Floating Dragon

Floating Dragon Peter Straub
  • Title: Floating Dragon
  • Author: Peter Straub
  • ISBN: 9780399127724
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Floating Dragon Peter Straub Floating Dragon A classic tale of supernatural horror from the acclaimed author of Koko The Talisman and Mr X Now reissued in a new cover style Floating Dragon racks you with suspense Straub is a master at having wh
    A classic tale of supernatural horror from the acclaimed author of Koko, The Talisman and Mr X Now reissued in a new cover style Floating Dragon racks you with suspense Straub is a master at having whole communities rocked by the forces of wickedness Observer The terrors afflicting the sleepy town of Hampstead, Connecticut, were beyond imagination Sparrows droppingA classic tale of supernatural horror from the acclaimed author of Koko, The Talisman and Mr X Now reissued in a new cover style Floating Dragon racks you with suspense Straub is a master at having whole communities rocked by the forces of wickedness Observer The terrors afflicting the sleepy town of Hampstead, Connecticut, were beyond imagination Sparrows dropping dead from the trees like rotten fruit, disfiguring diseases spreading like wildfire, inexplicable murders and child drownings shattering the lives of the citizens never can such a list of horrors have afflicted one town But the evil madness had a long history A catastrophe had struck Hampstead every thirty years since its foundation 300 years before yet only Graham Williams, a writer and descendant of one of the original founders, had looked into the black summers and their mysterious origins When he discovers that descendants of the three other original settlers are back living in the town, he knows it will be the blackest summer yet
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    About Peter Straub


    1. Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy colored paper, he took matters into his own hands and taught himself to read by memorizing his comic books and reciting them over and over to other neighborhood children on the front steps until he could recognize the words Therefore, when he finally got to first grade to find everyone else laboring over the imbecile adventures of Dick, Jane and Spot See Spot run See, see, see he ransacked the library in search of pirates, soldiers, detectives, spies, criminals, and other colorful souls, Soon he had earned a reputation as an ace storyteller, in demand around campfires and in back yards on summer evenings.This career as the John Buchan to the first grade was interrupted by a collision between himself and an automobile which resulted in a classic near death experience, many broken bones, surgical operations, a year out of school, a lengthy tenure in a wheelchair, and certain emotional quirks Once back on his feet, he quickly acquired a severe stutter which plagued him into his twenties and now and then still puts in a nostalgic appearance, usually to the amusement of telephone operators and shop clerks Because he had learned prematurely that the world was dangerous, he was jumpy, restless, hugely garrulous in spite of his stutter, physically uncomfortable and, at least until he began writing horror three decades later, prone to nightmares Books took him out of himself, so he read even than earlier, a youthful habit immeasurably valuable to any writer And his storytelling, for in spite of everything he was still a sociable child with a lot of friends, took a turn toward the dark and the garish, toward the ghoulish and the violent He found his first effect when he discovered that he could make this kind of thing funny.As if scripted, the rest of life followed He went on scholarship to Milwaukee Country Day School and was the darling of his English teachers He discovered Thomas Wolfe and Jack Kerouac, patron saints of wounded and self conscious adolescence, and also, blessedly, jazz music, which spoke of utterance beyond any constraint passion and liberation in the form of speech on the far side of the verbal border The alto saxophone player Paul Desmond, speaking in the voice of a witty and inspired angel, epitomized ideal expressiveness, Our boy still had no idea why inspired speech spoke best when it spoke in code, the simultaneous terror and ecstasy of his ancient trauma, as well as its lifelong so far, anyhow legacy of anger, being so deeply embedded in the self as to be imperceptible, Did he behave badly, now and then Did he wish to shock, annoy, disturb, and provoke Are you kidding Did he also wish to excel, to keep panic and uncertainty at arm s length by good old main force effort Make a guess So here we have a pure but unsteady case of denial happily able to maintain itself through merciless effort Booted along by invisible fears and horrors, this fellow was rewarded by wonderful grades and a vague sense of a mysterious but transcendent wholeness available through expression He went to the University of Wisconsin and, after opening his eyes to the various joys of Henry James, William Carlos Williams, and the Texas blues rocker Steve Miller, a great joyous character who lived across the street, passed through essentially unchanged to emerge in 1965 with an honors degree in English, then an MA at Columbia a year later He thought actual writing was probably beyond him even though actual writing was probably what he was best at down crammed he many and many a book, stirred by


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    1. I keep on being drawn back to Peter Straub for my Horror fix With this author it isn t just about the nasty stuff it s about the presentation Floating Dragon is a case in point not only does Straub expose our fears he toys with them.The plot in a nutshellWhat you ve got here is essentially a town that is periodically plagued by a sequence of terrible events serial killings disappearances children dying under mysterious circumstances This only happens once every generation and only the individual [...]

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    2. If Peter Straub should ever happen to write another book with Stephen King, then I m sure to read something else by him If not, this is where we part ways.Grindingly Slow Moving Dragon was an ordeal and one of the few books in later years that I did finish despite feeling the way I did about the last 200 or so extremely dense pages But let s start at the beginning the beginning was good, actually This was suggested to me by my pro reading buddy Edward Lorn and there should be no shadow over Edwa [...]

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    3. After the success of Ghost Story and Shadowland, Peter Straub wanted to try his strenght in tales that do not involve anything supernatural Floating Dragon, published in 1983, was to be his final horror novel for a long time till the 1999 return to the genre with Mr X.As a novel, Floating Dragon operates on the ever familiar canvas of horror in a small town , popularized in the 70 s by Salem s Lot While Salem s Lot was lean, swift and fast paced, Straub s novel is much longer, much complex, and [...]

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    4. This book was AMAZING It s the kind of novel I was expecting to read when I ve accepted Bob Pastorella s challenge of making a retrospective of Peter Straub s career in 2017 I had never read Straub before FLOATING DRAGON is a sweeping supernatural horror novel inspired by the military paranoia of the 1980s There are governmental secrets, transcendent grudges, transcendent horror and batshit crazy visions that plague an unsuspecting Connecticut town What I ike about Peter Straub is that he never [...]

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    5. As a pretty regular reader of the horror genre, Floating Dragon was one of the most original takes on the haunted town story I ve ever read, and I m somewhat surprised by the mixed reviews here There s not much that s totally new here as far as 1980 s horror , but Straub puts a fresh spin on some of the genre s most cliched tropes ghosts, zombies, ancient curses, chemical outbreaks, psychos, psychics, etc His everything and the kitchen sink approach may be what rubs some horror fanatics the wron [...]

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    6. Peter Straub s take on the horror genre is always extremely imaginative, and Floating Dragon is no exception The story of a small town gripped by a mysterious, subtle evil, this book is definitely a great one.

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    7. DNF Will return to eventually.

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    8. As an exercise in excess which is what Straub admits to in his spoiler ish introduction , Floating Dragon is a triumphant fireworks display that bombards the gluttonous reader with hundreds of pages of feverish horror set pieces So infatuated with its own crackling prose and sense of narrative flair the former akin to the mannerisms of John Updike, the latter the self referential glee of Martin Amis the novel takes over 200 pages for its central storyline to emerge from a deluge of hallucinogen [...]

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    9. Too much backstory and exposition but not enough actual suspense and action to keep me reading past the half way point I tried

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    10. This book feels like a scratchpad for a developed book I kept going, I can t even, while reading this None of it makes sense, none of it hangs together, it feels like a desperate not knowing of what one is writing about It is, in many places, something I wanted to toss across the room, it feels so clueless.And then I finished it The ending makes no logical sense but is one of the moving things I ve read lately A state change It reminded me of A Season of Mists, Sandman, when the two dead kids [...]

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    11. Muy parecido a IT En un pueblo no paran de suceder durante a os extra as muertes y sucesos Un tr o tendr que resolver que es, y para ello pasaran mucho miedo, con distintas situaciones de terror Vamos que el que se quede con mono de leer IT lo m s seguro que esto sea lo m s parecido que encuentre Y que se sepa que que est escrito en el 83.

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    12. A government experiment goes awry and a deadly gas is released over the affluent suburb of Hampstead, Connecticut Meanwhile, the decendants of the town s original founders return to Hampstead for the first time in over 100 years, igniting a firestorm of events that are the continuation of an ongoing curse After I read and was completely scared shitless by Ghost Story in high school, I was afraid to read anything else by Straub I remember passing up Shadowland and this book by then I was involved [...]

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    13. Floating Dragon could have knocked my socks off, but unfortunately the novel s middle part got bogged down by too many abstractions, too much 80 s horror imagery the pulsing red light, blood everywhere, visions in various stages of decomposition Granted that it was written in the mid 80 s, but I m reading this now in 2011, and it was just too much Many times the horror becomes ridiculous, even cheesy, even laughable, far from the subtlety of his short story collection, Houses without Doors, for [...]

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    14. I don t quite understand the comparison between Straub and King sure, they both write horror, but I think they have very different writing styles that I find it hard to explain Straub is much blatant with his psychological horror, whereas with King it kind of just creeps up on you Both are equally scary in their own right In a brief summary, this book is about a group of four people who must come together to fight an evil that has lived in their town for centuries The evil hides under very guis [...]

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    15. It was a really good potboiler The biggest fault that I can see past the static characters is the confusing dragon itself I don t think Straub really knows what caused this horror and his caricature of military and police types clashing has a real satric thrill that should have been developed But it was still a good read I read reviews here comparing it to Stephen King s It which is probably the other way around considering It was written later and The Tailsiman I think Straub is in another cate [...]

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    16. What would happen if a mysterious toxic gas leaked out of a research facility and drove almost everyone who came in contact with it completely and murderously insane This book gives one possible answer to that question through excellent character development, pacing, and high intensity suspense.

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    17. Of all the Peter Straub novels, I think I was most looking forward to reading his 1983 novel FLOATING DRAGON, but mostly just because it was referenced in Stephen King s THE TOMMYKNOCKERS Having finished it, I have to say other than GHOST STORY, it might be my favorite Straub novel to date Set in 1980, FLOATING DRAGON is set in Hampstead, Connecticut, a quiet suburb where families go to be content At the start of the story, once we re past the prologue and introduction, several things happen alm [...]

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    18. It was long but I finished it It wasn t bad, sometimes it was actually enjoyable Nonetheless, I found it long, and so of course this little tidbit is going to prevent me from givingFloating Dragon a glowing review.First off, I found that this novel s strength was also its weakness Early on in the novel, Straub delves into Hampstead s history, a Connecticut town that almost literally goes all to hell The town, and its inhabitants, are in terrible trouble from than one facet of evil, simultaneous [...]

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    19. If I could give this book stars, I would.In 1980, the people of Hampstead, Connecticut are about to have another black summer as a cloud of terror settles over them As people melt, go crazy, or simply drop dead from fear, the threat becomes stronger, invading the minds of the survivors, seeming to ooze from the very land of the town One man knows about the monstrous past of the town and perhaps can gather those who can stop it.This was a fantastic tale, written by a master in the heyday of horr [...]

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    20. I enjoyed this book for the most part and if forced to compare it to another in the general, I would say it s a bit like a cross between King s IT and Straub s own novel, Ghost Story However both of the aforementioned novels are far superior to this one I feel like this one was a bit too ambitious and while not being an extremely long read, it dragged on for far too long in my opinion The characters are not poorly written by any means but they are unimpressive and ordinary Ordinary in the sense [...]

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    21. It took me over two weeks to finish reading this novel, Peter Straub s Floating Dragon 1983 , which is a total rarity for me I m serious, guys I start getting really friggin antsy if a book reading rocks on for than four or five days Why I dunno it doesn t help that Floating Dragon is only the second book I ve read in 2016, so if I m wanting to reach the number of book I read last year I had better get a move on Reading in January is always hard for me, though Starting back to school and work a [...]

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    22. As I type this, there is blood and fire pouring out of my ears, my skin is falling off the bone, soon I will have to bandage myself back together, Then I will be known as just another Leaker I have just knocked down 30 mailboxes on my home from work Then I painted my entire house Pepto Bismal Pink, the entire inside is painted yellow then I tore off my clothes and ran naked through the woods laughing and screaming hysterically about the man in the box I know for certain died last week I mourn my [...]

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    23. AMAZING What Peter Straub did for a a well to do Connecticut town, the imagery, the imagination, the horror, the sheer playfulness this will go down as a classic of our age A truly modern gothic classic, if such could be said Worthy of N Hawthorne, the best of S.King.ese were about the only two I could compare this toOn my best favorite horror story list I also highly recommend A Ghost Story.

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    24. Peter Straub constructs a scary tale of chemistry gone mad and a returning evil, combining together to make the perfect storm cloud.I original read this book over 2 decades ago, and on the back of that thought that this was a 3 star read Since re reading this book I have re evaluated this and given it a 4 star rating Up until the last third of the book I was certain that I was going to give the book 5 stars I loved the way that Straub built the story and the characters, mixing each of their worl [...]

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    25. Nothing with Peter Straub is straight forward, nothing is neat And that s why I read him He takes you on a journey with the end result being that you care deeply for the characters at stake He is a virtuoso writer, juggling concepts and plots while continuously pulling the rug out from under you Floating Dragon was no different It had scenes that scared and delighted me, scenes that will stick with me for some time This is a book I will read again And hopefully you ll also want to take up the jo [...]

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    26. Wow, this was a difficult read It seemed like every time it began to get good, it would putter out again I loved The Talisman and assumed I would like Peter Straub s other books based on that Now I realize The Talisman was mostly King s doing Although there were some creepy parts in this book, it became tiresome By the end I just wanted it to be over already The ending was thoroughly awful as well I feel a bit cheated All that time put into reading this story and even the ending was drawn out an [...]

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    27. I was very excited to read my first novel by Peter Straub I must say that I am a huge fan now The closest to his works that I have been in the past prior to reading this was the movie Ghost Story I am sure the novel is much better than the movie I was very entertained by the eeriness, madness, fear and gore in the book The characters were very likeable too under the circumstances Looking forward to diving into his other works now More, , , please

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    28. At some level it s hard to give this book one star, since by using a plot line that s almost a mirror of King s It, and by mixing it with the premise below, Straub was able to milk almost seven hundred pages out of this.But wait The premise Small, wealthy east coast town saved by battered woman and man with glowing phallic symbol before it s destroyed by evil cloud controled reptilian gynocologist.Ok, maybe it s not so hard to give this one star.

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    29. I was not prepared for this There is something exceptionally terrifying about an event where sanity goes completely out the window When the humdrum of everyday life speeds up and you start to hear the gears over heating and cracking This is what happened here A small everyday is town is caught in the jaws of a dragon Whose only purpose it seems is to incite chaos and disorder At the beginning you will feel the paranoia, and by the end you will be part of the madness.

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    30. This was a long book and I ABSOLUTELY hung of every word on every page until the last few pages which disappointed me so badly I stopped reading I give the first 610 pages five stars If you read it and find your opinion slipping toward the end, stop reading and savor the first 98 percentW, and I am not exaggerating there was a violent scene in this novel that was so brilliantly written I felt faint after reading it.

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