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The Crow: Quoth The Crow, The [Paperback]

David Bischoff
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Dec 23 1997 Crow
William Blessing is obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe. Like Poe, he is a writer of dark fantasy. And like Poe, he has powerful enemies. One of them pretends to be a friend, even as he plots to murder William and steal his wife. Blessing's only hope is to learn the truth about his "friend" before...

But this is the realm of the Crow, where the grave is the doorway to the truth. William must walk through it to discover Poe's final secret. Then, and only then, with the help of a dark-winged "Raven," can he return to feed on the human carrion who raped his wife and slaughtered his soul.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Definatley Something To Crow About! May 29 2000
By Caity
Format:Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect... Jan. 13 2000
Format:Paperback
A long time ago,I wrote a rather unfavorable review of author Bischoff's Alien novels. Mister Bischoff took the time to respond to my comments, and I was impressed to find an author who at least reads what his readers have to say. Given that, when I managed to pick up a copy of Quoth the Crow, I decided to give it a fair chance, not letting either of his Aliens books bias me. And I must admit, while slow paced, while not perfect ... I liked it. Now I have just come off a old horror kick, re-reading many classics by Poe, Lovecraft, Stoker and the like, so it was nice to see so many references to them. Also, many of my friends exist in the Goth subculture discribed in the books (where similar clothing, listen to same music, read Sandman...), which was an extra hoot. And the story is surprisingly solid, with a likable central figue in the form of William Blessing. One odd note though, while a good author, the constant mentioning of Dean Knootz distracted me, as he is not a Gothic fantasy/horror writer, though mentions of my own favourite author (Clive Barker,) sort of dispelled this distraction for me. And Mister Bischoff, if you are still out there, let me know what you think.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a must for Crow die-hard fans June 9 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As a Crow die-hard fan of both the comics and the movies, I approached the book series with a little contempt. I was starting to worry that the Crow franchise was getting out of hand; but a book series?!?! Unable to resist the genre, i picked up the 1st installment of the series, "Quoth the Crow". The use of Poe literary excerpts before each chapter as a foreshadowing tool was successful. Birscoff takes risks with mixing his timelines around, creating a movie-like presence to it. The whole novel goes back and forth between flashbacks to dreams to present and into surreal "heaven" states; it's an interesting technique. The exposure of the "gothic culture" within the novel, however, was seemingly unfair and one-dimensional at times, not completely true to the lifestyle that it is. As a Crow story, it holds pretty well, staying true to the basis of the J O'Barr original, and it even challenges the power of the supernatural being in the story, which was an interesting view on the Crow. For those who love the comics/movies, this is one you would want to pick up for a different view on the Crow. If you're a Poe fan, you might enjoy this too. For those new to the whole "Crow" thing, do yourself a favor and rent the movie or pick up the graphic novel/comic series by James O'Barr. END
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First, let's get things straight. Before you pick up this book, go read James O'Barrs original comic book series. If you like that, then watch the movie. If you enjoy both, pick up a collection of Edgar Allen Poe, or at least read " The Raven". If you survived all of that then pick up this book. Now you are ready. This story is a story of love and revenge. It is about a man doing something he knows is wrong but does it not for good or evil, but to bring peace to his soul. In it, David Bischoff parallels the lives of the characters to the life of Poe and his writings. His unique method of foreshadowing through use of quotations instills the excitement of knowing what will happen next, but to what extent? This in combination with the characters depth makes the book very fun to read. Finally, for all of you who were discouraged or confused by the movies( or just fans looking for a change), this book starts at the beggining of the story and works all the way through. (P.S. For a more bizzarre style, but still a good story, check out Poppy Z. Brite's "The Lazarus Heart".)
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1.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE FIRST NEW CROW NOVEL, VERY POOR....
Upon reading this book again(my first review back in 2000 and btw..thats my mother's ID..my ID is Deaderman)., I find myself with a dislike for the story now. Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Diane Kuyper
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
This book was not at all enjoyable to me. I honestly hope that this author does not look upon "Baltimore Goths" the way he portrayed him in the book. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by "comapink"
4.0 out of 5 stars Like your revenge kicked up a notch?
First time reader (I've seen the movies) of The Crow series, and I'm certainly glad I picked this as my first book. I've now started collecting some of the others as well. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2002 by Grambopie
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY ,ABSOLUTELY,DOWNRIGHT AWESOME READING!
Very very well written and enjoyable. A must read for sure again and again. The Poe angle added a very wicked touch. Read more
Published on June 12 2002 by Deron Nevels
3.0 out of 5 stars The worst Crow book i've ever read
I have read many crow theme books and i didn't enjoy this one. Maybe i just have high standards...but it was way too predictable, and could of been written alot better. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2001 by Elise
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i just finish reading this book and i have to say that it was one fascinating novel....totally awesome!
Published on Aug. 7 2001 by Richie Laurencin
4.0 out of 5 stars Poe-fectly Poe-etic
Bischoff succesfully captures the dark, forbidding atmosphere of Charm City in his Crow novel. Who better to become the undead avenger than a specialist in the literature adored by... Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2000 by Robert L. welch
4.0 out of 5 stars another good addition
i liked this book too..it also added a point to ponder...who was more evil,Marquette or Blessing?good addition
Published on Aug. 18 2000 by Diane Kuyper
3.0 out of 5 stars I did'nt really enjoy it that much...
I thought the book was a little short. The author doesn't really develope his story. He seems more interested to kill off the "villains" as quickly as possible. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crow, The way it was intended to be.
In this fantastic novelization of James O'Barr's, dark avenger, an author, is murdered, and brought back to seek revenge on his killers. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 1999
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