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Peter Clines / Jun 25, 2019

Padlocked doors Strange light fixtures Mutant cockroaches There are some odd things about Nate s new apartment Of course he has other things on his mind He hates his job He has no money in the bank N

  • Title: 14
  • Author: Peter Clines
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  • Page: 330
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  • Padlocked doors Strange light fixtures Mutant cockroaches There are some odd things about Nate s new apartment.Of course, he has other things on his mind He hates his job He has no money in the bank No girlfriend No plans for the future So while his new home isn t perfect, it s livable The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteriPadlocked doors Strange light fixtures Mutant cockroaches There are some odd things about Nate s new apartment.Of course, he has other things on his mind He hates his job He has no money in the bank No girlfriend No plans for the future So while his new home isn t perfect, it s livable The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don t nag at him too much.At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbour across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment And Xela s apartment And Tim s And Veek s Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years Some of them are in plain sight Some are behind locked doors And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends Or the end of everything

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      • Peter Clines

        Peter Clines is the author of the genre blending 14 and the Ex Heroes series.He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth unreleased.He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper, and at the age of nineteen he completed his quadruple PhD studies in English literature, archaeology, quantum physics, and interpretive dance In 2008, while surfing Hawaii s Keauwaula Beach, he thought up a viable way to maintain cold fusion that would also solve world hunger, but forgot about it when he ran into actress Yvonne Strahvorski back on the beach and she offered to buy him a drink He was the inspiration for both the epic poem Beowulf and the motion picture Raiders of the Lost Ark, and is single handedly responsible for repelling the Martian Invasion of 1938 that occurred in Grovers Mills, New Jersey Eleven sonnets he wrote to impress a girl in high school were all later found and attributed to Shakespeare He is the writer of countless film articles, several short stories, The Junkie Quatrain, the rarely read The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe, the poorly named website Writer on Writing, and an as yet undiscovered Dead Sea Scroll.He currently lives and writes somewhere in southern California.There is compelling evidence that he is, in fact, the Lindbergh baby.


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    1. When broke and directionless Nate Tucker finds an extremely affordable apartment, things quickly take an odd turn. Why does the light in Nate's kitchen always act like a black light? What's with the seven legged cockroaches? And why are all the other apartments as quirky as his? That's what Nate and the other tenants of the Kavach building aim to find out. But will they survive what they find?After reading The Fold, I had the fever and the only cure was more Peter Clines! 14 has all of what I lo [...]


    2. This highly acclaimed horror novel was very underwhelming for me. It's one of those novels with a perfect premise, but the plot was lacking. I don't think it's the author's fault though, because with the idea in his mind, endless possibilities were on the line. I enjoyed the novel overall, but I'm not completely satisfied.There were more positives than negatives in this novel. I'm going to start talking about the negatives.The plot contained a good amount of cliche, and that made it a bit bad. I [...]


    3. I am genuinely mystified by the positive reviews of 14, which are everywhere. I picked it up entirely because of the positive buzz, and was greatly disappointed. Not immediately, but progressively, until what started as mild curiosity ended as a struggle to finish.Fourteen is often compared to LOST, and I agree with this assessment to the extent that -- like LOST -- it raises and ultimately fails to answer innumerable questions that only exist to make the mystery seem deeper and more complex tha [...]


    4. I have a book shelf named "what the bleep" for books that unexpectedly shock my delicate sensibilities, blow my mind, and/or turn it into a pretzel. Sometimes the "what the bleep" is shouted in disgust or disappointment (as in -- this book sucks and the weirdness cannot save it). Other times, I shout it with glee for books that break my brain or tickle it so deliciously I can't help rubbing my hands together and cackling like a villain ripped from the pages of a Marvel comic. I am delighted to r [...]


    5. Break out your 1d6 investigators, it's time to do some dangerous explorations! Scooby-Gang style.Seriously though, it's hard to describe what you love in a novel when it ought to come out as a great reveal and a near pitch-perfect blend of mystery, cthuhlu tales, science fiction, fantasy, and of course the mainstay of Horror. Because that's what this is. Pure Horror with all the greatest tidbits you could want from all the other genres. It reminds me an awful lot of his other novel, The Fold, in [...]


    6. This is an excellent book, no doubt about it. It only fails to get a 5 star rating (from me)because there are a couple of stereotypes that screamed at me (and one that annoys me when it's used because by now it's soooooo tired) and a few stereotypical situations/plot devices. (view spoiler)[ The one guy with the secret of how to save everyone is "snatched away" just as he's beginning to tell everyone how they can survive. Really? Why not just have him go into the woods for a walk late at night w [...]


    7. Well, what an unexpected gem 14 was! Loved the audiobook! What an amazing performance by Ray Porter! I honestly thought at times that I was listening to ten totally different voices! Extremely impressive! Got LOST in it!Nate has just moved into a new and dirt cheap apartment, and something isn’t quite right. With all the rooms of the building in fact… And the basement… And who is across the street in the car monitoring the building 24/7? What are the property managers hiding? And what on e [...]


    8. 4 STARSIt was always wrong when the pest got so big you could hear them walking.Now I can't be the only one having goosebumps over the thought of giant roaches making those skittery noise in the kitchen, can I?Show of hands, who's a fan of LOST?Okay, who's a fan of LOST because of the Jack-Kate-Sawyer storyline? Or maybe Boone. Remember Boone, Losties?Yeah, this might not be for you.On the other hand, if you're a fan of The Dharma Initiative, the giant foot, Penny's boat and tried 4 8 15 16 23 4 [...]


    9. 4.5What a fun book!The narrative introduces Nate, a run-of-the-mill guy stuck in a dead-end job, looking for a place to live in L.A. By luck, he finds an apartment that is not only greatly located but cheap too. The other residents seem ok, but very soon Nate starts noticing strange and weird thingsClines spends plenty of time fleshing out his characters, especially the main ones, to the point that you just become attached to them. The same is true with the plot and setting, and yet the narratio [...]


    10. This book ruined my day today. I started it yesterday and flew through 80% of it, forcing myself to stop around 1am because I had to work today. But, I stopped right when things were getting really intense, and I couldn't stop my brain from trying to continue the book in my head. So I didn't get very much sleep last night, and therefore today dragged by in a haze of exhaustion and crankiness. This was not improved upon arriving home to find my boyfriend sleeping on the couch. I want to sleep, da [...]


    11. Almost instantly becoming one of my favorites, Peter Clines' "14" is a near-flawless mystery-thriller-horror (in that order) with human characters as richly portrayed as the book's strongest presence: the hauntingly unforgettable Kavach Building. What begins as a self-referenced Scooby Doo hunt for clues into the apartment building's eccentricities soon becomes a treasury of mind-bogging concepts of time/history, space/location, and insider/outsider. Reality is challenged and rocked to its found [...]


    12. Let me start by saying that this was one of the best mystery/ horror books I have read this year. This book has being compared to the TV series Lost and I can understand why. Because as I have said earlier, this is one of the tautest mystery/horror thrillers I have read in a long long time. So, I would try to review this book without revealing even the mundane details which I think might hint towards the mystery of this book.Basic PlotNathan (Nate) Tucker is our down-to-earth protagonist who has [...]


    13. First half was pretty Good!!?!2nd half was a sadistic exercise in Lobotomy.It's hard to be mature and review a book with one word when that word is"STUPID"But it pretty much does the job spot on.So many DUMB responses from characters, that the only way to forgive/forget one is to be amazed how bad the next one is.Spoiler AlertA CIA like group in control of a Science Magical building machine that protects our universe from a Lovecraftian Nightmare feel that it is in our(Humankind's) best interest [...]


    14. This one starts out a bit of a slow burn as we are introduced to the Kavach building and its tenants. Then it morphs into a mystery/thriller type of story, as the characters who call the apartment building their home start to experience strange happenings and messages hidden within the walls of the Kavach. As more is revealed, it quickly becomes apparent that something much more sinister is going on here. Much more.Enter the Squales. No wonder the rent was so affordable.I enjoyed this one very m [...]


    15. A very fun genre-bending read. I read The Fold in 2015 and thought at the time that some parts of it didn't really work for me, but after reading this one, The Fold makes more sense. I think the two books work well as companion novels, with this one providing some context for the other.


    16. I would like to caution future readers on purchasing this book. The first 10 hours or so are fairly interesting but the plot devolves into cheesy madness shortly thereafter. Even before however, there were pretty obvious flaws that I was willing to overlook at the time (not after the story unfolded) namely 1-dimentional characters and worse, those characters behaving in unrealistic ways in order to keep the story going. Truthfully I’m rating it as a two so you the people don’t write it off a [...]


    17. A man wandering through life aimlessly finds friends and a compelling mystery when he moves into a new apartment building.Nate's new building is an interesting place. The kitchen in his apartment has a light fixture that gives off black light no matter what bulb he puts in it. The place seems to have an emerald green cockroach problem. Apartment 14 has four enormous padlocks on its door. And as Nate begins to meet his neighbors, they all have pieces to add to the mystery as well. As Nate slowly [...]


    18. Wow. Just wow. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in years.14 is a Science Fiction Mystery Weird Horror SteamPunkish Historical Dooms Day Suspense novel that somehow manages to work on every level. It kept me guessing throughout and tied up things very nicely at the end. One of the things that always bothers me about some Weird Fiction is that there is no explanation for the Weird Happening. "It's like real life. Sometimes weird shit just happens." No, sorry. I'm not reading non-fiction, I'm not [...]


    19. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/201I'd like to start this review off with some background information. So for the past year, I've been playing a massively multiplayer online role-playing survival horror game called The Secret World. The developers' description of it as a "dark fantasy" MMO is quite apt, due to its paranormal setting and the creepy mysteries-of-the-unexplained nature of the story and quests, heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. So that's why when a fel [...]


    20. I've been mulling the ending of this book for a few days now, and I think I can now give it three stars. Right after I initially finished the book, I was leaning more toward two stars. I know many of my friends were enchanted by this story, but I just . . . wasn't. I really liked The Fold, and saw some similarities in the plot concepts. I felt like the presentation of that (view spoiler)["alternate universe" or "multiverse" (hide spoiler)] was handled much better in The Fold than in 14.*** SPOIL [...]


    21. Loved it. I don't want to ruin a thing so this review is going to be short. Peter Clines is KATN, every book is honestly getting better and better. Funny thing is, I thought he was already at the top of his game with his Ex series. I am speechless. The book centers around a group living in an strange apartment. By the time things get going you won't even realize how much information you gleamed or how much time has past. I honestly was surprised at moments and other times glad to see things happ [...]


    22. 3.5 stars I discovered this book through the Choice Awards. I have been slightly disappointed by some of the books that I found on there, but happily this was not the case.14 is about Nate, who moves into a new apartment in a historical landmark. He soon discovers strange things about the building, including locked apartments and, green cockroaches with an extra leg. When he starts meeting his neighbor, each one has something strange they've noticed about their apartments as well. But once they [...]


    23. I'm not going to bother with a synopsis of the story or a detailing of the plot, since other reviewers here have done an excellent job of that.I'm going to praise this book for its great characters. 14 features a set of unconventional heroes. The main protagonist, a 30-something nobody stuck in a dead end job, Nate finds what he was meant to do over the course of the story. The quirky, spiky and delightfully dry Veek, a low-level computer geekette of Indian origin is so brilliantly written you c [...]


    24. 4.5 stars, rounding up. What a trip. It starts out as a light read and gets you really invested in the characters. And then, yeahRead it.


    25. So you have a diverse cast of poor to barely-middle-class Los Angelenos living in an old apartment building in which everyone is willing to ignore the occasional creepiness and green cockroaches because the rent is ridiculously cheap. When new guy Nate moves in, just another wage slave working in a dead-end temp database entry job, he actually starts taking an interest in the strange mysteries of the place, like the rental agent who turns out to be an actress, the doors that don't go anywhere, t [...]


    26. This was simply a blast to read. One that I could not put down. I rushed home from work today to finish it. I didn't mean to read it so quickly, but the book demanded it. Don't let the cockroaches and the reference to Lost deter you. I never watched Lost. I suspect this was more fun. I have my own comparison to make, but I will mark it as a spoiler. I can say whatever you think this story is about, you will be wrong. Enjoy! Don't read my spoiler if you think you would read this book. Better yet, [...]


    27. Dragged a bit in the last act but ended on a good note. Overall a pretty good story with some interesting twists and characters I'm sad to leave behind.


    28. Did you ever read a book that was just soooo good that as soon as you finished it you felt like jumping up and down and then telling everyone you know how good it was. Well here it is !!!! This book blew my imagination out of my head and into space. OK slight exaggeration, my brain is still intact but there is some sizzling going on in there now. The story begins with our main character Nate looking for a new place to live and having the good luck to be recommended an extremely reasonable place [...]


    29. I realize it is lazy shorthand to review something primarily by comparing it to something else, so I will be brief in agreeing with the oft-made comparison between Peter Clines' novel and the television series Lost. Both start off very interestingly by presenting a mysterious locale -- an apartment building with suspiciously cheap rent, an island with vague magical properties -- and slowly spin out their mythology through the interaction of a bunch of archetypal characters. 14 edges out Lost by [...]


    30. So 14. I've seen people reading it here and there, but I NEVER made the connection that it's by the same Clines who wrote The Fold! Embarrassing!Well, at least the review will be unadulterated by my opinions regarding any of his other work. This was a fun, fast read. I'd been looking for a good horror story since Hex and Husk, and this was IT. I had fears--unfounded--that the author would fail me somewhere along the way and do a cop out ending. I'm so happy everything unfolded as it did (pun--ha [...]


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