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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (29 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441780335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441780331
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,680,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sensitive exploration of love's redemptive power." Stephen King," ""Entertainment Weekly"
"This tour de force invites comparison to the work of Haruki Murakami and Ian McEwan..... So perfectly rendered.... Joyce's skill at conveying the creepiness of inexplicable events creates undeniable tension.... The novel is encased, like the village, in a veil of ice and mystery.... The novel's conclusion is both beautiful and devastating with its insight into the lives of two decent, honest people. Few times while reading fiction have I been so overcome by how remembering the past and living in the moment combine to form the core of our existence. In "The Silent Land" - a classic in the making - Joyce's great and abiding gift is to make the reader feel this truth fiercely and protectively." -- "The Washington Post "(Jeff VanderMeer)
"Stark, layered, ominous and yet appealing...Luckily for the reader, in the end Mr. Joyce delivers relief along with satisfaction and wonder."" --Ne

"Brave and ultimately heartbreaking. . . . A classic in the making." --"The Washington Post "
"I won't bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him." --Jonathan Lethem
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"Graham Joyce's near-perfect novella of near-death experience, isolation, and winter cold is a tour de force. . . . A study in classic supernatural fiction." --"The Independent "(London)
"Stark, layered, ominous and . . . appealing." --"The New York Times "
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"Joyce's crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for Jake and Zoe's tale. Emotion-laden yet unsentimental, unflinchingly attuned to the fluencies of love, "The Silent Land" brings us to the brink of death and gives a glimpse of the unfathomable beauty lying beyond." --"The Seattle Times "
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"As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly." --"Los Angeles Times
""Mesmerizing. . . . This is a lean, philosophically sophisticated book, and Joyce's ability to slip into its short length heady meditations on love, death, and the state of contemporary society is a measure of his craftiness." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch "
"[An] eerie, wintry fable. . . . Delivers a chilling thrill. . . . Perfect for a Sunday afternoon as the dusk begins to fall." --"The Scotsman "
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"A book as crisp as new snow. . . . Compelling. . . . You'll laugh, albeit nervously; you'll cry, unless you're completely heartless; you'll give your nearest and dearest hugs without really being able to explain why you're so glad to see them--really, what more do you want from a novel?" --SFX.com
"I became a rabidly devoted fan of Graham Joyce's the first time I read is work." --Peter Straub
"[Graham Joyce] is one of those writers who make traditional literary distinctions-horror versus fantasy, genre versus mainstream-seem not only trivial, but irrelevant as well. . . . "The Silent Land" is one of his most dreamlike, emotionally resonant creations to date. . . . A suspenseful, otherworldly adventure and a metaphysical love story as real and affecting as anything you're likely to encounter in contemporary fiction." --"Subterranean Press"
"How fully Joyce re-creates the eerie border country that Jake refers to as 'the seams between life and death.'. . . "The Silent Land" suggests that the ultimate question is whether we can wake up from our comfortably numb state before it's too late." --"Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "
"Joyce is skilled at delineating the fracture lines of relationships, and sets up the Bennetts' claustrophobic confinement in minute detail, showing how their love for each other withstands and overcomes the growing mystery of their circumstances. . . . Moving." --"The Guardian "(London)
"Joyce paints a tapestry of intrigue and Hitchcock-like suspense, sort of a cross between Stephen King's "The Langoliers" and "The Twilight Zone." . . . Phenomenal." --"Bookreporter"
"Anyone who isn't reading Graham Joyce is doing themselves a huge disservice. No matter what kind of story he takes on, his work immediately becomes the standard to which all others have to be compared." --Charles de Lint
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Brave and ultimately heartbreaking. . . . A classic in the making. "The Washington Post "
I won t bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him. Jonathan Lethem
""
Graham Joyce s near-perfect novella of near-death experience, isolation, and winter cold is a tour de force. . . . A study in classic supernatural fiction. "The Independent "(London)
Stark, layered, ominous and . . . appealing. "The New York Times "
""
Joyce s crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for Jake and Zoe's tale. Emotion-laden yet unsentimental, unflinchingly attuned to the fluencies of love, "The Silent Land" brings us to the brink of death and gives a glimpse of the unfathomable beauty lying beyond. "The Seattle Times "
""
As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly. "Los Angeles Times
" Mesmerizing. . . . This is a lean, philosophically sophisticated book, and Joyce s ability to slip into its short length heady meditations on love, death, and the state of contemporary society is a measure of his craftiness. "Richmond Times-Dispatch "
[An] eerie, wintry fable. . . . Delivers a chilling thrill. . . . Perfect for a Sunday afternoon as the dusk begins to fall. "The Scotsman "
""
A book as crisp as new snow. . . . Compelling. . . . You ll laugh, albeit nervously; you ll cry, unless you re completely heartless; you ll give your nearest and dearest hugs without really being able to explain why you re so glad to see them really, what more do you want from a novel? SFX.com
I became a rabidly devoted fan of Graham Joyce s the first time I read is work. Peter Straub
[Graham Joyce] is one of those writers who make traditional literary distinctions horror versus fantasy, genre versus mainstream seem not only trivial, but irrelevant as well. . . . "The Silent Land" is one of his most dreamlike, emotionally resonant creations to date. . . . A suspenseful, otherworldly adventure and a metaphysical love story as real and affecting as anything you re likely to encounter in contemporary fiction. "Subterranean Press"
How fully Joyce re-creates the eerie border country that Jake refers to as the seams between life and death. . . . "The Silent Land" suggests that the ultimate question is whether we can wake up from our comfortably numb state before it s too late. "Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "
Joyce is skilled at delineating the fracture lines of relationships, and sets up the Bennetts claustrophobic confinement in minute detail, showing how their love for each other withstands and overcomes the growing mystery of their circumstances. . . . Moving. "The Guardian "(London)
Joyce paints a tapestry of intrigue and Hitchcock-like suspense, sort of a cross between Stephen King s "The Langoliers" and "The Twilight Zone." . . . Phenomenal. "Bookreporter"
Anyone who isn t reading Graham Joyce is doing themselves a huge disservice. No matter what kind of story he takes on, his work immediately becomes the standard to which all others have to be compared. Charles de Lint
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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The haunting new literary fantasy from the (actual) author of MEMOIRS OF A MASTER FORGER.

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The Silent Land
Zoe and Jake are on a skiing holiday and survive an avalanche whilst out on the slopes. When they emerge from the snow, the resort is completely deserted....
I started reading The Silent Land just as the first thick blanket of snow fell here which felt weirdly like the story was seeping into real life! But the writing is so good that even if it had been the middle of summer, the characters and story would have been alive and kicking in between reads.
I felt the narrative was unique in that it appeared to have relentless pace and tension, yet the story alternated between slow swathes of time where Zoe and Jake seemed to have all the time in the world to enjoy their surroundings to sudden key strange happenings and shifts in their environment and concepts of reality and time. Throughout it all Joyce's enviable storytelling skills somehow make it all so believable.
His language is poetic and wonderfully descriptive, such that although I have never been skiing, I could imagine perfectly the beauty and appeal of the setting. His portrayal of Zoe and Jake's love is so touching and effective, without ever becoming sentimental.
The Silent Land is above love, loss and the way we choose to live our lives. Joyce manages to touch the reader on a level where you start to think about your own life and values. The story and characters stay firmly in the reader's mind after it is finished, leaving you to interpret and mull over the gripping final scenes repeatedly. I really did not want it to get to the final page and would thoroughly recommend the book without reservation.
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The Silent Land gets a straight up three for the premise and the premise alone.

Having thought about it, this would have been much better served as a short story. As it was there was simply too much padding throughout and pages and pages of the main characters performing the most mundane of tasks, which were in no shape or form even necessary to the plot.

Joyce also seemed to have problems with dialogue, it was way too choppy; alternating between formal and informal with no real consistency.

There also wasn't a lot to the central characters themselves - they read like ciphers with no real personality coming through at all. In fact the only two memorable characters in the whole book were featured in flashbacks. Jake's dad story was especially moving.

However, what I really disliked about the book was the sex scenes. I'm far from a prude, but they were very awkwardly written, out of place, and felt more like an adolescent teenage boy fantasy than anything else.

Thinking about it more, The Silent Land had the same issues that I had with The Tooth Fairy; there are some wonderfully crafted scenes, complete with an sublimely eerie atmosphere - but they aren't linked together very well, or just fizzle out with no real outcome.

It also didn't help that I worked out what was actually happening very early on.

I did like it. It just could have been so very much more.
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I literally, just today, started/finished this book! My God! Soooooooooo triumphant! As a HUGE fan of Graham Joyce as it is, I picked up this book with great optimism (having already read 'The Storm Watcher' and 'The Tooth Fairy') and was transfixed to it. I love how we can set the scene without droning on just to fill pages like so many other authors do. I won't mention who these people are, but if you're an avid reader like myself, you know who I'm talking about (and more importantly, we know where they live...). And all the way through I felt so connected to the characters and even though there were very few, that only made me love them more. Whenever the scene turned for the worst I actually felt myself scared for the characters and then found myself relieved with my heart racing when they would turn out to be okay after a two or three pages of what I thought would be instant peril, and this was just in the opening chapters.
When reading a Graham Joyce novel, he makes you feel for the characters so much that you actually feel like you're one of them. You literally fall in love and pray for everything to be okay.
The pace of this story too is fantastic! It keeps you guessing all the way to then end and even after you've finished reading! A part of me wants to pick it up again so upon a second glance I can pick up on little hints and such, but seriously, I don't think I could put myself through all that again, not for a while at least.

Seriously, I wish I could give this mother for than 5 stars! Just literary perfection! Graham, I tip my hat to you!
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I first read 'The Silent Land' back in June as an early reading copy yet in spite of all the books I have read since this story has remained with me, the mark of a great book in my opinion. The plot is reminiscent of the series 'The Twilight Zone'; while on a skiing holiday in the Pyrenes Zoe and Jake are caught in an early morning avalance, from which it would appear that they should not have survived; but they do. Returning to the village they find it deserted, after a few days they decide to try to leave but find out they can't, however they try to leave, skiing or by car they keep ending back at the village. Are they alive, dead, or somewhere inbetween? This is the mystery they and the reader have to solve.

The title 'The Silent Land', comes from the famous poem 'Remember' by Christina Georgina Rossetti, which is quoted at the front of the novel; therefore it gives nothing away to say that this story is about death. It is also a poignant, supernatural love story, but not at all sentimental. The main, and for the most part only characters are Zoe, Jake and the beautiful snowy landscape that surrounds them and by the end of the book I felt that I really knew these people and cared about them. I can't deny that this book is sad, but it also has humour and ultimately left me with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face.

A book for anyone who really likes to get to grips with the characters and for those who like strange supernatural tales. The plot may not feel 'original' but the execution brings something new to it. A perfect Winter read, curl up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy.
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