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  • Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (Oct. 17 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006103018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061030185
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #946,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those with the determination to commit to nearly an entire day of listening will be glad they put forth the effort, because this is one impressive production. Barker's 19th book is an epic saga of Hollywood's underbelly, a dazzling commentary on the world of glitz and glamour. With nods to vintage stars and today's hotties, listeners won't have trouble linking the book's characters to their real-life counterparts (e.g., who on earth could Keifer Smutherland be?). The story's darling is one Todd Pickett, an actor who's approaching a certain age and, seeking escape from the limelight, heads to an estate in the remote Coldheart Canyon neighborhood of Hollywood, where he becomes entangled in a fantastical web of ghosts of early movie stars. This mammoth tale is really best for celluloid fanatics and Barker diehards; so-so fans may want to space out the 22 hours of audio over some time. Audiobook veteran Muller rises to the occasion, and his stalwart performance should please Barker. His accents run the gamut, from an old Romanian priest to a pushy film agent. Not for the straitlaced listener, this audiobook hits hard and will stay with listeners for a while. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Forecasts, July 23, 2001).

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Talk about coldhearted. The mansion in Coldheart Canyon where glamorous movie star Todd Pickett has retired to recover from botched plastic surgery has a door leading straight to a dreadful new world called The Devil's Country.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Meet Todd Pickett. He is a has-been actor at twenty-nine, used up by the very system which turned him overnight from an Ohio farm boy into a superstar. In an attempt to regain his lost beauty Pickett elects to have plastic surgery, never dreaming that this decision would risk his life, and his soul. The procedure goes horribly, grotesquely wrong. Hiding from his fans, and from the press he knows will tear his reputation apart if they find out about his operation, Todd takes refuge where he thinks no one will find him.

He's wrong. His retreat from the glare of publicity takes him to a place that no map of Hollywood has ever described: Coldheart Canyon. Here, nursing his wounds and his desperation, he discovers what the history of the Dream Factory has long concealed: a world somewhere between life and death, reality and illusion, where the great legends of a forgotten Hollywood are waiting to educate him in the bitter business of life after fame.

Somehow, sooner or later, everyone from Tammy, the overweight, obsessive, good president of Todd's fan club, to Micky, a dying former child star with a life full of secrets, ends up in Coldheart Canyon, finding out things they never wanted to know about sex, madness, courage and generosity.

Set in Hollywood, Coldheart Canyon is a portrayal of a city that has a darker underbelly than we usually see. Told with a deft hand and a witty mind, we see Tinsel Town as it really is: that glamorous half-world in which beauty, power and youth are wealth; all can be stripped away in a heartbeat, and nothing is what it seems, even Death itself.

I was held spellbound as Barker spun his tale, weaving story and background seamlessly. Coldheart Canyon is a large book, close to 800 pages in hardcover.
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When famous actor Todd Pickett goes missing after blotched plastic surgery, his most fanatical fan, a fat housewife named Tammy Lauper, decides to try to find
her missing heartthrob. She tracks him to Coldheart Canyon, a great mansion haunted by old Hollywood stars and controlled by Katya Lupi, a silent screen star whose youthful ethereal beauty is still strangely preserved despite decades of hard living, and who will do anything to keep Todd by her side.

What worked for me:

Tammy rocks! She starts off as a stereotypical character, a fat housewife obsessed with a famous actor; but she turns out to be a tough, sweet-natured and intelligent woman.
Size-wise, although her weight isn't mentioned, I expected she's a rather big girl.

What didn't work for me:

Not enough Tammy in this book, and she should have been given a love interest.

Overall:

I highly recommend this suspense-filled horror novel. Tammy Lauper is a great heroine; do not judge her right away. She becomes a wonderfully well-defined character as the story progresses.

Warning: There are mentions of the occult in this book, as well as some very violent and sexual scenes, including rape and bestiality.

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Clive Barker is a writer who never takes the subtle way out. It's a cliche that sometimes the scariest things are those things which are only hinted it or suggested (shower scene in PSYCHO is often trotted out as an example). Barker seems to believe that he can induce fear by pounding us with graphic details...not for the faint of heart. And he's such an adept writer, that he often succeeds, mostly because his imagination dares to go where no one has gone before.
COLDHEART CANYON deals with the movie business. A '20s era silent-movie siren has a room installed in her house made entirely of tile taken from a monestery in Romania. This tile, some 30,000 pieces, may actually have been built by Lilith, the wife of Satan, and it seems to have...shall we say...remarkable qualities. The '20s era movie star and all her friends and fellow stars are transfixed and transformed by the power of this room, known as "The Devil's Country." Nothing subtle here. Then we skip forward to present day Hollywood, where star Todd Pickett makes the mistake of getting plastic surgery and suffers severe damage. He takes refuge from the press at the long abandoned "pleasure palace" of the '20s era star, Katya, that he has never heard of. No one seems to live in the house, but we soon find out otherwise.
I've only scratched the surface of this wildy imaginative, almost bloated, novel. It's grand to read a book that takes on, with great humor, the foibles of the movie industry, and turns that satire into a horror novel of massive proportions. The house has one mystery after another, and the fates of the people who cross paths with the house, its grounds, its "residents" and especially The Devil's Country are drawn out in exquisite detail.
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By Jeremy on Sept. 27 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Clive is still Clive, and he entranced me in COLDHEART CANYON with his rainbow prose and deft touches. This is my fourth Clive Barker book, and sadly, it couldn't compare to The Damnation Game, Weaveworld or volume one of Books of Blood.
Take it's length for example. Over 750 pages, it could have been easily squashed to 500, or maybe 400 pages. I flipped pages in slight frustration at the seemingly endless subplots that seem to pop up in the book. Some scenes could have been compacted, as I felt my attention dropping when I read them, no matter how gruesome or frightening the image was.
Todd Pickett is classic Barker characterization, and so is Tammy. Both are full characters, and that somewhat saved the novel. Katya Lupi appeared slightly empty to me, and her moods seemed to gravitate haphazardly.
I found Barker's version of Hollywood pleasantly different from what I had expected. I was expecting an entire chapter of the general Hollywood cliches, but Barker knew well enough to cut to the chase and get on with the plot.
Overall, a commendable effort. But too long, too dragged and perhaps a little too spiced.
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