Jago

Jago Paul a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world and his girlfriend Hazel a potter have come to the tiny English village of Alder for the summer Their idea of a rural retreat gr

  • Title: Jago
  • Author: Kim Newman
  • ISBN: 9781781164235
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • Paul, a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world, and his girlfriend Hazel, a potter, have come to the tiny English village of Alder for the summer Their idea of a rural retreat gradually sours as the laws of nature begin to break down around them The village, swollen by an annual rock festival of cataclysmic proportions, prepares to reap a harvest ofPaul, a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world, and his girlfriend Hazel, a potter, have come to the tiny English village of Alder for the summer Their idea of a rural retreat gradually sours as the laws of nature begin to break down around them The village, swollen by an annual rock festival of cataclysmic proportions, prepares to reap a harvest of horror A brand new edition of the critically acclaimed novel.

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    1. Kim Newman

      Note This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.An expert on horror and sci fi cinema his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies , Kim Newman s novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci fi and fantasy He is complexly and irreverently referential the Dracula sequence Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha not only portrays an alternate world in which the Count conquers Victorian Britain for a while, is the mastermind behind Germany s air aces in World War One and survives into a jetset 1950s of paparazzi and La Dolce Vita, but does so with endless throwaway references that range from Kipling to James Bond, from Edgar Allen Poe to Patricia Highsmith In horror novels such as Bad Dreams and Jago, reality turns out to be endlessly subverted by the powerfully malign His pseudonymous novels, as Jack Yeovil, play elegant games with genre cliche perhaps the best of these is the sword and sorcery novel Drachenfels which takes the prescribed formulae of the games company to whose bible it was written and make them over entirely into a Kim Newman novel Life s Lottery, his most mainstream novel, consists of multiple choice fragments which enable readers to choose the hero s fate and take him into horror, crime and sf storylines or into mundane reality.

    284 thoughts on “Jago”

    1. Newman's tale of a rural community driven to madness by the presence of a monstrous psychic cult-leader is probably the closest a British author has come to matching the scale and ambition of Stephen King's more meaty tomes. Newman's dual trademarks of dark wit and love of referencing pop-culture are given much more room to shine than in his short stories, making this a must-read for fans and neophytes alike. Horror with a hefty dose of humour to sweeten the splatter. Lovely.


    2. In the tiny English village of Alder, dreams and nightmares are beginning to come true. Creatures from local legend, science fiction and the dark side of the human mind prowl the town.Paul, a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world, and his girlfriend Hazel, a potter, have come to stay in Alder for the summer. Their idea of a rural retreat gradually sours as the laws of nature begin to breakdown around them. Paul and Hazel are drawn into a vortex of fear as violent chaos eng [...]


    3. If the truth is to be known, I’m not one hundred percent sure where I stand with this book. At times I felt as though it was a bit of a battle to continue through and yet at other times I was really eager to find out exactly where things were heading.Focusing upon the cult-like gathering that exists in the village, we’re soon thrown into supernatural happenings as we follow a number of characters in their time in the town. With many different things going on at once there are a few moments o [...]


    4. I commend Titan Books for this edition of Jago. I did not read the novel when first published and had not been aware of the short stories included at the end.Those inclusion have really set the work on a high for me. The alternate history approached in the two tstories was entertaining for me, especially as, unlike most Alternate History that I have read (eg The Man in the High Castle), these slant a time period I was alive and aware of events and personalities throughout it.


    5. Alder, Somerset, a small town in Britain has always had weird things happening. From sights of the archangel Gabriel on the hill, to stray bombs falling on that same spot. There are supposedly leylines – supernatural veins in the earth – crossing the town, so that could very well explain the supernatural phenomena, but nobody expected Hell on Earth when the annual music festival came around again. Anthony William Jago is known to his followers as ‘Beloved’ and they all live in the Agapem [...]


    6. Yeah! This book ruled. A lot more enjoyable than I thought i would have been. While it does indulge in that bone-headed device of changing the tone of a third person narrative depending on the character a particular passage is focused on, overall it was a totally unpretentious, gory, creative (at times psychedlic, sometimes so much so that I didn't really get what was going on), fun book. This was the first book I've read by Kim Newman, a dude I never gave a chance to before because a) he has a [...]


    7. I don't know if its possible to like a book and not finish it. Anyway, with this one, I did. I do think this was a little bit too long. The point of view feels very 'Stephen King' in the way it focuses on a number of random people. For this reason, I think the synopsis is rather misleading. Paul is a main character, don't get me wrong but he is definitely not the focal point. However, some of the popular references in the story line are spectacular and the concept is bold, brash and compelling.A [...]


    8. Jago has the knack of turning good people very evil. He will do whatever he can to turn the outside world to his thought process. A very scary view of a charismatic character, evil in the world and those who fight against it.


    9. Jago begins with the Reverand Mr. Timothy Charles Bannerman claiming that they will be lead by an Angel on the road to Paradise. He has tiny English village of Alder to give up all earthly possession including the clothes the village worn to be burned in a fire. The next day, life continuing to go on. There were no Angel to lead them to Heaven.Several years later, Paul and Hazel came to Alder. Paul was hoping to finished his thesis about the end of the world and Hazel was hoping to creates some [...]


    10. Jago is a horror of epic proportions and definitely not one for the faint hearted!Taken from a historic account of a cult-ish gathering in Britain and given ghoulish stature from the imagination of a dark but brilliant narrator. The modern setting of a small but self appreciative village playing host not only to routine summer visitors but to a music festival is a touch of genius for the plot. As you'd expect, there are some misgivings abut the necessity of the festival for the future of the vil [...]


    11. If you've read any of Newman's other stuff you know that he's very knowledgeable in the horror genre and his novels tend to have myriad winks and nods to other novels, movies, TV shows and so on. I got to know his work by reading the Anno Dracula series, but I've read through his Diogenes Club series, his Dark Future series and his Warhammer vampire novels as well, and he's always quite entertaining. This one's more in the vein of "The Quorum" or "The Hound of the D'Ubervilles" in the sense that [...]


    12. If you are looking for a light read, maybe to pass some time at the airport, or on your way to work, look elsewhere. Not just because of the sheer length of the book, (734 pages) but it's one of those books you MUST take your time with. Told from alternating perspectives, it gets a bit hard to follow at times and on occasion, know what to make of it. Let me tell you though, it is absolutely worth it. If you consider yourself a horror buff, this book is an absolute must read. One that you can rea [...]


    13. I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway.This book took me a while to finish because it is so long. There were a lot of surprises along the way, it just seem like twist after twist. Also, there are also a lot of weird stuff that happens that I did not expect (let me just say "tree people" and I will leave it at that). The twist that shocked me the most was one of the people Jago gets to join his flock of followers.There are a lot of characters and sometimes it can be hard to keep them all strai [...]


    14. Jago is an overlong fantasy horror tale pitting good against evil in a remote, tiny English village. The evil is Jago, the charismatic leader of a strange religious cult that takes residence in the town of Alder and through his disciples he spreads an ever increasing web of death and destruction throughout the area. When a multi-day music festival sets up camp nearby hell literally breaks loose.This novel has all the ingredients of a fun suspenseful read but doesn't live up to challenge. Parts a [...]


    15. I'm a huge fan of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula and Diogenes Club Books, so i was very disappointed with this one. A powerful psychic with delusions of messiahhood runs a cult in a small English village, and when a counterculture music festival comes to town it all goes bad in a way which Stephen King would thoroughly recognise but would not be so unimaginative to put to paper. Too much pointless plot-irrelevant gore/sex/gory sex for the sake of it, too much supposedly cutting observational criticis [...]


    16. Wow. Jago was creepy and addicting at the same time. Some of the images I will never be able to un-seed I wish that I could. But what a storyteller! Kim Newman RULES the English language: his style is jerky when he wants you unbalanced and it seems to disappear when he needs you to experience an event that could not happen but just did. I won't be recommending this to anyone, because few readers would choose this journey. It was wonderful and disturbing at the same time. I always seem to come do [...]


    17. This is an English-country-village-gone-awry novel like no other. Reminded me a lot of the film Wicker Man - everything seems ok for about five minutes and then utter madness ensues. Although its been knocking around for 20 years or so, it still feels contemporary. This isn't for the faint hearted, it is nightmarish in the extreme - expect plenty of super-weird sex, transformations that are off the scale and, well a lot of insanity. Great fun for the horror fan.


    18. Hated this. It's rare that I can't be bothered to finish a book, but honestly, this was so boring a dreaded picking it up to continue. I stopped at page 150, and I really don't care if anyone says it gets better, because that's nowhere near good enough. In a story, events are meant to occur. nothing was happening here, just a bunch of vaguely unpleasant characters moaning. Almost the worst book I've read so far this year.


    19. After reading some of Newman's other work it is clear he is a master of both storytelling and Prose more specifically. Here, however, both fall short. Jago is a rambling mess that took me months on and off to struggle through. There isn't a single compelling paragraph until the last 200 pages or so.Nobody's perfect so I guess we'll have to chock this up to experience and hope Newman is back on form in the future.


    20. I kept thinking I knew what kind of a book Jago was, and it kept surprising me. There were quite a few 'WHAT?!' moments, some quite horrific and some just very strange. And, because it's Kim Newman, a couple of his recurring characters make a minor appearance - the lovely Edwin Winthrop and Catriona Kaye.


    21. Not sure how I feel about this book at the end of it all. Decent story and loved the short stories at the end. There were plenty of visceral moments such as an aching tool that plays too large of a role in making me cringe.


    22. I'm halfway through, and that's enough. It started out well, but then got really weird. Just can't finish it. I gave it a good try, though. Forgot to say that this book was a First Reads giveaway winner.


    23. Try as I might, and I have with a few, I just can't get involved in one of Newman's books. The prose seems fine, I just find the stories unforgivably dull. I don't care about any of the characters, and half the time I can't even remember them well enough to differentiate them.


    24. This is pretty good, but it did not have the plot and narrative perfection of Newman's Anno Dracula series. I would recommend reading those first, and I actually read much of this book hoping it would segue into the characters from Anno Dracula!


    25. Well written and intense. Well put together structure. Deeply immersive, highly detailed prose. Incredibly imaginative. For my taste however, several sections were a little too depraved and unsettling.


    26. Yeaht sure what this was. The writing was good enough to keep at it but I didn't like it. Love horror but this went too far for me. Not sure what I missed since enough people seem to have loved it.


    27. Took a very long time to get into this book. When the interesting things start happening, a lot of it just seemed like it was there for the shock value, not for any intended purpose. Very disappointed.


    28. I liked this, it reminds me of James Herbert. If you like the genre you'll love this. I found the characters very engaging and the plotline evolved at a nice pace. Really creepy and a good ending, if a little sad. Recommended!




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