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Revenant [Mass Market Paperback]

Melanie Tem
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Aug. 1 1994
Compelled by a hungry spirit to journey to the ghost town Revenant, a group of people grieving for their dead children and spouses find a second chance to contact them, and choose between the worlds of the living and the dead.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Finely Written May 5 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is about grief and how people deal with it. There was a mother who lives with the illusion that both her children are still alive. A teenaged girl keeps seeing the ghost of her aborted fetus. And, a father who has lost his son. All three converge together in a ghost town called Revenant, which is hungry for human grief.There, they must face their loss and choose to let go of their pain or join the ghostly population. It was a great story, the emotions and the settings so well written that I was totally immersed until I finished the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning novel of grief and redemption Sept. 3 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's unfortunate that this novel is marketed solely to a horror audience, because in addition to being horror, it's also one of the finest modern novels I've read in years. An exploration of grief, hope, and coming to terms with loss couched in the form of a very unusual ghost story, this is one book that ought to be brought back into print immediately and marketed to a much wider audience. I would recommend it highly to anyone who has suffered a major loss, or to anyone just looking for a well-written, moving story with some very creepy moments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The loved lost. July 7 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A mother whose children were killed in a car accident. An old woman whose husband lies in the grip of Alzheimer's. A man who longs for the sister he loved as a child. A fifteen-year-old girl who aborted her baby. A little boy whose mother abandoned him as an infant. One by one these and others are led by the ones they grieve for to the hidden town of Revenant. The ghosts are not merely of the dead, but of those who once were or might have been. Revenant feeds on the grief of the living. Some will break free of their emotional chains; others will be consumed. In her third solo novel, Melanie Tem again displays her mastery and understanding of human nature with astounding depth. Though her award-winning first novel, 'Prodigal', remains my favourite, this book is also remarkable in it's way. Truly one of the finest writers of original, modern, *meaningful* horror fiction. Recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Finely Written May 5 2000
By Deborah A. Woehr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is about grief and how people deal with it. There was a mother who lives with the illusion that both her children are still alive. A teenaged girl keeps seeing the ghost of her aborted fetus. And, a father who has lost his son. All three converge together in a ghost town called Revenant, which is hungry for human grief.There, they must face their loss and choose to let go of their pain or join the ghostly population. It was a great story, the emotions and the settings so well written that I was totally immersed until I finished the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The loved lost. July 7 1998
By scottjp@cris.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A mother whose children were killed in a car accident. An old woman whose husband lies in the grip of Alzheimer's. A man who longs for the sister he loved as a child. A fifteen-year-old girl who aborted her baby. A little boy whose mother abandoned him as an infant. One by one these and others are led by the ones they grieve for to the hidden town of Revenant. The ghosts are not merely of the dead, but of those who once were or might have been. Revenant feeds on the grief of the living. Some will break free of their emotional chains; others will be consumed. In her third solo novel, Melanie Tem again displays her mastery and understanding of human nature with astounding depth. Though her award-winning first novel, 'Prodigal', remains my favourite, this book is also remarkable in it's way. Truly one of the finest writers of original, modern, *meaningful* horror fiction. Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really gets you May 15 2012
By David Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There was a previous version of this novel/collection so copying/pasting my review from there, hope this is alright to do:

I was reading the other review and wanted to respond a bit to it before commenting on the book. I agree, this is not a horror story. Do not look to be scared, but also most horror isn't about scaring you. I do not know anyone who's read horror novel and was frightened by it. However, these are ghost stories. Second the commentator said there was little identification with the characters. I do not think that was the point of this book. This book is primarily, from my perspective, about dealing with loss. In particular death. Missing the ones you love, being angry at them, resenting them, not letting them go--how hard it is to move on from their deaths. Its not an easy book if you allow yourself to experience the emotions it seems to have been written with. I enjoyed each story, though there is one that involved child sex abuse. I find it hard to read/watch things about that in particular so I ended up skipping half way through that particular story. It was like the rest though. You can see what's happening in your mind. You understand what's going on and what is intended. This collection of connected stories is not about surprising you, but about coping with death. The bleakness of it, and not letting go even while its ruining you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really gets you May 15 2012
By David Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was reading the other review and wanted to respond a bit to it before commenting on the book. I agree, this is not a horror story. Do not look to be scared, but also most horror isn't about scaring you. I do not know anyone who's read horror novel and was frightened by it. However, these are ghost stories. Second the commentator said there was little identification with the characters. I do not think that was the point of this book. This book is primarily, from my perspective, about dealing with loss. In particular death. Missing the ones you love, being angry at them, resenting them, not letting them go--how hard it is to move on from their deaths. Its not an easy book if you allow yourself to experience the emotions it seems to have been written with. I enjoyed each story, though there is one that involved child sex abuse. I find it hard to read/watch things about that in particular so I ended up skipping half way through that particular story. It was like the rest though. You can see what's happening in your mind. You understand what's going on and what is intended. This collection of connected stories is not about surprising you, but about coping with death. The bleakness of it, and not letting go even while its ruining you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning novel of grief and redemption Sept. 3 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's unfortunate that this novel is marketed solely to a horror audience, because in addition to being horror, it's also one of the finest modern novels I've read in years. An exploration of grief, hope, and coming to terms with loss couched in the form of a very unusual ghost story, this is one book that ought to be brought back into print immediately and marketed to a much wider audience. I would recommend it highly to anyone who has suffered a major loss, or to anyone just looking for a well-written, moving story with some very creepy moments.
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