea pig of antidepressants and adhd meds, surrounded by misfits The scent of body odor and stale smoke and dirt surrounded me as I continued on along this journey This isthan a story for me, it was a jo I loved down spiraling into this storyline There was never a dull moment, and it was packed to the brim with awesome music references that I insisted upon playing in the background as a soundtrack.I was immediately thrown headfirst into 90 s, when I was a mere juvenile delinquent a Guinea pig of antidepressants and adhd meds, surrounded by misfits The scent of body odor and stale smoke and dirt surrounded me as I continued on along this journey This isthan a story for me, it was a journey of memorable derelicts moving along in a blended blur of either reality or drug induced distorted fantasy horror I ve known people like Niki, Keith and Spyder in the 90s, rarely do their futures turn out well This was a fascinating plunge into the depths of hell comingled with mental disorders and drug addiction coupled with just a slight paranormal touch I enjoyed so much I will re approach it again someday


About the Author: Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitl n Rebekah Kiernan born 26 May 1964 is the author of science fiction and dark fantasy works, including ten novels many comic books andthan two hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes She is also the author of scientific papers in the field of paleontology from Wikipedia


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