• RRP: £11.58
  • You Save: £0.08 (1%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Maplecroft (Borden Dispat... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Dispatched from the US -- Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. Former Library books. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Maplecroft (Borden Dispatches) Paperback – 2 Sep 2014

3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£11.50
£5.00 £2.36
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£11.50 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 15 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Maplecroft (Borden Dispatches)
  • +
  • Chapelwood : The Borden Dispatches
Total price: £23.49
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (2 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451466977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451466976
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

Praise for Cherie Priest and her novels

"Priest can write scenes that are jump-out-of-your-skin scary."--Cory Doctorow, Author of "Homeland"

"Give Cherie Priest fifteen minutes of your time; trust me--you won't look back."--Bookslut

"Priest kills as a stylist."--Charles de Lint, "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction"

"Cherie Priest kicks ass!"--Maggie Shayne, " New York Times" Bestselling Author of "Sleep with the Lights On"



Praise for "Maplecroft"

"Cherie Priest is supremely gifted and "Maplecroft "is a remarkable novel, simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. It is at once a dark historical fantasy with roots buried deep in real-life horror and a supernatural thriller mixing Victorian drama and Lovecraftian myth. You won't be able to put it down."--Christopher Golden, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Snowblind"

Praise for Cherie Priest and her novels

"Priest can write scenes that are jump-out-of-your-skin scary."--Cory Doctorow, Author of "Homeland"

"Give Cherie Priest fifteen minutes of your time; trust me--you won't look back."--Bookslut

"Priest kills as a stylist."--Charles de Lint, "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction"

"Cherie Priest kicks ass!"--Maggie Shayne, " New York Times" Bestselling Author of "Sleep with the Lights On"


Praise for "Maplecroft"
"Cherie Priest is supremely gifted and "Maplecroft "is a remarkable novel, simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. It is at once a dark historical fantasy with roots buried deep in real-life horror and a supernatural thriller mixing Victorian drama and Lovecraftian myth. You won't be able to put it down."--Christopher Golden, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Snowblind"
Praise for Cherie Priest and her novels
"Priest can write scenes that are jump-out-of-your-skin scary."--Cory Doctorow, Author of "Homeland"
"Give Cherie Priest fifteen minutes of your time; trust me--you won't look back."--Bookslut
"Priest kills as a stylist."--Charles de Lint, "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction"
"Cherie Priest kicks ass!"--Maggie Shayne, " New York Times" Bestselling Author of "Sleep with the Lights On"


Praise for "Maplecroft"
"Cherie Priest is supremely gifted and "Maplecroft "is a remarkable novel, simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. It is at once a dark historical fantasy with roots buried deep in real-life horror and a supernatural thriller mixing Victorian drama and Lovecraftian myth. You won't be able to put it down."--Christopher Golden, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Snowblind"
Praise for Cherie Priest and her novels
"Priest can write scenes that are jump-out-of-your-skin scary."--Cory Doctorow, Author of "Homeland"
"Give Cherie Priest fifteen minutes of your time; trust me--you won't look back."--Bookslut
"Priest kills as a stylist."--Charles de Lint, "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction"
"Cherie Priest kicks ass!"--Maggie Shayne, " New York Times" Bestselling Author of "Sleep with the Lights On"

About the Author

Cherie Priest is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the award-winning Clockwork Century series ("Boneshaker," "Dreadnaught," "Clementine") and the Cheshire Red books ("Bloodshot," "Hellbent"). "Maplecroft" is the first book of The Borden Dispatches.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
I'm only 60% of the way through the book and I had to check if other people were enjoying it as much as I was. It's definitely a page turner, it's not pure Lovecraft but it's definitely Lovecraftian. I'm quite enjoying the fact each chapter is from a different characters viewpoint or just a letter as it gives you the bigger picture, that the main protagonists don't have, of how far the "taint" is spreading, and how little they really know. So far the flow of the story hasn't been interrupted by the repeated switching. Given how hard it is to put down I'd set aside a whole day in a well lit room to read it, but if you read it at night, make sure you've locked the doors first!
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Starts well, begins to drag, then fizzles out.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 134 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throwback Gothic novel 29 Oct. 2014
By titania86 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. This children's rhyme is only one of the indignities Lizzie Borden must bear. The murder of her parents was a sensational story in the town of Fall River. Even though Lizzie was acquitted of the crime, she is still the subject of scorn and suspicion. The town ostracized her and her sister Emma because they believe she is a murderer and they are half right. Lizzie did kill her parents, but in self defense. They were slowly becoming horrific creatures so unlike humans and forgot their human lives. The epidemic is spreading in Fall River, so Lizzie and Emma will do whatever they can to save their neighbors and prevent it from extending out into the world.

Cherie Priest takes two things I enjoy, Lizzie Borden and the Cthulhu mythos, and successfully mashes them together. Lizzie Borden is known now as the woman who killed her parents and got away with it. It wasn't too different during the time she was alive. Whether she committed the crime or not, she was ostracized for the remainder of her life along with her sister Emma after the trial. In the novel, she actually did commit the crime. but in self defense since her parents were transforming into fish-like, murderous monsters. Lizzie, while not the most educated person, does everything she can to protect her loved ones and even protect the town that so despises her. If even the weirdest and most obscure bit of superstition could work to keep the creatures away, she puts it into practice. She also built a way to get rid of the creatures' bodies and created an extensive lab with her sister (the more scientific of the two) in their house to further their studies on how to destroy the horrific creatures. Lizzie is deadly serious and only lets her guard down with Nance. I loved how Lizzie's history was incorporated into the story. Some may think it's in poor taste to make an infamous figure known for murder into a heroine, but I think it's interesting to imagine a different side to that unsolved mystery.

Each main character had chapters from their own point of view, which gave special insight and made each character stand out in their own way. This was especially important with characters like Philip Zollicoffer and, to a lesser extent Dr. Seabury. Both characters become irrevocably changed during the course of the book. Zollicoffer is sent a corrupted sea life sample that eventually changes him into a homicidal and delusional maniac. His mental state starts normally enough and descends into paranoia and serving whatever spawns the eldritch creatures of the deep. He was the creepiest character by far and Seabury doesn't become like Zollicoffer, but his mind is definitely isn't the same after the ordeal. The novel is comprised of journal entries, newspaper articles, and letters that give a varied reading experience and different points of view.

While I enjoyed the novel, parts of it marred the experience. The pacing was a bit odd and lots of pages were eaten up in various characters' introspection and similar ramblings. I simply did not like Emma Borden. I liked that she had a double life of sorts as a doctor that published articles in scholarly journals and corresponded with other doctors like Zollicoffer when she could. I didn't like the way she treated Lizzie, especially about her relationship with Nance, or how she treated Dr. Seabury. Emma was like a bit black blot on the page. She was angry and bitter, just bringing the book and the other characters down. Her animosity towards Lizzie over her relationship is based in reality: they eventually parted ways and never spoke to one another again over it. I just didn't like how her pain seemed so much more important than everyone else's. It's frustrating to be infirm, but her callousness and bad overall attitude went over the top. When Nance became afflicted, Emma was completely unsympathetic despite the pain Lizzie was in. I hope the next book follows the real story and Emma is absent.

Overall, Maplecroft is an enjoyable throwback to the Gothic novel with vibrant characters. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series and I hope more will be uncovered about the evil, Dagon-like presence in the ocean.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but I have no need to read the second book. 28 Jan. 2015
By Ian Mond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What’s It About

Lizzie Borden meets the Cthulhu mythos. Lots of axe wielding and slimy monsters from the sea. And mind controlling, stinky jellyfish.

Should I Read It?

According to Annalee Newitz from i09, yes you absolutely should. (She calls Maplecroft the best “damn” Cthulhu novel you’ve read in ages”). And, I agree that if you’re in the mood for a bit Lizzie Borden / Cthulhu action, then this book will definitely meet your needs. It’s competently written, moves at decent clip and, most of all, is entertaining. Lizzie, her sister Emma and Doctor Seabury – our point of view characters – are engaging and sympathetically drawn.

If the novel has a weakness it’s that it never breaks free of the novelty of having Lizzie fight Cthulhu’s minions. This might have something to do with Maplecroft being Book One of a series. In anycase I’m not compelled to read the second novel in the series.

Representative Paragraph

Observations of the squamous horror from the well-meaning Doctor Owen Seabury:

"But the thing. It was the shape of a human being, provided that the human being had been horribly emaciated, his bones stretched, his skin blanched, and his head both swollen and misshapen. I would use the word “encephalitic,” but it doesn’t feel quite right. I’ve never heard of an encephalitic with a forehead sloped and pinched, eyes that were covered with the same membrane I’d seen before on other corpses in Fall River (so there’s one point in Lizbeth’s favor, or in favor of her revolting theory). The thing’s eyes were also shaped strangely, oversized and elongated, drawn back to a point that aimed at the forehead, almost as if they’d been turned on their sides. No, that’s not what I mean. It was more the shape of a raindrop, landing on the face and sliding downward. It was . . . . . . I am no good at this."

Commentary

I wasn’t a huge fan of Cherie Priest’s well-regarded and popular novel Boneshaker. I’ve never been that keen on steam-punk or zombies and Priest’s by-the-numbers prose did little to convince me otherwise. Five years later, and with Maplecroft nominated for a PKD Award, I can say that Priests’ writing style and pacing has improved immeasurably.

On the face of it, there’s something inspired about mashing together the urban legend of Lizzie Borden with the Cthulhu mythos. Both mythologies are rich with speculation and deep mystery. And as has been pointed out by others more geographically inclined than myself, Ms Borden and Howard Lovecraft lived about twenty miles from each other.

Priest, fully aware of the geographical and mythological links, is clearly having a great deal of fun mixing Lizzie and Cthulhu together. The novel revels in all the slime and gore and insane Professors from Miskatonic University possessed by evil, mind-controlling jelly fish. Priest also solves the mystery of Lizzie Borden’s crime by explaining that she killed her father and step-mother because they were slowly transforming into something otherworldly. Added to that, Priest tweaks and modifies Lizzie and Emma’s history. While the Borden murders did occur in 1892, the appearance of Nance O’Neil – Lizzie’s lover – is anachronistic. According to Wikipedia they didn’t meet until 1904 – ten years after the event of the novel.

But all that is part of the fun, and this is certainly an entertaining book to read. Lizzie, her ailing sister Emma and Doctor Owen Seabury are sympathetic, engaging characters. In particular, I appreciated the strength of will and intelligence exhibited by Lizzie and Emma. Their relationship is a highlight of the novel.

But because this is Book One in a series, Maplecroft never really breaks free of the novelty of having Lizzie fight Cthulhu’s slimy minions. The second half of the book is begging for a scene where Lizzie, Emma and the hapless Doctor come face to face with ancient, cosmic evil. But Priest disappointingly pulls back from this, swapping an apocalyptic and insane climax for a house under siege narrative that becomes fairly predictable once it’s clear that the jelly-fish possessed Professor Zollicoffer is on his way to Falls River.

Other than a few enigmatic hints left by the mysterious Simon Wolf, the ending is self-contained enough that I feel no compulsion to read the sequel. As far as I’m concerned, Maplecroft fills whatever need I had for Lizzie Borden and Cthulhu shenanigans.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Maplecroft 2 Sept. 2014
By LITERAL ADDICTION - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

Fantastically unique and utterly intriguing, Maplecroft took a true crime story that I always found fascinating and turned it on its head to be an exciting slightly historical 'urban' fantasy with a compelling mystery thread.

It was beautifully written, as well. Ms. Priest has a wonderfully lyrical quality to her writing, and while it wasn't quite poetic, it was smooth as silk and when writing from each of her characters' POVs you couldn't help but feel like you were in the room with them. I particularly liked the way the author told the story as a series of diary/journal/correspondence entries by the different characters, all overlapping, and all flowing together to create the beautiful tapestry of the mystery. It also allowed the reader to formulate their own conclusions about not only the mystery, but the supernatural fantasy woven within.

I enjoyed Maplercroft much more than I actually expected to, and I'm very curious to see what's next in the Borden Dispatches!

Definitely recommended for mystery/urban fantasy readers looking for something fresh and compelling.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, creepy and superbly twisted the tale that on unfolds in Maplecroft will raise the hair on the back of your neck. 3 Sept. 2014
By kimbacaffeinate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Priest’s talent is evident from the action scenes to the voice she gives her characters setting a tone of madness, desperation, fear and darkness. From the beginning, we get a sense of the wrongness around Falls River and slowly we along with the character's piece together and being to understand, although neither they nor we will ever fully understand what has occurred. Lizzie is an unexpected hero in all of this. She is an axe wielding, intelligent woman who with the aid of Emma has set up quite an elaborate laboratory and library at Maplecroft. Priest fleshed Lizzie out showing us both the strong and weak side of her, she even presents a lover into the mix, and I loved the drama and complications it caused. Much like the Overlook Hotel (Shining, Stephen King) we slowly see these characters unhinge as the full reality of what is occurring comes to life and their desperate attempts to stop it had me flipping the pages. For me, the multiple perspectives both enhanced the tale and hurt it. By using multiple perspectives, we can see what is happening in a larger sense as it provides firsthand accounts. All of this added tension and a creep factor that will make you squirm. It allowed Priest to create scenes that were unsettling and gory. You could feel the wrongness as it took hold, and I enjoyed it. However, the multiple perspectives also keep me from fully immersing myself in the tale and characters creating a disconnect. Copy received from publisher, full review at caffeinated book reviewer
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A possible heiress to Lovecraft's estate 13 Sept. 2014
By Alain Roy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
For all who loved H.P. Lovevraft and his terrifying stories, do yourself a favor and pick up Cherie Priest's "Maplecroft : the Borden dispaches". It is masterly written, just enough in the tone of the end of the 19th century that it feels solidly real, but not so much that it becomes unreadable. The nature of the horror is always kept under the veil of the ignorance shared by the characters, while making the force of its menace palpable enough that you care for what should eventually befall each of them. A gripping read, maybe best enjoyed during a dark and stormy night.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know

Look for similar items by category


Feedback