- Audio CD
- Publisher: Dark Realms Audio (15 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897304927
- ISBN-13: 978-1897304921
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.5 x 18.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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"Malfi's use of language and his power of description are sublime."--Fear Zone
"An immensely talented writer."--Literary Strange Digest
"What horror should be! [Five stars]"--SF Reader on The Fall of Never
"Filled with subtle horror, imagination and skill. [Five stars]"--Horror-Web on The Fall of Never
"Ronald Malfi masterfully blends psychological terror and traditional gothic horror."--Dark Realms on The Fall of Never
"A remarkably versatile writer."--Brian Keene, Author of The Rising and Urban Gothic
"Ronald Malfi has a way with words. His command of the language will leave you breathless, dreaming of vivid landscapes, and in terrible fear for your life. The monsters in Malfi's mind become tangible and all too real when he sets them loose on the page. Snow is an incredible modern horror story with a decadent feel, and the perfect marriage of beauty and brutality. His writing is reminiscent of the old classics, but has all of t --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
What makes this book good? Well the first and most obvious element is the central monster(s). I'll try not to spoil anyone's discovery of this creature other than to say that they are menacing enough without being omnipotent (and thus leaving the reader wondering why they don't just plow over all who oppose them), with just the right amount of mystery behind their origin.
The second element is the characters. The leads, Todd and Kate, were interesting enough that I cared about their fates, and their subtle romance was given just enough of a progression and (sorry for the semi-spoiler) heart-breaking conclusion. Additionally, Malfi ratchets up the tension with a few moments reminding you of the danger the characters face, and that know no one is safe.
The story also progresses very nicely: character set-up beginning with the meet up in the airport, building of tension with the oppressive blizzard and meeting to the strange man by the road, and a very satisfying conclusion (which I cannot bring myself to spoil).
For people who love sci-fi and horror and want something original and interesting, I can't recommend this book highly enough.
So, who are our protagonists? Well, Todd Curry is a recovering gambler intent on visiting his son for Christmas. However, a snowstorm cancels his flight, and in his desperation to be with his son, the man shares a rental car with a woman named Kate, a cynic meant to be engaged to a loving man. While previous readers have commented on the irritating reminders of how Todd and Kate are meant to be attractive and attracted to each other, as well as questioning the realism behind Todd's sexual interest in Kate under such circumstances, it surprised me more that readers failed to question the 'dated' feel of these characters. For instance, Kate talks like a fictional woman from the 80s, the type who babbles on about how independent she is as a woman whilst applying scarlet lipstick and gazing derisively down at a potential suitor (this is 'attractive' and 'likeable' how??) For the life of me, I can't remember what she actually does apart from look cute with her red curls and rely on the men to do the hard work! As for Todd... his motives are admirable, considering how he messed up his family life by gambling so much, but his persistent denials of requiring medical attention for a cut on his leg (that constantly bleeds, by the way!) just smacks of "dumb", not "hero".Read more ›
I have read many Ronald Malfi books and writing GREAT characters is something he does very very well. He makes you care for them, cheer them on or maybe hate them! One particular character in this book made me want to tear his head off! He made me angry and that is something not many writers can do!
Whether Malfi writes Horror or thrillers, is does not matter, he can write multi-genre fiction and that makes me like what he does, if you need a break from "horror" then perhaps pick up one of his "thrillers" like The Ascent or Shamrock Alley.
Todd is travelling to see his ex wife and son for Christmas but the snow comes in bad and the flights are cancelled, he then shares a car with Kate (who he met in the airport bar) and an older couple and attempts to drive rather than miss seeing his son. (He may wish he stayed at the airport bar!)
While travelling through the harsh conditions they run into a strange man wandering in the snow in the middle of the woods, he has deep slashes on his back and claims to have lost his young daughter. Something does not feel right but they agree to give him a lift to the nearest town where everything starts to go wrong...
Where is everyone? The town seems deserted and no one around?
Holed up in a shop they start to discover strange things in the small town and things are gonna get a whole lot worse. Hold on for a fight for survival...
It’s Christmas and Todd Curry wants nothing more that to get back to see his four year old son, but instead, finds himself snowed in at Chicago airport, throwing back drinks with a fellow stranded passenger, Kate. Inevitably Todd and Kate join forces and with a couple of older travellers, Fed and Nan, hire a Jeep Cherokee and head out in the wild wintry weather to make the journey to Des Moines by road. It isn’t long before they pick up the mysterious Eddie, who they find wandering across their path, with his increasingly implausible story of a crashed car and missing daughter - but wait - what are those strange slit like cuts in the back of his jacket?
This is a decent enough pot-boiler of a story which evolves into a tale of survival in the snow, as various groups are encountered and despatched by the mysterious snow creatures. The emphasis is on action, if the protagonists aren’t running, they’re shooting and if they aren’t shooting then they being infiltrated (sounds weird, but it’s the right word for what happens to them) by snow apparitions. The book is well written and the lead characters have a little more depth than usual, there is even a nod towards a putative romance between Todd and Kate but they spend so much time in separate story strands that little can happen between them. Occasionally characters fall into horror cliché, and the snow creatures might have been better left under explained, but if you can suspend judgement about this, there is still plenty to enjoy in the mayhem and general creepiness of the snow bound town
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading a book that's plot takes place in winter is one of the most cooling things to do in the heat of summer. Because of this I picked up Snow by Ronald Malfi. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daisydolittle
I enjoyed the book. It's very quick to read and entertaining. The story is okay, however I thought that the main character's infatuation with the female lead was WAY overdone. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2014 by Jaroslaw Wojcik
My first read from Ronald Malfi, and I enjoyed it very much. I'd read more - he has an easy, personable style to his writing that really worked for me.Published on 8 May 2014 by Craig Saunders
Really gripping had to finish it couldn't leave it.Hope to find another by this author that will be just as goodPublished on 5 Oct. 2013 by Mrs Linda March
The story is an Unusual one, with an imaginative idea. However it has a disappointing ending and no explanation of what these creatures were..Published on 27 July 2013 by bubble
This book had me hooked from the very start and it just got better and better and had a great ending.! Read morePublished on 6 July 2013 by adele