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{Read E-pub} ì Mr. X ì The award winning new supernatural thriller from the acclaimed author of Ghost Story, Koko, The Throat and The TalismanEvery year on his birthday, Ned Dunstan has a paralysing seizure in which he is forced to witness scenes of ruthless slaughter perpetrated by a mysterious figure in black whom he calls Mr X Now, with his birthday fast approaching, Ned has been drawn back to his home town of Edgerton, Illinois, by a premonition that his mother is dying On her deathbed, she imparts to him the name of his long absent father and warns him that he is in grave danger Despite her foreboding, he embarks on a search through Edgerton s past for the truth behind his own identity and that of his entirely fantastic family But when Ned becomes the lead suspect in three violent deaths, he begins to realize that he is not the only one who has come home Mr X marks Straub s triumphant return to the tale of the paranormal and the supernaturalThere are several scenes of utter, ghastly, hide your eyes horror when Peter Straub turns on all his jets, no one in the scream factory can equal him The plot is challenging, the characters are intriguing in their complexity, and the language is a delight Stephen King No one is better than Straub at having whole communities rocked by the forces of wickedness Observer


10 thoughts on “Mr. X

  1. Sabella Daiabczenko Sabella Daiabczenko says:

    Although there was some wonderful writing in this book, overall it fell flat for me Too many characters, too much hopping about, too little of the truly interesting Mr X, and much too much of the other, not very intriguing cast members Also, it took a long time and a ridiculous amount of self impressed exposition to finally get to the point of the story The book was about 1 3 longer than it should have been, and frustrating and tedious to read in points because of this.


  2. Tim Tim says:

    I thought The Throat was one of the best written novels ever published, lots of complexity, mysteries within mysteries, satisfying ending, finely drawn characters, all over a fun experience My impression of The Talisman and Black House, collaborations with Stephen King, was that they were superb Shadowlands was a confusing miasma but had an interesting premise update several days later To tell you the truth, I went online to see if I could make sense of my confusion regarding Mr X I thought The Throat was one of the best written novels ever published, lots of complexity, mysteries within mysteries, satisfying ending, finely drawn characters, all over a fun experience My impression of The Talisman and Black House, collaborations with Stephen King, was that they were superb Shadowlands was a confusing miasma but had an interesting premise update several days later To tell you the truth, I went online to see if I could make sense of my confusion regarding Mr X Turns out, after all, ...


  3. Belinda Belinda says:

    I am a big Straub fan to begin with have enjoyed nearly all of his books despite his work with Stephen King, I think he is quite different This book was particularly enjoyable to me as I am a huge Lovecraft fan and this is clearly his love letter to Lovecraft Great fun for Lovecraft fans in picking out the Lovecraftian imagery, names of books and characters scattered throughout the story all the while winking wildly at the fans no attempts at imitation, just sincere flattery and making us I am a big Straub fan to begin with have enjoyed nearly all of his books despite his work with Stephen King, I think he is quite different This book was particularly enjoyable to me as I am a huge Lovecraft fan and this is clearly his love letter to Lovecraft Great fun for Lovecraft fans in picking out the Lovecraftian imagery, names of books and characters scattered throughout the story all the while winking wildly at the fans no attempts at imitation, just sincere flattery and making use of a ...


  4. Paul James Paul James says:

    This is one of the most difficult books I have read When reading it I struggled at points to follow it but the last paragraph of the book made perfect sense and I realised that it was possibly the way the book was intended A few years after reading I am still perplexed by this novel How good can a story be if you struggle to read it but then are left unable to stop thinking about it I have come to the conclusion that Peter Straub is the best writer I have ever read Ghost story was good with This is one of the most difficult books I have read When reading it I struggled at points to follow it but the last paragraph of the book made perfect sense and I realised that it was possibly the way the book was intended A few years after reading I am still perplexed by this novel How good can a story be if you struggle to read it but then are left unable to stop thinking about it I have come to the conclusion that Peter Straub is the best writer I have ever read Ghost story was good withcha...


  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    I like the idea of this story, but the book itself..just didn t fill me with joy I can t put my finger on what I didn t enjoy exactly, and there were parts that I certainly enjoyed, but it just left me unfulfilled in the end.


  6. Tamar Love Tamar Love says:

    Although I loved the Blue Rose series and The Hellfire Club, my favorite works by Straub are those that focus on paranormal plot lines, like Ghost Story, Shadowland my favorite and Floating Dragon When I picked up Mr X, I was delighted to find that Straub had returned to his paranormal past.The story was fresh and the writing tight and captivating The plot itself was highly original, and the working in of Lovecraft was brilliant I hadn t read The Dunwich Horror, and when I realized how Although I loved the Blue Rose series and The Hellfire Club, my favorite works by Straub are those that focus on paranormal plot lines, like Ghost Story, Shadowland my favorite and Floating Dragon When I picked up Mr X, I was delighted to find that Straub had returned to his paranormal past.The story was fresh and the writing tight and captivating The plot itself was highly original, and the working in of Lovecraft was brilliant I hadn t read The Dunwich Horror, and when I realized how integral it ...


  7. Mr. Gottshalk Mr. Gottshalk says:

    Wow I had some idea that Peter Straub could write, having read his co authoring of The Talisman many years ago There s no question he is a great talent maybe too much so for me Either this book is lacking a great editor or I didn t eat enough blueberries and carrots in the last week, because I constantly had to keep thinking back about this strange Dunstan family and how they seem to haveunusual connections to half of a small southern Illinois town Some passages were terrific, and blaze Wow I had some idea that Peter Straub could write, having read his co authoring of The Talisman many years ago There s no question he is a great talent maybe too much so for me Either this book is lacking a great editor or I didn t eat enough blueberries and carrots in the last week, because I constantly had to keep thinking back about this strange Dunstan family and how they seem to haveunusual connections to half of a small southern Illinois town Some passages were terrific, and blazed wonderful...


  8. Andrea Blythe Andrea Blythe says:

    At heart this dark fantasy novel is about the twisted truths that lie at the heart of one s family history and whether it s better to leave secrets buried or dig them up Peter Straub does an amazing job of unraveling pieces of information that slowly form into at larger picture His characters are complex and fascinating, which makes the story absolutely compelling with an ending that kind of blew my mind and makes me want to go back and read it again Fantastic book.


  9. Esther King Esther King says:

    This provided a counterpart to my other Lovecraftian read from this week, but this was certainly the weaker of the two I really enjoyed some scenes in here, but I felt like there were a lot of missed chances and a lack of characterisation of most of the people I really liked the Mr X parts of this book, but to be honest, there was very little scare and a lot of family politics I think the scene with the army cadets was one of those pivotal points where you do get a sense of the kind of horror This provided a counterpart to my other Lovecraftian read from this week, but this was certainly the weaker of the two I really enjoyed some scenes in here, but I felt like there were a lot of missed chances and a lack of characterisation of most of the people I really liked the Mr X parts of this book, but to be honest, there was very little scare and a lot of family politics I think the scene with the army cadets was one of those pivotal points where you do get a sense of the kind of horro...


  10. Ian Ian says:

    The plot of this novel focuses on Ned Dunstan born June 25, 1958 , who has had precognitive visions since childhood and returns home to Edgerton, Illinois from New York after anticipating that his mother, Star Dunstan, is dying As Star lays dying in the Intensive Care Unit after suffering a stroke, she reveals the name of the Ned s father, the mysterious Edward Rinehart Following his mother s death, Ned begins to trace his paternal lineage with the help of his great aunts Nettie, May, and Joy The plot of this novel focuses on Ned Dunstan born June 25, 1958 , who has had precognitive visions since childhood and returns home to Edgerton, Illinois from New York after anticipating that his mother, Star Dunstan, is dying As Star lays dying in the Intensive Care Unit after suffering a stroke, she reveals the name of the Ned s father, the mysterious Edward Rinehart Following his mother s death, Ned begins to trace his paternal lineage with the help of his great aunts Nettie, May, and Jo...